New Zealand news May 14, 2010

Shane Bond retires from all cricket

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Shane Bond has announced his retirement from all forms of the game, less than a year after making his international comeback from the ICL wilderness. Bond ended his Test career in December, when he felt that his body could not handle the rigours of the five-day game, and he has now decided to step away from the shorter formats as well.

After returning home from the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, where he collected five wickets at an average of 29, Bond said he was unwilling to compromise his own standards for the sake of prolonging his career. Bond turns 35 next month and he will leave the game nearly nine years after his international debut, with 259 victims across all formats for his country, and he is not planning to continue in the IPL.

"I know the time is right for me to step down," Bond said. "I have given it everything when playing for the Black Caps. I will miss the camaraderie because it has been a privilege to play along such a great bunch of guys who are so committed to do their best for New Zealand. Playing with pride for the Black Caps over the years has meant so much to me.

"I dreamed of playing for New Zealand when I was six. The reality of what has unfolded was more than I could ever hope for and I have been extremely proud to represent New Zealand. I am going to miss a lot of this but I know now is the time to bow out. I am very keen at some stage to put something back into the game in New Zealand."

Persistent injuries meant Bond played far fewer internationals than he or New Zealand would have liked, and he departs with 87 wickets at 22.09 in 18 Tests, 147 at 20.88 in 82 ODIs, and 25 at 21.72 in 20 Twenty20 internationals. His absence from late 2007 until 2009 due to his ICL contract also deprived New Zealand of their best fast bowler.

Despite his impressive record in a small number of Tests, Bond's impact was felt as much in one-day cricket, where for a time he was the No. 1 ranked bowler in the world. His highlights included 6 for 23 in a World Cup game against Australia in 2003, when Ricky Ponting's men went through the tournament undefeated.

A genuinely quick bowler, Bond took a one-day international hat-trick, also against the Australians, and helped New Zealand to a World Cup semi-final in 2007. In an interview with Cricinfo this week, Bond said when he quit Tests he was unwilling to slow his pace and reduce the wear and tear on his body in an effort to extend his career, and he has now added 20- and 50-over cricket to that list.

"I find it difficult to hold back," Bond said earlier this week. "I just go hard. It hurt me. But I wanted to keep playing. I have had enough injuries. I am sick and tired of being in rehab, and if I did that one more time I would've been probably finished. I wanted to finish playing [Tests] rather than get injured and fall by the side. I'd rather have a shorter career and be successful than stretch it out and let my performance drop."

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has felt more than most the regular absences of Bond over the years, as the other main weapon in the attack. Vettori said it was disappointing to lose Bond so soon after his comeback.

"For me personally it is a big loss," Vettori said. "I think he could still be a really good player for us for some time to come. But I know how much effort he puts in to stay on the park. He knows his body and he knows what he needs to do to prepare for international cricket. Sadly for us he has decided his time has come to an end."

Justin Vaughan, the chief executive of New Zealand Cricket, played against Bond in his final year for Auckland, when Bond was enjoying his first season for Canterbury in 1996-97. Vaughan said Bond would be a big loss for New Zealand.

"We shall all miss Shane in the international arena," Vaughan said. "His speed and ability struck fear into batsmen from every team in world cricket. He has been a real match-winner. Shane has had an inspirational presence about him and has been a great role model for younger team-mates. Shane will leave a huge gap that will be almost impossible to replace. We are saddened by his decision, but we support him and wish him all the best in his future."

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • on May 17, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    we will miss you shane it was great watching that FIVER agasinst pak and kicking aussie buts in the world cup WE WILL MISS YOU good luck

  • on May 16, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    yeah, stepped down with respect...not kicked out like our pakistani players...

  • on May 16, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    this is a part of Game....old one takes retirement.....and new one born.....he was an asset for Kiwis since last few years but also he is also facing some fitness problems which always put his team in some sort of uncertainty of his availability....now Black Cap can make strategies to have his replacement....so good luck for Kiwis to have a new and a good bowler too for all formates of cricket...

  • on May 15, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    sir, you were my best bowler tll date. i was shoked when is read that u announce retirement from all formets. austrilian team will now teak a easy because it was only u from the aussies feared. sir. i want to see u in ipl2011. i realy missed u a lot.thanks for entertaing with urs pace and quality bowling. u r really sir shane bond.

  • AusFan619 on May 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    all the best in your future life shane !! you were one of the best for sure !! really like your attitude and aggression on the park !! Cricket has lost another great fast bowler..............

  • boris6491 on May 15, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Really disappointing but understandable from a man who has had to undergo so much treatment to just be fit enough to get onto the field. Although his statistics show he has been a mean competitor, he certainly could have achieved the 'great' label. The international game (and particularly NZ) will sorely miss a bowler of his calibre. I will never forget his launching onto the international scene with some fast, accurate bowling which the Australians could not bear with in the 2002-03 VB Series as well as his brilliant 6/23 in the '03 World Cup. Bond has made a very noble decision in deciding to retire attributing it to a possible decline in his performances for the team. This depicts what a superb team player he has been. All the best Shane!

  • CiMP on May 15, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Bond, Shane Bond. Best paceman from New Zealand after Richard Hadlee. A personal favorite of me. Especially the way he knocked out Australians! He fought his opponents well but cd not take on the repeated 'attack' of injuries that visited him. His refusal to compromise on speed to prolong his Test career shows a typical West Indian paceman's spirit. Perhaps he was New Zealand's own 'whispering death'. That we will not see him on cricekt fields makes me feel sad. A cricketer and a gentleman, he deserves our whole hearted gratitude for the pure joy of pace bowling he served us with. I wish him all health and happiness in his life-after-cricket.

  • Cricfan27 on May 15, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    End of a James Bond era for New Zealand.

  • on May 15, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    who cares abt bond...........i am sure its a huge loss for newzealand......

  • on May 15, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Really respect him for retiring now and not two years down the line. It was obvious his pace had a dropped (hovering around the 135-140 mark) from where it was around (150) four years.

    One the best fast bowlers of the noughties, without a doubt New Zealand will miss him big time!

  • on May 17, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    we will miss you shane it was great watching that FIVER agasinst pak and kicking aussie buts in the world cup WE WILL MISS YOU good luck

  • on May 16, 2010, 18:59 GMT

    yeah, stepped down with respect...not kicked out like our pakistani players...

  • on May 16, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    this is a part of Game....old one takes retirement.....and new one born.....he was an asset for Kiwis since last few years but also he is also facing some fitness problems which always put his team in some sort of uncertainty of his availability....now Black Cap can make strategies to have his replacement....so good luck for Kiwis to have a new and a good bowler too for all formates of cricket...

  • on May 15, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    sir, you were my best bowler tll date. i was shoked when is read that u announce retirement from all formets. austrilian team will now teak a easy because it was only u from the aussies feared. sir. i want to see u in ipl2011. i realy missed u a lot.thanks for entertaing with urs pace and quality bowling. u r really sir shane bond.

  • AusFan619 on May 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    all the best in your future life shane !! you were one of the best for sure !! really like your attitude and aggression on the park !! Cricket has lost another great fast bowler..............

  • boris6491 on May 15, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Really disappointing but understandable from a man who has had to undergo so much treatment to just be fit enough to get onto the field. Although his statistics show he has been a mean competitor, he certainly could have achieved the 'great' label. The international game (and particularly NZ) will sorely miss a bowler of his calibre. I will never forget his launching onto the international scene with some fast, accurate bowling which the Australians could not bear with in the 2002-03 VB Series as well as his brilliant 6/23 in the '03 World Cup. Bond has made a very noble decision in deciding to retire attributing it to a possible decline in his performances for the team. This depicts what a superb team player he has been. All the best Shane!

