Northampton: In an apparent snub to the Cricket Board, veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid on Sunday announced retirement from One-Day and Twenty20 cricket after the ODI series and one-off T20 International against England just hours after he was named in the squads for both the shorter versions of the game.

Dravid, who made a surprise comeback into India's limited-overs squad for the five-match ODI series after being out of the side for two years, said in a statement here that he was surprised to be chosen for the England series as he has not selected for two years.

"I am honoured and privileged to be selected in the Indian one-day team," he said after India's warm-up match against Northamptonshire in which he did not play.

"Since I had not been picked for one-day cricket for the last two years, I was obviously a little surprised and to be honest, because I had not been picked," he said in the statement issued after the warm-up game.

He said he now wants to concentrate on Tests in the future though he had not informed about it to the BCCI before his selection on Sunday.

"At the end of this one-day series, I would like to announce my retirement from one-day and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I had not informed the selectors or the board of my desire to solely focus on Test cricket," he said.

"I am committed, as always to give my best to India in this one-day series and obviously the Test series that follows."

Dravid was recalled to shore up India's struggling batting line-up by being named in the 16-member squad for the Twenty20 and one-day cricket series against England beginning August 31.

The 38-year-old Dravid, the lone batsman who has been consistent with two back-to-back centuries in the ongoing Test series, makes his way into the one-day fold after a gap of almost two years to provide stability to a brittle line-up struggling in the seaming English conditions.

Dravid last played an ODI match against the West Indies during the 2009 Champions Trophy in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dravid has made 10765 runs in 339 ODIs with an average of 39.43 with 12 hundreds and 82 fifties. He has not played any Twenty20 International match.

He recently became the second highest run-getter in Test cricket -- 12576 runs from 155 matches -- behind Sachin Tendulkar and also levelled Sunil Gavaskar's 34 Test centuries to become the joint highest Indian century maker.

The day's events are likely going to cause a tremor for Dravid's decision is seen as a snub to selectors for ignoring and picking him whenever it suited them in ODI cricket.

Dravid, one of India's most successful ODI batsman ever with 10765 runs to his name from 339 matches at an average of 39.43 and inclusive of 12 centuries and 82 fifties has not been picked for the Indian side since the Champions Trophy match against the West Indies in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 30, 2009. He has not played any Twenty20 International match.

One of the first decisions of Dhoni as skipper was to drop him during the one-day series against Australia at home in 2007. Sourav Ganguly too was laid off at this stage and it was seen as Dhoni was finally trying to ease out seniors and build a team around young players.

However, whenever India seemed in trouble, especially in testing conditions, selectors turned to Dravid but when international cricket came to India, the right-handed batsman was conveniently dropped.

Dravid apparently is not prepared for this to happen to him again and to a situation when he plays in England but when the national team plays in familiar conditions at home, it's somebody else who replaces him in the playing eleven.

Though Dravid has publicly maintained that it did not hurt him that he was not part of India's World Cup winning campaign, it's unlikely he did not feel a twinge of regret on his exclusion.

In the Caribbean recently, Dravid had said he felt India's winning the World Cup also owed to a lot of work which seniors like him and others such as Tendulkar, Ganguly and Anil Kumble did in the preceding decade of 2000.

(Agencies)