It’s crystal clear after speaking to Ryan Carters on the day he announced his retirement from cricket that he was never meant to chase leather for most of his life, writes Sam Ferris at cricket.com.au.
The 26-year-old has put his bat back in its sleeve for good, walking away from cricket to follow his heart into scholarly pursuits.
“I could definitely have continued playing cricket and I would’ve enjoyed playing cricket but I’ve opted to not see out my contract with Cricket New South Wales,” Carters told cricket.com.au from Bali.
“You only get one chance at life and I’ve decided for me now I want to pursue other things. “I’m really grateful to have played professionally for eight years.
“That’s a long time and I’ve had a really varied and wonderful career in that time but I’m ready to try out some new parts of life because it’s a big world out there and I’m really curious about other areas where I can have an impact.”
In fact, Carters has spent the past four years working with the LBW Trust as the founder of Batting for Change, a charity aimed at supporting disadvantaged women in cricket-playing nations.
Funds are raised by pledges, donations and the Sydney Sixers clearing the rope during the KFC Big Bash League, a concept that netted more than $150,000 last season and has helped build classrooms in Nepal and provide university education to more than 1,000 women in India and Sri Lanka since its inception in 2013.
However, Carters’ involvement with Batting for Change won’t end along with his playing days as the cause prepares to announce new ideas later this year.
“In the next few months I’m looking forward to doing an internship in public policy consulting and also continuing my studies at the University of Sydney in philosophy, policy and economics, as well as working with the LBW Trust in developing Batting for Change,” he said.
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