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Kiwi star Colin de Grandhomme retires

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday.

The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the development through an official release.

The 36-year-old cricketer made his decision after discussions with the country’s cricket board and hence, has been released from his central contract.

De Grandhomme said in an official statement – “I accept that I am not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries.”

“I also 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 past few weeks.”

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play for the Black Caps since debuting in 2012 and I’m proud of my international career – but I feel this is the right time to finish.”

New Zealand will miss this feisty cricketer who made a mark in his brief yet impressive career.

De Grandhomme represented New Zealand in 29 matches, scoring 1432 runs at 38.70 and picking up 49 wickets.

He featured in 18 wins, playing a key role in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship campaign against India in Southampton.

Colin was also impressive in ODIs, scoring 742 runs in 45 games and scalping 30 wickets at an average of 41.00.

He also played in 41 T20Is, scoring 505 runs at a strike rate of 138.35 and taking 12 wickets at 38.41.

All the best for future, Colin!

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