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14TH NATIONAL VETERAN SENIOR CRICKET CUP MUZAFAR GARH BEAT RAJANPUR SENIOR BY 3 WICKETS. KHANIWAL LION BEAT DG KHAN SENIOR BY 7

14th National Veteran Senior Cricket Cup match Muzafar Garh Senior VS Rajanpur Senior played at Faisal Stadium Muzafar Garh. Rajanpur batting first 170 all out after 30 overs. Qamber Hussain Bhatti 57, Muhammad Iqbal 29, Muhammad Naeem 20 & Abdul Rehman 20 runs. Muzafar Garh bowling Khalid Ayoob 3/26, Tanveer Abbas 3/8 & Arshad Khan 2/19 wickets. In reply Muzafar Garh Senior 171/7. Rashid Khan 53, Khalid Mehmood 23, Moeen Khanzada 21 & Tahir Butt 19 runs. Rajanpur bowling Abdul Razzaq 3/27 & Muhammad Iqbal 2/29 wickets. Abdul Rouf, Ghulam Hurr Umpire & Tehseenullah was the scorer.



Indian Singer KAILASH KHER to perform at India-Pakistan Cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Kailash Kher

Mumbai, March 16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Indian singer Kailash Kher will perform at a India-Pakistan cricket match in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Kailash Kher has been known to bowl over the audience with his spell bound performances. He gives his best shot at every performance that has the magic to transport the audience into another world of their own.

He gave his first voice as a singer to cricket. He had performed 9 years back, when he had started his career, before Allah Ke Bandey through the jingle for the India Pakistan World Cup of 2003, “Choona Hai Aasman”.


Downfall of a Soccer-Starved Country

By Partha Pratim Chandra

Calcutta, India, March 14, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Once a FIFA Official mentioned Indian Football (soccer) as a sleeping Goliath. But India’s devastating Performance in International Football Circuit earned them parody, it’s not Goliath any more, only sleeping. It’s only defeat, degradation and darkness that shrouded Indian Football for last two decades.


Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyaan: towards Making a ‘Sporting’ India

Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan

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By Anurag Jain
IIS Probationer, With inputs from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India

New Delhi, Feb 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Sport is an inherent aspect of social and cultural life of a country. Sport is also an integral component of education and human personality development. To make sporting culture as a way of life of people, there is a need for adequate sports infrastructure facilities. Around 770 million population in our country are children, adolescents and youth. Hardly, 50 million of them have access to organized sports facilities that too concentrated in urban areas. Around 75% population, living largely in rural areas, are deprived of rudimentary sports facilities. Severe inadequacy of sports infrastructure and community coaching facilities are the constraints for promotion and development of sports in the country.



Celebrity Cricket League Season II -

Mumbai, Jan 19, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) CELEBRITY CRICKET LEAGUE - SEASON II promises to be BIGGER & BETTER with 6 Teams, 15 League matches, 2 Semi-Finals and 1 Explosive finale. Live this January and-February on Sahara One and FILMY.

Celebrity Cricket League (CCL), an initiative combining the two most popular forms of entertainment - cinema and cricket is set to bring together Bollywood and the southern film industry to play the game of cricket this January. For the first time in India, the film fraternities from West Bengal, Bollywood and southern film industry – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam will come together to play in the T20 format. This multi-starrer action entertainer will be aired live on Sahara One and FILMY. Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) aims to bring entertainment to another level by mixing film industry with India's most loved sports Cricket.


Women's Cricket Of India & Bengal – An Overview

By Indrajit Ghosh Dastidar

Gargi Banerjee, former member of Indian National Women's Cricket Team and Manish Gupta, Minister, Govt. of West Bengal
Gargi Banerji, Former Cricketer of Indian National Cricket Team Discussing with Manish Gupta, Honorable Minister Government of West Bengal regarding development of Women's Cricket of Bengal

Calcutta, Sep 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In 1890 Women's cricket in India was born amidst the unstable political ethos.  Initially, matches were played between mixed teams with six men and six women making up a team. News reports published in the magazine Indian Cricket in the 1930s has documented women's first forays into cricket.

