Former England captain and Durham’s all-rounder Paul Collingwood has announced that he will retire from first-class cricket after the end of the season. 42-year-old Collingwood, who debuted in first-class cricket in 1996, has scored nearly 17,000 runs so far, including 4259 runs for England in Test cricket.
Collingwood had led the English cricket team to win their one and only ICC T20 World Cup in 2010. It’s toneworthy that this is England’s only ICC title.
Callingwood started his ODI career against Pakistan in 2001. After two years in late 2003, he got the chance to make his Test debut against Sri Lanka. However, He could only score 34 runs in the both innings of his debut Test match.
Colingwood, who was part of the Ashes winning team three times, has played 68 Tests, 197 ODI and 36 T20 Internationals for England. 22 years ago, he first appeared in first class cricket. He plays for Durham in the county.
Paul Collingwood says…
42-year-old Collingwood said, “After quite a thoughts, I have decided to retire from cricket at the end of the session.”
He said, ‘I knew that this day will come, but despite this it was not easy. Although it is an emotional decision, but I know that the time is right for it and I am happy that I have given all this to my game.”
Durham’s chairman Ian Botham said, “Paul Collingwood is one of the greatest all-rounders of cricket. It is a matter of honor for the domestic county Durham that he played for it for so many years.”