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India keen on making winning start
New Delhi, March 27
Rahul Dravid is determined to begin the seven-match One-Day International series against England on a winning note. The Indian captain’s face lit up with a quiet smile after a workout at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here today, where the first ODI will be played tomorrow, as he found the track very “sporting”.


England cricket team captain Andrew Flintoff and Rahul Dravid pose with the TVS Cup for the India-England One-Day Series after a practice session at The Ferozshah Kotla Cricket Ground in New Delhi England cricket team captain Andrew Flintoff (left) and Rahul Dravid pose with the TVS Cup for the India-England One-Day Series after a practice session at The Ferozshah Kotla Cricket Ground in New Delhi on Monday.
— AFP photo



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Flintoff plays down pellets’ incident
New Delhi, March 27
England’s stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff today played down his claims of being shot at during a one day match against India in 2002 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, which hosts the first of the seven-match series here tomorrow.

Dravid walks out of press conference
New Delhi, March 27
The sports journalists fraternity was seen in poor light today when the Indian captain Rahul Dravid walked out of a press conference at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here today.

Dalmiya grilled for over seven hours
Mumbai, March 27
Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and three former board officials were today grilled for over seven hours by the officials of the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Crime Branch in a case of misappropriation of BCCI funds. The other former members of the BCCI to appear before the EOW today were former Secretary S K Nair, former treasurer Kishore Rungta and former joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai.

Former President of Board of Control for Cricket in India Jagmohan Dalmiya appears before the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police in Mumbai on Monday. — PTI photo
Former President of Board of Control for Cricket in India Jagmohan Dalmiya appears before the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police in Mumbai

BCCI invites bids
New Delhi, March 27
The BCCI today invited bids for in-stadium and on-air promotion rights for the two one-day internationals against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi next month.

Asif, Farhat give Pak the edge
Colombo, March 27
Fast bowler Asif Mohammad and opening batsman Imran Farhat handed Pakistan the initiative on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka today. Asif snared four for 41 as Sri Lanka were skittled out for 185 and then left-handed Farhat scored 69 from 90 balls to consolidate his team’s advantage.

Mohammad Asif makes a successful lbw appeal against Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga on the second day of the first Test in Colombo on Monday. — Reuters photo

Ponting puts Aussies on top
Durban, March 27
Ricky Ponting’s prolific batting set Australia up in their push for victory in the second Test against South Africa today. South Africa, set a target of 410, were 29 for no wicket at close.
Mohammad Asif makes a successful lbw appeal against Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga on the second day of the first Test in Colombo

Narang books Olympic berth
Beijing, March 27
Fresh from his Commonwealth success, Indian shooter Gagan Narang today upset China’s Liu Tianyou to win the gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the World Cup in Guangzhou and book a berth for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Jasjeet happy with hockey team’s show
Shahbad (Kurukshetra), March 27
Hockey player Jasjeet Kaur, who was part of the team which won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, has expressed satisfaction over the team’s performance. Jasjeet, 18, had just arrived at her house in Shahbad from Australia when The Tribune team met her.

Cash reward for winners from HP
Shimla, March 27
The Himachal government has announced cash rewards for the three sportspersons from the state who won medals for the country in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Melbourne.

Minister seeks jobs for medal winners
Chandigarh, March 27
Ms Kiran Choudhary, Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Forest and Culture, today urged the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to provide houses and government jobs to Haryana players who won laurels at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

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India keen on making winning start
M. S. Unnikrishnan

New Delhi, March 27
Rahul Dravid is determined to begin the seven-mat
ch One-Day International (ODI) series against England on a winning note. The Indian captain’s face lit up with a quiet smile after a workout at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here today, where the first ODI will be played tomorrow, as he found the track very “sporting”.

With Virender Sehwag passing the fitness test, India’s opening slots are settled.

Sehwag is sure to open the Indian innings tomorrow with another Delhi boy, Gautam Gambhir, though Dravid has not given any hint about the other slots.