  • CiMP on May 15, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Bond, Shane Bond. Best paceman from New Zealand after Richard Hadlee. A personal favorite of me. Especially the way he knocked out Australians! He fought his opponents well but cd not take on the repeated 'attack' of injuries that visited him. His refusal to compromise on speed to prolong his Test career shows a typical West Indian paceman's spirit. Perhaps he was New Zealand's own 'whispering death'. That we will not see him on cricekt fields makes me feel sad. A cricketer and a gentleman, he deserves our whole hearted gratitude for the pure joy of pace bowling he served us with. I wish him all health and happiness in his life-after-cricket.

  • Cricfan27 on May 15, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    End of a James Bond era for New Zealand.

  • on May 15, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    who cares abt bond...........i am sure its a huge loss for newzealand......

  • on May 15, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Really respect him for retiring now and not two years down the line. It was obvious his pace had a dropped (hovering around the 135-140 mark) from where it was around (150) four years.

    One the best fast bowlers of the noughties, without a doubt New Zealand will miss him big time!

  • on May 15, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    itz nt jst a loss for New Zealand cricket.......its a huge loss for the international cricket......!!

  • on May 15, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    will never forget his ability to always do well against Australia, such as his hat trick or 6-19 in the 2003 world cup.

  • on May 15, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    one of the great bowler i've ever seen in my life... he could have played some longer nd could be the highest wicket taking bowler bt unfortunately injury wouldn't let him. now not only in New Zealand but in all cricket playing nations, no bowler comes in his category. i m really dejected that now that we'll n0t be able to see him playing in international cricket. ....such a great action, great speed and cool body..... WE'll definately MISS such combination ...........

  • on May 15, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Another great moving out of International cricket! He was always 1 of my fav playerz! Its not just a great loss to Newzeland Cricket but to Cricket itself! In an era were beuty of the game is fading nd in an era were v not seeing any larger than life players, V got 2 pray for International cricket 2 saty alive! All know the truth that test cricket is not widely accepted by newer generations, I knew majority of the test rules by the age of 10, I wonder how many kids knw wat is Follow-on! No matter how honestly we wish and how hard we try v got accept the fact that test cricket is in saturation stage! If v want 2 keep it alive v hav 2 act now rather that leaving it 2 late! Shane Bond is indeed a great of my era, a fear in minds of all batsmans! He is true definition for the term fast bowler! We International cricket fans will miss you dear, best of luck for your future!

  • on May 15, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    We realy miss shane one of the best artist with the cricket ball & will more respect because of his fairness to game to leave at right time that can be judge by himself only

  • on May 15, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    All the best, Shane. Not often we New Zealanders get such quality genuine pace bowlers. Hoping one will come around again soon. You'll be missed.

  • on May 15, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    you are one of the best fast bowlers in the world , for me he is one of the best...those swing,slow ball and Yorkers....boy... will be missed.hope you will be seen in ipl

  • royalians on May 15, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Bond's averages in all forms of the game are a testemant to how great a bowler he was, and how much he's achieved in such a short space of time, very similar to Ian Bishop.

  • Chanaka_cp on May 15, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Love the way he bowls..the Sharpe In-Swing to the right hander wow amazing....He is a injury porn so i feel its an a great decision...all the best shane...I take this opportunity to ask why Asian players playng for ages for there countries (If there are performing its fine ) but look @ jaysuriya i think its time him to retire too...but money matters it seems for this Asian players..............being a srilankan its so disappointed ....

  • on May 15, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    87 wickets at 22.09 in 18 Tests, 147 at 20.88 in 82 ODIs, and 25 at 21.72 in 20 Twenty20 internationals. Wonder what his stats would've been if Bond had less injuries and player a lot longer! I remember the first time Shane unleashed on the Aussies-SCARY!! Aussies couldn't believe there could be someone like Brett Lee across the TASMAN. The smooth action, the pace, the celebration!! Thanks for your contribution to cricket!

  • Nvalley on May 15, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    i think he was a good bowler; when he was fit. which wasnt very often. also a bit over rated in my eyes.

  • yorker10 on May 15, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    We'll badly miss you Shane. You are one of the best. I hope you reconsider your decision and at least play IPL. You simply rock!

  • Pajny on May 15, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Bond will be truly missed.What a great bowler,genuinely quick with a very good yorking ability.Its a shocker.I wish him good luck for his future

  • on May 15, 2010, 0:54 GMT

    one of the best bowler in our generation. for me he is one of the best...those swing and Yorkers....boy...

    will be missed

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 14, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    This is a foolish decision. Bond has been good when he has played. He has had injuries that have stopped him playing, plus he begun his career so late, but when we went to the ICL - fully knowing it would lead to him being banned from playing for NZ - he showed his true colours - he would rather money ahead of playing for his country. When he retired from test cricket, he showed the exact same thing again. Now he is retiring from everything, which is another real kick in the teeth to cricket NZ. He should be out there representing his country and giving his all. He is still well and truly good enough - and fit enough - to play for NZ in all formats. He should go out with a bang, not like this.

  • on May 14, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    ALways enjoyed your bowling skils and ability to desject the batsmenl..when AUS are always top in the game ..one guy was night mare for them and willbe .. Aussies willbe happy as your gone .. ONE MORE WOOD is down in the forest ..TEST cricket willbe a desert soon

  • SyedArbabAhmed on May 14, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    What a bowler, his career was ruined due to injuries and ICL, New Zealand team always loose their good players at the crucial time, next year there is world cup.

  • on May 14, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    realy we gonna miss him...

  • on May 14, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    i think he should'v played a bit longer. there are not many fast bowler with his kind of skills. but still he did the right thing by ending his career on a high. now he will be remembered as a great bowler instead of just a big name under performing if he carried on.

  • on May 14, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    its just a loss in cricket wont blame bond he had his injuries and for those who compare him with wasim well different times different things more disscussion on comparity is just unmature...

  • McPiggle on May 14, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Sad, but decision understood. Thanks for making the game a little greater in your time.

  • on May 14, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    its a huge loss for new zealanders...nd for all of us...he is a great player ...nd all time fav fast bowller

  • lycanthrope on May 14, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    This is sad news as a great bowler retires entrirely from cricket. Shane Bond was among my favourites of fast bowlers such as Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. His departure from cricket shrinks further the fraternity of truly fast bowlers that has had/still has members such as Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Mohd. Zahid, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohd. Sami, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes, Dale Steyn (just off the top of my head!). He has always been smart, calculating and consistent...i mean who doen't like the Kiwis...the Black Caps are like the better australasians (the continent down under). I am a Pakistani...but if Pakistan are not going to make it ahead in any competition,then my second team would be NZ. Anyways, all the best to him in life (afteral, it is his life) and still hoping he changes his mind.

  • on May 14, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    i wd miss u bond...d commitment n ur sportsman spirit u brought was amazing take a bow sir shane bond

  • on May 14, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    shane has always been 1 of my favourite bowlers!! we all will miss him!!

  • davidpan on May 14, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Bond you are the godofinternational bowler.you have strong pace and good line and length.it is better to take your health first but this is not the right time to say good bye to ur friend.i will really miss you a lot.hope one day i will see u in person if god feels i am your great fan.i am always with you.please take care.love you india and indians.(from fan of nepal)

  • on May 14, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    we are missing legend of fast bowling, I wish him for his future best of luck Bond we miss u a lot ..............:)

  • on May 14, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    all you haters on Bond can get hell out of this planet.

    Seriously one of the finest bowlers ever. At his best fitness, he made most batsmen look like amateurs. Good luck in what ever you do Bond! I hope you are still involved with the game.

  • luqa on May 14, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Itz true that Bond is a great bowler..but no1 can criticize his decision to retire since only he knows the sufferings his body goes through....so whatever it is his deciosion should be respected...all the best..:)

  • on May 14, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I 'll misssssssss u Bond.......u r 1 of ma fav bowler............i alwayzzz lyk ur style.........u must hav think litl about ur retirement.........still then.......it was your descision........... byeee dude n all the best for your future.......byee

  • ArishaG on May 14, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Thanks for the entertainment. You will be sorely missed.All the best for your future endeavours. A fan from Pakistan.

