Archive for May, 2008

Shoaib arrives, looks forward to IPL

May 5, 2008

I saw the good-news coverage on NDTV 24×7 about Shoaib Akhtar being able to play in IPL. Good for Akhtar because his passion is cricket, good for SRK as he has spent crores on him, good for me as I would get to watch him break some stumps.

Minutes after landing in the country, controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said he was looking forward to a fruitful stint in the Indian Premier League and thanked Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan for his support.

The speedster is free to play for Shah Rukh-owned Kolkata Knight Riders after the Pakistan Cricket Board temporarily suspended his five-year ban.

“I am grateful to the people of India for embracing me, especially (team owner) Shah Rukh Khan who supported me. Eden Gardens is like my home ground. I am looking ahead to be there soon”

Akhtar, who leaves for Kolkata by an Indian domestic flight in the evening, admitted he would have to train hard and acclimatise with the conditions though he had visited the country late last year.

NDTV 24×7 is a must for Indians living in the US as it covers India-centric news extensively. The incisive news channel is available in the US through DirecTV amongst several Indian channels.

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Warne lambasts Ganguly, to complain against him

May 2, 2008

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne on Thursday said he would lodge a complaint against his Kolkata Knight Riders counterpart Sourav Ganguly for resorting to time-wasting tactics during their IPL match and refusing to accept the fielder’s word on a “clean catch”.

“I was disappointed at the start. While batting we waited for five minutes under the hot sun and they (Knight Riders) were not anywhere to be seen.”
“… when we came out to field, we had to wait for Sourav. So I was really disappointed, he was really running the time.”

The veteran leg-spinner said Ganguly’s antics stretched the match from the stipulated one hour 20 minutes-a-side.

I catch up on news related to India only on NDTV 24×7 since it is the only channel that provides comprehensive and accurate news. People in the US can access this channel only through DirecTV.