Bukhari has the most number of wickets in ODIs for Netherlands © Getty Images
Mudassar Bukhari has the most number of wickets in ODIs for Netherlands © Getty Images

Netherlands medium-pacer Mudassar Bukhari has announced his retirement from four-day cricket and 50-over cricket on Tuesday. Although, Bukhari said that he will continue playing in T20 Internationals for the Netherlands. With 57 wickets in 47 matches between 2007 to 2014, Bukhari has the most number of wickets in ODIs for the Netherlands. His team lost its ODI status, after being knocked out in the 2014 World Cup Qualifier. But his best performance in 50-over cricket came in more recently when he was playing against UAE during a WCL Championship match. He took 6 for 24 in the Netherlands’ win in that List A fixture. And overall, Bhukari has 148 wickets in 116 List A matches at an average of 26.79. He made his ODI debut against Canada in July 2007 at Toronto. He has played in 12 First-class matches and has picked 34 wickets in them, with a best of 6 for 43. READ: Nepal win thriller against Netherlands

With the emergence of Paul van Meekeren and Vivian Kingma, along with Ahsan Malik whose action was cleared by the ICC, the competition for a place in the Dutch side’s bowling department increased, and so Bukhari was dropped for the Netherlands’ game in the WCL Championship match against Nepal.

He is still keen to play in T20Is for the Netherlands though. He has 43 wickets in 38 T20Is, which keeps him level with Malik as the highest wicket-taker for the Netherlands in the shortest format. His best figures of 4 for 7 came against UAE in February this year. He has taken four wickets on three occasions in T20 internationals.