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MSK Prasad retires

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M.S.K. Prasad.

HYDERABAD: M. S. K. Prasad, the first player from Andhra to represent India in Tests and ODIs, announced his retirement from all forms of the game here on Tuesday.

The former India wicketkeeper, who played in six Tests and 17 ODIs, said he took the decision to give talented young players in Andhra a chance to stake their claims.

“In fact, I have been asked by the ACA secretary V. Chamundeswaranath to continue for one more season as the Association has started taking innovative steps to give a new look to the sport. Even though I am very thankful for the gesture, I felt that it was time to quit. And I don’t have any regrets upon looking back,” he said.

“It was a huge honour to represent the country at the highest level, and especially being the first one to do so from Andhra.

“That too at a time when everyone gave very little chance for cricketers from the State to even represent the South Zone,” the 33-year-old Prasad said. — Principal Correspondent

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