Giving up First-class cricket was the toughest decision, says Colin Munro

New Zealand’s ferocious limited overs’ opening batsman Colin Munro, who has by far been spicing it up with the bat in the shorter version of the game, recently made up his mind to quit playing the longest version of the distinguished sport.

Giving up First-class cricket was the toughest decision, says Colin Munro

The southpaw has been the productive opener for Kiwis in setting the tone for team’s build-up play and his records in ODIs and T20Is serve as a testament to the fact. His decisive approach and exploits with the bat have helped him earn the tag of a white-ball player.

He is one heck of a perfect entertainer has also played a real case for himself as a viable opening batsman in limited overs cricket. However, he has failed to covert his white-ball tempo in the longest version of the sport.

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Ever since his Test debut in January 2013, the southpaw has failed to make it to the Test squad. His poor run of form is haunting him badly. He himself knew that he was struggling to make an impact in the game.

Hence, he decided to give space to others by giving up on the longest version. However, he reckons that giving up first-class cricket was indeed a hard choice. “To give up first-class cricket was a tough decision and I have been thinking about it for the last couple of years,” Munro was quoted as saying by The Hindu on Sunday.

This means that he will be concentrating on the other two formats to play the fearless brand of cricket. “It wasn’t easy to give up 10 years of first-class cricket and about 50 matches, but I wasn’t getting the rewards I wanted,” he added.

The left-handed opener is looking forward to playing the next World Cup in England. He is confident about his team’s chances in the iconic tournament considering their recent success in England in the white-ball format.

“I think New Zealand would play well in the conditions of England, where we have had successes in the past. England, West Indies and India, too have good chances in what I think will be a hotly contested World Cup, with all teams playing one another once,” he said.

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