Makhaya Ntini, the South African bowler, and first ever black player for the country’s cricket team, has today announced his decision to retire from international cricket.
The player, who plans to carry on playing the sport domestically, has spent 12 years at international level, during which he amassed 101 test caps and appeared in 173 ODIs.
Ntini took 390 test wickets for his country, placing him behind only the great Shaun Pollock for his nation, and 11th in the all time global list of all-time wickets – between Curtly Ambrose (West Indies) and Ian Botham (England) ensuring his efforts will go down in cricketing history.
Ntini’s tally of 272 ODI wickets places him 17th in the list of all-time wicket takers in the shortened form of international cricket – just six behind his compatriot Allan Donald.
At the time of his retirement, Ntini was 33 years old.