Shepparton’s Aiden Blizzard has retired from domestic cricket after a career that has taken him around the country and overseas.
Having spent time playing in the Indian Premier League, the left-handed batsman has also taken to the field for teams in four different states.
Blizzard was a member of the Sydney Thunder side that held the Big Bash League trophy aloft at the end of the 2015-16 season after defeating Melbourne Stars in the final at the MCG.
‘‘The franchise has come a long way, we’ll always be judged on the field, but the opportunity to change the culture and engage the fans is something I’m really proud to have been involved with,’’ Blizzard told cricket.com.au
‘‘It’s going to be tough to say goodbye.
‘‘The Thunder fans have been very understanding and patient, they’re a unique bunch that have gone through some tough times, but are very loyal.’’
Blizzard, 33, made his first-class debut for Tasmania in 2007, having previously competed with Victoria in list A game matches.
He also joined South Australia in preparation for the 2010-11 Sheffield Shield season, but wherever he went, Blizzard continued to shine in the shortened form of the game.
He was the man of the match in Victoria’s 2007-08 Big Bash win against Western Australia after scoring a quick fire 47 runs off 20 balls.
Having played with David Hussey in that side he then went on to feature alongside brother Mike with the Sydney Thunder.
The 2007-08 win as well as the ultimate success with Thunder marked two of Blizzard’s five Big Bash premierships as another two came with Victoria and one with South Australia.
Such is Blizzard’s prowess in the Twenty20 game, the Cricket Shepparton top division plays for the Aiden Blizzard trophy.
But after all the travelling Blizzard has finally decided to settle down in a stable location and call Melbourne home again.
‘‘I’ve played cricket for 15 years, 10 of those on the road, that’s where the decision has come from,’’ Blizzard said.
‘‘I gave cricket a good crack and I loved it, but now it’s time to be a family man and look for opportunities outside of playing professionally.
‘‘I’ve got two units of my MBA to finish, while I look to support my wife’s (Jess) business.’’