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Cricket-Sri Lanka's Samaraweera confirms retirement

COLOMBO, March 6 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera has confirmed he is quitting international cricket after attempts to persuade him otherwise failed. He handed a resignation letter to Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday but officials said they would try to talk him round. "Today I had a meeting with the selectors at Sri Lanka Cricket and they said that they wanted to go with two (other) experienced batsmen for both the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe series," Samaraweera, 36, told a news conference on Wednesday.

Cricket: Sri Lanka's Samaraweera retires

Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who survived a militant's bullet in an attack on his team's bus in Pakistan in 2009, retired from international cricket on Wednesday. Samaraweera, 36, said his decision to quit was fuelled by the decision of the selectors to drop him from the opening Test against Bangladesh which starts in Galle from Friday. "I was shocked with my omission from the squad against Bangladesh," the middle-order batsman told reporters, adding he had been told by the selectors that they may need him for the tour of Pakistan later this year.
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