Zimbabwe Cricket’s former captain, Elton Chigumbura is set to retire from international cricket after the conclusion of the ongoing T20 International series against Pakistan.
The development was announced by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on Saturday. The veteran cricketer is retiring after an illustrative 16-year international career that began in 2004.
Since his debut in 2004, the 34-year-old Chigumbura has featured in 14 Tests, 213 ODIs and 54 T20I matches before the start of his farewell series. In a statement, Zim Cricket said:
Former Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura is set to retire from all forms of international cricket at the conclusion of the on-going Pakistan tour.
A veteran of many battles over the past 16 years – during which he served as Zimbabwe’s limited-overs captain from August 2014 before stepping down in January 2016 – Chigumbura made the decision to bring the curtain down on his career as injuries had continued to take a toll on him as well as to pave the way for young blood in the national side.
Chigumbura is the second and only other player from Zimbabwe to achieve a double of 4000 runs and 100 wickets in ODI cricket, after Grant Flower.
He will be remembered for his vital role in his side’s famous victory over Australia in the 2007 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, in which he returned bowling figures of 3/20 from three overs.
Chigumbura also represented Zimbabwe in two editions of the U-19 Cricket World Cup, in 2002 and 2004, featured in the 2011 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and led his side in the 2015 edition of the tournament.
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