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Elton Chigumbura to retire from international cricket after final Pakistan T20I
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Elton Chigumbura to retire from international cricket after final Pakistan T20I

Former Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura has decided to call time on his career with his final international match set to be the third T20I against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Chigumbura made his debut back in 2004 and went on to establish his reputation as a capable power-hitter lower down the order.

Ahead of his maiden international appearance, Chigumbura made an impression on the junior circuit by putting in a stellar performance at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup including a tally of four wickets during a major victory against Australia.

Although a spate of injuries has marred the last few years of Chigumbura's long career, he is only the second Zimbabwe player to complete the double of 4000 runs and 100 wickets in ODIs, after Grant Flower.

"It's a tough decision to leave the game you love," he told the Pakistan-Zimbabwe series broadcasters on Sunday. "It was a lovely journey with ups and downs."

The wealth of experience gained by Chigumbura at the senior level is illustrated by the fact that he is the second-most capped Zimbabwe player in ODIs following Grant's brother Andy Flower.

He amassed 4,340 runs in 213 ODI games at an average of 25.23 and also registered 101 wickets with his nippy medium-pace.

He did not fare exceedingly well in Test cricket and played just 14 red-ball matches for Zimbabwe. He will finish his T20I career on 56 games, having made 39 runs at a strike rate of 121.8 across the series so far.

"I want to be remembered as someone who played for the country and always wanted to inspire youngsters," he concluded.