Kevin O'Brien has confirmed his retirement from international cricket.

Ireland's most capped player issued the following statement on social media.

Tellingly there is no mention of the governing body, who opted not to give O'Brien a contract for the 2022 season.


Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country. I had hoped to finish my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia but having not been picked for the Irish squad since last year's World Cup, I feel that the selectors and management are looking elsewhere.

I have enjoyed every minute playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side. Id like to take this time to thank all the coaches I have worked with, but in particular Adi Birrell for putting faith in me and giving me the opportunity to play international cricket in 2006 and also Phil Simmons, for the 8 very enjoyable and successful years we shared together with the national team. A special mention too for all my youth coaches through Railway Union CC and Leinster youth systems, especially Bran O'Rourke.

Id also like to thank my family for the support, advice and guidance they have all given me, and in particular Mum and Dad for helping me so much in the early days. To Niall too, to be able to share the field and the changing room with my older brother for 12 years was something I am incredibly grateful for, amazing times.

To my wife, Ruth-Anne, all I can say is thank you. The time you have put into our family while I was away playing overseas, Ill never be able to fully express my gratitude. The positive support you have showed me over the years, but particularly most recently you have been monumental. To Eleanor and Michael, you are the most special people to me and during any of the times when cricket didnt go so well, it was made all the more easier when Id come home and see two happy faces. To Ruth-Annes immediate family, Cormac, Anne and her brother Michael, and all the extended family, thank you for everything.

To the fans, not just in Ireland but around the world, I hope you enjoyed watching the way I played cricket. All of my proudest moments and favourite memories were playing in front of Irish fans whether in Ireland or overseas, so thank you for the incredible support over the years.

To all of my Irish team-mates, from my debut back in 2006 and for the next 15 years, thanks for the camaraderie, banter, fun and memories of pulling on the green jersey together, I wish you all well.

It's now on to the next stage of my life and my career for me, the time is right. I want to continue to grow my own Coaching Academy here in Ireland and I have some exciting opportunities coming up in the near future. I also want to continue to gain coaching experience overseas and hopefully will have more opportunities with some international and professional sides in the near future.

For now, thank you.