Former Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer takes international break for family commitments

Former Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer takes indefinite hiatus from international cricket to look after his family in Dubai.

FirstCricket Staff, January 11, 2019

Former Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer announced that he would temporarily put his cricket career on hold due to family commitments.

The 32-year-old cricketer has relocated from Harare to Dubai, where his wife works as a pilot, to look after his children.

Zimbabwe's Graeme Cremer ended the day with figures of 3 for 100. AP

File image of Zimbabwe's Graeme Cremer. AP

"With my wife always away flying, I now have a full-time job looking after the kids and settling them into this new environment," he said. "I am hoping this may only be temporary, so I may be able to commute back and forth to Zimbabwe, but who knows what the future holds... that's all I can say at this stage.

"But while I am away I wish Zimbabwe Cricket all the very best in what's to come, and I hope to join the boys again in the future," said the leg-spinner.

Having made his international debut in 2005, Cremer played 19 Tests, 96 ODIs and 29 T20Is, picking up 57, 119 and 35 wickets in the respective formats.

Givemore Makoni, Zimbabwe Cricket's managing director, appreciated Cremer's contribution to the country’s cricket.

"Your wickets, numbers and everything you have contributed to our game speak for themselves and we as ZC are proud of you," Makoni said. "Your services will be greatly missed but we hope to have you in our national colours again soon. In the meantime, we send our best wishes to you and your family."

Cremer last played international cricket in March 2018 when Zimbabwe hosted the ICC World Cup qualifiers. Having failed to qualify, he lost his captaincy and later was dropped from the side. However, when his return to national colours was imminent, he suffered a knee injury, he underwent surgery that kept him out of action for a long time.

Updated Date: Jan 11, 2019

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