We have seen many retirements in the international cricket some with a good farewell, some in unfortunate conditions but today we going to look at the recent shocking retirements by the players due to T20 leagues.
Recent retirements which were a shock for the fans due to T20 leagues
1. Alex Hales
English cricketer Alex Hales has officially retired from international cricket, marking the end of his nearly 12-year career. Hales, who was part of England’s T20 World Cup-winning squad, has decided to step away from the international scene, making himself available for franchise cricket worldwide. His decision comes after opting out of England’s Bangladesh tour to participate in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
Over his international career, Hales played in 75 T20Is, 70 ODIs, and 11 Test matches for England. In Tests, he scored 573 runs at an average of 27.28, while in ODIs, he amassed 2,419 runs at an average of 37.79, including six centuries and 14 fifties. In T20Is, Hales scored 2,074 runs at an average of 30.95, with a strike rate of 138.55, securing one century and 12 fifties.
Hales’ standout performance came during the 2022 T20 World Cup, where he was the eighth-highest run-scorer, accumulating 212 runs in six matches at an average of 42.40. His crucial unbeaten 86 against India in the semi-finals played a significant role in England’s campaign. Hales’ retirement opens up opportunities for him to participate in various T20 leagues across the globe. Among English T20I batsmen, he ranks third in terms of runs scored, behind Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan, and holds the record for the second-highest number of fours hit by an England player (225).
2. Chris Morris
South African cricketer Chris Morris has recently announced his retirement from all formats of the game after a successful 12-year career. The 34-year-old all-rounder will be transitioning into a coaching role with the South African domestic team, Titans.
Taking to Instagram, Morris expressed his gratitude to everyone who played a role in his cricket journey, regardless of its size, and reflected on the enjoyable ride he’s had.
Morris’ final appearance for South Africa was in the 2019 ODI World Cup, where he emerged as the team’s leading wicket-taker. Over the course of his international career, he represented his country in 69 matches across T20s, ODIs, and Tests, claiming a total of 94 wickets.
Known for his ability to send the ball beyond 140 kilometers per hour, Morris showcased his skills not only as a potent bowler but also as a powerful lower-order batsman. He made his international debut in December 2012 in a T20I match, followed by his ODI debut in June 2013. His Test debut came a few years later, in January 2016.
Morris’ prowess in all facets of the game made him a sought-after asset in T20 leagues, resulting in lucrative paychecks, particularly in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions. Despite having played only one T20I match at the time, he fetched a remarkable $625,000 bid from the Chennai Super Kings, a considerable increase from his base price of $20,000. His market value soared further in subsequent IPL auctions, with various teams vying for his services.
His Test career, spanning four matches, saw Morris take 12 wickets at an average of 38.25. Interestingly, his Test debut against England also marked his highest Test score of 69.
In ODIs, Morris played 42 matches, capturing 48 wickets at an average of 36.58, with an economy rate of 5.56. While his batting average stood at 20.30, his strike rate of 100.43 underscored his potential to be a game-changing batsman.
However, Morris’ most lasting impact was in the T20 format, where he featured in 234 matches, including 23 for South Africa between 2012 and 2019. He impressively claimed 290 wickets at an average of 22.21, accompanied by an economy rate of 7.78. His batting strike rate of 150.04 further highlighted his ability to be a dynamic force with the bat.
Throughout his career, Morris showcased his talents on cricket fields around the world, representing various teams and leagues. His contributions extended from his time with South African sides like Nelson Mandela Bay Giants, North West, Lions, and Titans, to stints in England with Surrey and Hampshire, the West Indies with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, and Australia with the Sydney Thunder.
3. Mohammad Amir
At the age of 28, Pakistani fast-bowler Mohammad Amir has declared his retirement from international cricket on December 17. Having debuted for Pakistan in 2009, Amir played a crucial role in their victory at the 2009 T20 World Cup and notably took the wickets of India’s top three batsmen, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan, in the final of the triumphant 2017 Champions Trophy campaign in England.
Mohammad Amir’s accumulated net worth stands at $3 million (₹22 crore). This sum encompasses earnings from his service to Pakistan cricket through the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Additionally, he receives compensation for his participation in County Cricket for Essex in England, as well as for his involvement in T20 leagues like the Lanka Premier League (LPL) and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
During the recent LPL 2020 season, Mohammad Amir represented the Galle Gladiators. Although his team reached the final, they fell short of clinching the title, which went to the Jaffna Stallions. For his contributions to the Sri Lanka-based T20 tournament, Mohammad Amir received a salary of $25,000 (₹17,50,000).