New Delhi: VVS Laxman may put an end to all the speculations surrounding his retirement plans by making his decision public on Saturday, as reported by the Times of India.
"Laxman has decided to announce his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. He spoke to me this morning and said he is quitting Test cricket," the Times of India quoted one of Laxman's former team-mates as saying.
The news first broke out on Friday when the daily The Hindu reported it. "A final decision will be taken about the exact details of my [retirement] plans by this [Friday] evening," the newspaper quoted Laxman.
It has been also believed that Laxman, who was initially geared up for a lengthy international season at home, is hurt by comments that he is blocking the chances of youngsters by not calling it quits.
Laxman made his Test debut in 1996 against South Africa and since then played 134 Tests scoring 8781 runs, including 17 centuries and 56 fifties. He also played 86 ODIs scoring 2338 runs with six hundreds.
However, in his last 11 Tests, the Hyderabad batsman has scored just 635 runs and averaged 22.75 and 19.38 on the tours of England and Australia respectively.
Laxman will be third of the 'Fab Four' to retire from international cricket after Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, with just Sachin Tendulkar left in the international fold.
Laxman will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. on Saturday, where he is expected to announce his retirement at the end of Hyderabad Test against New Zealand.