NSW wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Carters have shocked the Australian cricketing circuit by announcing his retirement from all forms of professional cricket to focus on his philanthropy and education responsibilities.
The cricketer steps down at the young age of 26 with 2,515 first-class runs in a 43-match career that included five centuries and a Sheffield Shield victory.
It's time to hang up my bat and gloves, and start writing a new chapter. Thank you for all the special memories.
— Ryan Carters (@Ryan_Carters) May 12, 2017
“I’m extremely grateful for the support of Cricket NSW since I started at the Blues in 2013 – it has been a wonderful place to play cricket,” Carters said. “However, I’m now ready to pursue new kinds of challenges.
“I’ve had twin passions in my life since I can remember – cricket and learning.
“I’m at the point where, after eight rewarding years of professional cricket, it’s time for me to follow the other path I’ve always felt as strongly about.
“I’ve always been conscious that you can’t play cricket forever. I’m ready to see if I can find a way to work for social change, for greater fairness in life, away from my sporting pursuits.
“I’m sure it won’t be easy to do that, so the sooner I can get started, the better.”
Carters arrived at the domestic scene in 2009 when he made his first-class debut for Victoria. He played four seasons for the Victorian side before moving to NSW in 2013. This decision paid off wonderfully he experienced some of the best moments of his career with the side.
He finishes his career with a satisfying record which includes a Sheffield Shield title along with other distinct performances.
Carter always had a philanthropist in him and the world realised it when he founded the “Batting for Change” charity that helps provide education for disadvantaged women in cricket playing countries around the world.
The initiative also has Moises Henriques, Alyssa Healy, Nic Maddinson and Stephen O’ Keefe associated with it. It promises to raise fund every time a six is hit by Sydney Sixers in the Big bash League.
The cause raised $30,000 for the LBW Trust in its inaugural year in 2013 and has continued to grow, exceeding it’s $150,000 target during BBL|06.
In the past four years, the funds generated by Batting for Change have supported the construction of classrooms in Kathmandu, Nepal, and assisted more than 1,000 women in India and Sri Lanka with university education.
“In Australia, as in many other countries, professional sportspeople have a reach and reputation, an ability to influence, that is far outside the boundaries of their sporting achievements.” Carters said.
“I’ve never been more grateful for that than when I founded Batting for Change and watched it grow and directly transform the lives of disadvantaged young women in need of higher education.”
Cricket New South Wales CEO Andrew Jones was full of praise for Carters and his efforts on and off the field.
“Ryan’s retirement comes as a shock at the age of just 26 but he has always had a strong view about life beyond cricket,” Jones said.
“His achievements with Batting for Change have been stunning and have made a genuine and lasting difference to hundreds of women far less fortunate than any of us.
“Ryan is a very good cricketer who was integral to the NSW Sheffield Shield win in 2013-14, scoring 861 runs during the season and making a strong contribution in the final.
“He played the finishing role to perfection so often in the Matador Cup and his marathon innings during the first grade final to ensure Sydney University the premiership highlighted an unshakable commitment to all the teams he represented.