Eoin Morgan retires from international cricket, ECB confirms
England Men’s white-ball Captain Eoin Morgan Tuesday retired from international cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed.
According to a statement released by the ECB in this regard, Morgan is the all-time leading run-scorer and most-capped player for England Men in both ODI and T20I matches.
“During his 13-year international career with England, the 35-year-old won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as Captain in 2019 at Lord’s, the first time England Men had won the world crown,” the ECB noted.
Morgan was also part of the England team that won the 2010 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean.
During his seven-year tenure as Men’s ODI captain, he guided England to number one in the ICC world rankings, including notable series victories against all the major nations.
- Scored 6,957 runs, including 13 hundreds at an average of 39.75 in his record-breaking 225 ODI caps
- In his 126 matches as captain, Morgan oversaw 76 victories with a win percentage of 60% — best win record by any England Men’s ODI Captain in the history of the game.
- He captained the Men’s T20I side on 72 occasions, equal to India’s MS Dhoni as the most in T20 international cricket.
- Morgan represented England on 115 occasions scoring 2,458 runs.
- As a Test cricketer, he won 16 caps over a three-year period scoring two centuries.
- He also holds the world record for the highest number of sixes in ODI innings, with 17 against Afghanistan at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
- In 2020, he received a CBE for services to cricket.
‘Now is the right time’
Commenting on the development, Morgan — who started his international career with Ireland, where he played 23 ODIs from 2006 to 2009 — said: “After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.
“To call time on what has been without a doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point.”
He further added that from the start of his career in the international arena with Ireland to win the World Cup in 2019, he never lost sight of how integral family support was to any international sportsperson.
Morgan further added: “To my Mum and Dad, my wife, Tara, and our family around the world, thank you for your unconditional support throughout the good and more challenging times in my career. Without you all, this incredible journey would not have been possible.
“I must also thank my teammates, coaches, supporters, and those behind the scenes who have made my career and any successes possible. I am hugely proud of what I have achieved as a player and captain, but the things I will cherish and remember the most are the memories I made with some of the greatest people I know along the way.”
Regarding his achievements, the star player said that he has been lucky enough to play in two World Cup-winning teams, but he believes the future for England’s white-ball teams is “brighter than ever”.
“We have more experience, more strength and more depth than ever before. I look forward to watching on with a huge level of excitement.
“To what lies ahead for me, I will continue to enjoy playing at a domestic level while I can. I’m looking forward to playing and captaining London Spirit in the second edition of The Hundred this year.”
‘Best leader ever seen’
Meanwhile, Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Rob Key said: “On behalf of the ECB and everyone involved in cricket, I’d like to thank Eoin Morgan for his outstanding contribution to the game.
“It will be wrong to think Eoin’s legacy was just winning the World Cup in 2019; it is far greater than that.”
The official added that as with all great players and leaders, he has changed the way the game has been played, and he has changed the way an entire generation and generations to come will play this form of the game.
“His legacy within the game will be felt for many years to come. He is, without question, the best leader I have seen. I wish him well in the next chapter of his career,” he added.
Kahani Suno 3.0? Kaifi Khalil to drop new song soon
Singer Kaifi Khalil, who took over the music industry by storm with Kahani Suno 2.0, has revealed that he will be releasing a continuation of the song very soon.
The young singer also talked about the story behind Kahani Suno 2.0 during a Junaid Akram’s podcast released on Eid ul Fitr.
He said that the new song wouldn’t be Kahani Suno 3.0 but it would be an explanation of his previous song. He also said he was trying to release it after the Eid.
“Kahani Suno was an old song and I decided to rewrite it and do justice to that track. I wanted people to relate to the song as if they are listening to someone’s story,” he said while talking to the host.
He said that he completed writing the song within three days, adding that he was scared it was a love song as this feeling is not taken very seriously these days.
When asked if his song is based on a real story, Khalil said he would answer this question in the next song that he is about to release as it would continue.
Replying to a question if a female version of this song would come, the singer said that he has no idea about it.
Here are details of world’s second deepest blue hole
Blue holes are believed to be the mysterious space underwater that go very deep and are abundant with plant and animal life. A similar blue hole has been identified by scientists at Chetumal Bay off the coast of Mexico.
