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Thatscricket - News - Srinath 'opts out' of Test, to focus on World Cup

Published: Saturday, June 1, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Ace Indian medium pacer did a 'U' turn in terms of his cricketing career by bidding adieu to Test matches. Srinath, who till recently was focussed on playing the longer version of the game, announced on Saturday that he would hence forward focus on One-day cricket with the 2003 World Cup in view."It's a hard decision (to retire from Test cricket). Now I will focus on the World Cup," the 32-year-old paceman with 232 wickets from 64 matches said.The genial medium pacer, who stepped into the shoes of Indias strike bowler following the retirement of pace legend Kapil Dev, said that he had been contemplating this move for the last six months and had suitably intimidated the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).[an error occurred while processing this directive]Rumours were rife on Friday itself that Srinath would announce the move. However, following a talk with BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, Srinath deferred the decision by a day."I have some cricket left in me. I want to play objective cricket and channelise it properly (for the World Cup)," Srinath, who made his Test debut against Australia at Brisbane in 1991-92, said.Srinath was a part of the Indian team that lost the five-match Test series against West Indies 1-2 recently.Srinath said that he had conveyed his "considered" decision to Indiancaptain Saurav Ganguly and coach John Wright before leaving WestIndies. "I have no ill feeling and Im not disappointed at all. In fact, Im retiringfrom Test cricket as a perfectly happy man," he said.Srinath, who suffered a major rotator cuff injury that kept him out fornearly year following surgery in South Africa by Dr Mark Fergusson,said that his decision to quit Test cricket was final. He hoped that therewould be no pressure on him from the BCCI to reconsider his decision."I have a good 12-year stint. I cant go on and on. I am glad to see someyoung bunch of medium pacers coming up," he said."I would consider every Indian victory in which I was a part as my highand every Indian lose as my low," he added while expressingdisappointment that India couldnt clinch the away series in West Indies.

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