Colin Munro states he has moved on from the fact that his international career might be finished although he believes his record still stacks up against his international colleagues at the top of New Zealand’s order.
At the time he was omitted from New Zealand’s T20 World Cup squad, Munro said his career had appeared to be ended “not by choice.” He had made himself unavailable for the pre-World Cup tours to Bangladesh and Pakistan, but believes his decision to play the Big Bash last season for Perth Scorchers – where he is returning this summer – as probably the defining moment of the end.
That continues to leave Munro perplexed, given that Adam Milne was able to leave his New Zealand domestic contract to play for Sydney Thunder, but he has stuck by his decision he made for himself and his family.
“Yeah, at the time, to be honest I was very disappointed,” Munro said. “But now I’ve made peace with it, towards the back end my career, I can’t be too bitter.
“I’ve grown up a little bit, if this was 25 or 26-year-old Colin getting that information I would have been all over social media too much. Whereas now I’ve sort of just gone about my business and know that chapter is probably closed. And I’m just fortunate enough that there are some leagues around the world that I can still ply my trade and get looked after pretty well.”
“I’m pretty comfortable. I think the thing that probably hurt me the most was coming to the Scorchers last year and not playing the home summer. Then I asked about Milney [Adam Milne], he gave up his contract and I was sort of told that it’s comparing apples and oranges. So I just sort of left it at that.
“Financially for me, and it’s not always about finance, but when you’ve got two kids and you’re trying to set them up as well as you can, it was a no brainer for me to come over and play.”
Munro accepted it was difficult at times watching the T20 World Cup, where New Zealand finished runners up, particularly when they changed the batting order and opened with Daryl Mitchell, but pointed out that the success the team has had means it is difficult to pick faults in the decisions made.
“It was a bit tough,” he said. “Especially when you see somebody that doesn’t open the batting but give credit to Daryl Mitchell, he batted really well.
“All the things that Gary Stead’s doing at the moment, and Kane Williamson, they are ticking off quite nicely. So you can’t really go up against them and say that they are not doing their job as well as they can. I watched a lot of the games because I was doing a little bit of TV [work] which was probably quite good for me. You’re trying to analyse the game and think about it more rather than just sit back and be a little bit bitter that you that you’re not there.”
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