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New Zealand opener Colin Munro retires from international cricket after not getting selected for ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Published at :May 10, 2024 at 4:14 PM
Modified at :May 10, 2024 at 4:14 PM
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Colin Munro made his New Zealand debut in 2012 and was the first batter to hit 3 centuries in T20I cricket.

Colin Munro of New Zealand has formally retired from international cricket. This decision was announced on May 10, 2024, and came after he was ignored for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Munro had made himself available for the forthcoming T20 World Cup, despite not having played an international for New Zealand since 2020, and was under consideration. When the squad was revealed, New Zealand coach Gary Stead confirmed that Munro was debated at the selection table, but that the experienced left-hander did not make the cut.

Despite transitioning to full-time franchise cricket over the last four years, Munro remained committed to adding to his 123 New Zealand caps. However, at the age of 37, he has officially retired from international cricket, though he will continue to play for franchises.

Colin Munro, who was born in Durban, made his T20I debut against South Africa in 2012 and went on to play 122 white ball matches and one test against the Proteas in 2013 for New Zealand.

Colin Munro’s 47-ball century against the West Indies in Mount Maunganui in 2018 was New Zealand’s fastest T20 century to date, and he became the first player to score three T20I hundreds.

Colin Munro’s 14-ball half-century against Sri Lanka at Auckland’s Eden Park in 2016 remains the fastest by a New Zealander in T20Is, and the fourth fastest overall.

Colin Munro calls time on international cricket after snub from T20 WC squad

Along with two T20 World Cups, Munro was in the New Zealand squad that suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the 50-over 2019 World Cup final against hosts England. The 37-year-old lefthander’s last international appearance was a T20 against India in 2020, although he has long sought to re-join the group.

“Playing for the Black Caps has always been the biggest achievement in my playing career. I never felt prouder than donning that jersey, and the fact that I’ve been able to do that 123 times across all formats is something I will always be incredibly proud of.

“Although it has been a while since my last appearance, I never gave up hope that I might be able to return off the back of my franchise T20 form. With the announcement of the Black Caps squad for the T20 World Cup now is the perfect time to close that chapter officially,” Munro said in a statement.

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