Paul Collingwood, the former English all-rounder has bid adieu to first-class cricket where he
played for more than two decades for his county side Durham.
He scored a huge 16,844 runs in more than 300 first-class matches for his side. He will play his last game for Durham
against Middlesex from 24th September.
In the bowling department, he was always brought in to bowl to break a long-standing partnership. He was always a partnership breaker. He took 164 scalps in his first-class career. He even was a spectacular fielder. Many laud him as one of the best fielders whoever graced the game.
“I knew this day would eventually come but it hasn’t made it any easier – although it’s an emotional decision, I know that the time is right and I’m comfortable knowing that I have given every last ounce of energy to the sport. I have achieved so much with both Durham and England; far more than I ever imagined and I feel extremely privileged to have had such
along and rewarding career,” he said as quoted by Durham Website.
“I have achieved so much with both Durham and England; far more than I ever imagined and I feel extremely privileged to have had such a long and rewarding career. It has been an honour to represent Durham County Cricket Club for the last 23 years and I would like to thank the staff, coaches, teammates and members for their tremendous support and for
making my career so enjoyable. I am excited about what the future holds for me and am looking forward to new challenges.”
17 year ago in 2001, Collingwood made his one-day international debut for his country against Pakistan. Two years later he made his test debut. The silver lining of his career is obviously when he led England to their first ever world cup title when they beat arch-rivals Australia in World T20 2010.
Collingwood was thinking about this retirement for a while now and he thanked each and everyone through his above quotes and showed a great gratitude towards the cricket fraternity. In his career, he scored more than 9000 international runs for England in 265 matches. He even took 144 wickets.