In the match in Kathiawar in the 1930s beat their men counterparts comprehensively.



Masonic Hall transformed into Hindu Temple in England

Nevada, USA, April 21, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Former Central Masonic Hall in Hull (England, UK) is Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre now.

Before it, Hindus in North and North-East Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire either had to travel to Bradford or Birmingham or gather at various halls for religious needs. Hull and East Riding Hindu Cultural Association purchased this majestic building and transformed it into a Hindu temple, which is now a focal point for religious and social activities for the community; including pujas, bhajans, weekly prasad-bhojans, musical and dance performances, yoga workshops, social gatherings, etc.


Indian Premier League: Nokia and Kolkata Knight Riders Unveil "KKR Tension Mat Le Yaar" Engagement Campaign

[D Shivakumar, MD and V P for Nokia India and Shahrukh Khan, Owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata]
[D Shivakumar, MD and V P for Nokia India and Shahrukh Khan, Owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata]
D Shivakumar, MD and V P for Nokia India and Shahrukh Khan, Owner of Indian Premier League team Kolkata

Kolkata, West Bengal, April 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Gearing up for the fourth season of India's most extravagant cricketing bonanza - the Indian Premier League, Nokia India has announced the renewal of its association with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 4th straight year. Nokia will continue as the principal sponsor of the KKR team.


DLF IPL 2011 on MAX: Watch 10 teams play 74 cricket matches live over 51 days

Mumbai, April 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog) MAX, India’s Premium Hindi Movies, Special Events channel and the official broadcaster of the DLF IPL is all set to bring the excitement back with DLF IPL 2011.

With 10 teams competing for the trophy, 74 matches and the entire nation cheering for their favourite teams, it will only get bigger and better than ever before.

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[Watch IPL Cricket Matches Live On TV]MAX has also brought exciting changes to its flagship show extraaa innings T20.  This show needs no introduction to the Indian masses as it is the first and only cricket wrap-around show which has revolutionized the way audiences consume cricket.  MAX is all set to bring to your homes, the excitement, glamour and LIVE analysis of the 4th season of the world’s biggest cricket extravaganza, the DLF IPL.


Golden State Warriors host the team’s first-ever Bollywood Night

OAKLAND, CA, Mar 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRLog ) The Golden State Warriors are hosting the team’s first-ever Bollywood Night, presented by Adobe, on Wednesday, March 16 against the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena (7:30 p.m.), the team announced today.

The festivities will include special Bollywood style entertainment throughout the evening, including a pre-game performance by Aerodance, a halftime performance by Bhangra Empire and an exclusive post-game performance by American Idol finalist Anoop Desai.  Additionally, Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry and Vivek Ranadivé, Warriors Vice Chairman, will participate in a post-game Q & A to be hosted by Raj Mathai, news anchor at KNTV-TV in San Jose.


Youth & Sports Development Initiatives in North Eastern Region of India

New Delhi, Feb 23, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) India is on the threshold of an unique demographic dividend youth being a major strategic asset. This “Youth Bulge” in the light of its impact on work participation and dependency ratio has been called a window of opportunity in terms of growth and development of our country, an opportunity which would need to be seized before the window closes. This poses its own challenges with reference to inclusive growth and the need to bridge divides. The requirements for this will transcend sectoral programmes, and would require a variety of interventions and programmes aimed at addressing the youth in a multi-dimensional manner. The Government has been working for youth volunteerism, community service and personality development of young men and women for about 40 years.

While out lining his ministry’s vision and objective with respect to the North Eastern States, Shri Ajay Maken, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports  underlined that, Skill development among youth is aimed at facilitating employment; evolving sports as a source of employment and prestige and  Preservation as well propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the region.


