Smith calls time on Pride 50-overs career
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Dashing former West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith will retire from domestic one-day cricket for Barbados Pride, ahead of this month's Regional Super50.
The 33-year-old said he was no longer a part of the selectors' plans and though he was hurt by not being able to finish his career at home in this year's 50-overs tournament, he had little choice but to call it quits.
Barbados and Antigua are the hosts for the 2017 Super50, which runs from January 24 to February 18.
"I basically have to make one big decision now for sure, and that's I'm going to send in my resignation from 50-overs cricket for Barbados Pride, banking on the back of not being given the opportunity to finish my career at home," Smith told Line and Length Network.
"I really wanted to, I've asked the selectors, I've spoken to them but, obviously, they had their different plans and I guess I didn't fit in.
"It was touching. It hurt me a lot because I really wanted - even if it was one game I played in the 50-overs competition coming up - I would have been happy."
Smith has garnered 3,500 runs from 183 A-List games at an average of 23, but had a disappointing outing in last year's Super50 when he managed just 116 runs from eight innings at an average of 14.