India will be hosting the sixth ICC T20 World Cup, which begins from March 8. The mega event in the shortest format of the game in all these years has seen the emergence many stars. However, the 2016 edition, which will see some illustrious names of the game taking on the field, may also be their last T20 World Cup. Some big names in the world cricket have already announced their retirement, while some might take a call after the event. Here are the five cricketers who may retire after the World T20 2016:
1) Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum is the captain of the Blackcaps. He is one of the finest players in the T20 format and has set many records to his name in this format. He has led his country for many famous victories over the years. Already 35, he may consider retirement from at least the T20 format after the World Cup. If he does so, he will surely be missed by his fans.
2) Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi is the great Pakistani all-rounder who has entertained the cricket fans for the last two decades. He is a great T20 performer and also known as Boom Boom Afridi. He retired from One-Day cricket last year and has announced his retirement from the T20 format as well.
3) MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni has this ability to surprise everyone with his decision, be it on-field or off the field. He is the best Captain in the history of Indian cricket and the best finisher whose skills are unbelievable in a T20 game. But he has always mentioned that he may not be on the pitch for a long time, as he already stunned the world when he announced his retirement from Tests during the Test Series in Australia. So don’t be surprised if he announces his retirement from the shortest form of cricket after the 2016 T20 World Cup.
4) Lasith Malinga
Fully-fit Malinga is a speed-machine for Sri Lanka and this may be his last and most desired trophy. Lasith Malinga might join the list of players to retire after the 2016 T20 World Cup. Age is not an issue for the Lankan, but he is quite injury-prone and that might push him to take this decision and the pacer might quit his international career after the T20 World Cup.
5) Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor is one of the batting mainstays of New Zealand squad. He has been demolishing the bowling attacks since many years. He has improved as a cricketer over the years and has led his team to many victories. But he now wants to focus on the other formats of the game and hence may retire from T20.