Glamorgan news August 6, 2011

Injury forces Shantry into retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glamorgan seamer Adam Shantry has been forced into retirement aged 28 due to knee problems.

Shantry began his career with Northamptonshire and joined Glamorgan from Warwickshire ahead of the 2008 season. He underwent surgery last winter but the injury has persisted.

"It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional cricket," he said. "Following surgery last year, and after undergoing a successful rehabilitation in Australia during the winter, I returned to first-class cricket at the start of the season.

"Unfortunately, as the summer has gone on, it has become apparent that my knees can no longer cope with the demands of professional cricket.

"While it is disappointing to leave the game so early, I can look back upon many fantastic memories, and consider myself extremely fortunate to have played with, and against, some of the best players in the world. I have loved every minute of it, and would like to thank every single player, coach, and supporter that has helped make my career so enjoyable."

Shantry had an excellent 2008 season, taking 30 wickets at 18 - the most economical return by a Glamorgan bowler for 40 years, and scored his only senior hundred at Colwyn Bay in 2009.

But subsequent seasons have been dogged by injury and he ends his career having taken 90 wickets in 32 first-class matches at an average 24.60. He also claimed 13 List A scalps in 12 games and made a solitary Twenty20 appearance, for Northants in 2004.

Colin Metson, Glamorgan managing director of cricket, said: "There is always sadness when a career comes to an end. Adam worked hard during the winter to gain fitness and it's disappointing it hasn't worked out for him. He was a hard-working, honest, committed cricketer, qualities that will assist him in the future."