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Shehan Jayasuriya quits Sri Lanka cricket to relocate to USA

All-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya has brought an end to his international career with Sri Lanka, deciding to relocate to the United States of America with his family.

Jayasuriya made his international debut in August 2015 and has gone on to don the national jersey in 12 ODIs and 18 T20Is. His last appearance in Sri Lanka colours came against West Indies in Pallekele in March 2020 before the coronavirus-enforced hiatus.

The 29-year-old southpaw's standout performance came against Pakistan in the 2019 ODI series when he was involved in a 177-run stand with Dasun Shanaka during Sri Lanka's 67-run defeat in Karachi.

Jayasuriya contributed with his career-best score of 96 – the only half-century in 30 appearances for Sri Lanka – during the fateful encounter.

The decision to move to the USA also concludes Jayasuriya's domestic commitments in Sri Lanka as he played a total of 80 first-class matches and 140 List A games.

Jayasuriya was recently in action in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) where he represented eventual runners-up Galle Gladiators. He made 119 runs in 10 games and picked up four wickets at an economy rate of 9.45 throughout the tournament.

"Whilst announcing his decision, Shehan thanked Sri Lanka Cricket for the opportunities provided to him, during his time as a national player," Sri Lanka Cricket announced in a press release.

"SLC whilst thanking Jayasuriya for the services he has rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket as a player, take this opportunity to wish him the very best in his future endeavours."

The news of Jayasuriya's relocation to the USA comes amidst the backdrop of significant interest in USA cricket. Pakistan opener Sami Aslam, previous record-holder of fastest ODI century Corey Anderson and South Africa spinner Dane Piedt are some of the players to have settled in the USA in recent past.  

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