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By Staff Reporter & Agencies in Johannesburg
  • Published 18.01.17
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AB to miss NZ series

Johannesburg: AB de Villiers said on Tuesday he had decided not to make himself available for a Test series in New Zealand in March, but stressed that he had not retired from Test cricket. De Villiers said, his goal for the rest of his career was to lead South Africa at the 2019 World Cup in England.

Ashish axed

New Delhi: The BCCI’s decision to remove former India Test player Ashish Kapoor from the junior selection panel and retain former first-class cricketer Rakesh Parikh has raised eyebrows. It was also learnt that Parikh is already a disqualified office-bearer, having completed 11 years in various capacities as treasurer, joint-secretary and vice-president of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA).

Kaur charged

Melbourne: Sydney Thunder’s Harmanpreet Kaur has been charged for breaching Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct during a Women’s Big Bash League match against the Hobart Hurricanes in Hobart. Harmanpreet, the first woman cricketer from India to play in Big Bash, was reported for a level 1 offence.

India lose

New Delhi: The Indian U-17 World Cup squad lost 0-1 to Iran in the Granatkin Tournament in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Portugal stint 

Calcutta: After a short experience in under-19 Real Valladolid, young Abneet Bharti signed a short-term contract with Sintrense, one of the Portuguese football clubs playing in the country’s third division. Abneet plays as a central defender. Sintrense is placed second in the league standings.

Signings

Calcutta: Mohammedan Sporting have signed up Mizoram midfielder Rochhingpuia and Vanlalbia for the upcoming I-League Second Division on Tuesday. The duo last played for Mizoram Premier League (MPL) side Chanmari FC.