On Saturday, November 7, Elton Chigumbura, 34, announced his retirement from international cricket. The former Zimbabwe captain will hang his boots after the 3rd and final T20I against Pakistan, in Rawalpindi, on November 10.
A part of Zimbabwe’s T20I squad in Pakistan, Chigumbura has an international career spanning 16 years in which he played 213 ODIs with 4340 runs in the format and captained in 62 of them. He also played 55 T20Is and led Zimbabwe in 18 of those, besides also representing the national team in 14 Test matches. With more than 5000 runs across formats, Chigumbura will end his long career as a stalwart of Zimbabwean cricket.
The former captain, who scored a 13-ball 21 against Pakistan in the 1st T20 on Saturday, was also part of the Zimbabwean squad that last toured Pakistan in 2015. The said limited-overs tour was an iconic one since Zimbabwe were the first ICC full member nation to have toured Pakistan since the Lahore attack in 2009.
Former @ZimCricketv captain Elton Chigumbura is set to retire from international cricket at the end of the current @TheRealPCB tour. He has made 213 ODI and 14 Test appearances, with 54 T20Is under his belt before the start of his swansong series#ThankYouElty | #VisitZimbabwe pic.twitter.com/ah9ukP3mbJ— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) November 7, 2020
The right-handed batsman had scored his highest score in ODIs, of 117, and also his top T20I score of 54* in that tour 5 years ago. Zimbabwe had, however, lost both the ODI and T20I series to Pakistan back in 2015. Call it poetic justice that Chigumbura will end his international career in Pakistan and not on his own soil.
Hosts Pakistan are now 1-0 ahead in the 3-match T20I series after a 6-wicket win against Zimbabwe on November 7. Pakistan skipper Babar Azam scored a brilliant 55-ball 82 to inspire Pakistan to a comfortable win against Chamu Chibhaba’s team.