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BCCI won’t help

Kanpur: The BCCI and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) on Monday refused to provide financial help to the family of former Ranji player Ram Babu Pal, who recently committed suicide. “The bank where Ram Babu used to work has to provide financial assistance to his family… The BCCI won’t be able to do it,” vice president Rajiv Shukla said.

UPCA director Jyoti Bajpai said the association wouldn’t be able to offer any help as there was no provision to provide financial assistance to the family of a player after his death.

Tuffey may join ICL

Christchurch: The Indian Cricket League (ICL) may rope in former New Zealand Test spearhead Darryl Tuffey, who said the offer is quite tempting. “I’m leaning towards (signing)… It’s the money and a bit of security. Nothing’s guaranteed with New Zealand Cricket (NZC), even the money you get playing domestic cricket back home,” Tuffey was quoted as saying by a New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) report. “You’ve got to start looking after No.1 at some point,” he added.

Session with psychologist

Calcutta: Bengal cricketers are set for another mental toughness programme under Mumbai-based sports psychologist Dr Kinjal Suratwala. The squad on Monday returned from their tour of Hyderabad and Karanataka where they played four matches (three wins, one draw). Describing their practice stint as quite satisfactory, coach Bharat Arun said: “The boys did well in all departments… There was total team effort. It helped us identify our positive and negative areas. It’s really satisfactory considering that few seniors have left (for ICL).”

Mahela denial

Colombo: As Sri Lankan authorities await the return of star batsman Maravan Atapattu into the side to take on the mighty Australians next month, captain Mahela Jayawardene has clarified that he never made any charges against the former captain.

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