Tim Murtagh, the seasoned Ireland seamer and a legend of county cricket for an astounding 23 years, has finally decided to hang up his boots at the end of this season. This news comes as Middlesex’s Division One survival campaign reaches its conclusion, with a pivotal clash against Warwickshire at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. If selected for the game against Warwickshire, it will mark the 264th first-class appearance of Murtagh’s illustrious career and a remarkable 91st outing at the Lord’s.
“I’ve had these words mulling around in my head for around ten years, but now is the time to put them onto paper. It’s with a great deal of pride and a tinge of sadness that I announce my retirement from cricket at the end of this season. It’s finally time to hang up the speed menace boots (the irony is not lost on me) after an incredible 25 years of joy playing professional sport,” Murtagh said in a statement released by the club as per ESPN Cricinfo.
“Moving forward, I can’t wait to help the next generation of Middlesex cricketers live out their dreams as I move onto the coaching staff and the next phase of my life,” Murtagh added further.