Within a day of Michael Lumb announcing his retirement with immediate effect, Greg Smith, his Nottinghamshire teammate, too followed suit as he called time on his cricket career. The club, while confirming the news, stated that the 28-year old would retire from the game with immediate effect to pursue a career outside of the game.
— Nottinghamshire CCC (@TrentBridge) July 20, 2017
The former England Under-19 star came through the junior set up at Leicestershire and topped the first-class national batting averages in 2010. However, after two Championship seasons in Division Two without a win, Smith decided to quit his childhood club for Nottinghamshire. His unexpected decision came after playing in only four senior matches during the 2017 season.
“I’d like to thank everyone associated with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club for making it such an enjoyable few years,” Smith said. “It feels like the right time for me to move on from cricket. I’ll leave the game having met some incredible people and with some amazing memories.
“I’m sure, with the quality within the current squad, Nottinghamshire will continue to enjoy plenty of success in the years to come,” he added.
Nottinghamshire director of cricket, Mick Newell, while expressing his disappointment over the retirement, respected the 28-year old’s decision and wished him well for his future endeavours.
“It’s sad to see Greg leave the club, but he’s found it a struggle to get into the first-team this season and we respect that he now considers he is ready to begin a new chapter in his life,” Newell said.
“He has played some important innings in his time with us, particularly in white ball cricket. We wish him every success in whatever he chooses to do next.”
Smith scored 4963 first-class runs and over 1100 runs each in List A and T20s. Earlier this week, Michael Lumb announced his sudden retirement because of an ankle injury.
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