Nathan McCullum, 35, announced that he would be retiring from the international cricket at the end of the New Zealand season.
The New Zealand all-rounder said that he felt the present scenario as the right time for him to retire from the International cricket.
McCullum, who made his first ODI appearance in 2009 against Srilanka, has played a total of 84 ODIs scoring 1,070 runs and claiming 63 wickets so far. The all-rounder has appeared in 61 matches scalping 55 wickets in T20 internationals,
“It has been really hard for my wife to manage things in the past five years. I was not available to help her in her difficult times. I was not even able to manage time to spend with my kids. All these have prompted me to think of my retirement and i personally feel that this is the right time to hang up my boots”, McCullum said in an interview to the NZ media.
When asked about his next phase of life, the all-rounder said ” I haven’t thought of it much. I have to discuss of it with my wife. As of now, am looking forward to spend time with my family and helping the boys to do their home works”.
Nathan expressed confidence in the next generation of New Zealand spinners and assured that he will be playing a mentor role in shaping the young spinners of New Zealand to suit the requirements of the international cricket, the CricBuzz reported.
McCullum recalled that the win against South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup quarter-final match was the most memorable one to him. “I will remember the match for the rest of my life. Winning a match that we could have lost is a special one” he said.