West Indies icon Chris Gayle ended his List A career for Jamaica with a century, leading his team to victory in the process.
The 39-year-old had had announced that Jamaica’s match against Barbados in the Regional Super 50 at the Kensington Oval will be his last in white-ball cricket for the team.
The left-hander smashed 122 from 114 balls before picking up a wicket to help his team defeat Barbados by 33 runs.
In an emotional match in Bridgetown, regular captain Nikita Miller handed over the captaincy to Gayle. The opener went on to hit his 27th List A ton as Jamaica were bowled out for 226. In the chase, Barbados were dismissed for 193 with Gayle taking 1-31 with his off-spin.
Gayle said he wants to play one four-day match for Jamaica before calling it a day.
“It’s very pleasing to get a hundred in my last 50-over game for Jamaica, it’s something I will always cherish,” said Gayle.
“To lead the team to a win makes it more special. It’s been a pleasure representing my country, more so captaining them. I’m thankful and grateful to be standing here aged 39 and still get a century in my last game for Jamaica.
“There’s a lot in the tank to be honest, but there’s life after cricket, so have to enjoy life as well. Playing cricket for over 25 years has been a great achievement, but I have a family now. I have to gel with them as much as possible and watch your kid grow.
“It’s possible that I’ll play a four-day game at Sabina Park. If possible, I will definitely play a four-day game. I don’t know when it starts but I’ll look into the schedule and make myself available.”
Gayle received a guard of honour from both camps as he walked out to bat.
The ICC on Monday charged three Hong Kong cricketers for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code on a total of 19 counts and provisionally suspended them with immediate effect.
Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed and Haseeb Amjad are the three players who have been sanctioned by the governing body after they admitted to breaching the code.
Irfan Ahmed, who has previously been banned for a period of two and half years on for a similar offence, has been charged with nine breaches while the remaining two players have been charged on five counts each.
The charges against the three concerned players range from the period between 2014 and 2016.
“The players have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect pending determination of these charge,” an official ICC release said.
BREAKING: Irfan Ahmed, Nadeem Ahmed and Haseeb Amjad of Hong Kong have been charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.— ICC (@ICC) October 8, 2018
All three players have been provisionally suspended with immediate effect.https://t.co/EFNtZdZFKf pic.twitter.com/gr9wE1oYBt
“The players have 14 days from 8 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the release continued.
The charges against the three players relate to “fixing or contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to an effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect” of an international match.
Irfan and Haseeb last played an international match for Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016 respectively while Nadeem recently turned out for the side in the Asia Cup held in the UAE.
Nadeem was part of the team that secured qualification to the main draw before giving eventual champions India a major scare in their final group game.
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There is plenty of action to look forward to with day two of the First Test between Pakistan and Australia currently underway in Dubai.
10:00 pm – Labuschagne the ‘heartbeat’ of new-look Australia
He has been described as the “heartbeat” of the new-look Australian look team and debutant Marnus Labuschagne certainly lived up to that tag on day two of the first Test between Australia and Pakistan in Dubai.
“I’m just happy I was able to contribute out there in some way,” said Labuschagne.
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8:30 pm – Sohail stays focused
Pakistan’s centurion Haris Sohail revealed he cut out all the noise, including some verbal taunts from the Australian players, to notch up his maiden international century during the first Test in Dubai.
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5:30pm – Australia openers end day two unbeaten at Dubai
Australia’s brand-new opening pair of Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuchagne have seen off a tricky phase of 13 overs to end the play on day two of the first Test against Pakistan at Dubai.
Tim Paine’s men picked up five wickets in the final session to bowl Pakistan out for 482 runs in their first innings before Finch and Labuschagne added 30 runs without any loss in their reply.
4:30pm – Pakistan post 482 in first innings of Dubai Test
Pakistan’s first innings in the Dubai Test against Australia has drawn to a close with Sarfraz Ahmed’s men posting 482 runs on the board. Resuming from their overnight score of 255-3, Pakistan’s batsmen were in fine flow in the opening two sessions before Australia bounced back hard in the final session. Asad Shafiq was dismissed on 80 while Haris Sohail registered his maiden Test ton.
Follow the live action from Australia’s first-innings reply here in with our ball-by-ball updates.
3:00pm – Mickey Arthur lauds Virat Kohli’s supreme dedication
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes India’s Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world and has used him as an example to inspire the players in his side.
Kohli is currently ranked as the No1 batsman in both the ODI and the Test formats and has continued his stellar form of late into 2018.
Read what Arthur had to say about Kohli here.
1:30pm – Pakistan going strong on day two of Dubai Test
Pakistan’s batsmen have consolidated on their impressive first day showing in the opening Test against Australia at Dubai. Both Asad Shafiq and Haris Sohail have registered their respective half-centuries as Australia’s toils on the field continue.
The pair took Pakistan to 329-4 at lunch on day two and are still going strong in the second session.
Do not miss the action from this intriguing battle at Dubai by following our live ball-by-ball updates here.
1:00pm – Matthew Hayden survives major surfing accident
Australia batting great Matthew Hayden admitted on Monday that he survived a major scare after sustaining spinal and head injuries during a surfing holiday in Queensland.
The former Australia opener was on a holiday with his family when he suffered the surfing accident on Friday after being taken in by a spill.
Read more on this developing story here.
12:00pm – Chris Gayle declines selection for India ODI series
West Indies stalwart Chris Gayle has declined to make himself available for selection for the side’s upcoming ODI series against India.
The explosive opening batsman has also made himself unavailable for West Indies’ subsequent tour of Bangladesh. The 39-year-old, however, will be available for selection for West Indies’ home series against England as well as the 2019 ICC World Cup next year.
Read more on this breaking story here.
10:15am – Waqar Younis says Asia Cup a reality check for Pakistan
Former coach Waqar Younis has declared Pakistan’s disappointing Asia Cup campaign served as a ‘reality check’, insisting every ODI series from now on will be key ahead of next year’s World Cup.
The Champions Trophy winners had a tournament to forget in the UAE as they were outclassed by arch -rivals India twice, while also suffering a 37-run loss to Bangladesh which condemned them to a Super Four-stage exit.
Read the Pakistan legend’s quotes in full here.
10:00am – India beat Sri Lanka to U19 Asia Cup title
India sealed another Under-19 Asia Cup after thrashing Sri Lanka by 144 runs on Sunday. Yashasvi Jaiswal top-scored with 85 while Anuj Rawat (57), Simran Singh (65) and Ayush Badoni (52) all hit fifties as India set an imposing total of 304-3 in Dhaka.
In reply, the Sri Lankans fell way short of their target with Nishan Madushka (49) hitting his side’s best score as spinner Harsh Tyagi saved his best till last with a devastating six-wicket spell.
Read more on India’s triumph here.