Interview - Rohit Kulkarni - Pitch Of Dreams: Cricket In America | Documentary on the past, present and future of Cricket in USA

Rohit KulkarniGermantown, Maryland, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Rohit Kulkarni is the head of Multimedia of the South Asia division at Voice Of America, with over fifteen years of hands-on experience in Television production. Like most Indians (and people from the British Commonwealth nations), Rohit is a passionate fan of the game of Cricket. It is but natural that Rohit's vast experience in film-making and his passion for Cricket should come together, and the result is a fascinating documentary on Cricket in the United States of America.

Titled "Pitch Of Dreams - Cricket In America", the film documents the past, present and future of the game in the US. A fruit diligent research and many hours of travel with a camera, the film is a true labor of love. The journey reveals quite a few surprising facts about the game of Cricket in America - and Rohit shares with us some trivia that are surely going to surprise you as well while he talks to Marian Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the film.


Interview: Cricket Journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks about SACH - his book on Sachin Tendulkar released in the USA

Sachin Tendulkar - Launch of book SACH by Gautam Bhattacharya
Sachin Tendulkar and others at the launch of Gautam Bhattacharya's book Sach

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Gautam Bhattacharya, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble at SACH book launch
Pictures courtesy of Utpaal Sorkkar

Gautam Bhattacharya - Author of SACHWashington, DC, Feb 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned award-winning writer and sports journalist Gautam Bhattacharya talks to us from Dhaka, Bangladesh in this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. At the time ths interview was recorded, Gautam was in Dhaka for the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup Cricket championship of 2011 which is jointly being hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. You will surely be infected with the cricket bug when you hear Gautam share his thoughts about the inauguration which featured a great, some may even say overdone, cultural extravaganza. The opening ceremony was of particular pride to Bengalees as Bangla songs like O Amar Desher Maati and Amar Sonar Bangla ("My golden bangla, I love you"- the national anthem of Bangladesh) were performed with people across many nations watching live. Gautam also shares with us his best educated guesses on what might transpire in this Cricket World Cup, but, needless to say, anything can happen in the game of cricket.

Gautam Bhattacharya has recently written a book titled Sach about the iconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, a man who dreamed big, stretched his arms towards the sky and reached the summit. Sachin is applauded the world over for his cricketing feats and the person he is. This book, however, is not just another tome on Sachin. The book sizzles with new features, and a foreword by Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Gautam puts it in this interview, Sach - the title of his book - is not just a nick name of Sachin, the word also means "the truth". In the book, a record 83 individuals, all path-breakers in their own right speak out on what Sachin means to them. If Asha Bhosle calls him 'God's apna aadmi', and Kapil Dev wants him 'to stand as tall as Mahatma Gandhi', Viv Richards gives him '10 upon 10'. Taking the reader through Sachin's journey of life, Gautam steps boldly on what has been 'forbidden' ground till now - the controversy surrounding the erstwhile Indian coach Greg Chappell, who breaks his silence on Sachin after four long years. The high-point of this must-have book is a set of 40 never-before-asked questions put to Sachin by Gautam.

Sach is available for purchase online in both USA via Amazon.com and India via Flipkart.com using the links in this exclusive interview-feature on Washington Bangla Radio.


DLF IPL 4 2011 Match Schedule: Dates, Venues, Fixtures: Indian Premiere League Cricket Championship

Calcutta, Feb 17, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The 4th season of the Indian Premiere League (DLF IPL) will commence on April 8, 2011 with last year's champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

10 teams, including the new entrants Kochi and Sahara Pune Warriors, will play 74 matches at 13 avenues across India over 51 days. A new play-off system has been introduced this year.

Indian Cricket lovers are looking forward to a enjoyable couple of months.

The provisional IPL 2011 match schedule:


Listen to Cricket World Cup 2011 Song by Kolkata Band KAYA

Washington DC, USA, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The acclaimed folk-rock fusion band KAYA from Kolkata, India has released their World Cup Cricket 2011 song for the enjoyment of Indians across the world.

This song is also being aired by 94.3 Radio One and Radio Misty in India.

Listen to Band Kaya's Cricket World Cup 2011 song exclusively online via Washington Bangla Radio USA.