Cape Town - Ex-Proteas batsman Ashwell Prince on Tuesday confirmed that he will retire from cricket at the end of the current English county season.
The 38-year-old, who was recently also named as a Proteas selector, is currently Lancashire’s leading run scorer in 2015 with over 2 000 runs in all formats.
The Port Elizabeth-born batsman has scored over 18 000 runs in 286 first-class games, including 45 centuries and 89 fifties at an average of 44.
He made his South Africa Test debut in February 2002 against Australia and went on 119 appearances for his country.
He has enjoyed three spells with Lancashire County Cricket Club and was capped by the Red Rose in 2010.
Prince had initially intended to retire last year, but decided to extend his stay at Lancashire until after the 2015 county season.
He wrote his name into the Lancashire record books earlier this season during the County Championship match against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay when he and compatriot Alviro Petersen shared a 501-run partnership - a club record for any wicket and the third highest for a third wicket partnership in first class cricket history.
“I’ve decided to come to the decision where I’m going to retire from all cricket at the end of the season. I wanted to come back and get the side back up to Division One and that’s been achieved,” Prince told Lancashire’s official website.
“Not only that, but we’ve won the NatWest T20 Blast which was a bonus. The whole squad have been excellent and I’ve absolutely loved my time at Lancashire, (but) there comes a point where family becomes more important”.