Zimbabwe wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor announced his retirement from international cricket. He will play his last match on Monday (September 13) in the third ODI against Ireland.
Taylor, who made his debut in 2004, made a post on Twitter and wrote that he’s announcing his retirement with a heavy heart and with a lot of learnings; one of them is to be humble.
“It’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing that tomorrow is my last game for my beloved country. 17 years of extreme highs and extreme lows and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Taylor wrote.
“It’s taught me to humble, to always remind myself how lucky I was to be in the position I was in for so long. To wear the badge with pride and leave everything on the field.
“My goal was to always leave the team in a better position as to when I first arrived back in 2004, I hope I have done that,” he added.
Taylor thanked his teammates and coaches before expressing gratitude to his fans for their love and support. He later also mentioned his friends and family in the note.
“To my teammates and coaches past and present. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget you all. To the fans back home who have been so loyal to me over the years. I’m eternally grateful.
“To my friends at home, my parents Debbie Wakefield Taylor my mother-in-law Gail Meyer Readings, and my best mates my two brothers who have been with me every step of the way Grant Taylor Keegan Taylor. Thank you so much,” he wrote.
“Finally to my wife @tkellyanne and our four beautiful boy’s (sic). You have meant everything to me on this journey and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. No more airport heartaches. I look forward to our next chapter. I love you all very much,” he added.
Here is the full post:
Forever grateful for the journey. Thank you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/tOsYzoE5eH
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) September 12, 2021
The 35-year-old played 283 international matches across all formats. Only Grant Flower (288) and Hamilton Masakadza (313) have played more matches for Zimbabwe.