Former England captain Eoin Morgan has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. He most recently featured in the SA20, with the Paarl Royals, where he finished with 128 runs from six innings at a strike-rate of 145.45.
Morgan, who led England to their maiden World Cup title in 2019, had called time on his international career in June last year, after having played 16 Tests, 248 ODIs and 115 T20Is. He made his international debut for Ireland in an ODI at the age of 19 and was run out for 99 in his first-ever innings.
He eventually ended with 7,701 ODI runs out out of which, 6,957 runs came for England at 39.75. He also scored 13 hundreds and 42 fifties for them. He still remains the leading ODI run-getter for England. Morgan also led England to the World T20 2016 final, finishing second best behind the West Indies.
"It is with great pride that I am announcing my retirement from all forms of cricket. After much deliberation, I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years. From moving to England in 2005 to join Middlesex, right up to the very end, playing for Paarl Royals in SA20, have cherished every moment," Morgan wrote on social media.
"As there are in every sportsperson's career, there have been highs and lows, but my family and friends have been by my side throughout it all. I would like to say a particularly special thank you to my wife, Tara, my family and close friends who have supported me unconditionally.
"I also must thank all my teammates, coaches, fans, and those behind the scenes who not only made me the player I became but have also made me the man am today. Thanks to cricket, I have been able to travel the world and meet incredible people, many of whom I have developed lifelong friendships with. Playing for franchise teams across the globe has given me so many memories that I will hold onto forever.
"Since my retirement from international cricket. I have been able to spend more time with my loved ones, and look forward to being able to do so more and more in the future. Having said that, I will undoubtedly miss the adventure and challenges of playing professional cricket.
"Although am calling time on my playing career, I will still be involved in the game, working alongside broadcasters at international and franchise tournaments as a commentator and pundit. I am sincerely looking forward to what the future holds."