|Tuesday, April 18, 2000,
helps WI beat Pak
Two national records lowered
Haiti aim to reach World
ST. GEORGES, April 17 (AFP) Their batsmen set it up and their bowlers formalised a 17-run triumph for West Indies over Pakistan at Queens Park Stadium in the sixth and final preliminary match of the tri-nation 2000 Trophy limited-overs series yesterday.
Sherwin Campbell and Ricardo Powell each scored half-centuries to lift West Indies to a respectable 248 for six off 50 overs after it looked like they might have fallen for something less formidable.
Though there was a century fourth-wicket stand between Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana, both of whom completed half-centuries, Pakistan were unable to reach the magic number of 249 and were bowled out with the first ball of the last over.
The result ensured West Indies completed the preliminary competition unbeaten, a significant transformation in their form in limited-overs internationals over the last year. It was their second defeat of Pakistan after a streak of six wins over the hosts.
The two sides now transfer their attention to the three-match finals in Bridgetown on Wednesday and in Port-of-Spain (April 22 and 23).
West Indies should enter with the psychological advantage after seeing Pakistan crumble in the late stages of yesterdays match.
Inzamam hit five fours in the top score of 69 off 95 balls and Yousuf made a welcomed return to form with three fours in 56 off 77 balls to share 123 for the fourth-wicket in just under 25 overs after Pakistans innings was in turmoil.
There were 24 for three in the ninth over after fast bowler Reon King, named man-of-the-match, captured two of his three wickets.
He had Imran Nazir caught at point by wicketkeeper Ridley Jacobs for nine in the fifth over and returned to have Wajahatullah Wasti bowled for ten in the ninth over.
In between, Mohammed Wasim was run out by Jimmy Adams throw from cover to Nehemiah Perry at the bowlers end for nought in the seventh over.
Both Inzamam and Yousuf started circumspectly, but they prospered to play some fine strokes either side of the wicket to keep West Indies guessing about the outcome to the match played before a near capacity crowd.
Inzamam however, was run out for 32nd time in limited-overs cricket when he failed to beat a direct hit at the non-strikers end by bowler Franklyn Rose on his follow-through going for a single in the 35th over.
His dismissal opened the floodgates. There was neither little substance nor stability from the rest of the Pakistani batting and they fell to their second defeat against West Indies in as many matches.
The last six Pakistani wickets tumbled for 87 in 13.4 overs including the key wicket late of captain Moin Khan, whose ability to transform matches for his side are well-known, but died when he lofted off-spin bowler Perry to long-on in the 44th over.
Earlier, Campbell hit the top score of 56 off 91 balls to give the innings early momentum and Powell gathered 50 off 35 balls to accelerate the scoring rate late in the innings.
Wallace lbw b Razzaq 17
Campbell c Youhana b Arshad 56
Hinds c Mohammed Wasim 24 b Mushtaq
Gayle c Wajahatullah Wasti 42 b Waqar
Adams run out 11
Powell not out 50
Jacobs run out 25
Rose not out 2
Extras (b-1, lb-5, w-12, nb-3) 21
Total (for 6 wkts, 50 overs) 248
Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-88, 3-127, 4-147, 5-170, 6-232.
Bowling: Younis 10-1-43-1; Fazil 6-0-46-0; Razzaq 10-2-45-1; Mushtaq 10-0-33-1; Arshad Khan 10-0-46-1; Wasti 4-0-29-0.
Imran c Jacobs b King 9
Wasti b King 10
Mohammed run out 0
Inzamam run out 69
Youhana c Adams b Rose 56
Moin Khan c Rose b Perry 16
Razzaq b King 24
Waqar c Hinds b Perry 6
Irfan Fazil c Adams b McLean 15
Mushtaq st Jacobs b Adams 4
Arshad not out 2
Extras (lb5, w7, nb8) 20
Total (all out, 48.1 overs) 231
Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-19, 3-24, 4-147, 5-162, 6-200, 7-206, 8-214, 9-229.
JOHANNESBURG, April 17 (AFP) Lance Klusener slammed a 49-ball half-century as South Africa clinched the three-match limited overs cricket series against Australia with a four-wicket victory at the Wanderers today.
South Africa won the series 2-1 against the World Cup champions to the delight of a packed crowd of 31,500.
