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Shakti announces retirement from national duty

Jul 18, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |
Nepali veteran left arm spinner Shakti Gauchan announced his retirement on Wednesday declaring the national team's tour of Europe was going to be his last tour for the country.
The 34-year old was already in the twilight of his career having played for the national team in 191 matches across all formats -- List A, 50-overs, Twenty20 Internationals, Twenty20s and first class cricket. 
Shakti made the announcement during national cricket team's farewell for the upcoming tour of England and the Netherlands. Nepal are taking on Marylebone Cricket Club and the Dutch in a Twenty20 Triangular Tournament at the Lord's on July 29
That one-day event will then be followed by Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) Series in which they will be playing against the Netherlands on August 1 and 3 in Amstelveen. Nepal's historic debut in the ODIs is now going to be Shakti's farewell match. 
"We are in the best stage of our cricket and the youngsters have come forward to give their best to the national team. I think this is the right time for me to move forwards," said Shakti, with the evergreen smile in his face. 
Shakti, however, wants to bid adieu to the game in front of the home crowd. "To bade farewell to the game in front of the home crowd is always going to be an unforgettable moment for an athlete. I have asked everyone concerned to arrange a match in Nepal from where I can say goodbye to the game. Lets hope it happens," added the spinner who initially began his cricket career as a batting allrounder.
Shakti made his debut for the senior team in July, 2002 during the ACC Trophy match against Oman. Since then he has been integral part of Nepali team's success and watched all the ups and downs of the country's cricket. 
In a career that spanned over 17 years, Shakti is the longest serving cricketer in the national team. He is the first Nepali cricketer to score 1000 runs and fourth to cross 100 wickets behind his contemporaries Mehboob Alam, Basanta Regmi and Binod Das.  
He is the first Nepali player to get man-of-the-match in World Cup when he returned the figures of 3-9 in his four-over spell against Hong Kong during the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. 
Shakti skipper Nepal at U-17 level in the 2001 ACC U-17 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. He played in the 2002 ICC U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Under Shakti's leadership, Nepal beat Test nation South Africa in the 2004 ICC U-19 World Cup. Shakti had scored 51 off 144 balls in that game. 
He is the first Nepali cricketer to take an international hat-trick which he did against Denmark in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers. Shakti became the second Nepali cricketer to score an international century, when he slammed an unbeaten 106 off 103 balls against Italy during the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series in February, 2005.

Shakti Gauchan's announcing his retirement (video below)


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