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    August 22, 2008

    Harmison retires from retirement

    As it is, I've never really thought too highly about Steve Harmison mainly because of his inconsistency and the way he constantly came up with excuses for his abysmal performances. Before the Boxing Day test during the last Ashes, he announced his retirement from one-day international cricket. Yesterday, he announced that he was back in the reckoning!

    Given his background, I'm very eager to see how long this 'returned from retirement' phase lasts. Assuming that the 2008 ICC Champions Trophy does take place in Pakistan, England's limited overs series in the next 6 months are in Pakistan, Antigua (Twenty20 for $20 million) and India (7 ODIs). If he's still playing all forms of the game even then, I will be very surprised.

    In any case, returning from retirements isn't a new occurence. Khaled Mahmud retired from retirement twice!

    Shahid Afridi first said he was retiring from test cricket. Then he clarified that it was a 2 week retirement.

    Sanath Jayasuriya took a little bit longer than Afridi to come out of retirement.

    We, Cricket 24x7, also plead guilty to the same offence. We were merely trying to emulate Imran Khan, who must surely be the 'King of retirement reversals'.

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    I think its the money in the game which causes this reverse retirement of the players.

    By Blogger Dheeruyadav (27 Aug 2008, 10:23:00 am)  

    Quite possible. There're enough rumours floating around about Pietersen offering as a bait the millions that Harmison could earn by playing in the Stanford T20 series.

    By Blogger Jagadish (27 Aug 2008, 10:42:00 am)  

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