England World T20 final hero quits cricket at 27 due to eye injury

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.

Craig Kieswetter (right) with Michael Holding, the former West Indies' fast bowler

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

Tributes from cricketers to Kieswetter

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