New Zealand all rounder James Franklin effectively ended his international career after he made an announcement on the Friday to join Middlesex. The thirty four year old all rounder had already reportedly to have signed a full term of a two year contract with the English county team.
The left hander is all set to play as a non overseas player with the county Middlesex, subject to clearance from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on account of his Irish ancestry.
Such a classification would render Franklin ineligible to continue to represent his motherland New Zealand, for whom he has featured in a lot of 31 Test matches, 110 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and as much as 38 Twenty20 matches, although the last of these appearances was back in the year 2013. As of now, the left hander, the so called big hitting batsman and medium pace bowler, intends to remain with Wellington until the end of the current New Zealand domestic season in early April before heading to London.
While he feels to be pretty much honoured to be joining Middlesex for the next few years, he also do want to first take his cap off to Wellington for whom he had have a hugely enjoyable and memorable career in New Zealand, said Franklin in a Middlesex statement. It has been an absolute privilege to play for Wellington for over 15 years for this all rounder.
And although this decision closes the chapter on playing for New Zealand again he knows he has been incredibly fortunate to have spent over a decade being involved playing international cricket, and have had some of his greatest memories and experiences in cricket playing with the Silver Fern on his cap.
Also, his family and he will need to relocate to London as early as possible and within coming April and they are all very excited about what the future holds for them, added Franklin, who has previously played county cricket for Gloucestershire, Essex, Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire.