Unlike painters and writers, most sportsmen have only about 10 prime years (20 if you are Sachin Tendulkar) to play, before they have to give up and move on. American basketball player Earl Monroe once said, “Sports is the only profession I know that when you retire, you have to go to work."

The year 2012 saw some umpires and many international cricket players quit the game—some from all forms of the game, some from playing for their country, and some in phases. We list some of the big names with their career statistics to understand what we will never have the pleasure of watching again.

Australia: Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich

India: Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Joshi

England: Mark Ramprakash

New Zealand: Daryl Tuffey

Oldest cricketers from Test-playing nations*

Australia: Mike Hussey, 37

Bangladesh: Abdur Razzak, 30

England: Graeme Swann, 33

India: Sachin Tendulkar, 39

New Zealand: Chris Martin, 38

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq, 38

South Africa: Jacques Kallis, 37

Zimbabwe: Ray Price, 36

Sri Lanka: Thilan Samaraweera, 36

* This is based on the team selected in the last Test the country played/is playing.

Compiled by Manoj Madhavan

Source: www.espncricinfo.com

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