Franchisee cricket has grown in so much importance in the last 10 years that many cricketers have taken premature retirement from international cricket to freely play in IPL & other franchise leagues.
The latest player to have done the same is Isuru Udana, the left-arm fast-medium bowler of Sri Lanka.
Udana believes that franchisee cricket is the future of cricket and he wants to concentrate on the same in full. He believes that he has played enough for Sri Lanka and now wants the promising cricketers to get a chance to play for the country and hence announced his retirement even before the T20 world cup.
Udana has played in 55 white-ball matches for Sri Lanka and took 45 wickets. A useful lower-order hitter, his top score was 84. He had made his debut for Sri Lanka in 2009.
In 21 ODIs Udana has scored 237 runs at 17 average and 95 strike rate and took 18 wickets at 6.27 economy .
In 34 T20Is Udana has scored 256 runs at 18 average and 137 strike rate. He took 27 wickets at 8.7 economy.
Udana has played in 10 IPL games taking 8 wickets at over 9 economy which is not the best of records.
Udana’s retirement is a blow for Sri Lanka as he has the ability to get wickets and check the run flow with his well disguised slower balls and also was a handy hitter in the lower order .