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Shane Bond retires from all cricket

Brydon Coverdale

May 14, 2010

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Shane Bond is all effort, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st match, Compaq Cup, Colombo, September 8, 2009
The wear and tear of international cricket has taken its toll on Shane Bond © AFP

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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Posted by   on (May 17, 2010, 20:39 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

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 19:59 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 16, 2010, 10:20 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 Black Cap can make strategies to have his good luck for Kiwis to have a new and a good bowler too for all formates of cricket...

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 22:11 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.

Posted by AusFan619 on (May 15, 2010, 18:11 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..............

Posted by boris6491 on (May 15, 2010, 15:56 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!

Posted by CiMP on (May 15, 2010, 15:12 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.

Posted by Cricfan27 on (May 15, 2010, 12:35 GMT)

End of a James Bond era for New Zealand.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 11:14 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 10:52 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!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 8:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 8:56 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.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 8:45 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 ...........

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 7:49 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!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 7:41 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

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 7:05 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.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 6:44 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

Posted by royalians on (May 15, 2010, 5:39 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.

Posted by Chanaka_cp on (May 15, 2010, 5:25 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 ....

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 4:42 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!

Posted by Nvalley on (May 15, 2010, 3:49 GMT)

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

Posted by yorker10 on (May 15, 2010, 3:43 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!

Posted by Pajny on (May 15, 2010, 3:15 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

Posted by   on (May 15, 2010, 1:54 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

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (May 15, 2010, 0:41 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 23:48 GMT)

ALways enjoyed your bowling skils and ability to desject the batsmenl..when AUS are always top in the game 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

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (May 14, 2010, 23:25 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 22:04 GMT)

realy we gonna miss him...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 22:03 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 21:38 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...

Posted by McPiggle on (May 14, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 21:09 GMT)

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

Posted by lycanthrope on (May 14, 2010, 21:02 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 20:57 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

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

Posted by davidpan on (May 14, 2010, 20:55 GMT)

Bond you are the godofinternational have strong pace and good line and 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 you india and indians.(from fan of nepal)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 20:50 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.

Posted by luqa on (May 14, 2010, 20:47 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 whatever it is his deciosion should be respected...all the best..:)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 20:40 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 was your descision........... byeee dude n all the best for your future.......byee

Posted by ArishaG on (May 14, 2010, 19:45 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 19:30 GMT)

Total respect. Wish there be more like him.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 19:22 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 18:46 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 18:41 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.

Posted by Shafaet on (May 14, 2010, 18:41 GMT)

We love you bond, we really do.

Posted by aftabsaher on (May 14, 2010, 18:38 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 18:34 GMT)

We will miss u 007

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

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

Posted by McGorium on (May 14, 2010, 17:44 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 17:07 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:58 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

Posted by Lakpj on (May 14, 2010, 16:55 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.

Posted by reeja on (May 14, 2010, 16:54 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.

Posted by shambhu541 on (May 14, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

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

Posted by bharath74 on (May 14, 2010, 16:47 GMT)

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

Posted by Jarr30 on (May 14, 2010, 16:44 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.

Posted by p1s1b1 on (May 14, 2010, 16:38 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

Posted by shaanidesi on (May 14, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

Big loss for quality cricketer!! you will be missed

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:28 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

Posted by milanrobby on (May 14, 2010, 16:28 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.

Posted by dazedindunedin on (May 14, 2010, 16:24 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:22 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 :)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:20 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:13 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 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.

Posted by My_Beloved_Cricket on (May 14, 2010, 16:13 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:06 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.....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:06 GMT)

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

Posted by RudiJordaan on (May 14, 2010, 16:04 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:03 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 16:00 GMT)

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

Posted by not-fan-but-fanatic on (May 14, 2010, 15:52 GMT)

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

Posted by ThalaivanIrukiran on (May 14, 2010, 15:47 GMT)

The bowler with the classiest action...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 15:47 GMT)

hmmmmmmmmmmmm me tooooooooooooooooo bye

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 15:43 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.

Posted by Robofk on (May 14, 2010, 15:38 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

Posted by Rifnas on (May 14, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

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

Posted by A.Jayachandran on (May 14, 2010, 15:35 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!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 15:32 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!!!...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 15:14 GMT)

we will miss you bond....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 15:12 GMT)

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

Posted by Charindra on (May 14, 2010, 15:05 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. :)

Posted by BMayuresh on (May 14, 2010, 15:00 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" 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:59 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....

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:51 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:49 GMT)

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

Posted by funsuk on (May 14, 2010, 14:46 GMT)

Very Genuine fast bowler. We will miss you bond.

Posted by va_jatt on (May 14, 2010, 14:38 GMT)


Posted by ShahzanHaiderBukhari on (May 14, 2010, 14:32 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.

