Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien announced on Friday that he is retiring from international and first-class cricket after a 16-year career.
The 36-year-old, who made his international debut against Denmark in 2002, played 216 times for Ireland and appeared in his nation’s first-ever Test, against Pakistan, in May this year.
O’Brien opted for the number 72 shirt to mark his match-winning score in Ireland’s famous win against Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup.
His county career included spells with Kent, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my retirement from international and professional cricket,” said O’Brien, who has played much of his career alongside his younger brother Kevin.
“I have been…
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