Veteran Warwickshire all-rounder Darren Maddy to retire at end of current season
Last Updated: 02/07/13 12:04pm
Darren Maddy: Retirement beckons for Warwickshire all-rounder
Former England all-rounder Darren Maddy has announced he will retire at the end of the season.
The 39-year-old has been in the professional ranks since arriving on the scene with Leicestershire in 1994 and he has enjoyed great success since joining Warwickshire in 2006.
Maddy captained the Bears for two seasons and was part of the team that won the County Championship title last year, as well as the 2010 Yorkshire Bank 40 and Division Two title in 2008.
He played three Test matches and eight one-day internationals for England, but couldn't recreate his domestic form and managed just one half-century and no wickets.
In recent seasons, Maddy became one of the early beneficiaries of the move to Twenty20 cricket, becoming the first batsman to pass 1,000 runs in the format, earning an England call for the World Twenty20 in 2007.
Across first-class and List A cricket, Maddy retires with more than 22,000 runs and he is only 29 wickets short of 500.
Maddy said: "It's been a tough decision to make over the last few weeks, but I realise that it's the right time for me to bow out and give more opportunities for many of Warwickshire's promising youngsters to come through and help build on the success of recent seasons.
"I've enjoyed a fantastic career, which I never thought would be possible when I signed my first professional contract with Leicestershire in 1991.
"However, it could not have happened without the great coaches, players, staff and fans who have supported me, as well as my family."
Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown said: "Darren is one of the most widely respected players in the county game, having won every trophy possible and he has a great record on the biggest stage.
"He's a great role model for the younger players in the squad and is a very popular guy around the dressing room."