Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien confirmed his retirement from international cricket after a career that spanned 16 years.
His most memorable moment came in the 2011 ODI World Cup when he scored a scintillating century against England to help Ireland chase down a mammoth 328-run total in Bengaluru.
Taking to Twitter, O’Brien said that he took the decision after he realized the management has started looking at other options following last year’s T20 World Cup.
“Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country. I had hoped to finish my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia but having not been picked for the Irish squad since last year’s World Cup, I feel that the selectors and management are looking elsewhere.”
“I have enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side,” O’Brien wrote.
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— Kevin O'Brien (@KevinOBrien113) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien on plans of setting up coaching academy
O’Brien revealed his intention of building his own coaching academy in Ireland hoping to make use of his experience having played across multiple leagues in different countries.
“I have enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side. It’s now onto the next stage of my life and my career for me, the time is right.”
“I want to continue to grow my own Coaching Academy here in Ireland and I have some exciting opportunities coming up in the near future. I also want to continue to gain coaching experience overseas and hopefully will have more opportunities with some international and professional sides in the near future,” O’Brien added further.