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Akram lauds Gautam

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Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders’ team mentor Wasim Akram has praised captain Gautam Gambhir for instilling confidence in the players.

“Credit goes to the captain, the way he is giving them confidence. Things are going well. The bowlers are doing well. I am here to talk to them mentally… The team is responding well. They are a very talented bunch,” Akram was quoted as saying by ipl20.com.

Savant decision

Mumbai: Deeply hurt by the IPL VII final snub, Mumbai Cricket Association’s vice-president Ravi Savant has decided to stay away from the Qualifier 2, which will be played at the Wankhede, on Friday. “I have handed over my accreditation and car pass to the Board secretary (Sanjay Patel) and will not attend the game… But all cooperation would be given by the MCA for the smooth conduct of the match,” Savant said on Wednesday.

Rasool view

New Delhi: Parvez Rasool, after being selected in the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Bangladesh, feels that good performance in the domestic circuit never goes unnoticed. “I firmly believe good performance in the Ranji Trophy never goes unnoticed. I had scored close to 600 runs and taken more than 35 wickets. If I am in the Indian team, it is because of my performances for J&K. Some of them were match-winning performances,” Rasool said.

Pankaj’s wait

New Delhi: Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh, who has made the cut for the England-bound Indian Test squad, has revealed that his wait for a national call-up has been a painful one.

“It was painful, but worth the wait. To wait for a recall in the Test team for seven years (he went to Australia in 2007) required patience. Only I know how I used to feel all these years when I would keenly wait for a call-up. Finally, I have been recalled and I feel like the happiest person in the world,” the 29-year-old said.

RCA reply

Jaipur: Mehmood Abdi, the permanent Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) representative to BCCI, has submitted a detailed reply to the Board’s suspension and has claimed that the association was not at fault by allowing former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi to become the president of RCA. The suspension has been termed as “without jurisdiction, due authority and wholly misconceived”.

Lord’s match

Manchester: West Indies legend Brian Lara joined Sachin Tendulkar and became the latest entry in the star-studded list of players who will participate in the MCC vs Rest of the World Lord’s Bicentenary match, on July 5. Besides Sachin and Lara, Rahul Dravid is also in the MCC team.

Teams

MCC: Sachin Tendulkar (captain), Saeed Ajmal, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rahul Dravid, Aaron Finch, Umar Gul, Brian Lara, Brett Lee, Chris Read, Shaun Tait, Daniel Vettori

Rest of the World: Shane Warne, Shahid Afridi, Tino Best, Paul Collingwood, Adam Gilchrist, Tamim Iqbal, Muttiah Muralidharan, Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Peter Siddle, Yuvraj Singh.