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April 4, 2008
Dave Langford-Smith, the Ireland opening bowler, has announced his retirement from international cricket. Langford-Smith played in 22 one-dayers, picking up 25 wickets at 31.88, and represented Ireland on their recent tour of Bangladesh.
"It has been a tough decision for me, but one I had to make," Langford-Smith said. "On returning from the latest tour, I have realised that my workload [outside cricket] has built up so much that I will find it hard to do anything else. I've reached a stage in my life where I have to think about my family, and it's difficult when you are away from home so much."
"Playing for the Irish team has been the greatest sporting experience I could have ever wished for, and I am proud to have been a part of such a successful team, both on and off the field."
Like most Associate cricketers, Langford-Smith has had to juggle cricket with a full-time job, and has recently formed his own painting and decorating business. His departure follows last week's news that the Ireland captain, Trent Johnston, is to take an indefinite break from the game.
Langford-Smith leaves international cricket as Ireland's leading wicket-taker in ODIs.
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