East London: Guy Whittall became the third Zimbabwe World Cup player in as many days to announce his international retirement on Sunday.
Whittall said: “I announced it to my team mates last night. I have had 10 great years, I have enjoyed all of them but it’s time to move on. I want to concentrate on growing the family business.”
Batsman Andy Flower announced on Friday he would retire after the team’s final World Cup match against Sri Lanka on Saturday and fast bowler Henry Olonga followed suit immediately after the game.
Zimbabwe reached the second round of the World Cup but failed to reach the semi-finals after losing all three of their matches in the Super Sixes to New Zealand, Kenya and Sri Lanka.
Whittall, who has a game ranching business, played 46 Test and 147 one-dayers for Zimbabwe as a batsman and right-arm medium bowler. Several other Zimbabwe players are believed to be considering retirement.
Streak to fight on
However, captain Heath Streak insisted he will not retire and battle on at the head of his shell-shocked team.
“I will keep going as long as my body allows. I love my country, I love my job, I’ll keep going,” said Streak. Talking about Olonga and Flower’s retirement, he said: “It will be difficult to replace players of such calibre.”