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New Zealand All-Rounder Retires From International Cricket: De Grandhomme Calls It Quits

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 36 years old. He follows in the footsteps of former England white ball captain Eoin Morgan, who made a similar announcement in June, whilst more recently, de Grandhomme’s former team-mate, pace bowler, Trent Boult, has confirmed that he is scaling back his international commitments.

De Grandhomme has cited injuries, and increased competition from others across all three formats of the game. Like Boult, he has a growing family, and is now planning for life beyond cricket.

 

T20 cricket

Undoubtedly playing a part in his decision also are the temptations of franchise cricket. Earlier in the week, he caught New Zealand Cricket (NZC) off-guard when it was confirmed that he had been drafted by the Adelaide Strikers to play for them in the next edition of the Big Bash League,

Although NZC were in talks as to how this might be accommodated, de Grandhomme has effectively taken the decision out of their hands by retiring from the international game.

He is part of a growing trend for players to walk away from international cricket because of the riches that are on offer playing in the various T20 leagues around the world. Although England captain Ben Stokes, for example, claimed that scheduling issues forced him to quit ODI cricket, it also leaves him free to play in some of the more lucrative T20 competitions, like the Indian T20 league.

Few can blame them. Cricket is a relatively short career, and, for the elite players, T20 leagues offer them the chance to earn potentially life-changing sums of money that can give security to them and their families for life. 

In fact, players like de Grandhomme who have played all three formats of the game are starting to become outliers.

 

Zimbabwe born

De Grandhomme was actually born in Zimbabwe and played for them at the under-19 World Cup in 2004. Both his uncle and father before him had played for the country, but, in 2006, he made the difficult decision to emigrate to New Zealand in search of better playing opportunities.

 

International debuts

He appeared for Auckland in domestic cricket before he earned his first call-up to the national side when he was selected for a T20I game against Zimbabwe, and then, a month later, played his first ODI for his adopted country against South Africa

It would take him nearly four years until he made the Test XI, debuting against Pakistan on their tour of the country. But he announced himself in style, scoring a half century, and taking five wickets. He was named Player of the Match as the Kiwis won by eight wickets in Christchurch.

 

International career summarised

In all he played in 29 tests for his country, with his last appearance coming against England in June. He scored just over 4,000 runs at an average of 38.70 and took 49 wickets. The highlight of his test career was last year when he was part of the Kiwi side that beat India at Southampton to win the inaugural WTC (World test Championship).

He also featured in 45 ODIs and was a member of the side that narrowly missed out on winning the World Cup in 2019. Meeting England in the final at Lords’ the scores were level after the regulation 50 overs a side and one Super Over each. England, though, won the tournament courtesy of the number of boundaries scored.

As far as T20Is are concerned, he appeared for the Black Caps 41 times, with his last match coming against Zimbabwe last September. He was not part of the squad for the World Cup in Dubai last year, and did not appear part of the selectors’ plans for the tournament in Australia later this year either.

 

Franchise career

De Grandhomme is not unknown to Indian fans. He appeared for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2017 version of the Indian T20 league and then spent the next two seasons with the Rajasthan Royals.

He has also played in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for the Jamaica Tallawahs and Saint Lucia Zouks, and played county cricket in England for Warwickshire, Hampshire, and most recently, Surrey.

   

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