Dravid is keen to quickly erase the bad memory of the 212-run defeat in the third Test in Mumbai and he was pleased like a punch at the green ground and sporting wicket of Ferozeshah Kotla. But his mood was spoilt for a brief while when press photographers and television crew jostled for space at his media briefing, and created a ruckus.

The absence of Sachin Tendulkar has created space for fielding a promising batsman like Venugopala Rao, who has been scoring runs by the tons in domestic cricket, or Suresh Raina, or both.

Mohammad Kaif, who had shown blazing form with the bat in the first Test at Mohali and the warm-up one-day tie against the visitors at Jaipur on Saturday, will get another chance to shame the selectors who have been toying with his career despite his fine showings.

Dravid refused to divulge his game plan and the final eleven for tomorrow’s tie, giving scope for the guessing game, though it is almost certain that pacers Irfan Pathan, S Sreeshanth and Munaf Patel would play. In the absence of Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh too may make it into the eleven as the Kotla wicket invariably aides the slow bowlers.

Sehwag, who missed the Test against Sri Lanka at Kotla in December last year due to a “throat infection”, will be raring to have a go at the English bowling which he could not dominate in the Test series.

The match will be played on a new strip, not the ones used for the matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. "This pitch has more for the bowlers. It is different from what we saw against Pakistan and Lanka," the captain observed.

He said it looked like a sporting wicket “and should be a good batting track as the match progresses”. And he was happy too that there was “depth” in bowling. "It's nice to have depth in bowling," Dravid said.

He was happy that he had the talent at his command to make the right choices. "Decent bench strength is important," he admitted, and true to his words, did not make much of Munaf Patel bruising his heel while practising. "Nothing alarming," said the skipper about Munaf’s injury. Dravid wants the top-order batsmen to score big runs to put a decent total on the board. "We would like the top order to fire”, he noted.

Dravid felt that “losing Tendulkar was bad enough as he was an important part of our attack against Pakistan (he bowled too)”. The 14 ODI matches to be played this year (seven against England and seven against the West Indies) will be utilised by the team think-tank to “assess” the Indian players and make the right choices for the World Cup in the West Indies next year. “We are developing our team for the World Cup”, Dravid added.

The shoddy fielding and the spilled catches in the Test series were major concerns for the captain, and he has set out to address these flaws in the one-day squad. “We are developing close-in fielders, have to work on our batting and fielding."

England captain Andrew Flintoff exuded tremendous confidence as the incredible victory in Mumbai to square the Test series seems to have given him a new high. He looked cheerful and full of confidence after spending three days with his family in England.

Flintoff, who has become a role-model for his team and fans back home after his stellar deeds in the Test series though he was only a “stand-in” captain who got the top job only because Michael Vaughan got injured, was looking forward to the ODI series. And if he succeeds in the ODI series, then Vaughan will have difficulty regaining his captaincy. But keeping the top job was farthest from Flintoff’s mind, as his immediate goal was to succeed in the ODI series.

"The ODI series is more challenging. I am looking forward to it," he said. The England captain was happy that he would be leading a new, talented bunch in the ODI series.

He considers it as a “blessing in disguise” that some of the senior players were not in the squad due to injuries which gives him the freedom to give exposure to the young talent. Flintoff admitted that it would be a tough series because of the kind of travel involved. "Travelling all over India is taxing," he explained. But after the success in Mumbai, the Englishmen don’t mind such discomforts.

"The win in Mumbai was a great boost. We have got very young, very talented players for the one-dayers," Flintoff said.

Both Dravid and Flintoff felt that scoring over 400 runs in an innings in ODIs like South Africa did against Australia recently will be a recurring trend in future.

“It’s a trend you will see more often in future. It’s the effect of Twenty/20 cricket”, Flintoff said.

Like Dravid, Flintoff also did not reveal his mind about team composition. He said he was yet to decide who would open with Andrew Strauss.

Teams: (from) India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(wk), Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Ramesh Powar and Rudra Pratap Singh.

England: Andrew Flintoff, Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ian Blackwell, Paul Collingwood, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones (wk), Sajid Mahmood, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Vikram Solanki and Andrew Strauss.

