Former England captain Alastair Cook on Friday, October 13 made the announcement of his retirement from professional cricket. He decided to put an end to his storied career that spanned two decades. Cook announced his retirement with a touching statement.
Alastair Cook retired from Test cricket in 2018 but he chose to play on for 5 more years with his County Championship side, Essex. Cook’s contract with Essex expired at the end of the ongoing season. Now, he has decided not to extend it. Cook had been playing for Essex in County Championship since his debut season in 2003.
“It is not easy to say goodbye. Cricket has been so much more than my job,” Cook said in a statement.
“It has allowed me to experience places I never dreamed I would go, be a part of teams that have achieved things I would never have thought possible and, most importantly, create deep friendships that will last a lifetime,” he added.
Cook also stated that he wants a new generation to take over and he feels that he found it the right time to step away from professional cricket.
“From the eight-year-old boy who first played for Wickham Bishops Under-11s to now, I end with a strange feeling of sadness mixed with pride. Above all, I am incredibly happy,” Cook added.
“It is the right time for this part of my life to come to an end,” added Cook. “I have always given absolutely everything I possibly could have to be the best player I could be, but now I want to make way for the new generation to take over.
“I will never underestimate the privilege I have had to play cricket. I will always be grateful for what the game has given to me. Now, I hope the Bedfordshire Farmers will find space for a has-been ‘all-rounder’ somewhere in their lower order.”
Cook scored 836 runs in 14 matches with a hundred and 6 fifties in his final county season at 38. Cook played 161 Tests and scored 12,472 runs at an average of 45.35. He hit 33 hundreds and 57 fifties in a career in whites that spanned over 12 years.