[caption id="attachment_650482" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-650482" alt="Rangana Herath picked up 16 wickets in the two Pakistan Tests Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Herath-gi-2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Rangana Herath picked up 16 wickets in the two Pakistan Tests Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>With <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/muttiah-muralitharan" target="_blank">Muttiah Muralitharan</a> dominating the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/sri-lanka" target="_blank">Sri Lankan</a> spin contingent during most of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rangana-herath" target="_blank">Rangana Herath</a> s youth, the latter had to be a late bloomer for his side. However, age seems just a number for Herath as he looks good to go for quite some time now, taking on the responsibilities in his shoulder after Muralitharan retired. Sri Lanka s numero uno choice for a spinner in Tests, Herath should be given the opportunity to play as long as the player wishes to is what <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/richard-hadlee/" target="_blank">Sir Richard Hadlee</a> believes. <strong>READ: <a title="Kumar Sangakkara s role in resurrecting Rangana Herath s career" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/kumar-sangakkaras-role-in-resurrecting-rangana-heraths-career-648549">Kumar Sangakkara s role in resurrecting Rangana Herath s career</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p> Age only becomes a barrier when you lose enjoyment in playing the game and when one s fitness challenges the body with injuries, aches and pains, Hadlee told <i>gulfnews.com</i>. I had never thought about being the oldest player to capture 400 Test wickets. It never bothered me and I don t think of it being a record. It was the culmination of 18 years work. It was the pinnacle of my career. It was my Mount Everest and I was pleased to get to the top of the world at that point in my life. It was the February 4, 1990, he added. <p></p> <p></p>Retirement should be based on the cricketer s performance and not the average age, believes Hadlee. As for Herath, the 39-year-old picked up 16 wickets in two Tests as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in UAE. <p></p> <p></p> If one s performance are not up to standard, it is time to retire. I was 39 when I was confronted with those issues even though I got a wicket with my last ball and a five-wicket bag in my last game, Hadlee concluded.