GLOUCESTERSHIRE'S Michael Klinger has announced that he will retire from the Big Bash League at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Perth Scorchers star is the BBL's second all-time leading run-scorer with 1917 runs.

Klinger has been a pivotal part of the Scorchers' success after crossing from the Adelaide Strikers in 2014, helping them win two titles and reach three finals in five seasons. He made 71 not out off just 49 balls in the 2016-17 BBL finalagainst the Sydney Sixers.

Speaking on his recent announcement, Klinger said: "I have fantastic memories of my time with the Scorchers and I'd like to thank my teammates, coaching and support staff and all our fantastic fans for making my time so meaningful and enjoyable at this great club. Also, a huge thank you to my family for their continued unconditional support.

"I'm looking forward to what the future holds for me in cricket either on or off the field."

Klinger is committed to play another Vitality Blast season with Gloucestershire in the this year. It will be his seventh T20 Blast season at the club. He will captain the side and fill a role as batting consultant.

Scorchers coach and former teammate Adam Voges said Klinger had made an enormous impact on the club.

"Maxy's contribution to the Perth Scorchers has been outstanding," Voges said. "On the field his record speaks for itself and he has played a huge part in our success in recent years.

"Off the field you will not meet a nicer person who always puts the team's needs ahead of his own."