If you ask me, his retirement plans should be in the coming months instead of years. Earliest should be next year after one of the major tournaments, not until 2020. He promised to defend his AE title. Looking at his match against Prannoy which he should have won on paper, no disrespect to Prannoy, his movement, anticipation, judgement etc, they are no more at a level where he can beat the younger players. The fire wasn't even there. His stay is probably due to contract commitments and politicians (you know who). If it's the former, agreeable but not the latter. It would be very sad if he follows the same path as Taufik, one of my favourites.