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UP's surge, mystery teams and the Ganguly factor
A Mohammad Kaif-inspired Uttar Pradesh won their first Ranji Trophy title while Railways, last season's Ranji victors, finished at the bottom of the pile and were relegated to the Plate Group. There were plenty of finds, a dash of politics, and some defining moments from a former Indian captain in perhaps his most serious domestic season. At the end of the 2005-06 domestic season, we take a look back at what stood out. [more]

Sahara bid leads to protests
Nimbus, ESPN-Star Sports and Zee Sports have alleged that Sahara's tender was accepted by the board despite the bid being delivered after the 11 am (IST) deadline on Wednesday, which clearly violated the guidelines. [more]

Khanolkar's allround show spurs Railways to title
A gritty allround performance by Shreyas Khanolkar helped Railways clinch the Ranji Trophy one-day tournament by defeating Uttar Pradesh by 20 runs . [more]

India to persist with Sehwag at the top
Virender Sehwag's form, or lack of it, at the top of the order in the one-day game has been a concern for over a season now, but for the moment, the team management is keeping faith in his hit-and-miss method. [more]

Delhi wrap up easy series win
The Delhi Blues women's cricket team from India clinched the five-match one-day international series 3-0, when they defeated the PCB Greens by 77 runs. [more]

Uthappa brought in for Gambhir
India's selectors made one change to their 15-man squad for the remaining four ODIs against England, bringing in Robin Uthappa for Gautam Gambhir. [more]

Chappell backs Kaif to come good
While quietly content at the manner in which India had seen off a feeble English challenge in this game, Greg Chappell came out strongly in support of a couple of his embattled batsmen, Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif. [more]

Mani concern over player burn-out
Ehsan Mani, the ICC president, has expressed his concerns about player burn-out but says that it is down to the individual boards, not just the ICC, to address the issue. [more]

Groups announced for Champions Trophy
England, India and Australia will face each other in the Champions Trophy, in India, during October. The groups were announced by Ehsan Mani, the president of the ICC, at a press conference in Goa. [more]

Tendulkar makes a quick recovery
Sachin Tendulkar could be declared fit to tour West Indies next month, having made a rapid recovery after undergoing shoulder surgery in London. [more]

Raina: cheeky, yet calm under pressure
Suresh Raina combined the perfect blend of sense with cheek and audacity with a match-winning innings at Faridabad. [more]

Abu Dhabi matches not part of off-shore ODIs
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) clarified that the two ODIs scheduled between India and Pakistan at Abu Dhabi on April 18 and 19 are seperate from the off-shore matches planned between the two countries in the coming years. [more]

Team for Abu Dhabi to be picked in Goa
The Indian squad for the two one-day internationals against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi next month as well as for the last four ODIs against England in the ongoing series would be picked in Goa, venue of the third ODI, on April 3. [more]

Raina carries India to victory
A nerveless 118-run stand between Suresh Raina, India's latest teenage prodigy, and the wicketkeeper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, rescued India from a middle-order collapse and carried them to a comfortable four-wicket victory . [more]

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