Lendl Simmons retires from worldwide cricket

West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons has retired from worldwide cricket after 16 years within the sport, two days after fellow Trinidadian and former Windies teammate Denesh Ramdin made the same announcement.

“I’m closing this chapter of worldwide cricket having performed 144 matches and scoring 3,763 runs from all codecs,” Simmons stated within the announcement on Twitter on Monday.

“I nonetheless do in depth coaching and preserve myself comparatively match, so my focus is to proceed enjoying franchise cricket for so long as my physique permits. Hopefully, I can proceed to entertain the individuals of my area and all around the world for a number of extra years as I’m nonetheless timing the ball superbly and beating bowling.”

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The highest-order batsman, who performed for the West Indies in eight Checks, 68 ODIs, and 68 T20Is, final represented the Caribbean aspect towards South Africa in a gaggle stage match ultimately yr’s T20 World Cup.

He stated he had given the sport his all all through his profession.

“I by no means cheated the sport; I gave it 100% of exhausting work and that’s the reason I used to be capable of play internationally for nearly 16 years,” stated Simmons who made his debut for West Indies on December 7, 2006, with an ODI sequence towards Pakistan in Faisalabad earlier than enjoying his first T20 and Take a look at matches in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

The appropriate-handed batsman, occasional right-arm medium tempo bowler and part-time wicketkeeper provided recommendation to younger cricketers as he urged them to not be ashamed to dream large.

“I want the brand new crop of WI gamers all one of the best and to maintain on believing in yourselves and your talents,” he stated.

“It takes quite a lot of quite a lot of willpower, focus, and a robust thoughts to recover from the quite a few hurdles, however it’s all value it in the long run.”

Simmons was a part of the Windies’ successful 2012 and 2016 ICC T20 World Cup groups and took part within the Caribbean Premier League the place he was the main run-scorer with 2,629 runs that included 20 half-centuries from a complete of 91 innings. He additionally took his abilities to the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Tremendous League, Bangladesh Premier League, and the Abu Dhabi T10.

Of his whole 3,763 runs in worldwide cricket, Simmons made 1,958 in ODIs, 1,527 in T20I, and 278 in Checks.

He expressed gratitude to the West Indies cricket workforce for the alternatives offered to him; and thanked his household and pals who have been his “true motivators” and stood alongside him “when the percentages have been towards me”, in addition to his followers who cheered him on from the stands or through social media.

Final Friday, in a submit on Instagram, former West Indies captain Ramdin introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket however not skilled cricket, as he stated he’ll nonetheless be enjoying franchise cricket all over the world.

The wicketkeeper-batter stated the previous 14 years of his profession “have been a dream come true”.

“I fulfilled my childhood goals by enjoying cricket for Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies,” he stated.

Ramdin, who was additionally a part of the West Indies T20 World Cup triumphs in 2012 and 2016 performed a complete of 74 Checks, 139 ODIs and 71 T20Is for the West Indies.

He final performed for the Caribbean aspect in a T20I in December 2019.

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