banking on past for inspiration
Under-fire captain Sourav Ganguly will be looking for
inspiration from the past to lift his personal form as India go
into the crucial fourth one-day cricket international against
Pakistan here tomorrow seeking to regain the lost momentum.
team to miss fan support
than the unbearable heat, it will be the lack of adequate fan
support from home that is likely to dampen the spirit of the
Pakistan cricket team, eyeing a victory in the fourth ODI
against India to level the six-match series here on Tuesday.
passes: PIB fishes in troubled waters
Delhi, April 11
The Press Information Bureau (PIB), which has never handled
press passes for sports events, barring Arjuna Awards functions
at Rashtrapati Bhavan, has offered to handle media passes for
the one-day international between India and Pakistan at the
Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on April 17.
declines to stall Kotla match
Delhi, April 11
The Supreme Court today rejected a plea by an association of
structural engineers for stalling the final cricket match of the
current India-Pakistan series at the unfinished Ferozeshah Kotla
stadium here to be watched by Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf after the Centre and other concerned agencies gave
assurances of taking adequate measures for the security and
safety of the audience.
misses tie due to illness
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s chances of joining the Pakistan
cricket team on the India tour were smoked out after he missed a
domestic limited overs cricket match with illness.
bounce back with emphatic win
Stung by two successive defeats, Pakistan roared back with an
inspired all-round display to register a convincing 106-run
victory in the third one-day international against India to keep
themselves afloat in the one-day series here today.
were outplayed, concedes Ganguly
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today admitted that they were
thoroughly outplayed by Pakistan in the third one-day
international here and predicted a very close contest in the
last three matches of the series.
face do-or-die battle
Pushed into a corner after two defeats in a row, Pakistan face a
do-or-die battle when they take on arch-rivals India in the
third one-day international here tomorrow, hoping to contain the
rampaging hosts with a new bowling combination.
Pakistan can be disastrous
Jamshedpur has not been a lucky
ground for us, but we hope to change that on Saturday. It’s
not as hot here as it was in Kochi and Visakhapatnam, and we
hope it stays that way till the game is over.
hope to win next 3 matches: Younis Khan
Jamshedpur, April 8
Younis Khan today said his return to the side would bolster the
visitors' fightback in the limited overs cricket series and push
the six-match series against India all the way to a climax in
the final one-dayer at Delhi.
to hear Kotla stadium issue on Monday
Delhi, April 8
The Supreme Court today said it would take up an application on
Firoz Shah Kotla cricket ground safety certificate issue on
capable of bouncing back, says Inzamam
Jamshedpur, April 7
Inzamam-ul-Haq today conceded that the two defeats in the
six-match one-day series had shifted the balance in India’s
favour, but said his players had the capability to bounce back
despite being under pressure.
to include Younis, Kaneria
Jamshedpur, April 7
Pakistan will drop pace spearhead Mohammad Sami while leggie
Danish Kaneria and vice-captain Younis Khan, the latter
recovering from fever, will make a comeback to the side for the
third of the six-match one day series at the Keenan Stadium here
Jamshedpur, April 7
The International Cricket Council today reprimanded
Inzamam-ul-Haq for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the
second one-dayer against India, an incident for which the
Pakistan captain said he was ashamed of his behaviour.
sets April 10 as deadline
Last ODI against Pakistan
New Delhi, April 6
The Delhi and District Cricket Association has put April 10 as
the deadline to complete all the ongoing work at the Ferozeshah
Kotla ground, and make the stadium match-fit for the sixth and
final One-Day International tie between India and Pakistan to be
played on April 17.
has unearthed serious talent in Dhoni
is an ominous sign that India is scaling 350 on the board and
yet quite a few of their key batsmen are out of form: Sachin
Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif have all
not been amongst runs. To the largely two-faced Indian batting
of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid have now been added the
third dimension of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
to watch Shoaib, Shabbir
pace duo Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir Ahmed’s return to the
Pakistan side for the last two one-dayers against India will
depend on their match fitness and the PCB will keep an eye on
their performance in departmental games, according to chief
selector Wasim Bari.
blistering 148 powers Indian win
Rookie wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni slammed a
belligerent century to author India's comprehensive 58-run
victory over Pakistan in the high-scoring second cricket one-day
international here today.
Dhoni was a team decision: Ganguly
Visakhapatnam, April 5
Indian cricket captain
Sourav Ganguly today admitted that his poor batting form had
prompted the team management to promote young
wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the number three
position, a gamble which paid dividends for the team in the
second one-dayer against Pakistan.
inducted as cover to Balaji
Medium pacer Ajit Agarkar was today inducted as the 15th member
in the Indian squad for the third and fourth one-day
internationals against Pakistan.
to be given 2,000 tickets for Delhi one-dayer
Delhi, April 5
Citing that the under-construction Ferozeshah Kotla stadium can
accommodate only half its capacity in the sixth India-Pakistan
one-dayer on April 17, the DDCA has agreed to give 2,000 tickets
to the Pakistan Cricket Board, which had demanded at least
keen to maintain momentum
With the fluent win at Kochi providing a rocketing start to
their one-day campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan, India seem
to have quickly laid to rest the morale-shattering loss in the
Bangalore Test and would be keyed up to consolidate the
advantage with another good show in the second match here
comes to Ganguly’s defence
Visakhapatnam, April 4
Beleaguered Indian captain
Sourav Ganguly today got a much-needed confidence booster from
his deputy Rahul Dravid who said the stylish left-hander would
come out of his lean patch soon. “It is true that he has not
been getting runs of late. But I’m sure that he will come back
into runs sooner than later,” Dravid said.
hints at changes in top order
Notwithstanding the defeat in the opening one-dayer at Kochi,
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan today asserted that his side
had not run down in confidence but indicated changes at the top
of the batting order for tomorrow’s tie against India.
