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Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar today announced retirement from One-Day Internationals.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released Sachin’s statement on the day when team for Pakistan series was to be announced.

“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” said Tendulkar.

“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team.

“The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future.

“I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”

Tendulkar played his last ODI against Pakistan in Dhaka during the Asia Cup, where he made a half-century in India’s victory.

He is finishing with 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs at an average of 44.83. He has scored 49 hundreds, 96 fifties in the format, including a double hundred.

Cricket Australia pays tribute to Ricky Ponting

Cricket Australia congratulated Ricky Ponting on a stellar cricketing career, describing him as simply one of the best ever to pad up for his country.

Ricky Ponting

Ponting, Australia’s 366th Test player and 42nd Test captain, announced earlier today that the Perth Test v South Africa starting tomorrow will be his last.

It will be his 168th Test for Australia, equalling Steve Waugh’s record as most Tests played by an Australian.

CA Chairman Wally Edwards said Ponting’s retirement decision and announcement was typical of the way he had approached his cricket since becoming a first-class player in his teens and a Test player at 20.

“Ricky is always uncompromisingly straightforward and leads from the front – he has made a decision that he believes is best for him, his family and his team,” Mr Edwards said.

“On behalf of Australian cricket, I congratulate him for his outstanding achievements as a batsman, captain and, after he stood down as captain, leader by example”.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said he and Ricky had exchanges messages earlier today after Ponting had made his decision overnight.

“Ricky has had an extra-ordinary career and has made an extra-ordinary contribution, including through the example he has set for other elite players and through the excitement he has given fans, young and old,” Mr Sutherland said.

“There is much to admire, including his pride in his roots at his local cricket club that he spoke so eloquently of at last month’s Bradman Oration, through to the fact that he takes to the field tomorrow for his 168th Test as one of the best prepared players in the modern game”.

“I think his record until he retired as captain was outstanding but my respect for him since then has actually increased, seeing first hand how he stepped back to become a total team player, absolutely committed to his captain, unstinting in his work to help other players and single-minded in his view that everything, including his own ambition, must always be second place after whatever was best for the team”.

Sutherland said it was too early to discuss yet, but he sincerely hoped Ricky Ponting would stay connected to the game in an official capacity after his Test career and after captaining the Prime Minister’s Xl in Canberra in the New Year.

Ricky Ponting announces retirement from Test cricket

Australia’s most successful captain, Ricky Ponting, has announced he will retire from Test cricket at the conclusion of the third Test in Perth.

“My output as an Australian batsman wasn’t good enough.” he told a press conference at the WACA in Perth.

“I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12-18 months. I believe now is the right time to make this decision.”

Scores of 0, 4 and 16 brought retirement to the forefront of his mind, admitting he failed during the big moments, something he prided himself on.

Despite his recent form troubles, his love for the game never waned. “My passion for cricket hasn’t changed.

“I’m looking forward to finishing off the season with Tasmania in the Big Bash with the Hobart Hurricanes.”

Ponting has amassed 13,366 runs in 167 Tests at 52.21, and 13,704 runs in 375 one-day internationals.

VVS Laxman’s Retirement Speech

Indian batting legend Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket.

Laxman ended a sparkling 16 year international career by announcing his retirement during a press conference in Hyderabad.

VVS Laxman’s Retirement Speech

“Firstly I would like to thank you all for coming here at just short notice. I really appreciate it. I would like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

It has been 16 years since I made my international debut for India and I feel it’s the right time for me to move on.

I have always kept the country’s success and need ahead of my personal aspirations and hence while I’d have love to have been contributing to the team’s success especially against England and Australia later in the season I think it’s the right time to give the opportunity to a youngster in home conditions before obviously the tough overseas tours next year.

As a youngster representing India was a dream for me and I’m very grateful to the almighty for blessing me to live my dream. I think very few in our country actually get that opportunity and I feel I’m blessed to have got this opportunity.

I have always felt that through cricket I’ve got an opportunity to serve the country and therefore took a lot of pride in wearing the India cap. I was fortunate to play in an era where the Indian cricket team played some of its best cricket not only at home but also overseas.

I feel that I was very lucky that during this fabulous journey I had a lot of people who encouraged me and without them this journey wouldn’t have been so memorable.

I would take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of them from the bottom of my heart starting with my parents Dr Shantaram and Dr Satyabhama for the upbringing they gave me which helped me face the various challengers and situations I faced in my career with equanimity. Also, and more importantly, for giving me the freedom and independence to pursue my passion of playing cricket.

My maternal uncle, Baba Krishna Mohan, who actually spotted talent in me and probably had the biggest influence on my life.

My wife Shailaja, who has been a pillar of strength to me since our marriage in 2004. She made a lot of sacrifices in her personal aspirations only to make sure I pursue my passion of playing cricket for the country with a free mind.

