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Punt airlifted to undergo surgery

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India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is to be flown to Mumbai by air ambulance to undergo surgery after being injured in a car crash last week.

Pant has been receiving treatment at Max Hospital in Dehradun.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the 25-year-old will also have “subsequent procedures for ligament tears”.

Police said Pant’s car flipped over twice and caught fire after he “dozed off” and lost control.

In a statement, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said: “The Board will make every effort to aid and expedite the recovery process of Rishabh and will provide him with all the support he needs during this period.”

Pant crashed on 30 December between Mangalaur and Nursan, close to his hometown of Roorkee in the northern state of Uttarakhand.

Reports in India said the Delhi Capitals player suffered injuries to his head, back and leg.

(BBC News)

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Battle of the Blues postponed by a week

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The 144th Battle of the Blues between St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and Royal College Colombo due to be played on March 9 – 11, has been rescheduled to the immediate next weekend.

This is due to the Local Government polls being scheduled for the same day.

A media communique states : “The match will now be played with spectators on the 16, 17 and 18th of March at the SSC grounds. This is due to the announcement that the planned local government elections are scheduled to take place on 09 March, the Joint Match Organising Committee in concurrence of the two heads of schools decided to reschedule the game for the following week”.

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Foreign spies help Kanjipani escape Sri Lanka!

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Underworld leader Kanjipani Imran alias Mohammad Najeem Mohammad Imran, who escaped the country, had arrived in UAE via Oman and resumed his underworld activities by contacting underworld members remanded in Boossa Prison, it was reported.

Kanjipani, who was released on bail, fled the country with the help of foreign spies.

The Hindu newspaper first reported that he had fled to Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

The reports said Kanjipani had gone to Ramanathapuram District by sea on December 25 and the Tamil Nadu Intelligence Service had warned the state police to be on the lookout for him and his associates.

Kanjipani, who is a drug kingpin and an underworld leader, was remanded for crimes such as murder and conspiracy to murder. He was released on bail on December 20.

The suspect was also released on a surety of Rs.5 million in a case filed in the Chief Magistrate’s Court in relation to an incident in which a police officer of the Keselwatta Police was allegedly threatened over the phone during an investigation.

Kanjipani was arrested in Dubai, UAE in 2019 and extradited to Sri Lanka.

‘The Hindu’ reported that Tamil Nadu Intelligence Services had received specific information from other intelligence agencies and reliable sources that Kanjipani was planning to enter India after being released on bail.

Source – Aruna

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SLC names Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad against England Lions

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad to play the 02 four-day games and the 03 one-day limited-over games against the England Lions Team.

Meanwhile, several cricketers have also decided to name several players as and when needed during the upcoming games, as part of their preparation for the Sri Lanka Tour of New Zealand.

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