BBL 2018-19: Michael Klinger Announces Tournament Retirement
Michael Klinger, BBL 2018-19
Michael Klinger. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

BBL 2018-19: Michael Klinger Announces Tournament Retirement

Perth Scorchers experienced batsman Michael Klinger has announced his Big Bash League retirement. Klinger who is the second leading run-scorer in the Big Bash League folklore has announced that he will bid adieu to the tournament after the end of the ongoing season. The 38-year batsman has thus far scored 1917 runs in the eight seasons of the Australian domestic T20 league.

Meanwhile, Michael Klinger has been instrumental in the success of the Perth Scorchers over the years. Perth Scorchers is one of the most consistent teams in BBL as they have won two titles and have made to the finals on two occasions.

Big Bash League 2018-19, Michael Klinger
Michael Klinger. (Photo by Daniel Carson/Getty Images)

“This season so far has not gone to plan for both myself but more importantly the team and I’m looking forward to seeing the Scorchers get back to the top where we belong next season,” Klinger said.

In fact, he had scored a blistering knock of 71 runs off just 49 balls in the final against Sydney Sixers in the season 2016-17. However, Klinger hasn’t been at his best in the ongoing season. The talisman right-hander has scored only 115 runs in nine innings with a strike rate of 83.33.

“I have fantastic memories of my time with the Scorchers and I’d like to thank my teammates, coaching and support staff and all our fantastic fans for making my time so meaningful and enjoyable at this great club. Also, a huge thank you to my family for their continued unconditional support.

“I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me in cricket either on or off the field.”

Michael Klinger, BBL 2018-19
Michael Klinger has announced his BBL retirement. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Michael Klinger will continue to play in the T20 blast for Gloucestershire. He will lead the side and will also fill in the shoes of the batting consultant. Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges also heaped praise on Michael Klinger.

Klinger is called back to Scorchers squad after Shaun Marsh was ruled out due a hamstring injury. The home game against Melbourne Stars will be Klinger’s swansong in his illustrious BBL career.

The two-times champions Perth Scorchers are at the bottom of the points table as they have managed to win only three matches out of the 12 they have played. Hence, Klinger will like to bid adieu to the league on a high note.

Perth Scorchers will take on Melbourne Stars on 3rd February at Perth.

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