Colin de Grandhomme has announced his retirement from international cricket.
The 36-year-old made the decision on Wednesday after discussions with New Zealand Cricket, with the two parties agreeing a release from his central contract.
The all-rounder, who represented New Zealand in over 100 matches across three formats, acknowledged that fitness challenges and raising a family contributed to the decision.
“I accept I’m not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries,” de Grandhomme acknowledged.
“I also have a growing family and am trying to understand what my future looks like post-cricket. All of this has been on my mind over the past few weeks.
De Grandhomme was a member of New Zealand side that won the 2021 World Test Championship final, and played a key role in the side's 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign, reaching the final at Lord's.
Making over 3000 runs and taking important wickets for New Zealand, de Grandhomme feels a sense of pride of featuring in a successful period for the team.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play for the Black Caps since debuting in 2012 and I’m proud of my international career, but I feel this is the right time to finish."
Coach Gary Stead led the tributes following the decision.
“Colin’s been a hugely influential part of the BLACKCAPS and contributed to some of the team’s greatest achievements,” he said.
“His immense power with the bat and skills with the ball made him a real match winner and an asset to any side.
“While it’s sad to see him go - we appreciate he’s at a stage in his career where he’s looking to head in a different direction and we respect that."
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