Ireland All-Rounder Kevin O’Brien retires from one day format

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from one-day internationals to focus on T20I and Test cricket.

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from one-day internationals to focus on T20I and Test cricket. The 37-year-old played his first ODI game against England in 2006 and has gone on to feature over 150 times for Ireland, scoring over 3,000 runs and taking a national record 114 wickets in the format with his lively medium pace.

Kevin O’Brien said in a statement released by Cricket Ireland: “After 15 years playing for Ireland, I feel now is the right time to step away and retire from ODI cricket, It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country 153 times and the memories I take from them will last a lifetime.”

In his statement, he admitted that he no longer has the “hunger and love” for the format needed to compete.

“This has not been an easy decision, but after ongoing consideration, I don’t feel I can contribute to the ODI team as much as I have in the past. The hunger and love for the ODI format is no longer the same as it was and it wouldn’t be fair to Andrew, Graham, the team and our supporters to continue to play while no longer feeling at 100%,” he added.

Kevin O’Brien is known as one of the greatest players Ireland has ever produced, remembered for his record-breaking 113 in the 2011 World Cup against England. His 50-ball century is still the fastest ever in a World Cup.

“I’ve had some unbelievable moments with the team since 2006 – the three World Cups, the personal successes and spending time travelling and playing all over the world, but I will now shift my focus and remain fully committed to T20 cricket – with two world cups in the next 18 months – and hoping to add to my three caps in Test cricket.”

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