Kevin O’Brien Retirement: Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien announced his retirement from international cricket on August 16, 2022.
Kevin O’Brien Announces Retirement
Earlier, Kevin O’Brien announced his retirement from the 50-over format on 18 June 2021 to allow him to focus on T20 and Test cricket.
O’Brien announced his retirement in a long post that he shared on Twitter. In his retirement post, he wrote: “Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country.
I had hoped to finish my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia but having not been picked for the Irish squad since last year’s World Cup, I feel that the selectors and management are looking elsewhere.
“I have enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side,” he wrote.
“I have enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side. It’s now onto the next stage of my life and my career for me, the time is right.
I want to continue to grow my own Coaching Academy here in Ireland and I have some exciting opportunities coming up in the near future. I also want to continue to gain coaching experience overseas and hopefully will have more opportunities with some international and professional sides in the near future,” O’Brien added further.
O’Brien, who made his international debut in an ODI in June 2006, went on to represent the team in 3 Tests, 153 ODIs and 110 T20Is. He scored in 5850 runs in international cricket and picked up 172 wickets.
Kevin O’Brien scored the fastest century ever in the 50-over World Cup, coming from 50 balls against England on 2 March 2011.
He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Ireland’s first ever Test match, against Pakistan, in May 2018, scoring the first Test century for Ireland men’s cricket and becoming the first sportsperson from Ireland to represent his country 300 times.