CAPE TOWN – Former South Africa international all-rounder Albie Morkel has decided to retire from all forms of cricket, ending a two-decade career that earned him a reputation as a clean striker of the ball and a bowler full of guile.
The 37-year-old, the older brother of fast bowler Morne Morkel, played a single test, 58 One-Day Internationals and 50 Twenty20 matches for South Africa over 11 years, having more influence with bat than ball as a “finisher” at the end of limited overs innings.
“Time has run out for me on the cricket field, and I would like to announce my retirement from the game,” Morkel said in a statement on Wednesday.
“There are some new opportunities on the horizon, and I’m looking forward to grow into those. I will be enjoying the game from the other side of the rope.”
Morkel was one of the top buys at the inaugural Indian Premier League auction when he went to the Chennai Super Kings for $675,000 in 2008, and later played for Delhi Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He also had spells in English county cricket with Derbyshire, Durham and Somerset.
Today he wrote on Twitter: “That’s the end for me and what a journey it’s been! Plenty of memories good and bad, but I was blessed with a very long career. Thanks Titans_Cricket and OfficialCSA, will enjoy the game now from the other side.”
His brother Morne said: “It feels like yesterday we were 2 boys dreaming in the backyard about the game we love!! Well done on a magnificent career… proud to call you my brother!! @albiemorkel ❤️”
(Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Keith Weir)
That’s the end for me and what a journey it’s been! Plenty of memories good and bad, but I was blessed with a very long career. Thanks @Titans_Cricket @OfficialCSA, will enjoy the game now from the other side. pic.twitter.com/sXik0KYFbz
— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) January 9, 2019
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) January 9, 2019
Well done @albiemorkel on a great career. You can be very proud of what you have achieved. Lots of trophies and plenty sixes … Wish you all the best with the next chapter .
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) January 9, 2019