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Kohli is the best player

New Delhi: Virat Kohli on Friday bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award, while Pakistan were named as the Best International Cricket Team, in the 2011-2012 season, at the CEAT Awards.

Awardees

International Cricketer of the Year: Virat Kohli; Best International Cricket Team: Pakistan; Lifetime Achievement Award: Zaheer Abbas; Young Indian Cricketer of the Year: Unmukt Chand.

Special India-Pakistan award category

Best Test batsman: Sunil Gavaskar; Best ODI batsman: Inzamam-ul Haq; Best Test bowler: Kapil Dev; Best ODI bowler: Kapil Dev; Audience Choice Award: Saeed Anwar and Virender Sehwag

Glenn honour

Calcutta: Glenn McGrath was on Friday inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame, making him its 68th male member.

McGrath was formally inducted during the lunch interval of the third Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Sekhar no more

Patna: Former East Zone fast bowler Sekhar Sinha has died of cancer at a hospital in Mumbai, family sources said on Friday.

Sinha, who had claimed 115 wickets in first-class cricket playing in Ranji for undivided Bihar, was 60.

Squash meet

Sheffield: Five Indians on Friday made it to the quarter finals of the British Junior Open squash championship in various categories here. Mahesh Mangaonkar (U-19), Kush Kumar (U-17) and Velavan Senthil Kumar (U-15) shone in the boys’ section while Aparajita Balamurukan and Lakshya Ragavendran did well in the girls U-19 category.

Win for SA

Perth: South Africa beat France 2-1 in the Hopman Cup on Friday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to retire in the deciding mixed doubles tie with a left hamstring injury.

Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa beat Mathilde Johansson 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 before Tsonga defeated Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3).

Appointment

New Delhi: Englishman Barry Anderson was on Friday appointed Tournament Director of the inaugural Hockey India League, to be held from January 14 to February 10.

AIFF row

New Delhi: The lure of plum posts has left the All India Football Federation (AIFF) a “divided house”, with 12 state associations reportedly objecting to Praful Patel’s appointment as president for a second straight term.

Later in a statement, AIFF said that it has taken strong exception to the report and described the story as baseless.

Club change?

Madrid: Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has opened the door to a possible move away from Spain when his contract with the La Liga leaders expires at the end of next season.

Valdes, Spain’s No. 2 behind Iker Casillas, will be 31 this month and has been at Barca since he joined the club's academy in 1995, making his debut for the first team in the 2002-03 season.

Sportsdesk & Agencies