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  • Rajesh Chauhan suffers a heart-attack

    The former India offspinner has been hospitalised after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday, and is said to be stable.

     Rajesh Chauhan, the former India offspinner, has been hospitalised after he suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday. Chauhan underwent surgery in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh, where he is based, and is currently reported to be stable.

    RECOVERY TIMERECOVERY TIMEChauhan suffered the heart attack at his home in Bhilai on Monday evening and was rushed to the Bhilai Steel Plant hospital. Following medical advice, he was shifted to Apollo BSR hospital, where he was operated upon.

    Chauhan was a contemporary of Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju in the 1990s and played 21 Tests and 35 ODIs for India between 1993 and 1998, taking 47 and 29 wickets in the two formats.

    His domestic career stretched from 1988 to 2001 and after retirement, he was also a part of the now-defunct Indian Cricket League, working as an assistant coach for Mumbai Champs. Chauhan is perhaps most remembered for his last-over six off Saqlain Mushtaq in Karachi in 1997 that took India to a four-wicket win.

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  • Sanjay Patel to challenge BCA expulsion

    Removed as the Baroda Cricket Association joint secretary on Saturday, Patel filed a suit in the Vadodara District Court.

    SANJAY PATELSanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, has challenged his expulsion from the Baroda Cricket Association in court. Patel, who was removed as the BCA joint secretary on Saturday, has filed a suit in the Vadodara District Court.

    "This act of the BCA managing committee is nothing but a premeditated act of vengeance by some of the BCA managing committee members, so I have challenged it in the court," Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "After consulting my lawyers, I am convinced that the managing committee has committed an unconstitutional move, so I will fight it out legally to be reinstated in my home association that I have been serving for over a decade."

    The case will be heard on May 1.

    On Saturday, the BCA managing committee cited Patel's unlawful co-option into the BCA managing committee in 2002 and ordered him to step down as an office-bearer and vacate his position from all sub-committees of the BCA. Patel was co-opted into the managing committee two years after becoming a BCA member in 2000. Since

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  • No sign of BCCI meeting to replace Srini

    An SGM requires a 21-day notice period but as of today no notice had been served by the BCCI secretary to any of the board's member units.

    STILL INMore than a week has passed since the BCCI discussed convening a special general meeting to replace N Srinivasan on the board's disciplinary committee, but now it appears as though the meeting may not happen in the near future.

    An SGM requires a 21-day notice period but as of today no notice had been served by the BCCI secretary to any of the board's member units. According to BCCI regulations, for an SGM to be convened, the secretary must issue the notice within ten days of "a resolution of the working committee". However, because there was no resolution passed at the working committee meeting on April 20, neither the secretary Sanjay Patel nor acting president Shivlal Yadav, who has powers to call a meeting in special circumstances, are in a hurry to convene the meeting.

    Representatives of at least one member from all five zones who attended the working committee meeting confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that despite a vocal suggestion to convene an SGM, no resolution was passed. Patel, who is

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  • Karn hopes to reprise last year's form

    I know I can never take it for granted that I will get my full quota of four overs.

    Karn Sharma, the Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner, hopes to draw inspiration from his last year's impressive outings against Chennai Super Kings to help his team register their maiden victory over the most successful IPL team.

    "I could come up with memorable performances in both those games - once with the ball and then with the bat, but we ended up on the losing side. I hope I can not just continue the good work but also lead the side to a win on Sunday," Sharma, the priciest uncapped domestic player of the 2014 Pepsi Indian Premier League, told ESPNcricinfo.

    In 2013, with the formidable Super Kings chasing 160 runs, Sharma's economical spell of 4-1-8-0 stretched the batsmen to the hilt before they eventually overhauled the target with two balls to spare. In the return leg, once Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey had batted the Sunrisers out of the game with the Super Kings piling on 223, the Sunrisers top-order collapsed. It was Sharma who then scored an unbeaten 39 off 33 balls, his best

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  • Need to improve fielding: Ashwin

    [T20 Newsline] Lacklustre Super Kings, fast-improving Sanju Samson and other news from IPL-7.

    SANJU SAMSON: So good and still so young


    Super Kings need to lift fielding - Ashwin


    R Ashwin stated that Chennai Super Kings, were not too perturbed by the loss to Kings XI Punjab in their opening game, but identified a key area for improvement ahead of their second match against Delhi Daredevils.

