In what comes as massive news from South African cricket’s perspective, all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, confirmed Cricket South Africa (CSA). The 33-year-old, who debuted for South Africa in 2016, had a short-lived career wherein he played 30 T20 Internationals (T20I), 27 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Tests. Pretorius also featured in two World Cups for South Africa.
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) today confirmed that Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has retired from international cricket with immediate effect,” said the cricket board in a release. Meanwhile, Pretorius said it was the toughest decision of his life. The all-rounder further stated that retiring from international cricket will help him focus on franchise cricket.
“A few days ago, I made one of the toughest decisions of my cricketing career. I have decided to retire from all forms of international cricket. Growing up, my only goal in life was to play for the Proteas. I didn’t know how it was going to happen, but God gave me talent and a serious will to succeed. The rest was in his hands,” said the 33-year-old in the statement released by CSA.
“I am shifting my focus to T20 and other shorter formats for the rest of my career. Being a free agent will help me achieve the goal of being the best short format player I can be. By doing this, I will be able to have a better balance in my career and family life.”
“I leave the Proteas team knowing that every time I stepped on to the field, I gave everything I had in me. From playing with broken toes, fingers and torn muscles, to carrying drinks, team meetings and helping other players wherever I could. It has been a blast. Thank you to all the fans for your support and love -you made it extra special,” Pretorius signed off.