Neil McKenzie played First-Class cricket for 21 years © Getty Images
Neil McKenzie played First-Class cricket for 21 years © Getty Images

South Africa’s Neil McKenzie announced retirement from international cricket on Friday. He played First-Class cricket for 21 years and has almost 36,000 career runs. McKenzie along with other retired cricketers is currently participating in the ongoing Masters Champions League (MCL) 2016 in United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was picked by the franchise Virgo Super Kings, who played their opening fixture on Friday. They lost to Sagittarius Strikers by 26 runs with McKenzie only managing to score 14 runs from 16 balls he had faced. That innings was inclusive of three boundaries. During his career, McKenzie represented both South Africa and the bizhub Highveld Lions, captaining his franchise team on numerous occasions. READ: AB de Villiers’ absence should not be made to be felt by South Africa: Neil McKenzie

According to Cricket South Africa, McKenzie commented after making the announcement, “Cricket has given me a career, passion and terrific memories. Few players can say that they have been able to play at a professional level for this long and I am grateful for the opportunities, friendship and memories that I can take away from my playing career. The Bullring will always remain my home away from home and I hope to still be involved in the game at some level.”

The cricket fraternity took to social media to wish McKenzie on his wonderful career. The likes of Mark Boucher, Albie Morkel and many other tweeted.

 

Meanwhile, Greg Fredericks, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket South Africa haped praises on McKenzie. He said, “Mackie (McKenzie) has been an institution at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, always being only the best possible representation of our brand. We have been honoured to have him as part of our team and organisation and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”