Neil McKenzie has become the latest player to retire from all cricketing formats effectively choosing the newly initiated Masters Champions League (MCL). This decision of the former South African batsman comes almost a year after his retirement from first-class cricket.
Currently, McKenzie is playing for the for the MCL team Virgo Super Kings that played its first match on Friday, 29thJanuary. Prior to his recent announcement, McKenzie was a part of the Highveld Lions’ squad that has now released him, on an immediate basis, from his contractual obligations towards the team.
The 40-year old McKenzie played 58 tests for South Africa scoring 3253 runs at an average of over 37 runs and a highest score of 226 runs. In the 64 ODIs he played for the national team, he scored 1688 runs, again at an average of over 37 runs. McKenzie last represented South Africa internationally in 2009, and in 2010 accepted a Kolpak contract for Hampshire. It does however have to be noted that despite his relatively short appearance for the national side, McKenzie however went on to make himself integral to the national team composition.