Black Caps all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme announces retirement from international cricket

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New Zealand all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme, has decided to depart from international cricket.

Kiwi all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme has decided to bid farewell to international cricket. He had a brief dialogue with New Zealand Cricket administration after which they released him from the central contract. This comes a few days later after he was picked in the Big Bash League draft. Zimbabwe-born, de Grandhomme represented New Zealand in 29 tests, 45 ODI’s, and 41 T20s.

The 36-year-old released a statement via New Zealand Cricket saying that growing competition and injuries have forced him to take this step. He said,

“I have accepted the fact that I am not getting any younger and the training is getting difficult, particularly with recurring injuries. I have a growing family and am trying to understand what my future looks like post-cricket. All of this has been on my mind over the last few weeks.” 

He further thanked NZC and said he was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to represent New Zealand at the highest level and the memories that he made will stick with him for life. He said,

I feel fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play for BLACKCAPS since my debut in 2012 and feel proud of my international career so far, but feel it’s the right time to finish. I have loved being a part of this team over this past decade and feel gratitude for the experiences we have shared together.

Colin: The complete all-rounder

Born in Harare, Colin started by playing for Zimbabwe in the U-19 world cup, in 2004. Later he moved to New Zealand and made his debut in 2012. Colin proved to be a great asset for the team with his all-rounder skills in a career span of 10 years. His exceptional test career includes a total of 1432 runs and 49 wickets with 2 centuries and 8 half-centuries. He was also a part of the World Test Championship(WTC) winning squad against India in Southampton. His ODI numbers consist of 742 runs with 30 odd wickets. He was a part of the Kiwi squad that reached the finals of the ICC ODI World Cup, in 2019. In his 41 T20s, he attained 503 runs with a strike rate of 137.

Gary Stead, New Zealand Coach, said he is sad to see him leave but he understands and stands with Colin’s thoughts completely. He further added,

“Colin has always been a hugely influential part of the BLACKCAPS squad and has contributed to some of the team’s greatest achievements. His immense power with the bat and skills with the ball made him a real match winner and an asset to any given side”

De Grandhomme is still open to playing domestic cricket for NZ and will have necessary discussions with the respective authorities very soon. He now moves to the Big Bash League where he was picked in the draft by Adelaide Strikers.

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