Muttiah Muralitharan has explained his decision to retire from international cricket, saying there is "nothing left to achieve". The Sri Lankan spinner announced he would be ending his 20-year Test cricket career in just over two weeks time on Tuesday.
Muralitharan, who has played 132 Tests and taken 792 wickets, will retire from the five-day format of the game after the first of three home Test matches to be played against India, which begins on 18 July. The 38-year-old said that age was an important factor. "It was not a very difficult [decision]," he said. "In fact, it was easy. I'm not getting any younger. You can't play cricket for ever and ever. Anyway, I have achieved what I wanted to achieve."
Muralitharan said that he had been pondering retirement for a while now. "I was thinking about it for a long time. I thought 'why not retire against India' as they are the No 1 Test side."
His career is not entirely over, though. "There is the Indian Premier League – I will also play county cricket in England. This will surely keep me busy," he said.