Posted by DaddyDickFingers on (May 14, 2010, 14:30 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:26 GMT)


Posted by DE-BEST-XI on (May 14, 2010, 14:18 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!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 14:18 GMT)

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

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (May 14, 2010, 14:12 GMT)

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

Posted by zn264 on (May 14, 2010, 14:09 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 : )

Posted by kaanaismyfriend on (May 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT)

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

Posted by wasim_007 on (May 14, 2010, 14:06 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 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 one certainly could play for more year....

Posted by siddif on (May 14, 2010, 14:05 GMT)

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

Posted by rrk_ray on (May 14, 2010, 14:00 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...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:59 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:53 GMT)

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

Posted by sarbartha_sau on (May 14, 2010, 13:51 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.

Posted by imirfan on (May 14, 2010, 13:51 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:50 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!

Posted by Flemy on (May 14, 2010, 13:50 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

Posted by JCrao on (May 14, 2010, 13:31 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

Great,really great bowler!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 13:21 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 !!!

Posted by nawwabsahab on (May 14, 2010, 13:04 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.

Posted by BushrA..RehmaN on (May 14, 2010, 13:00 GMT)

missssssssssssss you bond

Posted by ali3000 on (May 14, 2010, 12:52 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.

Posted by ShahzanHaiderBukhari on (May 14, 2010, 12:36 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:30 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:27 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:22 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:12 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:09 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!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:03 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 12:01 GMT)

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

Posted by usman10 on (May 14, 2010, 11:41 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...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:40 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:32 GMT)

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

Posted by jamesroberts007 on (May 14, 2010, 11:29 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

Posted by Conynine on (May 14, 2010, 11:28 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

Posted by kdcricket on (May 14, 2010, 11:19 GMT)

A modern 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

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

Posted by shaaaryyy on (May 14, 2010, 11:09 GMT)

Bond Best Player And Key Player For Kiwis -

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 11:07 GMT)

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

Posted by rahul_studd on (May 14, 2010, 10:58 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

Posted by the_infinite_sadness on (May 14, 2010, 10:52 GMT)

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

Posted by mrferret777 on (May 14, 2010, 10:52 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 10:38 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 10:35 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 10:31 GMT)

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

Posted by willybagz on (May 14, 2010, 10:25 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.

Posted by sanchit_sabharwal on (May 14, 2010, 10:20 GMT)

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

Posted by Love.Faith.and.Hope on (May 14, 2010, 10:10 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 10:04 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

Posted by Cricfan_john on (May 14, 2010, 10:04 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...

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:59 GMT)

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

Posted by sohail1980 on (May 14, 2010, 9:58 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 .

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:58 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:50 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:48 GMT)

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

Posted by Rajesh. on (May 14, 2010, 9:35 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.

Posted by JackSparrows on (May 14, 2010, 9:25 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:24 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:24 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..

Posted by JonCampion on (May 14, 2010, 9:16 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:15 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:05 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 9:05 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 !!

Posted by ferzil927 on (May 14, 2010, 9:01 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

Posted by DDeven on (May 14, 2010, 9:00 GMT)

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

Posted by Shreyas_Sinkar on (May 14, 2010, 8:51 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 8:45 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

Posted by janeWatson on (May 14, 2010, 8:35 GMT)

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

Posted by chandau on (May 14, 2010, 8:27 GMT)

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

Posted by nipo10847 on (May 14, 2010, 8:04 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!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 8:03 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 7:59 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.

Posted by Shanth1980 on (May 14, 2010, 7:58 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..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT)

A true bowler with genuine cricket love.

Posted by saghirkarachi on (May 14, 2010, 7:47 GMT)

huge lose for newzealand and indeed for cricket

Posted by RobTay14 on (May 14, 2010, 7:45 GMT)

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

Posted by Blythesville on (May 14, 2010, 7:41 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.

Posted by Breadbin on (May 14, 2010, 7:34 GMT)

Shane did the needful very muchly.

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

Posted by Harish_Akella on (May 14, 2010, 7:28 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 7:17 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 7:17 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 7:11 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...

Posted by rainmaker86 on (May 14, 2010, 6:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:55 GMT)

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

Posted by Indike on (May 14, 2010, 6:50 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!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:46 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..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

bye bye miss you bond hahhhahaahhahahahahahah

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:45 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!

Posted by paulantony on (May 14, 2010, 6:36 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:28 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:27 GMT)

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

Posted by sumodu on (May 14, 2010, 6:24 GMT)

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

Posted by L0rd_Aryan on (May 14, 2010, 6:23 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

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

Posted by leifedling on (May 14, 2010, 6:20 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)

Posted by Ansari26 on (May 14, 2010, 6:18 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:15 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.