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Flintoff plays down pellets’ incident

New Delhi, March 27
England’s stand-in captain Andrew Flintoff today played down his claims of being shot at during a one day match against India in 2002 at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, which hosts the first of the seven-match series here tomorrow.

Reminded of the claims he had made in his autobiography “Being Freddie” of being shot at the January 31 match, Flintoff evaded any direct reference to the incident and said, “Last time, it was a minor thing from any miscreant but one must not expect it to happen again.” Without going into the matter further, Flintoff hinted he was ready to put it behind and prepare for the ODI series.

“It’s a great opportunity for all of us to play seven one day matches in front of packed crowds and that makes it great,” he said.

The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), however, has vehemently denied the veracity of the event and questioned the logic behind raising the issue so long after the incident.

In his autibiography, Flintoff had recalled the incident, saying, “I felt something hit me and, looking down, saw pellets on the ground.” “You expect to have plastic bottles thrown at you when you are playing on the subcontinent, but you don’t expect to be shot,” he wrote. Flintoff also claimed that he was upset at being asked to play down the incident by the team management.

“(The then captain) Nasser Hussain got very heated about it in the middle and Phil Neale, the tour manager, came to find out what was going on, but the whole thing seemed to get swept under the carpet,” he wrote.

“There was a big story back home to do with crowd disturbances, but Andrew Walpole, the ECB’s media relations manager, told me to play the incident down when I was interviewed the following day.” “Looking back now, I think I should have made more of a stand because I wasn't there to be shot at. We explained it away as the crowd just being over-excited at the time, but I wasn’t sure about that at all,” he added.

Flintoff said the team morale was high after winning the Mumbai Test and he was fresh after spending three days with his nascent son back in England. “It was fantastic to win in Mumbai and personally, I spent three days with my new-born son and family and feeling fresh,” he said. — UNI

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Dravid walks out of press conference

New Delhi, March 27
The sports journalists fraternity was seen in poor light today when the Indian captain Rahul Dravid walked out of a press conference at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here today.

What put off the skipper was chaos and unruly scenes which drowned Dravid’s replies even as the conference had just begun at the media centre of the DDCA Club.

Mobile phone ringtones and television camera crew constantly shouting from the back have been a feature for media sessions for sometime now.

What accentuated the problem at DDCA was the presence of too many non-journalists at the conference hall.

Even as the buzz continued, Dravid arrived flanked by BCCI Media Committee member G S Walia and DDCA co-ordinator Ravi Jain.

With hardly five minutes into the media session, a horde of still photographers came in, obviously unaware of the timing of the conference as they kept clicking away at teams’ practice on the field.

Hell broke loose with the photographers trying to find a suitable position for themselves and the TV cameramen commanding them to keep out of their frame.

One senior journalist then lost his cool and screamed “shut up. Enough is enough.” A deafening silence followed, but only for a moment.

When the camera men started cribbing about their need to carry out their job, Dravid walked out.

The captain, however, returned a few minutes later to take the questions without a hint of annoyance on the face. — PTI

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Dalmiya grilled for over seven hours

Mumbai, March 27
Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya and three former board officials were today grilled for over seven hours by the officials of the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Crime Branch in a case of misappropriation of BCCI funds.

The other former members of the BCCI to appear before the EOW today were former Secretary S K Nair, former treasurer Kishore Rungta and former joint secretary Jyoti Bajpai.

Dalmiya and the others were interrogated by the EOW sleuths separately, with the former board chief himself being asked 35 questions alone.

Dalmiya’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde, who emerged out of the hearing, told mediapersons that he or his client would not make any comments on the case at the moment as it was sub-judice.

The four appeared before the EOW in compliance with the Bombay High Court directive of March 23 when it had extended the interim protection from arrest till April 10 and had directed them to attend the inquiries before Mumbai and Kolkata police in connection with the case.

The cricket board had stated in its complaint that Dalmiya, the convener of PILCOM, the agency formed to overlook the expenses during the 1996 World Cup, had allegedly transferred money into his own account and misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 21.74 lakh.

