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Yuvraj Singh booked for ‘casteist slur’

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Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been booked by Haryana Police in an eight-month-old complaint of making a “casteist slur” against Yuzvendra Chahal, officials said on Monday.

A complaint was lodged against Yuvraj by Hisar-based Dalit activist Rajan Kalsan in June last year for allegedly using the “casteist slur”. He had alleged the comments of Yuvraj, made during an Instagram live session with Rohit Sharma in April last year, degraded and defamed the Dalit community.

The former India all-rounder was on Sunday booked by the Hansi Police in Hisar district under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

As per the complaint, the remarks were meant to provoke the community in an attempt to create unrest by hurting social sentiments of the country.

“I request you to press appropriate charges against Yuvraj Singh and arrest him,” said the complainant.

Following the controversy, the 39-year-old former cricketer had come out with an apology on Twitter after facing a lot of backlash on social media.

“This is to clarify I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the lines of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception,” Yuvraj had tweeted.

“I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments or feelings, I would like to express apology for the same,” he added.

Yuvraj announced his retirement from international cricket in 2019 after representing India in 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests.

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Ravi Shastri gives ‘fielding classes’ to Southampton curator’s dog

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As India prepare to take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Ageas Bowl here from Friday, head coach Ravi Shastri took time off after the team’s practice session on Tuesday to play with curator Simon Lee’s pooch, Winston, a Cocker Spaniel.

“Our buddy Winston earns himself a tennis ball after #TeamIndia’s practice session #WTCfinal,” Shastri wrote along with a video shared on his twitter handle.

Even as India skipper Virat Kohli is seen walking away with his kit bag, bidding goodbye to Shastri, despite watching players leaving the ground, is happy giving the dog some ‘fielding practice’.

With a tennis racquet in hand, Shastri lobs the tennis ball in different directions of the lush green Ageas Bowl outfield, with Winston frenetically running after it, obediently bringing it back each time.

Shastri’s love for dogs has been widely highlighted. The former India skipper has occasionally shares pictures of his pets, including Labradors and Golden Retrievers, on social media, like he did during the Covid-19 enforced lockdown last year.

In May 2020, Shastri had posted pictures of him surrounded by five dogs during lockdown, which went viral.

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SL bound Indian cricketers go into quarantine in Mumbai

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The Indian squad for next month’s six-match white-ball tour of Sri Lanka arrived here on Tuesday and went into a two-week quarantine.

The players will be tested regularly before departing for Colombo on June 28. Shikhar Dhawan has been appointed captain pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar is vice-captain of the 20-member squad. Five net bowlers have also been picked to tour.

“#TeamIndia’s limited-overs squad for the Sri Lanka series has assembled in Mumbai [ok hand emoji]. Good to see some new and happy faces in the squad [lightly smiling face emoji],” tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with pictures of several cricketers who have arrived.

Among those whose pictures were uploaded by the BCCI included Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal – and Nitish Rana.

The BCCI’s senior selection committee had on June 10 picked the squad for three ODIs and three T20I series, to be played between July 13 and 25.

The head coach for the tour, Rahul Dravid, too will quarantine in Mumbai until the departure of the squad.

The squad will reach Colombo on June 28 where it will undergo another three days of mandatory quarantine in their team hotel before being allowed to start training in a “controlled fashion as per the guidelines laid out by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)”.

Last week, the SLC had stated in a press release that the squad would train in smaller groups between July 2 and 4. “Between July 6 and 12, the entire squad will be free to train before the ODI series, which begins from July 13.”

All the matches will be played under floodlights at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

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Former AIFF vice-president CR Viswanathan passes away

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Former All India Football Federation (AIFF) vice-president CR Viswanathan passed away in Chennai on Tuesday. He was 85.

Apart from being the AIFF vice-president (2004-08), Viswanathan was also a member of the AIFF executive committee from 2008 to 2012, and chairman of the AIFF technical committee (2009-2012).

Viswanathan was also the president of the Tamil Nadu Football Association and the Coimbatore District Football Association and played a role in the hosting of the 1993 Nehru Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai.

“CR Viswanathan will be remembered for his contribution to Indian football, and sports,” AIFF president Praful Patel said in his condolence message.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, said: “On behalf of the Indian football fraternity, we offer our condolences to the bereaved family. Viswanathan was a versatile administrator who served not just Indian football in different capacities, but also worked towards the overall development of Indian sports.”

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