Irish all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has confirmed his retirement from international cricket after a 16-year career.
His most memorable moment came at the 2011 ODI World Cup when he scored a scintillating century against England to help Ireland chase a mammoth total of 328 runs in Bengaluru.
Taking to Twitter, O’Brien said he made the decision after realizing management had started looking at other options after last year’s T20 World Cup.
“Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country. I had hoped to end my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia but having not been selected for the Irish team since the World Cup last year, I feel the coaches and management look elsewhere.”
“I enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, I made lots of friends on the pitch and I have so many great memories from my time playing for the national team,“O’Brien wrote.
Thank you ☘️ pic.twitter.com/E4335nE8ls
— Kevin O’Brien (@KevinOBrien113) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien plans to start a coaching academy
O’Brien has revealed plans to set up his own coaching academy in Ireland in hopes of drawing on his experience after playing in several leagues in different countries.
“I enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made lots of friends on the pitch and have so many great memories from my time playing for the national team. Now is the next step in my life and career for me, the time has come.”
“I want to continue to develop my own Coaching Academy here in Ireland and have exciting opportunities ahead in the near future. I also want to continue gaining coaching experience abroad and hope to have more opportunities with some international and professional teams in the near future,O’Brien added further.
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