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India to face Pak in final

Bangalore: Hosts India will lock horns with undefeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the summit-clash of the blind cricket Twenty20 World Cup after comprehensively beating their respective rivals in the semi-finals here on Wednesday.

Pakistan registered their ninth straight win in the tournament when they spanked England by nine wickets in the semi-finals.

In the other semi-final, India thrashed Sri Lanka by 119 runs in a high-scoring match.

SLC revenue

Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly-built cricket stadiums, which are at the heart of massive financial losses incurred by the governing body, will be converted into revenue-generating ventures. This is among other far-reaching marketing plans of the governing body for the next year.

“Transforming stadium properties into sustainable revenue generating centers is also another step towards rebuilding Sri Lanka Cricket not just as a brand but as an entity with a firm competitive advantage,” a Sri Lanka Cricket spokesman said.

Chinese sweep

Hyderabad: Chinese paddlers swept the team championship titles in the ongoing Volkswagen 2012 World Junior Table Tennis Championships here on Wednesday. The Chinese thrashed Japan in both the sections, registering 3-1 and 3-0 wins in boys’ and girls’ categories.

AFC qualifiers

New Delhi: India will be squaring up against traditional rivals Pakistan in Group D of the Central and South Zone of the AFC U-14 Championship 2014 qualifiers to be played next year in Iran. The hosts, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan are the other members of the group.

Anand view

New Delhi: Vishwanathan Anand is not too concerned about the suspension imposed on the IOA by International Olympic Committee as he feels the ongoing dispute is “more of a legal argument” which can be sorted out in due course of time.

The world champion was relieved that not many international sporting activities are lined up for the Indian athletes in the upcoming months, which means all the concerned parties will get ample time to sort out the issue.

“It's good that it (the suspension) happened after the (London) Olympics. Frankly speaking, I am not too worried because there are solutions for Indian athletes even if the suspension remains. If they are good enough, they can compete under the IOC flag,” Anand said on Wednesday.

Golf meet

Nusajaya: India’s Chiragh Kumar, winner of the Order of Merit on Indian PGTI Tour in 2011, is fighting to save his card on the Asian Tour as he gets ready for the Iskandar Johor Open, which tees off on Thursday.

The 28-year-old, lying 69th, needs a good finish in the year's last event to ensure he has full playing rights in 2013.

Agencies