England all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect in a bid to pursue law as his career.
At the age of 25, the Surrey batsman revealed he had given a clear thought about it before making the public announcement.
“After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end. This has been a very difficult decision to make and I have not made it lightly,” Ansari told Surrey Cricket Club.
In 2015, the left-handed batsman made his international appearance against Ireland in a One-day International game.
In the same year, Ansari was also inducted into England’s Test squad in the United Arab Emirates against Pakistan, but he was eventually ruled out after a thumb injury.
In three Tests, the left-arm orthodox bowler Ansari has bagged five wickets and scored 49 runs. He last played his Test match against India in 2016 at Visakhapatnam.
The Ascot-born Zafar has been part of the Surrey club since he was just eight.
“I started playing for Surrey at the age of 8 and the club has been a hugely important part of my life since then,” Ansari added.
However, Zafar has not only played cricket but kept on working on his academic career with excellence.
In 2013, while studying at Cambridge University, Ansari has achieved first-class honours in Philosophy, Sociology and Politics.
“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,” Ansari further added.
In 2011, achieving the win in Lord’s final, Ansari was the part of the same contingent.
In 2016, Ansari completed his Master’s degree in history with a Distinction at University of London, Royal Holloway.
“I would like to thank Surrey and its fans for the way they have supported and encouraged me over the last 17 years. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life, but I know that Surrey will always feel like a home to me,” Ansari concluded.
On the other hand, Director of Cricket at Surrey Cricket Club, Alec Stewart stated we should through full support for Ansari, as he further feels he had given his best thought to part ways from professional cricket.
“Zafar’s exceptionally tough but considered decision is one that we should all respect and understand. He has given great thought in deciding to walk away from the professional game,” Stewart asserted.
The 54-year-old Stewart further expressed that it would be a huge loss for Surrey, before adding Ansari has been best in business for the Kia Oval club and wished him best for the future endeavours.
“He [Ansari] will be missed by all his Surrey team mates, members and supporters and I speak on behalf of everyone in thanking him for his loyal service,” Stewart concluded.
In 71 first-class games, Ansari has scored 3,009 runs and claimed 128 wickets. He has scored three centuries and 15 fifties in the longer version of the game in the domestic circuit.