Earlier, Justice V M Kanade, who was hearing the anticipatory bail plea moved by petitioners, had directed them to attend the office of the EOW of the Mumbai police today, tomorrow, March 29 and 31 and also to attend the Kolkata police inquiry into the matter on April 3, 4 and 5. — UNI

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BCCI invites bids

New Delhi, March 27
The BCCI today invited bids for in-stadium and on-air promotion rights for the two one-day internationals against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi next month.

“The minimum bid for the ground rights tender package is $ 3 million and the participation is open to any company or agency with a net worth of $ 5 million,” the BCCI said in a statement here today.

India and Pakistan are to play each other in two one-dayers to raise funds for last year’s quake victims. Both matches have been awarded official ODI status by the ICC.

All revenues of the series, after meeting basic costs, will be donated to the earthquake relief funds of the two countries, and the players of the two teams have also decided to donate their match fees for one day for this cause, the BCCI statement added. — PTI

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Asif, Farhat give Pak the edge

Colombo, March 27
Fast bowler Asif Mohammad and opening batsman Imran Farhat handed Pakistan the initiative on the second day of the first Test against Sri Lanka today.

Asif snared four for 41 as Sri Lanka were skittled out for 185 and then left-handed Farhat scored 69 from 90 balls to consolidate his team’s advantage.

Pakistan finished the first day’s play after yesterday’s total washout on 124 for four, trailing by 61 runs with captain Inzamam-ul-Haq looking ominously dangerous on 30 not out.

Just after tea, Sri Lanka had fought themselves back into the game as three top-order wickets tumbled in quick succession and Pakistan slumped to 28 for 3.

Farhat and Inzamam rescued Pakistan with a 94-run stand though Sri Lanka did strike again just before bad light stopped play when Farhat skied a bouncer and was caught at long leg.

In the Sri Lanka innings, Pakistan’s Asif was well supported by new-ball partner Umar Gul (two for 41) and leg spinner Danish Kaneria (three for 44).

Inzamam’s decision to bowl first was quickly justified as the ball danced round off the seam on a pitch that had remained covered for 24 hours after the first day’s abandonment.

Sri Lanka’s openers were dismissed in a 3.4-over session before a further rain interruption held up play for 40 minutes.

Sri Lanka’s problems escalated after the rain break, Kumar Sangakkara (8) shouldering arms to a fine delivery from Asif that cut back to clip his off bail.

Scoreboard

Sri Lanka (1st innings)

Tharanga lbw Asif 0

Jayasuriya b Gul 6

Sangakkara b Asif 8

Jayawardene c Akmal b Gul 1

Samaraweera b Asif 4

Dilshan c Younis b Kaneria 69

Maharoof c Younis b Asif 46

Bandara b Kaneria 16

Fernando c Inzamam b Kaneria 16

Malinga c Inzamam b Afridi 8

Muralitharan not out 0

Extras (b-4, lb-6, w-1) 11

Total (all out, 57.5 overs) 185

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-18, 4-26, 5-32, 6-143, 7-149, 8-162, 9-177.

Bowling: Asif 15-4-41-4, Gul 13-3-41-2, Razzaq 10-1-43-0, Kaneria 17.5-3-44-3, Afridi 2-0-6-1.

Pakistan (1st innings)

Malik c Bandara b Maharoof 13

Farhat c Bandara b Malinga 69

Younis c Sangakkara b Maharoof 0

Iqbal c Maharoof b Malinga 2

Haq not out 30

Razzaq not out 1

Extras (b-1, nb-8) 9

Total (4 wickets, 32 overs) 124

Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-25, 3-28, 4-122.

Bowling: Malinga 8-2-24-2, Maharoof 8-2-29-2, Fernando 3-0-20-0, Bandara 7-1-32-0, Muralitharan 6-0-18-0. — AFP, Reuters

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Ponting puts Aussies on top

Durban, March 27
Ricky Ponting’s prolific batting set Australia up in their push for victory in the second Test against South Africa today.

