Albie Morkel announces retirement from all forms of cricket
South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel announces retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect.
The all-rounder announced on Wednesday that it’s time to call it a day and with that, 20 years of professional cricket comes to an end.
Morkel released an emotional statement regarding his retirement and thanked everyone who was the part of his journey –
“Time has run out for me on the cricket field, and I would like to announce my retirement from the game. “The last 20 years of my life took me on an incredible journey, with so many awesome memories that I will cherish forever. “I would like to thank Jacques Faul and everyone involved at the Titans for giving me the opportunity to live my dream.
The squad is in a healthy state and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress that the younger players will make. I will forever be a big Titans fan.
I want to say a big thanks to Cricket South Africa, because it was a huge honour to represent my country. Thank you to my family, friends, supporters and sponsors who were there for me through thick and thin, and most importantly my wife who played an unbelievable supporting role, allowing me to do what I love. Professional sport can be a ruthless space to operate in, and it’s impossible to do it without a solid support system. Thank you so much.”
In 1999-00 domestic season, Morkel made his first-class debut for Easterns. He earned a call-up into the South African ODI set-up for the series against New Zealand in 2004 after snaring 12 scalps in List A games in the 2003-04 season. However, Morkel managed to feature only in one Test match for the Proteas.
The 37-year old all-rounder scored two fifties and picked up 50 wickets in the ODI format while he has scored 572 runs and picked up 26 wickets in the T20Is.