Local cricketers set to retire

Three of Cayman’s best cricketers seem ready to step aside.

Pearson Best, Steve Gordon and Kenute Tulloch are reportedly on the verge of retirement from international cricket.

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Gordon, Best and Tulloch went to Argentina representing Cayman. Photo: Submitted

News of their expected retirements came after Cayman competed in the ICC World League Division Three competition in Argentina earlier this month.

At this point in time all are continuing to play in the local cricket league and have expressed a desire to continue playing cricket at the club level in Cayman.

Best is regarded as Cayman’s best batsman, consistently making lengthy at-bats in local and international competitions and frequently hitting half-centuries and higher.

Gordon was right up there with Best among Cayman’s most composed and prolific at the stumps, playing balls with both flair and precision regardless of the grounds.

Tulloch was a bowler in the mold of Curtly Ambrose as his tall, lacky frame and high release took many an opposing wicket.

The trio are all at least 40 years of age and have flirted with the idea of retirement in the past.

At this point their retirements are not finalised nor have they been posted to the Cayman Islands Cricket Association.

However all have verbalised their intentions to national coach and technical director Theo Cuffy.

Cuffy explained what he knows.

‘There has been some indication on their part that they would retire. But they haven’t written in anything yet so nothing is official.

‘But they have family obligations and other things on their minds and we all know they’re not getting younger.’

As Cuffy states there is plenty of time for the players to sort things out.

‘How it works is we will have international obligations in a year’s time. They would have to submit something well in advance to let the selectors know what’s happening.’

Ultimately whether or not the players retire right away Cuffy said all have done their country proud.

‘All of those guys have served their country well and I hope they pass on their experiences to the others, especially the younger ones.’

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