    "We dropped a couple of catches and that's one aspect we need to fix very soon," Ashwin said, referring to the reprieves that Glenn Maxwell was given in the first game.

    Ashwin also expressed confidence that Super Kings could shrug off the bad start and acquire momentum as the tournament progressed.

    "This is not the first time that we have lost the first match of the tournament," Ashwin said. "We generally start off slowly and then catch up momentum going into the tournament. So, there is nothing to worry about."

    Samson builds on U-19 experience

    Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson said the experience of paying the Under-19 World Cup in the UAE had helped him adjust faster to the pitches and conditions of the IPL. Samson was India's leading

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  • Special meeting to replace Srinivasan

    The BCCI is likely to convene a special general body meeting (SGM) in May to replace N Srinivasan on the board's disciplinary committee.

    IMMINENT EXITThe BCCI is likely to convene a special general body meeting (SGM) in May to replace N Srinivasan on the board's disciplinary committee. The issue was discussed during Sunday's working committee meeting because of Srinivasan's inability to serve as BCCI president until the Supreme Court delivers its verdict in the IPL corruption scandal.

    According to the BCCI's regulations, a three-member disciplinary committee is appointed at every annual general meeting, "to inquire into and deal with the matter relating to any act of indiscipline or misconduct or violation of any of the rules and regulations by any player, umpire, team official , administrator, selector or any person appointed or employed by BCCI". The rules also prescribe that all three members have to be present administrators "of whom the president shall be one of them".

    Since the disciplinary committee has to be appointed at every AGM, any change during the term has to be made at an SGM, which will be convened by the board

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  • Srinivasan to attend ICC meeting

    The sidelined supremo will attend the ICC executive board meeting, to be held in Dubai on April 9 and 10, as a BCCI "representative".

    BACK AGAIN?Despite having been sidelined from BCCI affairs following a Supreme Court directive, N Srinivasan will attend the ICC executive board meeting, to be held in Dubai on April 9 and 10, in his capacity as a BCCI "representative." While BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav said he has "no comment on this" and secretary Sanjay Patel didn't respond to queries, a senior BCCI official confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Srinivasan "will attend the ICC Board meeting".

    While splitting the BCCI presidency between Sunil Gavaskar (IPL affairs) and Yadav for other issues, the two-judge bench of the Supreme Court had declined to pass an order in relation to Srinivasan's role in ICC affairs, saying it was an "internal" matter of the BCCI.

    In normal practice, the BCCI president is inducted onto the ICC board as a Director while the secretary attends the ICC Chief Executives Committee meetings. At every Annual General Meeting (AGM), it is the BCCI president who nominates the Board's representative at ICC

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  • I have been living a dream: Tendulkar

    After facing a few throwdowns from coach Gary Kirsten at the P Saravanamuttu Oval on Monday, Tendulkar spoke at length about an impending feat - surpassing Steve Waugh's record of 168 Test appearances.

    Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who holds almost all batting records, is usually so superstitious that he does not talk about an approaching milestone. But after facing a few throwdowns from coach Gary Kirsten at the P Saravanamuttu Oval on Monday, Tendulkar spoke at length about an impending feat - surpassing Steve Waugh's record of 168 Test appearances. The little master recounted his journey from his first Test in Pakistan in 1989 to this record-breaking encounter. Excerpts...


    On becoming the most capped player in Test cricket


    It's been a long journey. I still remember the first Test I played in Pakistan in 1989. It was a completely different feeling compared to any cricket I had played. And since then it has worked out pretty well. I'm very happy that I have had the privilege of such a long

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  • Disappointed, yet positive

    Despite being "very disappointed", S Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times.

    India: Twenty-four hours after S Sreesanth injured his knee during India's warm-up session, his worst fears came true. He has been ruled out of the three-match Test series due to a "medial collateral ligament tear", an injury that will take around four weeks to heal. It was a shattered Sreesanth as he packed his bags on Monday.


    Despite being "very disappointed", Sreesanth remained positive about the gruelling season ahead. Excerpts from an interview to Hindustan Times:


    After the remarkable comeback in Kanpur (against Sri Lanka), you were down with swine flu. Now this.


    What can I say? I was free of injuries for six months, suddenly this happens. There're some things in life you can't control. I will meet a good knee specialist and get it sorted out. I was looking forward to being the silent killer again, that's what I was in Kanpur. I was

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