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Murali Kartik retires from competitive cricket

The left-arm spinner is available for this year’s CLT20

Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik on Saturday announced his retirement from competitive cricket having played eight Tests and 37 ODIs for India between 1999 and 2007.

In First-Class cricket, Kartik took 644 wickets from 203 matches, which included stints with Middlesex, Surrey and Somerset.

“I have decided to hang up my boots from all forms of competitive cricket but will honour my commitments for Kings XI Punjab during this year’s Champions League T20. I want to thank everyone for their support and felt that it is the right time to go. I have enjoyed playing this game and it has given me a lot,” Kartik said in a press conference.

“I would like to thank my parents and wife Shweta for their support, my coaches MP Singh, Gurcharan Singh and the greatest motivator of all Bishan Singh Bedi. Not to forget the influence that Maninder Singh had on my career,” Kartik added.

Asked about the high point of his career, Kartik said: “The Mumbai Test where I won the Man-of-the-Match award (7/76) will always be special as we were able to restrict an Australian side chasing 103 (107). Also when Sachin presented me with my India Test cap and Kapil Paaji (then coach) presented the India hat.”

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Bangladesh name squad for India ODIs

Uncapped players Taskin, Mithun picked; Tamin returns after injury

Bangladesh have picked two uncapped players, Taskin Ahmed and Mithun Ali, in their 15-man squad for the home ODIs against India. Tamim Iqbal, who missed the Asia Cup due to a back injury, returns for the India ODIs, while Imrul Kayes, Arafat Sunny, Naeem Islam and Shafiul Islam miss out from that squad.

Taskin is a 19-year-old fast bowler, who made his international debut against Australia in the World Twenty20 this year. Mithun, a 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, also made his T20I debut this year, in February, against Sri Lanka.

Mushfiqur Rahim will lead the team in the three-match series in June.

Squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Masrafe Mortaza, Shohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.