England Men’s white-ball Captain Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday after an illustrious 16-year-old career. 

“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect,” Morgan said in a statement on Tuesday. 

“To call time on what has been without doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point,” he added. 

The 35-year-old started his international career with Ireland, where he played 23 ODI matches from 2006 to 2009. He was also part of the Ireland team in the 2007 World Cup. The side progressed to the Super Eights.

The following year, he represented England Lions in a tour match against South Africa. After a noteworthy performance, he was named in the 30-man squad for the ICC World T20 in 2009. He had to quit playing for Ireland as he was also chosen in the squad for the World T20 for the England Cricket Team. 

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He went on to play 225 ODIs for England, scoring 6,957 runs, including 13 hundreds at an average of 39.75. He was a part of the team that won the 2010 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.

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In his 126 matches as the skipper of the team, the 35-year-old oversaw 76 victories with a win percentage of 60, which is the best win record held by an England Men’s ODI Captain. He also won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as Captain in 2019.

“From my start in the international arena with Ireland to winning the World Cup in 2019, I have never lost sight of how integral family support is to any international sportsperson. To my Mum and Dad, my wife, Tara, and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support throughout the good and more challenging times in my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible,” he said in a statement.