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Ishaq Dar, Rabbani among 52 senators to retire in March

ISLAMABAD: As many as 52 senators are set to retire after their six-year term ends in March 2018.   Those who are set to bid adieu to the Upper House are 12 each from Punjab and Sindh, 11 each from Khyber Pakhtun­khwa and Balochistan, two from Islamabad and four from the Federally Admi­nistered Tribal Areas (Fata) — will retire on March 11 next year. Prominent among those who will retire include Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan, Mushahid Hussain Sayed,…

Swiss great Hingis quits for third and ‘final’ time

SINGAPORE: Swiss tennis great Martina Hingis announced her retirement on Thursday, signalling the end of a career which took her from 1990s teenage superstar to doubles world number one some 20 years later. The 37-year-old "Swiss Miss" has retired twice before -- once after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine -- but she said the ongoing WTA Finals in Singapore will be her last tournament. "Here we are for the third, and final time," Hingis posted on Facebook, after her 6-3, 6-2 doubles win alongside Chan…

Legend Sangakkara to retire from first class cricket

LONDON: Sri Lankan cricketing legend Kumar Sangakkara said Monday he will retire from first-class cricket at the end of the present English county championship season in September. The 39-year-old -- fifth in the list of all-time Test run scorers averaging more than 57 runs in 134 Tests, making 11 double centuries -- is still in prime form having scored two centuries for Surrey in their match with Middlesex which finished on Monday. However, Sangakkara -- also one of the all-time great limited overs batsmen and a…

Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip to retire from royal duties

LONDON: Britain's Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will retire from public engagements later this year, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. The Duke of Edinburgh, who turns 96 on June 10, is the longest-serving consort in British history, and is still in good health. But he has been reducing his workload in recent years, and said in 2011 that "I reckon I've done my bit, so I want to enjoy myself a bit now". Philip conducted 219 royal engagements last year, and was in good form when he…

25-year-old England all-rounder quits cricket to pursue law career

LONDON: A 25-year-old England and Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari has announced to quit cricket to pursue another career of his choice. The cricketer now intends to begin his professional in law. Ansari made his Test debut for England in last October against Bangladesh, before playing two Tests against India. In a media release issued by Surrey County Cricket Club, Zafar said: “After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my…

Younis Khan announces to retire from international cricket

KARACHI: Pakistani Test cricketer Younis Khan on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket bringing an end to an illustrious seventeen year career.  The 39-year-old made the announcement during a press conference and said that he will step in the field for the last time during the upcoming series against West Indies. "I was under a lot of pressure. Many people are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time," he said appearing nostalgic of his struggle to be a…

‘Misbah to play career’s last Test series in West Indies’

LAHORE: Those hoping for Pakistan Test team captain Misbah-ul-Haq to further continue serving the team for a longer period has some disappointing news to digest. Pakistan’s upcoming Test series in West Indies is going to be the skipper’s last. Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shahryar Khan made this disclosure today during an informal interaction with the media. He informed the journos that Test series in the Carribean will be Misbah’s last. Khan, however, underlined that he had not spoken to Misbah about his…

Australian cricketers Adam Voges, Doherty retire from international cricket

MELBOURNE: Adam Voges announced his retirement from Australian first-class cricket Wednesday, departing the domestic game as the oldest player to score a Test century on debut. The middle-order batsman played 20 Tests, 31 one-dayers and seven Twenty20s for his country in an international career spanning 10 years with a batting average above 45 across all forms of the game. Failing to catch the eye of selectors this year led the West Australian captain to announce his retirement at the end of the current Sheffield…

World Cup top-scorer Klose retires at 38

BERLIN: Germany's prolific Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top-scorer, announced his retirement on Tuesday at the age of 38. The striker, Germany's record scorer with 71 goals in 137 internationals, was without a club after his Lazio contract expired last season and he will now join the national side's coaching staff. Klose hit a record 16th goal in World Cup finals during the 7-1 semi-final thrashing of hosts Brazil two years ago, which saw him overtake former Brazil star Ronaldo. Germany went on to win the…