Mahela Jayawardene    Getty Images
Mahela Jayawardene Getty Images

Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene has withdrawn from his planned spell with Lancashire during English county cricket’s Twenty20 Blast for unspecified “personal reasons”, it was announced Thursday. The former Sri Lanka captain and current Mumbai Indians coach was set to arrive at Old Trafford later this month ahead of Lancashire’s opening game against Durham on July 7. “I am very disappointed to be unable to join Lancashire Lightning in the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast as planned,” said Jayawardene in a club statement. “I would like to wish the club a successful campaign this year.

Jayawardene, 40, has previously played in the T20 Blast with both Sussex and Somerset. The former Sri Lanka captain scored nearly 12,000 Test runs at an average of just under 50 in 149 Tests. He also made 448 one-day international appearances, including scoring a century during Sri Lanka’s defeat by India in the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai, as well as playing in 55 T20 internationals.

After retiring from international cricket, Jayawardene has gone to play T20 leagues around the world, representing Sussex and Somerset in NatWest T20 Blast. The former Sri Lankan captain has played 448 ODIs and 149 Tests, amassing almost 12,000 runs in the longest format at 49.84.