New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme Retires From International Cricket To Compete In The Big Bash League


Colin de Grandhomme, an all-rounder for New Zealand, abruptly retired from international cricket on Wednesday after being selected to participate in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) around the new year.

A dispute with his primary contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC), which stretched through next July, was created when the 36-year-old was chosen as a “gold” pick for the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL draught on Sunday.

Colin de Grandhomme, New Zealand
Colin de Grandhomme (Image Credit: Twitter)

De Grandhomme opted to retire from international cricket and was released from his contract, NZC announced in a statement on Wednesday.

De Grandhomme, who was born in Zimbabwe and has played 29 tests, 45 one-dayers, and 41 T20s for his adopted country over the last decade, said the grind of international cricket had become increasingly difficult in recent weeks.

Colin de Grandhomme
Colin de Grandhomme Image Source: Twitter

“I also have a growing family and am trying to figure out what my future looks like after cricket,” he stated in a statement released by the NZC.

“I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to play for the Black Caps since my debut in 2012, and I am pleased with my international career,” he says.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead reacted to Colin de Grandhomme’s retirement:

In response to the announcement, New Zealand coach Gary Stead described de Grandhomme as a vital component of the team.

“Colin’s been a tremendously influential part of the BLACKCAPS and contributed to some of the team’s finest triumphs,” he stated.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Image Credit: Twitter)

“His enormous power with the bat and ability with the ball made him a true match winner and an asset to any team.” Stead continued.

“While it is painful to see him go, we understand he is at a point in his career where he wants to take a different path, and we accept that” the coach concluded.

De Grandhomme, a member of the New Zealand side that won the first World Test Championship last year, scored 1,432 runs at an average of 38.70 and got 49 wickets in test matches.

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