Canada captain and wicket-keeper Ashish Bagai has announced via his Twitter feed that he will retire from cricket at the age of just 31.
Bagai said, “Been an honour to represent Canada over the last 15 yrs. Wish the boys all the best going forward. Will miss the game! #retiring #itstime”
India-born Bagai has struggled for some time to balance the demands of his career in finance with those of being an international cricketer and was expected to retire after the ICC World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand next month. However, he has brought that forward, possibly because of Canada’s poor showing in the recent ICC World T20 Qualifier, where they finished 12th out of 16 teams.
Bagai’s departure is huge blow for Canada as they look to maintain their place at Associate/Affiliate cricket’s top table after a disappointing few years. He has consistently been their best batsman of the recent past and will leave a huge hole in the middle-order.
Responding to a well-wisher on Twitter, Bagai said that his best career moments were the victory over Bangladesh in the 2003 ICC World Cup and his side’s strong showing in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.
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