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New Zealand batsman Colin Munro announces retirement from international cricket
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New Zealand batsman Colin Munro announces retirement from international cricket

Christchurch: New Zealand batsman Colin Munro has decided to draw the curtains on his 123-match international career.

A white-ball specialist, who has featured in two previous T20 World Cups, was hoping to revive his career in New Zealand at next month’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, but the 37-year-old missed out on a recall and decided time to talk about his international career.

“Playing for the BLACKCAPS has always been the greatest achievement of my playing career. I have never felt more proud than putting on that jersey, and the fact that I was able to do it 123 times across all formats is something I will always be incredibly proud of.

“Although it has been a while since my last appearance, I have never given up hope that I might be able to come back with my franchise T20 form. With the announcement of the BLACKCAPS squad for the T20 World Cup, this is the perfect time to officially close that chapter,” Munro told New Zealand Cricket.

Although his international career is now officially over, Munro will continue to play franchise cricket around the world.

The left-hander, who last played in the fifth T20I against India at Bay Oval in 2020, has represented New Zealand in 65 T20Is, 57 ODIs and a single Test, scoring more than 3,000 international runs and taking seven wickets. Munro ends his international career as New Zealand’s current sixth leading T20I run-scorer of all time with 1,724 runs at an average of 31 and a strike rate of 156.4, including three centuries, the most by any New Zealander.

The top-class batsman represented New Zealand at the 2006 ICC Under 19 World Cup in Sri Lanka before making his international debut in all three formats during the 2012-13 tour of South Africa.

He would excel in the white-ball formats and was a key member of the Blackcaps in T20I and ODI teams between 2016 and 2019, featuring at the 2014 and 2016 T20 World Cups and the 2019 ODI World Cup in England. IANS

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