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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Agencies

Ahmedabad to host PKL-7 Knockouts

New Delhi: Mashal Sports Pvt Ltd, the organizers of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), on Tuesday announced Ahmedabad as the venue for the playoffs and the final for this year scheduled to take place between October 14 and 19. EKA Arena by TransStadia will host the two eliminators, semi-finals and the Grand finale. The PKL season 7 caravan will now head to Pune with matches from Sept 14 followed by Jaipur where matches begin on September 21. The last two places are Panchkula and Greater Noida, leading to the nail-biting playoffs from Oct 14 onward.

BCCI partners with All india radio

New Delhi: The BCCI on Tuesday announced a two-year radio rights arrangement with All India Radio (AIR) for live commentary of the national cricket team's international games at home as well as the domestic tournaments. The audio commentary will commence from the first game of India's upcoming T20 International series against South Africa in Dharamsala on Sept 15. In addition to international matches, AIR will also provide coverage for the men's and women's domestic tournaments and matches. The two-year tenure starts from September 10, 2019, and runs till August 31, 2021. This arrangement includes coverage of Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Deodhar Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and women's Challenger series.

Pak blames India for SL tour boycott 

New Delhi: A Pakistan Minister on Tuesday made an outrageous claim after 10 Sri Lankan players decided to opt out of an upcoming Pakistan tour. Science and Technology Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry said India has threatened the players from the island nation against participating in the upcoming series against the Men in Green. He even claimed that India could have used threats that the Sri Lankan players would lose their IPL contracts if they travelled to Pakistan. “Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they will be ousted from IPL if they don't refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Chaudhry tweeted.

Tigers axe Mehidy, Rubel in t2o squad

Dhaka:  Bangladesh dropped off-spinner Mehidy Hasan and pace bowler Rubel Hossain in a new-look Twenty20 squad named on Tuesday for the first two matches of the tri-nations series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. All-rounder Ariful Haque, pace bowler Abu Hider, spinner Nazmul Islam and batsman Mohammad Mithun were also left out from last Twenty20 squad that played the West Indies in December 2018. Opening batter Tamim Iqbal was not included after asking for a break from international cricket. Young pace bowler Yeasin Arafat and left-arm spinner Taijul Islam received their first Twenty20 call-ups .        

India ‘A’ in driver's seat against SA ‘A’ 

Thiruvananthapuram:  Captain Shubman Gill missed out on a century by 10 runs while Jalaj Saxena struck 61 not out as India ‘A' dominated the proceedings on the second day of the first unofficial Test against South Africa ‘A' here on Tuesday. After gaining a first innings lead of 139 by making 303 in 87.5 overs in reply to South Africa ‘A' score of 164, the home side bowlers yet again produced an impressive performance at the Greenfield stadium to reduce the visitors at 125 for 5 at stumps. South Africa ‘A' now trail India 'A' by 14 runs with five second innings wickets in hand. The talented opener Gill (90) missed out on a well-deserved century, getting bowled by off-spinner Dane Piedt. The home side captain hit 13 fours and a six from the 153 deliveries he faced.

Lo Celso ruled out until late October

London:  Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso will be sidelined until late October after injuring a hip on international duty with Argentina. Lo Celso suffered the damage during Argentina's 0-0 friendly draw against Chile in Los Angeles last week. “Giovani Lo Celso has returned early to Hotspur Way after being withdrawn from the Argentina squad due to a hip injury,” said a statement on Tottenham's website. “The attacking midfielder sustained the injury during his national team's match against Chile. He will now undergo a period of rehabilitation and is expected to return to training with the first team towards the end of October.”

u Mumba trounce Telugu Titans

Kolkata:  Iranian defender Fazel Atrachali clinched a ‘High Five' and led their defence with perfection to help former champions U Mumba trounce Telugu Titans 41-27 in a rescheduled Pro Kabaddi League fixture on Tuesday. The Iranian defender also scored six tackle points from eight attempts and was ably supported by Arjun Deshwal with nine points as the Season II champions recorded an easy victory that saw them leap to fifth place in the table.                               

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