Kolkata to host final

NEW DELHI: Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the final of next year’s World Twenty20 on April 3. India is hosting the sixth edition from March 11. The other venues are New Delhi, Mumbai, Mohali, Chennai, Bengalore, Dharamsala, and Nagpur, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Tuesday. Eden Gardens, which seats 66,000, staged the Cricket World Cup final in 1987, when an Allan Border-led Australia beat England by seven runs. It also hosted other World Cup games in 1987, as well as in 1996, and 2011.

Highest partnership

LONDON: South African batsmen Alviro Petersen and Ashwell Prince shared the highest first-class partnership for Lancashire when they added 501 runs for the third wicket against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in a Second Division clash on Monday. Their stand was the centrepiece of Lancashire’s total of 698-5, with Petersen extending his overnight 205 not out to 286 and Prince taking his unbeaten 154 on the first day into an innings of 261. In the process they surpassed a Red Rose record that had stood for more than 80 years, topping the 371 added by Frank Watson and Ernest Tyldesley against Surrey at Old Trafford in 1928. Petersen and Prince’s stand was only 22 runs shy of the third-wicket County Championship record shared by Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie, another South African, for Hampshire against Yorkshire at Southampton in 2011.

Stambouli joins PSG

PARIS: Tottenham’s Benjamin Stambouli has joined French champions Paris Saint Germain in a five-year deal worth between $8.7 to $9.7 million. The 24-year-old player is returning to Ligue 1 where he had a spell with Montpellier before his one season with Spurs. “I wasn’t necessarily planning to leave the English Premier League after one year but when a club with the stature of Paris Saint-Germain calls you, it makes your choice a lot easier!” he told his new employer’s official website on Monday. “That’s the moment when you really experience the power of this club,” the former French Under-21 international added.