Karachi, Mar. 6: Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera wants to retire from all forms of cricket but bosses are trying to persuade him otherwise.
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga confirmed that the right-hand middle-order batsman had handed a resignation letter to him on Tuesday, reports the Daily Times.
Ranatunga said they requested Samaraweera to have a meaningful dialogue with the national selectors before taking a final decision, adding that a cricketer of Samaraweera''s experience is vital to the national team.
Samaraweera, 36, was named as a replacement for the injured Mahela Jayawardene in the initial squad of 20 for the first Test against Bangladesh starting at Galle on March 8 but was left out when it was cut to 16.
He has played in 81 tests for his country since 2001 and scored 5,462 runs at an average of 48.76. He has also appeared in 53 one-day internationals.