These players have served their nations for many years and the World Cup 2019 maybe their last outing in any such event.



The Cricket World Cup 2019 will kick-start at the end of May and will enthral the global audience over the next one and half months. After 1999, the event comes back to England and teams are busy churning out the appropriate combinations in order for them to standout amidst ten participating nations. A number of stars, both youngsters and experienced, will be on show.

Meanwhile, for many of them, it may be their last swansong in ODIs and international cricket. The same players have served their nation for many years and will be keen to stand up one last time. Even the supporters of the respective countries will be hoping for their heroes to entertain them. In our article, we take a look at the players who may retire after the World Cup.

1. Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir made a late entry into the South African team at the age of 32. In 2011, he became a citizen of the country after which he donned the Proteas jersey. His first appearance was in the 2011 World Cup after which he turned out to be a prolific performer, especially in limited-overs cricket. He is one of the very few players who has played U19 cricket for one (Pakistan) and international cricket for another nation.

Adding to his wily leg-breaks, Tahir’s celebration antics also made him a popular figure. He is pretty certain to find a place in the World Cup squad next year and is expected to deliver in conditions, which may not be conducive to his style of bowling. However, he is 39 and will cross 40 by the end of next year’s event. Hence, there’s a chance that he may say goodbye to all forms of international cricket.

2. Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle

More than this cricketing prowess, Chris Gayle aka ‘The Universal Boss’ has been an entertainer. He is unflinching and doesn’t prefer bowlers dictating terms to him. Back in September last year, the Windies couldn’t attain direct qualification for the World Cup. The horror of horrors, the three-time World Champions had to play the Qualifiers and the onus  somewhat was on Gayle to shepherd his team.

He wasn’t overwhelming but ensured that his team doesn’t suffer any hiccup. Gayle isn’t the force he used to be a couple of years earlier, but he hasn’t run out of gas by any means. He will be nearing 40 by the end of next year’s tournament and there’s a massive chance that he may  hang his boots after that. Moreover, he previously mentioned that next year’s event in England will be his World Cup.

3. Shoaib Malik

Pakistan cricket has been blessed with quite a few handy all-rounders, Shoaib Malik is one of them. He made his debut way back in 1999 and his career has spanned nearly a couple of decades, like a marathon. The Sialkot-born cricketer has been a stalwart in their middle order, but the Men in Green need to look for his replacement going into the future as at the age of 36, he isn’t getting any younger.

He retired from Tests following his unexpected return to the format after five years. Recently, the veteran also announced his retirement from ODI cricket, however, showed his keenness to play T20 cricket, provided fitness permits. Moreover, he expressed his desire to win the World Cup for his name. It now remains to be seen whether he continues playing the shortest format or not.

4. Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza has been one of the many speedsters, whose pace dropped as their career progressed. Injuries have been a major roadblock, which has allowed him to play only 277 international matches for Bangladesh in a stop-start career, which has lasted 17 years. Knee injuries have forced him to stay out of Test cricket from 2009 and earlier this year, the veteran also bid adieu to T20Is.

The Norail Express, popularly called by his fans, has been playing ODIs though. He led the team to the semi-final in the last World Cup and therefore becoming the first skipper from the nation to achieve the feat. He will be approaching 36 by the end of next year’s extravaganza in England and may decide to call it quits from the 50-over format as well. The team will again be looking up to him for some solid shows.

5. MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni and his penchant to spring surprises is an open secret. His Test retirement in 2014 came at a time when it was least expected. He is approaching 37, yet he is amongst the fittest players in the Indian team, who can give the youngsters a run for their money. En route his career, he shelved the swashbuckling approach and sported a composed outlook, which worked wonders for his team.

He had to encounter flaks for his style of play, but Dhoni answered his critics by coming on to his own in this year’s IPL. He will definitely play next year’s World Cup, provided injury doesn’t play spoilsport. He already has as many as three ICC championships and he would want to see his team to glory in England, albeit as a player. He will be nearly 38 by the end of the tournament and may bid adieu.

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