Karachi:Inzamam ul-Haq on Friday announced that he would retire from international cricket after the second Test against South Africa which starts on Monday, saying his presence in the team could put pressure on a young captain.
The 37-year-old former captain told a news conference that he still had a couple of years' cricket left in him but after much thought and with a tinge of sadness he took the decision because he wanted to go "gracefully".
"I thought about my future a lot and although I felt I can play for another one or two years but I think my presence in the dressing room might put pressure on the new captain and other players so I have decided to retire now gracefully," Inzamam said.
"But I think this is the best time for me to move on and give the younger players a chance to cement their place. I have not taken this decision under any pressure from anyone," he added.
Inzamam had stepped down as captain and retired from ODI after his team was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup in the West Indies in March after a shock defeat to Ireland.
He said people needed to be patient with the new captain and team and he was confident they would go on to achieve things that he could not get as captain.
"I have no regrets. I have had a fulfilling career for Pakistan although our poor performance in the 2007 World Cup would remain the lowest point of my career," Inzamam said.
Nasim Ashraf, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board said Inzamam had come to him with his own decision.
"I am proud that he is setting a new trend in Pakistan cricket which hopefully will become a tradition in our cricket and our players get a chance to retire gracefully and with honour," Ashraf said.
He denied that PCB had pressurised Inzamam into announcing his retirement after paying him off with 10 million rupees.
"That is not correct. This is not about any deal with Inzamam. But yes, after the Lahore Test we will be doing our best to honour him and make his farewell a memorable and befitting one," he said.