ODI: Pak team insured
Ahmedabad, April 4
Besides providing tight
security to the Pakistan cricket team, the visitors have also
been insured for Rs 2 crore for their fourth one-day match
against India to be played here next week. “All arrangements
are in place at the stadium to ensure that the match goes off
victory under trying conditions
We could not have asked for a
better way to start the Pepsi Cup one-day series. As we were
leaving Kochi on Sunday afternoon, dark clouds were gathering
and heavy rain followed. Perhaps that was the reason why the
weather was so humid on Saturday. The conditions really sapped
the energy of the players, but we left God’s Own Country a
tired but happy lot.
crush Pakistan by 87 runs
India bounced back from the numbing Bangalore Test loss to
thrash Pakistan by 87 runs in the first one-day international
here today, recording their first ODI win against their
arch-rivals at home since their famous World Cup quarterfinal
victory in 1996.
Kochi, April 2
87-run win over Pakistan in the first one-dayer has come as a
big relief for captain Sourav Ganguly, who confessed that his
team’s victory had relieved him of some pressure.
shake hands with HIV-positive kids
Thousands of cricket fans watched as little Bency and Benson,
two HIV-positive siblings, walked on to the field and shook
hands with Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Pakistani skipper
Inzamam-ul-Haq here today.
gets go-ahead to host match
New Delhi, April 1
The uncertainty over the
sixth one-dayer between India and Pakistan ended today with the
announcement that Delhi would indeed host the tie to be
witnessed by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.
set up to assist DDCA
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has set up an advisory
committee to help the Delhi and District Cricket Association to
hold the sixth one-day international at the Ferozeshah Kotla on
have a point to prove
India will be looking to buck a mini-losing streak against
arch-rivals Pakistan when they attempt to bounce back from the
Bangalore Test debacle in the first of six cricket one-day
cricket internationals to be held here tomorrow.
reigns over Delhi one-dayer
players arrive in Kochi
Match may be shifted to
Chandigarh, March 31
Till late in the evening
today, confusion reigned over the holding of the sixth and last
one-day match between India and Pakistan, originally scheduled
to be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on
A grand welcome in traditional Kerala style was accorded to the
Pakistan players, who arrived here this afternoon from Hyderabad
at the Kochi international airport for the first one-dayer to be
played on April 2. A large number of cricket fans had thronged
the airport to see the cricketers.
helps Inzamam reunite with Rashid Latif
Karachi, March 31
A great victory not only
unites the team further, but even repairs the severely dented
and crippled relations between the best of friends.
shines in Pakistan victory
Hyderabad, March 30
Shoaib Malik stole the limelight, hitting an unbeaten 81, as
Pakistan raced to an eight-wicket victory over India ‘A’ in
a one-day match at the HCA stadium near here today.
pins hopes on Ganguly instance
Lahore, March 30
Citing the case of Sourav Ganguly, PCB said they would appeal
against Match Referee Chris Broad’s one-Test ban on Inzamam-ul
Haq, hoping the ICC would revoke the ban even if that means
slapping another fine on the Pakistan skipper.
gets green signal for one-dayer
Delhi, March 29
The spoilsports who tried to scuttle the sixth One-Day
International match between India and Pakistan on 17th April at
the Ferozeshah Kotla ground was put on the back foot today when
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan gave his approval
to the venue after a surprise visit to the stadium.
Having been selected for the 14-member Indian squad for first
two one-day matches at Kochi and Visakhapatnam in the six-match
series scheduled to get under way on April 2, Punjab skipper
Dinesh Mongia looked a relieved man. “I will give my best if
selected to play for the country,” was the candid reply of the
Chandigarh left-handed batsman.
tale of two captains
If there were any moral winners in
the three-match India-Pakistan Test series which concluded at
Bangalore on Monday, then undoubtedly it would be Pakistan.
to believe that we lost
Even 24 hours later, I can’t
believe that we lost the Bangalore Test in such a disappointing
manner. It was a case of everything going wrong for us – from
the luck factor to our own gameplan, while everything went right
for the Pakistanis.
batting display costs India series
Quartet of Dravid, Tendulkar,
Ganguly, Laxman could
muster 39 runs
Bangalore, March 28
A determined Pakistan
restored their pride with a thrilling 168-run win over arch
rivals India in the third and final cricket Test, exploiting an
inept batting display by the hosts to level the series 1-1 here
were a bit too defensive, says Ganguly
Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today admitted that the
team had adopted a "defensive" approach after lunch on
the final day but gave full credit to Pakistan for bowling his
side out on a "good wicket" to win the match and level
the series 1-1.
Sachin Tendulkar today became the highest run-getter of India
when he surpassed Sunil Gavaskar’s aggregate of 10,122 runs in
the third and final cricket Test against Pakistan here.
slapped one-Test ban
push for series-levelling win
hopeful of bowling out India
A commanding performance by their top order helped Pakistan set
India a steep fourth innings target and push for a
series-levelling victory in the third and final cricket Test at
the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here today.
Bangalore, March 27
Pakistani leg spinner
Danish Kaneria, who claimed a five-wicket haul in India’s
first innings, today said he had the confidence to bowl the home
team out on the final day of the third Test tomorrow to enable
the visitors to level the series.
to go for victory: Laxman
Bangalore, March 27
Despite leading the series 1-0 and needing just a draw to clinch
the series, India would try its best to win the third and final
cricket Test against Pakistan, batsman VVS Laxman said here
VIP box to be ready for Pervez
Bangalore, March 27
The spectators’ stands at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla, where
India and Pakistan play the sixth and final one-dayer on April
17, might be incomplete but the VIP box will be in place for
visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. This nugget of
information surprisingly came not from the Delhi and District
Cricket Association, which controls Kotla, but from Pakistan
Cricket Board chief (PCB) Shaharyar Khan.
