The left-arm fast-bowler Jack Shantry, who spent his entire cricketing career at Worcestershire County Cricket Club, has announced on Monday (25 June) his retirement from First-class Cricket immediately because of a long-standing back injury.
On Monday, the left-arm paceman went on his official Twitter handle to announce his retirement after discussing with doctors, saying he took the decision on medical advice.
Since making the First-class debut in 2009, the 30-year-old picked up 266 wickets and scored 1640 runs in 92 first-class matches, while 92 wickets and 188 runs in 73 List A matches for the county.
On Twitter, Shantry said in a statement, “It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from all forms of the game. I haven’t played this season due to a back injury and have retired on the advice of medical professionals. I feel lucky to have shared a dressing room with the players that I did, and happy to have achieved more in the professional game than I thought I would.”
It further reads, “I will carry on for the rest of the season in an ambassadorial role for the club. In the short term, I will be pursuing opportunities in the media as well as coaching; while long-term I plan to continue my umpiring qualifications.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Sharp, the Worcestershire head coach said, “Shants has been a great servant to the club. He has been an unusual bowler and he has taken a lot of wickets and what a great stalwart for Worcestershire. It is always a bit sad when someone has to finish through injury. He has got a back injury which is not allowing him to bowl so he is fully retired from cricket now.”
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