Former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards might feature in her last cricket tournament after indicating she is contemplating retirement from the sport.
Edwards, who retired from international cricket last year, could look to retire from competitive cricket after the Kia Super League which will be played in August 2017. Captain of the Southern Vipers, the 37-year-old Edwards said this edition of the Women’s Super League might be the last she features in but stopped short of confirming the retirement decision.
Speaking to the BBC Radio Solent, Edwards said: “It might be my last one, but I haven’t made a full decision on it yet. The body and mind need to be at the best to play in this competition, I’m looking forward to the next few weeks.”
Having played in 23 Tests, 191 ODIs and 95 T20Is for England, Edwards retired from the game last year after coach Mark Robinson decided the team needed a different path from where they were in 2016. Having just lost to Australia in the semi-finals of the 2016 World T20, and being told of what lay ahead, Edwards had decided to hang her boots.
She went on to feature in the Kia Super League, where she led the Southern Vipers in 2016 to four wins from five games in the league stage of the competition to help them top the points table. Southern Vipers crushed the Western Storm in the final, winning their first title by seven wickets and with seven balls to spare.
On a personal front, it was a tournament to forget for Edwards, who finished the competition with just 64 runs from five matches at an average of 16. Her strike-rate was just 94.
Edwards was recently a commentator during the 2017 Women’s World Cup and saw her former side regain the trophy by beating India in the final of the competition. England had won the 2009 World Cup and World T20 title under Edwards.
Speaking of her injury, Edwards also said:
“I’m carrying a bit of a hamstring niggle at the moment, but it’s been a long summer so far and I’m looking forward to playing.”
“This is a really good tournament at this stage of the season and T20 is a great format to market women’s cricket. I love being around this group of players.”