  • on May 14, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Total respect. Wish there be more like him.

  • on May 14, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    One of the fastest bowlers along with Shoaib Akthar, Brett Lee to have entertained us in the last decade! We'll miss you Bond. All the very best for your retired life.

  • on May 14, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    From the day one, when I heard your name and see you bowl, I became a fan of yours. Too bad could not see much of yours grt talent . We all will miss you Mr. Bond.

  • on May 14, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    From the day one, when I heard your name and see you bowl, I became a fan of yours. Too bad could not see much of yours grt talent . We all will miss you Mr. Bond.

  • Shafaet on May 14, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    We love you bond, we really do.

  • aftabsaher on May 14, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    I miss u very much bond..........

  • on May 14, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    We will miss u mr.bond 007

  • on May 14, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    great bowler, i still remember in one series against india, he was almost unplayable.the cricket world will miss u

  • on May 14, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Was a good bowler tho.. winning matches without him for d black caps is like impossible now

  • McGorium on May 14, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    I think the comparisons to Akram is unnecessary. Not everyone is a champion bowler. I rated (personal opinion) Bond as the best of the 3 express bowlers of his generation (S. Actor and B. Lee being the other two, in that order), when in form. Bond was more accurate and cerebral than the other two, but had a frail body, hence was injured most of the time. A case of unfulfilled promise, hence the fuss. He could have been great, but is an also-ran. However, comparing him to Akram is unfair. In the same way as it's unfair to compare a batsman to Tendulkar and say, look, he has played for 20 yrs with a bad back and tennis elbows and what-not. Some people are just prone to injuries more than others.

  • on May 14, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    He was one of my favorite bowlers he was genuinely quick, gave a new definition to 'wicket taking with inswingers' he certainly didn't do justice to his talent. He was the best and most reliable strike fast bowler in his early years of international career, he took 100 ODIs wickets in 54 matches and ends up career this way- not appreciable.

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    Cricket certainly miss this genuine fast bowler. he did not compromise his commitment to prolong his career. Great decision from his side and a sentimental too for him. I miss one of my favourites of the game

  • Lakpj on May 14, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    he still had cricket in him, hope MP Jayasuriya learn something from this and give the chance to some youngsters. his touch is gone.. but still greedy.

  • reeja on May 14, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    we ll miss you shane bond. you just saddened every one. shame on you. you should play in world cup 2011. dont be so selfish. just think about your country and fans too.

  • shambhu541 on May 14, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Miss you mate, wish you and family luck....you just one my kind of player . You are always in my fall of fame. One after Sir Headley. take care buddy ....cheers shambhu

  • bharath74 on May 14, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Best bowler NZ had after Richard Hadlee. Cricket lovers world wide are going to miss u Bond.

  • Jarr30 on May 14, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    I don't why some pakistani fans are comparing him with Akram. To me Bond is more lethal than Akram. Shane Bond played his criket with fair honesty and pride unlike Akram who played for bookies only. Bond is unlucky to have sooo many injuries in his career.We will miss ya.

  • p1s1b1 on May 14, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    i remember the headline of 2003 world cup sachin vs bond. sachin didn't faced bond but he broke the top and middle order so badly, i didn't want to remember

  • shaanidesi on May 14, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    Big loss for quality cricketer!! you will be missed

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Well world of cricket is loosing the genuine fast bowlers... ICC got to do something to keep producing bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, Brett LEE, Tait, BOND, Waqar etc etc

  • milanrobby on May 14, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    The very definition of fast bowling to me is Shane Bond.There will be lots of fast bowlers but not like him,who always seemed to bowl his heart out in every ball he bowled. I THANK him for the show he has put up in the cricketing world.

  • dazedindunedin on May 14, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Put a smile on so many kiwi faces and they won't be wiped off for a while. Cheers boy!

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:22 GMT

    "Hail the Speed-Demon"...... who was the first fast bowler of our era to terrorise the mighty Aussie team of Steve Waugh.......We'll miss you Shane.......and will always remember u as .....the names Bond........SHANE BOND :)

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    anyways Bond was a very good,committed,talented,always gave his 100%,sensational,best player.i dont have words to talk about him,i am down to tears,i cannot take it first the World Twenety20 performance and now his retirement and stil i think it would have been a little better he would have announced it and played his last game.huge supporter of New Zealand team from pakistan. Moazam Ali.

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    It is a real shock,very dissapointing and i just cannot take it.first poor performance as a result of poor selection in the world Twenty20 and now no more bond.It is un believeable he should have at least played in the 2011 world cup or retire in a much better way while playing a game.Stephen Fleming's retirement also came out of no where.I dont know what is wrong with NZ cricket.it is very difficult now for me a dieheart NZ fan to continue supporting them,it was very difficult after flemings retirement he was the reason for my support to NZ team and it was because of him that i explored other good players as well.i will now have to ask alot of questions from myself before supporting NZ i will have to go through alot of tension and depression.also because i fear that many other players might do that as well because of NZ selection especially like Oram and bond also did it because he felt he might face the same as butler was played ahead of Southee.

  • My_Beloved_Cricket on May 14, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    World of Cricket is gonna miss a legend fast bowler.... His name is Bond.... Shane Bond... Will miss you!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    We will miss you Bond.. You are a wonderful fast bowler..

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Shane Bond is 35 with a body of a 80 year old, yes he is a great bowler, would have been one of the best the world has seen, up there with the best in the world, pity his body was never able to keep up with the demands........ his statistics show it all.....

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    Shane Bond Say Goodbye to cricket in all formats...

  • RudiJordaan on May 14, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    I was really surprised to see that he took only 87 test wickets. Pity he could not have played more tests during his career. He was a great player to watch. Not to be critical, but I don't think you can call someone a "great" in the game if he only took 87 test wickets though. He was a good bowler that never reached his true potential, even thought injuries are the main reason for it. It does put the achievement of 261 test wickets for Jacques Kallis (with over 10 000 runs) into perspective a bit.

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    sooooo saddd.... player i used to love most in newzeland eleven.... well wishes for your future Bond...

  • on May 14, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Very sad!! Never knew this guy was 35!! A genuine speedster n a handsome hunk. Nice combo ;-)

  • not-fan-but-fanatic on May 14, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    if india had a shane bond..he wud have been the richest guy than any NZ businessman...Lol

  • ThalaivanIrukiran on May 14, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    The bowler with the classiest action...

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    hmmmmmmmmmmmm me tooooooooooooooooo bye

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    Bond is one of the stylish fast bowlers in world cricket. Truly we will miss you. But it is time to give some rest for your tired body. All the very best for your personal life.

  • Robofk on May 14, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Good decision dont waste your life for NZ cricket....They are going to do nothing in international cricket only defeat in semis not more than that...Best of LUCK enjoy your life

  • Rifnas on May 14, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    miss you lot man........ i love his bowling action very much,,,,,,,,,,,,,, i have seen lots of cricketers but...................how to say,,,,,,, my favourite bowler is Wasim Akram after that i loved very much his bowling...................still.....fantastic bowler ........all the best.......in future

  • A.Jayachandran on May 14, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Shane bond retired....Its a sad news for everyone who loves his bowling...I like his dominant bowling attack..Its really a big loss to world cricket...Every cricketing nation must now understand the situation that fast bowlers are often prone to injuries ...So, they must have to rotate or rest their fast bowlers as said by BOND..Otherwise,No fast bowlers' career will be long enough to make an impact in the international cricket...Anyway, we misssssss u bond!!!!!!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    here's wishing u a gr8 life ahead! my salute goes to one of the best bowlers to have come out of NZ, or even world cricket in a long long time!!!...

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    we will miss you bond....

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    ll miss u very much, but there is still time for u....

