Lendl Simmons Retirement: West Indies opener Lendl Simmons announced his retirement from international cricket on July 18, 2022.
Lendl Simmons Announced Retirement
Simmons made his Test debut against England on 6 March 2009 and ODI debut against Pakistan on 7 December 2006. Lendl Simmons is a right-handed batsman, an occasional right-arm medium-pace bowler, and a part-time wicket-keeper.
Lendl Simmons took to Twitter to announce his decision. He wrote: When I wore the Maroon Colours of the West Indies Cricket for the first time on debut in ODIs on December 7th, 2006, little did I know that my international career would have lasted 16 years but my passion and love for the sport fuelled me every day.
I’m closing this chapter of International Cricket having played 144 matches and scoring 3,763 runs from all formats.
I want to thank the West Indies Cricket Team for the opportunities, and I wish the new crop of WI players all the best and to keep on believing in yourselves and your abilities.
My family and friends are my true motivators as they kept me inspired for so long. Now, I have the time to be one cheering them on the sidelines.
I really hope that I represented them well because I did it for them. There were times when the odds were against me, but you stood tall alongside me.
Of course, the FANS, whenever we meet in person, cheering on in the stands or messages on social media…Despite the ups and downs fall gave the me the energy that was needed to bat on for so long.
To the youngsters, don’t be ashamed to dream big but it takes a lot of determination, focus and a strong mind to get over the numerous hurdles but it is all worth it in the end.
Cricket allowed me to travel the world, meet great people and experience different cultures leaving uncountable and meaningful memories. I never cheated the game; I gave it 100% of hard work and that is why I was able to play Internationally for almost 16 years.
I still do extensive training and keep myself relatively fit, so my focus is to continue playing franchise cricket for as long as my body permits.
Hopefully, I can continue to entertain the people of my region and all over the world for a few more years as I’m still timing the ball beautifully and beating bowling.
- Five – T20 World cups (2012, 2016 Winner)
- Two – ODI World Cups
- Caribbean Premier League, 2x Indian Premier League Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Abu Dhabi T10
- Leading Caribbean Premier League Run scorer (2629)
He has scored two ODI centuries. Though Simmons is very good at ODI and T20I, he failed to shine in the Test format where his highest score is 49 runs against Pakistan.
He scored his maiden century in ODIs by scoring 122 against Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.