Rahul Dravid is likely to announce his retirement on Friday. Dravid, 39, has called a press conference in Bangalore that will also be attended by N Srinivasan, the BCCI president.
Dravid is set to be the first of India's senior-most cricketers - including Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - to quit the game after a season of speculation surrounding their future. His decision will follow a poor tour of Australia but he enjoyed a prolific run through 2011, scoring five centuries - including four in the Caribbean and England. However, he is set to captain Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL season.
His decision will end a career that started at Lord's in 1996, when Dravid made 95. Since then, he has been a pillar of the Indian Test side and played 93 consecutive Tests from his debut to December 2005. He will finish with 13,288 Test runs - behind only Tendulkar - in 164 matches, with 36 hundreds at an average of 52.31. He also has 210 catches, a Test record, in addition to 196 catches in ODIs. He has already retired from one-day and Twenty20 cricket.