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Pakistani legend Younis Khan announces his retirement plans

Two days after his skipper Misbah-ul-Haq announced his retirement from international cricket, veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan on Saturday also decided to bring the curtains down to his glorious 17-year career after the upcoming three-Test rubber against the West Indies, starting later this month.

"People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time," the 39-year-old Younis was quoted as saying. 

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Stephen O’Keefe in the dock for alcohol induced comments

Australian and NSW Blues spinner Stephen O’Keefe has been sanctioned by Cricket Australia for a Level 2 offence under Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct, after being involved in an incident at a Cricket NSW function where he made highly inappropriate comments whilst under the influence of alcohol.

O’Keefe was charged with a breach of Article 2.2.11 of the Code - conduct unbecoming of a representative. As this is O’Keefe’s second offence under the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct, within the last 18 months, a fine of $20,000 was proposed and accepted. O’Keefe will also undergo further appropriate counselling. Given he accepted the proposed sanction and charge, no hearing was required.

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De Kock, Rahul on the rise in ICC Test Rankings

South Africa’s wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, India’s pair of KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav, and New Zealand opener Jeet Raval have achieved career-high rankings in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings which were released on Wednesday following the conclusion of the Dharamsala and Hamilton Tests.

De Kock, who scored a gutsy 90 in the first innings to lift South Africa from 148 for five to 314 all out, has climbed four places to sixth and has consequently become South Africa’s highest-ranked batsman, ahead of Hashim Amla (10th), AB de Villiers (12th) and Faf du Plessis (18th).

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Kane Williamson wins Sir Richard Hadlee Medal

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was recognised at the 2017 ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards function when he was awarded the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal for the second year in a row.

Williamson won the Redpath Cup for first-class batting and was named the ANZ Twenty20 Player of the Year, while his impressive performances across all three formats were contributing factors in receiving the top honour.

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Wriddhiman Saha: "This win is more special because it is against Australia"

A day after India captain Virat Kohli said that he and his teammates are no longer friends with Australian cricketers, wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha said that he would have no problem playing under Glenn Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab in the ensuing IPL and will have to abide by the decisions he takes as captain.

"That will be in the IPL. I have to accept the team's (KXIP) decision. What happened is now in the past. The feeling now is very good after winning the series," Saha, who was a member of the Indian team that beat Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series, told reporters here when asked about playing under Maxwell for Kings XI Punjab.

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