Former India and Chennai Super Kings pacer Manpreet Gony announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 35-year old conveyed his decision of retirement to Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) through a letter. The announcement has ended Gony’s 12-year long association with first class cricket. Gony will now ply his trade for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada league.
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He represented Punjab in 206 games across formats, picking up a total of 369 wickets after making his debut back in 2007 versus Andhra. He, however, hogged the limelight after impressing for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. In the inaugural season of the IPL, he was Chennai Super Kings’ highest wicket-taker.
The impressive performance helped him break into the Indian team. However, the pacer could not make a mark in international cricket. He represented India in just a couple of ODIs during the 2008 Asia Cup in Pakistan. He soon fell down from the pecking order and did not get another call. In IPL, he later played for Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab. Overall, he picked up 37 wickets in IPL.
He last played for Punjab in this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy where he picked up five wickets in five games. Perhaps one of the biggest reason behind Gony’s decision to retire was to play play the Global T20 Canada where he has already been picked by Toronto Nationals for the second edition of the tournament.
BCCI does not allow active players to play in overseas T20 leagues and thus Gony decided to hang his boots. Recently, Yuvraj Singh also announced his retirement from international cricket and IPL to play overseas leagues. He will play in Canada league too.