Corey Anderson has confirmed that he has accepted the three-year contract with the upcoming Major League Cricket T20 in the USA while has retired for New Zealand with immediate effect. The allrounder last played for the Kiwi team in 2018 because of injuries he could not be consistent in international cricket.
While talking to Cricbuzz, Corey Anderson stated that it was an honour for him to represent Blackcaps, but he is looking forward to a new opportunity.
“It’s been a huge honor and extremely proud to represent New Zealand. I would have loved to have achieved and played more but just is what it is sometimes, and different opportunities arise and send you in a direction you never thought would be a possibility. Very appreciative for everything that NZC has done for me.”
It was not an easy decision: Corey Anderson
Anderson has an American fiancée Mary Shamburger and spent most of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas, where Shamburger is based. He mentioned that his decision to play for the USA was depended not only on his professional front but also on his personal life.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision. I asked myself several questions. What do I want to do now or what do I want to achieve in the next two years, five years, 10 years? As you get older you think about life a little bit more broadly as well. And obviously, my fiance, Mary Margaret, who’s born and raised in America, she’s had a massive part to play in that because she’s sacrificed so much for me, by moving to New Zealand, getting immersed in a different culture there and, and supporting me through a lot of tough times with injuries and time out of cricket.
“So, when the opportunity arose, we thought that living in America is the best thing, not only for my cricket, but it’s, it’s the best thing for both of us in general as well,” Corey Anderson added.
Talking about Corey Anderson’s career for New Zealand, the all-rounder made the debut for his national team in 2016. His powerful striking has earned him fame. The right-hand batsman represented the Kiwi team in 13 Tests, 49 ODIs and 31 T20Is, scoring 683, 1109 and 485 runs respectively.