IPL pioneer happy to be back in the frame for England

Dimitri Mascarenhas said yesterday that he had feared his brief spell in the Indian Premier League would jeopardise his one-day future with England.

India: Back to the future

More than 20 years after Susan Griffith last visited India as a backpacker, she returned to Jaipur on a luxury trip to find that a recognisably Indian way of life still prevailed

Changing fashions: Hair today, gone tomorrow?

Long, flowing beards and handlebar moustaches have long been a source of pride in India, but that may be coming to an end. By Andrew Buncombe

Australia 479-7 dec West Indies 125-3: MacGill calls time on Test career but Warne still not tempted

The Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has is to retire from international cricket at the end of the second Test against West Indies here.

IPL Final: Visionaries rejoice as India's Twenty20 proves a massive hit

The inaugural Indian Premier League reaches its climax today. But it had long ago changed the face of cricket forever. Like it or loathe it (the former considerably outnumber the latter) the tournament is not only here to stay, it seems ready to grow and grow.

Surrey 278 & 229-8 dec Hampshire 227 & 247-8 <i>(Match drawn)</i>: Draw pulls Mascarenhas homeward in tug-of-war

If Dimitri Mascarenhas ever needed a victory it had to be in this match. The Hampshire captain is very keen to returnto Jaipur and link up with his Indian Premier League colleagues in Rajasthan Royals for the final stages of the tournament at the end of the month.

Surrey 278 & 151-7 Hampshire 227: Hampshire rally after Tremlett is laid low

Everything seemed to be stacking up against Hampshire yesterday when their first innings ended abruptly, still 51 runs shy of Surrey's first innings total. Their England fast bowler Chris Tremlett was afflicted by back spasms which prevented him from batting but, more significantly, meant he could not bowl.

Picture Post: The British Library reveals a collection of 17th-century manuscripts of a Sanskrit epic

One of the world's most enduring stories, The Ramayana has been told and retold throughout India and South East Asia for more than 2,000 years. Today, a collection of lavishly illustrated 17th-century manuscripts of the Sanskrit epic, hidden away in the archives of the British Library since 1844, goes on public display for the first time.

My holiday in: India

Kiran Moodley, aged 16

Surrey 537-5 Lancashire 241-6: Surrey scent win to warm Ramprakash

As he buried his frozen hands deep in his trouser pockets here yesterday, jumping about at gully as his finger ends throbbed from the ball he had just stopped, Mark Ramprakash may momentarily have wondered if he was right in the head to turn down the chance to play in the 90-degree heat of India this weekend.

Lunch Report: Sussex 332 v Hampshire 319-7 (112 overs)

Lunch on the third day (Sussex won toss)

The Complete Guide To: Rajasthan, India

A world of colour, splendour and spectacle awaits visitors to India's largest and most romantic state. Rhiannon Batten on a land of camels and cultural riches

Padmavati, Thé&acirc;tre du Ch&acirc;telet, Paris

When the elephant-headed god Ganesh is flown in near the beginning of Albert Roussel's Hindu opera-ballet Padmâvatî, followed not long after by an elephant bearing the lustful sultan, Alaouddin, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in for a night at the circus. For conductor Lawrence Foster, the greatest challenge to his authority came from Otello the horse, who stamped his hoof insistently off the beat. A tiger cub made a brief appearance, but the python had thrown a hissy fit, to the alarm of the dancer around whose neck it was coiled, and was quietly laid off.

Mascarenhas joins IPL with Hampshire's blessing

Hampshire insist they have reached a happy compromise with Dimitri Mascarenhas in allowing the all-rounder to play in the Indian Premier League.

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