England and Surrey player, Tom Curran has decided to step down for a little while from Test cricket.
Because of injuries and his mental health, Tom has not been able to contribute much in the longest format of cricket.
However, he is a much-acclaimed franchise and white-ball player for England.
Which is why he has decided to give more time to the same by seeking out opportunities in various franchise leagues around the world.
In July 2021, Curran played 58 ODI and T20I games for England, and in doing so has become the most loved franchise cricketer.
Curran’s T20 career in franchise cricket
Additionally, Curran has played for Oval Invincibles in The Hundred, Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, and is now currently engaged with Desert Vipers in the ILT20.
His next experience is going to be with Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League.
That’s why he is hoping to cut down on red-ball cricket in order to have a positive effect on his mind and body.
The last couple of years have not been easy for me. I have had a lot of time and this isn’t a decision that I’ve taken lightly.
Adding further, he says,
Some choices in life I don’t think you will ever be 100% sure and this is definitely one of those. But where I find myself at this exact moment, I feel like it is right decision for my body and for my mental health.
Moreover, Curran says,
I’m definitely not ruling out playing red-ball cricket again in the future, and I feel like I have unfinished business in this format for both Surrey and England. But until I can feel 100% committed and confident day in and day out for Surrey in the County Championship, I feel that putting all my time and focus into on our Vitality Blast campaign this year is the right thing to do.
Concluding, Curran says,
I know it is not ideal news for everyone at Surrey and our fans. But I wanted to say a truly heartfelt thank you to Alec Stewart for the support and understanding of my decision. Surrey has given me everything and is my home. I love it very much and my hope is everyone else will see and understand my decision as he has done.
Alec Stewart thanks Tom Curran for his services for Surrey in County Championship
On the other hand, Surrey’s director of cricket, Alec Stewart has wished Curran well for his future endeavours.
Obviously when you lose a player of Tom’s quality from your County Championship squad it is a blow, but I have spoken to him at length about his decision and understand why he has made it.
Adding further, he says,
He has suffered with injuries in recent years and if this can help strengthen his body and keep him on a cricket field more regularly over the coming years, I fully support the decision. I look forward to seeing him back in May for our own T20 season.
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