It was a triumph for new South African captain Shaun Pollock, who took over after Hansie Cronje was fired on Tuesday for allegedly taking money from an Indian bookmaker.
Pollock spearheaded an all-pace attack, taking four for 37 as Australia were bowled out for 205 after being sent in on a lively pitch.
South Africa seemed headed for an easy win as Jacques Kallis and pinch-hitting opening batsmen Andrew Hall pounded, 37 runs off four overs from Shane Warne and Ian Harvey as South Africa raced to 91 for two after 19 overs.
But Hall was caught at cover off Warne for 46. Steve Waugh immediately brought fast bowler Brett Lee back into the attack and he dismissed Kallis and Nicky Boje as South Africa crashed to 91 for five.
Lee built up exceptional pace on a helpful pitch and two deliveries were recorded by a radar gun at 156 kmh.
Mark Boucher and Jonty Rhodes batted cautiously before Rhodes was caught off Warne, who took two for 10 in his last seven overs.
Boucher (55 not out) was joined by Klusener (52 not out) and the pair took South African to victory with an unbeaten stand of 87 which was dominated by the clean hitting of Klusener.
Klusener was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series.
Earlier, Australian captain Steve Waugh made 51 to enable his side to make a reasonable score. He was dropped on two by wicketkeeper Mark Boucher shortly after Michael Bevan, who went on to score 33, was dropped at slip by Kallis when he had 13. Both chances were off Makhaya Ntini.
After Waughs battling 86-ball innings was ended by fast bowler Mornantau Hayward. Ian Harvey and Shane Warne boosted Australias total with an eight wicket stand of 52 off 67 balls.
M. Waugh c Boucher b Hayward 9
Gilchrist c Kirsten b Pollock 10
Martyn c Boucher b Pollock 6
Bevan b Klusener 33
S. Waugh b Hayward 51
Symonds c Hall b Klusener 6
S.Lee b Kallis 2
Harvey b Kallis 38
Warne c Boje b Pollock 32
B.Lee b Pollock 1
McGrath not out 0
Extra (1b-6, nb-3, w-8) 17
Total (all out in 49.5 overs) 205
Falls of wickets: 1-22, 2-28, 3-37, 4-82, 5-107, 6-114, 7-149, 8-201, 9-205.
Bowling: Pollock 10-1-37-4, Hayward 10-0-37-2, Kallis 7-1-38-2, Ntini 10-2-30-0, Klusener 10-1-45-2, Hall 3-0-12-0.
Kirsten b B Lee 1
Hall c Symonds b Warne 46
Gibbs lbw b McGrath 4
Kallis c M Waugh b B Lee 30
Rhodes c sub b Warne 4
Boje 1bw b B Lee 0
Boucher not out 55
Klusener not out 52
Extra (b-1, 1b-2, nb-4, w-10) 17
Total (6 wkts, 47.5 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1/9, 2/19, 3/91, 5/91, 6/122.
national records lowered
NEW DELHI, April 17 Gurpreet Kaur of Punjab rewrote her own national record in the 500 metres time trial as the 53rd Senior, 30th Junior and 16th Sub-Junior National Track Cycling Championships got under way at the Yamuna Velodrome of the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium sports complex in Delhi today.
On a day when two national records fell on the freshly renovated track, for long lying in a disused and neglected state due to the absence of any competitive cycling activity, the sprightly Punjab girl blazed the track early in the morning with a powerful performance in the 500m time trial for girls under-14 years, clocking a time of 0:46.11secs to obliterate her own national record of 0:46.43secs.
Though Gurpreet took some time to get a firm grip on the repaired track, she blazed a golden trail, once got going, brooking no denial from her closest rival, Saritha of Kerala (0:47.79), and Getsie of Andaman and Nicobar Islands (0:48.89).Later, she won the 500m time trial for girls (under-16) to make it a day of golden double. She clocked 45.60 secs to lift the gold, while Manipur girls, T Nita Devi (46.56) and H Padmani Devi (46.88) settled for the silver and bronze, respectively.
Jayanta Singh of Manipur lowered the national record of Gurbir Singh of Chandigarh (42.82secs) in the 500m time trial for boys under-14 years with a new time of 0:41.17secs.Though Pankaderavindra (41.63) of Maharashtra gave a close chase to the Manipuri, the new national record holder opened up an early lead, maintained it and then rode to glory. Udale Clarke of Andhra Pradesh picked up the bronze.
