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Tendulkar retires from IPL NEW DELHI: Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying it was the "right time" to stop playing the Twenty20 tournament."This is my last IPL. This has been a fantastic season," Tendulkar said in a television interview after his team's victory in the final on Sunday.Tendulkar is the world's leading scorer in both Test and one-day cricket with an unprecedented 100 international centuries.He has figured in all six editions of the T20 competition."I think this is the right time to stop playing the IPL. I am 40. Got to accept it. This is the best point to say thank you very much to all the supporters and well-wishers," he said.The IPL has been dogged by corruption allegations with three cricketers and some 11 bookmakers among those arrested over spot-fixing, causing outrage in the cricket-mad nation.Dubbed the "Little Master", Tendulkar has scored 15,837 ...

Clarke backs Lyon amid Ahmed citizenship move SYDNEY: Skipper Michael Clarke says spinner Nathan Lyon need not look over his shoulder in England in the coming months despite the looming presence of Fawad Ahmed in the Australian team set-up.Lyon was the only spin bowler named in the 16-man squad for the five-Test Ashes series starting on July 10, but there is mounting speculation Pakistani-born leg-spinner Ahmed will be drafted into the side at his expense.Former refugee Ahmed, 31, will be eligible if ...
Swann glad to be back in the wickets LEEDS: Graeme Swann was delighted to be playing a leading role again as England strengthened their grip on the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.England's premier off-spinner missed the three-Test series in New Zealand earlier this year after undergoing an operation on an elbow injury.He was hardly needed during England's 170-run first win in the first of this two-match series at Lord's last week, with the seamers led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad ...
Pakistan battle back to down Ireland DUBLIN: Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz led the Pakistan fightback as the tourists secured a two-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Ireland in Clontarf on Sunday.Set 230 for victory, Pakistan slumped to 133 for seven at the end of the 37th over but Akmal, with a classy 81 from 85 balls and Riaz, with a hard-hitting 47 from just 35, with eight boundaries took the game away from Ireland in a stunning partnership ...
Swann strikes before Cook piles on Kiwi agony LEEDS: Graeme Swann took four wickets as England established a commanding position on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley on Sunday.At the close, England were 116 for one in their second innings -- a lead of 296 runs -- after Swann starred in New Zealand's second straight batting collapse.England captain Alastair Cook, who opted against enforcing the follow-on, was 88 not out and Jonathan Trott 11 not out. Earlier, ...
England 116-1 against New Zealand LEEDS: England were 116 for one in their second innings, a lead of 296 runs, at stumps on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand in Leeds on Sunday.England captain Alastair Cook was 88 not out and Jonathan Trott 11 not out at Headingley.Earlier, New Zealand were dismissed for 174 in reply to England's first innings 354 -- a deficit of 180 runs.Although New Zealand were short of the follow-on avoidance target ...
Pakistan frustrated by Joyce ton DUBLIN: Ed Joyce scored his first one-day international hundred for Ireland as the hosts set Pakistan a target of 230 to win the second one-day international at Clontarf on Sunday.Conditions were much improved on the cold and wet weather the teams experienced in the thrilling tie on Thursday and Joyce found them to his liking, finishing 116 not out in Ireland's 229 for nine.Joyce came to the middle in the first over after Paul Stirling, ...


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