India news August 16, 2009

Kambli retires from international cricket

Cricinfo staff

Vinod Kambli, who last played international cricket in 2000 and senior domestic cricket in 2004-05, has announced his retirement from international cricket. He will continue to make himself available for domestic selection.

Kambli made the announcement at the inauguration of his sports academy, Khel Bharati, in the presence of Virender Sehwag, who inaugurated the academy, and Ramakant Acharekar, who coached Kambli and Sachin Tendulkar during their youth.

Kambli, 37, has gradually gone farther and farther from the selectors' sights after he was dropped in 2000. His international career was a classic story of promise gone wrong. He announced himself to the world with double-centuries in his third and fourth Tests, but sadly took the fast route to destruction. He made nine comebacks into the ODI team, but played his last Test in 1995, before he had turned 24. Since being out of the Indian and Mumbai teams, he has tried his hand at movies and reality shows on the small screen.

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