New Zealand news July 22, 2012

Peter McGlashan retires from all cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Peter McGlashan, the New Zealand and Northern Districts wicketkeeper, has retired from all cricket. McGlashan was named in New Zealand's 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September, but he has chosen a career outside of cricket with the Glenn Family Foundation, an initiative geared towards eliminating domestic violence.

"It's an incredible chance to make a difference to people's lives, through Owen's [Owen Glenn, the foundation's founder] remarkable vision," McGlashan said. "I'm going to be assisting in the community in an area in which I know I would love to be working for the next 35 to 40 years.

"Having seen how excited people in Otara [a South Auckland suburb] are about this project, and knowing the difference it will make, I realised I would not feel comfortable standing out there catching balls while that work waited. I wish the Black Caps well and I will miss being part of the Northern Knights, something that I'm sure will really hit me in summer. But I'm already comfortable that it's the right decision to retire at this point and I feel very fortunate to be exiting the game for an exciting role about which I am truly passionate."

McGlashan, 33, played four ODIs, scoring one half-century, and 11 T20 internationals for New Zealand. He made his first-class debut in 2000-01, and went on to lay 71 games, averaging 29.57 with the bat and finishing with 195 catches and 13 stumpings. In 2009, he set a New Zealand first-class wicketkeeping record for the most dismissals in a match - 12. He took six catches in each innings of that Plunket Shield game against Central Districts and, incidentally, it was also a world record for the most catches taken by an individual in a first-class match.

Northern Districts coach Grant Bradburn said McGlashan's innovative ability stood out. "Pete is a hugely experienced and skilful player, particularly in the shorter forms of the game - and that calibre of skills you just don't develop overnight," he said. "His amazing ability to innovate and look at things from a different angle, whether it's been through introducing new gear and equipment or using fresh approaches in the middle, have helped the game in New Zealand.

"An example is a one-day match we played against the Otago Volts two seasons ago in which he changed bats between overs, depending on which bowler he would be facing plus the direction of the wind. He'd use the shorter Mongoose bat for the downwind bowling and the long-handle into the wind.

"I'd never seen an innovation like that before, but he was the master of putting pressure on bowlers at the death in one-dayers or Twenty20s, as well as being the master of the reverse-sweep. And, of course, one of our most accomplished wicketkeepers, to boot. We will miss him, but I'm stoked for Pete as we're losing him to a very fine cause."

Northern Districts CEO David Cooper added: "The New Zealand Cricket Players Association takes a lead role in ensuring players have the skills and networks to manage their post-cricket future and I think Pete is a shining example to all players of someone who has taken those opportunities and developed his personal and professional abilities whilst still a player.

"There is no question Pete would have featured in our plans for the coming season, however he now has another tremendous opportunity with the Glenn Family Foundation and, knowing the man he is, we are certain that Pete will add real value there and continue making a significant and positive difference to our society. He leaves with our very best wishes."

Prior to joining Northern Districts in 2004, McGlashan represented Central Districts in 2000-01 and 2000-02 and Otago in 2002-03.