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Calcutta:West Indies selectors have axed Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn. All of the other players who played in the World Cup have been retained in the side, except Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard.

THE SQUAD

Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo (vice captain), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Anthony Martin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Devon Smith, Devon Thomas

Demand

Karachi:Pakistan chief selector Mohsin Khan has demanded monetary rewards for the selectors for the team’s performance in the recently concluded World Cup. “When you consider the problems Pakistan cricket has faced in the last few months, the selectors did a good job in picking a balanced side,” he noted.

Shoaib’s wish

Karachi: Shoaib Akhtar wants to be given an opportunity to play a final farewell match this year although he announced his retirement from international cricket during the World Cup.

Negotiations

Karachi: After former captain Javed Miandad turned down PCB’s offer to become Pakistan’s batting coach, the Board is negotiating with two foreigners for the post, chairman Ijaz Butt said Thursday.

“We are having talks with two foreign batting coaches but since nothing is final as yet I don’t want to take any names,” Butt said.

5 bronze

New Delhi: Indian women weightlifters won five bronze medals on the opening day of the Senior Asian Championships at Tongling City in China.

Fifa elections

New Delhi: AFC chief Mohamed bin Hammam Thursday wound up his two-day visit to India by describing his fight for Fifa presidency in the June 1 elections as ‘Asian project’.

Md. Sp. win

Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting sailed into the main draw of AIFF 2nd Division qualifying round after defeating Meghalaya’s Ar-Hima Football Club 2-0 in their last league encounter.

Meanwhile, United Sikkim Football Club beat Golden Threads, Kerala 4-1, while Southern Samity blanked out North Imphal Sporting Association 2-0 Thursday to qualify from Group A for the final leg of the tournament.

Bob issue

New Delhi: AIFF president Praful Patel refused to comment on the allegations of “racial abuse” levelled against Bob Houghton by referee Dinesh Nair but didn’t forget about Fifa and AFC’s zero tolerance policy on such issues. “We have a committee that is looking into the matter. I am confident that justice will be delivered,” Patel said.

AIFF president Praful Patel informed that four of the current I-League teams, namely the AIFF XI, HAL, ONGC and Air India will be playing in the next edition of I-League (2011-12).


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