- Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from international cricket, ending an illustrious and sometimes controversial 21-year career on February 20, 2017.
- He had already quit Tests in 2010 and ODI cricket after the 2015 World Cup but still skippered thie Pakistan Twenty20 team at the 2016 world championships in India.
- He stepped down as captain after the. tournament although he retained his slender hopes of continuing his career jai the sport’s shortest format as a player.
- Afridi finishes his international career having played just 27 Test matches which yielded 1176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets.
- Ho played 398 one-day internationals with 8064‘runs, a highest score of 124, while taking 395 wickets with his leg spin.
- His Twenty20 international career saw him play 98 matches with 1405 runs and 97 wickets.
- Virat Kohli became first Indian sportsman to ink Rs 100 crore deal with Puma onFebruary 19, 2017.
- Kohli’s endorsement deal with the German company involves a fixed payment and royalty depending on the brand’s business performance.
- PUMA SE, branded as PUMA, Is a German multinational company that designs and manufactures athletic and casual footwear, apparel and accessories, headquartered in Hcrzogcnaurach, Germany.
- Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara became the second Asian, after Mahela Jayawardene, and 16th overall to feature in 1000 matches across all forms of the game.
- Sangakkara achieved the feat after featuring for Karachi Kings against the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League.
- Out of the 1000 matches, Sangakkara played 587 for the Sri Lankan team.
- Batsman Nasir Jamshed suspended from all forms of cricket for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-corruption code on February 15, 2017.
- The 27-year-old has played in two Tests, 48 one-day internationals and 18 Twenty20 matches for Pakistan.
- In his debut against Zimbabwe, he opened the batting and smashed 61 off just 48 deliveries which sa w him win the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
- In his second ODI, he hit 74 off 64 balls, becoming only third Pakistani to make consecutive half centuries in first and second matches.
- World’s ‘greatest’ sprinter Usain Bolt won the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ trophy for a record-equalling fourth time, while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women’s category at the Laureus World Awards at a glittering ceremony on February 14, 2017.
- The Laureus World Sports Awards Is an annual award ceremony honoring remarkable individuals from the world of sports .along with the greatest sporting achievements throughout the year.
- It was established in 1999 by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and supported by its global partners Mercedes-Benz and IWC Schaffhausen. The first ceremony was held on May 25, 2000 in Monte Carlo.
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