April 27, 2017 / 5:53 AM / 5 months ago

England's Ansari retires at 25 to pursue other ambitions

Cricket - India v England - First Test cricket match - Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot, India - 10/11/16. England's Zafar Ansari plays a shot. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

(Reuters) - England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 25 to pursue other ambitions.

Ansari played in England’s test series in India and Bangladesh last year and also represented the side in an one-day international in 2015.

“After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end,” Ansari said in a statement.

“While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfil.”

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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