Twenty20 bowling world record holder Arul Suppiah retires from professional cricket with immediate effect.
PUBLISHED: 11:35 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 04 July 2013
Arul Suppiah has been suffering from serious injuries in both knees that have led to a rapid deterioration in their condition in recent months, to the extent that he has been strongly advised to take an immediate retirement from the game.
The 29-year-old was born in Malaysia and arrived at Millfield School on a cricket scholarship at the age of 13 and ever since he has played for Somerset. He played through the age groups and made his first class debut for the county in 2002, playing in the tied game against West Indies A at Taunton, as well as four National League games.
He got his opportunity to play regularly in 2005 and hit his maiden first class century, 123 away against Derbyshire. In 2009 he hit over 1000 Championship runs for the first time which included then a career best score of 151 against Nottinghamshire at Taunton. He also took 15 wickets and 18 catches and as a result was awarded his county cap.
A brilliant fielder, Suppiah was a member of the squad who won the 2005 Twenty20 Cup, playing in several of the group games.
In 2011 and 2012 he played in every First Class match and in 2011 he opened the innings with Andrew Strauss and recorded a career best of 156 against India at Taunton.
This year in 2013, Suppiah and Marcus Trescothick achieved the feat of scoring 5000 runs between them as an opening pair at an impressive average of 55.
He gained international renown when he set a new world T20 bowling record by taking six wickets for five runs against Glamorgan at Cardiff in July 2011 and rounded the season off by being awarded his British Citizenship.
This year he is enjoying a well earned benefit for his 13 years of loyalty to Somerset and has appeared for the first team in several games.
Suppiah said: “I am devastated to have to retire from the game that I have always loved. This is the hardest decision of my life especially having played for Somerset for so long. After consultation with the specialist, I realise I have no choice but to retire.”
“I have so many happy memories of my time at Somerset and would like to thank everybody from players, staff and members who have supported me during my playing career at the County. Somerset will always be my County and from the other side of the boundary ropes I shall continue to support the lads in every way I can.”
Chief Executive Guy Lavender said: “Arul might not have been born in the County but he is thought of as a real local. He has given so much to cricket in Somerset and it is a great shame that he has to retire in these circumstances. Not only is he an exceptional cricketer, he is a superb chap and I am certain that the next phase of his career will be as successful as the first. I am sure that all Somerset Members and cricket lovers will continue to support his remaining benefit year events.”
“Arul will be greatly missed by all the players and staff and we would like to thank him on behalf of all the Members for everything that he has done for Somerset and wish him every success for the future.”
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