Faiz Fazal announces retirement from professional cricket

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After playing a solitary one-day international match for India, Faiz Fazal has decided to hang up his boots from professional cricket following Vidarbha’s Ranji Trophy clash against Haryana.

Wrapping up his illustrious career, Fazal leaves behind a legacy as Vidarbha’s leading run-scorer in both first-class and List-A cricket. Notably, he holds the distinction of making over 100 appearances solely in red-ball matches for the State team.

“As I bid farewell to the Nagpur ground tomorrow, where my journey in first-class cricket commenced 21 remarkable years ago, an era comes to a close,” Fazal expressed sentimentally on social media as he announced his retirement. “It’s been an extraordinary journey, brimming with unforgettable moments that will forever remain etched in my heart,” he added.

Reflecting on his career, Fazal remarked, “Representing both the Indian Cricket Team and Vidarbha has been the pinnacle of my life’s achievements, and the pride of wearing those cricket jerseys will always hold a special place in my heart. Farewell to my beloved Number 24 jersey – you will be dearly missed.”

The 38-year-old opener leaves behind a staggering record, featuring in 137 first-class matches, 113 List-A games, and 66 T20 appearances. He led Vidarbha in 53 first-class fixtures, 36 List-A encounters, and 27 T20 matches.

Fazal made his international debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe, contributing to India’s resounding 10-wicket victory. However, his international stint was brief, with this lone appearance remaining as his sole outing in the national colors.

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