Former New Zealand all-rounder, Grant Elliot has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on August 21 (Tuesday).

Meanwhile, the decision came after his stint with Birmingham Bears in the T20 Blast, which ended when the team failed to qualify for the knockouts. Grant Elliott played 83 first-class games, 211 List A games and 150 T20 games across the globe in a career that started in 1996.

Started in Johannesburg finished in Birmingham,” he wrote on Instagram. “I remember being 12 and writing down my life goals. To play in a World Cup, play international cricket and play county cricket. 27 years on and I have loved every minute of it.

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Thanks to all the memorable people I have met that have made this journey special. To family and friends who have given me unwavering support despite all the sacrifices, I have had to make that have impacted them.

This game is a special one but it doesn’t define us. Looking forward to the future with great excitement and sharing a drink with those selfless players I shared a change room with,” it added.

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Grant Elliott, who retired from international cricket in March last year, scored 3883 runs in first-class cricket. Meanwhile, he started his first-class career in South Africa but moved to New Zealand in 2001. He represented Canterbury and Wellington.

Elliot represented New Zealand in five Tests, 83 ODIs, and 17 T20Is. However, his innings that guided New Zealand to a nervy win over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup semifinal is the landmark innings in his career.

Here is the Instagram post:

Grant Elliot retired from international cricket to join Birmingham 2017, as a non-overseas player on a kolpak deal. He had been an integral part of the Birmingham squad for quite some time now.

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