Australia news May 12, 2017

Ryan Carters retires at the age of 26

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Ryan Carters has decided to pursue his passions outside of cricket © Getty Images

Ryan Carters, the New South Wales wicketkeeper-batsman, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 26. Carters is leaving the game to focus on higher education, and will look towards post-graduate opportunities after finishing his current university degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Along with the LBW Trust, Carters founded the Batting for Change charity, which has the goal of improving educational opportunities for females in cricket-playing nations around the world. Carters said that after more than a decade of concentrating on his on-field activities, he was keen to switch his focus to his other passions.

"In Australia, as in many other countries, professional sportspeople have a reach and reputation, an ability to influence, that is far outside the boundaries of their sporting achievements." Carters said. "I've never been more grateful for that than when I founded Batting for Change and watched it grow and directly transform the lives of disadvantaged young women in need of higher education.

"I've always been conscious that you can't play cricket forever. I'm ready to see if I can find a way to work for social change, for greater fairness in life, away from my sporting pursuits. I'm sure it won't be easy to do that, so the sooner I can get started, the better."

Carters was born and raised in Canberra and played his youth cricket in the ACT under-age sides, before moving to Victoria to begin his state career. He was considered second in line to the wicketkeeping duties behind Matthew Wade at Victoria, and played 11 first-class games for the Bushrangers before moving to New South Wales for the remainder of his career.

He will leave the game with 2515 first-class runs at 35.92 from 43 first-class matches, with a highest score of 209 made against the touring New Zealanders in 2015-16. He also played 22 one-day games with an average of 31.36 and 35 T20 matches. Carters was part of the New South Wales teams that triumphed in the Sheffield Shield final in 2013-14 and the Matador Cup in 2015-16.

Last summer, Carters played three Matador Cup games, four Shield matches before Christmas, and one BBL game for the Sydney Sixers, before finishing the summer in the New South Wales second XI. He chose not to see out the remainder of his contract with New South Wales.

"I'm extremely grateful for the support of Cricket NSW since I started at the Blues in 2013 - it has been a wonderful place to play cricket," he said. "However, I'm now ready to pursue new kinds of challenges."

"I've had twin passions in my life since I can remember - cricket and learning. I'm at the point where, after eight rewarding years of professional cricket, it's time for me to follow the other path I've always felt as strongly about."

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  • Izmi on May 12, 2017, 23:05 GMT

    Ryan Carters was a handy wicket keeper batsman who could not cement his place in the NSW cricket team and was going nowhere . He had to compete with Peter Neville who was the wicket keeper batsman for NSW Blues. Apparently he couldn't break into any other state team and pursue his career in cricket and had to make a decision about his future. I reckon Neville himself came from Victoria and Mathew Wade who keeps wickets for Australia and Victoria currently is from Tasmania. The opportunities for wicket keepers in cricket is very limited as a result there is a lot of competition. Ryan Carters has made the right decision about his future and is no ordinary kid like some other sportsmen who rely on sports for a living and needs to be commended for his decision to further his studies over sports. He may have got a cue from Ansari the 25 year old England test cricketer who recently made a magnificent debut against India only to give up the game to continue his higher education .

  • Steve on May 12, 2017, 12:19 GMT

    Sensible decision by Ryan. The trend of cricketers retiring young when they should be giving their heart out to achieve higher honors will only increase. I think the game has been commercialized so much since the advent of T20s that those lucky enough to stay in the limelight are making lot of money plying their trade in T20 leagues around the world, while those not so lucky are in virtual anonymity and financially not secure. The gap between haves and have nots will only increase.

  •   Gulu Ezekiel on May 12, 2017, 8:13 GMT

    Ryan and Zafar Ansari book leave cricket to take up higher education, other professions. Good luck to both, cricket will miss them tho

  • Bharadwaj Pappu on May 12, 2017, 7:33 GMT

    All the best Ryan, you are a good man. Thinking about others first is good rare quality

  • masrta7371949 on May 12, 2017, 7:29 GMT

    Carters played a fair amount as a batsman only in the Shield, before Nevill was picked for Australia, and had a couple of productive seasons. He stands in contrast to other cricketers that seem to do charitable work as an afterthought, while seeking more money to fund lavish lifestyles. Good on Ryan, and wish him all the best for the future.

  • Jonathan on May 12, 2017, 5:24 GMT

    Good luck Ryan, the world needs more people like you mate, very handy cricketer too!

  •   Hussain Kurawadwala on May 12, 2017, 5:20 GMT

    He was a good keeper batsman. Best of luck to him but Aus really need a good keeper batsman.

  • CricMystique on May 12, 2017, 4:55 GMT

    Good luck to him. As an indian , had no prior knowledge of him...but looking at his interview, comes across as a sensible, rational being who has the ability to look at the other side of life, batting for change and its ideals sound wonderful, wishing him all the success outside of cricket, well done and well played, cheers...:)

  • unkown on May 12, 2017, 4:54 GMT

    I did not know about Carters but he seems to be working towards making the world a better place. This is a far cry from cricket administrators and also most players in general - Most of it is all about money one way or the other. Best of luck to Carters.

  • Peter on May 12, 2017, 4:32 GMT

    Best of luck to one classy human being.

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