Paul Nixon announces his retirement

Paul Nixon will play his last game at Grace Road in the Friends Life t20 Quarter-Final against Kent on Saturday.

Nixon has the following message to Leicestershire supporters. He said,“I’ve had a very special journey over the years and I’ve always been thankful to Ken Higgs and Mike Turner for signing me for Leicestershire in 1988.

“The Leicester public has been absolutely phenomenal towards me and I want to thank them for all of their support. I want to thank them for all of the letters they’ve sent and all of the good luck messages as I’ve walked onto the pitch.

“I’ve had a great rapport with the Leicester public; they’ve been very kind and generous towards me and my family and I’ll always remember that. I look forward to meeting more people over the next few months and thanking them in person.”

“My body knows now. I can’t do it the way I want to do it anymore; the way I’ve always done it,” he said.

“I can’t keep to those high standards anymore. All of my mentors said to me that you’ll know when the time is right and the time has come. I’ve thought about it for a few months now and am at ease with it. It’s time for the youngsters to have their journeys now.

“I’ve met some amazing people along the way and have some special memories. I’ve loved every ball on the pitch and every moment I’ve been involved in off the pitch too. It’s a very special life and I’ve made sure that I’ve never taken it for granted.”

Nixon captained the Club between 2007 and 2008 has achieved the rare feat of playing in four different decades for the Club. He has amassed 12,088 first-class runs – including 19 centuries – for Leicestershire since making his debut in 1989 and that places him as the 23rd leading run-scorer in the Club’s history.

Nixon played in the Championship successes of 1996 and 1998 and his sixth-wicket partnership of 284 with Phil Simmons at Durham in the first of those triumphs is in the record books. Nixon is behind only Roger Tolchard in the leading first-class dismissals with 772 and is 25th in the chart of leading first-class appearances.

Nixon is the Foxes’ leading run-scorer in the history of t20 with 1,369 and holds an amazing appearance record in the competition. Nixon has appeared in every single competitive t20 match that Leicestershire have played since the format began in 2003 and that will continue against Kent.

The 40-year-old has also scored 5,821 List A runs in 324 appearances, placing him 7th in the list of leading run-scorers. The batsman features in the highest partnership records for both the fifth and sixth wicket. Nixon has claimed the most dismissals of any Leicestershire player in the one-day game and only Nigel Briers has played more games.

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