Owais Shah retires from first-class cricket

Owais Shah's announcement came four days after Ravi Bopara, his Essex team-mate, had given away his retirement intentions on Twitter.

updated: September 25, 2013 10:18 IST
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Owais Shah, the former England batsman, announced his retirement from first-class cricket on Tuesday (September 24). Shah, 34, wants to concentrate on the shorter formats of the game, meaning he could remain at Essex next season.

Shah, who played six Tests, 71 One-Day Internationals and 18 Twenty20 Internationals for England, completed his first-class career by hitting 120 against Glamorgan last week. In total, he has made 16,357 first-class runs at an average of 41.94.

"I have really enjoyed my Championship cricket career," said Shah in a statement. "I started off playing four-day cricket for Middlesex and my main aim was to play for England. I have achieved this, but now as time goes on I would rather concentrate on the shorter forms of the game.

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