New Zealand all-rounder Colin De Grandhomme announces retirement from international cricket


Archive photo of Colin De Grandhomme.©AFP

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The country’s supreme cricket board shared the news on social media. The board added that the all-rounder came to the conclusion after discussing it with New Zealand Cricket, who agreed to release him from the central contract. Grandhomme said he was “pretty lucky to have had the opportunity to play” for New Zealand. The 36-year-old said he made the decision to end his international career as it became difficult for him to train his aging body with injuries on the side.

De Grandhomme played 29 Test matches scoring 1,432 runs at 38.70, including centuries against the West Indies and South Africa. His best score was 120 steps out. Meanwhile, he also recorded 49 wickets in the format at an average of 32.95, including six for 41 on his debut against Pakistan.

De Grandhomme also played 45 ODIs and 41 T20Is for New Zealand.

“I accept that I’m not getting any younger and training is getting harder, especially with the injuries,” de Grandhomme said, as quoted by New Zealand Cricket’s official website.

“I also have a growing family and I’m trying to figure out what my future looks like after cricket. This has all been going through my head for the past few weeks.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play for BLACKCAPS since my debut in 2012 and I’m proud of my international career – but I think it’s a good time to end.”

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