Top Players Who Will Not Make It To 2023 World Cup (Part 3)
This article will list those players who will retire from World Cup action following this competition’s conclusion. Before then, a quick reminder to cricket bettors that the first semi-final has been postponed due to rain and will be completed on 10 July, which was kept as the reserve day. In the meantime, India have dramatically improved their betting odds of winning (1.19) to New Zealand’s (4.55) at the sportsbooks after the Kiwis failed with the bat yet again.
Players To Retire World Cup Careers
If you have not read the first 2 parts of this series, do check it out. In Part 1, we look at why this World Cup will be the last one for a number of leading players. We focused on the two key players India will not have at the 2023 World Cup.
In Part 2, we look at players from four other teams who will not make it to the next World Cup. In concluding this series, we take a look at the players from South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Indies and Sri Lanka who will retire from ODI cricket within the next four years.
South Africa performed very poorly at the World Cup and did not make it to the semi-finals. The South African Cricket Board will need to bring in new players into the ODI structure as a number of experienced players will move on. JP Duminy and I Tahir announced their retirement from ODI cricket before the start of the World Cup. Some of the other players who will move on include:
Dale Steyn was part of the World Cup squad, but did not play as he suffered yet another injury. Steyn is now 36 years old and not very far from retiring from all forms of cricket.
H Amla was the senior statesman who was given the opportunity at the top of the order. Nevertheless, he failed when his team needed him. Amla is also 36 and will need to retire from ODI cricket or put up with being dropped.
Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis had the chance to lead his team to World Cup victory. Injuries and poor form, however, plagued the team and saw them exit early. Meanwhile, Faf is 34 years old and will retire from World Cup action and not play at the 2023 World Cup.
W Riaz was outstanding for Pakistan and bowled with pace and accuracy. He has been a servant for Pakistani cricket for a long time and has played the last three World Cups. At 34, Wahab Riaz is unlikely to make it to the 2023 World Cup.
Former Pakistani captain S Malik’s poor World Cup saw him dropped from the playing eleven. He announced his retirement from ODI cricket soon after Pakistan exited.
The Bangladesh captain was expected to retire after the World Cup after his team had a poor showing. The 35 year old Mortaza decided to think about his retirement and make the final decision in a few weeks.
The Universe Boss had an average World Cup for the West Indies but he enjoyed himself knowing that it was the last time he would play in a World Cup. Gayle will retire from ODI cricket before the end of this year as he wants to play the series against India and then retire.
L Malinga has served Sri Lanka ODI cricket for years and has been one of the best death bowlers in World Cup history. At 35, Malinga is no longer the bowler that he once was and will call time on his ODI career shortly.