Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak has heaped praise on retiring team-mate Andy Flower ahead of his country's final game of this World Cup.
Zimbabwe can no longer make the semi-finals even if they beat Sri Lanka on Saturday.
But Streak confirmed that the whole team will be making a special effort to send off their star batsman with a rousing victory.
"There's pride to play for but it's also Andy Flower's last game for Zimbabwe so it will be a great effort and a good sending-off gift if we can win for him," Streak said.
"If you look at his stats, his ability and his experience a player of that quality is going to leave a huge void in any side anywhere in the world.
It's a pity he's had to quit but no one holds anything against Andy
"He's been a great servant of Zimbabwe cricket and the rock in our side for a number of years."
Streak spoke about the immense respect afforded to Flower from all quarters.
"Everyone's always looked up to him," he said.
"He's pulled us out of a number of tough situations and always been the benchmark for
"It will be a great loss for us but hopefully he's not lost to Zimbabwe cricket for good."
FLOWER FACT FILE
63 caps, 4794 runs at 51.54
151 catches, 9 stumpings
212 caps, 6748 runs at 35.32
141 catches, 32 stumpings
While wishing him well for the future, Streak hinted that Flower's decision to foresake international cricket for the English county game might have been motivated by other life-style considerations.
"Unfortunately, particularly in Zimbabwe, when someone is nearing the end of their career, he has to consider not only the playing and enjoyment side of things, but his future and family," said Streak.
"When you're a player of his quality and can get a contract to play county cricket, those are considerations he's had to take into account.
"It's a pity he's had to do that but no one holds anything against Andy."