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Deferment will hurt Waca: CEO

Melbourne: Anguished at the postponement of the $ 6,000 Champions Twenty20 League to October next year, Western Australian Cricket Association (Waca) on Saturday said they could be seeking compensation from the organisers.

Though Waca Chief Executive Graeme Wood was yet to be officially informed about the postponement, he said they could lose as much as $2 million.

Cricket Victoria too has said that it will press for compensation from the nation’s cricket Board.

“It certainly would have been very beneficial financially. We stand to lose a minimum $500,000. And if the team performed very well and we got into the top four and the top two, there was significant gains financially,” Wood said.

 

Saina happy

New Delhi: After much dilly-dallying, Saina Nehwal finally got her passport renewed, clearing her way to participate in the World Super Series Masters final in Malaysia from Thursday.

“I am very happy that I got my passport renewed on time. I am really thankful to the Hyderabad passport office for understanding my predicament,” Saina said on Saturday.

 

Mann slips

Siem Reap (Cambodia): Baaz Mann squandered a sensational start as he turned in an even-par 72 to slip 11 places to tied 18th after the penultimate round of Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open on Saturday.

Mann has a total of seven-under 209 after three rounds.

Anirban Lahiri was the next best-placed Indian at the tied 28th spot after a 68 took his total to five-under 211. Gaganjeet Bhullar was tied at 34th spot.

 

Chess meet

Chennai: Defending champion Mary Ann Gomes and local favourite Ashwin Jayaram are a draw away from lifting the Asian Junior Chess Championship titles after both won their penultimate round matches on Saturday.

Aswin defeated S. Nitin to maintain his half point lead over nearest rival and national junior champion MR Lalith Babu while Mary Ann beat teammate and top seed Kruttika Nadig to stretch her lead by a full point.

 

India win

Buenos Aires: Captain Diwakar Ram struck a brace as an energetic India beat Holland 3-2 in the under-21 hockey ‘Test’ match at Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires Saturday.

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