Players should retire on own terms: Atapattu

New Delhi, Oct 8 (UNI) Former Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu today said senior players should be allowed to retire on their own terms.

''It is important for players like Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman to retire on their own terms. People should ask them why you are going rather than when are you going,'' Atapattu told mediapersons here.

However, he felt that Ganguly's retirement will have no effect on India's performance in the home Test series against Australia which starts in Bangalore tomorrow.

Atapattu, who is turning out for the Delhi Giants in the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), thanked Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chairman Arjuna Ranatunga for lifting the ban on Lankan players from playing domestic cricket.

''Credit should go to Arjuna. I think one should have an identity of one's own rather than bowing down before everyone,'' he said.

The Sri Lankan board lifted the domestic ban on ICL players last month, allowing them to play for local clubs.

However, they will not be able to play for the national team unless the International Cricket Council (ICC) recognises the league.

The ICC has not yet approved the ICL which is competing with the officially approved Indian Premier League (IPL).


Story first published: Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 20:04 [IST]
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