Indian all-rounder Stuart Binny has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
Binny, 37, played six Tests, 14 ODIs and three T20Is for India in his career. He represented Karnataka in domestic cricket, where he played 95 matches for his home state.
Binny announced his retirement through a letter, which has now gone viral. In the letter, Binny has stated that he has decided to retire from international as well as first-class cricket, and he takes tremendous pride to have represented his country at the international level.
Binny also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for playing a crucial role in his journey as a cricketer and further offered his gratitude to the Karnataka State for their support.
"It has given me tremendous joy to have represented my country at the highest international level". I would like to acknowledge the huge role the BCCI has played in my cricketing journey. Their support and faith over the years have been invaluable. My cricketing journey would not even have started had it not been for Karnataka state and their support. It has been an honour to captain and win trophies with my state.
"I am grateful to the coaches who encouraged me, to the selectors who put their faith in me. To my captains who entrusted me. None of this would have been possible without my family, I stepped out on the field every day thinking of them", the letter read.
Check out his full statement:
Binny's best international performance came against Bangladesh in 2014, where he returned the figure of 6 for 4 - the best ever by an Indian in the format - in the second ODI in Mirpur.