Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Veteran Melbourne Stars left-arm spinner Michael Beer has announced his retirement from the Big Bash League (BBL).
Beer, who has represented Australia in two Tests, has featured in all eight seasons of the BBL and played for the Perth Scorchers in the first three, where the franchise lost in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 finals.
He then moved to the Stars in the 2014/15 season and was once again on the losing side in the 2015/16 final.
In the ongoing season, Beer has only featured in three games and gone wicketless.
“When I first came to the Stars I probably wasn’t enjoying my cricket as much, but the Stars made cricket fun for me again,” the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “I’d really like to thank the players and coaches I’ve been fortunate to work with over the years at the Stars, as well as the club staff and the board for all the support and opportunities they’ve given me and my career both on and off the field.
“I’d also like to thank the WACA [Western Australia Cricket Association], Perth Scorchers and Cricket Victoria for my time with them, I’ve been lucky to learn so much from each team I’ve played with.
“I’m very excited about the next phase of my life, spending time with my family and putting more focus into my coaching. I still really enjoy being around the game and look forward to building on some of the coaching opportunities I’ve had this year.”
Stars coach Stephen Fleming lauded Beer for the impact he has had and the contributions he has made since joining the franchise.
“Michael Beer has played a pivotal role at the Stars, contributing consistently with the ball and a key to our spin strategy for many years,” Fleming said. “We want to thank him, not just for the brilliant job he’s done on-field, but his all-round service to the club.
“Over the past 12 months he has developed as a mentor for our younger players, and particularly our bowlers, in both the men’s and women’s teams and I can see great potential for him to continue with that in the future.”