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Players unhappy with ECB failure

London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) faces a potential players’ revolt after failing to strike a deal for them in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to media reports here, the deadlock might result in Kevin Pietersen and Co. refusing to sign their central contracts. ECB chairman David Collier and CEO Giles
Clarke returned Sunday night after a round of failed talks with IPL chairman Lalit Modi, much to the frustration of the players, who are keen to take part in the cash-rich league.

Bucknor to miss series

Calcutta: Steve Bucknor, who was to make a comeback to international umpiring in the two-Test series between Australia and New Zealand, will now miss the same, says A Staff Reporter. According to an ICC release, Rudi Koertzen will replace Bucknor.

Mushtaq travel

London: ECB’s failure to get Mushtaq Ahmed’s travel documents in order means the Pakistan leg-spinner, who has been appointed the team’s spin bowling coach, would not be travelling to India to assist the team.

Team selection

Calcutta: The meeting of the All India Senior Selection Committee to select the team for the remainder of the series against England will be held in Kanpur on November 20, says A Staff Reporter.

Cricket awards

Calcutta: Virender Sehwag and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the front runners for this year’s Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year award, says A Staff Reporter. While Sehwag is at the No. 1 slot with 54 points, Dhoni is No. 2 with 50 points.

U-22 squad

Calcutta: The CAB named Arindam Ghosh captain of the 14-member Bengal (under-22) squad for the Col CK Nayudu Trophy match against Orissa at the Behrampore Stadium from Thursday, says A Staff Reporter.

Juniors win

New Delhi: Indian junior tennis team remained unconquered to win gold at the inaugural Junior South Asian tennis championship in Dhaka recently. The Indian team was represented by Shahbaaz Khan, S.V. Abhishek and Mohit Mayur.

Sanaa up

Calcutta: Wild card Sanaa Bhambri was the only Indian to advance to the pre-quarter finals of the Gujarat NRE Coke $50,000 ITF Women’s Challenger at the BTA Complex on Monday, says A Staff Reporter. Sanaa defeated compatriot Isha Lakhani 6-4, 7-5.
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