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April 1: "Tiger's Tale" scoop
Mr. Lal called up for national squad

WOSA- Europe

London
13 Sept 1998
Brij Lai, the dashing young batsman from Woodstock, has been called up for the national cricket team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). With a rollicking career in Mussoorie, Mr. Lal was spotted by BCCI president Mr. Raj Singh Dungarpur last month. Mr. Dungarpur noticed immense talent in the promising right-hander. With a career average of 78.95, Mr. Lai has scored 22 firstclass centuries, his best being 336 not-out for Uttar Pradesh against Maharashtra in '95. He is looking forward to serving his nation in the upcoming Pepsi Series versus the mighty South Africans.

"I am greatly moved that the Board has finally recognized my talent, and I hope to do well at the international level," he said with a broad smile. Well, all the best to this talented player, and we hope his bat will do all the talking in the upcoming series. Jamie Alter ('99 India), "Tigers Tale", April 1st Edition, 1998.

Note: Mr. Lai will be retiring this June after a far more distinguished career as Head of Languages at Woodstock. He has taught Hindi for 30 years and for 25 years also coached the Woodstock cricket team. "Cricket is the number one sport in India," he claims. "It's the country's most unifying factor."

As for J. Alter's future, Mr. Lai concedes he is "promising" both as a cricket player and a writer; the later perhaps more so, given his creative bent. Well Jamie, all the best to your bat and your pen. Ed.

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