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Suranga Lakmal to join Derbyshire after announcing retirement from international cricket

Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal will be hanging his boots from all forms of international cricket after India's tour has signed a two-year deal with Derbyshire. 

"I'm indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring my motherland honour, as it has been [an] absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development," he said in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Mickey Arthur who had joined Derbyshire as director of cricket last year lavished praise on Lakmal. 

"Suranga is among Sri Lanka's all-time greats with the ball and it's brilliant to be able to bring him to Derbyshire for the next two seasons," he said. "We have big ambitions for the project at Derbyshire, and Suranga's decision to retire from international cricket and commit to the club shows he's as excited about those plans as the other players and coaches."

"He knows my standards and can set the example for our young players on and off the field, and to add his quality to our ranks gives us a whole new dimension with the ball," he added. 

Talking about playing County cricket and reuniting with Arthur, Lakmal said that he had wanted to be a part of it for a very long time and a chance of working with Arthur again was something that he couldn't turn down. 

"Experiencing county cricket is something I've wanted to do for a long time and the chance to work with Mickey again was something I couldn't turn down," he said. 

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