Tough stand by PCA
Chandigarh: In a significant decision aimed to encourage players to hone their skills, Punjab Cricket Association has decided not to give NOC to any player registered with the PCA under the age of 21 years who play in T20 game for any club, team and institution including the IPL.
The decision was taken at the Administrative Committee meeting of the PCA at Mohali.
Sydney: Cricket Australia came under fire on Monday for refusing to release David Warner to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League before the fourth Test against India.
On a day when Warner was refused permission to play in the BBL, Brad Haddin’s indifferent form has seen him released to the Sydney Sixers to rediscover his best.
Korba: Indian hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand’s son Ashok Kumar on Monday said that legend Sachin Tendulkar should set an example of magnanimity by seeking Bharat Ratna for his late father.
La Manga: India’s Sharmila Nicollet played a steady second round for one-under 70 at the par-71 North Course to keep herself within one shot of the leader in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage on Monday.
London: England defender Gary Cahill finally joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers on Monday after days of negotiations. “Chelsea are a massive club that looks to win trophies season in season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that,” he said.
Shillong: Shillong Lajong FC signed midfielder Renedy Singh ahead of their home match against Churchill Brothers in the second leg on Wednesday.
Calcutta: An eight-member Bengal team will feature in the national badminton which will be held in Bangalore. The main round will be held from January 21 to 25.
Men’s team: Ratikanta Saha, Kaushik Pal, Ashutosh Tiwari, Trinankur Nag; Women’s team: Barnali Raha, Sanchali Dasgupta, Rupsha Ghosh, Subhra Dutta; Coach: Kajal Saha
Calcutta: Sixth-seed Parikshit Somani from Assam was upset by unseeded Karandeep Singh 7-5, 3-6, 4-6 in a boys singles under-14 first round match of the AITA Super Series, held at South Club, on Monday.
Boys’ singles U-14 (only winners): BR Nikshep, Karandeep Singh, Ishaque Eqbal, Sanil Jagtiani, Bijay Mohanty, Raghav Jaisinghania, PV Gnana Bhaskar, Udayan Bhakar.
Girls Singles U-14 (only winners): Shruta Kirti Gunaganti, R Abinnika, A Shamema, Isha Budwal, Monika Kumar, Snehal Umesh Mane, Nandini Sharma, Akshara Iska.