Charlotte Edwards retires after a 20-year career in the international women cricket team.
During this period she won 309 caps, scored over 10,000 runs, and led the women’s team 220 times. Edwards career includes four Ashes series wins and victories in the Wold Twenty20 and the World Cup.
This year’s semi-finals of the World Twenty20 held in India was her last international appearance. As the England team was defeated, the new coach, Mark Robinson, criticised her and the evolution of the team in a public conference.
The remarkable overall results brought her several awards, like the ICC Women’s Player of the Year in 2008, a CBE in 2014 in the Queen’s Birthday list, and the title of a Wisden Cricketer of the Year, becoming the second women ever to receive this recognition.
Edwards declared that it was a difficult decision to leave the international women’s team, but she believes that it is time to pass the position to somebody else. She added that the new captain has in plan to build a new team and she fully supports his decision.
Clare Connor, the ECB director of England Women’s Cricket, publicly appreciated the evolution of Charlotte and declared for The Guardian:
“It is impossible to quantify Charlotte’s contribution to England women’s cricket in a few words, so great has her influence and inspiration been as a leader, and so prolific her record as a batsman. She has given everything to playing cricket for England and the game will forever owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”