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BCCI puts up Borde’s name

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended former Test skipper Chandu Borde’s name for the prestigious Dhyan Chand award. “The BCCI has recommended the names of Chandu Borde for Dhyan Chand award and Vithal Patil (old-time coach from Mumbai) for the Dronacharya award respectively. And Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award,” BCCI sources said on Friday.


Akram slams Shoaib Malik

New Delhi: Clearly not convinced by Shoaib Malik’s leadership abilities, former captain Wasim Akram feels that the present Pakistan skipper is weak and has failed to back his players. Akram was particularly irked by Malik’s comments during the Asia Cup that he was only playing with the XI which the selectors had handed over to him. Akram said selection in Pakistan is always a politicised affair but Malik needed to put his foot down if he had some other ideas.


SLC move

Colombo: Sri Lanka has allowed its cricketers to play in next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) at the expense of their Test series against England, prompting a word of caution from ICC advising players not to fall for the lure of easy money. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) says it has decided to make the concession because the players have committed themselves to another series against England in 2011.


Watson’s view

Melbourne: Australian allrounder Shane Watson says he is so desperate to keep his place in the Australian side that he would not mind ignoring security concerns to play in Pakistan for the Champions Trophy. “I’d go anywhere, I’d play anywhere,” he was quoted as saying in a Australian daily.


ECB plan

London: In a bid to pose competition to the Indian Premier League, England may “effectively abolish” its traditional county cricket structure and stage a £50million Twenty20 tournament from June 2010.


Shukla shines

Calcutta: Laxmi Ratan Shukla played another captain’s knock to guide Kalighat to a five-wicket victory against Sporting Union in the semi-finals of the P. Sen Trophy here on Friday, says A Staff Reporter. BNR won the other semi-final against Aikya Sammilani by 28 runs.


BNR 171/8 in 20 ovs (P.S. Roy 43) vs Aikya Sammilani 143 in 20 ovs (A. Ganguly 36; T. Bhandari 4/29). BNR won by 28 runs.
Sporting Union 136/9 in 20 ovs (A. Chowdhury 56; S. Sanyal 4/26) vs Kalighat 139/5 in 18.1 ovs (L.R. Shukla 59 n.o.; R. Bose 2/29). Kalighat won by 5 wickets.

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