Surrey and England all-rounder Zafar Ansari has shocked the cricket world by announcing his immediate retirement from the game at the age of 25 to pursue a possible career in law.
Ansari, whose left-arm spin claimed 128 wickets in 71 first-class matches, had broken onto the international scene in the last 18 months and made his Test debut for England against Bangladesh in October. He also played in two red-ball showdowns with India, taking five wickets in total during his short England career.
“After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end,” said Ansari.
“While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfil.
“With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now.”
Ansari has a double first in politics, philosophy and sociology from Cambridge University and a Master’s degree in history from Royal Holloway.