Monday, 24 December 2012

The End of an Era

There is wailing and lamentation throughout the land.  While it may have seemed inevitable for some time, its happening does not lessen the pain felt by true believers.

Sachin Tendulkar has announced that he will no longer be available for the Carlton All Stars 4th XI.  He has retired from one day cricket.

'I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,' he said in a statement. 'I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of the Carlton All Stars 4th XI. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.'

Fantasy Bob spoke warmly of Tendulkar's contribution to the years of unparallelled success of his team.  'Obviously the team will miss him.  Particularly those little chocolate cakes that his Mum used to make.'

In his one day career Tendulkar made a record 463 ODIs, scored a record 18,426 runs and made a record 49 centuries. No other player in the All Stars XI matches these figures, although Fantasy Bob comes close  having also played 18,426 matches, scored 49 runs and eaten 463 empire biscuits in his over long career.

Executive authorities at Carlton also expressed their regret.  'We regret that Fantasy Bob has decided not to retire. It is a sad say for cricket.'