Ireland fast-bowler Max Sorensen has brought down curtains on his international career at the age of 31 due to a persistent shoulder injury which forced him to ply his trade as a batsman for Leinster Lightning this season.
“I’d like to start by thanking Ireland for the wonderful opportunity of playing cricket for my adopted country,” said Sorensen on July 31 (Monday). “It has been a real privilege and I am so thankful, grateful and blessed for the experiences I have had and friends I have made – it was for me the absolute ultimate.”
The 31-year old, who made his debut in 2012, has bowed out after playing 13 ODIs and 26 T20Is, picking up 16 and 26 wickets in each format. His record in first-class cricket was quite impressive where he picked up 28 wickets at 19.57 including a best of 5 for 37 against Scotland in 2013.
The South Africa-born cricketer also featured in the last three editions of the World T20 in addition to the 2015 World Cup where he replaced an injured Tim Murtagh after missing out on the initial list.
“At this stage of my career, I feel I need to move on with my life. I realise the likelihood of me getting back into the set-up is unlikely, with my various injuries and fluctuating performances in the past year or so. It’s time for me to move forward and hang up the international boots,” he said.
“Once again I want to thank all involved with Irish cricket for their help and support – it truly means a lot,” he added.
John Bracewell, Ireland’s head coach, paid his tribute to the bowler by saying: “On behalf of all the team I’d like to thank Max for all he gave to Ireland over the years. Max was a tireless worker, never giving anything less than 100% effort. He always exhibited professionalism and passion, as well as obvious skill. He was a fine role model to the younger players in the squad, and was a very popular figure in the dressing room. I wish him all the best in his future.”