Wellington: Former New Zealand Test fast bowler Iain O'Brien has apologised for an April Fool's prank in which he announced on Twitter that he was coming out of retirement for a second time. He had earlier retired from international cricket in 2009 but attempted a comeback when he joined Middlesex the following year.
The 35-year-old O'Brien, a prolific blogger, took 73 wickets in 22 Tests for New Zealand and made county appearances for Leicestershire and Middlesex before injuries forced his complete retirement from all cricket earlier this year.
He apologised on Monday, saying the prank "was meant to be harmless fun", but had misfired.
In an April Fool's prank on Twitter, the former Kiwi bowler announced that he was coming out of retirement.