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England International Zafar Ansari, retires at age of 25!

England international Zafar Ansari bid adieu the cricket at the age of 25 to bring a big change to his career. The Pakistani origin all-rounder, who played three Tests and a One Day International (ODI) for England, wants to pursue a law degree.

The Surrey cricketer’s decision to ditch cricket over a law degree surprised the cricket fraternity. He made his ODI debut against Ireland in 2015 and Test debut in 2016 against Bangladesh. He also played in India during four-match Test series against India. He was rated highly by England senior cricketers.

Ansari, graduate in politics, Philosophy and Sociology from Cambridge University, explained his retirement in a statement on Surrey’s official website.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make and I have not made it lightly,” he stated. “I started playing for Surrey at the age of eight and the club has been a hugely important part of my life since then.

“Surrey have always completely supported me and I am extremely grateful to the club for their backing over the years. It is, therefore, with great sadness that I say goodbye.

“Nevertheless, I have always been clear that when the time was right for me to move on I would, and that time has now come. While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfill.

“With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now.”

Ansari has three first-class hundreds to his name and six five-wicket hauls. He had very good chance of shining for England at the highest level from a young age and progressed through the academy ranks at Surrey.

Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart, a former England captain, said: “Zafar’s exceptionally tough but considered decision is one that we should all respect and understand.

“To retire at such a young age when his cricket career was progressing very nicely, earning a Test debut against Bangladesh last winter, proves that he has given great thought in deciding to walk away from the professional game.”

 

 

Sudipto Biswas

Sports Crazy guy, Live in sports, Love writing, Studied English journalism in Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Chose sports as the subject for study, Born 23 years ago during the 1992 Cricket world cup.

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