Faf to lead vs NZ

Calcutta: Faf Du Plessis' impressive international career gained fresh momentum on Thursday when Cricket South Africa (CSA) named him as captain of the Proteas squad for the three-match T20 international series against New Zealand later this month, according to a media release .

The squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Calcutta: The second ODI between India and Pakistan, which is scheduled at Eden Gardens on January 3, might start from noon instead of 2.30 pm in order to negate the dew factor. The BCCI will decide on it shortly, said a senior CAB official.

Johannesburg: Anjum Chopra has been recruited in the management team for the South African women's side as technical advisor ahead of the upcoming ICC Women's World Cup in India, CSA has announced.

Calcutta: ECB on Thursday announced that Nick Compton has been awarded an England increment contract for 2012-13, a media release said.

Calcutta: Khalin Joshi (68-71-73) of Bangalore maintained his lead in round three of the PGTI's Final Qualifying Stage for the 2013 season being held at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Khalin now enjoys a two-stroke lead.

Calcutta: The top seeds, including defending champion Aditi Ashok and Gurbani Singh, took their expected places in the quarter finals of the Usha All India Ladies Matchplay Championships at the Tollygunge Club, on Thursday.

Calcutta: Yuki Bhambri has been awarded a wild card entry into the main draw of the Chennai Open.