Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to call time on his international career after the first T20I against New Zealand on November 1.
Nehra will make his final bow on his home ground at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.
A senior source at the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed to the PTI (Press Trust of India) that the 38-year-old bowler has intimidated his decision to retire to team skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.
“Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI on Wednesday.
It is understood that Nehra’s retirement is from all forms of cricket and he will not take part in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Delhi-born pacer made his debut for India in 1999 and has since gone on to play 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is for his country.
Overall, Nehra has 44 Test wickets, 157 ODI wickets and 34 scalps in T20Is. He is best remembered for his devastating spell of 6-23 against England in an ICC World Cup 2003 clash at Durban.
He was a member of the World Cup winning India side of 2011 where he put in a match winning performance against Pakistan in the semi-finals.
The lanky pacer had been named in India’s squad for the three match T20I series against Australia but so far has not featured in the first two games.