Titans Cricket chief executive officer Jacques Faul has led the praise for former Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel, who retired from all forms of professional cricket on Wednesday.
Morkel captained the Titans in the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy in October and the Durban Heat in the inaugural Mzansi Super League in South Africa through November and December 2018. He scored 57 not out in his final appearance, against the Tshwane Spartans at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 12 December.
‘Albie has been an incredible servant to the Titans,’ said Faul.
‘We want to thank him for all his years of sterling service, and for all the entertainment and success he brought to SuperSport Park. He was massively respected in the changeroom, and lived in the stands, and that is a tribute to not only his ability as a cricketer, but also as a person.’
The hard-hitting left-hander played one Test, 58 ODIs and 50 T20Is between 2004 and 2015 – and represented the Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
‘He deserves a send-off, and also a chance for the Titans fans to say a fond farewell. It wasn’t just for Titans that he was a massive player, because he also served the Proteas with distinction,’ added Faul.
‘He was one of the most destructive cricketers in domestic T20 cricket, and he will be really missed. We wish him all the best in his new ventures.’