In the absence of the Punjab men, Railways and Manipur cornered most of the medals at stake today. In a shocking upset in the 1000m time trial for women, national record holder and SAARC Championship gold medallist Rameshwori Devi of Manipur was pushed to the third place by team-mate O. Bina Kumari Devi and T. Chitra of Kerala. Bina Kumari Devi clocked 1:24.81 to bag the gold while Chitra posted a time of 1:24.95 for the silver. Rameshwori, with a timing of 1:28.50, was forced to contend with the bronze.
In the 1000m time trial for men, Premjit Singh of Railways rode away with the gold, posting a time of 1:10.87, with team-mate Fulbirth (1:13.06) accounting for the silver and K Indra Kumar Singh of Manipur taking home the bronze.
Punjabs third medal of the daya silverwas won by Gurpreet Singh when he clocked 0:40.97 in the 500m time trial for boys under-16 years. H Lenindro Singh of Manipur won the gold, with a time of 0:39.71 while the bronze was collected by Prasad Gaikwad of Maharashtra (0:41.06).
Thanks to the personal initiative taken by Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who is also the president of the Cycling Federation of India, the much-neglected Yamuna Velodrome has received a much-needed facelift. In the space of a couple of days, the worn-out track and the stadium got a facelift beyond recognition, which the cash-strapped Sports Authority of India would have found it difficult to do on their own.
SYDNEY, April 17 (AFP) The Australian Cricket Board today described as nonsense claims by an Indian minister that it should be part-blamed for crickets gambling crisis.
As the Hansie Cronje bookmaker scandal rolled on, Indias Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley accused the ACB of encouraging gambling misdemeanours through its naive handling of the Shane Warne-Mark Waugh controversy.
The Australian Test pair were fined a total of $ 18,000 Australian dollars (about Rs 4.86 lakhs) by the ACB for taking money from bookmakers in Sri Lanka in 1994 in exchange for what they said was information on weather and pitch conditions.
The story remained secret until 1998 but the wounds were re-opened today when it was linked to the plight of disgraced former South African captain Cronje, who has confessed to taking money from a bookmaker.
The leniency shown (by ACB) only encouraged the misdemeanour, Mr Jaitley told a New Delhi newspaper.
The system came very close to unearthing the truth when (Waugh and Warne) admitted they advised bookies about the weather and pitch conditions and received payment for it.
The Australian Board was either too naive and swallowed this explanation or, perhaps, accepted it because it did not want to lose two of its greatest players.
But ACB Chief Executive Malcolm Speed today dismissed the claims as nonsense on the eve of a public hearing in Johannesburg into Cronjes actions.
As far as the ACB is concerned, the actions of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh have only strengthened our resolve and our ability to rid cricket of corruption, Mr Speed said.
The independent investigation by Rob ORegan clearly condemned the conduct of these players in very strong terms and has resulted in Australia having the most comprehensive program in world cricket to deal with these issues.
Mr Speed last week labelled the ACBs handling of the Warne-Waugh issue as clearly inappropriate, accepting ORegans conclusion that the punishment was inadequate.
NEW DELHI, April 17 (PTI) Former cricket board President Raj Singh Dungarpur yesterday rejected criticism by his predecessor I.S.Bindra that BCCI has not taken action against incidents of match fixing, saying no action was taken as no such incidents were reported.
"During my three years tenure (1996-1999), I have not come across any allegations of match fixing by the Indian team either on tour or at home," Dungarpur told Star News from Mumbai.
Bindra had alleged in a TV programme that the BCCI has not taken any action against match-fixing in spite of the matter being brought to its notice.Regarding names of some Indian players being mentioned in connection with match fixing, Dungarpur said allegations were being made but no one has come up with any concrete evidence.
"I am sure the board will not spare anyone. But these are only allegations, there is no concrete evidence. It is unfair to the players to make such allegations without evidence," Dungarpur said.
Asked about demands for making the Chandrachud committee report public, the former BCCI chief said a decision on making the report public would be taken at a meeting between ICC President Jagmohan Dalmiya and BCCI President A.C.Muthiah and other officials in Calcutta on Tuesday.
"While submitting the report to the HRD Ministry, the board has assured the government more than full cooperation in any inquiry they would have liked to conduct," he added.
