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Clarke to retire from ODIs after World Cup 2015 final

10:26 AM | 28 Mar, 2015
Clarke to retire from ODIs after World Cup 2015 final
SYDNEY (Web Desk) - Australia captain Michael Clarke is to retire from one-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand, bringing the curtain down on a 12-year career.

"I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old told reporters.

He said he made the decision 48 hours ago, having said last week he did not think he would quit .

He has a long-term back problem and has struggled with hamstring injuries.

Clarke has played 244 one-day internationals, scoring 7,907 runs with a highest score of 130.

He intends to prolong his Test career having already played 108 matches with 8,432 runs and a highest score of 329 not out.

"I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said to myself that I don't think I will be," he said.

He added: "I think it's the right time for me. A lot of it is giving the next captain and the team the opportunity to prepare and the selectors to work out what they feel is their best squad for the next World Cup.”

“I leave the one-day team in a better place than when I took over the captaincy and it gives me my best chance to prolong my Test career. They are the three main reasons why I have decided to walk away from one-day cricket," he added.

Clarke said it was not for him to go into who should be Australia's next one-day captain, although Steve Smith has been mentioned after he took over for the last three Tests against India in Clarke's recent absence following hamstring surgery.

"Smithy has certainly matured as a player and a person," Clarke said.

"His form is because of his hard work and I am not surprised that he is scoring as many runs as he is because he's training extremely hard and he's worked hard on his game. He's learnt a lot about his game. I don't think it would be fair for me to say who's going to be the next captain, that's not my place, that's up to the selectors,” Clarke said.

After missing Australia's opening World Cup victory over England, Clarke has forced his way into the side, helping them to victories over Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Scotland.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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