Khan (267) helps Pak amass 570
bowled ‘doosra’, says Harbhajan
Harbhajan excels with
An epic double century by Younis Khan set up a massive Pakistan
total and gave the visitors a chance to have a go at India in
the third and final cricket Test at the M Chinnaswamy stadium
Bangalore, March 25
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today
said he was unfazed by the controversy surrounding his bowling
action and bowled the 'doosra' liberally to claim a six-wicket
haul against Pakistan in the third and final Test here. "I
was not thinking of the ICC matter. Board is there to look after
the matter. I played my game.
century was never in mind: Younis
Bangalore, March 25
After helping Pakistan set-up a mammoth first innings score in
the third and final Test against India here, Younis Khan today
said notching up a triple century was never in his mind and the
visitors would press to level the series by winning the match.
on firm ground to win the match: Hanif
Impressed with the visitors' batting performance in the third
and final Test against India, former Pakistan captain Hanif
Mohammed today said the team was in a position to force a result
and square the three-match series.
admits he had opposed Shoaib’s inclusion
Karachi, March 25
The cold war between Inzamam-ul Haq and paceman Shoaib Akhtar
has come out in the open with the Pakistan cricket captain
admitting that he had opposed the inclusion of the bowler on a
few occasions due to his "non-cricketing attitude".
Karachi, March 25
Pakistan selectors left out
Shoaib Akhtar and made three changes to the squad currently in
India but had to give in to the team management's demand to
sacrifice an opener for a spinner when they announced the
16-member squad for the six-match one-day series against India
beginning on April 2.
Record-breaking tons by Haq, Younis
Bangalore, March 24
Triggering a run riot at the Chinnaswamy stadium, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq celebrated his 100th Test with an unbeaten 184 and along with deputy Younis Khan pulverised the Indian bowling to take Pakistan to a commanding 323 for two in the first innings at close of play on the opening day of the third and final Test here today.
Inzamam joins elite group
Bangalore, March 24
Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq today joined a select band of batsmen when he scored a century in his 100th Test, in the third and final cricket Test against India here.
Pakistan will not repeat the Kolkata blunder: Inzamam
Bangalore, March 24
Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who today celebrated his 100th Test with a masterly 184 not out, said his team would not repeat the mistake of Kolkata Test when they let India off the hook after dominating the match for the first two days.
Inzamam lauds Younis efforts
Bangalore, March 24
Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, elated over the three-figure mark in his 100th Test today, said the team was looking at a score of over 500 and looking for a victory to square the series against India.
India need win to improve
New Delhi, March 24
India can replace England on the number two position in the LG ICC Test Championship ranking if they record a victory against Pakistan in the ongoing third Test at Bangalore.
Shoaib unlikely for ODIs
Lahore, March 24
Pakistan’s worries with its pace battery could continue right into the six-match ODI series starting April 2, with Shoaib Ahktar a good two weeks away from regaining fitness and Shabbir Ahmed not impressing chief selector Wasim Bari with the five to six overs he sent down for National Bank at Karachi’s National Stadium today.
look to wrap up series
Brimming with confidence after a convincing 195-run win at
Kolkata, a resurgent India go into the third cricket Test here
tomorrow, seeking to post their first series triumph against
arch-rivals Pakistan on home turf in 25 years.
will not play for draw: Ganguly
Already one-up in the series, India would not play a negative
game to draw the third and final cricket Test commencing here
tomorrow, skipper Sourav Ganguly said today. “Obviously, we
will try and win this game.
threatens to refuse permission
Delhi, March 23
The sixth and final one-dayer between India and Pakistan has hit
a road block with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi threatening
to refuse permission for it till Feroze Shah Kotla ground is
foresees tough challenge from Pak
India will go all out to win the series against Pakistan and put
up yet another good performance, Indian coach John Wright said
today. Talking to newspersons here, he said “It is a good
situation to be in. We have won one Test, we will go in for
another one and win the series. With good batting conditions
here, I expect another good performance from the team.’’
will bounce back: Woolmer
Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer today said the team would bounce
back and aim for a positive result in the third and final test
against India, beginning at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on
an overrated coach: Intikhab
wrong with Harbhajan’s action: Wright
Former skipper and coach of the Pakistan team Intikhab Alam said
today that Bob Woolmer was an overrated coach and had never
managed to deliver for the Pakistan team since he had been
appointed coach of the Pakistan team almost an year ago.
Bangalore, March 22
Harbhajan Singh would
continue to bowl his "doosra" in the third cricket
Test against Pakistan here despite having been reported for a
suspect bowling action, coach John Wright said today.
ex-selector praises Dravid
Indian vice-captain Rahul Dravid has received lavish praise for
his superb batting in the Kolkata Test, but Pakistan coach Bob
Woolmer has been severely criticised by former chairman of the
national selection committee Salahuddin Ahmed.
India, Pak players take a day off
Bangalore, March 21
After two nerve-wracking Tests, Indian and Pakistani cricketers took a well-deserved break here today, ahead of the final Test starting on Thursday.
Harbhajan reported for suspect action
London, March 21
Harbhajan Singh has been reported for a suspect bowling action for the second
time in four months, but the Indian off-spinner will be eligible to play in this
week’s third Test against Pakistan as per the rules.
Rahul made a huge difference
A victory against Pakistan at Eden
Gardens was long overdue, and when it came, it concluded a very
well-fought Test match.
over Delhi hosting one-dayer
New Delhi, March 21
The suspense over Delhi
hosting the sixth and final one-dayer against Pakistan continued
with the cricket board’s Grounds and Pitches Committee chief
Venkat Sundaram saying that there were still some concerns which
needed to be addressed.
gives India a thumping victory
Anil Kumble once again proved to be Pakistan’s nemesis as he
ripped through their batting line-up to help India record a
thumping 195-run victory in the second Test at the Eden Gardens
here today. Kumble claimed seven for 63 for his 29th five-wicket
haul as Pakistan, chasing a daunting target of 422, were shot
out for 226 soon after tea on the fifth and final day.