Dungarpur rejected demands that the allegations made by former India allrounder Manoj Prabhakar be looked into again in the light of the Hansie Cronje scandal and said every time Prabhakar makes some new allegations, he or his wife call him (Dungarpur) the next day and clarify their position.
"How can you look at him again when he is going to repeat the same things? I think Prabhakar should come out with names if he has any," Dungarpur said.
Participating in the programme with Dungarpur, former India skipper Bishen Singh Bedi said the matter should be handed over to a professional body for investigation.
"I dont think the BCCI or the ICC has the resources (to conduct the investigation). It has to be done by a professional agency. I think the Delhi police have done a good job till now," Bedi said.
NEW DELHI, April 17 (PTI) Rajesh Kalra, the only accused arrested in the match-fixing scandal so far, has reportedly claimed that Sanjeev Chawla, the prime accused in the case, had visited South Africa for a contact with a middle-man there prior to his coming to India.
Kalra, during his interrogation, has said Chawla, while returning from South Africa had asked him to procure a mobile phone with global sim card, official sources said here.
The phone purchased by Kalra, the sources said, was allegedly given to South African cricketer Hansie Cronje for alleged match-fixing deals.
Both Chawla and Cronje have denied any involvement in the match-fixing scandal which has rocked the entire cricketing world.
Meanwhile, the Delhi police would be requesting for more details about the South African middle-man Hamid Banjo Cassim before filing an additional FIR in the case under 120-B of criminal procedure code (criminal conspiracy).
In a related development, the crime branch sleuths have found that bookies from Mumbai made calls to Dubai to Anis Ibrahim, brother of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim.
The sources also said that the crime branch sleuths had found that Cronje and Chawla were putting up together in the same hotels in Mumbai, Delhi, Nagpur and Kochi. The investigating teams sent to all these cities had since returned to the capital and were analysing the record procured from there.
Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate was able to procure more records against some Mumbai and Delhi based bookies, the sources said.
Crime branch officials raided several places in Delhi and its adjoining areas over the past few days, but none has so far been arrested.
The police had managed to find out that a woman, who had allegedly acted as conduit between bookies and the South African cricketers, was operating from Mumbai and nearby Gujarat state. The lady has been linked by the investigating agencies with underworld gangs of Ibrahim and Chota Shakeel and was said to have been running the racket for these two gangs in the country, they said.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned a top businessman for alleged FERA violations in the match-fixing scandal after recovering a diary, which allegedly contains names and addresses of nine bookies and punters.
In another related development, crime branch sleuths found that Kalra had earlier been booked in 1996 along with another man for publication of obscene materials. The case came up for hearing in January this year where additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate J.R. Arayan had observed that it was fit for trial.
The Delhi police today said there was no evidence to point at involvement of any South African cricketer other than those already named in the sensational match fixing scandal even as it approached Interpol for more help with regard to investigations in the case.
They also denied involvement of any Indian cricketer in the multi-million dollar scandal which rocked the cricketing world.
As of now, no
additional information on the involvement of any South
African cricketer, other than those already mentioned, is
available in this case, Joint Commissioner of
police Dr K.K. Paul told PTI.
KARACHI, April 17 (Reuters) The judge who investigated allegations of corruption in Pakistan cricket said today he was convinced some players had been involved in match-fixing.
Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum also told Reuters he was disappointed that a report he submitted to the government with recommendations of penalties against the players had not been acted upon or released publicly.
I am convinced that some of the Pakistan players are involved in match-fixing. They deliberately threw a few games, Justice Qayyum said from Lahore.
I have recommended several punitive actions against those players, including life bans.
Justice Qayyum examined more than 75 witnesses in his two-year investigation before submitting his report to the Pakistan President, Mr Rafiq Tarar, who is also patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
There has been no further action on the report since it was submitted six months ago.
The saddest part
is that some of the players against whom I recommended
life bans are still playing cricket, he said.
The Judge refused to disclose the names of the players
and said he could not recall how many players he had
recommended disciplinary action against.
DURBAN, April 17 (PTI) Former South African Wicketkeeper Dave Richardson has claimed his team was offered $ 250,000 (about Rs.1.09 crore) by bookies to lose a one-day benefit tie played at Mumbai in 1996 and that it took three team meetings before the offer was rejected, the South African media has reported. Richardson claimed in the local media that the offer required South Africa to lose the game by 70 to 90 runs.