  • Charindra on May 14, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Sigh... There goes another... I'm surprised.. But he really was one of the best fast bowlers of the noughties... Modi killed his progress... Best of luck Agent Bond. :)

  • BMayuresh on May 14, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Sad to see the end of a maestro .... but why blame IPL....they pay for guys to play, after all its the choice of the player "to be or not to be" (part of IPL). Bowlers like him came and have gone he too is a part of the brigade like in a hindi song "kal aur ayenge mehfil mein mujhase behatar kehane (khelne) wale"....like Shakespeare said "the show must go on".... but yes, those who have seen him create a havoc in the opposition camp will never forget him and will surely miss him in action.

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    One of the greatest fast bowlers NZ ever produced. He was genuinely fast. Yes he could have played for NZ when he was fit and was in his prime form but because of IPL his two priceless years of cricket were wasted. It was a great pleasure to watch such an exciting cricket form Bond. I wish he could have played more. Wish you all the best for your future life....

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    we will all miss you Bond... but I think you still have the flare in you...

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    sad news.he was a gr8 cricketer.dis is a big loss fr new.z!

  • funsuk on May 14, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Very Genuine fast bowler. We will miss you bond.

  • va_jatt on May 14, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    man i am gonna miss BOND.. he was the best..DENIS LILI, AKRAM, HOLDIN, WALSH, MARSHAL,GARNER,AMBROSE, PETIERSON, WAQAR, MCGRATH, DONALD, SIR HADLEE ,, AND BOND BATTING LOOK SO EASY WITHOUT THEM...

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 14, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    New Zealand has produced a couple of great and historical bowlers like R.Hadley,D.Morrison,S.Doul and S.Bond. But I think S.Bond is not only the best bowler in Kiwi team but he also stands proudly in the rank of world top class bowlers as well. The world might produce such great bowlers like Bond, Waseem Akram, Waqar Younas, R.Hadley, Imran Khan, Allen Donald, Muhammad Zahid, G. McGrath, D.Lilly, S.Pollock, Saqlain Mushtaq, C.Ambrose, C.Walsh, M. Holding and S.Warne. The world pay homage and thunderous applause to theses heroes.

  • DaddyDickFingers on May 14, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Good luck for the future Mr Bond... Unlucky with injuries for most of his career a bit like Simon Jones of England... So many if's and but's in both their careers with international cricket being robbed of their talents

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    I ALWAYS FOLLOWED HIM BEING HIS DIE HEART FAN I REALLY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE THAT HE WILL NOT SEEN IN FUTURE I THINK HE SHOULD RETHINK OVER HIS DECISION.

  • DE-BEST-XI on May 14, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    i guess he was the only bowler who terrorized de ausssies when they were at thier peak... a great sight... genuinely quick speedset...NZ will miss him badly.. but den again he has gone wid respect unilke de sub-con cricketers!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    we miss u Mr.Bond.........u r one of the brightest star in......the cricket world.......we salute u.......

  • Sulaimaan91 on May 14, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    good example for fools like sanath, going to miss one of my favourite players.GOOD LUCK BOND.

  • zn264 on May 14, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Will never forget your caught and bowled against the aussies in Wellington when we won by 10 wickets, was one of the best games of cricket I have watched at the cake tin, maybe the fastest too : )

  • kaanaismyfriend on May 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I loved bonding with watching cricket.But without bond it's difficult.Miss u a lot.

  • wasim_007 on May 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    It's very disappointing.that BOND is going away....I don't know what has got into BOND...all other player all playing or trying to come back (Shaoib and Lee). As Vettori said that you have a lot to give but you don't have zeal to play..otherwise you could play for 2 years more. Look in the international arena who is fitter than you..Zaheer, Lee, Shoaib, Umur Gul...n no. of player are not fitter than you...but you are going..it is very disappointing dear...because we love watching you..think of come back...But it is certain that it is IPL effect...because you can make money...in one month....you certainly could play for more year....

  • siddif on May 14, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    A genuine quick bowler bow-out gracefully, well done Shane Bond. Cricket will miss you.:)

  • rrk_ray on May 14, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Shane Bond i am a big big fan of your bowling...those yorkers and bouncers will always be remembered ....We will miss you BOND...

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    bond is always a privilege to watch as he has got perfect stuff for all kind of batsmen. hey bond you are my favorite and will always be. i will miss you dude. i suppose you are still young and can play more if not then please come back to play in IPL 2011 but not for KOLKATTA but you should play with DELHI as you, dirk and nehra will be perfect trio of pace attack. But please play some more. I want to see you bowling like a HURRICANE. Please dont leave the game soooooooooooo early.

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    This is just sad.... NZ have lost one of their best to ever come forth in more than a decade.

  • sarbartha_sau on May 14, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    Almost all of my fav fast bowlers have retired from Cricket. Akram, Srinath, mcGrath and now Bond. :( Lee is fade and so seems Steyn.

  • imirfan on May 14, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    I think bond should wait untill NZ havea replacement. If not why not to continue. He is still fit. We love you bond. Cricket NZ please give some new fast bowlers like pakistan are doing

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Such a halabaloo over a bowler who has taken only 87 Test wickets. Sure he was injured. But whose fault is that? Players like Wasin Akram played for around 15 years and was far more deadly than this Bond fellow!

  • Flemy on May 14, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    His cricket was runied by BCCI and ICC and so as NZ cricket they didnt allowed him to play cricket when he would have performed better, he joined ICL thinking that he ll still play for NZ but BCCI because of his money power lured ICC to not play any one in international cricket who is associated with ICL, its such a shame that player like his caliber did not played more games.

    but i wish him a good luck for his future

  • JCrao on May 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    arguably the finest premium fast bowler we've seen ... we miss you bond.

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Great,really great bowler!

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Odd decision tho .........I fail to understand that Wasim Akram engraved with diabetes should have been endangered long before his 20 + yr career but defied all odds.. But todays fast bowlers r becoming extinct far before they peak .. what a waste of Talent Shane Bond ... SHAME ON YOU !!!

  • nawwabsahab on May 14, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    a true and genuine fast bowler with indepth thinking and nippy approach. On the top of my list with Aamir, Steyn, and a bit of Nannes. very very sad news ... although i am a pakistani but i must say intl cricket will miss u way ahead.

  • BushrA..RehmaN on May 14, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    missssssssssssss you bond

  • ali3000 on May 14, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    it is shocking ... Bond We Will Never Forget You. I Am Very sad but Thankyou .You were a great Bowler of Our Time... Wish you good and healthy Life.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 14, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    Oh my God!!! Great bowlers like Bond are rarely born in the cricket history. I couldn't believe his premature retirement until I read here. What a loss to the world's cricket. I'm personally very sorry for his leave from all sorts of cricket formats.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    My tribute to the one of great fast bowler of all time. He has proved that it's possible to be quick without compromising on the legitimacy of the action. I still remember his 6 wickets against the Aussies in the 2003 WC. A great fan of him and his bowling. Simple and cool dude. Wishing him a great life with his family and hope to see him in the IPL 2011.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Yes bond is something special and we will miss you bond :)

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Its simply shocking, I wish we could see him playing in IPL...

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    I think this is not the right decision that Bond has made, in next year 2011 World Cup he would have been very crucial to New Zealand success. He still can bowl fast and there is absolutely nothing bigger then representing you country at the highest level. These injuries are part and parcel of a sportsman's life, and all these things should rather inspire you and motivate you more to come back and do better than ever. Anyway, no doubt Bond is one of the best modern fast bowler I wish him all the very best for his future endeavors.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Though his career was hit hard by injuries,yet Bond delivered his best on the field.He alongside Vettori has provided them with good strength in bowling.Sadly for New Zealand, they have no one to replace this brilliant paceman and they will miss him the most.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Always enjoyed watching Bond play particularly against australia...always put in his best effort... Good bye, Shane. we're going to miss you... Wish u best of luck for the future!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Although Shane Bond has terrorised many countries (including mine), I just can help thinking his back turnned away!!! :'(

    And by the way, "LOrd_Aryan", no, we wont be seeing him in IPL.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    One of the best fast bowlers to embrace the game..he was a gr8 bowler..ALL THE BEST 2 HIM..!!

