India and Bengal veteran fast bowler Ashok Dinda announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. That put an end to his nearly one and a half decade long career. The 36-year-old Dinda, who played 13 ODIs and 9 T20 internationals for India, joined Goa earlier this season after facing disciplinary action to play just one Ranji Trophy in the 2019-20 season. He played three matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Goa, but later realized that his body was not supporting him.
Speaking to the media at Eden Gardens, Dinda said, ‘I am retiring from all formats of cricket. I have sent an e-mail in this regard to the BCCI and the Goa Cricket Association. Dinda thanked BCCI President and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who went against the people in the 2005–06 season to give the pacer his debut against Maharashtra in Pune. Dinda represented Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors, Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
This fast bowler took 68 wickets in 78 IPL matches at a strike rate of 22.20. Dinda took 420 wickets in 116 first-class matches and is Bengal’s second most successful bowler after former left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee. Bengal Cricket Association president Avishek Dalmia, secretary Snehasish Ganguly and joint secretary Devvrat Das gave Dinda his Thanked him for the contribution and gave him a silver plaque and a bouquet of flowers.