Pacer Sharif calls off 20-year career

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Sharif last played for Bangladesh in 2007 but has been a popular name in the domestic circuit

Veteran right arm pacer Mohammad Sharif has decided to hang his boots calling a retirement from all forms of cricket. Sharif last played for Bangladesh in 2007 but has been a popular name in the domestic circuit. The decision from Sharif meant he has closed a career spanning over 20 years.

At the call of his retirement, Sharif finished with 393 wickets in Bangladesh first-class cricket – the highest wicket-taker as a pacer – having made his debut in the format in 2000.

Sharif revealed to the media that his shoulder injury made him come to the point and make a sudden decision amid suspension of all cricket activities in the country due to coronavirus pandemic.

“Basically my shoulder injury made me to come to this decision. I still have a decent fitness, scoring level 11 in beep test. But my shoulder has not been in full support. So I don’t want to involve with any club with this condition,” said Sharif to the media on Saturday.

 Sharif emphasized that it would be unethical to be part of team with a troubling shoulder.

“I don’t want to cheat the club. Like they will take me with lots of hope but if I can’t deliver my 100 percent then it would be very disappointing for them, as they could have had one more player in the place of mine. So my basic plan is not to waste a place, where another player can have the opportunity. It’s better not to play with this 50-50 chance,” Sharif explained.

 Sharing his future plan, Sharif informed of his intention to work with Bangladesh Cricket Board, if there is a possibility.

 Sharif had emerged in the Bangladesh team when he was just 17, handed an ODI and Test debut in April 2001, during the tour of Zimbabwe. But despite a decent start to his international career he lost his place in the national fold to injuries in 2002. He made a comeback in 2003 and played the World Cup that year but only to face series of surgeries later in India and Australia.

 In his 10 Test and nine ODIs for Bangladesh, Sharif picked 14 and 10 wickets respectively.