England’s Colvin quits to take up ICC women’s role

London – England left-arm spinner Holly Colvin retired from international cricket on Thursday to become the new Women’s Cricket senior officer at the International Cricket Council.

England cricketer Holly Colvin (R) celebrates the dismissal of Australian cricketer JE Cameron (L) during the ICC Twenty20 women's Cricket World Cup's final match in Colombo on October 7, 2012 © AFP/File Lakruwan Wanniarachchi
England cricketer Holly Colvin (R) celebrates the dismissal of Australian cricketer JE Cameron (L) during the ICC Twenty20 women’s Cricket World Cup’s final match in Colombo on October 7, 2012 © AFP/File Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

Colvin, 26, was the youngest ever England Test cricketer of either gender when she made her international debut at the age of 15 in 2005, taking three for 67 in the first innings of the Women’s Ashes Test at Hove.

Colvin went on to play five Tests, 72 One-Day Internationals and 50 Twenty20 Internationals, taking 13, 98 and 63 wickets in each format respectively, and was a member of England’s ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and ICC Women’s World Cup winning sides in 2009.

“The women’s game is barely recognisable from when I first started playing, and even in the last couple of years since I took a break from the sport in 2013, the speed of professionalism in international women’s cricket has been remarkable,” said Colvin, who will take up her new post at the ICC’s Dubai headquarters later this month.

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