Former Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket.
He hasn’t played for Australia since being sent home from the World Twenty20 in England three years ago, but has turned out for several domestic sides in limited-overs cricket.
He would not be playing for his IPL side Mumbai Indians this season as he was quitting competitive cricket in the wake of the impending birth of his first child.
“Effective immediately, I am retiring from all forms of professional cricket,” Symonds said in a statement released to the Australian media.
“Cricket has given me enormous opportunities in my life and I will always be grateful for this. Recently I have had several new and exciting opportunities come my way, and I have decided it’s time to commit to and develop the next stage of my life.”
“It is with regret that I will not be able to fulfill my final year of the IPL with the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians and the IPL have both been very supportive of me, but the impending arrival of my first child is a priority. I appreciate their understanding in my making this decision and I wish the team every success this year.”
“During my time in cricket I have enjoyed the support of many and made numerous friends. I hope to continue to enjoy these friendships through the next stage of my life.”
Mumbai Indians thanked Symonds for his performance in 2011.
“Andrew Symonds was an integral part of Mumbai Indians in season four as well as our Champions League-winning team,” a team spokesman said.
“He was a great team player and the youngsters always looked up to him for guidance.”
Symonds’ Career highlights
Debut: Against Sri Lanka Galle, 2003–04
- Best Test bowling figures: 3/50 (South Africa, Melbourne, MCG, 2005–06).
- Best Test batting score: 162* (India, Sydney, SCG, 3 January 2008).
Debut: Against Pakistan, Lahore, 1998–99
- Best ODI bowling figures: 5/18 (Bangladesh, Manchester, Old Trafford, 2005)
- Best ODI batting score: 156 (New Zealand, Wellington, Westpac Stadium, 7 December 2005)
Batting and fielding averages