West Indies batsman, Lendl Simmons has announced his retirement from International cricket across formats. Simmons hung his boots after playing for West Indies for 16 years. According to Simmons’ agency, the star batter sent a letter to Cricket West Indies (CWI) to announce his retirement on Monday.
The 37-year-old batter announced his arrival in international cricket back in 2008 in an ODI match against Pakistan at Faisalabad. His T20 debut came in 2007, while his Test debut came in the year 2009.
The West Indies opener last played for the team against South Africa in the 2022 World Cup match against South Africa at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In all, he represented the nation in 8 Tests, 68 ODIs and 68 T20 internationals, scoring 278, 1958 and 1527 runs respectively.
The star West Indies batter grabbed eyeballs in only his second ODI when he played an outstanding 70-run knock against a power-packed bowling lineup. Simons was instrumental in West Indies’ title-winning campaign in the 2016 T20 World Cup.
For the unversed, he was ruled out of that tournament due to a back injury. However, later, he was drafted into the side as a replacement for Andre Fletcher after the latter sustained a hamstring injury.
Simmons, also the nephew of the former all-rounder, Phil Simmons, made a mark in only his second ODI after he scored 70 against a power-packed bowling unit.
Simons was part of 2016 T20 World Cup winning team
He also played a massive part in West Indies’ victory in the T20 World Cup 2016 in India. He couldn’t participate in the tournament initially due to a back injury. However, he made his way back into the squad before the semi-finals after Andre Fletcher sustained a hamstring injury.
In that semi-final match against India at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, he amassed 82 runs in 51 balls, helping the team win the game and reach the final. As far as T20 franchise leagues as concerned, he plied his trade for Mumbai Indians (MI), Karachi Kings, Brisbane Heat, Chattogram Challengers, Trinbago Knight Riders and many other domestic T20 teams.