|| CF Correspondent ||
Former Bangladesh’s pace bowler Mohammad Sharif decided to retire from all form of cricket ending an illustrious career spanning over 20 years.
‘’I have decided to quit from all form of cricket though I feel I could have played for another two years,’’ Sharif told reporter on Saturday.
‘’I am looking forward to work with BCB in the coming days if there is a possibility as I want to share the experience that I have gathered during this long journey,’’ he said.
Sharif added that his shoulder injury also played a big role behind this sudden decision as he feels there is no point playing cricket in this manner.
Look I have got a shoulder injury and though I am fit now there is a chance that it can recur and so I don’t want to play with 50-50 chances,’’ he said.
‘’Rather it is better if some young cricketer gets a chance in my place,’’ he added.
Mohammad Sharif forced his way into the national side in 2001 as a 17-year-old on the back of impressive performances in the National League. He was one of the rare bowlers in Bangladesh who could do the reverse-swing. Side by side, Sharif is a handy right-hand lower-order batsman, having made a name for himself in his hometown Narayanganj as a big-hitting taped-tennis batsman who had 16 centuries before making his Test debut.
After a reasonable start to his international career, he lost his place in 2002 and then broke down with a niggling groin injury shortly after the 2003 World Cup which required a series of operations in India and Australia. His comeback, which only started after a nine-month lay-off, was slow. He finally returned to the national side when picked for the tour of Zimbabwe, almost four years after his last appearance.
Sharif added that not picking seven first-class wickets will be his greatest regret in life as he wanted to end his career with 400 first-class wickets.
The only disappointment is that I could not pick 400 first-class wickets,’’ he said.
‘’Otherwise it was a brilliant journey that I will cherish all through my life,’’ he said.