Players who could retire after the 2019 World Cup
With less than a year to go for the 2019 World Cup, teams have already begun their preparations for the tournament. While a lot of players will be playing their first ICC World Cup, there are quite a lot of players, legends included, who will be calling it a day post the major ICC event. Here is the country-wise list of all the players who are likely to bid adieu to the game post the World Cup.
With Rishabh Pant growing into a world-class player and Dinesh Karthik continuously knocking on the selector's door with great performances, it is no surprise that MS Dhoni will call it a day post the 2019 world cup. In fact, in a press conference post the Worldt20 2016, MS Dhoni himself had expressed desire to go on until the 2019 World Cup. Indian Cricket won't be the same anymore without MS Dhoni's acumen, game-reading and wicket-keeping skills.
Others who will officially call it a day include legends of the 2011 World Cup like Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh.
Indian players likely to retire: MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh.
When AB Devilliers shockingly announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket post the India series this January, the entire cricketing fraternity was stunned. South Africa will dearly miss him in the 2019 World Cup.
Post the World Cup, legends such as Hashim Amla - the rock-solid opener, Dale Steyn - the swing king who just recently came back tot he ODI team and Imran Tahir - South Africa's best ever wrist spinner, are likely to bid adieu to the game
South African players likely to retire : Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.
Easily the most controversial yet the most loved player, West Indies second highest run scorer in ODI cricket after Brian Lara, the most valuable T20 player ever, the Calypso King, Chris Gayle is set to retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup.
Chris Gayle's retirement will not only leave a dent in West Indies cricket but will also sadden his fans all over the world who loved his machismo and big sixes on the field.
Apart from Gayle, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels and Dwayne Bravo, who were the backbone of the 2016 WorldT20 winning side but are not currently in the scheme of things in West Indian cricket, are also likely to officially announce their retirement post the 2019 World Cup.
West Indies players likely to retire : Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo.
Currently, Pakistan's only player to have played cricket in the 90s, Shoaib Malik, has officially stated that he will call it a day post the 2019 World Cup.
With new left arm pacers coming in plenty and getting selected in Pakistan cricket, fast bowling sensations like Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir are also likely to officially announce their retirement.
Pakistan players likely to retire : Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir
Sri Lankan pace bowling sensation and most likely their best fast bowler ever, Lasith Malinga is set to call it a day from limited overs format post the 2019 World Cup.
Spin bowling all-rounder, Dilruwan Perera, who is 36 years of age as of now, is also likely to call it a day post the 2019 World Cup.
Another player who is officially likely to quit is playing days is pace bowler Nuwan Kulasekara. He officially called it a day from test cricket in 2016 and is currently not a part of the odi squad.
Sri Lankan players likely to retire : Lasith Malinga, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara.
While Australia is a relatively young team, there were recent call-ups and rumors regarding their experienced pros like Cameron White and George Bailey being brought back to the team. It is most likely that these two players officially call it a day from the Australian limited over side. Apart from them, another regular in their squad who is likely to announce retirement from limited overs cricket is Shaun Marsh.
Australian players likely to retire : Cameron White, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh.
While New Zealand has a relatively young team, their experienced stalwart, Ross Taylor, is set to announce his retirement from the limited overs format after the 2019 World Cup. With a career spanning more than a decade, Taylor has the record for scoring most number of centuries for a New Zealand player.His sixes over square leg and mid-wicket will be highly missed.
New Zealand player likely to retire : Ross Taylor
Since the English limited overs side is a very young, there is no one set to retire from it post the 2019 Cricket World Cup. However, post captain Alastair Cook's recent departure from international cricket England's test legend and highest ever wicket taker, James Anderson is likely to call it a day from international cricket post the Ashes 2019.
England player likely to retire in 2019 : James Anderson.
One of the all time Bangladesh greats, Mashrafe Mortaza, has announced retirement from tests and t20s and is currently only playing ODI cricket, most likely to sustain himself till the 2019 World Cup. Once the World Cup is over, it is quite certain that he will call it a day and announce his retirement.