JP Duminy, the veteran all-rounder from South Africa, has decided to announce his retirement from one-day international cricket after the upcoming ICC World Cup. Meanwhile, the all-rounder will continue to feature in the T20 format for the Proteas. Notably, Duminy announced his retirement from Test cricket in September 2017.
The 34-year-old will be a crucial stakeholder for the South African team in the pinnacle event. The Proteas will be desperate to lift their maiden trophy this time around. They will start their campaign in the tournament opener against England on May 30. JP Duminy has been out of action in recent times due to injury. He recently came back into action after the South Africa Cricket team recalled him for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka.
I assessed my future during the injury lay-off
Speaking about his decision, JP Duminy admitted that spending time on the sidelines due to injury has helped him evaluate his goals and set goals. Although it was a tough decision, Duminy feels this is the perfect time to hand over the baton to the younger generation. The all-rounder has been a great servant of the South African cricket, and his ability to contribute in all the department made him unparalleled. Duminy also revealed that he would continue playing in the shortest format of the game. However, his main priority will be to grow his family and give them more time.
“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,” he added.
Grateful towards Cricket South Africa
In conclusion, JP Duminy thanked all his colleagues saying that he is obliged to be a part of this big family. However, Duminy has been a globetrotter playing franchise cricket all over the world. However, less game time will ensure him more time for his family.
“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,” he concluded.