LONDON: A 25-year-old England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced to quit cricket to pursue another career of his choice.
The cricketer now intends to begin his professional in law.
Ansari made his Test debut for England in last October against Bangladesh, before playing two Tests against India.
In a media release issued by Surrey County Cricket Club, Zafar said: “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. This has been a very difficult decision to make and I have not made it lightly. I started playing for Surrey at the age of 8 and the club has been a hugely important part of my life since then. Surrey have always completely supported me and I am extremely grateful to the club for their backing over the years. It is, therefore, with great sadness that I say goodbye.”
“Nevertheless, I have always been clear that when the time was right for me to move on I would, and that time has now come. 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,” he added.
“I will look back extremely fondly on playing with some wonderful teams and having the opportunity to perform in front of the best crowds in county cricket at the Kia Oval. Equally, to have played three Test matches for England was a huge honour and it is something I will undoubtedly savour for the rest of my life. Most of all, I will miss the people with whom I have shared my career and I cherish the relationships that I’ve formed along the way,” said Zafar.
“I would like to thank Surrey and its fans for the way they have supported and encouraged me over the last 17 years. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life, but I know that Surrey will always feel like a home to me,” concluded Zafar.
Zafar was with the Surrey since he was eight and featured in every age group team under the club system. While his cricketing career to continue to obtain new heights, Zafar, who studied at the Cambridge University, completed a Double First in Politics, Philosophy and Sociology in 2013.
He completed Master’s in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, with a distinction in 2016 while he continued to represent Surrey and England.