Sean Williams will be Away From International Cricket
By Tanushka Gain
on Sat Aug 28 2021
Sean Williams has informed the Zimbabwe team management of his intention to withdraw from international cricket after the team’s current tour of Ireland, but is open to the possibility of playing white-ball cricket for the country in the future.
Williams, the Zimbabwe Test captain, is currently with the national team in Ireland but had earlier requested the selectors not to consider him for the five T20Is starting Friday in Ireland or the T20I in Scotland next month. But he is available for three ODIs against Ireland, which will come after the T20Is.
He has cited biobubble fatigue and uncertainty over his future as a cricketer as the main reasons for his decision. Sean Williams arrived in Ireland on Wednesday, six days after the rest of the team requested a mental-health break from the T20I series and informed the team management of his decision while in isolation.
Before his arrival, Zimbabwe Cricket had to announce a fifth captain for the tour since the start of 2020. Craig Ervine will lead the team in Ireland and Scotland in the last few series, followed by Chamu Chibhabha, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Williams.
Sean Williams was not unhappy about not being given the leadership responsibility on this tour.
But he had many other catches with the way Zimbabwean cricket is run and his poor results. Under coach Lalchand Rajput, Zimbabwe have won only four ODIs in three years. All against the United Arab Emirates, and there is serious concern among senior players. That they will not qualify for the 2023 50-over World Cup. Zimbabwe Currently at the bottom of the World Cup Super League points table
The 34-year-old Williams is an experienced player of the Zimbabwe team. Who made his international debut in 2005. When he came into the ODI match against South Africa in Johannesburg. Overall, he has played 14 Tests, 136 ODIs and 47 T20Is. Primarily a middle-order batsman, left-handed Williams has a total of 1034 runs. In Tests at an average of 41.36, with four centuries and three half-centuries.
Also there are 3958 ODI runs at 35.02. He has four centuries and 32 fifties. He scored 945 runs in T20Is with six fifties at an average of 22.50 and a strike rate of 128.39. To go along with those numbers, he has taken 21 wickets in Tests. 72 in ODIs and 32 in T20Is with his left-arm spin.
He led Zimbabwe for the first time during the tri-nation T20I series in Singapore with Nepal as the third team in September-October 2019. But has been the captain of the team in a regular capacity over 2020. His performances with the bat, in particular, have been remarkable since being given the reins of the Test team: three of his four Test centuries have come in four Tests as captain, including his best of 151* which was his last. Tests can happen, and he averages 96.20 in those games.