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Kallis is in running for SA awards

Calcutta: Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla have both been nominated in three categories including the prestigious South Africa Cricketer of the Year award, to be announced at the 2011 South African Cricket Awards Gala Dinner on June 7, in Johannesburg. Kallis has been nominated in the categories of SA Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and the So Good Award.

Captain call

Islamabad: Nawroz Mangal, the captain of the Afghanistan cricket team, has urged other international sides to support Pakistan by touring the country despite security concerns.

Car charity

New Delhi: A Volkswagen Passat car sporting signatures of all captains of the 10 IPL teams has fetched over Rs 30 lakh in a charity auction that would benefit WWF India. The German luxury car has been snapped up by a Banglore cricket enthusiast whose winning bid of Rs 30.13 lakh topped a total of 26 bids from across India.

Afridi out

Karachi: Shahid Afridi has pulled out of Pakistan’s two-match ODI series against Ireland due to the illness of his father. “Afridi wants to spend time with his ailing father who is under treatment in the United States. It has nothing to do with him being removed from the one-day captaincy,” a source claimed.

Ntini role

Johannesburg: Retired Proteas paceman Makhaya Ntini has been appointed as Cricket South Africa’s first Cricket Development Ambassador.

HUCA win

Calcutta: Howrah Union Cricket Academy beat Goon Cricket Academy (Haryana) in the Air India Unidic Cup, organised by Brijesh Patel Cricket Academy, at the HMT ground, in Bangalore. Goon were 129 all out in 29.4 overs with Howrah’s Amir Hussain picking up three wickets for 28 runs. Puneet Sharma (60) and Zamir Ahmed Ansari (unbeaten 62) helped Howrah to get past the total in 16.3 overs.

Sudirman Cup

New Delhi: India’s entry into quarter finals of the Sudirman Cup badminton tournament was confirmed Tuesday after Chinese Taipei defeated Thailand 3-2 in the last group C tie in Qingdao, China.

PTF move

Karachi: The Pakistan Tennis Federation has stopped its Indian coach Beerbal Vadhera from travelling to Karachi or Lahore due to security concerns.

IOA rejects

New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Sunday outright rejected the proposed National Sports Development Bill and said some associations and federations sided with sports ministry because of the “arm-twisting” and ”bullying” by the Government.

Staff Reporter & Agencies

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