New Zealand off-spinner and lower order batsman Nathan McCullum will retire from international cricket after the end of New Zealand’s home season. McCullum said that the reason behind announcing his retirement was that he wanted to spend more time with his family. Nathan is the elder brother of New Zealand’s captain Brendon McCullum.
“I don’t want to make a big song and dance about it, but it’s time to start thinking about the next phase of my life,” McCullum told the New Zealand Herald. “I’ve got the sense that the end of this season is the right time to call it quits in international cricket,” McCullum said.
McCullum, however, said that he would contribute to New Zealand cricket by mentoring upcoming talented spinners such as Ish Sodhi and Mark Craig. “We’ve got to get these guys up to speed and I’m looking forward to playing a mentoring role there,” McCullum said.
Nathan said that he was eager to spend more time with his family. “It’s been hard work for Vanessa in the past five years,” McCullum said. “She’s spent a lot of it pregnant and has had to do it on her own most of the time. It’s time for me to start investing time in my family and being there for dinners and helping the boys with their homework.”
The off-spinner also had words for his younger brother Brendon and said, “Every now and then it’s hard case when your little brother is barking orders at you… but he deserves everything he gets in terms of praise. He’s worked his butt off and created this team along with Hess and Mike Sandle.”