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New Zealand veteran Colin Munro announces retirement from international cricket

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New Zealand veteran Colin Munro has announced his retirement from international cricket, ending his 123-match career with the Black Caps.

The 37-year-old, who represented the Black Caps in one Test, 57 ODIs and 65 T20Is, made the announcement after being left out of New Zealand’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States.

The left-hander, who captained the Brisbane Heat during last summer’s Big Bash League, will continue playing franchise cricket.

“Playing for the Black Caps has always been the biggest achievement in my playing career,” Munro said in a statement.

“I never felt prouder than donning that jersey, and the fact that I’ve been able to do that 123 times across all formats is something I will always be incredibly proud of.

“Although it has been a while since my last appearance, I never gave up hope that I might be able to return off the back of my franchise T20 form. With the announcement of the Black Caps squad for the T20 World Cup now is the perfect time to close that chapter officially.”

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Colin Munro of New Zealand. AAP Image/SNPA, Ross SetfordSource: AAP

Munro made his international debut in all three formats during the 2012/13 tour of South Africa but has not represented the Black Caps since he lost his central contract in 2020.

He scored a 47-ball century during a T20I against the West Indies in 2018, which was a national record at the time, and smacked a 14-ball fifty against Sri Lanka in 2016, which remains a Black Caps record.

Munro averaged 31.34 in T20Is with a strike rate of 156.44 — no New Zealander has scored more runs in the formats with a higher strike rate.

“Colin was one of our first players to embrace the aggressive, 360-degree style batting that is now accepted all around the world as best practice,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive Scott Weenink said in a statement.

“He was one of the pioneers of the new game, an innovative batsman who took calculated risk-taking to a new level, and led what was to become a revolution in the way short-form cricket was played. We thank him for his amazing contribution in more than hundred international games, and wish him well in his future pursuits.”

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