  • usman10 on May 14, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    he is a great bowler, an asset for da black caps for years. i salute him for his great bowling spells against da best Australian XI and one of da best spells of the decade against Pakistan in Dunedin earlier this year...

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Hi........Bond..........this is L.N.Swamyyyyyyyyy........i miss you badlyyyyyy........your sudden decision hurts me a lot.......miss you bondyyyyyy........love you take careeeeeeeeee..........all the very best for your futureeeeeeeeeee

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    One of the best bowlers of the past decade..really sad that he retires..

  • jamesroberts007 on May 14, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    All good stats and a very good fast bowler but only 18 tests in nearly 10 years and 60 first class games in 14 years - surely it's a case of how many games he missed for NZ rather than how 'great' he was for them

  • Conynine on May 14, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    i'm an aussie and am very disappointed of Bond's decision to announce retirement all of a sudden, he should have played 1 more World cup and World T20 and have retired after that, there wouldve been no regrets from the fans. Nyway Bond, gotta miss u man, and I wish NZ get more pace bowlers like u. WHAT A GIFTED PLAYER

  • kdcricket on May 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    A modern great...in an era where every other bowler bends his arm to gain that small advantage, Bond's action was as pristine as they come. This guy had a magnificent action and maybe one of the very few along with Imran, Holding ets who could mesmerize batsmen with their action. Bowling at 150+, he was hostile, but never forget the late swing, especially back into right handed batsmen which he could generate from a lithe action. Truly, a specimen of fast bowling.

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    My Favorite bowler.... :(..... Its a big big loss to the whole cricketing world.....

  • shaaaryyy on May 14, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Bond Best Player And Key Player For Kiwis - http://sjk-downloads.blogspot.com

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    One of the of our time. This is the end of an era in fast bowling, which is already loosing its charm.

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    So sad...We've lost 1st great cricketer to hectic international cricket. Hope we'll see him in action for IPL.

  • rahul_studd on May 14, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    new zealand cricket and fans around world would surely miss a bowler like BOND, shane bond because he had given so much to new zeland cricket in all format of the games which he had appeared after hadlee in late 1970 we gonna surely miss him

  • the_infinite_sadness on May 14, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    A genuinely excellent fast bowler with the statistics to back it up. Wish him all the best for the future.

  • mrferret777 on May 14, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Shane Bond's retirement is sad for cricket. He was a fierce and talented competitor and great to watch - even if you are an Aussie like me. Cricket's loss, I'm afraid.

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Will miss him, surely the one of the best bowler to watch! NZ is one team that I like more then our own.

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Shane Bond is one of the best fast bowlers I have seen. I will really miss him. I think he should have still continued till world cup at the sub continent. But then he knows his body the best... Wish you all the best Bond! Will miss you for NZ as well as KKR.

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    Pakistan will miss Shane Bond. One of the best to have played the game.

  • willybagz on May 14, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    one of the best fast bowlers. Made N.Z proud for 9 straight long years. It will be some time before we, new zealanders, will see a fast bowler as good as Bond.

  • sanchit_sabharwal on May 14, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    SHANE BOND, BRET LEE & SHOAB AKHTAR are the fastest and finest bowler of the last decade. and nobody can REPLACE them.

  • Love.Faith.and.Hope on May 14, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    You are a great cricketer, and your presence on the ground will truly missed. If you know your time is up, you should be the first to take action and resign. If only, Jayasuriya realizes what a waste of space he is, and retires! He's being told to retire soo many times, but no, he still refuses.

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    cricket has lost another good fast bowler. Now,Along with India, NZ will also lack a good fast bowling attack. i wish good luck to bond for his future

  • Cricfan_john on May 14, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Shane Bond is among the rare breed of genuine quick bowlers with a clean bowling action.....his on-field exploits will surely be missed....hope he makes appearances in annual tournaments like the IPL for a few more years...

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Best ODI bowler of his generation, just look at the stats!! What a fantastic bowling action as well.

  • sohail1980 on May 14, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Although he had a lot of injuries but he made fast bowling look easy and uncomplicated ,its hard to understand for me why he got injured so frequently given his smooth ,effortless and rhythmic bowling action . Personally he was one of those rare entertainers of world cricket who i can watch any day, all day . RESPECT Mr. Bond .

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    one of the greastest fast bowlers i hv seen wud hv loved to seen a carrer fom him that was full of injuries as much

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    one of the great pace cricketer finally coming to end, good luck for you future Mr. Bond ........!

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Bloody hell. Farewell, Bond. You were too good for this world. ONLY BOWLER WHO SCARED DA HECK OUT OF AUSSIES...

  • Rajesh. on May 14, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    One of the genuine quickies with a "clean bowling action" and that's perhaps what separated Bond from many others.............. Though he got injured way too often New Zealand will still miss him. One of the real match-winers to have played for NZ.

  • JackSparrows on May 14, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    All the best buddy!!! You will be missed...take care

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    So very sad .... genuine quick bowlers like Shane are so rare. Best of luck for the retirement!

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    I'll surely miss you Bond..I've always tried to see the opening spell of you..You are the reason why i've supported NZ as well as BAN..You are the one after Wasim Akram as my most favourite fast bowler..It'l b wonderful if you continue till 2011 world cup..if it not happen..i'll miss you..

  • JonCampion on May 14, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    A great fast bowler, who comes across as a great bloke too. He'll be the best bowling coach around when he gets back into cricket.

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    ur the best and u will be the best there is no 1 in the world who is better than u and faster than u in bowling it will be a big loss for the new zealand team

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    This man could kill inform Australia top orders.......

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    farewell bondy.. u will be seriously missed.. more so by nzc cricket.. but no one knows your body better than you.. it was a short career but a thoroughly entertaining one.. you might not be called a legend but you certainly will be remembered as one of thegreats... will miss u bondy !!

  • ferzil927 on May 14, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    we gonna miss you bond. though iam a srilankan, i loved the way you bowling. you are a fantastic bowler. its a big loss to new zealand. good luck Mr.Bond ferzil from Sri Lanka

  • DDeven on May 14, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Genius Athletes take Right decision at Right Time. We salute you sir

  • Shreyas_Sinkar on May 14, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    In an era where there was a shortage of good fast bowlers another one joins the list. Was hoping to see him atleast till the 2011 WC. Hats off for a wonderful record despite the no.of injuries and the ICL stint which reduced his already short career. Hope he changes his mind. l

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    hez been a real gud bowler. why hez leaving so early. he didnt play as much as everybody has wished for. But gud job he did so well

  • janeWatson on May 14, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    very sad to miss an excellent, outstanding fast bowler like shane... thanks shane... for making the matches interesting and superb...

  • chandau on May 14, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    goes when people ask WHY and not WHY NOT!! cue to JAYASURIYA n MURALI cheers :)

  • nipo10847 on May 14, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. Very few fastmen provides genuine fast bowling action and generate genuine pace on the ball. He was one of them. He was probably the only fast bowler of last decade who really shook the aussies. Shane Bond and Wasim Akram are probably my all time favorite fast bowlers of all time.

    Good luck cricket's real 007!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    New Zealand, who are trying their best to get their best squad possible have been dealt a big blow in the pace department.

  • on May 14, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Yes a very sad but inevitable day in New Zealand cricket, just waiting now to hear the same with Jacob. This is my countries problem such a low player base and possibly not enough backing through NZC to make their players wanting it enough. here's a few examples. Scott Styris and Jacob Oram are only available for one dayers- T20s, Its not a selection thing its their choice to do so. B Mac wicketkeeps just in test these days, far better keeper than Gareth Hopkins who seems to miss a few here and there. I believe that New Zealand cricket pussy foots way too much around their players, they have too much say and in my opinion are a bunch of pre-madonnas. It does hurt me to say this as I'm a blackcap fan through and through but it's an on going thing. In this country cricket is pretty much a very social thing that blokes play on a saturday arvo. There are plenty of good players about, playing well below their grade too.

