Zimbabwe Cricket suspended: Solomon Mire retires from international cricket
Solomon Mire played 58 matches for Zimbabwe. © Getty

The first casualty of the ICC’s decision to suspend Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) with immediate effect is the allrounder Solomon Mire, who a day after the crippling development announced his retirement from international cricket.

Mire’s statement on social media came hours after his team-mate Sikandar Raza spoke of the fear and insecurity gripping Zimbabwe’s cricketers following the ICC’s decision to withdrawn funding for ZC and barring the Zimbabwean cricket team from participating at ICC events, such as the T20 World Cup qualifier in October.

Mire, who represented Zimbabwe in 47 ODIs, nine T20Is and two Test matches from 2014 to 2019, made his decision public on Instagram on Friday.

“It has been a week of emotional highs and lows in sport and sadly not a good one for Zimbabwe Cricket but just wanted to officially addressed everyone else,” wrote Mire. “I informed the players and tech staff of my decision at the end of the recent tour and wanted to formally announce my decision to retire from Zimbabwe Cricket in all formats with immediate effect. It is unfortunate and untimely however to leave under the current circumstances that are out of my control but i have decided to take a step in a new direction.”

Mire, who will turn 30 next month, termed cricket as the “biggest lesson” in life and that playing for Zimbabwe was an honour.

Zimbabwe cricket team suspended
Zimbabwe will no longer receive ICC funding. (Image: Twitter/Zimbabwe Cricket)

“Representing my country at the highest level for me has been the highest honour and service I could ever give and I have been extremely privileged to have been afforded the opportunity,” he posted. “My short career has been a roller coaster of highs and lows, stops and starts, frustrations and joys but will be one I shall look upon and cherish for the once in a lifetime opportunity I was lucky enough to experience and for that i would like to express my gratitude.

“I would like to thank my family across the world who supported me throughout the journey, my team mates, I’ll miss the trips with them, all my coaches who worked with me in one way or another, my close friends for the endless support, my mentors and roles models and anyone who pushed me and challenged me to be a better cricketer or afforded me an opportunity to train and improve . I’ll make a special mention to Midwest Rhinos, Kadoma CC,College CC, Carlton CC, Essendon CC, Tracy Village CC, Waratah CC and last but not least Northcote CC, these clubs were a big part of my journey to international cricket without forgetting the relevant parent associations.”

Mire, who averaged 19.50 in Tests, 20.31 in ODIs and 31.62 in T20Is, saved a special mention for his fans.

“I can hardly believe that I had fans from across the world, I’m sure most were friends and to the ones I’ll never meet, thank you all so much. I am sure I have missed a few people but I’ll try my best to get in touch personally,” he wrote.  “I can say without a doubt that sport and in particular international cricket will always be my biggest lesson in life. Ever.”