Nehra announces he will retire on November 1


Veteran Team India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to retire from all forms of cricket next month.

The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium hosts the first T20I of the series against the Black Caps on November 1.

The 38-year-old Nehra was a surprise pick in the Indian team for the ongoing Twenty20 global series against Australia.

Nehra, who was playing for the Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad till last season, also made it clear that he will not the IPL.

Ashish Nehra confirmed on Thursday that he will be retiring from all forms of cricket after the first Twenty20 worldwide between India and New Zealand at Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.

"Obviously, there is some element of surprise".

"Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 global at Hyderabad on October 13".

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Nehra did not feature in the opening two games against Australia as in-form new ball duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah was preferred. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", a senior BCCI official told PTI. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official was quoted as saying by cricketnext.

Nehra made his global debut way back in 1999, in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

India host New Zealand in a series of three T20 internationals starting next month, and curiously Nehra chose to hang his boots after the first game.

The left-arm speedster, who is now with the Virat Kohli-led Indian side, announced his decision here during the pre-match press conference. Since then his career has been plagued by injuries.

The Delhi-native has collected 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in his 18-year global career.

He was part of India's 2011 World Cup winning squad.