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New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme announces international retirement

Colin de Grandhomme represented New Zealand in 29 Tests, 45 ODIs and 41 T20Is.

New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has announced his decision to retire from international cricket, ending a 10-year-long career.

The 36-year-old cricketer has been suffering from injuries for a while now and he finds it difficult to overcome those obstacles as he is not getting any younger.

“I accept I’m 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,” he said in a statement released by the New Zealand Cricket board.

Grandhomme, who represented Zimbabwe in U19 World Cup, later moved to New Zealand and made his international debut in 2012 against Zimbabwe in a T20I game.

“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.”

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Colin de Grandhomme represented the Black Caps 29 Tests, 45 ODIs and 41 T20Is, amassing 1432, 742, and 505 runs in the respective formats. Being an all-rounder, he also picked up 91 scalps in the process across all formats. Notably, he played a vital role in New Zealand reaching the 2019 World Cup and also in their World Test Championship title victory in 2021.

“I’ve loved being part of this team over the past decade and am grateful for the experiences we’ve shared together,” he said. “I’ve made many lasting friendships with team-mates, coaching staff and opponents, and will treasure the memories for the rest of my life,” he added.

What’s next for Colin de Grandhomme?

Grandhomme has expressed his desire to continue playing in the domestic T20 leagues. He was even picked by the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League draft earlier this week. With the announcement of his retirement, he will free up more space to participate in more leagues across the globe.

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