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Akram wants ‘space’

Karachi: Former capta-in Wasim Akram has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board and the national te-am management to not tre-at the players like schoolboys during the tour of India.
Responding to remarks made by the Pakistan team manager, Naved Cheema that players would not be allowed free movement or to attend private parties or functions in India, Akram said: “I don’t agree with this approach. I think the players should be given space and freedom. If they are relaxed , they will perform better as well.”

Bird in

Calcutta: Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident he will be fit to play in the second Test against Sri Lanka later this month despite the hamstring injury which curtailed his second innings in the series opener. Seamer Ben Hilfenhaus, however, has been ruled out and uncapped paceman Jackson Bird has been called into the squad as a replacement.
The squad
Michael Clarke (captain), Da-vid Warner, Ed Cowan, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Mi-ke Hussey, Matthew Wade, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Jackson Bird, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja.

Kashyap role

New Delhi: Mohun Bagan-discard Santosh Kashyap is set to return to I-League as the chief coach of Mumbai based team, ONGC. Kashyap will replace Subrata Bhattacharya, who has submitted his resignation citing family reasons.

Aditya out

Sheffield: India’s ace cueist Aditya Mehta bowed out of the Haikou World Open after losing to Scott Donaldson 4-5 in the first round here on Tuesday.

Sharmila show

Calcutta: Sharmila Nicollet returned to the Ladies European Tour with a consistent display that saw her finish the five-round Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage in tied 17th place as top-30 and ties won their LET card for 2013.

Tennis meet

Calcutta: Top seed Saurav Sukul defeated Ishaque Eqbal 6-3, 6-0 in a men’s singles quarter final of the Calcutta Gymkhana Grass Court tennis tournament on Tuesday.

AFI hope

New Delhi: Faced with the sports ministry’s threat of de-recognition, the Athl-etics Federation of India has got a massive shot in the arm as the international bo-dy — IAAF — has ma-de it clear that it continues to ‘recognise the current office-bearers of AFI’.

Lance case

London: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of a prestigious BBC award in the wake of the doping sca-ndal that cost the Americ-an cyclist his seven Tour de France titles and smeared his reputation. Armstrong had won the British broadcaster’s Overseas Sports Personality of the Year prize in 2003 after capturing his final Tour victory.