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India will have to play with PAK in the World Cup

Dave Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC), does not see any danger to India and Pakistan in the World Cup. Richardson said that both the teams are bound by the ICC contract. After the martyrdom of 40 CRPF martyrs in the Pulwama attack, it is being demanded that India did not play World Cup match against Pakistan in Manchester on June 16.

Dave Richardson said, "For all the ICC tournaments, the teams have signed the Partnership Agreement, under which they will have to play all the matches of the tournament. If they do not do that, then the other team will be given points according to the conditions of play.

After the terrorist attack in Pulwama, there is a demand that India did not play World Cup match against Pakistan on June 16 in Manchester. The administrators' committee, operating in Indian cricket, also wrote a letter to the ICC asking them to boycott the countries covering terrorism.

The Indian team also wore the special cap of the army to pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi. Along with this, the entire match fee was given to the National Defense Fund.

Pakistan protested against it and wrote a letter to the ICC accusing it of politicizing the game on India. The ICC, however, said that the Indian board had already taken permission and there was no politics behind it.

Richardson, CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC), said, "It was allowed in one case because the motive was to collect money for the families of those jawans. The ICC has been keeping the Games separate from politics.

Supreme Court Cancels Life Ban On S Sreesanth, Asks BCCI To Reconsider Punishment

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on fast bowler S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. However, the court rejected Sreesanth's plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case. The court said that harsh punishment of life ban should not be imposed in all cases and the BCCI disciplinary committee did not consider mitigating circumstances.

"It's a huge relief. The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me," Sreesanth said.

"I am just being optimistic and I hope to keep myself fit until September-October. Now, I believe I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which starts from September-October," he added.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

In October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had reimposed the life ban on Sreesanth after a petition from the BCCI. Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had revoked the ban and had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.

In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy that shook Indian cricket. 

All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI. In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila, and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges after a Delhi trial court found that there was no evidence to prove that they had been involved in any wrongdoing and also insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). 

Sreesanth had also argued that the inquiry team formed by BCCI had submitted the final report without giving him a chance of hearing.

Delhi Capitals Rope In Sourav Ganguly As Advisor Ahead Of IPL 2019

Delhi Capitals, formerly known as Delhi Daredevils, appointed former India captain Sourav Ganguly as an advisor for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), 2019 season, starting on March 23. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will host Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Delhi Capitals, who have never played an IPL final, will start their campaign on March 24 when they take the field against three-time champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Announcing this on Twitter, Delhi Capitals said: "Tigers, say hello to our Royal Bengal Tiger! We're delighted to welcome @SGanguly99 to Delhi Capitals, in the role of an Advisor."

Ganguly was the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. He played for the Kolkata-based franchise until 2012, following which Gautam Gambhir led them to the title twice.

One of the most inconsistent teams in the history of IPL, the Delhi-based franchise is eyeing a remarkable run in the IPL 2019 with a new name and a set of fresh faces at the helm.

Earlier, Delhi Daredevils appointed Mohammad Kaif as their assistant coach for the 2019 season.

Both former India teammates Ganguly and Kaif will join Australia batting legend Ricky Ponting in the coaching task.

Last month, Delhi Capitals launched their jersey for the upcoming season. In a video posted by the Delhi Capitals, captain Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw were seen posing in the new jersey and revealing their excitement to commence the fresh season.

Pakistan Cricket Board Asks ICC To Take Action Against India For Wearing Army Caps

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take "strong action" against India for wearing special camouflage caps as the mark of tribute to the soldiers killed in the Pulwama terrorist attack last month. The Indian cricket team wore the army caps, bearing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) logo, during the third One-day International (ODI) against Australia in Ranchi on Friday.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani, asked the ICC to take "strong action" against India, saying "we believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics". "Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly," Ehsan Mani said in Karachi late on Sunday.

Mani said the ICC had in the past acted against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements.

"The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India," he added. "The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.

"We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly."

According to reports, the move to wear the caps was proposed by former India captain MS Dhoni, an honorary lieutenant-colonel with the Territorial Army, who distributed them to the team before the start of the match.

Reports in the Indian media also said that the BCCI had already sought permission from the world governing body before Friday's match. The reports also said the ICC had confirmed the caps were allowed as part of a charity fundraising effort.

Speaking about India's decision to wear the army caps, India captain Virat Kohli had said: "This is a special cap, it's a tribute to the armed forces".

"We're all donating our match fees of this game to the families of the martyrs. I urge everyone in the country to do the same and stick to the families of our armed forces."

Vijender Singh’s US debut set for April 12, starts training under Hall of Famer Freddie Roach

India's star boxer Vijender Singh will make his debut in the American Professional Circuit on April 12 and he has started training under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach.

Vijender's opponent's announcement has not yet been made. Freddie has also trained the legendary boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson.

Vijender has been invincible in his career of 10 professional competitions till now and he will make a debut at the Staples Center at The Wesley Lomochhenko-Anthony Crowley Undercard. It will be an eight round match and their opponent will be announced later.

Vijender's Indian promoter IOS boxing said in a press release that Vijender, 33, has recently shifted his training base to Las Angeles, where he is training under Freddie's guidance.

Freddie has 32 years of experience as a trainer and he has been a mentor of 36 world champions. Vijender will be broadcast live in the US on April 12.

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