GARY Brent has said his decision to quit the Zimbabwe cricket team was due to personal reasons and desire to leave the game on a high.
Medium-fast bowler Brent, 32, called time on his international career last week alongside short-lived Zimbabwe captain Terry Duffin.
Brent had initially made a comeback in 2006 after he was one of 15 “rebel” players dismissed by Zimbabwe Cricket in 2004 following a bitter dispute with the board.
On his return, he became the leading frontline bowler in a team starved of maturity, before retiring last week.
“I didnâ€™t want to leave when people are saying he should have retired five years ago,” Brent said.
“Itâ€™s time to move on. This is about my future. There are other important things in life other than cricket. I have two lovely kids and a whole life ahead of me.”
A veteran of 70 ODIs and four Tests, Brent said he does not rule out any future involvement with the game.
“I would love to be a coach and hopefully coach the (Zimbabwe) team in the future as I believe I got a lot of stuff to pass on.”
Brent said despite not altogether satisfied with his two international spells, he feels particularly pleased with the last one.
Iâ€™m not satisfied. No one can be satisfied,” he said. “But I feel I have played my best cricket in the last two years than I did in my first spell, which was eight or so years. Iâ€™m chuffed to have achieved that.”
Brent said he was confident selectors would easily find a replacement, naming some uncapped players as “the future of Zimbabwe.”
He said: “There are some talented seamers coming through, in particular Jaiq (Taurai Muzarabani) and Prosper (Tsvanhu). They are great prospects and they are going to get better and better. They are nice kids as well.
“Theyâ€™ve got good work ethics. There are other talented players but I donâ€™t believe they have the right attitude, which is very unfortunate.”
Zimbabwe coach Robin Brown said Brentâ€™s retirement has robbed his team of invaluable experience, but hoped it will not destabilise the young side.
“It has left a huge dent,” Brown said. “He was very useful to the team. He had some match-winning performances for us and helped out the younger guys as a senior player.
“Weâ€™II miss him terribly, but there are quite a few suitable replacements waiting in the wings. Chris Mpofu has found his form again and there is the likes of Ed Rainsford and Tawanda Mupariwa in the frame.”
By Enock Muchinjo