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Gyanendra Malla announces his retirement from international cricket 

Nepal’s veteran cricketer and former captain Gyanendra Malla has announced his retirement from international cricket. Malla called a press meeting on Friday to announce his decision.

Gyanendra has officially announced his retirement, effective immediately. He shared that he’s stepping away from all forms of cricket, including domestic matches.

Malla, who will turn 33 in September, is one of the longest-serving players of Nepal Cricket. Malla was in a poor run lately and was missing out on the playing XI.

The right-handed batter has represented Nepal at U15 level and was part of the 2006 and 2008 U19 Cricket World Cup.

Malla is renowned as Nepal’s reliable batsman and is known for building innings even under pressure. He’s been a valuable player in the national team and has played a big role in achieving numerous significant milestones for Nepal.

Gyanendra Malla after scoring Nepal’s maiden ODI half-century. Photo – ESPNcricinfo

He was part of the team when Nepal played T20 World Cup 2014 in Bangladesh. Moreover, Malla was one of eleven players to play in Nepal’s maiden ODI match against the Netherlands in 2018, in which He became the first batter to score a half-century.

Malla has played 37 ODIs and has 876 runs to his name, notching up seven half-centuries. In T20I, He has scored 883 runs from 45 matches (39 innings) with one century and two fifties.

He led Nepal in 10 ODIs and 12 T20I matches.