South Africa, set a target of 410, were 29 for no wicket at close when bad light ended play early 13 balls after tea on the fourth day.

Australia declared their second innings on 307 for four after Ponting added 116 to the 103 he made in the first innings.

Scoreboard

Australia (1st innings) 369

SA (1st innings) 267

Australia (2nd innings)

Langer c Pollock b Boje 37

Hayden c Boucher b Ntini 102

Ponting c Boje b Pollock 116

Martyn not out 15

Gilchrist c Nel b Boje 24

Extras (lb-5, nb-7, w-1) 13

Total (4 wkts dec) 307

Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-250, 3-278, 4-307.

Bowling: Pollock 19-4-55-1, Ntini 15-2-62-1, Boje 26.4-4-87-2, Nel 14-3-58-0, Kallis 8-0-40-0.

SA (2nd innings)

De Villiers not out 17

Smith not out 10

Extras (lb-1 nb-1) 2

Total (for no loss) 29

Bowling: Lee 3-0-16-0, Clark 2-0-3-0, Symonds 1.1-0-6-0, Warne 1-0-3-0.
— Reuters

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Narang books Olympic berth
Anil K Joseph

Gagan Narang
Gagan Narang

Beijing, March 27
Fresh from his Commonwealth success, Indian shooter Gagan Narang today upset China’s Liu Tianyou to win the gold medal in the 10m air rifle event at the World Cup in Guangzhou and book a berth for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Narang collected 597 points in the qualification round and 103.2 in the final, overcoming stiff competition from the local favourite. “Before I came to the World Cup, I was not very sure that I could win,” said Narang.

“So I am very happy now. It is my first win in a World Cup event.” Liu took the silver with 699.6 points, while Russia’s Artem Khadjibekov, the gold medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, grabbed the bronze medal with 699.1 points.

Five marksmen entered the final with the same qualification score of 597.

However, it was Narang who led for most of the 10-shot final, Xinhua news agency reported from Guangzhou, capital of the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

With a fabulous last shot worth 10.8 points, the 2005 Asian champion secured his second international victory this year with an advantage of 0.6 points together with an Olympic quota place for India.

“I am extremely happy to win the first Olympic berth for my country,” said a beaming Narang, who started his international career in 2002.

“I am in pretty good form now. My next aim is the World Championships and the Asian Games,” he added.

In the seven-day World Cup in Guangzhou, 10 berths for the Beijing Olympics are at stake from 10 rifle and pistol events. — PTI

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Jasjeet happy with hockey team’s show
Rahul Das
Tribune News Service

Shahbad (Kurukshetra), March 27
Hockey player Jasjeet Kaur, who was part of the team which won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games, has expressed satisfaction over the team’s performance.

Jasjeet, 18, had just arrived at her house in Shahbad from Australia when The Tribune team met her. It is going to be brief visit for Jasjeet since she will be leaving to represent Haryana in the senior nationals.

Although Jasjeet is happy at winning the silver at the Commonwealth Games, she has a tinge of regret that the team missed the gold medal. "I would have been more happy had we won the gold. We lost to Australia by a solitary goal,” she said.

She said India were pitted against good teams in Melbourne, such as Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

She gives credit for her success to coach Baldev Singh. “Without his guidance, my international success would not have been possible. Besides me, three other players from Shahbad were part of the team at the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

Meanwhile, Jasjeet learnt this afternoon that the Bhim Award would be conferred upon her. “I will receive the award on April 5,” she said.

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Cash reward for winners from HP
Tribune News Service

Shimla, March 27
The Himachal government has announced cash rewards for the three sportspersons from the state who won medals for the country in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games at Melbourne.

Making a suo motu statement in the House in this regard, Mr Virbhadra Singh, the Chief Minister, said that cash prize of Rs 5 lakh would be given for each gold medal winner, Rs 3 lakh for silver medal winner and Rs 2 lakh for a bronze medal winner.

He said it was a matter of pride for the state that as many as eight out of the total 22 gold medals won by the country were bagged by Himachal sportspersons.

