Zimbabwe news January 4, 2011

Grant Flower retires from all cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Grant Flower, the Zimbabwe batsman, has formally announced his retirement from all cricket, saying he wants to focus on coaching. He had hinted at having played his last game in November, when he described the finals of the Stanbic Bank 20 Series in Zimbabwe as a "fitting end to my career". He led the Mashonaland Eagles to the trophy in that game, and received a guard of honour from his team-mates.

"I have drawn the line," Flower told zimcricket.org. "I had to make the decision whether to coach properly or continue playing properly and prepare as well as I could. I think there's enough talent coming through and I don't want to hold anyone back. I've had a good run and I've enjoyed it, but there is a transition from player to coach, and I think it's time to take it."

Flower was appointed Zimbabwe's batting coach in August and has also filled the role of player-coach for the Eagles in the 2010 season. He had retired from international cricket in 2004 after the dispute between the Zimbabwe board and the rebel players, but after six years of playing for Essex in England, made a surprise return to the national side, playing two ODIs in South Africa in October 2010.

At the time, Alistair Campbell, the Zimbabwe selector, had suggested he wanted Flower to continue till the end of the 2011 World Cup. Flower has been among the runs for Essex, averaging 65.87 in the 2010 limited overs season.

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  • tupee on January 7, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    well done Grant , 2010 showed that Zim can bat especialy against SA , hope we will begin to see some consistanse especially from players like Tatenda Taibu and Brandon Taylor

  • Anver on January 5, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Good Decision Grant...... now best thing is to follow u'r bro Andy footsteps and become a reputed coach like him !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck for the future !!!!!

  • Online on January 5, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    ah come on Grant, you cant have let us down by retiring just before the world cup man. We were all waiting to have one last look at you... damn.

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Its a shame he could'nt showcase his full potential for zim because of political problems.....but a great cricketer !!! We Indian cricket fans have a lot of respect fr him and andy !!!

  • Steve on January 5, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    He can be very useful in a role which Brian Lara has asked for (Player/Coach for an IPL team).. Look out IPL team owners :)

  • Dummy4 on January 5, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Given his form of late its a shame he won't be there, at least in a senior player capacity during the world cup. Still, one of the great zimbabwean players along with his brother and Heath Streak.

  • Andrew on January 5, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Like your comment DVC. Good luck to Grant, he's got a tough job trying to turn pig's ears into silk purses.. a little harsh but the point is if, over the next couple of seasons, Zim make 240 / 250 [as an ODI score] against the top teams that will be job done fairly well by the batsman, It won't earn Grant much plaudits though

  • Daniel on January 4, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    I get the impression half the people commenting here didn't even read the article. @Steven Drake: He already has a coaching job - as batting coach of Zimbabwe. @Gilly4ever: He averaged 65 in 1st Class cricket last year, surely there aren't that many Zimbabweans with that recent form? @Both of you: He played Zimbabwe's last 2 ODIs and the National Selector wanted him to play in the WC, how is it not news that he's announced his retirement again? @Kiran Karsan Kerai: Captaining!? What are you talking about? He's coaching.

  • Adrian on January 4, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Slow news day much? Flower is not nearly good enough to still be playing aged 40.

  • ansar on January 4, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    he Should Go For The End of World Cup For Zimbabwe... He Is All Time Fine Player For Zimbabwe...

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