Flower to leave South Australia

Associated Press

Adelaide, July 7:

Former Zimbabwean cricket captain Andy Flower said he has asked to be released from the second year of his two-year contract with state team South Australia, citing family reasons. “The past few years have been extremely turbulent for my family and playing 12 months of the year has taken its toll on me physically,” Flower said. “I do not believe that I would be giving the Redbacks the 100 per cent they deserve from me if I continued, and I also need to give my family a stable environment in which to live.” Flower will continue playing for English county side Essex. Flower, brother of former Test player Andy, has been exiled from his home country following his public protest during the 2002 World Cup when he wore a black armband. Flower and his wife Bec have three children aged 5, 3, and 18 months. “My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in South Australia and although it was brief, we will cherish the memories of our stay,” he said. Association chief executive Mike Deare said he was saddened by Flower’s decision.