Kaarthick put us in winning position: Ganguly
Kolkata, March 20
Terming the first-ever
victory against Pakistan here as one of the "better
wins" of the Indian team, skipper Sourav Ganguly today
praised his deputy Rahul Dravid for playing a crucial role in
giving the side 1-0 lead in the three match series. Ganguly also
described the first ball dismissal of Younis Khan on the fifth
and final day as the turning point of the riveting second Test
at the eden Gardens.
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq today blamed an
“irresponsible” approach by the batsmen and lack of
application by the spinners for the 195-run defeat against India
in the second cricket Test here.
poised for exciting finish
Kolkata, March 19
The second cricket Test
between arch-rivals India and Pakistan was poised on a razor’s
edge as Shahid Afridi cracked a blistering half century to
provide a blazing start for the visiting team’s chase of a
mammoth 422 to win. Chasing an improbable target after India had
declared their second innings at 407 for nine, Pakistan swung
the momentum a bit in their favour.
Dependable at his best
Rahul Dravid has once again proved to be Mr Dependable. It was
he who along with Dinesh Kaarthick steadied the team after the
dismissal of captain Sourav Ganguly.
regrets Sachin’s dismissal
Umpire Steve Bucknor has expressed regret for handing out a
wrong decision to Sachin Tendulkar when the latter looked set
for his record-breaking 35th century on the third day of the
second Test between India and Pakistan.
hit back with a vengeance
India roared their way back into the match as they broke through
the Pakistani line-up quickly and followed it up with a solid
batting display to put themselves in the driver’s seat in the
second cricket Test here today.
misses another opportunity
It was yet another frustrating day for Sachin Tendulkar as he
again missed an opportunity of completing his 35th Test century.
Two days ago, on the first day of the Test at the Eden Gardens,
he had completed 10,000 runs. Sachin will get yet another chance
in the third Test at Bangalore to achieve the landmark.
Youhana lead strong Pak reply
Kolkata, March 16
Vice-captain Younis Khan
and Yousuf Youhana cracked centuries to lead Pakistan's
resurgence on the second day and restore balance of the second
cricket Test against India here today.
400 runs is first target: Youhana
Kolkata, March 17
Pakistan vice captain Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana, who led a
Pakistani resurgence against India scoring a hundred each, are
looking at a first innings total of around 450-500 to put
pressure on the hosts in the second Test at the Eden Gardens
Harbhajan bring excitement
An hour-long Anil Kumble-Harbhajan Singh batting partnership
today brought some excitement and cheer to the otherwise dull
and monotonous Indian innings, which ended 15 minutes before the
to watch last one-dayer at Delhi
ton helps India recover
Kolkata, March 16
Rahul Dravid cracked a
scintillating century but India lost three batting stalwarts in
a span of 19 balls to allow arch rivals Pakistan claw back into
the second cricket Test here today.
of cricket left in me’
Kolkata, March 16
Star batsman Sachin
Tendulkar was definitely a happy man to join the 10,000-run club
in Test cricket, but was not disappointed for missing out on
scoring the record-making 35th Test hundred on the opening day
of the Indo-Pak match here today.
felicitates centurion Bucknor
Steve Bucknor was felicitated by the BCCI for becoming the
world’s first umpire to stand in 100 Tests today.
looking for that extra push
Kolkata, March 15
After failing to translate
a definite advantage into victory in the series opener, India go
into the second cricket Test beginning here tomorrow looking for
that elusive extra push to put it across arch-rivals Pakistan,
who appear more confident after coming back from the brink at
keyed up to win Test, says Ganguly
Kolkata, March 15
Indian skipper Sourav
Ganguly today threw the gauntlet at arch rivals Pakistan, saying
that his side was all keyed up to win the second cricket Test
beginning here from tomorrow.
likely to be in final XI
Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is confident that the victory
which the Indian team missed in the Mohali Test will materialise
at the Eden Gardens.
to be felicitated
Steve Bucknor will receive the Golden Bails Award for completing
the unique ‘ton’ of officiating in 100 Tests from the
International Cricket Council President Ehsan Mani.
need killer instinct, says John Wright
The Indian cricketers were more hungry for a win at the Eden
Gardens after failing to give the final push for victory in
the Mohali Test despite having Pakistan on the mat, team coach
John Wright said today.
Test is 50:50, says Woolmer
likely for Kochi one-dayer
Delhi, March 14
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s cricket diplomacy is
on, but he is most likely to see the first India-Pakistan
one-dayer in Kochi on April 2, official sources said today.
result has made us more focused
Getting so close to victory and
not being able to pull it off has left the entire team very
disappointed, but it has also made us more focused for the
expects crowd of over 100,000
The president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Mr
Jagmohan Dalmiya, has expressed confidence that the second
India-Pakistan Test, beginning at the Eden Gardens on March
16, would have an audience of over 1 lakh.
during Bangalore Test
report flays Koertzen, Hair
Lahore, March 14
Though the Pakistan
think-tank did not openly voice their displeasure over the
standard of umpiring in the Mohali Test, they have rated
umpires Rudi Koertzen and Darrell Hair poorly in the match
reports, according to a daily.
favourites for 2nd Test: Inzamam
Karachi, March 13
Despite his team’s
herculean effort to hold the Indians in the first Test at
Mohali, Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq feels that the
hosts would still be the favourites for the second Test at
Kolkata beginning on Wednesday.
inspects pitch at Eden Gardens
exclusion baffling, says Qadir
Kolkata, March 13
Leg spin legend Abdul Qadir has criticised the omission of
offie Harbhajan Singh from the Indian team in the Mohali Test
and said the absence of a second spinner snatched victory from
the home side.
