Former Proteas batsman JP Duminy has retired from playing all forms of cricket.
Duminy’s Test career ended in 2017. He retired from ODI and T20I cricket after the 2019 World Cup in the United Kingdom.
The veteran left-hander was meant to play for the Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League late last year, but was sidelined by injury. He remained with the Blitz as a mentor, though.
The 35-year-old represented several franchises during a prolific T20 career, most recently the Winnipeg Hawks and Barbados Tridents in the Global T20 Canada and Caribbean Premier League, respectively.
‘I am young enough to play and still earn money from the franchise game, but I am lacking a strong purpose with that. I played in the Caribbean Premier League and the Global T20 Canada. I found at the CPL there is hunger for young players to seek out older players. I don’t know what’s next. I had to take a bold step of closing a door before I could open the next door,’ said Duminy.
‘The journey ebbed and flowed, but there is 100% no regrets. The standout is more about impact and relations developed over the years, particularly with the players. That is something I will always hold dear.
‘It’s been a journey where I doubted myself countless times and also had unbelievable moments. It is these moments that have built me into who I am today.
‘People will look at my career and question, “What if?” in regard to the talent I have. I don’t think it has been due to lack of effort put in. I am truly chuffed by the opportunities that I have been given, but it’s now all about looking forward and what’s still in store for me.’
Duminy also represented several franchises in the Indian Premier League, including the Mumbai Indians, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. He, too, played in the Pakistan Super League.
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