London, June 5: An eye injury has forced England wicketkeeper-batsman and World Twenty20 winner Craig Kieswetter to retire from cricket at a young age.
The 27-year-old Kieswetter announced today that he will quit the game due to injuries sustained to his eye and nose while playing for Somerset last year.
In July 2014, Kieswetter broke his nose and fractured eye socket during a county match against Northants.
"Having gone through the traumatic experience of my eye injury and everything it entailed, I feel that mentally I will never be the player I was. As a person/player I'm not comfortable continuing if I can't give 100%," Kieswetter said on Friday.
"I've had a terrific career with plenty of ups and occasional downs and I am calling time on my career walking away with no regrets," he added.
Right-handed Kiewswetter played 46 ODIs and 25 T20Is for England. He was part of the team which won the World T20 title in the Caribbean in 2010. He was the Man-of-the-match in the World T20 final against Australia, scoring a 49-ball 63.
The South African-born player said he had many fond memories during his 9-year career.
"I'll have many fond memories of a career that spanned nine years. See you all on the sidelines!," he said.
Tweet from Kieswetter announcing his decision
Probably the hardest decision I've had to make but one that is definitely the right move forward. pic.twitter.com/lDtxQ6PA0L— Craig Kieswetter (@kiesy_22) June 5, 2015
Tributes from cricketers to Kieswetter
So sorry, buddy! You can be proud of what you've achieved & so can your family. See you on the golf course! x https://t.co/1wK6Kjizs0— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) June 5, 2015
@kiesy_22 One of the hardest hitters of a cricket ball I've seen and not many can say it but you're a World Cup winner. Congrats mate— Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) June 5, 2015
Gutted for you craig that you have had to call time on his career due to his injury. Shared some… https://t.co/UHW0cCz0pJ— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) June 5, 2015
All the best @kiesy_22 very sorry to hear!— Daniel Bell-Drummond (@deebzz23) June 5, 2015
@kiesy_22 all the best mate. I wish you well in the next phase of your life.— Jason Gillespie (@YCCCDizzy) June 5, 2015
Gutted to hear that @Kiesy_22 has had to retire. Undoubtedly one of the most destructive Keeper/Batsmen on his day. Big loss for England— Yasir Arafat (@YasirArafat45) June 5, 2015