She has almost single-handedly looked after my two lovely kids Sarvajith and Achintya as I was most of the time travelling with my cricket commitments.

My brother VVS Ramakrishna for all the love and affection he showered on me.

My childhood buddies Rajesh and Parth for the friendship they shared with me.

My teachers in Little Flower High School, especially our physical education sir Mr Jayprakash sir for all the encouragement he and the other teachers gave me early in my life.

My coaches at St John’s Foundation for the support and guidance they gave me. My personal coach Ashok bhai for spending endless hours so that I could hone my skills.

I wholeheartedly thank the Hyderabad Cricket Association for recognising my talent and encouraging me especially at the start of my career. Also, the Board of Control for Cricket in India for giving me an opportunity to play for my country for nearly 16 years.

The National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where I spent a lot of my time especially in the last two years and specially to Ashish Kaushik the physio there, who really worked hard so that I could recover from my back problem.

All my coaches for the various teams I represented both at international and domestic level for motivating and encouraging me to become a consistent performer.

All the selectors for reposing faith in my abilities and giving me an opportunity to serve the country.

All the captains I played under for inspiring me most importantly all my teammates with whom I played and shared the best moments of my life.

I was very fortunate to play with colleagues who took a lot of pride in theirs and the team’s performance and most of them have become legends of the game. The affection, bonding and friendship they shared with me will be definitely cherished by me for the rest of my life.

All the physios, trainers who worked hard for keeping me fit.

All my friends from the media who have always supported me during my career, all my fans and well wishers from India and across the world for all the encouragement they showered on me right through this journey.

I always tried hard to give my best to the team while maintaining my dignity. There must have been times when I must have disappointed them but I can assure it was definitely not for lack of effort. I conclude in all humility by praying to Almighty to take and bless India cricket to reach the highest level in the world in all forms of the game.

Thank you all once again. It’s definitely been an emotional, fabulous and memorable journey which I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Reactions to Brett Lee’s Retirement

Comments and Tweets from Cricketers following the decision of Bret Lee to retire from international cricket.

Reactions to Brett Lee’s Retirement

Michael Clarke: Congrats to @BrettLee_58 on an amazing career. A great ambassador for Australian cricket. Will be missed.

Shane Warne: A huge congrats to @BrettLee_58 on a wonderful career.. You played with, spirit, heart & passion, well done buddy, it was a pleasure !!

Akash Chopra: The man who made my life miserable in Sydney’04 by swinging d ball prodigiously @ high speeds has called it a day. Brett Lee, u were special.

Jason Krejza: Well done Binga on a magic career. Top 5 best blokes ever to grace this Earth. Time to dust the guitar off…

Adam Hollioake: Congrats @BrettLee_58 an amazing career! Pace like fire, agression & all with a smile..wot a wonderful attitude & personality..respect

Pat Cummins: Incredible international career @BrettLee_58 and I’m sure we will keep watching him bowl rockets for a few years yet! #greatman #Jeff

Matthew Hayden: Great bloke and our premium fastest ever Aussie quick bowler – a toast to you and your family. Congrats on a fabulous career #BrettLee

Luke Pomersbach: congrats on a brilliant career mate!!! Now to start your 1 man band!! #legend

Paul Marsh: Congrats to @brettlee_58 on an outstanding career. One of our country’s great players of the modern era.

John Hastings: Congrats @BrettLee_58 on an amazing career.learnt so much from him.one of the great players and great blokes. Thanks bing.

Damien Fleming: Well done @BrettLee_58 Binga awesome Oz career finishes equal with @glennmcgrath11 380 ODI wkts but with 28 less games #seriouslyquick

Shaun Pollock: hey @BrettLee_58 congrats on a fantastic career, sorry that it hand to end this way but all the best going forward!

Tom Moody: Congratulations @BrettLee_58 on a stunning international career a true entertainer it was a privilege to work alongside you. #classact

Michael Vaughan: Congrats on a great career @Brettlee_58 .. Would love to say it was great playing against you but it was frightening most of the time.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Brett Lee retires..never faced him.. never met him but another cricketer who made the game richer by his skills

Kevin Pietersen: @BrettLee_58 congrats on an amazing career Binga! Loved all our battles.. Enjoy your retirement. Chat soon!

Graeme Smith: all the best in your retirement bud.congrats on a terrific career,you can be proud.gonna miss you!hopefully catch up soon…

Paul Collingwood: There’s a lot of happy batsmen out there today! Well done on an amazing career, wore the baggy green with pride. Proper fast.

Jason Gillespie: Congrats champion on a great career. To come back so many times was inspiring, a legend of Australian cricket mate. #respect

Ferveez Maharoof: hey mate! Congrats on a great career and good luck in whatever domestic leagues you be taking part. #legend

Alec Stewart: Congrats @BrettLee_58 on a great career. One of Australia’s finest and certainly one of the quickest! Enjoy retirement mate!

