Zaheer Khan ended his international career due to a series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint © IANS
Zaheer Khan ended his international career due to a series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint © IANS

Kolkata: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly praised fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday. The 37-year-old ended his international career due to a series of injuries, the latest being a shoulder complaint. He made his India debut in 2000 and played his last game for the country in 2014 against New Zealand at Wellington. He left the stage after playing in 92 Tests and 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), picking up 282 and 311 wickets, respectively. He also claimed 17 wickets in as many T20 internationals. Sourav Ganguly vows to create system to produce good players at CAB

“I had a word with him Thursday morning, he will be playing the IPL [Indian Premier League]. At 37 it is not a surprise, he was a great bowler for India,” Ganguly, under whose captaincy Zaheer made his debut, told reporters at a press conference where he took over as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president. “It was the absolutely right time for such a decision and I don’t think they would have picked him, so it’s time to go.” Zaheer Khan: Consulted Sachin Tendulkar before taking retirement call

Earlier, Ganguly vowed to focus on junior cricket and create a system which produces players as he was unanimously elected President of Cricket Association of Bengal. “For us the entire focus will be on the 22 yards. That’s what the association is for and try and produce the best facilities. We have good facilities we will try to make it better and create a system which produces players. It’s a new challenge but I believe the knowledge of the game is important. We are a team. I learn also. There’s no magic wand. I have learnt as a secretary, It’s same with Avishek also,” Ganguly said at a news conference after the Special General Meeting.