Brendon McCullum announces retirement
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Brendon McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, has announced that the 2019 Global T20 Canada will be his last assignment. He, however, had retired from international cricket in February 2016.

In an Instagram post, McCullum stated, “As much as I’m proud of what I’ve achieved in my 20 years professional career – more than I ever could have dreamed of when I first entered the game – I have felt the drive to keep going harder to maintain in recent months.”

This also means that McCullum will not be a part of the Euro T20 Slam that begins from August 30.

Playing for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20, McCullum blasted 36 off 22 in a massive chase of 223 last weekend. However, his efforts went in vain as the Nationals fell tantalisingly short by 11 runs.

McCullum is the second highest-run scorer – only behind Gayle – in T20 cricket, having amassed 9,922 runs with a strike rate of 136.4. He further added, “My style of cricket has always been full noise, full throttle. From Culling Park to Lord’s and everything in between, there have been some wonderful memories. Unfortunately, the sacrifices needed and commitment required to play that type of cricket have now become too great.”

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