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MP players ?hexed?

The Madhya Pradesh players are struggling. No, we're not talking about the cricket field. Some of them, including their skipper Abbas Ali, have fallen ill and the way they played their game on Tuesday suggested that there was something wrong.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 01:34 IST

The Madhya Pradesh players are struggling. No, we're not talking about the cricket field. Some of them, including their skipper Abbas Ali, have fallen ill and the way they played their game on Tuesday suggested that there was something wrong.

Incidentally, the place where they've been put up by the local association isn't the best so far as the hygiene goes. The water tastes awful and the toilet and the rooms are cramped and often there are basic problems.

Besides, some of the players are eating outside. In fact, Rajasthan are staying there as well. But as one member of the home team said, "Do you know where we were staying before Jadeja came and fought with the administration and got us a better place? This is a lot better than the previous one."

However, no one has lodged any official complaint.

Jagdale supports Sachin

One good thing about Sanjay Jagdale is that he is unequivocal. The National selector arrived here only this morning after watching the ODI game at Lahore. The first thing he did was criticise those Indian ex-cricketers and media who are writing about Sachin being past his prime. "I think they don't realise how big a legend he is and more importantly the change in his responsibilities. His role in the team has changed. There are so many stroke-players. He tries to stay there as the pivot."

Jagdale, incidentally, has been a good influence on MP cricket in recent times. Some in MP camp say that it is due to his efforts that the money given to organise the inter-division matches got a manifold increase recently.