  • Shanth1980 on May 14, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Cricket is going to miss a genuine great fast bowler.. accuracy..speed..devastating spell with new ball that s Bond.. I can still remember the outswinger he bowled to dismiss Ponting during world cup 2003... Another victim of IPL.. I don't know how many players still to come as the victims of IPL... Flintoff..Bond..

  • on May 14, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    A true bowler with genuine cricket love.

  • saghirkarachi on May 14, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    huge lose for newzealand and indeed for cricket

  • RobTay14 on May 14, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    that's a real shame, any chance he could come back for World Cup lol?

  • Blythesville on May 14, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    The first time I saw him bowl, I knew I was watching something very special. It is unfortunate that he did not have a longer career. When he was on, there was excitement in the year. As someone who grew up with Holding, Roberts, Croft and Garner, I would say Bond was of that caliber.

  • Breadbin on May 14, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Shane did the needful very muchly.

    My English is worse than his bowling, that's for sure.

  • Harish_Akella on May 14, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    Alas!!! The worst fear coming true. Bond possessed the silkiest action after Allan Donald and it was truly breath taking when it lasted. Wicket taking abilities with sheer pace and that is what I truly love about bond. I remember he decimating Aussie batsmen in their backyard. Exhilarating!!! ALL THE BEST BONDY....I am sure not too long from now the wicket keepers stand up to the stumps to the opening bowlers without helmets.

  • on May 14, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Good Luck Bond, your achievements will be remembered till the cricket remains!

  • on May 14, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    What a Great Pace Bowler.Fine smooth action, no tantrums, no foul mouth. A gentle assassin.In spite of his short tenure, I will rate him one of the best in business.NZ was unfortunate could not utilize his service to its full.Unlike the foul mouth, though Great-Glenn Mcgrath, indiciplined Shoaib Akhtar and overrated empty vessel Srisanth, here is a gentleman-quickie, youngsters and budding pacers can look at him as a role modal.I salut you Shane Bond.God bless you with all success in all your endeavor.Keen followers of the Game will miss you.NZ cricket please take his help in grooming great pacers.

  • on May 14, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    O Bondy... you are my most favorite bowler from any team apart from India. You are the greatest I've seen... had you played more matches, statistics couls have also spoken in terms of volume... however, fare well.. hope you get success every where you go... MISS YOU...

  • rainmaker86 on May 14, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    A genuine quick bowler with a clean action. We will miss you Shane Bond.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I loved him watching on and off the field. Genuine fast bowler, gr8 personality. We will miss you.

  • Indike on May 14, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Today I saw Sri Lanka lose to England and Shane Bond quitting cricket. Very sad day for me. Wish you all the best Bond!

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    He is one of the best fast bowlers in international cricket.. So sad tht he has retired from cricket.. But his name will be remembered forever..

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    bye bye miss you bond hahhhahaahhahahahahahah

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Good luck Bond, wish you all the best! Its going to be very hard for the New Zealand team to fill in the void you leave behind. Hope Shane goes into coaching, good luck Mr. Bond!

  • paulantony on May 14, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    One of the Best fast bowlers of all time, You will surely be missed... Only bowler to strike fear in hte mind of the Aussies., made Ricy Ponting his Bunny... Hope there comes another fast Bowler of ur Calibre.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Finally a all time great pace bowler's international carrier has come to an end. I wish him all the success in his near future. He is one of my favorite bowler.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:27 GMT

    ah..fantastic fast bowler retire from International Cricket... when his day he i s just sensational to watch...now how many genuine real fast bowlers left today..!!!

  • sumodu on May 14, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    its a not a shocking one. but he was a great bowler for black caps. they really miss him for a while

  • L0rd_Aryan on May 14, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    we'll still see him playing in IPL though...

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Might just have to get my 'Bring back Shane Bond" facebook group going again :(

  • leifedling on May 14, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Apart from India, the one team I genuinely like and support is NZ, because it is apparent that they put in tons of hard work and still tend to fail because of reasons beyond their control. It saddens me to see Shane retire but he knows better than us, I'm sure. Hope he has a great time post retirement. (Really really wishing he'd play the IPL though)

  • Ansari26 on May 14, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Really This is a Big lose of Cricket. A Great Fast Bowler that i have Ever Seen. He is my Ideal Cricketer. a very bad day in the History of Cricket. Bond I will Miss You. Good Luck.

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Shane Bond no doubt has been amongst the best of pace attack in the world of cricket, but after his injury he hasn't looked liked the Shane Bond we know. I think his decision of retiring is spot on, give chance to another sparkling Shane Bond.

  • AsifRathod on May 14, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Well, No doubt abt his ability. One of the best fast bowlers of last decade. But, IPL is really attracting the players who can play a year or two more for their country, no doubt abt that. IPL is like retirement plan for these players who are amongst the cricket's best player. In next 30 years or so, may be IPL like governing body will handle cricket's ODI, T-20 aspects, and ICC will be there only for Test Cricket. lol. :)

  • on May 14, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    No other fast bowler made Aussies to fear as much as Bond. Hope NZ produces more Bonds :)

  • on May 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Ir`s his wish to play in IPL. i m sure he will be selected if he agrees to get auctioned.

  • Meety on May 14, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    That's great news for Aussie batsmen! I've watched cricket for over 30 yrs & he was one of the biggest pests, disturbing my enjoyment of Aussie batsmen making heaps of runs!!! I never quite understood how he did it, sometimes I think that Australia underrated him too much. Allan Donald was faster, Ambrose was nastier, Ahktar more unpredictable, Steyn swung it more - but Bond v Australia was just as good - definately better than the above in ODIs. I remember the first time he toured Oz, he kept taking and wickets - I admire him but dammned if I know what he did to take so many wickets. I have seen plenty of bowlers who look more menacing whether it be physically or through swing and seam and leave Australia's shores with 0 for 1000. I went from thinking the guy is a fluke to - the guy is a freak! In all sincerity I am dissappointed for NZ cricket, he would of made them genuine contenders for 2011 World Cup. Ponting & co can rest easy, (another undefeated World Cup - LOL).

  • on May 14, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    I loved this man. Sad to know that he won't play international cricket anymore.

  • stanjin on May 14, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    im certainly disappointed by his decision and it would certainly affect the bowling line up of new zealand.....sorry for newzealand that they r loosing bond....anyways whatever decision he has taken...he has shown his chracter personality that he wont be like dumb ass.....if his body nt supporting him as a true performer then he should leave the game and make place for a new comer and he has done so........that seems to be he is a thoughtful guy and care for the team as well....... goodluck for his future.....

  • DrDeepakSitaramHiwale on May 14, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    thanks a lot shane...you really were a treat to watch when you came in to bowl..and when you made the Aussies dance to your tune, it was something to cherish for ever. I hope you carry on playing in the IPL. All the very best wishes for the future.

  • RayAneesh on May 14, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    This is a sad day for world of cricket. Shane was one of the greatest fast bowlers of modern era. Against the invincible aussies he was terrific. The way the Australian team tumbled against him speaks volume of his greatness. All the best for you future life.

  • swagata10 on May 14, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    It's shocking for the cricket lovers.Shane is such a legendary fast bowler nd with such a shortest carear.his absence will surely affect the kiwi bowling line up. but Mr. Bond we will miss u so much..

  • on May 14, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    We will miss your bowling watching New Zealand with no bond

  • sandyyy on May 14, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Shane Bond is the only fast bowler with clean action. Every other 90+ mile fast bowlers are chuckers. Period.

  • Ganesh81 on May 14, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    genuine quick bowler with a very neat and clean action....will miss you bond:)

  • dyanamo on May 14, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    He was the best in his prime,i'll stick my neck out and say he was even better than shoaib or lee in their prime in the pace triplet that dominated world cricket for a while,the james bond of fast bowling would soarly be missed!