Brett Lee Retirement: Cricket Australia Pays Tribute

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland paid tribute to Lee’s contribution to Australian cricket as both a wicket taker and as an inspiration to kids to take up the game.

“His record as a wicket-taker and leader of the attack is fantastic and speaks for itself but his resilience and ability to bounce back after numerous injuries has also been impressive,” he said.

“On top of this, and this is a significant part of his legacy, Brett inspired young Australians to play cricket and bowl fast”.

Lee retires after a 13-year international career that included 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20 internationals.

He leaves international cricket as the second highest ODI wicket-taker for Australia behind Glenn McGrath (seventh all-time) and one of only four Australians to take more than 300 Test wickets.

National Selector John Inverarity said, “Today one of Australia’s most outstanding fast bowlers announced his retirement. Brett Lee’s record speaks for itself.

“He first represented Australia as an exciting fast bowler in the Boxing Day Test in 1999 and played his last match played for Australia on 7 July this year.

“In that period he captured 310 Test wickets (fourth on the all-time list) and 380 ODI wickets, second only to Glenn McGrath. Including T20s Brett took 738 international wickets and on numerous occasions had an impact with the bat, always in an entertaining manner.

“The statistics only tell part of the story. Brett has been an absolute ornament to the game; a fine player, a fierce and brave competitor, a generous opponent and one who always upheld the highest standards of sportsmanship. He has been a cricketer in every sense of the word.

“The “Spirit of Cricket” has received prominence in recent years. Brett Lee has been the very embodiment of this for 13 years at the international level.

“He leaves the scene having made friends and won respect throughout the cricketing world, not only for his outstanding achievements and wholehearted efforts, but also for his generosity of spirit and readiness to help others.

“Australia’s young fast bowlers have greatly benefitted from his mentoring and the standards he has set in recent years.

“The international cricketing world salutes Brett Lee, thanks him for his wonderful contribution to the game and wishes him well for the future. His ready and defining smile will be missed.”

Brett Lee retires from international cricket

The outstanding international career of Brett Lee came to a close today with the Australian fast bowler announcing his retirement from One Day and T20 Internationals.

Lee, who had originally planned to retire after the ICC World Twenty20 in September, was forced home early from Australia’s recent tour to England due to a calf injury.

“I guess you ask yourself a lot of questions when you’ve been injured or been through a tough time,” Lee said.

 

“It’s been the last two or three nights I have thought about it a lot. I woke up this morning and I knew this was the right day to do it.

“In a team environment you have to be committed 100%, both mentally and physically. Looking at the next two months I just didn’t have that desire any more.

“It wouldn’t be fair on me or the rest of the team if I was to go over there with that attitude – not lack of commitment, but you just get to a point in your life when you decide enough is enough.

“The great run must end. It was going to be post-World Cup [Twenty20]. We had spoken about that with the selectors and that was the time I was going to walk away from the game. But I woke up this morning and just felt like I was ready. It was time to go.”

Lee has also retired from one-day domestic cricket but will still continue to play in the T20 Big Bash League (BBL) as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“There’s still the Big Bash, there’s the IPL. I’m not totally losing my cricket thrill or the chance to play cricket. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to play here [the SCG] again. Obviously it won’t be for the Australian cricket team, which will be sad. But I know I’ve made that right call,” he said.

Lee retires after a 13-year international career that included 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20 internationals.

He leaves international cricket as the second highest ODI wicket-taker for Australia behind Glenn McGrath (seventh all-time) and one of only four Australians to take more than 300 Test wickets.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) pays tribute to Mark Boucher

Cricket South Africa (CSA) acting CEO Jacques Faul on Wednesday led the national body’s tributes to Proteas’ veteran Mark Boucher who has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Boucher’s retirement follows a serious eye injury he suffered during the opening day of the UK tour match against Somerset which will preclude him from playing international cricket again.

He retires as statistically the most successful wicketkeeper of all time with 999 dismissals (one of them as a fielder) in all international formats of the game, including a world record 555 dismissals in Test match cricket. Both of these are figures that are not likely to be challenged for many years.

He also holds the South African record for the fastest ODI century and the world ninth wicket Test match partnership record with Pat Symcox.

“It is sad indeed that Mark Boucher’s retirement from international cricket has had to be announced under such untimely circumstances,” commented CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul.

“We were all looking forward to the contribution he was going to make to the Proteas’ Test series in England and the challenge for the World No. 1 ranking and to salute him on achieving the landmark of 150 Test matches.

“I would like to thank him on behalf of the entire South African cricket family for the wonderful contribution he has made to the success of the Proteas over a period of 15 years. For 14 of those years he has been our first-choice wicketkeeper and has also captained the Proteas in both Test matches and the ODI format.

