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Zaheer is doubtful

Calcutta: Zaheer Khan has said that he is unlikely to be fit for the upcoming Champions League T20 in September. Zaheer told a cricket-specific website that he had only recently started bowling and he needs time to attain complete match fitness. Zaheer had sustained a tendon injury in his bowling arm while playing for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL on May 3.

SA squad

Cape Town: Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have been added to the South African ODI squad for a triangular series involving hosts Zimbabwe and Australia starting on Monday. The Squad: AB de Villiers (captain), Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn.

Sachithra case

Calcutta: Sri Lanka Cricket hopes to have off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake cleared by the ICC over the next few months, after biomechanics experts were confident his action had been sufficiently remedied, according to a website.

Mukesh shines

Calcutta: Bengal are well-placed in their third match of the Buchi Babu meet. After bowling out Assam for 258, Bengal were 69 without loss after the first day’s play. Brief scores: Assam 258 in 77.4 ovs (JS Mohammed 74 not out; Mukesh Kumar 4/74, Amit Banerjee 3/45). Bengal 69 for no loss in 20 ovs (Arindam Das 43 batting).

Tour problem

Calcutta: CAB joint secretary Sourav Ganguly’s plan of sending the Bengal team for a preparatory tour of Sri Lanka has hit a road block as the Lankan authorities have intimated their reluctance to play hosts in September. The month of October has been mooted as an alternative, but sources claimed that the CAB might not agree to it.

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