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Ervine had recently moved from Hampshire to Derbyshire © Getty
Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Ervine has stopped professional cricket on Saturday (September 1) with immediate effect. After leaving Zimbabwe's cricket in 2004 after representing the country in five Tests and 42 ODIs, the left-handed batsman continued to make a great career at Hampshire. He leaves the scene with 11,390 first-class runs and 280 wickets, 5716 runs and 206 wickets in List A cricket, with the exception of 3000-plus T20 runs and 68 wickets.
Announcing the decision via his Twitter handle, Ervine said: "Yesterday I made the biggest decision of my life. After 14 years playing county cricket, I decided to hang my number 7 shirt."
He became one of the most important cogs in the Hampshire cricket city, but after being dropped after a series of poor performances, Ervine moved to the Derbyshire Secondary Division team earlier this season. He failed to produce the points in the two outings he had with Derbyshire and scored only 2, 1, 26 and 22.
The Derbyshire captain, Billy Godleman, said: "Sean shared with the group today that he has been thinking about his career for a long time and he has decided to retire from today.
"Although he has only been with us a few times, we have played against him for many years and he has been a fantastic artist and above all a really good solid cricket man and one of the goodies in professional cricket."
In another recent development, the former Hampshire skipper Jimmy Adams announced his decision to retire at the end of the current season. After his debut in 2002, he collected 14,000 first class runs, 4032 runs in List A cricket and 2643 in T20 cricket.
His skinny show during the current season could have been the reason for his decision. Adams has seen the best of Hampshire's days when he played an important role in winning 50-over titles in 2005, 2009 and 2012. He also won two T20 titles in 2010 and 2012 at the club.