Former England batsman Michael Lumb has been forced to retire with immediate effect.

The Nottinghamshire batsman, who played an integral role in England’s victorious campaign of World T20 in 2010, was compelled to take the tough decision due to an ankle injury. The news was confirmed by the county club on Wednesday (July 19). One of the handful of England players to have an ICC global trophy, the southpaw had joined Nottinghamshire in 2012 after playing for Hampshire and Yorkshire. Lumb helped Nottinghamshire to win the  Yorkshire Bank 40 Trophy in 2013 and the Royal London One-Day Cup in 2017.

The hard-hitting left-handed batsman had made his international debut in 2010 when he opened the innings for England in World T20 against West Indies but had to wait for four years to make his One-Day International debut. Well, he made the most of the opportunity, scoring a debut which remains his only international century.

Expressing his disappointment over the unfortunate turn of events, the southpaw said:

“I’m extremely disappointed I’ve had to retire from cricket, particularly in the middle of the season, but I have to respect the medical opinion.

“I would like to thank all my teammates, the coaching staff and everyone else at the Club for making my stay at Nottinghamshire such a memorable one. Those sentiments also go to everybody at both Yorkshire and Hampshire, who have made my career so enjoyable.

“Last, but by no means least, I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the total support of my wife Lizzie and all the rest of my family,” he added.

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Director of Cricket at the club, Mick Newell also expressed his disappointment over Lumb’s sudden retirement.

“It’s very sad news for Michael. He’s a hugely talented batsman that has entertained cricket followers all over the world. He’s a great role model to others and a superb professional.

“Michael is an immensely popular senior player in the dressing room and highly respected for what he has achieved during his career. We wish him every success and thank him for all he has contributed to the Club,” Newell added.

The 37-year old had also plied his trade in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League.  While he played for the Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers in the IPL, he represented the Sydney Sixers at the BBL. The former England opener scored over 11,000 first-class runs with the help of 21 hundreds and 58 fifties and amassed 6,623 List A runs. His contribution in the shortest format of the game was equally impressive where he scored close to 5,000 runs at an impressive strike-rate of 138.

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