Zaheer Khan Zaheer Khan retires from international cricket

India seam bowler Zaheer Khan announces his retirement from international cricket

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After more than 300 appearances for India, Zaheer Khan has announced he will retire from international cricket.

The left-arm seamer made his debut for his country in a one-day international against Kenya in October 2000 and his maiden Test appearance came a month later, against Bangladesh in Dhaka - the first of 92 caps in the longest form of the game.

Zaheer finishes his career with 311 Test wickets at an average of 32.94, while he took a further 282 wickets in 200 ODIs at 29.43.

Zaheer's last Test appearance came against New Zealand in February 2014, while he has not played international limited-overs cricket for three years, and the 37-year-old admitted he was unsure if his body would hold up to the rigours of another season of action.

"The toughest call in a cricketing career is when one has to walk away from the game itself," he said in a statement published on the Board of Control for Cricket in India's website.

"You almost 'will' yourself and want to push that few, extra miles but then the body, after nearly two decades, decides not to respond.

"As I was training for the upcoming season, it dawned on me that my shoulder may not last the rigours of bowling nearly eighteen overs a day, and that's when I knew it was time.

"With immediate effect, I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off my last season in domestic cricket at the conclusion of Indian Premier League 2016."

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