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Manpreet Gony follows in the footsteps of Yuvraj Singh, Signs for Toronto Nationals after retirement

Manpreet Gony, the 35-year-old pacer from Punjab. has officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket except overseas short-format leagues through a letter sent to the Punjab Cricket Association.

Gony, who played two ODIs for India, apart from playing 44 IPL matches and 61 first-class matches for Punjab, brought down curtains on his 12-year-long first class and international career.

Manpreet Gony was the joint-leading wicket taker for CSK along with Albie Morkel in 2007.

A 23-year-old Gony made his first-class debut in 2007 as a fast bowler and started out in the shorter formats in domestic cricket the following year, while also picking up a contract with Chennai Super Kings(CSK) in the inaugural season of the IPL. He was CSK's joint leading wicket-taker that season along wish Albie Morkel and earned an India call-up soon after.

However, the stint with the national team didn't go too well as he played just two games in the 2008 Asia Cup, not getting the opportunity to bat and picking up just two wickets.

His career was plagued with injuries, and while he continued to play, he cut down on his pace in a big way, losing his effectiveness. He featured in the Indian domestic competition in the 2018-19 season recently, playing all three formats for Punjab.

Sushil Kumar, the Punjab Cricket Association spokesperson said, "Manpreet Gony has been a wonderful cricketer for Punjab, he was one of our fastest bowlers when at his prime, and one of the most potent weapons in our arsenal, It's sad to see him go, but he has had a lot of injuries and was struggling. He was also very upset at not getting an IPL team this year. Unfortunately, being an international cricketer, he had a high base price, and no one picked him."

Manpreet Gony has now signed up for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada league, following in the footsteps of Yuvraj Singh.

The Global T20 league will start on 25th July later this year and the first match will be played between TORONTO NATIONALS VS. VANCOUVER KNIGHTS at Brampton.