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« on: January 15, 2006, 02:11:20 AM »

Snippets of info  about the Pak tour


Laptop snatched from Indian journalist

From our correspondent

LAHORE: A visiting Indian journalist was robbed of his laptop by two dacoits riding on a motorbike in a posh area of Lahore on Friday.

Mario Rodrigues had gone to a moneychanger in the local Gulberg area to encash some foreign currency and as he came out and waited for some transport, two persons on a bike snatched the laptop bag off his shoulders in a matter of seconds and raced away leaving him stunned.

Mario, who is a correspondent of the famous ‘Statesmen’ newspaper of Kolkata, said he was not able to even see the faces of the two robbers as they came from behind him and snatched the bag and raced away before he could react.

The Indian journalist had an FIR registered with the police and was fortunate to not have had any money or his travel documents in the bag.

An investigating police officer said they were trying to locate the robbers as such cases were rare in the area.

Some 75 representatives of the Indian print and electronic media have come down to Pakistan to cover the series and are staying at various places in the city.

Most of them carry laptops at all time to file their stories as quickly as possible.



Fans near sachin's room -cops suspended

By: Waheed Khan
   January 14, 2006
Lahore: Sachin Tendulkar was taken aback when he discovered a bunch of fans outside his hotel room pleading for his autograph and requesting to be photographed with him.

This is surprising considering the security for the touring Indian team has been so tight that no one can get close to any player without security interference.

It is learnt that the Indian team management reported the incident to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) security officer Sohail Khan, a senior ranking police officer, who is coordinating security arrangements for the visiting team.

Two police officials on duty at the Indian team’s hotel allowed people known to them to be near the players’ room on the fifth floor of the hotel.

“We are concerned about this incident and we have taken measures to ensure this does not happen again,” DPO Ejaz Ahmed said. The two officials have been suspended from duty and security has been beefed up at the hotel.

from cricinfo blogs

What's eating Ravi Shastri?

Ravi Shastri is not a happy man. Sourav Ganguly’s inclusion in the side has left him stunned, though he doesn’t believe there would have been any pressure from Sharad Pawar, the board chief. However, he sees the weak hand of the Indian think-tank. "… that's the team management's decision. If you ask me for my choice, he would not have fitted into my XI. I think it's a weak decision. I think it’s short sighted and if you are looking into the future of Indian cricket, I don't think this is a wise decision as well. Because, if he is going to open the innings, what have you taken three specialist openers there for?

"If Sourav Ganguly should have played in the side, he should have replaced Tendulkar, Dravid, Yuvraj Singh or Laxman. Tell me who will you drop amongst these?"

Strong words… but time here for an old trivial story. When Ganguly made his Test debut against England in 1996, Shastri had fumed at the selection, hinting at zonal politics. Ganguly went on to have a bumper series then. Can he repeat the act?
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