Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand has retired from international Cricket after being named a surprise selection in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League.
The 36-year-future old’s as an international player was called into question when he was chosen as a “gold” pick for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL draught on Sunday.
While the all-deal rounders with New Zealand Cricket were set to expire in July 2023, the BBL will start in December.
The 2012 season was the player’s debut, and he participated in 29 Test matches.
Trent Boult, a New Zealand bowler, was released from his central contract to concentrate on playing in the lucrative Twenty20 leagues throughout the globe, which led to his choice.
De Grandhomme, who has participated in 45 One-Day Internationals and 41 T20 matches for his adoptive homeland, attributed his decision to injuries and rising competitiveness in the national team.
In a statement by New Zealand Cricket, he stated, “I understand I’m not getting any younger and that the training is becoming tougher, especially with the injuries.”
“I also have a growing family and am attempting to envision my life beyond Cricket. Over the last several weeks, I’ve been thinking about this.
“I’ve been lucky to have the chance to play for the Black Caps since making my international debut in 2012, and I’m pleased of my international career, but I believe that this is the perfect moment to retire,” the player said.
De Grandhomme amassed 1,432 Test runs at a 38.70 batting average while also taking 49 wickets. He competed for New Zealand on the squad that won the first World Test Championship in 2017.
Gary Stead, the coach of the New Zealand Black Caps, said of Colin: “Colin has been a tremendously significant component of the Black Caps and contributed to some of the team’s finest accomplishments.”
While it’s painful to see him depart, we understand that at this point in his career, he wants to take a new path, and we respect that.