TELFORD VICE, Cape Town
FAMILY and selectorial affairs – in that order – will have Ashwell Prince’s full attention in future following his decision to hang up his batting gloves next week.
Prince, whose appointment as a national selector was announced in June, will play the 653rd and last game of a senior career that stretches back to December, 1994 for Lancashire against Essex at Chelmsford next week.
That the 38-year-old left-hander is the second-highest runscorer in the county championship this season did not get in the way of his decision to retire from all cricket.
“The lads in the dressingroom have tried to encourage me to carry on one more year,” Prince told the Manchester Evening News this week. “But the last thing you want as an ageing player is to get the shoulder out of the dressing room.
“Family is the most important thing in my life at the moment. It is tough on a Saturday morning when I have to watch them play football on Skype or on my phone rather than being there and watching them play and grow up.”
Prince is a veteran of 66 tests, 52 one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international. He played his last test against Sri Lanka at Kingsmead in December 2011.