Ireland news April 15, 2011

Regan West retires from international cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Regan West, the Ireland left-arm spinner, has retired from international cricket due to a serious shoulder injury. He wasn't part of Ireland's squad for the 2011 World Cup, but played 10 ODIs and 23 first-class games, taking a career-best of 7 for 88 against Scotland in Aberdeen in 2009. Following an examination of his injured left shoulder, West was advised not to bowl for fear of further damage.

"I'm pretty gutted with the outcome really. At the beginning it wasn't a case of if I would bowl again, it was just how long it would take to recover," West said. "My left shoulder is not in good shape, so the recommendation that I shouldn't bowl again didn't come as a surprise but it is still very disappointing.

"Being part of the Ireland team has been the highlight and most enjoyable time of my cricket career. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to represent Ireland, and it is sad for me that that is now over."

West was part of the New Zealand Under-19 team and represented Northern Districts before making his international debut in August 2008. "Regan is a massive loss to the Irish squad," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said. "His wholeheartedness and dedication will be missed. I personally would like to thank him for his efforts, not just when he was in the team, but in the last six months in his battle to be fit enough to be in an environment he has enjoyed."

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  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Regan was an important part of the revolution in Irish cricket - he retires way too early but goes with our thanks and our great memories. When he first came on the scene Irish cricket didn't make the small sections in Irish sports pages, he leaves just as RTE (the national broadcaster) have seen fit to add Cricket as its own main page to its web site. It might sound like a small thing but its symptomatic of how cricket has moved from an occasional thing to its new life as part of the daily sports conversation. Building on those that have gone before is often called "standing on the shoulders of giants" and he was one in both senses. I hope Ireland cricket find a coaching role for him - his passion and talent shouldn't be wasted. Thanks for everything Regan and good luck .....

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