CPL Winner Gurney Announces Retirement

Harry Gurney, the England and Nottinghamshire pacer, has announced his retirement at the age of 34. Shoulder wounds have tormented his career, and he was recovering when he declared his choice to hang up his boots. 

The left-arm pacer featured 10 ODIs and 2 T20Is for England, registering 11 and three wickets, respectively. However, Gurney has shown more achievements, especially in his domestic and T20 career. Apart from winning 3 one-day three cups with Nottinghamshire, he was also an influential figure in the group’s T20 win in 2017. 

Retired Gurney also represented the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. During this game, he claimed 7 wickets in 8 matches. While announcing his retirement, Harry told Nottinghamshire’s official website that his time hanging up his boots has come. He said that after trying to recover from the recent injury of his shoulder, he is genuinely disappointed having to end his career because of it. He has been obsessed with cricket from the first time he picked a cricket ball at the age of ten. Harry has played cricket for the last 24 years, and for him, it’s been an incredible journey that he will cherish forever. 

For him, competing for England and various T20 matches was more than what he anticipated for his cricket career. He stated that competing for England in the IPL and winning the 8 trophies at home and abroad, including the blast, big bash, and CPL was his wildest dreams. Harry has won the Big Bash with the Melbourne Renegades and the Caribbean Premier League with Barbados Tridents. With the Knight Riders in 2019, he got seven wickets in eight games. Usually, he completes his vacation with 614 wickets across formats. 

He was the second-most raised wicket-taker a year before NatWest’s Blast with 22 scalps in just 12 games. Harry Gurney highlighted 103 First Class, 93 List A, and 156 T20 games, ensuring an amount of 614 wickets with 12 five-wicket-pulls. In addition, he tended to England in 12 white-ball matches, ten ODIs, and two T20Is, asserting 14 wickets.

He said that he had prepared to leave cricket and had discovered a new path that would bring him the same excitement as cricket did. However, Harry also adds that the approach he has found will be practical, and he has found his recovery too much of a mountain to climb. 

Mick Newell, the administrator of cricket for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club brought Harry Gurney to the squad, and described him as a wonderful match-winner. Mick has carved out a niche in limited-overs competition in recent times and has been very successful in that at home abroad. He also praises Harry despite Gurney leaving the CPL, saying that his record in the first-class game is something he can be immensely proud of. 

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Reference Resource:

  1. https://thesportsrush.com/cricket-news-harry-gurney-retirement-former-kkr-pacer-announces-retirement-from-all-formats/
  2. https://www.wionews.com/sports/harry-gurney-announces-retirement-from-cricket-at-the-age-of-34-385062
  3. https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/england-pace-bowler-harry-gurney-announces-retirement-34
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