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Australia left-handed batsman, Aiden Blizzard, has called time on his 12- year long domestic career and has put his family first.
The Sydney Thunders batsman announced his retirement on Wednesday. Blizzard started his domestic career with Victoria in 2005 but went on to play first-class cricket for Southern Australia and Tasmania as well.
The left-handed batsman was more of a limited-overs specialist, as he went on to play 98 T20 games, with a career strike-rate of 132.57.
Blizzard finished with five Big Bash titles, winning three with Victoria and one with the Redbacks in the old state-based competition. He won the fifth edition of the BBL with Thunders’ as well.
Blizzard also tasted success in now defunct, Champions League when he played for Mumbai Indians where he also got an opportunity to open the innings with the little master, Sachin Tendulkar.
Talking about his run with Sydney Thunders, Blizzard said,
“The franchise has come a long way, we’ll always be judged on the field, but the opportunity to change the culture and engage the fans is something I’m really proud to have been involved with. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. The Thunder fans have been very understanding and patient; they’re a unique bunch that have gone through some tough times, but are very loyal.”
Talking about his journey in the game and the reason why he has called it quit on the game, Aiden said,
“I’ve played cricket for 15 years, 10 of those on the road, that’s where the decision has come from. I’ve got two units of my MBA to finish, while I look to support my wife’s business. I gave cricket a good crack, and I loved it, but now it’s time to be a family man and look for opportunities outside of playing professionally.”
“I’d love to free up a place in the squad for someone young to come through and enjoy similar experiences to what I’ve had. I’m thankful to have played cricket and would love to contribute to Australian cricket moving forward.”