Gary Ballance, a former England cricketer, has recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
The 33-year-old player had signed a two-year contract with his birth country, Zimbabwe, after being released by Yorkshire. He had played in one Test, one T20I, and five ODIs for Yorkshire.
“After much thought, I have decided to retire from all forms of professional cricket with immediate effect,” Ballance said in a statement issued by the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
Ballance has scored five Test centuries throughout his career, with his latest achievement being 137 not out during the only Test he played for Zimbabwe. He had made his debut for England in 2014, playing in 23 Tests and scoring 1498 runs, including four centuries and seven fifties.
“I had hoped my move to Zimbabwe would provide me with a new-found happiness for the game and I will always be thankful to Zimbabwe Cricket for providing me with an opportunity to return to international cricket and welcoming me into their team.
Ballance also contributed to Yorkshire’s County Championship victory during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
“However, I have reached the stage where I no longer have the desire to dedicate myself to the rigours of professional sport and it would do Zimbabwe Cricket and the game itself a disservice, should I carry on. I wish them every success going forward,” Ballance added.