BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Dashing former West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith will retire from domestic one-day cricket for Barbados Pride, ahead of this month’s Regional Super50.
The 33-year-old said he was no longer a part of the selectors plans and though he was hurt by not being able to finish his career at home in this year’s 50-overs tournament, he had little choice but to call it quits.
Barbados and Antigua are the hosts for the 2017 Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18.
“I basically have to make one big decision now for sure and that’s I’m going to send in my resignation from 50-overs cricket for Barbados Pride, banking on the back of not being given the opportunity to finish my career at home,” Smith told Line and Length Network.
“I really wanted to, I’ve asked the selectors, I’ve spoken to them but obviously they had their different plans and I guess I didn’t fit in.
“It was touching, it hurt me a lot because I really wanted – even if it was one game I played in the 50-overs competition coming up – I would have been happy.”
Smith has garnered 3500 runs from 183 List A games at an average of 23 but had a disappointing outing in last year’s Super50 when he managed just 116 runs from eight innings at an average of 14.
Pride reached the final before losing out to eventual champions Trinidad Red Force in the final.
The right-handed Smith, a fixture on the international Twenty20 circuit, said he had been encouraged to end his Pride career at home and was hurt he could not bow out in this way.
“A lot of the youngsters had asked me to finish in Barbados because I had told them I was not going to continue but they really, really wanted [me to finish at home],” said Smith, who quit first class cricket two years ago.
“I really wanted to finish at home seeing that I knew the tournament was going to play at home but life goes on, I can’t really dwell on that.”
He continued: It’s very touching for me because it hurt me a lot but I think I’ve had a lot of good times with Barbados cricket. I can say I’m one of those who are very patriotic. I love Barbados and I would do anything for Barbados cricket and I will hope that the youngsters go on and continue the good work because we’ve been doing some good work.
“For the last two years or so, the team they have put together have been gelling well together and I love to see that camaraderie.”
Smith’s international career has been over for some time. He has not played a One-Day International or T20 International for West Indies in two years, and said he had accepted this reality even though nothing formal had been communicated.
He made 1560 runs in 105 ODIs and 582 runs in 33 T20s.
“I know for sure I’m not going to play for West Indies anymore, I know that for sure – judging from the selections that have gone on before. But I’m not too bothered about that because I have a life to live,” he stressed.
“It’s just for Dwayne Smith now to move on. I’ve had a very good career with Barbados cricket, probably could have been better.
“I had some very fun moments playing with the likes of Corey Collymore, Sherwin Campbell, Philo Wallace … Pedro Collins, Fidel Edwards, Sulieman Benn and then coming along with the youngsters like (Kevin) Stoute, Jason Holder, Shamarh Brooks, Shane Dowrich, Kraigg Brathwaite.”
He added: “My thing was to play for Barbados, finish a good year and let the youngsters take over. But it’s been good for me so I’ll just hope the youngsters continue to do the good work that Barbados has been doing over the years.”