Proteas all-rounder, JP Duminy, will retire from One Day International cricket after the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK later this year. He will continue to be available for the Proteas in T20 International cricket. Duminy, who retired from Test and First-Class cricket in 2017 to focus on the shorter formats, feels ‘the time is right’ to close this chapter of his international career. “The last few months on the side lines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future,” he said. “While a decision like this is never easy, I also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority. I have been privileged to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever grateful for the support I have received from my team mates, coaches, family, friends and fans throughout the years.”
JP Duminy will bid farewell to his home ground and the Newlands crowd when he makes his final home One-Day International appearance in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka tomorrow. Since his debut ODI on 20 August 2004, which also happened to be against Sri Lanka, JP Duminy has played 182 ODIs scoring a total of 5000 runs and taking 63 wickets! Tomorrow’s ODI against Sri Lanka will be a fitting farewell for a well-respected, loved and admired servant of the game in front of the avid Cape Town fans and at a place he calls home.
Tomorrow’s match will be the Proteas’ final ODI in South Africa before they head to the Cricket World Cup. If you are in Cape Town, make sure you get to Newlands to give the Proteas and JP Duminy the greatest send-off possible! Play starts at 13:00!