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BCCI in a fix over taxes

New Delhi: The BCCI is in a fix over the new Australian policy that requires deduction of taxes from the prize money of the touring Indian players and is in discussing how to go about the issue. For the present, the BCCI has decided to deduct the tax to be paid in that country from the match fees for Anil Kumble and his teammates during their tour Down Under. “The issue was discussed in the recent working committee meeting and we decided to leave it to our tax consultant to find a way out,” joint secretary M.P. Pandove said on Thursday.

“Any team visiting Australia and earning money has to pay tax. It is not that the players would have to pay anything from their pocket. As of now, they would receive deducted match fees and there is a double taxation avoidance treaty (in existence) between India and Australia,” Pandove said. Under the provisions of the treaty, the players would not be taxed for the second time when they return home.

Lawson unsure

Melbourne: Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson said on Thursday that he had always felt “safe” in Pakistan but was unsure of security situation during the parliamentary elections next month.

“Not for one second have I felt unsafe in Pakistan so far. But the elections in January could change things,” Lawson said. “Nobody really knows what’s going to happen after that.”

Aussies most keen on IPL

Melbourne: Cricket Australia may have reservations about allowing players to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but lured by the easy money on offer, an overwhelming majority of them want to be a part of the BCCI-backed venture. In a survey conducted by the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA), more than 80 per cent of the players admitted that they were keen to play in the IPL.

Bengal boys crawl to 176/3

Calcutta: Bengal batted cautiously on the first day of their Vijay Merchant (under-17) Trophy match against MP at the Deshabandhu Park to end at 176 for three. Opener Romit Sengupta top-scored with 65 which came in close to three hours.
At the Jadavpur University ground, HPCA bowled out Andhra for 206.

SUMMARISED SCORES

Bengal 176/3 (Romit Sengupta 65, Ipu Saha 45 n.o.) vs MP

Andhra 206 (Rishi Chowdary 68; Sahib Malhotra 3/30, Sumeet Verma 3/35) vs HPCA

Wish Sourav

Calcutta: The CAB will be organising a signature campaign to wish Sourav Ganguly who will be stepping out for his 100th Test on Wednesday, at the MCG. Those who would like to wish Sourav can sign in at the Dr B.C. Roy Club House, Eden Gardens, from Saturday to Monday.

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