Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) on Saturday honoured the just-retired VVS Laxman by naming the north stand of the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal after the stylish right-hander.

HCA president G Vinod hoped Laxman would continue to play for Hyderabad in the domestic circuit.

"On the day of his retirement, we appeal to him (Laxman) to continue playing for Hyderabad. We wish him all the best for a great future," Vinod said.

"We request him to serve Hyderabad cricket as he has done in the past," he added.

Laxman, who won many a match for India with his wristy elegance including an epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata, on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, bringing down the curtains on a glorious career spanning 16 years.

The 37-year-old Laxman, one of the finest batsmen in contemporary cricket, said that he felt it was the right time to bid adieu to the game which he played with "great pride for the country".

Laxman made it clear that he will continue to play for Hyderabad till this year.

"It was a dream for me to play for India since childhood and I am extremely thankful to the Almighty for giving me the opportunity to serve my country."


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