It was quite a big of a surprise for the cricketing world when Surrey and England all-rounder Zafar Ansari announced his retirement today from all forms of cricket considering he is just 25 years old which is definitely not an age cricketers worry about retiring. The news of his retirement was confirmed by the tweet from Surrey cricket.
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) April 26, 2017
Ansari made his England debut in an ODI against Ireland in 2015 and reached the Test side on the recent tour Bangladesh and India where he played three Tests.
His performance in both the forms of the game were applauded by the critics and he showed great potential early in his career. Ansari graduated from the Cambridge University in 2013 with a double in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology. His first first-class match was for the Cambridge University against Essex and his first wicket was none other than Alastair Cook.
“After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end,” Ansari said. “With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now,”
From the looks of the situation, Zafar currently seems to be interested in a career in law and wants to dedicate all his time into it. Here is how some of his fellow teammates and cricketers responded on twitter.
A super talented & committed guy leaves cricket to pursue another dream. Zafar Ansari, I wish you well! Way too clever to be a cricketer! ?
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) April 26, 2017
Extremely courageous decision, easy option would be to go through motions and keep collecting each month. So much respect for Zaf
— Moises Henriques (@Mozzie21) April 26, 2017
Been an absolute pleasure playing alongside this great guy. Wishing him the best for his future. https://t.co/jnLaOIrmMp
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) April 26, 2017
What a great guy and a pleasure to have toured with him. Wish him the best.
— Moeen Ali (@MoeenAli) April 26, 2017