Greg Lamb quits cricket

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket all-rounder Greg Lamb has retired from the game in frustration due to limited game time and low pay.  

“I’m just tired now, I haven’t got enough of the game as I used to,” Lamb told the Daily News yesterday.

“I have a family to support, I wasn’t getting enough money from the game, but I was thinking of giving it one more season. Unfortunately I have to look elsewhere for a living.”

The 32-year-old made his international debut in a Twenty20 international in the West Indies in February 2010 before playing his first ODI in the same series. He played his only Test against Pakistan in Bulawayo in September 2011.

Lamb played for Hampshire in the English County Championship between 2005 and 2009. He returned to Zimbabwe and got a national team call-up following impressive stats with the Mashonaland Eagles.

He them moved to the Manicaland Mountaineers ahead of the 2012-13 season.

 Lamb was among the top 10 batsmen in the Castle Logan Cup that season, sitting on number seven with a total 476 runs from eight matches at an average of 36.61. He scored two centuries and a fifty.

  “It was nice to get a hundred against the Eagles and I also enjoyed life with the Goats (Mountaineers), they are a nice bunch of guys and they do their things very professionally.”

The Harare-born cricketer says he will now concentrate on the family business.

 “I’m into hardware sales, and I would like to coach kids for free because I was also taught the game by others for free.”

Mountaineers coach Gary Brent paid tribute to Lamb.

  “He told me this was going to be his last season, but he did very well in the season and maybe he will change his mind,” Brent said.

 “He was looking at his capabilities as player and the new challenges he’s got with the family.”

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