BENGALURU: India veteran pacer Ashish Nehra is set to retire from international cricket after the opener of a three-T20I series against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground in Delhi, local media have reported.
Nehra made his senior debut for India during the test series against Sri Lanka in 1999 and helped his country reach the 2003 World Cup final.
The 38-year-old has been plagued by injuries and last played for India in February.
Indian media quoted an unnamed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official as saying Nehra has informed head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli about his decision.
“Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1,” the official was quoted as saying. “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 Delhi-native has collected 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in his 18-year international career.
Nehra also played for four teams in the Indian Premier League from 2012-16.