<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Owais Shah announces retirement from First-Class cricket" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130924222454.jpg" title="Owais Shah announces retirement from First-Class cricket" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Owais Shah played six Tests for England between 2006 and 2009 © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sep 24, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Essex/post" target="_blank">Essex</a> batsman <a href="/tags/Owais-Shah/post" target="_blank">Owais Shah</a> is set to retire from First-Class cricket to concentrate on the limited-overs format.<br /> <br /> Shah, 34, who has played six Tests for <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> between 2006 and 2009, boasts of a 17-year First-Class career including 16,357 runs and 45 centuries. He spent 14 years at <a href="/tags/Middlesex/post" target="_blank">Middlesex</a> before joining Essex in 2010.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> In a statement released by the <a href="/tags/ECB/post" target="_blank">England and Wales Cricket Board</a> (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.<br /> <br /> "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."<br /> <br /> Essex head coach <a href="/tags/Paul-Grayson/post" target="_blank">Paul Grayson</a> told <em>BBC Essex</em>: "He's had a marvellous career. We're keen to sit down with him and discuss options for one-day cricket next year."<br /> <br /> 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.