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England all-rounder Ansari announces retirement aged 25

  • Published at 05:23 pm April 26th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:38 pm May 27th, 2017
England all-rounder Ansari announces retirement aged 25
Surrey and England all-rounder Zafar Ansari has retired from cricket at the age of 25, saying he has "other ambitions that I want to fulfil". Ansari made his Test debut for England in October, against Bangladesh before playing two Tests against India. The left-arm spinner has played 71 first-class matches. "After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end," he said. He added: "While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfil. "With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now." Ansari, who has a double first in politics, philosophy and sociology from Cambridge University and a Master's degree in history from Royal Holloway, has been at Surrey since the age of eight. He made his England debut in a One-Day International against Ireland in 2015 before being called up to England's Test squad to tour Bangladesh and India in 2016. Ansari made his first-class debut for Cambridge University in 2011 against Essex - his maiden first-class wicket was Alastair Cook - and in his third match he claimed 5 for 33 against Surrey which included the scalp of Kevin Pietersen. He subsequently developed into an allrounder who impressed in the four-day game and, for a lengthy period, opened the batting in the County Championship. He finished with career-bests of 112 and 6 for 30 in first-class cricket. Surrey's director of cricket, Alec Stewart said: "Zafar's exceptionally tough but considered decision is one that we should all respect and understand. "To retire at such a young age when his cricket career was progressing very nicely, earning a Test debut against Bangladesh last winter, proves that he has given great thought in deciding to walk away from the professional game."