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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 January 2007, 09:46 GMT
Gloucestershire's Ball to retire
Martyn Ball
Ball was also chairman of the Professional Cricketers' Association
Veteran Gloucestershire off-spinner Martyn Ball has announced his retirement from professional cricket.

The 36-year-old spent his 19-year career at Gloucestershire, playing in 504 matches, taking 704 wickets and scoring more than 6500 runs.

He was also toured India as part of the England squad in 2001-02.

Ball said: "I have spent 19 fantastic years at Gloucestershire and have enjoyed becoming an integral part of a hugely successful one-day team."

During his time at the club, Gloucestershire won eight one-day titles.

Ball was also involved with the Professional Cricketers' Association, initially as a players' representative before rising to become chairman.

PCA group chief executive Richard Bevan added: "Martyn has had a distinguished career on the field and has been a superb ambassador for the PCA."

He will take up a position with a real estate development company based in America.



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