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September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

Yuvraj Singh dropped, Pujara gets maiden call-up
NEW DELHI: Yuvraj Singh has been dropped for next month’s Test series against Australia with Cheteshwar Pujara, the Saurashtra batsman who has been scoring heavily in domestic and other first-class cricket, replacing him.
The selectors, made one more unexpected decision in dropping Karnataka seamer Abhimanyu Mithun, who impressed the team management in Sri Lanka in the absence of Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth.
Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of selectors, said “everything — form, fitness” was considered while picking the squad.
On Pujara’s selection, he said, “He has done well in the last two domestic seasons, and on sheer weight of performance he has muscled his way in. All cricket — domestic, A tours, international — was given weightage.”
India squad: MS Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, M Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Sreesanth and Amit Mishra.

Ishrat included in AFC coaching certificate course
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Ishrat Fatima, the first skipper of the Pakistan national women’s team is among 24 participants in the First AFC ‘C’ Certificate Women’s Football Coaching Course which commenced in Lahore on Monday.
The course will last till October 2. “The 13-day course, which is being conducted by the AFC instructor from Iran, will enable the participants to know major things about coaching,” the PFF secretary Col Ahmed Yar Lodhi has been quoted as saying. “AFC has helped us by sending to Pakistan well-known FIFA/AFC instructors for the men’s courses, such as Lim Kim Choon in April 2006, Mike Wong Mun Heng in September 2006, Majid Jalali in June 2007, Ardeshir Pournemat in December 2007 and Aliakbar Pourmoslemi in April 2009, and they promised the same for the women’s courses also,” explained Lodhi.

Composure key

for Valencia: Mata
MADRID: Valencia have won their first three league matches — on top of a dominant Champions League performance — in spite of the exit of Spain internationals David Villa and David Silva to sit top of the Spanish league standings with nine points.
Debt-ridden Valencia sold Villa and Silva for a combined $88 million as they look to finish the construction of their new stadium, which has been sitting half-built since last year.
In spite more big-name exits than entrances, the six-time league champions are on an impressive run having outscored opponents 10-2 through four games overall.
Even after last week’s resounding 4-0 win over Turkish champion Bursaspor, forward Juan Mata said composure was key.
“We can’t fall into any trap of euphoria because we still haven’t achieved anything,” said the Spain international, who scored one of Valencia’s two spectacular goals Sunday in a 2-1 win over Hercules.

JB clinch AKU Ramadan Cricket tourney title
KARACHI: Jaffar Brothers cricket team annexed the title of the 6th AKU T20 Ramadan Cricket Tournament to their name after beating Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) Staff team in the final by seven wickets here at AKU Sports Centre ground on Sunday.
KESC Staff batted first in the final match and scored a modest total of 119-7 in allotted 20 overs. Aamir (33) was the top scorer for the side. Mukarram Waheed took two wickets for Jaffar Brothers. Jaffar Brothers in their turn easily achieved the target in 17th over with seven wickets in hand. Mukarram Waheed batted brilliantly for the victors scoring an unbeaten 51-run knock, which came off only 29 balls.

Austria’s Paszek wins Bell Challenge
QUEBEC CITY: Tamira Paszek, of Austria, won the 220,000 dollar Bell Challenge for her second WTA Tour title, beating American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-6 (8/6), 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday.
Paszek, who earned 37,000 dollars in prize money, won her first tour title at Portoroz in 2006 at age 15 and was runner up at Bali, Indonesia two years ago.
Paszek needed two hours, 47 minutes to top the American at the indoor event at Club Advantage Multi-Sports de Quebec.
Mattek-Sands was making her second career final appearance, having also finished as the runner-up here in 2008. It was the first meeting between the two players.

SSB organise games for victims
By our correspondent
KARACHI: The Sindh Sports Board (SSB) organised competitions of the various indigenous games at the relief camps in different parts of the province as a part of the drive undertaken by the government to raise the spirits of the flood affeted people.
Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary Sports & Youth Affairs to the Government of Sindh, who is also Secretary of the SSB, informed ëThe Newsí here on Monday that the competitions of kodi kodi, wanjwatti, malakhro and tug of war were held at the SITE, Hawkesbay and Gadap camps of Karachi besides Khairpur, Sukkur and Jamshoro.

Sumaira banned for two years
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Olympian Sumaira Zahoor was also slapped with a two-year ban on Monday for a doping offence after she formally recorded her statement before the disciplinary committee in Lahore.
Long-racer Sumaira, hailing from Army, appeared before the tribunal comprising chairman Khwaja Farooq Saeed, Dr Lubna and the secretary of the Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) Khalid Mehmood in Lahore on Monday.
“We imposed a two-year ban on Sumaira. She told the committee that she is innocent which is not correct,” Farooq Saeed told ‘The News’.

Mazhar shines in swimming meet
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Sindh’s top junior international Mazhar Naqvi stole the limelight with six gold medals in the All Karachi Open and Age Group Swimming Championship held here the National Sailing Centre (NSC) on Sunday.
Mazhar, emerged triumphant in individual gold in 50 and 100 meter butterfly and 50 and 100 meter free-style besides securing gold in individual medley in open category. He was declared the best swimmer of the competition by mustering 34 points

Inter’s Zanetti released after chest checks
MILAN: Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti was allowed to return home with the squad after having hospital tests on chest pains following Sunday’s 2-1 win at Palermo.
“It’s nothing to worry about. He is returning to Milan with us,” Inter coach Rafael Benitez told Sky television.
The 37-year-old Argentine continues to astound fans with his all-action displays despite his age and his decision to stay on the pitch despite significant pain sums up his professionalism.
“I took a blow from a ball in my lower abdomen but I couldn’t stop in spite of the great pain, we were winning,” he joked to Inter’s TV channel.
“When I went back into the dressing-room my chest felt blocked so I called the doctor and we went to hospital for some precautionary checks. I want to reassure everyone I’m fine.”

NIB cruise into final
By our correspondent
KARACHI: NIB Bank cruised into the final of the UBL Gold Cup Twenty20 Cricket Tournament 2010 by whipping Home Craft by nine wickets in the semifinals here at the UBL Sports Complex on Monday. Batting first, after winning the toss, Home Craft was bundled out for 73 in 18.3 overs with Irfan Ali (20) being their top scorer. Opener Aashir Hasnain blasted six sixes and two fours in his breezy 49 to lead the run chase.

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