South Africa, March 15: South Africa all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy has announced that he will retire from 50-over cricket at the end of the ICC World Cup 2019, which is scheduled to commence from May 30 onwards in England and Wales. The 34-year-old, who made his debut back in 2004, has already retired from Tests as well as first-class cricket. He will remain available for T20Is as of now. The upcoming World Cup will be Duminy’s third – he has represented the Proteas in the 2011 and 2015 editions of the showpiece event.
“The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” he said about his decision.
“While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my teammates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years.”
Duminy has played 193 ODIs so far – scoring 5047 runs at an average of 37.39 – in addition to bagging 68 wickets. The 2019 World Cup will be Duminy’s third appearance in the tournament, having featured for South Africa in 2011 in the subcontinent and in 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
Duminy’s best knock – 150 off 122 – came in 2013 against the Netherlands in a one-off ODI in Amstelveen. In September 2016, he bagged his best ODI figures – 4 for 16 – in a one-off ODI against Ireland in Benoni
The announcement comes close on the heels of Imran Tahir’s, who also revealed that the mega-event in England will be his last in ODI colours. (Agencies)