Pataudi charged

Agence France Presse

New Delhi, June 6:

Former Indian cricket team captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi has been arrested for poaching wild animals, a report said. Pataudi, who played for India between 1961 and 1975, was detained on Sunday after police found the carcasses of a black buck and two rabbits in a vehicle in Haryana, the PTI reported. Police sources were quoted by the news agency as saying that two guns, 50 cartridges and two search lights were also recovered. VN Rai, a senior Haryana police official, said the 64-year-old Pataudi and seven others were charged on Monday under the wildlife protection law for killing the animals. The former cricket captain, who bore the nickname “Tiger Pataudi” during his cricketing years, was was appointed captain of India at the age of 21 in 1962 and played 46 Tests, scoring 2,793 runs and six centuries. His wife Sharmila Tagore was a famous Bollywood actress in the 1960s and 1970s and Pataudi’s son, Saif Ali Khan, is a well known Bollywood actor.