The crowning glory, however, was the David Dixon Trophy won by Samresh Jung who was declared the best athlete of the Commonwealth Games. In all, Himachali athletes won 11 medals, all in shooting, with Samresh Jung’s five gold, one silver and one bronze, Anuja Jung’s one gold and one silver and Vijay Singh’s two gold medals.

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Minister seeks jobs for medal winners

Chandigarh, March 27
Ms Kiran Choudhary, Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Forest and Culture, today urged the Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, to provide houses and government jobs to Haryana players who won laurels at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

The Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had earlier announced handsome rewards for players from Haryana who have won medals in the Commonwealth Games. Mr Hooda announced yesterday that the gold medal winners would be given Rs 10 lakh, the silver medal winners Rs 5 lakh and the bronze medalists Rs 3 lakh.

Akhil Kumar won a gold medal in boxing. Bijender and Jitender won silver and bronze medals, respectively, in boxing. — TNS

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Sania-Ivanovic win

Miami, March 27
Sania Mirza and her Serbian partner Ana Ivanovic sailed into the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open with a straight set victory over the Italian pair of Tathiana Garbin and Maria Elena Camerin here.

The Indo-Serbian pair recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over their rivals. — UNI

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 BRIEFLY

Borg not to sell trophies
LONDON:
Bjorn Borg has decided not to sell his five replica Wimbledon trophies and two rackets he used during his winning streak at the tournament. Borg had said he was putting the items up for sale because he and his family needed long-term financial security.
“I now realise how closely connected the trophies are to my success as Wimbledon’s winner from 1976-80 and this revelation has caused me to reconsider my earlier intention to sell them,” he said. The trophies and two of the racquets he used in that winning streak had been expected to fetch up to £ 300,000 at Bonham’s auction of sports memorabilia here on June 21. — Reuters

Sachin in hospital
London:
Sachin Tendulkar was on Monday admitted to the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth here for undergoing a shoulder surgery.
The surgery will be done by Dr Andrew Wallace who had earlier successfully performed an operation to cure the master batsman of tennis elbow. Suzy Butler, a spokeswoman for the hospital, confirmed that Tendulkar had been admitted to the hospital but said no other information would be given to the media for the moment. — PTI

Zaheer Khan
London:
Out-of-favour Zaheer Khan will replace Australian left-arm pacer Nathan Bracken as Worcestershire’s overseas player this year.
The county, in its website, said with a very successful domestic season and regular selection for Australia over the past six months, Bracken had indicated he may not be available to play for most of the English season. “The club has agreed to release him from his contract and is delighted to announce the signing of fellow left armer Zaheer Khan as his replacement,” it said. — UNI

SAIL cricket
NEW DELHI:
Ten teams will participate in the 16th SAIL Trophy Cricket Tournament to be held at the Mohan Nagar Cricket Stadium in Ghaziabad from March 30 to April 13.
The tournament, which carries a top prize of Rs 50,000 for the winners and Rs 35,000 for the runners-up, will be played on a 45-overs-a-side format. — OSR

Fencing meet
AMRITSAR:
A. Sanatomba beat Shalin, both from Manipur, in the final of Epee individual men’s event on Sunday on the second day of the five-day 16th Senior National Fencing Championship (men and women) being held here.
Sanatomba won 15-8. In the men’s Epee team event, Army defeated Manipur 13-12. Earlier, Manipur men’s and women’s teams won the foil and epee events on Saturday. — OSR

Marathon
SUNDERNAGAR:
A marathon was organised here on Sunday during the Nalwar fair. About 200 participants from all over the state participated in different categories in the marathon.
In the men’s category the distance was 12.5 km, for women the distance was 8 km and for boys and girls it was 6 km. Results: men: Parween (Bilaspur) first; Dinesh (Hamirpur) second; Tara Chand (Sundernagar) third. Women: Asha (Dharamshala), first; Punam ( Dharamshala) second; Reeta (Hamirpur) third. Boys: Anil Kumar, first; Sonu, second; Mridul, third. Girls: Nisha, first; Manisha, second; Monika, third. — OC
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