Van der Merwe ends Ireland career
Ireland off-spinner Albert van der Merwe has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 33.
Van der Merwe made his Ireland debut in 2010 and went on to win 21 caps. His 11-68 in last year’s Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya in Mombasa represented the best analysis by an Ireland bowler in almost 30 years.
Explaining his decision, the South Africa-born bowler said: “Retiring has been a difficult decision to make as I feel I still have plenty to offer, but the increased demands as the team became more professional made it very difficult for a part-timer like myself.”
Ireland coach Phil Simmons added: “Albert was a great team player who worked incredibly hard to improve his game. He was a pleasure to coach and I'd like to thank him for all his efforts for Irish cricket and wish him all the best with his coaching career.”