Leicestershire have confirmed veteran spinner Claude Henderson is to bring down the curtain on his long and distinguished career at the end of this summer.
The slow left-armer, who turns 41 next month and recently passed the 900-wicket mark in first-class cricket, is in his 10th season at Grace Road, having arrived as the county game’s first Kolpak signing in 2004.
Prior to that, Henderson represented South Africa in seven Tests and four one-day internationals.
An integral figure in Leicestershire’s three domestic Twenty20 triumphs, Henderson boasts 540 wickets for the club across all formats and has also made a number of significant contributions with the bat down the order.
He will continue to be available for selection until the end of 2013.
Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase said: “Claude continues to give great service to Leicestershire CCC and has played a key part in our success, especially in the t20 competition.
“But it's not just what he has done on the field that has made him such a popular member of the side - it's his endless enthusiasm, passion and love for the game that will be missed.”
Whitticase’s praise was echoed by Leicestershire chief executive Mike Siddall, who added: “Claude Henderson's figures speak for themselves and prove what a fantastic cricketer he is. What they don't reveal is the absolute joy that Claude derived out of playing cricket and his ability to pass on the secrets of his talent to Leicestershire's up-and-coming spinners. That will be a legacy which we shall all enjoy.”
Henderson said: “I would like to thank Leicestershire CCC and all of the supporters for the last decade. I would also like to thank all of my family and friends for their support throughout my career and I'm looking forward to taking on new challenges in life at the end of the 2013 season.”