Corey Anderson has quit New Zealand cricket with immediate effect after accepting a three-year contract with the upcoming Major League Cricket T20 in the USA. The allrounder recently confirmed the development as he thanked New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for their support.
Corey Anderson has ended his journey with New Zealand cricket after representing them in 93 games across formats. His finest moment with the Black Caps came in 2014 when he hit the then fastest ODI century, reaching the milestone in just 36 balls against West Indies. A year later AB de Villiers broke his record with a 31-ball ton against West Indies.
He was soon rewarded by Mumbai Indians with his maiden IPL contract and Corey Anderson became an instant hit with the fans. While he did not really set the tournament on fire, his unbeaten knock of 95 off just 44 balls in a must-win clash made him carve his own place in Mumbai Indians’ folklore. He was also an integral part of New Zealand’s World Cup run in 2015, albeit ending up as runners-up.
“It’s been a huge honor and extremely proud to represent New Zealand. I would have loved to have achieved and played more but just is what it is sometimes, and different opportunities arise and send you in a direction you never thought would be a possibility. Very appreciative for everything that NZC has done for me,” Corey Anderson told Cricbuzz as he confirmed his move to USA cricket.
A career that promised so much at the start was marred by a spate of injuries. Due to his constant struggles with injuries, Corey Anderson never really managed to play at a stretch for New Zealand. His last appearance for the Black Caps came way back in November 2018.
Speaking further about his decision, Corey Anderson said it was not an easy one. He revealed how his fiance helped him in making the decision and move to USA for the final stretch of his cricket career.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision. I asked myself several questions. What do I want to do now or what do I want to achieve in the next two years, five years, 10 years? As you get older you think about life a little bit more broadly as well. And obviously, my fiance, Mary Margaret, who’s born and raised in America, she’s had a massive part to play in that because she’s sacrificed so much for me, by moving to New Zealand, getting immersed in a different culture there and, and supporting me through a lot of tough times with injuries and time out of cricket.
So, when the opportunity arose, we thought that living in America is the best thing, not only for my cricket, but it’s, it’s the best thing for both of us in general as well,” Corey Anderson added.