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An upset win for Subhajit

Guangzhou: Subhajit Saha caused yet another upset by beating world No. 38 Li Hu of Singapore 4-1 to finish ninth in the second stage of the Asia Cup Table Tennis Championships here on Sunday. Earlier, he had beaten world No. 18 Jiang Tian Yi of Hong Kong 3-2 in the first stage.

Divya Deshpande, on the other hand, finished 13th in the second stage defeating world No. 135 Beh Lee Wei of Malaysia 4-2.

Mahindra best

New Delhi: Mahindra Racing Sunday won the Italian Championship motorcycle race for the second time in a row with Riccardo Moretti winning the P1 at Imola. Moretti’s teammate, Indian rider Sarath Kumar, finished ninth to bag his first ever points on the international circuit.

Qureshi view

Lahore: Pakistan tennis ace Aisam-ul Haq Qureshi broke down during a function at an university while talking about how the image of Pakistan and Pakistanis have taken a beating abroad because of the security situation in the country.

“It hurts now when I see how much we need to improve our image as a nation and people,” said Aisam.

Ashraf’s take

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf has described the visit by a team of students of British Universities here as an encouraging sign towards reviving international cricket in the country. “I know we are going through difficult times. Pakistan fans are very disappointed at foreign teams not visiting Pakistan. But we are in constant touch with other Boards and we are hopeful the ice will break soon,” he said.

Mushtaq in fray

Lahore: Former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed’s name has cropped up as one of the leading candidates to be the bowling coach of the Pakistan team before the tour to Sri Lanka. According to sources, Mushtaq who until this week was working with the England team in Sri Lanka as their bowling consultant has already held two meetings with the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.

DD boost

New Delhi: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen Sunday joined their team, the Delhi DareDevils, after completing their national duties. “I am looking forward to a good season with the team,” Jayawardene said.

“It will be wonderful working with some wonderful cricketers with so much collective experience,” Pietersen said.

Shukla point

Karachi: Rajeev Shukla, chairman of the IPL, Sunday made it clear that there is no possibility of Pakistan players becoming a part of the lucrative Indian Premier League until and unless there is a resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan.

Staff Reporter & Agencies