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Kyle McCallan retires from international cricket

Thu, Dec 3, 2009 5:03 PM


Kyle McCallan retires from international cricket
Ireland's Kyle McCallan has announced his retirement from international cricket in a career that spanned 13 years, as he no longer feels able to commit the time.

Speaking to Cricket Ireland, the all-rounder explained the reasons behind the move: "It's actually a combination of a few things, which when added together makes me feel it's the right time for me to call it a day. There are family matters to consider as playing international cricket with the increased schedule over the past number of years has required an incredible effort. I've been playing at international level for Ireland for a long time, and I just don't feel able to commit to that any more."

"I've got to think of my time after cricket, and I've now reached the stage where my career in teaching and my family have to take priority. I could have gone on for a while yet, but with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 just 15 months away, that wouldn't have been fair on Phil (Simmons), and the rest of the squad."

McCallan played a record 226 times for Ireland, scoring 3616 runs at 23.33. That places him third on the all-time list behind Stephen Warke and Ivan Anderson. He scored two centuries, his first coming against MCC in just his second game when just 20 years old. He also captured 256 wickets, which again places him third in the Irish all-time list, behind Dermott Monteith and Jimmy Boucher.

He also captained Ireland 54 times - another record in a glittering career.

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