The wholehearted left arm fast bowler made the announcement on Monday, ending a 15-year career as one of the state’s most successful cricketers.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said that Bollinger gave his heart and soul to the Blues and will be sadly missed.
“Doug was a larger than life presence on and off the field,” Mr Jones said. “Whether it was charging in full throttle for another delivery, celebrating a wicket with unrestrained joy or being the personality of the dressing rooms, he was always imposing himself on the game.
“Finishing his career as ninth on the list of NSW first class wicket takers and playing all three forms of the game for Australia is a remarkable achievement given he did not play cricket until he was 15, joining local club Seven Hills-Toongabbie RSL in Sydney’s west.
“For someone who simply wanted to play with his mates in the park, Doug’s 290 wickets for NSW make him the state’s third most successful fast bowler of all time behind Geoff Lawson and fellow left armer Mike Whitney.
“Doug will always be an important part of the NSW Cricket family.”
Sydney Sixers General Manager Dom Remond praised Bollinger for being a committed member of the Sixers Club for the past few seasons.
“He is an absolute crowd favourite and his humour and entertainment factor will be missed. We wish him and his family well in their next chapter and congratulate him on a fabulous career,” Mr Remond said.
Bollinger is grateful for the opportunities he received given his humble beginning as a cricketer.
He particularly thanked Steve Rixon and Trevor Bayliss, who were the Blues’ coach and assistant coach when he began.
“I was pretty raw and they gave me a really good chance at cricket,” Bollinger said.
“My first captain for NSW was Steve Waugh, which was unbelievable.
“I played under some great captains and players for NSW and Australia including Steve, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting.
“To play for 15 or 16 seasons with the SCG as my home ground has been amazing.
“It’s been a great ride. I met so many wonderful people and achieved the ultimate ambition of playing Test cricket for Australia.
“A special thank you to all the great people at Cricket NSW who helped me on my journey.
“Now it’s time for the next stage of my life with my wife Tegan and my children Skye and Liam. I couldn’t have achieved everything I have without them.”