Dalmiya’s photo on Ind-SA Eden T20 tickets
Kolkata: Late Jagmohan Dalmiya’s photo will find a place in all the tickets of the upcoming India-South Africa T20 International at the Eden Gardens as a special tribute by the Cricket Association of Bengal. “The Board this time wanted to have uniform tickets for all the matches of the series but with the unfortunate death of Dalmiya we have decided to print his photo as a special tribute,” CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly said. Meanwhile president designate Sourav Ganguly said the senior Bengal team for its Ranji Trophy opener in Karnataka will be announced on October 1. “The old selection Committee will pick the Ranji team for the first match,” the former India captain said. The tenure of Alok Bhattacharya and IB Roy in the four-member selection committee has got over as the two new selectors will be announced in the next working committee meeting. (PTI)
Albie Morkel recalled in place of injured Wiese
Johannesburg: Pacer Albie Morkel may feature in his first T20 international in 18 months as he was on Saturday recalled to the South Africa squad for the series against India in place of David Wiese who has suffered a hand fracture. Wiese suffered the injury to his right hand while trying to take a catch off his own bowling during a warm-up match and required surgery, which will keep him out for up to six weeks. Wiese’s injury is a blow to South Africa. Faf du Plessis, the T20 captain, said, “David is a fantastic player for us in the T20 format. He has done really well. His bowling is going to be missed the most. He has been a banker from a captain’s point of view. You know what you are going to get from him. He is pretty clever in the middle, he is a very smart bowler. “Albie brings a lot of experience. I suppose Albie would have thought his time is up, once again, but he is getting another opportunity because he is a quality player. For him, its important to try and also put a stake, even if he wasn’t in our thinking and our plans, he is getting an opportunity to make it so.”  (PTI)
Sharan, Myneni reach Izmir Cup final
Izmir (Turkey): India’s Divij Sharan and Saketh Myneni earned a shot at their first Challenger title together in the 2015 season by reaching the final of the Izmir Cup, here. The third seeded Indians humbled top seeds Gero Kretaschmer and Alexander Satschko 6-3 3-6 11-9 in the semifinals of the Euro 64000 hard court tournament on Friday night. Left-handed Delhi boy Sharan and Myneni had lost to the same pair at the Shenzhen Challenger final in March this year. The Germans broke Saketh in the very first game of the match but Sharan and Myneni raced to a 4-1 lead with two consecutive breaks. When Myneni served for the set, they were down 15-40 but managed to save three break points. Myneni fired an ace on deuce and sealed the set. In the second set, Sharan dropped his serve at 3-4 and went on to lose the set. However the Indians tamed the fighting Germans with some smart tennis in the Match tie-breaker. “We played some aggressive tennis today. They went after our serves more than the previous matches and were aggressive with our returns as well,” Sharan said. (PTI)
Safety concerns delay Australia’s B’desh departure
Sydney: Cricket Australia on Saturday announced that due to safety and security concerns it had delayed the world champions’ departure for next month’s tour of Bangladesh. CA chief executive James Sutherland said that advice from the Australian government had identified a potential security risk to Australian interests in Bangladesh. The team was due to leave Sydney on Monday but will now wait for further security advice before confirming its travel arrangements for the tour. “We have received advice from DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and based on that information we are working with security experts and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on a revised security plan for the tour,” Sutherland said. “We want the tour to go ahead and are planning for that, but the safety and security of our players and support staff is our number-one priority and won’t be compromised. Bangladesh are due to host Australia for the first Test from October 9-13 in Chittagong and the second from October 17-21 in Dhaka. (AFP)

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