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Essex County Cricket Club has confirmed that Varun Chopra has retired from professional cricket.
The former Essex Academy graduate made his first-class debut for the county in 2006 and went on to make 425 appearances across all formats in his career, scoring 17,995 runs.
Chopra moved to Warwickshire in 2010 and would go on to captain the Bears to their 2014 T20 title before being named club captain a year later.
After initially returning to Essex on loan in 2016, the move was made permanent. Chopra helped Essex to their first County Championship title in a quarter of a century and was a part of the ‘double’ team of 2019 which again lifted the Championship along with the T20 title and subsequently, the Bob Willis Trophy twelve months later.
Speaking about the 34-year-olds decision, Executive Chairman, John Faragher, told www.essexcricket.org.uk: “I would like to thank Varun for his contribution to Essex County Cricket Club during his two terms at the Club.
“I wish him all the very best in the next stage of his career journey, the skills he has developed as an opening batter will see him well in the coming years.
“Varun will always be a welcome visitor at Chelmsford, and we look forward to seeing him whenever his time permits.”