“When I wore the Maroon Colours of the West Indies Cricket for the first time on debut in ODIs on December 7th, 2006, little did I know that my international career would have lasted 16 years but my passion and love for the sport fuelled me every day,” he wrote in a message on Twitter.
“I’m closing this chapter of International Cricket having played 144 matches and scoring 3,763 runs from all formats.”
On Monday, an Instagram post by Simmons’ management team said that he had written a letter to Cricket West Indies last week, informing them about his decision to become a free agent and pursue opportunities on the franchise circuit.
“I still do extensive training and keep myself relatively fit, so my focus is to continue playing franchise cricket for as long as my body permits,” he wrote. “Hopefully, I can continue to entertain the people of my region and all over the world for a few more years as I’m still timing the ball beautifully and beating bowling.”
Simmons’ international career, as he noted in his tweet, spanned 16 years. He represented West Indies in eight Tests, 68 ODIs and 68 T20Is, scoring 3763 runs across all formats.
He also helped Mumbai to two IPL trophies, in 2015 and 2017, scoring a total of 1079 runs from 29 innings during his time there.
“As your agency, we take this opportunity to salute you king. You are arguably the most under estimated international cricketer in the West Indies,” his agents 124notout said on Instagram. “For that reason, we will accept your retirement announcement as a resignation and we will turn this into a refinement.”