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‘Intikhab is not qualified’

Lahore: Aamir Sohail believes that Intikhab Alam is not qualified enough to identify and recommend the national team’s next head coach.

Sohail said, “The individual who is responsible for the extremely important task of identifying the next coach should be someone who knows the job and he is certainly not Intikhab”.

Arjuna ire

Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga condemned the government for dragging his name in match-fixing scandal following accusations by an Indian bookmaker.

BCCI stand

New Delhi: The BCCI joint secretary Anurag Thakur stated that the board has written to the Central Information Commission (CIC) regarding its stand on not coming under the purview of the RTI.

“We’ve done reasonably well in the last so many years. I think we are not like any other sports body who is dependent on government grants,” said Thakur.

White case

Calcutta: Melbourne Stars captain Cameron White has been reported for two breaches of the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour during his team's T20 Big Bash League match against Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Tuesday. His case will be heard on Thursday.

Meanwhile, select members of the Australian and Indian teams will interact with fans on Friday.

Qualifiers

Calcutta: Sixteen teams from across the world will compete in March next year to claim the two available spots for the World Twenty20, to be held in Sri Lanka. The qualifiers will be held in the UAE from March 13 to 24.

Ishizu ousted

Pune: Japan’s Sachie Ishizu and Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand were the two seeds who fell by the wayside while India’s Ashwarya Shrivastava made a second round exit at the ITF Women’s tennis tournament.

Saina pulls out

Lucknow: Saina Nehwal pulled out of the Syed Modi International Grand Prix tournament due to a hamstring injury and fever.

Opening tie

Lausanne: India will open their campaign against Italy on the opening day of the first hockey Olympic Qualifying tournament to be held in New Delhi from February 18-26.

India 162nd

Calcutta: India remained on 162nd position in the Fifa rankings released on Wednesday. Spain remained top and were acclaimed ‘Team of the Year’ for the fourth time running.

India joint 2nd

Mardin: India scored an emphatic 4-0 victory over South Africa and jumped to joint second spot after the third round of the World Women’s Team Chess Championship here.

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