  • on May 14, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    gud bye.........BOND...... ;(

  • landl47 on May 14, 2010, 4:05 GMT

    It's tragic that such a quality bowler only played 18 tests. Had he been able to play more, New Zealand would have been a real force in test match cricket over the last decade. He was a true world class fast bowler.

  • on May 14, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Perhaps the last fast bowler, whom we called "great".. One of the best Fast bowlers in our generation at least, to have played the game.. In the top 2-3 pacemen of NZ of all time. I will always remember Shane running through the Aussies, in their prime, quite a few times.. Hats off to u Shane Bond!!

  • Deran on May 14, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Take a bow Shane Bond....many thanks for all the excitement provided during your stay at International Level....Wish you all the very best for your future endeavors...and I'm sure the modern Cricket World will miss a player like you!!!

  • smokingun85 on May 14, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Definitely the fast bowler with the smoothest action! Good man! have a great life!

  • on May 14, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    It was a pleasure to watch you play!

  • MayankAgarwal on May 14, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Truly a great bowler of ths Era...Hs been sprb in 03 WC whn he took 6 for 23 against Australia , when Ricky Ponting's men went through the tournament undefeated...All th Best Bond!!

  • MayankAgarwal on May 14, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Undoubtedly th best pace Bowler for kiwis over the last 10 yrs...Bt certainly ths is very disappointing end of his short but great career... Its great coz he has the all-time best ODI bowling average for a New Zealander, and his country's lowest Test bowling average with a 50-wicket qualification...All the Best Bond..Shane Bond!!

  • prazt on May 14, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    schoking and all cricket lovers will miss you! i'm from india and in indian team we never had a pace bowler like you and we admire bowlers like you. I think this is not a retirment as you will stick to cricket in some other way. May be you should come as indian bowling coach.

  • NikhilPapad3 on May 14, 2010, 3:41 GMT

    ohhhhhhhh noooo!!!!! bondyyy! nooooooo! dont gooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chrishan on May 14, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    This guy was a phenomenal bowler. A player who took almost 5 wickets in every Test and nearly 2 wickets in every ODI. Fantastic player to watch! If not for those injuries he would have racked up plenty of scalps and perhaps been one of the leading wickets takers ever.

  • Prady4 on May 14, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Shane u ve the perfect arm action among those who bowls 145-150 k's. I like u very much man.. Your figures 6/23 against the aussis in 2003 WC was always memorable. We miss u legend..Good luck

  • Sika on May 14, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    "Bond, Shane Bond. Liked his Aussies both shaken AND stirred."

    Cheers Bondy, and thanks.

    (from an expat Kiwi living in Oz)

  • on May 14, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Good luck your future Bond, we are proud of you as Sri Lankan.

  • MalikNadeemAwan on May 14, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    That is the end of one of the very best of modern fast bowler and the legend of New Zealand. It is really a shocking news for his fans but best of luck for Shane Bond You are great.............

  • Piyushchawla on May 14, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Bond ...you are the best......wish you the very best in your future endeavours...............

  • Piyushchawla on May 14, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    Bond's retirement is a great loss to international cricket.................what a great player......certainly the best............hope he keeps playing for IPL and entertains the fans all over the world.............

  • on May 14, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    has he retired from domestic cricket as well??? ie will he play in the IPL if picked?

  • on May 14, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Great Man! You are the James Bond of Cricket.

  • nskaile on May 14, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    this is sad sad day for all cricket fans around thw world. I use to watch NZ games only to see hm bowling and now he retired from all forms of the game and this is not good. To me he is LEGEND. One of the greatest FAST bowler i ever seen. He was the only bowler to run through whole australian team many times :(

    Good by Shane.

  • Mchomie on May 14, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    I love you Bond! Best quick in 10 years

  • youfoundme on May 14, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    A sad time in the history of not just New Zealand cricket, but World cricket. To me, he is the greatest fast bowler ever, and a truer gentleman than any other. I'm gonna miss you Bondy, love you long time =]

  • on May 14, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Another one gone! IPL, you are just destroying cricket. Gilli, Hayden and many others quit cricket for IPL. ICC should ban this league if they love cricket, than money.

    Soo sad on BOND retirement! Fast bowling era is finished now

  • tramakri on May 14, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    Good luck, Shane. You will be missed.

  • sreevas on May 14, 2010, 2:08 GMT

    By this one of most highly regarded pace bowler's career is coming to an end. During his peak times he had Aussies at his knees.Really wish he would continue playing in the IPL.

  • nzmatt17 on May 14, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Quite possibly the best New Zealand bowler to have ever played the game. With those strike rates def. up there with Hadlee!!!! At 35 years of age I admire you mate! I am 30 years old and could not even imagine being able to put my body through that! I take my hat off to you...please stay around and coach the younger generation so that we may have more Bonds in the future!!!

  • Zahidsaltin on May 14, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    irrespective of his shortend presence at internationall arena, he is one of the greats of cricket. He's been a top class performer and I always regarded him as the best of his time.

  • senthilkhumar on May 14, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    I was (still is) a huge fan of yours, All the very best. NZ lost one of its greatest players of all time. All the very best with your future.

  • on May 14, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    one of the greats of the game..good luck in the future mate all the best

  • on May 14, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    So sad to see the fast bowler go so early. Big lost for cricket. Wish you all the best Shane Bond!

  • on May 14, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Take a bow Shane Bond. You are epitome of what Alexander said: "It is better to burn out than to fade away". I think atleast the Indian team needs to learn that attitude from you.

  • on May 14, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    This is unbelievable.... He was my best fast bowler after Shoaib Akhtar, while the later faded away, I thought the former would still continue... Anyways it was a dream to see Bond steming in and hitting the timber at the back of the batsman... Amazing sight for any bowler...I wish Shane Bond success in whatever he does after his enchanting stay in New Zeland Cricket....

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on May 14, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    This took me as a shocker.. never expected it.. one of my fav players.. to me he is a legend and shall always be regarded as one.. i still cant believe it..

  • on May 14, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    Bloody hell. Farewell, Bond. You were too good for this world.

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:52 GMT

    Shane Bond retires from all cricket

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    He will be remembered for being the only kiwi bowler apart from Hadlee to dominate the Australian Team - few other bowlers can say that. And sadly he will be remembered for what could have been if he was injury free and hadn't signed for the rebel league. Dam shame we didn't have him around for longer and more consistantly. He only ever played a couple of games with Mills suprisingly. Will be sadly missed

  • Vikram_Rathore on May 14, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Shane Bond is THE biggest under achiever in international cricketer according to me... For his talent, and ability, he should have retired as one of cricket's all time greats among fast bowlers. He is that kind of a fast bowler, who can get wickets and put fear in the batsmen's mind just by bowling good deliveries, than with mental games and sledging that people like Glen McGrath are so famous for. I was extremely saddened by the fact that I will never see him in a Test Cricket. But, him retiring from limited over games came as a shocker... But, he knows best as to what is good for him. I always wished he did well, even when he was playing against India, my Country... A Gentleman and a prolific Cricketer that he is, Shane Bond will be missed... not just by New Zealand, but by ardent Cricket fans like me, World over. Thanks Shane...!

  • rightarmover on May 14, 2010, 0:41 GMT

    What a Loss to New Zealand Cricket and International cricket, always a shame to see a genuinley quick bowler bow to injuries but im glad he just stuck to bowling fast. Im an ussie but i had alot of respect for Bondy and he wouldve looked good in a baggy green! all the Best Bondy, u leave behind a wonderful record and great memories

  • rambadi on May 14, 2010, 0:37 GMT

    That is just disappointing. Without a doubt, Bond is one of cricket's best bowlers, and one of my favorites. Unfortunately, his record would never reflect that because of his injury-prone career. New Zealand needed him for the next World Cup more than it needed anyone else. But, I can't blame the guy. He has just gone through too many injuries. It's impressive that he held on as long as he did.

