A shoulder injury incurred by Glamorgan allrounder Craig Meschede has forced him into early retirement from the sport.
In the month of June last year, Craig Meschede was last featured in a T20I against Jersey. Then, he had already been struggling with a condition called Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome which led to the pain and weakness in his arm.
After listening to the advice of health consultants and hearing a second opinion about his condition, Meschede has decided to retire from playing professional cricket. In an Instagram post, he further explained how hard it was for him to decide on the said matter.
In parts of his post, he said, ‘The last few weeks have been very emotional for me as cricket has played such a big part of my life, saying that I have to do what's best for my health and life after cricket. The physio and support staff and everyone at Glamorgan have been brilliant throughout this process and can't thank them enough’.
‘I set out on a journey to play professional cricket and I'm very fortunate to have fulfilled my dream. Although it's been cut short it's been an incredible ride! I'm absolutely devastated that it's come to an end but grateful that I was given the opportunity’, he added.
Even Glamorgan’s director of cricket Mark Wallace is also upset about the announcement of Meschede’s retirement at the age of 28. He says, ‘It's always very sad when a player is forced to retire through injury and especially in Craig's case at an age when many are reaching the peak of their careers’.
‘Craig's natural talent and skill always stood out and he had a flair and talent for the game, which made him exciting to watch and play with. Moreover, off the field, Craig was a committed professional and popular member of the squad who always worked hard to give himself and the team the best chance of success’, he added.
After his debut in 2011, Meschede has played a total of 70 first-class, 55 List A and 96 T20 games for Glamorgan and Somerset. Both of the teams which he had played for are active playing teams in the T20 Blast League. To know more about the said league, visit Betwala.
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