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No regrets at retirement - Hick

Graeme Hick
Graeme Hick played a record 1214 top class games before retiring in 2008

Worcestershire legend Graeme Hick insists that his decision to retire last summer was the right one following his first public return to New Road.

"I have no regrets," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester. "First-class cricket is defiantly out of my system.

"I've no feeling of wanting to go out there and play cricket again."

Hick was back at his cricketing home for the past 25 years to attend Saturday's opening ceremony of the new pavilion that has been named after him.

"Everyone said when the summer comes you will want to get back out there," he added. "And I would not mind coming here and having a fun game, or something like that.

"But not to got through it all again.

"On two or three occasions, driving along or at home, I have said to my wife Jackie 'I know I made the right decision'.

I'm glad I don't have to go back up those steps if I get a duck. Maybe that's a bit of anger management. By the time anyone gets up the steps they may have calmed down

Graeme Hick

"I would like to find a bit more to do with my time, and hope more media work may come along.

"But I am enjoying having time with my children. Lauren is 17 and Jordan 14 now, and it's the first time I have spent a full summer with them."

Although thrilled at the honour, the ever modest Hick was a little overawed at the idea of having the new pavilion named after him.

"There is a bit of me that is embarrassed," he said. "I feel privileged and very honoured, but I am not the best at praising myself.

"But, when I come down in the summer, I will look at the ground and feel proud of what I have done. I suppose I am now part of the club's history."

Hick is impressed by the new changing rooms, but is happy he will never have to climb the three storeys it takes to reach them.

"I am glad I don't have to go back up those steps if I get a duck," he said. "Maybe that's a bit of anger management. By the time anyone gets up the steps they may have calmed down.

"But they do have a punch bag in the new mini-gym up there so that might help as well."



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