XI beat Kapil XI
fined for excessive appealing
New Delhi, March 13
Medium pacer Laxmipathy Balaji has been fined 30 per cent of
his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during
India’s first Test match against Pakistan in Mohali.
lacked hunger on the field
India could not quite finish the job of winning the Mohali
Test, it was because the team did not show the hunger on the
field. They didn't have the body language of a winner.
teams leave the city
Pakistan cricket team captain Inzamam ul Haq had a tough
massage done on him. His teammates, along with some Indians,
dipped themselves in a hotel pool, and Sachin Tendulkar, after
days of abstinence, finally ordered a big meal on the last day
of the stay here.
kids strike a chord with ‘Bhajji’
The smile on their faces narrated a story. It conveyed a lot
of happiness, and awe. It was Theatre Age’s slum
children’s day out and dream date with cricketing star
Harbhajan Singh. And of course, it came packed with a lot of
steals India’s thunder
Even before the first
ball had been bowled at the PCA Stadium in Mohali today,
everybody was speaking of an Indian victory. It was not a
matter of if, but when.
hospitality bowls over Chacha Jalil
Though the Indian team
failed to bowl out the Pakistani side today, Punjabis here
have certainly bowled over their Pakistani guests with their
defends decision to play 3 seamers
Expressing disappointment over India’s failure to force a
victory in the first Test at Mohali, skipper Sourav Ganguly
said the team would try to achieve a favourable result in the
next Test in Kolkata.
Akmal turned the match on its head
someone was to compare epic knocks played by batsmen, the 109
by little Kamran Akmal of Pakistan will rank very high.
Pak captains shower praise on team
Pakistan’s former captains were unanimous in hailing the
achievement of Inzamam-ul-Haq’s men who returned from the
dead to hold India to a draw in the first cricket Test at
Pak ruins India’s party
escapes hosts through third slip, yet carnival spirit lingers
Chandigarh, March 12
In the end, the jam-packed house went back with the
consolation prize: that they had witnessed the best-ever
fightback by Pakistan in recent memory. But they had come this
morning charged with the scent of victory.
apathy shatters potter’s labour of love
Only a few days ago, Vishnu Prajapati, the obscure potter from
a small colony in Chandigarh had hit national headlines for
the ingeniousness of his self-assigned task — the creation
of a massive ceramics bat for the winning team of the Mohali
visit fans’ homes
In first-of-its-kind event, Pepsi today took the cricket fever
sweeping the city to a new high by taking some of the popular
Indian and Pakistani cricketers to homes of consumers here.
greetings overwhelm guests
Destitute women from Burail village today contributed their
bit to the Indo-Pakistan friendship by making hundreds of
special “rainbow greeting cards” on the theme of peace and
conciliation. Designed over a period of time, the cards were
released today by Director Social Welfare UT, Ms Madhavi
have fallen in love with India, says Pak guest
The euphoria over cricket is over in the city with the
conclusion of first Test match that ended in a draw. The match
played between traditional rivals India and Pakistan at the
Punjab Cricket Association ground, here, evoked lot of
passions and emotions. The match also provided an opportunity
to remove misunderstandings from the minds of people of both
put up a fight, but wilt under Balaji’s spell
Pakistan were staring
down the barrel of a gun at the end of the fourth day’s play
against India in the first match of the three-Test series at
the PCA Stadium here today.
aim to set target of 200 runs: Kaneria
Pakistan are looking to bat well enough and put nearly 200
runs on the board to keep their hopes of saving the first Test
against India alive. “We cannot say much at the moment. Let
us see what happens if we put 200 runs on the board,”
leg-spinner Danish Kaneria said.
Umpire Hair made glaring mistake
Lethal swing bowling by Tamil
Nadu fast bowler Laxmipathy Balaji , returning to Test cricket
after a very long gap forced by a pelvic injury, and the
glaring error in judgement by Australian umpire Darrell Hair
when he ruled Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq leg before
wicket to Anil Kumble will not only count as the turning point
of the fourth day’s play on Friday, but also as the turning
point of the first Test match between India and Pakistan at
squad retained for Kolkata Test
faith in the squad playing in the ongoing Mohali Test, the
BCCI has retained the same squad for the second Test scheduled
to begin at Kolkata on March 16.
to watch one-dayer
The Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf, has in principle
accepted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s invitation to visit
India to watch one of the India-Pakistan cricket matches,
informed sources told The Dawn on Thursday. Sources said dates
for the President’s visit would soon be firmed up through
tough with VIPs at Mohali
It was certainly not the day for VIPs at the Punjab Cricket
Association Stadium today. Playing tough with VIP visitors
including Ministers, who tried their best to gain access to
the Indian and Pakistan cricket teams, the International
Cricket Council’s security representative today directed
them to stay away.
reiterates demand to set up BCCI-owned TV channel
Mr I.S. Bindra, president of the PCA, and Mr Lalit Modi,
president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, reiterated
their demand to set up a BCCI-owned TV channel without any
further delay. They said the delay in setting up the channel
was leading to huge financial losses.
row over pass privilege
Two matches were on at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA)
stadium today. While the Indian and Pakistani cricket teams
battled it out in the lush green fields of the stadium, the
PCA officials and the Punjab police today fought their own war
Thousands of cricket lovers daily make beeline to watch the
India-Pakistan Test series at PCA stadium, Mohali, which will
conclude tomorrow. But sadly, the organisers have ignored the
cause of physically challenged. There is no separate entry for
Pakistanis leave town to visit other places
Even before the Mohali Test comes to a close, a significant
number of Pakistani visitors today abandoned the VIP blocks at
the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium, reserved for
of 28 milch cattle forces officials to sit up
village (Kharar), March 11
A dairy farmer loses six of his precious buffalo to a
mysterious disease. But no official notice is taken. The toll
of milch animals in the village reaches at 28 in just two
months. It was callousness on the part of the officials of
Department of Animal Husbandry, Punjab, which prevented them
from taking serious action.
