Solomon Mire announces international retirement

Zimbabwean cricket player Solomon Mire, on Friday, announced his retirement from international cricket in the wake of ICC suspending Zimbabwe Cricket. Making the announcement via an Instagram post, Mire revealed that he made up his mind on quitting Zimbabwe cricket and informed his teammates and staff after the Ireland tour.

“I informed the players and tech staff of my decision at the end of the recent tour and wanted to formally announce my decision to retire from Zimbabwe Cricket in all formats with immediate effect,” Mire said in a statement. “It is unfortunate and untimely however to leave under the current circumstances that are out of my control but i have decided to take a step in a new direction.”

Mire first made an impact in Australia in Grade cricket which earned him a spot in the Melbourne Renegades squad for the 2013-14 Big Bash. He then made his international debut in November 2014 where he went wicketless and scored only 11.

Even though he made it to the 2015 World Cup squad, Mire hasn’t been a constant feature in the Zimbabwe XI over the years. He finishes his international career having played two Tests, 47 ODIs and nine T20Is. His career highlight was the century he made in Zimbabwe’s memorable win over Sri Lanka two years ago where his side chased down 317 with 14 balls to spare.

“Representing my country at the highest level for me has been the highest honour and service i could ever give and I have been extremely privileged to have been afforded the opportunity,” he further added.

“My short career has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, stops and starts, frustrations and joys but will be one I shall look upon and cherish for the once in a lifetime opportunity I was lucky enough to experience and for that i would like to express my gratitude. I can say without a doubt that sport and in particular international cricket will always be my biggest lesson in life.”

With Zimbabwe currently suspended by the ICC, more players are expected to take a similar route and announce their international retirements.

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