Amjad Javed, the former UAE captain, has retired from international cricket. The 38-year-old seam-bowling allrounder hasn't found a place in the UAE line-up since December 2017, when he played against Nepal in the ICC WCL Championship.
"It is never easy when you have to call it a day," Amjad told Sport 360. "You have to decide at what time you need to retire. At the moment, the team is doing better than two years back. I can't find a place in the team. Nothing motivates me to push myself and fight for that position."
Amjad played 15 ODIs and 22 T20Is for UAE, featuring in the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh and the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. His all-round efforts against Ireland - 42 and 3 for 60 - nearly gained UAE their only victory of the latter tournament, but he chose a performance in the World Cup qualifier the previous year as his personal favourite. In that match, in Christchurch, he smashed 63 off 31 balls and followed it up with 2 for 29 from his 10 overs to consign Kenya to a 13-run defeat.
"The main highlight of my career was the 2014 World Cup qualifier [Super Six match] we played against Kenya in New Zealand where I was the man of the match," Amjad said. "We qualified for the World Cup and achieved ODI status. Everything started rolling after that."