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Wankhede whispers: 'Ankeet won't get any prize'

Even as suspended cricketer Ankeet Chavan, an accused in the IPL spot-fixing scandal moved a fresh bail application in court, in his home city of Mumbai, during the annual prize distribution function of the Mumbai Cricket Association, the host mentioned his name as part of the Mumbai Ranji team which clinched the city's 40th Ranji Trophy title. However, an MCA official who did not wish to be named, said: “He wont get any prize. The announcer took his name by mistake.”

Slower one bowled on hallowed turf
Former MCA and BCCI chief Sharad Pawar didn’t slam N Srinivasan when he spoke on stage as chief guest of MCA’s annual prize distribution function at Wankhede Stadium yesterday. But he was reassuring while he delivered a slower delivery as it were. “Today, every cricketer is disturbed and worried. I don’t want to go into details. I recollect, and all of you have seen the Indian cricket team winning the World Cup in 2011 when Shashank Manohar was heading the BCCI at this venue.

“And when I was looking after BCCI, India won the Twenty20 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. What has happened currently affects the spirit of cricketers, but I am sure we can come out of this and our players will once again bring glory to Indian cricket.”

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