Indian pacer Zaheer Khan announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday with immediate effect. Zaheer, however, will play in the ninth season of the IPL.
Zaheer, through social media, confirmed his decision to hang international boots. "As I was training for the upcoming season, it dawned on me that my shoulder may not last the rigours of bowling nearly 18 overs a day, and that's when I knew it was time. With immediate effect I bid adieu to my career in international cricket. I look forward to signing off my last season in domestic cricket at the conclusion of the Indian Premier League season 9," Zaheer posted on his Facebook account.
The left-arm pacer has been in and out of the Indian team, due to injuries and inconsistent form. He last played for India in February 2014 against New Zealand in Wellington.
Zaheer has played 92 Tests for India, picking 311 wickets. He has also played in 200 ODIs in which he picked up 282 wickets, apart from 17 wickets in 17 T20Is. He also played a key role in helping India lift the 2011 World Cup.