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Monday, August 10, 2009

New Zealand Women Captain Haidee Tiffen Announced Retirement from International Cricket

(This entry was originally published on Tuesday, March 31st, 2009)

Following New Zealand women’s 4 wicket defeat at the hands of England women in the final of recently concluded women’s world cup, New Zealand captain Haidee Tiffen has decided to quit international cricket after representing New Zealand for 10 long years. No doubt, Haidee Tiffen has already become one of the most successful all rounders in the history of women’s cricket and she was one of the key players for New Zealand in the last one decade. While talking about her retirement, Tiffen said that she had thought about it for sometime before taking the final decision. She said that she felt it was the right time to say good bye to international cricket.

Haidee Tiffen broke into the international arena in 1998-99 season when she was just 19 years old and since then, she turned into one of the most influential all rounders of women’s cricket and she is considered to be one of the greatest ever woman cricketer New Zealand has ever produced. While taking about the biggest achievement of her career, Haidee Tiffen said that New Zealand’s world cup winning in 2000 was her best achievement during her illustrious career, but she did also mentioned that making it to the final of 2009 world cup was also a very special achievement for her. Here, it is notable to mention that Haidee Tiffen was the captain of this year’s world cup and led the Kiwis to the tournament final before being lost to the eventual champion England.

Haidee Tiffen represented New Zealand in 117 ODI matches, scoring 2319 runs at a modest average of 30.72 with one hundred and 18 fifties. She also has 49 ODI wickets at an average of 19.48 with 4 for 43 being her best bowling performance. Playing 2 test matches, Tiffen scored 124 runs with the highest score being 66. Haidee Tiffen was an influential figure in women’s cricket in New Zealand. She is still 29 and I think, she could have continued her career for few more years. I do not know why she called it a day so early, but I guess, the loss in the world cup final against England might have played a role behind her early retirement.

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