It is fair to say, by the time most professional cricketers hit 37 years of age, they have already begun to plan for life after their playing career.

Though, if most 37-year-olds were placed in the same position Stevens has been in - where he had been accused of corruption and had his reputation severely damaged - many other players wouldn't have thought twice, before calling time on their career.

The Kent all-rounder had other ideas in the circumstance. After he was cleared to continue his career with the county this summer when he was not guilty of any involvement in last year's corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League, he can now look to finish his career in positive fashion.

Had Stevens been found guilty, he would have faced a lengthy global ban that would effectively have ended his playing days.

But after a difficult six months, Stevens is free to play his part in Kent's forthcoming 2014 season, which could be his last in professional cricket.

The county have enjoyed an excellent close-season so far, where former player Matt Walker has re-signed for the club to become assistant coach. Whilst, Australian fast-bowler Doug Bollinger has also agreed to become available in all formats for Kent in the next campaign.

The news of these two major signings will delight Stevens, who has been one of the county's best players in recent years, but has little support from the young squad around him.

Walker has vowed to try and get the best out of the young players, such as Sam Northeast, Sam Billings, Matt Coles and co. This will help to relieve the heavy burden the 37-year-old all-rounder has had on his shoulders in recent seasons.

In an official statement on Kentcricket.co.uk, Stevens said: "I would officially like to thank the tribunal for their verdict today and in particular their determination of non guilty findings in charges brought against me by the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

"This has been a long journey and I would like to express my gratitude to my partner Katie, my family, friends, Kent County Cricket Club, my fellow peers, legal team and all those who have supported me."

He added: "I can assure all of the fans of the Dhaka Gladiators, the people of Bangladesh and all cricket followers, that I have always played the game of cricket honestly, with integrity and to the best of my ability.

"I have loved playing cricket in Bangladesh, as well as everywhere else in the world and I hope that I will be allowed to continue to play cricket globally."

Stevens will now join up with his teammates, as they prepare for the start of the new season.


Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Topics:
#Cricket
#England cricket
#Bangladesh cricket