Ireland’s wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien, elderly 36, has determined to name it a day after making 216 internation appearances for his nation.
Making his debut in Ireland colors 16 years in the past in 2002, O’Brien went directly to turn out to be their maximum capable wicketkeeper ever, effecting as many as 241 dismissals.
He may be the fourth best run-scorer for Ireland with 6,097 runs at a median of 31.59. He scored 8 centuries and 33 half-centuries for his nation. His best ranking of 176 got here towards United Arab Emirates in 2005, and it was once virtually eclipsed 3 years later towards the similar facet, however eventully he fell wanting simply two runs.
While formally bidding good-bye to world cricket, O’Brien reckoned he has no regrets and can take the go away endlessly from cricket with utmost happiness.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement but I look back with nothing but smiles and laughter,” stated O’Brien.
“I always tried to play with a smile on my face and with an enjoyment that I think all people could see whether watching from the stands, standing with me in the field or coming up against me for the opposition,” he added.
“From playing relatively small fixtures at the start of my career to competing and winning world cup matches to being there to play in our first Test match meant I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamt and for this I look back with nothing but fondness.”
O’Brien’s performed for Kent, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire within the English county cricket, whilst he completed with North-West Warriors within the Irish interprovincial sequence. He additionally performed for Rangpur Riders within the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).