While Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect, it shocked everyone across the globe. Although he did go on to say that his decision to retire from the longest format of the game was because he wanted to spend more time with his family, it was pretty abrupt, to say the least.
Former Pakistan cricketer Salman But is seemingly unimpressed with this decision by the keeper-batter. He felt that abrupt retirements are becoming like a 'drama' in international cricket. While speaking on his YouTube channel, the 37-year-old questioned de Kock's decision.
“Players have made sudden retirement a drama. Don’t you think of family when you play overseas leagues for nearly 2 months? Why is it that only Test cricket comes in the way? You are playing cricket in your own country in South Africa. This lack of interest is related to league cricket,” he said.
I have no good words for Quinton de Kock's retirement: Salman Butt
The former Pakistan captain felt that the 29-year-old was prioritising league cricket over international. He even went on to say that choosing leagues over international cricket wasn't right. Thus, he didn't have any good words for QDK's retirement.
“Because cricket boards do not have a say in this, it is freedom at the cost of… I can’t explain. But some cricketers have started feeling that playing league cricket is enough. Why do they need to do the hard yards in Test cricket? This is not the attitude to play international cricket. Sorry, I have no good words for Quinton de Kock's retirement," he said.
It is to be noted that the Proteas player did play the first Test against India and returned with scores of 34 and 21. He was initially supposed to miss the last two Tests as he was on paternity leave, but then went on to announce his retirement in the format itself. As India won the first Test, they currently lead the series by 1-0.