Aiden Blizzard calls time on cricket career

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HANGING UP HIS BOOTS

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Blizzard in action for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League

Blizzard in action for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League © Getty

Aiden Blizzard, the Sydney Thunder batsman, has decided to hang up his boots and spend time with his family.

Terming playing for and winning with the Thunder as the highlights of his career, Blizzard said: “It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. The Thunder fans have been very understanding and patient, they’re a unique bunch that (has) gone through some tough times, but are very loyal.”

The 33-year-old left-hander also had a chance to ply his trade in the IPL and Champions League, playing for Mumbai Indians. He featured in 7 IPL games and 6 CLT20 games rubbing shoulders with the best in the business and also getting to open alongside Sachin Tendulkar.

The southpaw started off in 2005 in a list A game for Victoria getting out for a duck. But it was never the first-class cricket or list A games which saw the best of Blizzard. The T20 format was where he actually belonged.

Debuting for Victoria in 2007 in the T20 format, Blizzard smoked 89 runs off 38 balls against South Australia to signal his hitting prowess. He went on to win the T20 title thrice with the Victorian side in 2007, 2008 and in 2010, being named the Man of the Final in the last two finals.

He then moved to South Australia in 2010 in the search for better opportunities. And again lifted the Trophy with his new team in 2011. Post that Cricket Australia started off the Big Bash League in 2011/12 and Blizzard was picked up by Hobart Hurricanes. For BBL 04, Blizzard moved to Sydney Thunder and had instant success. He tallied 240 runs from 6 innings with a strike-rate of 126.98.

Their watershed season came in BBL 05 as Mike Hussey lead Sydney Thunder to their maiden crown.

Blizzard also mentioned why he has decided to go away from cricket despite being only 33 years old.

“I gave cricket a good crack and I loved it, but now it’s time to be a family man and look for opportunities outside of playing professionally. I’ve got two units of my MBA to finish, while I look to support my wife’s business. Have played cricket for 15 years, 10 of those on the road, that’s where the decision has come from.”

Hailing from Shepparton,Victoria, Blizzard has returned to Melbourne to be with his wife Jess, who runs a talent management business, and young son Eden.

“I’d love to free up a place in the squad for someone young to come through and enjoy similar experiences to what I’ve had. I’m thankful to have played cricket and would love to contribute to Australian cricket moving forward.”

© Cricbuzz



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