Bagai steps down from international cricket

Ashish Bagai, the Canadian senior cricket captain, has announced his retirement.
Bagai, the talented wicketkeeper/batsman who turns 32 on January 26th, 2014 made his debut for the national team in 1999 at the tender age of 17. He also played for the U15 and U19 teams.
He has played in 62 ODIs scoring 1964 runs with 2 centuries his highest 137 not out at an average of 37.76 and is Canada’s highest run-scorer in one-day internationals.
Bagai in a recent statement said, “It’s been 15 years since I first played for Canada and I think it’s time for me to finally move on. It has been an absolute privilege and honour to represent Canada for such a long time and a responsibility I took very seriously.”
Cricket Canada’s president Ravin Moorthy said he was grateful for Ashish’s contribution to the game. “There is no doubt that Ashish is a very special player and was one of the greatest to play the Associate game and his presence will be missed not only in Canadian cricket but by many around the world.”
Bagai who was selected to captain the national side for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand later this month will be replaced by Jimmy Hansra.
According to a Cricket Canada media release, Bagai who graduated in 2012 with an MBA from USA, is starting a new job this month.
The full ICC squad is: Jimmy Hansra (Captain) Harvir Baidwan, Khurram Chohan, Parth Desai, Nikhil Dutta, Jeremy Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Nitish Kumar, Usman Limbada, Cecil Pervez,Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqui, Zeeshan Siddiqui, Hamsra Tariq and Trevin Bastiampillai. Notable omissions are pacer Henry Osinde, opener and part-time spinner Hiral Patel and allrounders Rizwan Cheema and Damodar Daesrath.