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Senior Congress leader VHR, Diggy take to cricket

Senior Congress leader VHR, Diggy take to cricket
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Indian authorities may have imposed a blanket ban on senior Pakistan cricketers, who are also kept away from the Indian Premier League, but there was no one to stop the entry of an Under-19 team from across the border into Hyderabad. Looking fit and raring to go, the team from Pakistan took centre stage at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Tuesday.

Indian authorities may have imposed a blanket ban on senior Pakistan cricketers, who are also kept away from the Indian Premier League, but there was no one to stop the entry of an Under-19 team from across the border into Hyderabad. Looking fit and raring to go, the team from Pakistan took centre stage at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Tuesday.

In town for the second edition of the Rajiv Gandhi International Under-19 T-20 Cricket Championship-2015, they are here at the invitation of Cricket Federation of India (CFI), whose chairman is Congress Rajya Sabha member, V Hanumanth Rao. In addition to India and Pakistan, the other two teams participating in the championship include UAE and a CFI outfit.

Digvijay Singh (left) face a delivery from V Hanumantha Rao (right) at the event

Although a sense of sporting oneness pervaded the stadium, the spotlight was on the VVIPs who turned up for the occasion. Giving the event a colourful start were Hanumanth Rao and senior Congress leader, Digvijay Singh, who later was busy brain-storming the local Congress leaders on ways and means to revive the party’s fortunes in the State.

There was a welcome scene when Digvijay Singh took guard and Hanumanth bowled to him to formally the mark the inauguration of the championship that concludes on Friday. Telangana Congress leaders P Laxmaiah and D Nagender were enjoying the run of events as did the Organising Secretary, S Srikanth Goud and several other Congress men and the spectators.

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