Speculations are making the rounds that a number of top cricketers might retire from international cricket or at least from T20 cricket after ICC T20 World Cup 2016.
South Africa Test and ODI skipper AB de Villiers is considering leaving both Test and ODI format because of its tiring schedule. Sometime ago, West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo hinted that hard-hitting Chris Gayle might be playing his last T20 World Cup. Players like South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga are battling with injuries which have kept them out of play.
Lasith Malinga backed out of captaincy responsibility due to his injury. India’s Harbhajan Singh stands on crossroads as he has been out of action for some time.
The following cricketers might not be seen in the next World Cup:
1) Shahid Afridi (Pakistan):
In 2015 World Cup, after Pakistan’s loss to Australia in the quarter-final, Afridi announced his retirement from ODI cricket. With the recent losses for Pakistan in T20 Asia Cup, Afridi’s retirement from T20 cricket might happen soon.
2) Chris Gayle (West Indies):
The hard-hitting West Indian is another cricketer who might quit international cricket after ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Gayle has been in the news off late for wrong reasons, be it sexist comments on female reporters or allegedly trying to come to a female staff during ICC World Cup 2015. Recently, Dwayne Bravo also hinted that Chris Gayle might be playing his last T20 World Cup.
3) MS Dhoni (India):
It is difficult to imagine the Indian team without MS Dhoni in the shorter format of the game. After retiring from Test cricket in 2015, it can be nerve-racking when you hear the news that Dhoni might be contemplating to quit all forms of cricket.
4) Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka): Malinga stepped down from the captaincy of Sri Lankan team just one day prior to ICC T20 World Cup 2016. Malinga has not been able to concentrate on his cricket because of injuries. His stepping down from captaincy has further fuelled the speculations of his retirement.
5) Shane Watson (Australia):
Shane Watson has remained out of Australian squad for some time. He was not seen in the recent series against New Zealand and South Africa. As per reports, Shane Watson might be leaving international T20 cricket and will focus on domestic matches and leagues.
6) Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh):
Just a day before the final of T20 Asia Cup Mashrafe hinted that that he may not play more international tournaments after 2016. Mashrafe’s career has been plagued by injuries, having a total of ten operations on his ankles & knees.
7) AB de Villiers (South Africa):
In the recent past, AB de Villiers has shown his intent to quit one form of international cricket to accommodate his family commitments. After South Africa’s loss to England in test series, there was news as well of Graeme Smith returning to South African team.