My retirement will be permanent – Brendon McCullum
These days, the trend of cricketers coming back from the retirement mode and representing their national sides again is quite common. Shaun Tait for instance, who retired way back in 2011, recently made a comeback for Australia in the T20I’s against India. Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke too hinted that he was looking for an opportunity to return to international cricket.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum however, is adamant that his retirement will be a permanent one and he would not return to international cricket. McCullum recently spoke about the issue on the sidelines of the upcoming ODI series against Australia, which will be McCullum’s last foray in limited overs.
“No, I wouldn’t think so,” McCullum said. “I was a little bit surprised to read that (Michael Clarke’s views about coming back from retirement).”I guess everyone is different and everyone makes their own decisions based on how they’re feeling and how their lives are panning out. If Michael does make a comeback, then I’m sure he’d make it a success as well,” said McCullum.
“We’ve got the leaders in the group who can take it to a new level,” he said. “It’s just a timing thing and it’s nice to get out now when people still kind of like you and you’re able to make some contributions. “There comes a time when you have to step out of the spotlight at some point and there’s other things that you want to do in your life as well.”
“Realistically, it doesn’t count for much once the game gets under way and that’s the message that has permeated through the group over the last couple of days,” he said. “Play what’s in front of you, and that’s not just for every game but every single ball,” McCullum advised his team.
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