In­dian pacer Nehra de­cides to re­tire

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NEW DELHI: In­dia pace­man Ashish Nehra is to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket af­ter the opener of a three-match Twenty20 se­ries against New Zealand on Nov. 1 at his home ground in Delhi, lo­cal me­dia have re­ported.

Nehra made his se­nior de­but for In­dia dur­ing the test se­ries against Sri Lanka in 1999 and helped his coun­try reach the 2003 World Cup fi­nal. The 38year-old has been plagued by in­juries and last played for In­dia in Fe­bru­ary.

In­dian me­dia quoted an un­named Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) of­fi­cial as say­ing Nehra has in­formed head coach Ravi Shas­tri and cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli about his de­ci­sion. “Ashish has told both Ravi and Vi­rat that he does not want to con­tinue beyond Novem­ber 1 ,” the of­fi­cial was quoted as say­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously, there is some el­e­ment of sur­prise. One thought that he would like to con­tinue till the home sea­son against Sri Lanka. But he feels it’s the right time to move on.”

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