Published: 3rd March, 2014
Surrey captain Graeme Smith has announced his retirement from International cricket.
Smith, who will retire at the end of the ongoing Test Match between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town, is due to arrive in London in early April where he will lead Surrey into their 2014 campaign.
The decision has no bearing on Smith’s Surrey contract and he remains fully committed to the club.
Speaking of his decision, Smith said: “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life. It’s a decision that I have been considering since my ankle surgery in April last year. I have a young family to consider, and I felt that retiring at Newlands would be the best way to end it because I have called this place home since I was 18 years-old.
“I have always been someone who has left everything out there on the field for my team and for my country. I’m extremely honoured and proud to have had the privilege to lead so many wonderful players and to have been a part of building the Proteas culture to what it is today. It is a culture that every player can be, and is, immensely proud of.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the support from my parents and brother, my wife and children, my friends, my sponsors, my fans and to Cricket South Africa. I thank and honour the players who I have played with and those who have supported me and helped me to be the person and captain I am today.
“I have been fortunate to have had many highs, amongst them leading and being part of the best Test team in the world. I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Alec Stewart, Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, added: “Graeme has been an outstanding leader and player for South Africa and has been instrumental in making them the number one side in the world.
“From when I first played against him in 2003 he has impressed me immensely in everything he has done on a cricket field. South Africa will obviously miss him but we look forward to welcoming back to the Kia Oval this season.”