Cracking the whip on the three archers who missed the bronze medal play-off during the recently-concluded World University Games, the Association of Indian Universities has banned them and their coach for three years, besides asking them to return the money spent on them.
The likes of Robin Uthappa and Kedar Jadhav will be eyeing to resurrect their international careers, before embarking on high-octane IPL contest, when Ranji Trophy champions Karnataka and Rest of India (RoI) lock horns in the Irani Cup here Tuesday.
Openers Jiwanjot Singh and Uday Kaul hit half centuries as Punjab reached 219 for 4 in their first innings in reply to Gujarat's mammoth 513 for 8 on the third day of their Ranji Trophy cricket match here today.
Captain Manoj Tiwary (83) and Naman Ojha (82 batting) hit aggressive half centuries to rescue India A from initial wobble and take them to a comfortable 304 for six on the opening day of the first four-day match against Australia A here today.
Rest of India captain Harbhajan Singh today doesn`t want to put too much pressure on himself thinking about his national comeback although he termed each and every match as "an opportunity to do well" in order to get back into the national team.
Riding high on confidence after winning the Ranji Trophy for the seventh time, Karnataka would be looking to add the Irani Cup to their silverware as they take on Rest of India in the traditional five-day match commencing at the Mangalam Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.
Hosts Punjab frittered away the advantage of solid opening stand as they were all out for 270 as Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar ran through the middle-order with a five-wicket haul in the Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Sunday.
Skipper Perveez Rasool led from the front with a scintillating century as Jammu and Kashmir fought back gallantly to leave their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against strong contenders Punjab evenly poised here on Thursday.
A collective effort by Punjab saw them make an impressive comeback in the Ranji Trophy group league encounter against Delhi on Monday with opener Jiwanjot Singh scoring a century on a lively track where his senior colleague Yuvraj Singh came a cropper for the second time.
Jiwanjot Singh and Uday Kaul notched up a double hundred and century respectively but Punjab had little else to cheer as they had to settle with just one point after their Ranji Trophy Group A match against Vidarbha ended in a draw on Monday.
Opener Jiwanjot Singh smashed an unbeaten century to help Punjab produce a much-improved batting show and score 330 for one in their second innings against Vidarbha at stumps on Day 3 of the Ranji Trophy Group C match, which is heading towards a dull draw, here on sunday.
Out-of-favour in ODIs, Virender Sehwag was today named the captain of the Rest of India (ROI) squad for the Airtel Irani Cup match against Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai to be held at the Wankhede Stadium from February 6 to 10.
Yuvraj Singh today responded his exclusion from the national side with a timely century as Punjab ended the Day three at 354 for eight following-on, with an overall lead of 179 in their Group A Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh here.
Punjab`s opening batsman Jiwanjot Singh, who made an impressive debut in Ranji Trophy against Hyderabad last month by notching a double century, said he would like to play like his role model Sachin Tendulkar.
Young opener Jiwanjot Singh struck his third century in his fifth first-class game as Punjab defeated Rajasthan by nine wickets to register their fourth outright win and remain on top of Group A in the Ranji Trophy.