Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien says he will look back with fond memories after announcing his retirement from cricket. After making his debut with Ireland back in 2002, O’Brien went on to become their most successful wicketkeeper with 241 dismissals and finished their fourth highest run-scorer with 6,097 runs.
Having had spells in England with Kent, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, O’Brien says he has some great memories of his time in the game.
O’Brien said: “It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement but I look back with nothing but smiles and laughter.
He added: “I always tried to play with a smile on my face and with an enjoyment that I think all people could see whether watching from the stands, standing with me in the field or coming up against me for the opposition.
“From playing relatively small fixtures at the start of my career to competing and winning world cup matches to being there to play in our first Test match meant I have achieved more than I could have ever dreamt and for this I look back with nothing but fondness.”