Charlotte Edwards announces her retirement from professional cricket

Charlotte Edwards announces her retirement from professional cricket

Edwards who became the youngest woman to play for England when she made her debut, is still the most capped women cricketer for the country.

DHARAMSALA, INDIA - MARCH 24: Charlotte Edwards, Captain of England celebrates her sides win against the West Indies during the Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 match between England and the West Indies at the HPCA Stadium on March 24, 2016 in Dharamsala, India. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)
Charlotte Edwards. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Former English cricketer Charlotte Edwards decided to part ways with professional cricket after her team Souther Vipers suffered a thumping loss to Western Storm in the final of the second edition of Women’s Cricket Super League, on Friday (September 1). The 37-year-old top order batswoman ended his international career last year in the month of May. She was stripped of captaincy of the national side after England’s disappointing performance in the Women’s World T20 in 2016.

Edwards however, went on to was responsible for leading the Southern Vipers to the inaugural title in England’s domestic T20 league later that year. She also continued to participate in the Women’s Big Bash League as a part of the Adelaide Strikers.

What Edwards had to say:

“I don’t want to walk away from the game altogether, (but) from this format, my time is done,” Edwards said after Storm handed Vipers a seven-wicket defeat in the summit clash at Hove. “I want to pursue other things: coaching, media work and it just felt right this season. I kind of knew at the start. It was made certain in the middle. My body has given up on me now.” she added.

Edwards who became the youngest woman to play for England when she made her debut, is still the most capped women cricketer for the country. She has played 23 Tests, 191 One Day Internationals and 95 T20 internationals in a career that stretched for a massive 20 years.

However, Edwards does not want to detach herself from cricket fully with coaching being her next plan. The former skipper mentioned that she has spoken to the England Cricket Board (ECB) about getting involved in some mentoring work. Edwards stated that she wants to groom and nurture the young talents in England and filter out some of the brightest prospects.

“I’ve spoken to the ECB about doing some work there. I’ve spoken to Mark Robinson (current England Women’s coach) and I’d like to get involved with the junior age groups and helping a lot of this good talent we have in England at the moment.” she added.