Former Proteas left-arm spinner Robin Peterson today announced his retirement from all cricket with immediate effect.
The 37-year-old joined the Knights for the 2016-17 season and has played in all five Sunfoil Series matches to date.
He represented the Proteas in 15 Test matches, 79 ODIs and 21 T20 International matches. One of the highlights was taking six wickets in the final Test match against Australia at Perth in 2012 to help clinch the series. This included dismissing Ricky Ponting in the former Australian captain’s final Test match innings.
‘It is with mixed emotions and fond memories that I would like to announce my retirement from professional cricket,’ commented Peterson. ‘It’s been an incredible journey with so many people that have supported and encouraged me along the way. First and foremost I’d like to thank all my teammates for all the special memories they’ve helped create along the way, as well as all the coaches that have played a role in my development and as mentors throughout my career.
‘I’d like to thank EP and Warriors cricket for giving me an opportunity and seeing something in me that I didn’t think existed, and Cobras Cricket for the wonderful years I’ve spent down In Cape Town. I’d also like to thank the Knights for allowing me into their space and for the management at Free State cricket that have handled my decision with impeccable professionalism and a human touch.
Knights CEO Johan van Heerden commented: ‘What a true professional Robbie has been for almost two decades. He has made immense contributions in the cricketing world and has earned the right to be called a Legend! I respect his wish and realize that his family now comes first. I was busy changing the Honours board and I am very pleased and honoured that I could add Robin Peterson the Knights family and history.
‘Thank you for your contributions towards the Knights family; we will surely miss you and wish you the very best for you and your family’s future.’