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Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by BCCI over doping violation

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New Delhi, Jan 9: Cricketer Yusuf Pathan suspended by Indian cricket board (BCCI) over doping violation for five months on Tuesday. 

He had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation: BCCI, said in a statement.

“His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline, which is a specified substance prohibited both in and out of competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” it further added.

“On 27th October 2017, Mr Pathan was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge”.

Pathan responded that a medication containing Terbutaline was mistakenly given to him, instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance.

“The BCCI is satisfied with Mr Pathan’s explanation that he had taken terbutaline inadvertently to treat an upper respiratory tract infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results.”

The cricket board, however, back-dated the period of ineligibility, which is slated to end on January 14.

Reacting to BCCI decision, Yusuf Pathan thanked the board for letting him plead his case in a ‘fair and reasonable manner’. He tweeted, “I wish to thank the @BCCI for allowing me to plead my case in a fair and reasonable manner.”

With this ban, Yusuf, a three-time IPL champion, will miss 2018 season. He played an integral part of Rajasthan Royals in 2008 before moving base to Kolkata Knight Riders.

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IND Vs SA, 2nd Test: S.Africa beat India by 135 runs, clinch Series 2-0

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Centurion, Jan 17: South Africa bowled out India for 151 in their second innings, registering a 135-run victory in the second cricket Test here on Wednesday. With this win, the hosts have clinched the three-match cricket series.

Chasing a target of 287, India resumed the day at 35/3. Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 47.

Debutant pacer Lungi Ngidi picked up six wickets for 39 runs.

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Ronaldinho retires from football

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Rio de Janeiro, Jan 17: Brazil World Cup winner and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho has officially retired from football, more than two years after playing his last competitive match.

The 37-year-old’s brother and agent Roberto Assis, confirmed the decision on Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

“He has stopped. It has ended. The decision was already made. We only needed to confirm it. He hasn’t played for a long time,” Assis said.

Assis added that a series of tribute matches were being planned to allow fans around the world to bid farewell to the former playmaker.

“We will stage several events in Brazil, Europe and Asia and, of course, we are arranging something with the Brazilian team as well.”

Ronaldinho has been without a club since parting ways with Rio de Janeiro side Fluminense in September 2015.

He has since played in several exhibition matches around the world, including appearances for Barcelona’s legends team.

Ronaldinho began his career with Brazil’s Gremio before spells with Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, AC Milan, Flamengo, Queretaro and Fluminense.

He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, and was a member of Brazil’s triumphant 2002 World Cup team.

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Virat Kohli fined 25% of match fee for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Indian captain Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for his conduct which was found to be “contrary to the spirit of the game” during the third day of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion on Monday.

Kohli has also received one demerit point for his Level 1 offence, along with the fine, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday.

“Kohli was found to have breached Article 2.1.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game.” before adding,

The incident that took place in the 25th over of South Africa’s second innings. Kohli was seen complaining to umpire Michael Gough about the ball being affected by a damp outfield following a shower in the third session.

Kohli then threw the ball on to the ground “in an aggressive manner”

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