“The statistics of his career speak for themselves. He has set world Test match wicketkeeping records that are likely to stand for the next decade at least while his batting performances include the fastest ODI century for the Proteas, the sixth wicket Test match SA record partnership with Ashwell Prince, and the world record ninth wicket partnership with Pat Symcox.

“All this has been meticulously recorded but it does not tell us about Mark the Man.

“His terrier-like tenacity has always been the hallmark of his game and he has always been the consummate professional as well. He was always up in the forefront of team training sessions and this was once again the case during the recent training camp in Switzerland.

“But the greatest testimony to his character came during the King Commission of Enquiry in 2000 when he was the recently appointed vice-captain of the Proteas in the wake of the demise of Hansie Cronje.

“At the conclusion of his evidence to the King Commission, the Counsel for Cricket South Africa, Mr. Jeremy Gauntlett SC, stated the following and I quote directly: ‘The United Cricket Board of South Africa will always be grateful for the moral leadership its vice-captain has shown at this time’.”

South African Cricketers’ Association CEO Tony Irish commented:

“I am hardly qualified to talk about Mark Boucher as a wicketkeeper or as a team-mate. His prolific international record over 14 years speaks to that and Graeme Smith’s letter read out yesterday in Taunton has spoken for the team.

“I am, however, able to tell you how the professional cricketers collectively in South Africa see Mark Boucher.

“Yesterday we sent out a request to all of the 225 professional and semi-professional cricketers in this country. We asked them each to give a few words or phrases that best describe Mark Boucher. We made a list of the twelve most featured descriptions given by our players. These are:

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“stalwart and role model / true fighting spirit / the world’s best wicketkeeper / fighter and warrior / the cricket war lord / never say die / best finisher / inspiration in the trenches / big heart cool head / the Proteas iron man / true professional and true friend / the stats don’t lie

“Yesterday and this morning we also received from the players’ associations around the world various tributes to Mark Boucher. All of them wanted to say something about this cricketer and his contribution to the game on behalf of their players. This is an indication of the mark he made with players all over the world.

“Cricket is a very subtle game. The real value and class of a player both on and off the field, is usually best understood by the players themselves, as team mates and as opponents. I want to say this to Mark: the players have spoken, you have earned their respect.

“From a players’ association point of view I want to thank Mark for his contribution to the players’ cause. From the early days of SACA, Bouch was always in the forefront of standing up for players’ rights. He never shied away from a challenge. He is a former president of our organisation who was elected by the players. He has been a true professional, on and off the field.

“We in South Africa love to see warriors and fighters in our national teams. Mark epitomised that for so many people. He has been the “bull terrier” of the Proteas (or as AB put it “our staffie”) for longer than most of us can remember.

“From the past, present and future players of South Africa, thank you Mark Boucher”.

Mark Boucher announces retirement from International cricket

Veteran South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday after undergoing eye surgery following a severe injury this week.

Boucher sustained a serious eye injury when a googly from Imran Tahir cleaned up Somerset batsman Gemaal Hussain but the dislodged bail hit the glovesman on the eye.

“It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play international cricket again,” Boucher said in a statement read out by team captain Graeme Smith.

“I had prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better than I have prepared for any tour in my career. I had never anticipated announcing my retirement now, but circumstances have dictated differently.

“I have a number of thank you’s to make to people who have made significant contributions during my International career, which I will do in due course.

“For now I would like to thank the huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt support during the past 24 hours.

“I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery.”

Smith also gave a personal message to his team mate and friend he has been playing with for the past 14 years.

“Bouch, we have walked a long road together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances,” Smith said.

“For the 14 years of your International career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything.

“You have been a 100 percenter for this team. You have been more than a performer, you have been a motivator, an inspirer, an energizer… and a good friend to many.

“You leave us today with sad hearts, but also with a deep gratitude for your contributions to our team, and to us as people. The fighting spirit you brought to team remains with us.

“We wish you a good as possible recovery from your injury. As we bid you a farewell as an International cricketer and wish you well for your future, we keep you as a friend and respected Proteas warrior.”

Tatenda Taibu quits cricket for Church aged 29

Former Zimbabwe national cricket captain Tatenda Taibu has decided to retire from the sport to devote his life to the church, Zimbabwe Cricket announced Monday.

“I just feel that my true calling now lies in doing the Lord’s work and although I am fortunate and proud to have played for my country, the time has come for me to put my entire focus on that part of my life,” said Taibu in a statement issued by Zimbabwe Cricket.

The 29-year-old made his international debut in 2001, and became team captain three years later – the youngest in the country’s history.  He has played 28 Tests and 150 ODIs for Zimbabwe.