Peter Chase of Ireland has announced his international retirement
On June 9, Irish international Peter Chase announced his retirement from international football, bringing an end to an eight-year career.
Chase, 28, made his Ireland debut in a List A match against Sri Lanka A in 2014 and went on to make 43 appearances for the Men in Green. During a spectacular time at his home club pitch of Malahide during a T20I in 2018, Chase grabbed 60 wickets, with a best of 4-35 against India (during the two-match series Chase dismissed Virat Kohli twice – grabbing 5 wickets at an average of 15.4).
Chase was a regular member of the Leinster Lightning side that dominated the Inter-Provincial Series over the last nine years (taking 86 wickets across 54 matches for the province), and he also played for Durham County Cricket Club, making his first-class debut in August 2014, taking 11 wickets in three games – including a five-wicket haul against Nottinghamshire.
This is what Chase had to say about his retirement –
“After suffering a year-long injury during 2021, I was excited and motivated for the 2022 season. However, during the recent tour to Namibia, I suffered another season-ending injury during only my third game back, which was a tough one to take. I love representing Ireland, and I pride myself on my work ethic and resilience, however, I have been unable to play over the past two seasons. With the likelihood of no representative cricket for another year due to this injury, I feel it is the right time to move on and start something new.
“I am so proud to have been able to represent Ireland and I have loved every second of it. I got to live out a childhood dream and travel the world playing the game I love with my friends.
“There are numerous memories and experiences of playing for Ireland that I will cherish, but the one that really sticks out for me is the games against India at a sold-out Malahide. To perform well at my home ground in front of my friends and family was surreal. I will never forget walking into the clubhouse after that first game. The reaction was crazy. If you didn’t know the result, you would have thought Ireland had won the game! Getting to experience that moment with my family and friends was special.
“There are many people to thank for helping me throughout this journey. Firstly, I would like to thank my parents Karl and Hilary, my brother Simon and my partner Marita. Without your sacrifices, I would not have been able to fulfill this dream. I will be forever grateful for your support. I owe a lot to so many coaches and I thank everyone who has contributed to my career. I thank Richard Holdsworth, Phil Simmons, John Bracewell, and Graham Ford for giving me the opportunity to represent my country, and Brían O’Rourke for helping me to kickstart my career in Durham. In particular, I would like to thank Pete Johnston for his help and guidance through some particularly challenging times. I thank Cricket Ireland for the privilege and honor of representing my country, and my teammates for helping me to create memories I will never forget.
“Although this has been a very tough decision, I am excited about the opportunities that await. Having now completed my Masters, I am exploring professional options within the corporate world, and I am looking forward to starting this new journey.
“Finally, I would like to wish Heinrich, Andrew, and all the players every success in the future. I look forward to watching on as a fan, and I will always be backing green.”