West Indies veteran Lendl Simmons has ended his international career by announcing his immediate retirement from cricket at the highest level.
Simmons announced the news via his sports agency 124noteverythingthe talented hitter ending his career with a total of 3,763 carries for the West Indies from 144 games across the three formats.
The majority of these matches have been against the white ball, with Simmons best known for his ODI cricketing exploits having done two centuries and 16 half centuries for the Caribbean side.
The announcement comes less than 24 hours after fellow West Indian international Denesh Ramdin ended his international career.
Simmons’ highest ODI score of 122 came against Bangladesh at Mirpur in 2011, but lately the 37-year-old has been exclusively seen at T20I level for the West Indies.
Simmons helped West Indies win the 2016 T20 World Cup in India with his stunning half-century unbeaten run against the hosts in the semi-finals at Wankhede Stadium, one of the highlights of his career.
His 82* shot that day was only bettered at T20I international level by the unbeaten 91 he achieved against Ireland in Basseterre almost four years later, with Simmons’ final appearance for the West Indies against South Africa at the T20 World Cup in Dubai last year. .
Simmons has indicated he will continue to play national T20 tournaments, with the dashing right-hander having already won two IPL titles with the Mumbai Indians in the past decade.