Ryan Carters, batsman and wicketkeeper for the New South Wales Blues and the Sydney Sixers, today announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket.
Carters, who began his career with the Victorian Bushrangers in 2009, before shifting to NSW in 2013, is leaving the game to pursue higher education with the goal of leadership and service.
“In Australia, as in many other countries, professional sportspeople have a reach and reputation, an ability to influence, that is far outside the boundaries of their sporting achievements.” Carters said. “I've never been more grateful for that than when I founded Batting for Change and watched it grow and directly transform the lives of disadvantaged young women in need of higher education.”
Carters, whose career highlights include winning the Sheffield Shield and Matador One Day Cup with the NSW Blues, and scoring 209 against New Zealand while representing the Cricket Australia XI in 2015, has opted not to see out the remainder of his contract with the NSW Blues.
“I’m extremely grateful for the support of Cricket NSW since I started at the Blues in 2013 - it has been a wonderful place to play cricket. However, I’m now ready to pursue new kinds of challenges.”
Carters says the way forward after cricket will start with learning.
“I've had twin passions in my life since I can remember - cricket and learning.” Carters said. “I'm at the point where, after eight rewarding years of professional cricket, it's time for me to follow the other path I've always felt as strongly about.”
After a mixed final season with the bat, Carters struck form in his final innings, scoring an unbeaten century in the NSW Premier Cricket First Grade final to guide Sydney University to the Premiership.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones congratulated Carters for his outstanding contribution to NSW cricket on and off the field.
“Ryan’s retirement comes as a shock at the age of just 26 but he has always had a strong view about life beyond cricket,” Mr Jones said.
“His achievements with Batting For Change have been stunning and have made a genuine and lasting difference to hundreds of women far less fortunate than any of us.
“Ryan is a very good cricketer who was integral to the NSW Sheffield Shield win in 2013-14, scoring 861 runs during the season and making a strong contribution in the final.
“He played the finishing role to perfection so often in the Matador Cup and his marathon innings during the First Grade final to ensure Sydney University the Premiership highlighted an unshakable commitment to all the teams he represented.
“Cricket NSW has been blessed to have Ryan Carters. He will always be part of the NSW cricket family. Well done, and thank you.”