Nobody wanted to
play. It was a benefit match (for former India star
Mohinder Amarnath) which India had asked to upgrade to a
full one-day international, Richardson said, adding
that skipper Hansie Cronje was furious about it.
The first meeting took place at the Taj hotel. The
players decided to sleep on it. Nobody slept very well
and they returned for a second meeting. And a
third, he was quoted as saying.
RIO DE JANEIRO, April 17 (Reuters) Free-scoring Haiti hit another four goals past Bahamas yesterday to complete a 13-0 aggregate win and progress to the next stage of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying competition.
Vladimer Edouard, based with Italian third division side Cambo Basso, and Golman Pierre scored two apiece in Haitis 4-0 Caribbean zone second round, second leg win in Nassau.
We are going to continue working hard so we can go to the World Cup. But we know the next round will be tougher, said Edouard.
Haiti have averaged five goals a game in the tournament and are aiming to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1974. Their third round opponents will be Trinidad, who beat Dominican Republic 1-0 to complete a 4-0 aggregate win.
Trinidad were again without top striker Dwight Yorke after agreeing with his club Manchester United to rest him from the opening ties.
His services are likely to be needed against Haiti, as a place in the last 12 of the Concacaf tournament, where regional giants such as the USA and Mexico enter the fray, will be at stake.
Cuba, where soccer has always been a poor relation behind athletics, boxing and baseball, are also one step away from the last 12 after overcoming Surinam.
A goal-less draw away in Paramaribo gave Cuba a 1-0 aggregate win and a third-round tie against the winners of the Barbados-Aruba match.
Surinam resisted the temptation to lure Dutch-based professionals who are eligible to play for them and fielded only local players in their all-amateur side. They dominated the match, hitting the crossbar in the second half.
St Vincent, who were banned from fielding English-based striker Julian Joachim, overcame their frustration with a 1-0 win at home against St Kitts and Nevis in a second round, first leg tie. Substitute Marlon James scored the winner seven minutes from time with a rasping left-foot drive from 25 metres.
In the latest controversy over eligibility, to hit a Caribbean nation, Aston Villa striker Joachim had flown to the Caribbean island on Friday only to be told on arrival that FIFA had banned him from playing. FIFA said he had played for England at youth level in 1993 and was therefore ineligible to play for any other country.
Joachim, who said he felt terrible, appeared at the Park stadium before the match and was given a rapturous reception.
St Vincent coach Sam Carrington complained that his five foreign-based players had arrived only two days before the game.
The winners will take on either Antigua or Bermuda, who drew 0-0 in St Johns in their first leg. Antigua had got through to the second round on a bye after first round opponents Guyana were suspended by FIFA.
El Salvador made virtually sure of a place in the last 12 with a 3-1 win away to Belize, their third straight win in Central American preliminary round group A. Belize were left with no points and virtually eliminated.
In group B, Honduras struggled to a 1-0 away win against a Nicaraguan team made up mainly of university students. Luis Ramirez scored seven minutes from time to leave Honduras and Panama level on six points and Nicaragua eliminated with none.
CALCUTTA, April 17 (UNI) Reigning champions Punjab and Sind Bank retained the prestigious 105th Beighton Cup, edging past fighting Tamil Nadu XI 2-1 in an absorbing final at Mohun Bagan ground here today.
With this the bankmen, comprising nine former Olympians and internationals, returned with the worlds oldest hockey trophy for the second time in a row.
They were leading by a field goal in the first half off centre forward Parminder Singh (17th minute). Their second and winning goal came following a penalty corner in 38th minute through rightback Sharanjit Singh.
Rookie Tamil Nadu comprising youngsters, led by former international Pravakaran, despite losing their first final in the tournament returned home collecting the runners-up trophy as well as Rs 50,000 cash prize. Their equaliser came in the 47th minute through Gopinath, that too off a field goal.
It was Tamil boys, mostly students, who first made a goalbound move in the ninth minute through Cedric D Cruz and captain Pravakaran but it was wasted.
Eight minutes later, the bankmen repulsed the attack and fired the first salvo. A powerful cross from left out Sanjeev Kumar Dang was deflected to the board by former Olympian Parminder.
