Former Vidarbha’s captain Faiz Fazal Announces Retirement

Faiz Fazal

The former Vidarbha captain Faiz Faizal who led the side to Ranji Trophy title in 2018, has announced his retirement on Sunday.

Faiz Fazal Announces Retirement

Faiz Fazal who scored a half-century in the only ODI match he played for India has announced his retirement from professional cricket after Vidarbha’s last match in the Ranji Trophy 2024 schedule against Haryana.

He retires as the leading run-getter of Vidarbha in first class as well as List-A cricket. “Tomorrow marks the end of an era as I step onto the Nagpur ground for the last time, where my journey in first-class cricket began 21 incredible years ago,” said Fazal.

“It’s been an unforgettable ride, filled with cherished memories that I’ll hold dear forever.”

“Representing both the Indian Cricket Team and Vidarbha has been the greatest honor of my life, and donning those cricket jerseys has always filled me with immense pride. Farewell to my beloved Number 24 jersey – you’ll be deeply missed,” he wrote.

“As one chapter closes, another awaits, and while bidding adieu to my professional cricket career fills me with mixed emotions, I’m eagerly looking forward to embracing the new adventures that lie ahead.”

 

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The 38-year-old has played 137 FC matches, 113 List A matches, and 66 T20 matches in his career. He led Vidarbha in 53 FC matches, 36 List A matches, and 27 T20s.

He played an ODI match against Zimbabwe and scored 55 runs where India won the match by 10 wickets. He becomes the first Indian in 16 years to make his debut in his thirties.

He is also the only Indian to have scored fifty in his only ODI appearance. He amassed 3641 List A runs with an average of 67.91 runs.

He completed his last match against Haryana in the Ranji Trophy 2024 schedule, walking out with a guard of honor. Recently Saurabh Tiwary announced his retirement while Varun Aaron called it quits in red-ball cricket.