John Davison to retire
Canada's iconic allrounder John Davison has annouced his retirement. Playing in his third and now final Cricket World Cup, Davison has informed Cricket Canada that the March 16th match against Australia will be his last international cricket match.
Best known for his then record breaking 111 against the West Indies at the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Davison's exploits helped put Canadian cricket on the map when the sport was struggling for recognition both in Canada and around the world.
In the team's meeting prior to Wednesday's practice session at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, John announced to the team his intentions.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for Canada. I learned a lot about dealing with different cultural mentalities and i think that has made me more tolerant in my life. The sport has an excellent future in the country centred around a young national team filled with talented young players, a burgeoning fan following, and an ever growing cricket playing population. I'm happy to have been part of the ride and have made some lifelong friendships along the way."
Canada's coach and former team mate Pubudu Dassanayake said on the eve of Davison's last game.
"He gave us a chance to win every time we took that field and took the game to the opposition, he brought on a new style of cricket for Canada...the exposure of our young players to his knowledge and experience has taught them how deal with competition at this level and this is Invaluable to the organization moving forward."
Davison ranks second all time in ODI runs for Canada and in addition to the world cup century in 2003 he has 5 half centuries with 2 coming in world cups against New Zealand. He is the third leading wicket taker in ODI's for Canada with 35 from 31 matches.
Cricket Canada's high performance manager Ravin Moorthy spoke about John Davison`s contribution to our countries game. "Canadian cricket will be linked forever to him, I don't think anyone will every forget that day at Centurion when he scored the 100, it gave us all hope and showed that a Canadian can succeed at the absolute highest level, that success is part of the platform of modern Canadian cricket...a generation of Canadian kids grew up wanting to be like JD...that`s a very special thing"
Canada's captain and 3 time CWC team mate Ashish Bagai, spoke of his good friend's retirement
"John has brought a professionalism, expectation, and self belief that propelled us as a team and organization to new heights. His performances on the biggest stage have laid the foundation for a new generation of Canadian cricketers to strive to achieve.
Bagai continued "I've enjoyed and learned much about the sport during 10 years that we played together, we shared in many great moments, and i wish him and his family the very best in his future endeavours"
John will return to Australia at the conclusion of Canada's group stage match vs Australia to his coaching role at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence and looks forward to spending more time with his young family and on the golf course.
Cricket Canada Vice President Vimal Hardat thanked John for his contribution and wished him well.
"Everyone across Canada thanks JD for all his efforts, the sacrifice and commitment to our game and our organization. We are happy to wish him and his young family all the best and much success in whatever they chose to do...he will always hold a special place in Canadian cricket.