Wednesday 27 August 2008 

Mushtaq Ahmed Calls Time On Sussex Career

Pakistani leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has decided to retire from the playing staff at Sussex due to continued problems with his knee.

Mushtaq spent six years with Sussex, during which he took 598 wickets for the club as they won the LV County Championship in 2003, 2006 and 2007.

In addition, they also secured two One Day trophies when he was at the club, winning the C & G Trophy in 2006 and the NatWest Pro40 Division Two in 2005.

"I would firstly like to thank Allah for providing me with this great family," Mushtaq said. "This is a very hard decision for me to make, as I feel that I could possible play one more year, but out of respect, I would only do that if I felt one-hundred per cent and I wouldn’t want to risk that for the family.

"I am going to miss playing for the club greatly. I am truly honoured to have spent six wonderful years here. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to the club, but I would like to specially thank Peter Moores, Mark Robinson, Chris Adams, all my team-mates, all the fans and everyone who is part of this magnificent family for all the opportunities and memories that they have provided me with.

"If I have hurt anyone in my time, I never meant it and would like to apologise, as there is no shame in apologising to my family.

"My love, my feelings and my heart will always be with Sussex and I will always pray to Allah for continued success at Sussex."

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