The Rangpurias residence in Sector 49 has been buzzing with
activity ever since their Pakistani guests walked into their
house and hearts four days back. They can’t contain their
happiness at being able to host the guests and are playing
indulging parents to the six youth, four boys and two girls.
women ‘lack freedom to do their own thing’
Bopping, revelry and bonhomie galore!
bat, an expression of his passion for cricket
Cricket, passion and people are inextricably linked. It is the
immense love and passion for the game that has inspired local
craftsman Vishnu Prajapati to make a gigantic bat. His
emotions moulded in the shape of a 21-foot-long giant bat are
indeed spectacular. It weighs around 125 kgs.
falls near peak
Little master Sachin
Tendulkar failed to scale cricket’s Mount Everest at the PCA
Stadium at Mohali today, the third day of the opening match of
the three-Test series against Pakistan.
keeps an eagle eye on cricketers
Mohali, March 10
A smartly dressed Sardar
paces a long room at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium at
Mohali. Entry to this room is allowed only if the visitor is a
VVIP like a Governor or a Chief Minister. Like an eagle, he
quietly observes everything in the room.
will look for 250-plus lead: Sehwag
India will be looking for a lead of 250 to 300 runs, Virender
Sehwag, the first innings centurion in the first Test against
Pakistan, said. “We are in a good position at the moment.
When Dame Luck smiled
luck must take the honours of day three of the first Test
between India and Pakistan at the PCA Stadium at Mohali on
Thursday. While admitting that every team needs a slice of
luck to swing the game its way, Dame Luck seemed to have
helped India a wee bit too much, at least so far in the match.
needed a giant effort
not handled well: Sohail
Aamir Sohail, known from his doggedness on the field and who
along with Saeed Anwar formed perhaps the most successful
opening pair from Pakistan, was neither happy with the
Pakistan team composition, nor was he happy to see his team
struggle in the first Test at Mohali. During a chat with The
Tribune, he looked concerned not only about the team
performance, but other issues as well.
town awaits Inzamam
Residents of this town are eagerly awaiting the arrival of
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has expressed his
desire to visit his ancestral house and the Chaar Qutab
Dargaah, of which his grandfather was once in charge.
disappointed as Sachin, Sehwag miss milestones
It was an opportunity that will go down in the annals of
history as a ‘big miss’. The Punjab Cricket Association
Stadium in Mohali lost a lifetime opportunity to become a part
of history ‘where legendary Sachin Tendulkar hit the 35th
century of his career’, but this did not happen.
repeats century at PCA stadium
The Punjab Cricket Association cricket ground in Mohali has
proved lucky for Virender Sehwag, a dashing Indian opener
batsman, who today became the 16th batsman to score a century
at PCA stadium, Mohali.
to ek bahana hai...
Cricket has taken a back seat. Thousands of Pakistani visitors
who have flocked to the city to watch the cricket teams
battling it out termed the game to be an excuse to visit
praises Indian batsmen
Money in cricket has grown manifold which is good for everyone
said Rehman Bukhari, former chief of PCB, Pakistan who visited
the Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, this evening. Bukhari, a
former cricketer said in earlier days, players used to get a
meagre amount in the Test matches.
of 700 Pak guests extended
More than 700 Pakistani visitors today got their visas
extended to travel to various places in India. SSP Ropar S.P.
Singh, said Pakistanis today were permitted to go to Agra
Shimla, Delhi and Ajmer.
students feel it’s second home
Pakistani students interacted with their counterparts from
Punjab at a function organised by the Nehru Memorial
Government College Old Students Association, Mansa, at
Kalagram here today.
enjoy being ushers at stadium
Among the hoards who are thronging the Punjab Cricket
Association (PCA) stadium here, 20 students of the Yadvindra
Public School stand out. Disciplined, uniformed and at their
social best, this group of 10 boys and 10 girls is being the
him match was excuse to get visa
On his first trip to India, Khaakzadah M. Anwar Kamal is full
of admiration and awe for the overwhelming affection and warm
hands of friendship that engulfed him as soon as crossed over
to Wagah. And what has touched him most is the love that
Indians have shown.
guests treated to dance and dinner
It was dance and enjoyment for hundreds of Pakistanis, who had
gathered at a restaurant here this evening. The men from
across the border danced to the latest Hindi tunes and enjoyed
sher-o-shaiyri, at a special feast organised by the
selling eatables do brisk business
Owners of rehris have been doing brisk business in front of
the gates of the PCA stadium here after the Municipal Council
allowed them to stay put in view of unavailability of adequate
food material for police personnel on duty.
to begin at 9.30 am
Cricket match of the high profile Test series at PCA Stadium,
Mohali, will start at 9.30 a.m. on Friday instead of 10 a.m.
