Ashish Nehra to retire from competitive cricket

NEW DELHI: Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from competitive cricket after the first T20 International against New Zealand at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla, on November 1.

According to a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official privy to the development, the 38-year-old cricketer has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.

With the International Cricket Council (ICC) not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.

Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 series against Australia but he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches.

The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.

He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.

He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.

It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with the white ball is considered to be unparalleled.

 

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