Cricket - Former Pakistan opener Imran Farhat announced his retirement from international cricket. The veteran batsman met with the Pakistan Cricket Board to get a No-Objection Certificate to participate in the Masters Champions League, which starts tomorrow. His decision is in line with the PCB's policy that requires those wishing to play in the MCL, a T20 tournament for retired cricketers, should sign a letter announcing the end of their international careers, which would be irrevocable in the future. Only then would the board grant them NOCs. He made his international debut as an 18-year old in 2001, played 40 Tests scoring three centuries, 58 ODIs with one century and seven T20Is.
Farhat has signed up with the Sagittarius Strikers and joins former team-mates Abdul Razzaq, Saleem Elahi, Mohammad Yousuf, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naved, Taufiq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmed, Azhar Mehmood, Hasan Raza, Humayun Farhat, Mohammad Khalil in the tournament.