The World Cup-winning captain of England who led the team to the ultimate glory in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2019, Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from all formats of professional cricket with immediate effect.
The 36-year-old star cricketer had already taken retirement from international cricket in July 2022. His career started as a player for Ireland, and then he got to play for England regularly in shorter formats.
Morgan announced his retirement on his social media platforms with a statement post.
He said in the statement, “It is with great pride that I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket. After much deliberation, I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years. From moving to England in 2005 to join Middlesex, right up to the very end, playing for Paarl Royals in SA20, I have cherished every moment.
“As there are in every sportsperson’s career, there have been highs and lows, but my family and friends have been by my side throughout it all. I would like to say a particularly special thank you to my wife, Tara, my family and close friends who have supported me unconditionally.
“I also must thank all my teammates, coaches, fans, and those behind the scenes who not only made me the player I became but have also made me the man I am today. Thanks to cricket, I have been able to travel the world and meet incredible people, many of whom I have developed lifelong friendships with. Playing for franchise teams across the globe has given me so many memories that I will hold onto forever”.
He further added, “Since my retirement from international cricket, I have been able to spend more time with my loved ones, and I look forward to being able to do so more and more in the future. Having said that, I will undoubtedly miss the adventure and challenges of playing professional cricket. Although I am calling time on my playing career, I will still be involved in the game, working alongside broadcasters at international and franchise tournaments as a commentator and pundit. I am sincerely looking forward to what the future holds.”
The WC-winning captain will remain involved in cricket as a broadcaster. He also captained The Hundred team, London Spirits, and was part of the runners-up team of Abu Dhabi T10, New York Strikers, and he also played for Paarl Royals in the recently concluded SA20.