Alex Hughes announces retirement from professional cricket, moves into coaching role
Alex Hughes in action (Source: Twitter)
Derbyshire's Alex Hughes bids adieu to professional cricket as the all-rounder is set to join the club as an analyst and support coach ahead of the 2023 season.
As Hughes' role as a player has ended after an 11-year career, he will now serve as an analyst for the county in addition to helping Derbyshire's head coach Mickey Arthur.
Commenting on his retirement, the 31-year-old expressed at getting the opportunity to live his childhood dream. He remarked on his life after retirement which will see him remain with Derbyshire in their coaching setup.
Here's what Hughes said
"I have made the decision to call time on my cricket career with immediate effect. I have lived a true childhood dream in playing professional cricket and representing Derbyshire for the last 15 years, including my time with the Academy.
"Although my playing career has come to an end it fills me with immense excitement to announce that I will be starting the next phase of my life on the coaching staff at Derbyshire. It has always been my dream to win competitions and now I must add as much value as I can to the team in order for the players to achieve that.
"It is such an exciting time to be involved with Derbyshire under Mickey [Arthur] and the coaching team. There is no better place to learn, and I am very grateful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to see what this amazing group is capable of."
One of the products of the Cricket Derbyshire Academy, Hughes debuted for the club in a T20 match against Yorkshire in 2011. He made his initial first-class appearance versus Sussex in 2013.
The all-rounder scored 5,377 runs in 252 matches while also taking 140 wickets.