Corey Anderson quits New Zealand Cricket and has signed papers of a three-year deal with the franchise-led T20 competition, which – it is hoped – will begin in 2022.
Corey Anderson represented his Black Caps 93 times across all formats in international cricket and holds the then fastest century in ODI history against West Indies in 2014. Anderson played 13 Tests, 49 ODIs and 31 T20I for his country.
Corey Anderson quits New Zealand cricket
Corey Anderson, 29, has left New Zealand cricket after accepting a deal to become part of the USA’s Major League Cricket venture – expected to begin in 2022.
“It’s been a huge honour and extremely proud to represent New Zealand. I would have loved to have achieved and played more but just is what it is sometimes, and different opportunities arise and send you in a direction you never thought would be a possibility. Very appreciative for everything that NZC has done for me,” Anderson said and confirmed the development.
He said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision. I asked myself several questions. What do I want to do now or what do I want to achieve in the next two years, five years, 10 years? As you get older you think about life a little bit more broadly as well.”
“And obviously, my fiancée, Mary Margaret, who’s born and raised in America, she’s had a massive part to play in that because she’s sacrificed so much for me, by moving to New Zealand, getting immersed in a different culture there and supporting me through a lot of tough times with injuries and time out of cricket. So, when the opportunity arose, we thought that living in America is the best thing, not only for my cricket, but it’s the best thing for both of us in general as well,” he added.
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Anderson, who last represented his country in 2018 and has been left out from cricket by injuries in recent years, has spent much of his time in 2020 in Texas, where his fiancée is based.
She’s sacrificed so much for me, says Anderson about his Fiance
“She’s had a massive part to play in that because she’s sacrificed so much for me, by moving to New Zealand, getting immersed in a different culture there and, and supporting me through a lot of tough times with injuries and time out of cricket,” he added.
“So, when the opportunity arose, we thought that living in America is the best thing, not only for my cricket, but it’s, it’s the best thing for both of us in general as well.”
MLC to begin in 2022
Corey Anderson, New Zealand’s all-rounder latest development in signing a three-year contract represents the latest piece of business for Major League Cricket’s ambitious plans -it is expected – will start in 2022; former Pakistan batsman Sami Aslam and ex-South Africa off-spinner Dane Piedt have also agreed terms to participate in Major League Cricket competition.