HARARE – Former England batsman Gary Ballance, who recently switched international allegiance to his native Zimbabwe and scored a century on his Test debut for the Southern African side, against the West Indies in Bulawayo in February, has decided to retired from all forms of cricket altogether.

Below is the statement by the 33-year-old Harare-born batter:

“After much thought, I have decided to retire from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect,” Ballance said in a statement issued by the Professional Cricketers Association.

“I had hoped my move to Zimbabwe would provide me with a new-found happiness for the game and I will always be thankful to Zimbabwe Cricket for providing me with an opportunity to return to international cricket and welcoming me into their team.

“However, I have reached the stage where I no longer have the desire to dedicate myself to the rigours of professional sport and this would do Zimbabwe Cricket and the game itself a disservice, should I carry on. I wish them every success going forward.”



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