Owais Shah announces retirement from First-Class cricket

Owais Shah played six Tests for England between 2006 and 2009 © Getty Images

Sep 24, 2013
 
Essex batsman Owais Shah is set to retire from First-Class cricket to concentrate on the limited-overs format.

Shah, 34, who has played six Tests for England between 2006 and 2009, boasts of a 17-year First-Class career including 16,357 runs and 45 centuries. He spent 14 years at Middlesex before joining Essex in 2010.
 
The right-handed batsman thrived in domestic Twenty20 tournaments around the world in the last few years and would like to concentrate on the shorter formats.
 
In a statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Shah said, “I have really enjoyed my Championship cricket career. 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. It’s time for the young guys at Essex to come through in the first-team squad and it’s important that I don’t stand in their way.”
 
Essex head coach Paul Grayson told BBC Essex: “He’s had a marvellous career. We’re keen to sit down with him and discuss options for one-day cricket next year.”
 
Although Shah is out of contract with Essex, they hope to keep him for short-form cricket. “We’d like him to sign for us in the T20s and 50-over cricket,” added Grayson.