Sean Williams withdraws pension letter, continues to play for Zimbabwe

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Sean Williams withdraws pension letter, continues to play for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Test Captain Sean Williams has reportedly withdrawn his retirement letter, which he forwarded to the board ahead of the white ball series against Ireland. The left-handed batsman will continue to play for Zimbabwe until his central contract expires, which expires in eight months.

According to a Sunday Times report, Sean Williams has withdrawn his retirement letter he sent to Zimbabwe Cricket ahead of the white-ball series against Ireland. Williams previously stated that he has decided to retire from international cricket after making himself available for the white-ball series against Ireland. However, the veteran left-handed batsman has found no place in the playing XI for Zimbabwe in the first few games in the ongoing T20I series against Ireland.

Prior to his retirement decision, Williams confessed that he is not happy with head coach Lalchand Rajput and his decisions. He added that the environment created by the coach in the team cannot be appreciated and he cannot continue to play for Zimbabwe in such circumstances.

‘I don’t see a way out under the coach’ [Lalchand] Rajput. The atmosphere he has created in the team is bad. There’s too much talk and gossip and that creates mistrust,” Sean Williams said before his retirement decision.

Zimbabwe’s head coach Lalcahnd Rajput has struggled since his appointment in 2018. Under him, the team has a rather poor track record in white ball cricket as they have won just four ODIs and eight T20Is from 29 matches in each format respectively. Along with the head coach, staffers Stuart Matsikenyeri, Douglas Hondo and Shepherd Makunura are also likely to come under scrutiny regarding the ongoing problems in Zimbabwe’s cricket team.

In the ongoing five-game T20I series, Zimbabwe won the first game by three runs, before Ireland won the second game by seven wickets to draw a tie. Williams did not appear in either of the two games.

The 34-year-old, who made his debut for Zimbabwe in 2005, has so far represented the country in 14 Tests, 136 ODIs and 47 T20Is.

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