Hampshire stalwart Dimi Mascarenhas is to retire from cricket at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old will step down from all forms of the game after announcing his decision at the Ageas Bowl today.
Mascarenhas has been struggling with a recurring Achilles injury, first suffered in 2010.
‘It’s been the toughest decision of my life to call time on my career at Hampshire,’ he said.
‘I feel I have so much left, but my Achilles just isn’t up to it and, as a result, I have to retire.
‘I have had an amazing time here for 18 seasons.
‘There have been many highs and lows, but one thing that has stayed constant is the guys I have played with.
‘All have been tremendous talents and, more importantly, top blokes.
‘I would like to thank Rod (Bransgrove), Giles (White) and pretty much all the staff for making my journey with Hampshire such an enjoyable one.
‘I wish the club the best of luck in the future.
‘I’m sure we have many more trophies on the way.’
Mascarenhas’ decision will bring to an end his long association with Hampshire, which stretches back to 1996, when he joined the county after a spell in the Southern League.
In the years that have followed, the all-rounder has been a mainstay in the Hants ranks, and was appointed captain in 2008.
He has scored over 6,000 first-class runs for the south coast outfit and taken over 400 wickets in the same format.
Mascarenhas, who was the first Englishman to play in the Indian Premier League, led Hampshire to Twenty20 glory at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff last season.
He played 20 one day internationals and 14 T20 games for England.