Gary Ballance, a former England batter, has declared his retirement from all forms of cricket. After being released by Yorkshire, the 33-year-old went to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth, and signed a two-year contract. He played for them in one Test, one T20I, and five ODIs.
Ballance leaves the game having amassed five Test hundreds, the most recent of which (137 not out) came in the lone Test he played in for Zimbabwe.
In a statement released by the Professional Cricketers’ Association, Ballance stated, “After careful consideration, I have chosen to retire from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect.
I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t want to devote my time to the demands of professional athletics anymore
The left-hander confessed that he was no longer motivated to play professional sports, but he also expressed gratitude to Zimbabwe for providing him with the opportunity to once again compete at the top level.
“I had anticipated that moving to Zimbabwe would reawaken my passion for the sport, and I will always be grateful to Zimbabwe Cricket for allowing me to play international cricket once more and for letting me join their squad.
I’ve reached a point where I no longer want to dedicate myself to the rigours of professional sport, which would be detrimental for Zimbabwe Cricket and the game itself if I stayed. Said Ballance, “I wish them success as they move on.
Ballance played 23 matches for England since his Test debut in 2014 and accumulated 1498 runs
After making his Test debut in 2014, Ballance played 23 matches for England and amassed 1498 runs, including four hundreds and seven fifties. In the 2014 and 2015 seasons, he also helped Yorkshire win the County Championship.
Ballance sought to be released from Yorkshire in December of last year after becoming embroiled in the issue surrounding his admission of using racial slurs at club teammate Azim Rafiq.