Former England captain and all-time leading run scorer Alastair Cook has today retired from international cricket. Cook has been represented by Paragon’s MD Mike Martin, throughout his cricket career and will play his final Test-Match against India at the Oval this weekend.
Mike Martin, Agent and Co-Founder of Paragon Sports Management, says:
“We have been proud to manage Cooky exclusively for more than 12 years, during which time we have watched him build a truly extraordinary career as batsman and captain. Watching such a great guy – and friend – break record after record to become the highest Test run scorer of all time for England, and all done as an opening batsman, has been fantastic to see.
Naturally, we wish he and Alice the very best, as they spend some valuable time with the family. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him – let’s see what happens next…”
Alastair Cook had the following statement to say on his decision;
“After much thought and deliberation over the last few months, I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India.
Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game. The thought of not sharing the dressing room again with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.
I have loved cricket my whole life, from playing in the garden as a child, and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.
My family and I have had 12 wonderful years fulfilling my dreams and this could not have been done without them. So I wish to thank my parents and brothers, my wife, Alice, and her family for their quiet, unwavering support behind the scenes. As cricketers, who travel frequently, we often don’t realise just how important our families are to our success.
I wish the England team every success in the future, and I will be watching with great excitement.”
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