Saba Karim quits first class cricket

Published: Friday, May 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Former Indian wicket-keeper and Bengal captain Syed Saba Karim has retired from first class cricket. Speaking to reporters on Friday Saba Karim said he decided to call it a day as he was having problems with his eye following an injury sustained during the last Asia Cup in Dhaka. Karim has represented the country in 34 One-day internationals since he made his debut against South Africa during 1994 and a Test match against Bangladesh at Dhaka last November. ''After that injury in Dhaka, I don't think I am fit enough to sustain the pressure of international cricket. So I have finally decided to retire. However, I am ready to play for my office in the Times Shield and club level cricket for East Bengal if needed,'' Saba Karim, who is an officer in the Corporate Communication department of Tata Steel here, said, adding he would also like to coach and commentate. Karim, who played his first Ranji match in 1982-83 at the age of 15 and shifted to Bengal during 1994-95, was hit on his right eye in the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh on May 30 following a rising delivery from Anil Kumble. After that accident Karim was operated at Chennai besides being treated abroad. ''After the accident, I played in various domestic tournaments and also in the Test match against Bangladesh but my eyesight is giving me problems as the retina in my right eye was damaged.'' He, however, has no regret for his retirement saying ''Life has ups and downs. One has to accept it and be positive to survive.''

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