Sornnarin Tippoch Retires From International Cricket

Sornnarin Tippoch
Sornnarin Tippoch(Image: ICC)

Former Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch announced her international retirement on October 18 in Bangkok, bringing down the curtains on a nearly 16-year playing career.

Sornnarin Tippoch Retires From International Cricket

Sornnarin Tippoch Retires From International Cricket: Tippoch began playing cricket at the age of 21 after being scouted while playing softball at university. She captained Thailand in their first-ever international against Bangladesh in 2008.

“Today, I am officially announcing my retirement as a cricket player. I am extremely honoured and privileged to have been able to wear the Thailand colours with pride and passion,” Tippoch said in her retirement statement.

Tippoch’s last appearance for Thailand was in the recently concluded 19th Asian Games, in the quarter-final against Sri Lanka.

“First and foremost, I would to thank the sport of cricket, Mr. Mohideen Kader, all the coaches that have helped me along the way and the Cricket Association of Thailand in helping me achieve my dream of representing Thailand as an athlete and being able to bring fame and recognition to my country and family.

“A special mention of thanks to all my teammates, past and present, throughout my 16-year career. We have endured and persevered through tough times and have come out on the other side fighting to celebrate incredible victories, both in sport and in life. I am grateful to have shared the field with all of you, and everyone of you holds a special place in my heart.

“The biggest achievement in my career is being able to lead my team and country to the World Cup in Australia. Even though we struggled to find our feet at times, it was still an amazing experience that will always remain clear and vivid in my mind and in my heart,” she added.

Having already begun her innings as a Development Coach at the Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT), Tippoch now aims to guide the next generation of Thailand Women as a professional coach.

“I will now be playing my part in Thailand’s cricket development as a coach and mentor. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences to inspire the new generation of Thai Cricketers,” she concluded.

The 37-year off-spinning allrounder has now played 75 T20Is (of which she has captained in 39) and 9 ODIs. She was at the helm when Thailand Women surpassed Australia‘s record for most consecutive wins in Women’s T20Is (17) – a streak that ran from July 2018 to August 2019.