Peter McGlashan embarks on fresh challenge
The Northern Knights will be missing one of their most senior players next season after long-time wicketkeeper-batsman Peter McGlashan announced his retirement from all cricket yesterday.
McGlashan was this week named in the Black Caps' 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in September and represented New Zealand at ODI and Twenty20 International level in 15 matches between 2006 and 2010.
However, McGlashan has been offered an opportunity to take up a meaningful career beyond cricket and is no longer available for the tournament due to his immediate retirement.
McGlashan leaves professional cricket for a new position as director of sport and wellbeing for the Glenn Family Foundation.
For the past two years, community-minded McGlashan has been the national co-ordinator and an ambassador for Blow The Whistle On Violence, a nationwide campaign through which sports stars have encouraged families and communities to work together to eliminate domestic violence.
While McGlashan undertook this campaign "for love", it led to a meeting with the Glenn Family Foundation. Its founder, Owen Glenn, this month pledged $8 million to deliver a number of initiatives in Otara, where he used to live, building better and safer lives for children and their families.
The project's successful launch saw Glenn offer McGlashan a dream job in a field McGlashan is already passionate about. "It's an incredible chance to make a difference to people's lives, through Owen's vision," McGlashan said.
Considered one of the most innovative players in the game, McGlashan, 33, made his first-class debut in 2000-01 and in 2009 set a New Zealand record with 12 wicketkeeping dismissals in a single first-class match. It was also a world record for the number of catches by an individual in a first-class match.
Northern Knights head coach Grant Bradburn said McGlashan's retirement left a "massive hole" in their dressing room.
"Pete is a hugely experienced and skilful player, particularly in the shorter forms of the game - and that calibre of skills you just don't develop overnight," Bradburn said.
"His amazing ability to innovate and look at things from a different angle, whether it's been through introducing new gear and equipment or using fresh approaches in the middle, have helped the game in New Zealand."
McGlashan said that while he had been delighted to be included in the Black Caps' preliminary squad for the World Twenty20, it quickly became clear to him that he could not justify continuing his cricket career given the scope of his new role.
"I realised I would not feel comfortable standing out there catching balls while that work waited," McGlashan said.
Northern Districts yesterday named nine players who have been offered first-round domestic contracts for the coming season.
Northern Knights' first-round contracts: Graeme Aldridge, Corey Anderson, Brent Arnel, James Baker, Anton Devcich, James Marshall, Daryl Mitchell, Brad Wilson, Joseph Yovich.
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