VVS Laxman set to retire





VVS Laxman is slated to make an announcement about his retirement from international cricket later today. The Hyderbadi batsman has called a press conference in his hometown at 4 pm.

Laxman had been selected for the two-match Test series against New Zealand that begins on August 23rd. He is expected to announce that this series will be his last for India. The first Test will be played in Hyderabad from August 23rd – 27th and the second Test will be held in Bangalore from August 31st – September 4th.

News of Laxman’s decision to call it a day emerged on Friday when The Hindu ran a story stating that the stylish batsman was visibly hurt by comments that by continuing to play for India he was blocking the chances of youngsters. The report quoted Laxman saying, “"A final decision will be taken about the exact details of my retirement plans by this [Friday] evening."

The Telegraph has reported that one of the five selectors spoke to VVS Laxman over the phone a few days prior to the August 10th selection meeting -

According to a top source of The Telegraph, the gentleman was unusually blunt: “You’ve served Indian cricket exceptionally, but after (the failure in) Australia, we were expecting you to quit...

“This committee doesn’t want to end your career, but there’s just no guarantee how our successors will act... So, it’s up to you.”

The R word wasn’t specifically used, but Laxman was clearly advised to call it a day.

The Times of India has quoted an unnamed former teammate of Laxman saying that,  "Laxman has decided to announce his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. He spoke to me this morning (Friday) and said he is quitting Test cricket."

The ToI report also quotes Laxman's first coach John Manoj of St John's Sports Coaching Foundation. "Yes, Laxman spoke to me about it. We had a long chat on the issue. Though he has been selected for both Tests against New Zealand, I think Laxman is most likely to quit after the Hyderabad Test," said John.

Laxman’s place in the Test side has been under constant speculation since India’s eight consecutive away Test losses last year.

Laxman’s performances in both England and Australia were far from the standards he had set for himself in the past. The Hyderabadi had a torrid run Down Under, totaling just 155 runs across eight innings at an average of less than 20.  His fitness and running between the wickets have also often come under scrutiny.

37-year old Laxman, who made his Test debut against South Africa at Ahmedabad in November 1996, has played 134 Tests for India, scoring 8781 runs at an average of 45.97, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties.


Also read:


Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

It's getting increasingly tough for bowlers: Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

Some BCCI members want independent probe

Some BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

Moores to get second chance in England top job

Moores to get second chance in England top job

The 51-year-old will succeed Andy Flower, who stepped down after five years in charge following the 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia in January. More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

Fiery star Stokes bids to curb his temper

England all-rounder Ben Stokes admits he must keep his anger under control if he is to end his international exile. More »

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistan cricketers face probe

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have an emphatic 8-3 lead in the head-to-head with Punjab, with one game tied More »

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

Kallis, Narine star in KKR win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »