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Irish cricketer Andrew Poynter announces retirement

Andrew Poynter, the Ireland batsman, has announced his retirement from international and inter-provincial cricket at the age of 29. He had been part of Ireland's T20 squad at the World T20 this year, but had not played an ODI since September 2014.

Poynter played 19 ODIs and 19 T20Is in an international career that began in 2008. He scored a combined 474 runs and three half-centuries, averaging 19.61 in ODIs and 19.90 in T20Is. He featured in two World T20s.

He said in a statement -



I am so proud of my achievements in an Irish jersey, especially captaining my country and playing in two World Cups. I'll miss the green jersey but this is the right decision for me. I'd like to thank all involved in giving me the opportunity to pursue my dream.




He said he was looking forward to developing his coaching career and take up a role in the near future. But most importantly of all he wants to spend more time with his family.

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