Posted by AsifRathod on (May 14, 2010, 6:05 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. :)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 6:01 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 5:59 GMT)

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

Posted by Meety on (May 14, 2010, 5:59 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).

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

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

Posted by stanjin on (May 14, 2010, 5:53 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.....

Posted by DrDeepakSitaramHiwale on (May 14, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

thanks a lot 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.

Posted by RayAneesh on (May 14, 2010, 5:42 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.

Posted by swagata10 on (May 14, 2010, 5:41 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..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 5:38 GMT)

We will miss your bowling watching New Zealand with no bond

Posted by sandyyy on (May 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT)

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

Posted by Ganesh81 on (May 14, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

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

Posted by dyanamo on (May 14, 2010, 5:25 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!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

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

Posted by landl47 on (May 14, 2010, 5:05 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 4:57 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!!

Posted by Deran on (May 14, 2010, 4:56 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!!!

Posted by smokingun85 on (May 14, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT)

It was a pleasure to watch you play!

Posted by MayankAgarwal on (May 14, 2010, 4:48 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!!

Posted by MayankAgarwal on (May 14, 2010, 4:47 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!!

Posted by prazt on (May 14, 2010, 4:46 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.

Posted by NikhilPapad3 on (May 14, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

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

Posted by Chrishan on (May 14, 2010, 4:32 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.

Posted by Prady4 on (May 14, 2010, 4:32 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

Posted by Sika on (May 14, 2010, 4:26 GMT)

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

Cheers Bondy, and thanks.

(from an expat Kiwi living in Oz)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 4:17 GMT)

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

Posted by MalikNadeemAwan on (May 14, 2010, 4:16 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.............

Posted by Piyushchawla on (May 14, 2010, 4:14 GMT)

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

Posted by Piyushchawla on (May 14, 2010, 4:00 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.............

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 3:52 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

Great Man! You are the James Bond of Cricket.

Posted by nskaile on (May 14, 2010, 3:28 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.

Posted by Mchomie on (May 14, 2010, 3:22 GMT)

I love you Bond! Best quick in 10 years

Posted by youfoundme on (May 14, 2010, 3:19 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 =]

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 3:18 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

Posted by tramakri on (May 14, 2010, 3:11 GMT)

Good luck, Shane. You will be missed.

Posted by sreevas on (May 14, 2010, 3:08 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.

Posted by nzmatt17 on (May 14, 2010, 3:07 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!!!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (May 14, 2010, 3:04 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.

Posted by senthilkhumar on (May 14, 2010, 3:00 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 2:53 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 2:51 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 2:48 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 2:37 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....

Posted by WI-NZ-SA-ENG on (May 14, 2010, 2:33 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..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 2:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:52 GMT)

Shane Bond retires from all cricket

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:51 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

Posted by Vikram_Rathore on (May 14, 2010, 1:50 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...!

Posted by rightarmover on (May 14, 2010, 1:41 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

Posted by rambadi on (May 14, 2010, 1:37 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:35 GMT)

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

Posted by naeem-butt on (May 14, 2010, 1:21 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:18 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...

Posted by geebob on (May 14, 2010, 1:18 GMT)

Will miss the Man/Machine..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:16 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:14 GMT)

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

Posted by admshafi on (May 14, 2010, 1:12 GMT)

I miss you soooo much, bondy!!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 1:03 GMT)

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

Posted by ayubshaikh on (May 14, 2010, 0:57 GMT)

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

Posted by Paulimus_prime on (May 14, 2010, 0:53 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+

Posted by Reignman on (May 14, 2010, 0:49 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.

Posted by Tiptop32 on (May 14, 2010, 0:46 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:33 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.

Posted by FarhanDon on (May 14, 2010, 0:33 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!!!:(

Posted by loggerfloodles on (May 14, 2010, 0:32 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:31 GMT)

Adieu were really a great bowler

Posted by Ashique129 on (May 14, 2010, 0:27 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..

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:25 GMT)

we will miss you were decent lad.. good luck

Posted by gung-ho on (May 14, 2010, 0:16 GMT)

My good sir, you will be missed.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:13 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..

Posted by gonik on (May 14, 2010, 0:12 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.

Posted by Jambo22 on (May 14, 2010, 0:12 GMT)

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

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on (May 14, 2010, 0:10 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.

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:08 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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:07 GMT)

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

Posted by yogikanna on (May 14, 2010, 0:05 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 14, 2010, 0:04 GMT)

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

Posted by Deenesh on (May 13, 2010, 23:59 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (May 13, 2010, 23:59 GMT)

its bad news :( will miss u mr bond

Posted by SzlyAr on (May 13, 2010, 23:59 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!

Posted by kamerryn on (May 13, 2010, 23:57 GMT)

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

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