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Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif announces retirement from cricket

NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif on Friday retired from all forms of cricket — nearly 12 years after he last stepped out to play an international match for his country. Kaif, who played 125 one-day internationals (ODI) during his six-year career, is famous for his match-winning 87 in the Natwest final against England at Lord's in 2002. The 37-year-old Kaif, a lightning quick fielder and a useful middle-order batsman, decided to quit on the same day he hit the memorable knock — July 13. "It was 16 years back…

Japan captain retiring after World Cup dream dashed

TOKYO: Japan captain Makoto Hasebe has announced his retirement from the national team, on the heels of the squad's heartbreaking ejection from the World Cup in a match against Belgium. "I have decided to end the chapter of my career with the national team with this tournament," Hasebe wrote on his Instagram account. The 34-year-old defensive midfielder's departure from the Blue Samurai could mean a changing of the guard for the team, with former AC Milan striker Keisuke Honda, 32, also saying he plans to retire from…

Iniesta confirms international retirement following Spain’s World Cup exit

Andres Iniesta has confirmed his international retirement after Spain's shock penalty shoot-out defeat to Russia resulted in their World Cup elimination. Among the favorites for the trophy heading into the tournament, Spain joined the likes of Germany, Portugal, and Argentina in making an early exit when Igor Akinfeev kept out Iago Aspas' penalty in Moscow. Iniesta started on the bench on Sunday, coming on midway through the second half as Spain attempted to retake the lead canceled out by Artem Dzyuba's spot-kick, but…

CJP vows not to accept any post after retirement

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday stated in clear terms that he will not accept any post after he calls it a day. The chief justice said this while hearing a case at the apex court's Lahore registry. He said he will make it clear a day before he is to retire that he will not accept any post and that no one should embarrass oneself by holding out such an offer. Justice Nisar asked what is wrong with his visiting hospitals for the sake of people's welfare. What's wrong in asking for…

Shoaib Malik says next World T20 will be his last

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has set his sights on playing at least until the 2020 World Twenty20 and the 36-year-old is aware that he will have to perform consistently to achieve that goal. The former Pakistan captain retired from Test cricket at the end of 2015, three tests after earning a shock return to the side after a gap of five years. He has, however, been a regular member of Pakistan's limited-overs side. "The 2019 World Cup, 50-over cricket, is my last World Cup, but I want to play in the World T20 in…