Benaud to retire in 2010
Sydney: Richie Benaud announced Wednesday that he will retire next year, ending nearly half-a-century of broadcasting which made him an icon. “I’ll be doing Australian cricket next year, 2010, but I don’t do any television at all anywhere else now and when I finish next year, then I’ll be doing other things,” Benaud, 78, told local radio. “That’ll be no more television commentary.”
The former Australian captain has worked in the commentary box since retiring from Test cricket in 1964, appearing extensively on Australian and British television. Famed for his bowl haircut, beige jackets and engaging commentary, Benaud hung up the microphone for British television after the 2005 Ashes series.
Tanvir left out
Karachi: Pakistan have dropped pace bowler Sohail Tanvir and allrounder Shahid Afridi for the first Test against Sri Lanka starting on Saturday.
THE SQUAD: Younis Khan (capt), Misbah-ul Haq, Salman Butt, Khurrum Manzoor, Ahmed Shahzad, Faisal Iqbal, Shoaib Malik, Asim Kamal, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Mohammed Talha, Yasir Arafat.
Calcutta: Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, Kolkata Knight Riders' new recruit for the second edition of the Indian Premier League, will return to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) men’s scholarship programme at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence (COE) for the second season. Henriques made his debut for Australia when he played his first Twenty20 International last Sunday against New Zealand.
Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) doctor Trefor James has said that embattled allrounder, Andrew Symonds does not need surgery to heal a career-threatening knee injury and may soon return to competitive cricket. Symonds met with a specialist here and was relieved to hear that he does not have to go under the knife.
Indore: Top seed Arvind Bhat of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) emerged men’s champion in the 73rd Senior National Badminton Championship. In the final, he beat compatriot P. Kashyap 21-19, 21-14 here Wednesday. Sayali Gokhale was the women’s champion. Air India’s Gokhale beat P. C. Thulasi 21-17, 16-21, 21-14 in an absorbing final. In the mixed doubles final, V. Diju and Jwala Gutta (PSPB) beat Karnataka’s Arun Vishnu and Arpana Balan (PSPB) 21-19, 21-17.
New Delhi: Young paddler Soumyajit Ghosh defeated Krisztian Nagy of Hungary to set up a clash against Yi Z .Wang of Poland while Sourav will lock horns with Lin Ma of China in the round of 64 in the ongoing Pro Tour Qatar Open in Doha on Wednesday. In the women’s category, former national champion Mouma Das was the lone Indian qualifier in the round of 32.
Bangkok: Smriti Mehra shot a two-under 70 to lie tied 10th after the opening round of the $120,000 Thailand Ladies Open golf tournament here Wednesday.
Staff reporter & AGENCIES