Ex-England winger Sin­clair ar­rested for as­sault­ing cop

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For­mer England and Manch­ester City winger Trevor Sin­clair has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter be­ing held for al­legedly drink driv­ing.

Sin­clair was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of drink driv­ing, com­mon as­sault and crim­i­nal dam­age on Sun­day af­ter a woman suf­fered mi­nor in­juries when she was hit by a car.

He was later ar­rested on Mon­day on sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic or­der of­fence and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer. Sin­clair, 44, has been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing fur­ther in­quiries.

A Lan­cashire Po­lice spokesman said they at­tended a dis­tur­bance at a house on Vic­tory Boule­vard in Lytham at 8.45pm on Sun­day.

“Of­fi­cers at­tended the prop­erty and found a man had al­ready left the prop­erty in his car, a Tesla X60D,” he said.

“A short time later of­fi­cers found the ve­hi­cle which had been in­volved in a col­li­sion with a woman pedes­trian on Clifton Drive. She re­ceived mi­nor in­juries.” Sin­clair, who also played for West Ham, QPR and Cardiff, won 12 caps for England. YOUNG left-arm spin­ner Karsh Kothari’s match-win­ning per­for­mance in the U-23 CK Nayudu Tro­phy game against Haryana not only helped Mumbai qual­ify for the knock­out stage, but also earned him a maiden Ranji Tro­phy call-up for this week’s game against Andhra Pradesh at On­gole, AP.

Kothari, 21, who picked up 13 wick­ets for Dilip Vengsarkar XI in the U-23 Shalini Bhalekar se­lec­tion tour­na­ment, didn’t get a chance in the first three CK Nayudu games. But when he got his chance against Haryana, he claimed four wick­ets in each in­nings to help his side beat the vis­i­tors by an in­nings and 131 runs.

“He is a tall left-arm spin­ner and gen­er­ates good bounce from the wicket. Of course, he is in­ex­pe­ri­enced but there are ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the team to help him,” Mumbai’s chief se­lec­tor Ajit Agarkar told mid-day yes­ter­day.

Kothari re­placed left-arm spin­ner Vi­jay Go­hil, who claimed only two wick­ets in the game against Bar­oda at the Wankhede Sta­dium re­cently where he bowled 51 overs and con­ceded 177 runs.

“A nig­gle af­fected his (Go­hil) form and not play­ing one of games might help him,” said Agarkar.

Kothari has MCA in­door acad­emy spin bowl­ing coach Ramesh Powar as well as Amit Pag­nis, the Mumbai U-23 coach, to thank for his Ranji call-up. “Powar sir im­proved my bowl­ing and Pag­nis sir backed me for the de­cider against Haryana,” Kothari told mid-day yes­ter­day.

His Ranji se­lec­tion came as a mini shock. “I was sur­prised. I per­formed well against Haryana, but I thought I’ve got to take more wick­ets to break in. As far as the Ranji Tro­phy match against Andhra is con­cerned, I am ner­vous and ex­cited. I have to do well to ce­ment my place in the team,” he added.

Trevor Sin­clair

Karsh Kothari

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