The second deepest blue hole is named Taam Ja in Mayan, meaning “deep water”. It is estimated to be 900.2 feet (274.4 metres) deep.
The first deepest hole is located off the coast of China, with a depth of 987 feet (300.89 metres). It was discovered in 2016 and was named Dragon Hole or Longdong.
The observation and survey were carried out in 2021; however, the experts have revealed its existence in recent research published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
According to the team, based at Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), a research centre in Mexico: “The information gathered revealed a maximum recorded depth of 274.4 metres below sea level (mbsl). This makes the now-named ‘Taam ja Blue Hole (TJBH)’ the world’s second-known deepest blue hole. Origin and geological evolution of the TJBH deserve further investigation.”
The blue holes are similar to sinkholes on land. The only difference is they’re filled with water which makes it possible for boats and ships to pass over them.
The Mexican researchers said that knowledge provided by local fishermen prompted them to investigate this particular location. This was despite finding no references to blue holes at Chetumal Bay in the existing scientific literature.
With the help of echo-sounding, the team determined its dept whereas it sought scuba diving to measure upper depths.
The researchers said that “Taam ja has a nearly circular shape at its surface and steep sides with slopes of more than 80 degrees that form a large conic structure, adding that the walls of the blue hole are covered by a fine-grained layer and coated by brown algal biofilms — slippery communities of algae that bind together to survive.”
They also noted that the blue hole is close to the coasts of Mexico and Belize and its discovery could lead foreign and local visitors.
The researchers concluded in their paper that currently, the local population is not aware of the existence of the TJBH.
“[We] encourage the scientific community to explore, monitor, and broaden the research of the TJBH to settle an adequate basis for responsible social appropriation in the near future,” they maintained.
Naseem Shah reveals who responded to Urvashi Rautela
Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah has finally revealed that it was not him, but his manager who responded to Indian model and actress Urvashi Rautela’s comment on Instagram, which has since become a hot topic for the rumour mills of both countries.
During a talk show on a private TV channel, the interviewer asked Naseem what the plans were regarding his upcoming tour to India for the ICC World Cup 2023.
Before he could even complete the question, Naseem responded: “My only plan is to play cricket. I have no other plans.”
The interviewer then asked if he had no plans to see Rautela, Naseem said he had none.
The purported social media interaction between the young pacer and Rautela has been one of the most interesting topics lately as Pakistanis want to know if there is actually something cooking between the two.
Naseem and the ex-pageant winner have been associated with each other due to a fan-made video, posted by the model after a Pakistan-India match in Asia Cup 2022. Naseem was playing in the match and Rautela was among the spectators.
The video showed the model smiling and blushing, and coincidentally, Shah was also recorded smiling during the same match — giving her the opportunity to juxtapose herself in the video.
Ever since the video came to light, Naseem Shah and Rautela’s relationship has been the talk of the town and this made the fans hunt for any interaction between the two on social media.
Months after posting the video, the Indian model and actress Urvashi Rautela was at it again.
She wished the pacer a “happy birthday” on Instagram as the cricketer turned 20 this year.
The ex-pageant winner commented on an Instagram post shared by Naseem congratulating his fellow teammate Shadab Khan on his wedding.
“Congratulations mere Chotay bhai @shadab0800 […]may Allah bless you both on this day with a lifetime of shared love and joy,” the cricketer had written in his caption adding “Best Wishes Always” for his colleague’s married life.
Deep down in the comments section was a birthday wish by Rautela for the young pacer alongside a congratulatory message for being conferred with an honorary Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.
“Happy birthday @inaseemshah congratulations on being conferred with honorary DSP rank,” she wrote in her comment.
To everyone’s surprise, the young cricketer responded to the model with a humble “thank you” followed by an emoji gesturing gratitude with both hands joined together.
However, during the interview, Naseem finally broke the silence on the matter and shared that it was not he that replied to the comment — but his manager.
He said that he doesn’t see his Instagram account much so he had told his manager to respond if he received any birthday wishes.
“I didn’t know that he [manager] would write thank you to just anyone,” the young cricketer said smilingly.
When prompted to tell if he likes Rautela or not, Naseem said that he loves all the people.
“Everyone is a human, everyone is good and I like all humans, but I don’t take anything personally,” he said.
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