Zimbabwean cricket star Sean Williams announces retirement from T20 internationals

Zimbabwean cricket star Sean Williams announces retirement from T20 internationals

After a distinguished career representing Zimbabwe in cricket, veteran all-rounder Sean Williams has announced his retirement from T20Is. However, he intends to continue playing in Tests and ODIs for his country.

Williams, 37, currently serves as the captain of Zimbabwe’s senior national cricket team. His decision to step away from T20Is comes after Zimbabwe’s defeat to Bangladesh in a five-match series, despite Zimbabwe securing victory in at least one match.

Hailing from a family deeply rooted in sports, Williams attended Falcon School in Esigodini and later pursued his education at Petra in Bulawayo. His family’s sporting legacy includes his father, a former first-class cricketer and hockey coach, and his mother, a field hockey player who was part of Zimbabwe’s golden girls in 1980. Williams’ brothers, Michael and Matthew, have also followed his footsteps in the world of cricket, with Michael even captaining the national men’s hockey team.

Williams, often recognized by his T20I shirt number 14, has made significant contributions to Zimbabwean cricket, boasting impressive stats with 1482 runs and 43 wickets in 68 matches. Notably, in 2004, he emerged as Zimbabwe’s top batsman with 157 runs at an average of 31.40, alongside five wickets.

Additionally, Williams served as the captain of the Zimbabwe Under-19 team during their tour of Sri Lanka in 2006, demonstrating his leadership qualities early in his career.

His retirement follows in the footsteps of another cricket legend, Hamilton Masakadza, who bid farewell to T20Is after a series against Bangladesh in 2019.

Tapiwa Rubaya

Tapiwa Rubaya is the current affairs, fashion and sports reporter at My Afrika Magazine.

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