Imran Farhat retires from international cricket

Imran Farhat retires from international cricketImran Farhat, the Pakistan batsman, announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. He made the decision after meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board to get a No-Objection Certificate to participate in the Masters Champions League which starts tomorrow.

Farhat’s decision is in line with the PCB’s policy that requires those wishing to play in the MCL, a T20 tournament for retired cricketers, to sign a letter announcing the end of their international careers, which would be irrevocable in the future. Only then would the board grant NOCs.

Farhat, 33, last represented Pakistan in June 2013, but has been a regular feature in Pakistan’s domestic circuit. He has played 181 first-class matches and 191 List A matches, but was left out in the drafts for the inaugural Pakistan Super League in February. His latest appearance was in a national one-day championship fixture for Habib Bank on January 22.

Farhat, who has signed with the Sagittarius Strikers, joins former team-mates Abdul Razzaq, Saleem Elahi, Mohammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naved, Taufiq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmed, Azhar Mehmood, Hasan Raza, Humayun Farhat, Mohammad Khalil in the tournament.

In all, Farhat, who made his international debut as an 18-year old in 2001, played 40 Tests with three centuries, 58 ODIs with one century and seven T20Is.

AB de Villiers breaks records

AB de Villiers breaks recordsAB de Villiers has taken the one-day game to stratospheric levels, starting in January in Johannesburg when he scored the quickest hundred in ODI history – off 31 balls – against West Indies. He followed it up a month later with the fastest 150 in ODIs – off just 64 balls – against the same opposition at the World Cup. De Villiers smashed a staggering 16 sixes and nine fours in his record-breaking first effort, finishing on 149 from only 44 balls as South Africa amassed 439-2 in the 50 overs, a knock typical of his, and his side’s, 2015 efforts. The Proteas have passed 400 four times in the year, while De Villiers has five hundreds and five fifties, averaging 79.53 in his 18 innings, scoring at a strike-rate of 137.91.

Captain AB de Villiers bags a pair

Zeroes in Centurion: Captain AB de Villiers bags a pair, hat-trick of ducksCenturion, Jan 25: It is not the best of the times for batsman AB de Villiers. The South African captain on Monday (January 25) bagged a pair in the 4th and final Test against England here. Match scorecard With the latest dismissal for zero, De Villiers has now failed to score a single run in 3 consecutive innings. He was out for a duck in the second innings of the 3rd Test in Johannesburg last week.

Today, paceman James Anderson trapped De Villiers LBW to handed him his maiden pair in first-class career spanning 132 matches. The batsman however reviewed the decision but “Hawk-eye” proved the umpire was right. The 31-year-old De Villiers walked back to the pavilion collecting a 2-ball duck. In the first innings, he lasted same number of deliveries before being dismissed caught by Joe Root off Stuart Broad’s bowling. As of today, De Villiers had bagged 7 ducks in his 106-Test career. De Villiers holds the record for not being dismissed for a duck for the longest time in Tests. His first score of 0 came in his 79th innings, against Bangladesh in 2008 at the same ground where he got out today. The series ended for De Villiers with 210 runs in his account from 7 innings. He managed only 1 half century (highest score of 88) and averaged a poor 30. England have already won the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. Recently, there were speculations that De Villiers would retire from the longer version of the game. However, he put those rumors to rest but mentioned that he was not enjoying as much as he should be.

Chris Gayle smashes 50 from 12 balls to match fastest Twenty20 half-century

Chris Gayle smashes 50 from 12 balls to match fastest Twenty20 half-centuryWest Indian opener Chris Gayle, on Monday, equaled the record for the fastest fifty in T20s as he smashed 51 off 12 balls in a Big Bash League match.

Gayle came in to bat for the Melbourne Renegades after they were set a target of 171 runs by the Adelaide Strikers in the 32nd match of the league.

In the first over, off Greg West, Gayle hit four maximums to start the chase. He had gathered 26 runs off just six balls at that point.

He scored just two runs in the second over off one ball after losing his opening partner Tom Cooper for naught. However in the third over, Gayle again went for the kill against Ben Laughlin; two sixes and a boundary followed.

Gayle was on 45 off just 11 balls as the fourth over started. The left-hander was served a tossed up, flighted delivery which cleared long-on easily as Gayle raised his bat to acknowledge the record.

He was later caught behind on 56 off 17 balls with Travis Head accounting for him.

Gayle already holds the record for the fastest century in T20s when he scored a ton off only 30 balls for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.