Star New Zealand all-rounder announces his shocking retirement from International Cricket

Star New Zealand all-rounder announces his shocking retirement from International Cricket

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has announced his surprising retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 36-year-old made this decision based on a number of factors, which led him to retire from the game at the highest level.

He had a discussion with the New Zealand Cricket Board earlier this week related to this decision, and the board has agreed to it, and he has been released from the central contract. Notably, the all-rounder was born in Zimbabwe, but in search of a way to carry on his passion for cricket, he moved to New Zealand.

However, while announcing his retirement, he mentioned that due to some factors, he was taking such a decision. He pointed out that his injuries and the increasing amount of cricket in all three formats made him choose this.

In a statement in NZC, he said, "I accept that I am not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries. I'm proud of my international career - but I feel this is the right time to finish."

Furthermore, he added that he has been thinking about this decision for the past few weeks and wants to look at his post-retirement career. The all-rounder thanked his teammates, saying that he was honoured to represent his country at the highest level and was thankful to all the players and support staff that were there for over a decade.

De Grandhomme made his international debut for New Zealand in 2012. He has represented the Black Caps in 29 Tests and scored 1432 runs at an average of 38.70 and also had 49 wickets with the best figure of 6/41 against Pakistan.

In ODIs, he has played 45 innings and scored 742 runs at an excellent strike rate of 106.15 and also has 30 wickets with the ball. In T20Is, he has played 41 matches, scoring 505 runs at a strike rate of 138.35 and picking up 8 wickets with the ball in hand.

However, the all-rounder still desires to play at the domestic level for New Zealand when he is required and is willing to discuss the same with the Northern Districts cricket team.

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