India ahead in economy but not in sports: Mallya

Published: Friday, October 14, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:A cream of more than 30 cricketers turned golfers from cricket playing nations willdescend on this garden city to vie for top honours in the maiden Mc Dowell's Signature World Cup of Golfing Cricketers championship to be held from November 24 to 27.

Cricketers from Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Sri Lanka, besides India will be seen in action during the four-day event, the organisers announced at a press conference here last night.

UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya, whose company is the main sponsor of the event, which would be an annual affair hereafter said, "the event will be a wonderful one for India".

"India though ahead in several sectors of economy, is not doing well in sprots. By hosting a world class golf championship for cricketers, the country has led the world", he remarked after inking an MOU with Karnataka Golf Association and his UB company to sponsor the event for the next three years.

Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev, Ajay Jadeja and Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas were present on the occasion.

Those who have confirmed participation include: Kapil Dev, Ajay Jadeja, Roger Binny, Sujit Somasundar (India),

Wasim Akram, Zaheer Abbas, Aamir Sohail, Waqar Younis (Pakistan),

Sir Gary Sobers (West Indies),

Barry RIchards, Clive Rice, Pat Symcox, Gary Kirsten (South Africa),

Dipak Patel, Simon Doull, Mark Richardson, Murphy Sua (New Zealand),

Craig Evans, Alistair Campbell, Dirk Viljoen, Stuart Carlisle (Zimbabwe),

Mark Waugh, Jeff Thompson, Dean Jones, Allan Border (Australia),

Ian Botham, Paul Allott, Gladstone Small, Graeme Hick (England).

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