Ireland’s cricket scene bids farewell to a stalwart as middle-order batter Shauna Kavanagh announces her retirement from international cricket. With a career spanning over a decade, Kavanagh’s decision to hang up her international boots marks the end of a remarkable journey.
Having left an indelible mark, Kavanagh participated in 27 ODIs and 58 T20Is during her international career. Notably, her final appearance on the global stage took place in September 2022, during the T20I World Cup Qualifier against Bangladesh. Despite her recent selection for T20Is against Netherlands, she didn’t get the chance to step onto the field.
Kavanagh’s impact extended to the T20I World Cups in 2016 and 2018, and she was part of this year’s edition as well. Her dedication to the sport remains steadfast, as she plans to continue her cricketing journey with the Pembroke Cricket Club and as a Scorchers member in the Evoke Super Series.
Reflecting on her retirement, Kavanagh shared,
“The decision to retire from international cricket is something I have been contemplating for a while, and now feels like the right time to conclude my playing journey with Ireland.”
She further expressed,
“Playing cricket for Ireland has been a significant part of my life for a very long time, and there is no doubt this will be an emotional transition,” as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Ed Joyce, the head coach of Ireland Women’s team, lauded Kavanagh as an exceptional team player who consistently aimed to elevate her skills and contribute to the team’s growth. Joyce highlighted Kavanagh’s commitment to learning wicketkeeping skills later in her career, showcasing her dedication to fulfilling the team’s requirements.
“Shauna embodies the essence of a team player, a dedicated professional who constantly sought improvement and evolution in her game. Even her decision to develop wicketkeeping skills in the latter part of her career exemplifies her steadfast focus on the team’s needs, resulting in her becoming a proficient keeper.”
While Kavanagh’s departure leaves a void, she will continue to feature in the Super Series, using her experience to guide the upcoming generation of players, according to Joyce. As Kavanagh bids adieu, Laura Delany, Ireland’s captain, highlighted her role as a shining role model for budding talents. Delany underscored Kavanagh’s strong work ethic, team commitment, and unwavering support that she extended to her teammates throughout the years.