Former Indian batsman Ambati Rayudu two months ago concluded his cricket career. He now expressed his desire to play again and represent Hyderabad in all three formats.

Ryudu announced the news of his retirement after being ignored for the ICC World Cup 2019. He wrote to Professor Ratnakar Shetty who is one of the members of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) wanting to play for Hyderabad again.

Professor Shetty commented to PTI, “Ambati Rayudu has conveyed his desire to withdraw his earlier decision of retirement and made himself available for HCA, expressing his willingness to play for Hyderabad again.

An emotional Rayudu acknowledges he has taken the decision of retirement hurriedly. Shetty, a veteran BCCI administrator said, “I was surprised when took the decision to retire which I feel was hasty decision.”

He added, “It is good he realized his mistake after being spoken to by some senior players including VVS Laxman and has decided to withdraw his retirement.

He has a lot of cricket left in him and his presence will help the youngsters in Hyderabad CA. Ambati Rayudu is known to me since 2000 when he was a part of the under-15 teams and was a promising talent. It is good that he is back.

Meanwhile, Noel David said it would be boon to have him back in the Hyderabad team. “His experience and class will be of great advantage for us. He has always done well for us and we hope he will continue to do so and lead from the front. Rayudu’s presence in the team will be good for the younger players.

“Rayudu’s presence in the team will be good for the younger players,” he added.

Asked if Rayudu would be handed the reins of captaincy, David said: “… for me yes.. he will be the captain. But then there will be a discussion and after that a decision will be taken.”

David said Rayudu had mentioned in his mail to HCA that he would be available to join the side from September 10, adding “we are looking forward to that.”

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