Leicestershire spinner Jeremy Snape has announced his retirement from the cricket after a distinguished professional career.
The 35-year old was part of the Gloucestershire one-day side which dominated during the mid-nineties before moving to Leicestershire, playing a key role as the Foxes went on to win the Twenty20 Cup in 2004 and 2006, the latter as captain of the team.
Snape, who also made 10 one-day international appearances as well as playing once for the England Twenty20 side, will make his final appearance for Leicestershire against Nottinghamshire in Tuesday's Twenty20 match.
He said: "I have been very fortunate to play cricket for nearly 20 years and have some very special memories, including eight domestic trophy wins.
"In retiring now, Leicestershire have an opportunity to develop some younger players in the exciting Twenty20 format.
"Cricket has provided me with many wonderful experiences and friendships, and looking to the future, I can start to explore new opportunities with my sport and business coaching consultancy Sporting Edge."
After making his first-class debut for Northamptonshire in 1991, Snape was a latecomer to the international scene, named man-of-the-match in his debut appearance for England against Zimbabwe in 2001.
He was also included in England's World Twenty20 squad last year as a 20-over specialist, making one appearance, and Leicestershire senior coach Tim Boon was full of praise for the player.
He said: "On behalf of the players and members at Grace Road, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Jeremy for his contribution towards the club's one-day success, and in particular in the two Twenty20 Cup wins that were achieved in 2004 and 2006."
Snape's successor as captain of the county side, Paul Nixon, added: "Jeremy has been an excellent servant and has been an instrumental part of bringing one-day success to the cricket club and we wish him well for the future."