Amit Jaggernauth has been contemplating retiring from first-cricket for a while.
Yesterday, the 30-year-old off-spinner made up his mind.
Jaggernauth, who was named in the T&T squad for the Regional Four-day Championship semi-final against the Windward Islands bowling off tomorrow at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, told the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board yesterday that he has decided to call it a day.
The announcement comes days after the off-spinner equalled Rangy Nanan’s record of most wickets by a T&T player in the regional first-class competition.
Both players, according to statistics released by the West Indies Cricket Board, finished with 256 wickets in the same number of regional matches, 64.
Overall, Jaggernauth, who made his first-class debut for T&T in 2002, played 69 matches taking 265 wickets for 6,508 runs at an average of 24.55. His best bowling figures were seven for 45 and he took five wickets or more 14 times in his career.
He was also a capable left-handed batsman who made 722 runs with a top score of 47.
Jaggernauth played one Test for the West Indies, in 2008, against the touring Australians at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
Of his decision to quit, Jaggernauth said: “I have been contemplating it for quite some time now...since the last first-class season and this one.
“I played the last game in Guyana and I am not enjoying playing first-class cricket again. The chances of me getting back on the West Indies team right now are very slim,” he explained.
While he enjoyed representing T&T, the off-spinner said: “I am not enjoying playing regional cricket because there is not really any motivation.
“If you look at it realistically, I don’t see myself getting back on a West Indies team,” he added.
Jaggernauth was also unaware that he had equalled Nanan’s record but was content with his career as it was.
“I am pleased with my regional career. I am still disappointed I did not get more opportunities at the international level and the one opportunity I got against Australia was not really much of an opportunity,” said Jaggernauth.
Asked what the highlight of his career was, he said: “Winning the regional title back in 2006. We had a very slim chance of winning and we needed to beat Barbados outright in Barbados and to be part of that was special.”
TTCB president Azim Bassarath paid tribute to the off-spinner who he said he had known since he first burst onto the national scene at the Under-15 level.
“Since then,” Bassarath said via press release, “I have closely followed his career and was not surprised when he developed into becoming the best spinner in the Caribbean, taking a regional-best of 40 wickets in 2006-2007.”
He said Jaggernauth’s prowess with the ball played a significant part in their regional triumph in 2006 and the WICB Challenge Cup one year later.
“Although he played only one Test, we were all quite happy that he got the opportunity to wear the maroon cap for the West Indies,” said Bassarath.
A police officer by occupation, Jaggernauth will be pursuing a law degree and Bassarath said the TTCB extended their sincerest best wishes to him and his family for success in all future endeavours.
“We at the TTCB will acknowledge his contribution to local cricket in some tangible fashion,” said Bassarath.
“We are sure that he will remain in the game as he has been involved in it since a toddler,” the TTCB president added.
Jaggernauth confirmed that he will continue playing with his club Queen’s Park Cricket Club.