Monday, May 31, 2010

Pick of the Day: Sahara remains sponsor of Team India

Sahara remains sponsor of Team India: 

Sahara Group on Monday bagged the sponsorship rights of the Indian cricket team with a bid of over Rs 3 crore per match.

Sahara is incidentally the existing sponsors who spent Rs 400 crore over a four-year period for team sponsorship.

Six firms had purchased the bid form from the Cricket Board after it published a tender notice calling for bids for the Indian men's team, women's team, India A squad and the under 19 squad, but only Bharti Airtel and Sahara sent the security deposit (Rs 50 crore). 

Raina forgot to tell umpires about power play:

 Inexperience showed as India captain Suresh Raina forgot to tell on-field umpires about bowling Powerplays he intended to take against Sri Lanka in the tri-series match. Raina won the toss and asked Sri Lanka to bat first.

After the first 10 overs, the field setting indicated that Powerplay had been taken by the Indian side but there was no official communication from Raina to the umpires. The confusion prolonged till the 15th over after which the fielders were pushed back in the deep, as is done after the Powerplays.

One more over went like this before Raina realised the gaffe and approached the on-field umpires, who told him that they had not been informed anything about Powerplay. The episode provided much amusement to Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan who was seen giggling.

Eventually, official powerplay was taken from 17th to 22nd overs and Raina conceded his mistake after the match. "I forgot it. I thought I had told the umpire about the Powerplay, but he said I hadn't," Raina said.

 Watson weds Lee Furlong:

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and fiancee Lee Furlong, a Fox Sports reporter, have tied the nuptial knot in a low-key, private ceremony in New South Wales. 

The couple exchanged vows before 65 family and friends under a rain-soaked marquee at Killcare, a suburb of the Central Coast region.

Amongst those present were Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and his wife, Rianna, fast bowler Brett Lee and radio king Alan Jones, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Limited by Furlong's shooting schedule on FOX8, the pair has gone for a super-quick honeymoon at Hamilton Island's plush Qualia Resort before they return to Brisbane on Saturday to allow her to resume shooting 'Football Superstar'. 

According to reports, they will take a longer holiday once Watson winds up his obligations for the New South Wales Blues in the domestic cricket season.

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