Later, on two occasions before the water break, Punjab and Sind Bank bombarded the rivals citadel, but Tamil Nadu goalie Aravinth reigned supreme saving the goals. The second one was an attack from ex-international Sandeep Singh Ghuman, who had scored a goal against Army XI yesterday.
Minutes after the breather, penalty corner specialist Sharanjit Singh took his team ahead further following a penalty corner.
But Tamil Nadu came back in the game a few minute later. Cedric had an almost decisive attempt hitting the ball on the run after dodging past a defender but bankmen custodian Alloysius Edwards came to the rescue on the goal-line. But Edwards could not save the second attack of Gopinath in the 47th minute conceding a goal that reduced the margin for Tamil Nadu. Nagendran of Tamil Nadu was main shotter for his team but poor shooting power failed the southern side.
NEW DELHI, April 17 (PTI) Junior national champion Radhika Tulpule won her opening round comfortably, but the day belonged to lucky loser Vishika Chhetri, who gave an ample display of her talent stretching Slovenian Svetla Bozicnik to three sets in the ITF Womens Circuit tennis here today.
Radhika disposed of compatriot Geeta Manohar 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour though Geeta fight back midway through the second set.
Vishika, who yesterday lost her final qualifying round match, cashed in on the lucky losers spot after Switzerlands Sabrina Corazza and eighth seed Sabrina Damakio (Argentina) failed to report today.
The young Indian recovered composure after losing the first set 3-6 and broke Svetla twice to win the second set 6-2. Vishika however failed to cope with the Slovenians powerplay under scorching heat and lost the decider 2-6.
Svetla awaits the winner of tomorrows first round match between top seed and favourite Nirupama Vaidyanathan and German Nina Egger.
Shalini Thakur beat Jasleen Randhawa 6-1, 6-3 and Tara Kanbargimath breezed past out-of-form Karishma Patel 6-4, 6-2 while another lucky loser Vishnu Preetham Mahalingam meekly surrendered to Slovenias Maja Mlakar 3-6, 0-6.
Third seed Urska Vesenjak of Slovenia faced some fight in the second set before downing Arthi Venkatraman 6-0, 7-5.
She started with a bang
to blank her opponent in the first set. The Indian
provided some fight in the second set and even led 4-3
with a break but Urska broke back before pocketing the
match 6-0, 7-5.
Hampstead golf from today
NEW DELHI, April 17 High intensity golf will be on view when the Rs 12 lakh prize money J Hampstead Open golf tournament gets underway at the par-72, 7070-yard DLF Golf and Country Club course at Gurgaon from tomorrow.
A number of leading golfers, including this years winner of the Color-Plus Open, Wills Western Open and the SRF Open and current No 1 Feroz Ali, No 2 ranked Mukesh Kumar, current leader of the prize money list, Vijay Kumar, Shiv Prakash, two-time Indian Open winner Ali Sher and Gaurav Ghei, will be vying for top honours in the tournament, which is the 20th event of this seasons Wills Sport Golf Tour.
There is a great deal of excitement among the players who see the opportunity of playing on a world class course as the main focus this week is going to be on the race for the Mahindra Golfer of the Year Award.
LUCKNOW, April 17 (UNI) Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja will be seen in action in the 50th All-India Sheesh Mahal Cricket Tournament starting here from April 19.
The longest surviving tournament of the country will be completing 50 years this year. This year the tournament will be a prize-money event. The winners will get Rs 1 lakh while the Runners-up shall pocket Rs 50,000.
Other notable players who are expected to play this year are Robin Singh, Doda Ganesh, Virendra Sehwag, Nikhil Chopra, Sunil Joshi, Nayan Mongia, Gyanendra Pandey, Mohd Kaif, J.P. Yadav, and Murali Kartik.
The tournament was started in 1951 by Mr Askari Hasan. The idea behind the tournament in summer months was to extend the cricket season which used to end with the onset of hot weather in India.
LUDHIANA, April 17 (FOSR) The Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA) will conduct trials to select the under-14 team here at Arya College for Boys on April 19 at 3.30 p.m., according to Mr Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, LDCA.
The selected players
will represent Ludhiana in the Punjab State
Inter-District Cricket Tournament to be organised from
April 26 at Chandigarh. Players born on or after April 1,
1986 are eligible for the trials.
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