West Indies batting maestro Lendl Simmons announced his decision to retire from international cricket on Monday. The Trinidadian cricketer who made his debut for West Indies way back in 2006 has decided to draw curtains on what has been an illustrious career. The 37-year-old last represented West Indies at the T20 World Cup in 2021.
The announcement of Lendl Simmons’ retirement from international cricket came from his CPL franchise Trinbago Knight Riders' social media handle. “Congratulations on a terrific international career, @54simmo. He retires from @windiescricket with 3763 runs across all three formats with an ODI highest score of 122 vs Bangladesh. Happy second innings, Simmo,” wrote TKR while announcing the 37-year-old’s retirement.
Notably, Lendl Simmons represented West Indies in all three formats. The Trinidadian cricketer made his international debut against Pakistan in 2006 when he played his first ODI for the West Indies. Simmons then went on to play 68 ODIs for West Indies before losing his place in the 50-over format. He scored 1958 runs @31.58 in 65 innings. Simmons also had one ODI wicket to his name.
After representing West Indies in ODIs, Simmons got a chance to play for West Indies in the shortest format when he was handed his debut cap in 2007. The 37-year-old played his first T20I match against England. The swashbuckling batter then went on to play 68 T20Is for West Indies where he amassed 1527 runs at 26.78. Simmons also had six wickets to his name in Twenty-20 cricket.
While the batter had a good white-ball career, he did not last long in red-ball cricket as he only played eight Tests in his two-year career. Lendl Simmons made his Test debut against England in 2009 and played his last Test against Bangladesh in 2011. The right-handed batter only scored 278 runs in those eight Tests.
Lendl Simmons' most notable contributions to West Indies cricket included playing a match-winning knock of 82* (51) against India in the 2016 T20 World Cup Semifinal after which they went on to lift the trophy by beating England in the finals.