Subramaniam Badrinath has decided to keep himself away from first-class cricket for a year citing spending time with family and taking a break from the exhausting schedule as his reasons. Badrinath, who led the Hyderabad team in the last Ranji season, clarified that he isn't retiring from the sport.
"I did get some offers. But I haven't taken it up as of now. I don't think I will be playing the domestic season this year. I'm going to play TNPL. I'm taking one thing at a time. But I'm not announcing retirement. I will decide a bit later," Badrinath told TOI.
"At this stage of my career, I know I don't have a chance to play international cricket again. I also had a tennis elbow injury last year and took steroid injection to complete the season. I have all these in mind."
Subramaniam Badrinath well-known in the Indian domestic cricketing circuit and has played for Tamil Nadu and Vidharba before leading Hyderabad last season. The batting veteran has scored 10245 runs at an average of 54.49 which includes 32 centuries and 45 half centuries in first class cricket since making his debut in 2000-2001 Ranji Trophy edition. The 36-year old has featured in the Indian side for two Tests, seven
The 36-year old will be captaining Karaikudi Kaalai in the TNPL and stated the team is looking confident heading into the T20 tournament.
"The guys are looking confident. Many of our guys are in good form and they have been doing well in the first division. Last year, we missed out on the top four by
The second season of the TNPL is set to kick off on July 22 and has been in headlines as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is trying to rope in outstation players in the league. However, BCCI seems hesitant in letting the TNCA
Badrinath, however, believes that the inclusion of outstation players in the league would have improved the quality of the tournament while adding that their presence wasn't needed in the tournament.
"There are two sides to it. If outstation players come and play the tournament, the quality of the tournament will improve, which ultimately benefits the players who are playing. At the end of the
"If outstation players come, the standard will improve, but if you ask whether outstation players are needed, then I would say no," he added.