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Colin de Grandhomme retires from international cricket for BBL



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Colin de Grandhomme of New Zealand has retired from international cricket after being named a surprise selection in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League.

After being selected as a 'gold' selection for the Adelaide Strikers in Sunday's BBL draft, the 36-year-international old's future was called into question.

The BBL season will begin in December, and the all-contract rounder's with New Zealand Cricket will expire in July 2023.

The Zimbabwean-born player debuted in 2012 and appeared in 29 Tests.

His decision comes after Trent Boult, a New Zealand bowler, was released from his central contract to focus on playing in lucrative Twenty20 leagues throughout the world.

"I accept I'm not getting any younger and that the training is getting harder, particularly with the injuries," he said in a statement released by New Zealand Cricket.

"I also have a growing family and am trying to understand what my future looks like post-cricket. All of this has been on my mind over the past few weeks.

"I've been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to play for the Black Caps since debuting in 2012, and I'm proud of my international career - but I feel this is the right time to finish."

De Grandhomme, scored 1,432 Test runs at an average of 38.70 and took 49 wickets. He was part of the New Zealand team that won the inaugural World Test Championship last year.