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Mithali Raj to lead in World Cup

Calcutta: Mithali Raj will lead the 15-member women’s squad for the World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in India from January 31. Hosts India will play on the opening day against the West Indies at the Wankhede.

The Squad
Mithali Raj (captain), Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Amita Sharma, Gouhar Sultana, M. Thirushkamini, Sulakshana Naik, Ekta Bist, Mona Meshram, Rasanara Parwin, Niranjana Nagarajan, Punam Raut, Reema Malhotra, Karuna Jain, Shubhalaxmi Sharma.

Glenn honour

Calcutta: The ICC on Monday announced that Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday during the lunch break of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Avishek feat

Calcutta: Avishek Das hit 312 off just 232 deliveries to help hosts Bhowanipore to a mammoth 668 for seven in 85 overs against Calcutta Port Trust in a CAB First Division League match, on Monday. Avishek became the second player after Palash Nandy to score a triple century in CAB club cricket.

SUMMARISED SCORES
Bhowanipore 668/7 (Avishek Das 312, Abhishek Choudhury 130) vs CPT.
BNR 200 (Azaz Ansari 6/59). Town 25/0.
Mohun Bagan 455/9 (Prosenjit Das 135, Arindam Ghosh 81) vs ERSA.
East Bengal 455/8 (Subhajit Banerjee 123, Surojit Das 96) vs WB Police.
Wari 275 (Dilip Yadav 66; Jitendra Shaw 5/59) vs Young Bengal.

Cricket tourney

Calcutta: Badal Bose CA defeated Pal & Chatterjee CA by nine wickets in the Manthan Cup, on Monday. Batting first, PCCA were bundled out for 111 in 35 overs, with Asish Kumar Singh finishing with figures three for nine.
In reply, Harsh Patel smashed an unbeaten 79 as BBCA reached home in just 21.3 overs. Patel was adjudged man of the match.

Gayle response

Sydney: Chris Gayle responded to Brad Haddin’s criticism of his form in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash tournament with a barb of his own, saying he’s a better batsman than the wicket-keeper even on his non-preferred side. “Not my fault he ain’t good as I am even if I bat right hand!!!” he tweeted.

Act of respect

Sydney: Fans at the final Australia-Sri Lanka Test in Sydney have been asked to wear tributes to the late Tony Greig and retiring batsman Mike Hussey, officials said on Monday. Wide-brimmed hats were suggested to recall the memory of Tony Greig while fans are urged to don the trademark white nose-protective zinc sunscreen, which are synonymous with Hussey.

Basketball

Ludhiana: Bengal defeated Himachal Pradesh 17-11, 20-9, 18-6, 16-10 in a women’s section group league match of the Senior National Basketball Championship here on Monday.