October 31, 2003

Srinath - 'If I don't go to Australia, I will retire from cricket'

Wisden Cricinfo Staff

Javagal Srinath said he would quit all forms of cricket if his knee injury rules him out of the tour of Australia, which starts in three weeks. "If I don't go to Australia, I will retire from cricket," Srinath said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old retired from Test cricket after the West Indies tour last year. He did play in the World Cup, where his incisive spells helped India reach the final.

Srinath said that he would play in a local game next week to assess his knee. "I am keen to go if my knee is completely healed. But I am not 23 or 24. The healing is slow, but there is improvement," he was reported as saying on the BBC's website.

India's tour of Australia, which begins on November 25, will include four Tests and a one-day tri-series also featuring Zimbabwe. The first Test in Brisbane starts on December 4.