Twitter reacts to AB de Villiers's retirement from international cricket

South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers announced his retirement on Wednesday from international cricket with immediate effect.

The 34-year-old’s shocking decision to hang up his boots comes just four days after he completed another Indian Premier League (IPL) season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “After 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals, it is time for others to take over. I have had my turn, and to be honest, I am tired.

“This is a tough decision, I have thought long and hard about it and I’d like to retire while still playing decent cricket. After the fantastic series wins against India and Australia, now feels like the right time to step aside.

“It would not be right for me to pick and choose where, when and in what format I play for the Proteas. For me, in the green and gold, it must be everything or nothing. I will always be grateful to the coaches and staff of Cricket South Africa for their support through all these years. The most important thank you goes out to all of my team-mates throughout my career, I wouldn’t be half the player that I am without the support throughout the years.

“It’s not about earning more somewhere else, it’s about running out of gas and feeling that it is the right time to move on. Everything comes to an end. To the cricket fans around South Africa and the world, thank you for your kindness and generosity, and today, for your understanding.

“I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas.”

De Villiers has played 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals and 78 T20 Internationals for his country.

Mark Waugh slams India over D/N Test snub

Former Australian international Mark Waugh has lashed out at "selfish" India for snubbing to play a day-night Test match during their tour of Australia later this year.

Cricket Australia wanted the first Test to be played under the lights in Adelaide from December 6. But India, who are yet to play a day-night format, said they were not ready in playing in such a high-profile series.

The Baggy Green have played four day-night Tests since 2015, three of them in Adelaide itself, winning them all.

Waugh, 52, said the decision from Indian cricket was not only disappointing, but selfish given the falling popularity of Test cricket.

"It's a little bit selfish from India's point of view because we need to revitalise Test cricket," the retiring selector said in The Australian newspaper on Thursday.

"Day-night Test cricket in some countries is going to be one of those ingredients that could transform Test cricket back to where it should be."

India to tour Australia from November 21 to January 19 with four Tests, three T20 internationals and three ODI's games on the schedule.

Twitter reacts to Justin Langer's appointment as Australia head coach

The former Australian opener Justin Langer has been appointed as Australia's new head coach, succeeding Darren Lehmann, who resigned following the ball tampering incident that took place in South Africa.

Langer, 47, who is currently in charge of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers, will start his new role on May 22 for a four-year term.

He made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1993 and has since gone on to make 105 Tests for the Baggy Greens, scoring 7696 runs. He also appeared in eight ODIs for the country.

Langer's first assignment gets underway on 13 June when the Aussies travel to England, with five one-day internationals and a sole Twenty20.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Langer's appointment...

Fans react on Virat Kohli’s new look

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is renowned as one of the most stylish cricketers in the world.

Kohli, 29, never keeps himself out of new styles and new looks. In mid-way through the ongoing IPL season, the right-handed batsman has shared an update that has the social media going gaga about his new look.

Kohli posted a picture of himself in his new look. He is seen wearing glasses with rounded frames with a very amused expression on his face.

Here is the new look of Virat Kohli.

virat kohli hairstyle 2018 summers

The fans around the world draw an uncanny resemblance of Kohli to Harry Potter. Here is how the supporters reacted to Kohli’s new look.

29 April, 2018

UAE could host IPL in 2019 due to General Elections

The next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) could likely to take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the country’s general elections set to take place in 2019.

The 12th season of the IPL set to get underway on March 29 to May 19 next year but BCCI are fully aware that there remains a possibility of general elections happening during that time of the year.

“Well, we will only take a call when the situation arises, but we are ready for any such eventuality. United Arab Emirates looks to be the most likely country where it would be shifted if need be,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

“UAE’s time zone suits the Indian audience unlike South Africa,” he stated.

IPL matches could be played at three venues — Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Previously, it happened twice in the past due to general elections. In 2009, the IPL was shifted to South Africa while in 2014, the first part of the mega-rich T20 league was held in the UAE.
26 April, 2018
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