Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliot has announced that he is set to retire from all forms of competitive cricket.
Elliot, who retired from International Cricket in March 2017, has been playing for T20 clubs and franchises in leagues all around the world.
He was playing for Birmingham in the ongoing Vitality T20 Blast in England till the side's campaign in the tournament came to an abrupt end with a 15-run loss to Worcestershire and they finished sixth on the north group points table.
Elliot announced the development on BBC WM's Bears Podblast and said, "I'll be open to games in Switzerland, ice cricket and those sorts of things, But, in terms of competitive cricket and playing for teams around the world, I'm keen on trying to create something outside of the game.”
In total, he played over 100 matches, including five Tests, across formats for New Zealand.
"I realised why I played the game four years ago, It's a hard game. There's a lot of pain. But it's because of the camaraderie and the team elements. I love hanging around with the lads in the changing room, sharing a win. That's what excites me." said Elliot expressing how he'll miss the dressing room atmosphere more than anything else, and added, “The actual games, I don't really remember what happens out there. You want to do your best but the people that you meet in the game is just awesome. A really neat group of elite sportspeople, who can be your mates for life.”
(Inputs from ICC)