Cricket as a game and as a means to earn money, is seeing a shift in the way it operates and the way players seek better opportunities than they used to do earlier. Suranga Lakmal, who is a fast bowler from Sri Lanka has recently announced international retirement from all forms of cricket and has signed a contract with Derbyshire for 2 years. It is not new that someone from Sri Lanka changed their ‘team’ to help rivals from another nation.

According to a report in and his retirement letter, Suranga’s statements bring some clarity behind this decision. “I owe Sri Lanka Cricket a debt of gratitude for providing me with this incredible opportunity and believing in my ability to bring honour to my motherland, as it has been [an] absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that has shaped my professional life as well as enriched my personal development”.

“Seeing county cricket is something I’ve always wanted to do, and the opportunity to work with Mickey again was too good to pass up. I’ve enjoyed every minute of my international career, and I’d like to express my gratitude to Sri Lanka for allowing me to pursue my goal. Hopefully, I’ll be able to apply that knowledge to this new assignment, which will allow me to assist the young bowlers who are already making an impression at Derbyshire”, he concluded.