Eng­land women’s cap­tain Edwards re­tires

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LON­DON—Long-serv­ing Eng­land women’s cap­tain Char­lotte Edwards an­nounced her re­tire­ment on Wed­nes­day af­ter a sparkling and pi­o­neer­ing 20-year ca­reer.

The 36-year-old led her coun­try to glory in the Ashes, World Cup and ICC World Twenty20, win­ning a world-record 309 caps and scor­ing over 10,000 runs across the for­mats.

“Ev­ery­one who knows me — and how much I love play­ing for Eng­land — will ap­pre­ci­ate what a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion it has been for me to re­tire from in­ter­na­tional cricket,” she said in a state­ment.

“It’s a de­ci­sion I’ve reached af­ter much thought and de­tailed dis­cus­sion with (Eng­land coach) Mark Robin­son and (di­rec­tor of Eng­land women’s cricket) Clare Con­nor about what is best for the team go­ing for­ward.

“I have given 20 years to play­ing for Eng­land and I leave very proud of the stand­ing in which the women’s game is held and of my con­tri­bu­tion as a player and cap­tain.”

Edwards led Eng­land on 220 oc­ca­sions, with the high­lights of her cap­taincy in­clud­ing three Ashes tri­umphs against Aus­tralia — in 2008, 2013 and 2014 — and a World Cup/ World Twenty20 double in 2009. In 2008, she was named the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil’s Women’s Player of the Year and and in 2014 was se­lected as a Wis­den Crick­eter of the Year.

She will con­tinue to play do­mes­tic cricket as cap­tain of Kent and the South­ern Vipers, in this year’s in­au­gu­ral Su­per League.

Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief ex­ec­u­tive Tom Har­ri­son paid Edwards a ful­some trib­ute.

“Her out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the game dur­ing that time are un­ri­valled, and in many as­pects, are un­likely to ever be sur­passed.

“She leaves the most won­der­ful legacy, hav­ing in­spired count­less women and girls around the world to pick up a bat and a ball and play the game she so clearly loves.”

The ECB is ex­pected to name a suc­ces­sor to Edwards as cap­tain in due course.—AFP

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