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Ministry to monitor PCB affairs

Karachi: In a stop-gap arrangement, the Sports Ministry has appointed an official to monitor the day to day affairs of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) till a new chairman of the board is appointed.

Sports Minister Najamuddin Khan said a notification has been issued after making a minor amendment in the PCB constitution to empower the ministry to monitor the working of the board until the appointment of a new chairman by the President of the country.

“We made the amendment after getting it vetted by the Law Ministry. The amendment is a minor one which says that if the chairman of the board resigns or is removed or expires and no immediate replacement is announced, the ministry will monitor the day to day affairs and working of the cricket board,” Khan said.

“We will depute an officer tomorrow and he will look into the day to day financial, administrative and cricket affairs of the board,” Khan added.

 

Darren Gough ready to quit

London: Former England paceman Darren Gough hinted that he may have played the last match of his career.

The 38-year-old had already announced this would be his final season and after suffering a series of niggling injuries in the county championship summer, he may skip the final game against Sussex next week.

“I wanted to go out in style today — and that proved to me I am ready to retire, I am absolutely shattered now,” said Gough on Saturday.

 

Wada nod

New Delhi: In an important landmark in Indian sport, National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) on Sunday received accreditation from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the global body’s Executive Committee meeting in Montreal, Canada.

The NDTL now becomes the 35th such laboratory in the world and sixth in Asia.

 

Rahil 35th

Taipei: Rahil Gangjee signed off with his third over-par card on the trot to finish tied 35th in the Mercuries Taiwan Masters golf tournament on Sunday. The Calcutta pro had started well with a two-under 70 before successive rounds of 76 sent him tumbling down the leader-board.

 

Atwal tied 8th

Junction City (US): Arjun Atwal turned in his best card of the tournament, a sizzling flawless five-under 67 to surge 25 places to tied eighth after the penultimate round of the Nationwide Tour’s Oregon Classic.

 

Table tennis

Calcutta: Nilanjan Sarkar will meet Abhimanyu Mitra in the final of the nursery boys’ event while Sayar Bose will face Aviroop Goswami in the sub junior boys’ final of the B.M. Chattaraj Memorial table tennis championship, says A Staff Reporter.

Nilanjan beat Rohan Biswas 11-6, 11-9, Abhimanyu defeated Ranajit Sen 11-13, 11-5, 11-9. Sayar beat Ayan Bhadra 11-4, 11-9, 11-8, 11-6.

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