5 cricketers whose careers ended very early

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 13 April 2016

Today the whole cricket world received a shocking news as England cricketer James Taylor decided to take retirement at the age of just 26. His heart condition is very serious as he is suffering with a rare disease ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy). Due to this disease, he has a risk of sudden cardiac arrest which can be deadly.

James Taylor has already played 27 ODIs and 7 Test matches for England. He was a great talented cricketer but the disease destroys his cricketing career at very early stage. In the May 2015, he was also captain for England team in the Ireland tour.

However, it is not first time that a talented cricketer’s career ended in very early stage. There were some cricketers whose cricketing life ended at very early stage due to different reasons. Here are the five much popular cricketers whose cricketing career was over at the early ages.

  1. Mpumelelo Mbangwa (Zimbabwe, at 27 yrs.) – Mpumelelo Mbangwa who is also known as Pommie Mbangwa is currently very famous as a commentator. During his cricket career, he was a right-arm fast bowler whose primary was line and length. But lack of consistency had been made his cricketing career very tough. He had made debut for Zimbabwe in 1996 and had played last time for Zimbabwe in 2002. However, then he carried on his domestic cricket for some times but he gave importance into the commentary career. In 2004, he had played his last domestic game and after sometimes he took retirement from cricket. He played 15 Tests and 29 ODIs for Zimbabwe.


  1. Craig Kieswetter (England, at 27 yrs.) – Craig Kieswetter was one of the hero of England’s ICC WT20 victory in 2010 as he was awarded man of the match in the final game of that tournament. The wicket-keeper batsman was born and raised in South Africa as well as he was featured for South Africa U-19 team in the ICC U19 WC 2006. But for international cricket he chose to play for England and in 2010 he made debut for England. In 2014, his eye got a brutal injury during a domestic match while he was batting. Later in that year, he made to comeback in the domestic cricket but failed uncomfortable as he was suffering vision problem. After that he decided to take retirement from the cricket. In his short international cricketing career, he played 46 ODIs and 25 T20Is for England.


3. Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe, at 29 yrs.) – Tatenda Taibu made debut in international cricket at the age of 18 years (2001) for Zimbabwe. He was a talented wicket-keeper batsman who played 28 Tests, 150 Odis and 17 T20Is for Zimbabwe. However, he can easily stretch his cricketing career but he took retirement from cricket at the age of 29 yrs (2012) as he only wants to do work for the church. He ended as fourth highest run-scorer in ODIs for Zimbabwe while he also held the second most dismissals record as a wicket-keeper for his nation in the international cricket. Taibu also palyed IPL (Indian Premier League) for KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) in the opening year. 

  1. Omari Banks (West Indies, at 29 yrs.) – Omari Banks was former West Indian cricketer who came into the fame during the record run-chase of 418 by West Indies against Australia at Antigua in 2003. He played a superb knock of unbeaten 47 runs to clinch the victory and it was only his 2nd Test match. He made debut in 2003 for West Indies but after 2005, the all-rounder never featured for West Indies. However, he continued in the domestic cricket before taking retirement in early 2012, at the age of 29 yrs. During the retirement, he wants to focus on his musical career. He played 10 Tests and 5 ODIs for West Indies.


5. David Lawrence (England, at 29 yrs.) – David Lawrence was a furious pacer whose cricket career ended with a horrific injury. When he was in pick up time of his career, his left kneecap fractured horribly during the match against New Zealand in 1992 as he was about to bowl and fell horribly. After that he never able to play for England and at the age of 29 years he took retirement. In 1997, he once again attempted to play in the domestic cricket but finally failed. He played only 5 Tests and 1 ODIs for England while he would certainly play more international matches the if injury had not stuck.