New Zealand: Kiwi fast bowler, Shane Bond has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Bond had earlier retired from test cricket in December citing reasons that he could not bear five-day toll.
After returning home from the Caribbean Islands where he took 5 wickets in the tournament, Bond said that he was unwilling to prolong his career.
In his international career which is nearly 9 years since he made his first appearance, Bond has managed to take 259 wickets in all forms of game for New Zealand cricket. He said that he won't be playing in the T20 format either.
"I know the time is right for me to step down,"Bond said. "I have given it everything when playing for the Black Caps," quoting to Brydon Coverdale, cricinfo staff.
He said he always wanted to play for New Zealand, and he would miss the game of cricket a lot and he hopes to put something back into the game in New Zealand.
Born in June 7th, 1975 in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bond was considered as the best fast bowler since Richard Hadlee. His career has been plagued with injuries, been in and out of the New Zealand side.
Limiting the statistics to players who have bowled at least 1000 balls, he holds the record for the best strike rate (27.5) in One Day International's and has the third best average (19.32).