'I would like to bring to your kind notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats,' Ambati Rayudu wrote to HCA on Thursday
Hyderabad: India batsman Ambati Rayudu, who retired from all forms of cricket on July 3, has opted to reverse his decision, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has confirmed on Thursday (August 29).
The 33-year-old middle-order batsman, who was snubbed for ICC World Cup 2019 selection, had taken a hasty decision.
“I have come to the decision to step away from the sport and retire from all forms and levels of the game,” Rayudu had informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in July.
“It has been a wonderful journey of playing the sport and learning from every up and down it brought upon for the last 25 years at various different levels,” he had stated.
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Now, Rayudu has withdrawn his retirement decision after writing to the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).
"I would like to bring to your kind notice that I would like to come out of retirement and play cricket in all formats," Rayudu wrote to HCA on Thursday.
"This is to inform you that Ambati Rayudu has withdrawn his announcement of retirement and has made himself available for the shorter format of the game for HCA in 2019-20," HCA CEO said in a media release.
Rayudu thanked former India batsman VVS Laxman, Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and former India player Noel David.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank CSK, VVS Laxman and Noel David who have been very supportive during the tough time and are instrumental in making me realise that I have enough cricket left in me and that the decision to retire was taken in an emotional state and haste. I am looking forward to a wonderful season ahead with a very talented Hyderabad team and help the team realise its full potential. I will be available from September 10 to join the Hyderabad team," he said.
Rayudu has so far played 55 ODIs and six T20Is for India. He has also featured in 97 first-class matches.
Last Updated Aug 30, 2019, 2:10 PM IST