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Sourav, Anil on panel

Bangalore: Former India captains Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly will head an expert panel of master coaches during a ten-day specialists skill coaching clinic, starting at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here Tuesday. The course will be attended by qualified level-two and level-three coaches from all states, Dav Whatmore director of operations, said in a statement here Monday. Other master coaches to take part include Robin Singh, Saba Karim, Venkatesh Prasad, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Venkatapathy Raju.

Viru gesture

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag was chief guest for the final of a Twenty20 cricket tournament for the inmates of the Tihar jail Monday.

Delhi Ranji player Shikhar Dhawan, and Murli kartik too were present on the occasion.

Parnell debut

Calcutta: Wayne Parnell will make his debut for South Africa in the second Twenty20 match against Australia at the Gabba on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old left-handed allrounder will replace Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the team that played the first match on Sunday. Hashim Amla will take the place of Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel will replace Makhaya Ntini in Tuesday’s match, according to a CSA release

Pak selection

Karachi: Pakistani selectors have decided to bank on pace in the ODI series against Sri Lanka including six fast bowlers in a 15-member squad announced on Monday for the first match in Karachi on January 21.

THE Squad: Shoaib Malik (Capt), Khurrum Manzoor, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Arafat.

Chess upsets

New Delhi: International Master Atanu Lahiri scalped GM Yuri Solodovnichenko and Kerala’s unheralded O.T. Anilkumar stunned top-seed Alexender Areshchenko of Ukraine on day two of the 7th Parsvnath International Open chess tournament, here Monday.

Pain no bar

Tokyo: Japan midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura will break the pain barrier to play in his country's key World Cup qualifier against Australia next month.

The 30-year-old played in Celtic's 2-1 Scottish Cup victory over Dundee at the weekend despite suffering from a groin strain and insisted he would be fit to face the Socceroos on February 11.

Free transfer

Newcastle: Newcastle could sign Peter Lovenkrands on a free transfer after taking the out-of-contract Denmark forward on trial.

Staff Reporter & AGENCIES

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