Bears star Maddy Announces Retirement from Professional Ranks
Warwickshire all-rounder Darren Maddy has confirmed that he will retire from all forms of professional cricket at the end of the current season following a glittering 23-year career in the game.
Maddy captained the Bears between 2007 and 2008 and has won three trophies in seven years at Edgbaston, including the LV= County Championship 2012, the CB40 in 2010, and the County Championship Division 2 title in 2008.
He also won three Test, eight ODI and four t20 caps for England, as well as an additional three major domestic trophies in a 13-year career at his native Leicestershire, prior to joining the Bears ahead of the 2007 season.
Commenting on his announcement, Darren, said: “It’s been a tough decision to make over the last few weeks, but I realise that it’s the right time for me to bow out and give more opportunities for many of Warwickshire’s promising youngsters to come through and help build on the success of recent seasons.
“I’ve enjoyed a fantastic career, which I never thought would be possible when I signed my first professional contract with Leicestershire in 1991. However, it could not have happened without the great coaches, players, staff and fans who have supported me, as well as my family.
“Warwickshire is a great Club to have been part of and I wish Dougie, Jim, and the rest of the playing and coaching squad the very best for the future and thank them for their support.”
Maddy made his professional debut in a Sunday League match for Leicestershire against Derbyshire in 1994, and he has since gone on to make 282 First Class, 361 List A and 87 t20 appearances, scoring a combined 39 centuries in all formats.
Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Darren is one of the most widely respected players in the county game, having won every trophy possible and he has a great record on the biggest stage.
“He’s a great role model for the younger players in the squad and is a very popular guy around the dressing room and with Club Members and supporters. He’ll play an important role for the team in our upcoming Friends Life t20 campaign and we all wish him well in the next stage of his career.”