• Former Proteas all-rounder retires

    Former Proteas all-rounder Ryan McLaren has retired from first-class cricket with immediate effect.

    The 35-year-old McLaren will remain available for Twenty20 and List A competitions.

    He played two Tests, 54 ODIs and a dozen T20Is between 2009 and 2014.

    The left-handed batsman and right-armer seamer also represented Middlesex, Kent and Hampshire in English county cricket – and played for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

    ‘I have learned from many to know when it’s the right time.The time has come for me to retire from first-class cricket. I’m grateful to have shared a change room with some of the best our country has produced,’ McLaren wrote on Twitter.

    ‘Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the support I have had from my wife, family, coaches and teammates, both in SA and in county cricket. I have absolutely loved every part of what this game has taught me… time for some white ball fun now.’

    He was part of the Nelson Mandela Gay Giants’ inaugural Mzansi Super League campaign late last year – and served the Knights during the 2018-19 4-Day Franchise Series.

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