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Hamish to retire from all cricket after 2021-22 season


Bangladeshpost
Published : 12 Apr 2022 08:36 PM | Updated : 12 Apr 2022 08:36 PM

New Zealand quick Hamish Bennett has announced his retirement from all cricket, bringing the curtains down on a 17-year long career. The 35-year old, who has represented the New Zealand U-19 side, the senior men's team and domestic teams Wellington and Canterbury, has said that the 2021-22 season will be his last.

"When I started out as a young kid bowling in the nets in Timaru, I never dreamed I would have gone on to enjoy the career that I've had," Bennett was quoted as saying by nzc.nz.

"From Old Boys Timaru Cricket Club who got me involved in cricket at the start, Timaru Boys' High School, South Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Cricket, Cricket Wellington, and New Zealand Cricket, as well as all the other great clubs I've played for down the years, they've all played a role in helping me achieve my cricket dream. I've been so fortunate to work and play alongside so many great players, captains and coaches and I'd like to thank every one of them for their support over the years."

Bennett made his international debut in October 2010, taking three wickets in the fourth ODI against Bangladesh in Mirpur. His last match in New Zealand colours was also against the same opponents at the same venue, in the fourth T20I in September 2021. In all, he picked up 33 wickets in 19 ODIs and ten wickets in 11 T20Is.

He made his Test debut alongside current New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the first match against India in Ahmedabad in 2010, but ended up bowling just 15 wicketless overs in the game after picking up a groin strain, and never made it back into the Test side after that.