Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum on Monday announced his retirement from all cricket with the Global T20 tournament in Canada being his farewell assignment.

“My style of cricket has always been full noise, full throttle,” the 37-year-old cricketer said in a statement released on his social media handles. From Culling Park to Lords’ everything in between, there have been some wonderful memories. Unfortunately, the sacrifices needed and commitment required to play that type of cricket have now become too great”.

“I owe it to myself and the teams I represent that I close that chapter rather than plow on regardless of what I know to be true. I look back with pride over the way I have played the game and what I have achieved. With New Zealand, we broke boundaries and established a style of play that earned us respect around the world. In T20 cricket I have enjoyed so many challenges I can leave the game knowing that I left no stones unturned.”

He also mentioned that he sees his future in broadcasting and coaching. He was part of the broadcasting team for the last ICC World Cup and whenever he is not playing he has been a regular commentator.

His career was not defined by just numbers but by his inspirational captaincy and his daring style which brought New Zealand to the 2015 World Cup finals before losing the cup to Australia.