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Dravid to play for MCC

London: Rahul Dravid will feature in a T20 tournament in Dubai in March as a member of the Marylebone Cricket Club. Dravid has confirmed to play for the team, who will take on Sussex, Warwickshire and 2011 County Champions Lancashire in the Twenty20 Trophy, which will he held on March 21 and 22 at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai.
The Squad (two more to be added): Dale Benkenstein (capt), Jimmy Adams, Joe Denly, Rahul Dravid (T20 only), Simon Kerrigan, Steve Kirby, Dawid Malan, Sam Northeast, Alan Richardson, Shaun Tait (T20 only), Peter Trego

IPL venues

Mumbai: Delhi DareDevils will play two of their home matches of IPL-VI in Raipur. On the other hand, Rajkot and Ahmedabad have been short-listed as alternative venues for Jaipur to host the home matches of Rajasthan Royals.

PCB plan

Karachi: In an effort to rope in as many international players as possible for Pakistan Super League, the PCB had approached the BCCI to release Indian players for the T20 tournament, the Board said.

Pak offer

Karachi: Pakistan will offer visiting players insurance worth $2million each in a bid to overcome security fears and revive international cricket in the country, PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said. He also claimed that a tour by the Indian team to Pakistan had almost been finalised before the recent situation across the LoC “spoiled everything”.

Dean included

Calcutta: Dean Elgar has been named as a replacement for the injured Hashim Amla in the South Africa squad for the final ODI match against New Zealand.

Peter no more

Calcutta: CSA paid tribute to former captain Peter van der Merwe who passed away in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday at the age of 75.

Rhinos lose

Ranchi: Rupinder Pal Singh scored twice as Delhi Waveriders maintained their unbeaten record in the HIL, beating Ranchi Rhinos 5-4 in a thrilling match here on Wednesday. Akashdeep Singh, Gurvinder Singh Chandi and Tim Jenniskens were the other scorers.

Golf tourney

Doha: Ricardo Santos set the pace with a seven-under-par 65 in the Qatar Masters first round, on Wednesday. SSP Chowrasia shot a steady two-under 70 with five birdies against three bogeys and was lying tied 36th. Jeev Milkha Singh shot even par 72 and was tied 70.

Tennis meet

Calcutta: Second seed Rishabh Agarwal beat Tunisian Majed Kilani 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in the pre-quarter finals of the Gujarat NRE ITF Junior Tennis, at the DKS on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter & Agencies