Australian cricketer Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from the Big Bash League (BBL), signaling a likely end to his illustrious T20 career. Finch, known for his powerful batting performances, has been one of the leading run-scorers in T20 cricket and has played a pivotal role for the Melbourne Renegades in the BBL.
In a statement, Finch revealed that he will be ending his T20 career after the current season with the Melbourne Renegades. While his retirement announcement is specific to the BBL, it is understood that Finch is unlikely to pursue opportunities in mainstream T20 leagues overseas. However, he may continue to participate in legends tournaments to stay involved in the game.
Reflecting on his decision, Finch expressed gratitude for his time with the Renegades, highlighting the special significance of winning the BBL title. He also expressed pride in representing a single club throughout his career, emphasizing the impact the Renegades have had on his life and career.
Despite not being a part of the Renegades’ playing XI in recent matches, Finch may be given a farewell appearance in the upcoming game against the Melbourne Stars on January 13. With the Renegades unlikely to qualify for the finals, this match could provide an opportunity for fans to bid farewell to the veteran cricketer.
Finch’s retirement from the BBL marks the conclusion of a remarkable T20 career, during which he has achieved significant milestones. He currently stands as the seventh-highest run-scorer in T20 cricket, amassing 11,458 runs at an impressive average of 33.70 and a strike rate of 138.21. His highest T20 score of 172 came for Australia against Zimbabwe in 2018.
In addition to his success in T20 cricket, Finch had previously announced his retirement from international cricket in February 2023. He had captained Australia to victory in the 2021 T20 World Cup, showcasing his leadership and batting prowess on the global stage.
The decision to retire from the BBL and likely from T20 cricket as a whole has drawn praise from his colleagues and the Renegades’ management. David Saker, the head coach of the Renegades, commended Finch for his outstanding contributions to the team and his leadership qualities. Similarly, Renegades’ general manager, James Rosengarten, acknowledged Finch’s impact on the club and the BBL, recognizing his role in enhancing the league’s profile and attracting fans.