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Salman to be freed early: Dad

Karachi: Pakistan’s former Test captain Salman Butt is to be released early from prison in Britain, his father claimed, on Wednesday.

The 27-year was jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.

India A tour

Calcutta: India A will tour New Zealand in September-October for two four-day matches, three one-dayers and one Twenty20 game. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met here and announced the tour itinerary. The tour commences with a four-day match at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on September 18.

Cook upset

Calcutta: England one-day captain Alastair Cook said the team had been hit hard by the death of rising star Tom Maynard. “It’s been a tough 36 hours for us as a team,” Cook said. “It was incredibly sad news and I think quite a few boys were very emotional especially during the minute’s silence this morning.”

ECB move

Calcutta: Following England’s 2-0 series victory over West Indies, England selectors have announced that Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann will be rested for the final ODI in the three match series starting on Friday at Headingley Carnegie. Stuart Meaker, Chris Woakes and James Tredwell have been called into the squad.

CAB meet

Calcutta: Olive Chandra hit a half-century to help North 24 Parganas DSA defeat the Combined University team by 71 runs to win the CAB Super Cup, on Wednesday.

Brief Scores

North 24 Parganas DSA 171/6 in 20 overs (Olive Chandra 51, Soumen Paul 3/21). Combined University 100/9 in 20 overs (Dilip Singh 3/16). North 24 Parganas DSA won by 71 runs.

Aditya advances

Chennai: Aditya Mehta defeated Siddharth Parikh of Railways to qualify for the knockout stage of the ASCA International Invitation Snooker Championship on Wednesday.

Archers shine

Calcutta: The Indian trio of Jayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee and Tarundeep Rai finished third in the Olympics team qualification round and will get a favourable draw for the main event that will be held at Ogden on Thursday. The trio shot 1938 points to finish four points behind toppers Chinese Taipei.

Kashyap loses

New Delhi: P. Kashyap lost in the first round as Indian shuttlers endured a mixed opening day in the Singapore Open, on Wednesday. Kashyap lost 12-21, 18-21 to second seed Hyun Il Lee of Korea. However, Ajay Jayaram, Anand Pawar and RMV Gurusaidutt notched up victories to enter the singles second round.

Ajay defeated Frenchman Brice Leverdez 21-12, 21-14.

Staff reporter & Agencies