    I don't like the New Zealand's future outlook here in cricket. Fleming is gone, Bond is gone, Vettori, McCullum and Oram will go pretty soon. And sports fans in New Zealand like rugby far more than they like cricket. At this rate, the NZ cricket board will have to think about allying with the Australian board to form one team that represents that area - much like West Indies represents the island nations. Whatever happens from here to New Zealand cricket should be interesting.

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    sad with your sudden decision but its ur choice...............you will be missed bondy..

  • naeem-butt on May 14, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    Another sad day for NZ cricket.he is the best after headley they have ever produced.all cricket lovers will miss him.Good luck bond.

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Not sure what is really happening?? first its brett lee quits the test cricket and being injured all the time..shoaib akhtar has been out forever coz of disciplinary issues and fitness problems now its shane bond retiring from all the formats.... we'll really miss such a awesome fast bowler pace with accuracy and swing..shane bond will be remembered for long time...its really hard to see this quality of fast bowling in these days...feel sad about it...

  • geebob on May 14, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Will miss the Man/Machine..

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Unfortunate to see Kiwi's best fast bowler retiring after playing too brief. His pace struck fear into batsmen and no doubt he was at his best when playing against the Aussies. He'll be missed dearly and NZ will have hard time finding a gem like Bond.

    Averaging almost 2.5-3 wickets per match against aussies in the ODIs is something that he could be proud of. Pity that his body could not hold on to the demands of international cricket. But he will forever be missed.

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    A salute to a champion fast bowler. Good luck to Mr. Bond in whatever he decides to pursue from now.

  • admshafi on May 14, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    I miss you soooo much, bondy!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    You are the greatest bowler of this era.... we will miss u bond

  • ayubshaikh on May 13, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    will he be playing in IPL??? IPL needs bond

  • Paulimus_prime on May 13, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Dissppointed to say the least - I still think he has 2-3 years in him and now the best NZ can hope for is that he caoches/mentors the young quicks coming through from our under 19's who are bowling 140km+

  • Reignman on May 13, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    Hats off to Shane Bond! Goes out like man with dignity. Which is a lot more than could be said for some of the others. His points of voew are absolutely true. All too often fast bowlers are stressed to a point where it becomes a job rather than a sport.

  • Tiptop32 on May 13, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    I wish he atleast continued to play T20 matches and quit ODIs and tests. NZ will not miss him because they never felt his presence throughout his career since he is injured most of the time in his career. If he really wants to contribute to NZ cricket, he should play T20 which does not take much toll on the body. Again it is his personal wish. Hope we can see him in cash rich domestic T20 tournaments such as IPL, Big Bash, etc.

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    Best bowler. too much and unplanned cricket happening around is causing all this. I think ICC should come in stop boards from organizing too much cricket just for their financial needs and just let some quality series happen to preserve games prestige.

  • FarhanDon on May 13, 2010, 23:33 GMT

    WAt! A real shocker of a news this is..Will miss u bondy.Truly one of the greatest fast bowlers of the modern age.Thanx for da thrilling moments bond..Loved ur passion and give it all attitude..Even da reason 4 his retirement says a lot about his fighting character..Doesnt want to linger around till 37,38 and bowl at a mediocre pace like most fast bowlers do and preferring 2 retire when around his prime...Still rememba that bolt of a yorker to Adam Gilchrist..Just 2 Good.. Never again will I get the chance to say,'here comes Bond,Shane Bond' :(... Wats really disappointing is that with Bond's exit there are hardly any good genuine fast bowlers left..Only 8 or 9( Parnell,muhammad Amir,Raoch,Malinga,johnson,steyn,morkel,bollinger) to be precise..As we know Tait and nannes only play in T20's which is really disappointing as well... For da last time..The names Bond,SHane BOND!!!:(

  • loggerfloodles on May 13, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Bit of a shock, but its not as if it wasn't coming soon. Bond should go down as one of the greats of NZ and probably fast bowling as well, but I'd say he's going to be forgotten by most in 5 years time. A real pity.

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Adieu Bond....you were really a great bowler

  • Ashique129 on May 13, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    Another one down!! Bye bye my friend. I admire the standard you set for yourself. You were the last Samura, from the generation of fast bowlers who connected the 1990's and the 2000'. Long gone are the intimidating Waqar and Donald. Brett and Shoaib are almost history. Except for Dale, Morne and Mitch, I don't see any of your kind roaring into a batsman after the tea and making them look clueless. May the average test batsmen from hereon average in the mid 50's. They won't have sleepless nights, intimidated about facing someone like you in an early morning of a test. I guess I am also getting older... it's time for me to be happy with my memories of watching those lightning quicks, who once graced the game and now will only shine in Youtube and Cricinfo archives. Shine on you crazy diamond..

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    we will miss you were decent lad.. good luck

  • gung-ho on May 13, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    My good sir, you will be missed.

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Thats very sad that he wont play no more 4 n.z. well we ll miss u man and i hope all your wishes come true in your life. take care man and have a good life..

  • gonik on May 13, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Ah! I am going to miss Bond a lot. He has been my favourite for quite a while and I have loved his passion for the game and I love his character. For me, truly a hero; who will be greatly missed in the world of cricket. Farewell Shane, and all the best for a post retirement life.

  • Jambo22 on May 13, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Martin Crowe, Chris Cairns, Shane Bond ... yet another talented NZ cricketer loses a huge chunk of their career to injury. Such a shame.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 13, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    I was hoping that Bond would hold on till the world cup. I guess he himself knows how he feels and every1 should respect his decision regardless of the disappointment. He was a great fast bowler who thrived in an era far too biased towards batsmen. I hope he dedicates himself to molding fast bowlers from as many cricket playing nations as he can.

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Awww Man...!!!Bond was way better than the rest...wishing him lotsa luck for his future..I've a feeling that Brett might retire soon

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    It's Sad that international cricket loses one of the Fastest bowlers in the world..

  • yogikanna on May 13, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Good luck Shane! Wish you a happy retirment from cricket and wish you well in your future endevours!

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    A great bowler and a very good gentelman, we`ll remember you Bond. A Bond fan from Pakistan .

  • Deenesh on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Wooooow. Shane Bond Gone. A career that was way to short for someone of his talent. Probably going to become a commentator.

  • on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    its bad news :( will miss u mr bond

  • SzlyAr on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    A HUGE loss for the Kiwis! They will definitely miss his services as he was their prime bowler even though in the T20s. Best of luck big man for your future!

  • kamerryn on May 13, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Go well Bondy, it's been a privilege to watch you play.

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  • kamerryn on May 13, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Go well Bondy, it's been a privilege to watch you play.

  • SzlyAr on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    A HUGE loss for the Kiwis! They will definitely miss his services as he was their prime bowler even though in the T20s. Best of luck big man for your future!

  • on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    its bad news :( will miss u mr bond

  • Deenesh on May 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Wooooow. Shane Bond Gone. A career that was way to short for someone of his talent. Probably going to become a commentator.

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    A great bowler and a very good gentelman, we`ll remember you Bond. A Bond fan from Pakistan .

  • yogikanna on May 13, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Good luck Shane! Wish you a happy retirment from cricket and wish you well in your future endevours!

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    It's Sad that international cricket loses one of the Fastest bowlers in the world..

  • on May 13, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Awww Man...!!!Bond was way better than the rest...wishing him lotsa luck for his future..I've a feeling that Brett might retire soon

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on May 13, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    I was hoping that Bond would hold on till the world cup. I guess he himself knows how he feels and every1 should respect his decision regardless of the disappointment. He was a great fast bowler who thrived in an era far too biased towards batsmen. I hope he dedicates himself to molding fast bowlers from as many cricket playing nations as he can.

  • Jambo22 on May 13, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Martin Crowe, Chris Cairns, Shane Bond ... yet another talented NZ cricketer loses a huge chunk of their career to injury. Such a shame.