This was necessitated due to curtailed play and required overs
could not be bowled, according to a press note of the Punjab
shines on rain-hit day
There are very few
superlatives which one can use to describe Virender Sehwag’s
batting when he is in full flow. Very few bowlers can contain
the Indian opener when he is determined to make his bat do the
talking. A player of his nature makes little distinction
whether he is playing Test cricket or an one-dayer.
invites Pervez to watch match
Delhi/Islamabad, March 9
India has invited
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to watch one of the
matches in the current Indo-Pak cricket series and Pakistan
said the General was “positively thinking” of visiting
wants India to post 500-plus total
Mohali, March 9
Virender Sehwag is known
for his carefree ways while on the batting crease. He was as
cavalier while handling queries from the media after his
superb knock here today. The swashbuckling batsman played a
scintillating innings and remained unbeaten on 95 as India
finished the second day of the first Test here at 184.
will rue dropped catches
two dropped catches of India’s opening batsman Virender
Sehwag could well be the turning point of the second day of
play of the first Test between India and Pakistan at the PCA
Stadium at Mohali on Wednesday. And as the game unfolds over
the next three days, the visitors could well rue what would
have happened if they had held their chances.
was not handled properly: lntikhab
“Unfortunately, Saqlain Mushtaq was not handled properly. He
was a world-class spinner and a match-winner,” Intikhab Alam,
Punjab Ranji team coach, said today. Alam is known for his
forthright views and was speaking at the PCA Stadium today.
favours CEO for BCCI
Indian cricket must become totally professional if it has to
improve the way it has over the years, specially over the past
decade. This was the view of Mr Raj Singh Dungarpur, a former
president of the BCCI, who was at the PCA Stadium in Mohali
today to watch the proceedings of the first Test between India
to remain unsparing
You must be mistaken if you thought the rain gods would change
track to oblige Punjab Cricket Association which is in charge
of cricket affairs at Mohali. The only way to keep them in
good humour now is to keep the fingers crossed.
cloudburst puts rain gods to shame
Mohali, March 9
As if the euphoria
generated by Indians welcoming Pakistani visitors was not
enough, the rain gods too seem inclined to help the
Pakistanis. Weather played an instrumental role in washing
away the pre-lunch session of second day of the test match
being played at Mohali.
line roads for a glimpse of heroes
Cricket mania has taken the entire city in its grip. Those who
could not cheer the home team at the Punjab Cricket Stadium
stadium in Mohali, managed to get a glimpse of the Indian
cricket gods while they were leaving the stadium after the
hospitality floors guests from Pakistan
Our guests from Pakistan were on Cloud 9 tonight. Smitten by
the lavish dinner arrangements made at Chandigarh Club, they
literally floundered for words when accosted for reactions.
Overwhelmed by the care and affection showered on him and his
compatriots by the Indians, Nasir Mehmood, a real estate
developer from Lahore, donated Rs 7,000 to the Chandi Kusht
Ashram in Sector 47 in Chandigarh yesterday.
for forbidden pleasure
Most Pakistanis used cricket as an opportunity to come to
India, but contrary to their public claims about love for the
game, most Pakistani visitors admit in private that cricket
has provided them the much needed excuse to visit India.
extension, a dream come true
More than 500 Pakistani visitors got their visa extension to
travel to various places in Punjab today. The SSP, Ropar, who
is authorised to extend visas all over Punjab today stated
that majority of the visa extension were given for Amritsar.
17 market buzzing with guests
The Sector 17 market is buzzing with activity these days. The
latest craze among youths and older people is to identify
guest from Pakistan strolling around in the market. On a visit
to the main market this correspondent saw local boys and even
children asking their parents curiously, ‘Mama is that a
Pakistani or a Hindustani?
Pak patients discharged
Two Pakistani citizens, Mohammad Sohail Afzal Butt of Lahore
and Mohammad Arshad Khan who were admitted to a hospital here
were discharged today.
is beautiful: Salman Butt
It was total chaos at a leading Sector 17 footwear showroom
this evening. People thronged the shop to have a glimpse of
Pakistan cricketers who had come to visit the showroom at the
invitation of the company.
advocates fresh ideas for security environment
In the backdrop of emergence of new, multi-dimensional threats
to security and the changing nature of warfare, the Governor
of Punjab, Gen S F Rodrigues (retd) called for fresh ideas,
new methods and concepts which were suited to the local
political, economic social and security environment.
“Lahori” poet with anti-war poems
Chandigarh, March 9
Among the thousands who
have arrived from across the border to be part of the Indo-Pak
cricket Test at Mohali is Raja Sadiqullah, a well-known poet
of Punjabi from Lahore.
send Pak packing
Laxmipathy Balaji signalled his return to Test cricket with a
career-best figure of five for 76 as Pakistan, after losing
three quick wickets before lunch with only 89 runs on the
board, did well to recover to end day one of the first Test
against India at the PCA Stadium at Mohali today at 312 all
well against Pak a challenge: Balaji
“It is always a challenge to do well against Pakistan,”
Laxmipathy Balaji, who emerged hero for India taking his
maiden five-wicket haul and playing a key role in India
restricting Pakistan to a modest total in the first Test here.
The toss held the key
toss was crucial at the PCA Stadium at Mohali on Tuesday. And
it also turned out to be the turning point of day one of the
first Test between India and Pakistan.
more than cricket as peaceniks join the game
The title of a book on the match-fixing scandal was called
‘It’s Not Quite Cricket’ but going by the emotional high
on both sides of the border as the Indo-Pak Test series
started today in Mohali shows that it is much more than
In video: Pakistani
visitors bowled over by Indian hospitability. (28k,
colours of a passion — cricket
become ‘us’ at Mohali
Emotions of Friendship, love, and brotherhood between
traditional rivals ruled the first day of the test series
between India and Pakistan, both inside and outside the
stadium. Professing a lasting relationship strengthened with
emotional bonding, Indians and Pakistanis took the bilateral
ties between the two nations a step ahead, using cricket as an
lost, and found
In the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here a few friends
were discussing cricket when suddenly bollywood actress of
yesteryears Sharmila Tagore appeared and asked “Where was I
match: who will pay for security?
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) and the Punjab police
seem to be heading for conflict on who will pay for the
security by the Punjab police inside and outside the stadium.
occupancy in hotels
Guests go for
Several city hotels which had cancelled corporate bookings to
host Pakistani visitors have been incurring heavy losses as
most of them have gone elusive.
The ace Pakistani all-rounder Abdul Razzaq had been waiting
for seven years to repay his debt to a local doctor who had
operated upon him in 1997 when the player injured his leg in a
match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Mohali.
set up for guests from Pak
The Sector 17 market is wearing a festive look these days.
