Worcestershire pacer Jack Shantry retires from all forms of cricket

Worcestershire pacer Jack Shantry retires from all forms of cricket

The left-arm pacer was forced to take the decision at 30.

Jack Shantry
Jack Shantry of Worcestershire. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Worcestershire pacer Jack Shantry who has been a part of the team since August of 2009 has decided to call it time on his career. The 30-year-old has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, the back injury which has been troubling him for a while and forced him to take this step. Shantry was known for his persistence but this year has been a tough one. He wasn’t fit enough to play even one game and was advised by his doctors to end his cricketing career.

In his 8 years at the Club the left-arm pacer played 92 first-class matches and scalped 266 wickets with the best bowling figures of 7/60, his best match figures are 10/26. In List A cricket, he played 73 matches and has 92 wickets to his name and after featuring in 90 T20s, his wickets tally reads 92.

His statement

The pacer released a statement after announcing his decision and said that he is sad to announce his immediate retirement but it is because he hasn’t played any cricket this season and he had to follow the advice of medical professionals.

“It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from all forms of cricket,” Shantry said in a statement. “I haven’t played this season due to a back injury and have retired on the advice of medical professionals. Whilst I am incredibly disappointed to be retiring at the age of 30, I am immeasurably grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by Worcestershire CCC over the last ten seasons,” he added.

Team coach reacts

Worcestershire head coach Kevin Sharp called him a great servant to the club and said it is a bit sad that he was forced to finish because of an injury.

“Shants has been a great servant to the club,” Sharp, was quoted as saying by the team’s official website. “He has been an unusual bowler and he has taken a lot of wickets and what a great stalwart for Worcestershire. It is always a bit sad when someone has to finish through injury. He has got a back injury which is not allowing him to bowl so he is fully retired from cricket now,” he added.

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