The dynamics of international cricket are changing drastically. Cricketers have a lot more options than they did a decade ago. They can pick and choose now. With a number of franchise tournaments held regularly all around the world, cricketers don’t have to rely only on national cricket opportunities for personal finances. Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from test cricket last year at the age of 29. He revealed that he wants to play the white-ball formats and franchise cricket more consistently.
Moeen Ali had announced his retirement from test cricket. One of the bigger names was that of Trent Boult, who was recently released from New Zealand’s central contract. Boult had the opportunity to surpass Richard Hadlee and have his name scripted in golden letters of national cricket. However, it seems that national glory is no longer the motive for athletes now. Excluding the Olympics and Commonwealth Games which are an entirely different scenario.
Colin de Grandhomme, New Zealand all-rounder, followed Trent Boult and announced international retirement citing fitness concerns. Naturally, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was asked about this issue and whether he sees himself following them anytime soon. Williamson acknowledged that the terms and conditions of cricket have changed, however, he still wants to keep playing international cricket as long as his body supports him.
I Am Not Leaving International Cricket Anytime Soon – Williamson
“It’s a tricky one because it is changing. So much seems to have happened so quickly,” he told reporters. “It does seem to be a movement in the landscape of the game. Every case is unique and every case has got their individual needs at different stages of their lives. There are a lot of different franchise events happening and seeing players make decisions on their playing careers…suggests that there is a balance to strike and some things to work through.
At the moment I’m very much here and looking to do my very best for the team,” he said. “I love being involved in this environment. It’s nice to have those 10 days at home and the body is feeling good,” he said, adding a long-running elbow injury had also simmered down. “It’s nice to be training fully and batting for long periods in the nets.”