Different counters have been set up by the Municipal
Corporation and the Traders Association, Sector 17, in order
to help the guests from Pakistan.
extends visas of 12 Pak guests
Pakistani visitors to Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula now can
travel up to Delhi and Ajmer.
at PCA stadium go without water
The 2000 police personnel on guard duty outside the Punjab
Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here today went without
water for over 7 hours. The men were called for duty at 6 am
in the morning and till lunch time at 1 pm, no arrangements
were in place for water for these policemen.
not match, interests visitors
Even as the Pakistan cricketers had a tough time against the
Indians at the PCA Stadium in Mohali today, a large number of
young visitors had a gala time outside the stadium.
status giving Pakistanis tough time
Their crossover from Wagah gave them a high. A welcome exuding
Indian warmth, red carpets rolled out wherever they went, the
Pakistani nationals couldn’t have asked for more and thus
began their Indian dream. After all, camarderie was all the
Indo-Pak cricket series was about. That, of course, is
guests’ pockets picked’
Though the first day of the Indo-Pak Test match remained
peaceful, complaints of pick pocketing were received.
likely to play 3 seamers
The start of a Test
series is always a very testing time for any captain. It will
be more so for Sourav Ganguly when his squad take on Pakistan
in the first Test beginning at the PCA Stadium in Mohali
left out of squad
In what could be termed as a jolt to local fans, swashbuckling
batsman Yuvraj Singh and pace bowler Ashish Nehra have been
left out of the Indian squad for the first Test beginning at
the PCA Stadium here tomorrow.
won’t watch Kolkata Test’
Delhi, March 7
There is no truth in reports that Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf would be watching the Indo-Pak cricket match in
Kolkata, sources told The Tribune today.
have edge in Tests: Rameez Raja
Former Pakistani batsman Rameez Raza today said India had an
edge over Pakistan in the Test series. He reached India along
with 578 Pakistani cricket enthusiasts today to watch the
won’t distract us from cricket
Baisakhi has come a month
earlier to Chandigarh. The weather, which was bitingly cold
just 10 days ago, has become extremely pleasant, and the
entire city is getting ready for the meeting not only of the
two teams but also of the Indian and Pakistani supporters.
warriors’ Test begins
The ‘warriors’ are here again after a gap of six years.
The last encounter at Mohali, a one-dayer, was tense and
tough, and even before the teams had landed, battelines had
been drawn. It was the first thaw and the colours of bonhomie
Hindu in Pak team visits Mansa Devi temple
Pakistani player Danish Prabhashankar Kaneria visited to Mata
Mansa Devi temple here, today. He is the only Hindu player of
the visiting Pakistani cricket team. He had ‘darshan’ of
goddess seek blessings. He was taken to the temple in a
cricket fans turn businessmen
Pak guests who have come to the City Beautiful to watch the
high profile Indo-Pak Test match were seen in a different
orole taoday. Some of them have brought ‘saugaats’ for
their brethren here, but at a price.
team to miss Shoaib Akhtar
The Pakistan XI will certainly miss their star bowler Shoaib
Akhtar since he gives a scare to Indian batsmen. This was
stated by maestro spinner Harbhajan Singh. He came to the DAV
College cricket coaching centre, Sector 10, at the invitation
of DAV College Principal Subhash Marriya and former Test
player Yograj Singh. He was accompanied by local Indian team
manager Ranjit Bajaj.
hearts and homes of people
It is in the hearts and homes of the people of this township
that Pakistan and India came to being the one nation that we
were before the Partition. For those Mohali residents who had
offered to accommodate Pakistani visitors, the morning dawned
with their wishes coming true. And for the “brothers”
across the border, the greetings and welcome they received in
these houses was beyond their imagination.
play spoilsport, say students
The Indo-Pak match is being held at the wrong time in the city
and school students couldn’t agree more. While cricket is
weighing on their minds, they have the arduous task of keeping
their heads buried in their books since it is examination time
as well. The excitement in the city is almost infectious and
the students are having a tough time keeping the cricket
frenzy at bay.
away with trade barriers, say Pakistani guests
Impressed by quality products available at less rates in
India, a section of young Pakistani traders stressed the need
for doing away with trade barriers to allow an integrated
India, Pakistan and Bangladesh market to take on the European
dreams of a role in Indian films
Here is a fan from Pakistan, the likes of whom Sanjay Dutt
will not even find in India. Shakeel, a budding journalist
from Pindi, Pakistan, has a collection of over a thousand
photos of the actor. “The craze started in 1992 when I saw
his film “Khalnayak.” Since then I have collected each and
every picture of Sanjay Dutt. I have at least 30 albums of
these pictures now,” he said.
host dinner for Pak guests
The Chandigarh Club will host qawaalli night to entertain
guests from Pakistan on March 11. It has been also chosen as
the venue for hosting dinner for 2500 persons from Pakistan by
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on March 9.
counters to assist Pak guests
The police has set up special counters at Cricket Stadium in
Sector 16 and at the police Headquarters in Sector 9 to
provide information and assistance to Pakistani guests.
impresses visitors from Pak
The 300 Pak visitors to the township, impressed by the lush
green gardens, compare it to Islamabad — the most beautiful
city in Pakistan. In town as part of the team visiting India
for the Indo-Pak test match at Mohali, the visitors from
across the borders say that they were impressed with the
held for selling tickets on black market
A resident of Phase X here was today arrested on a charge of
selling tickets on the black market of the cricket Test match
between India and Pakistan starting tomorrow.
couple’s son has brush with cops
Ranjit Bajaj, local manager of the Indian Cricket team and son
of a Punjab bureaucrat couple, had a scuffle with a policeman
here outside the PCA main gate this afternoon.