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We raised conflict issue with Ethics Officer: CoA chief Rai

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New Delhi, Sep 10 The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has acknowledged that there exists a difference of opinion on the conflict of interest issue as interpreted by BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain and the CoA.

Jain had sent notices to legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, which in turn has not gone down well with many in the Indian cricket fraternity.

“The CoA has a difference on the way the conflict of interest has been interpreted. We have a Supreme Court-appointed ombudsman and he took a view on it. It was very justified because the way he interpreted, he must have seen it right legally,” Rai said while speaking in an interview to Times Now.

“It was given to us. We raised the issue with him that we need some clarifications on this application of conflict of interest because we do not see the way it has been interpreted. So, we brought it to his notice and we have gone to the Supreme Court.

“Whether it’s a Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or VVS Laxman, it’s not the issue of being an icon. The issue is the game has to be played with a certain amount of credibility,” he added.

The CoA chief further said he believes that the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the issue so that no problem arises when it comes to the case of conflict of interest and its interpretation.

“We have sought from the Supreme Court that up till now, there’s been no interpretational issue, it was only on this conflict of interest.”

“We have a viewpoint on it and we have placed it before the Supreme Court so that, what is called to be a grey area, is converted into black and white. There are no two ways about it. Supreme Court will come out with a clear verdict.”

He also asserted that the day BCCI elections are held (as per schedule, it is to be held on October 22), the CoA will demit the office. “There is no place for a committee of administrators after an elected body has been put into place.”

He also claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not been losing on any revenue from the ICC.

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Warne banned from driving for 12 months

The former Australian spinner already had 15 penalty points to his license for five speeding offences from April 2016.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : Australia legend Shane Warne has been banned from driving for 12 months after picking up his sixth speeding offence in two years. Warne pleaded guilty at the Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court for driving at over 75 kmph in a zone where the speed limit was 65 kmph.

According to BBC News, the former Australian spinner already had 15 penalty points to his license for five speeding offences from April 2016.

The 50-year-old, who was not present at the hearing, is also required to pay 900 pounds as fine.

Warne, regarded as one of the best spinners in cricket history, scalped 708 wickets in 145 Tests between 1992 and 2007.

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Sprinter Dutee Chand wants to join politics

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 23 : Ace sprinter Dutee Chand has expressed her interest to enter the political fray after finishing her athletic career.

“I have always wanted to join politics since childhood. My family has also been involved in grassroots politics, with my mother being the SARPANCH of our village,” Dutee tweeted on Monday.

Dutee, however, said there is no plan to join politics as of now and she will wait till the completion of her career as an athlete.

“Now, I am focusing on my sprinting career. There is no plan to join politics now,” said India’s fastest woman.

Earlier this year, Dutee openly announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.

The 23-year-old athlete, who holds the national record in the women’s 100 metres event, is preparing for the World Championships scheduled to begin on September 27 in Doha.

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India vs South Africa 3rd T20I: Unchanged India bat first in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru, Sep 22 India have elected to bat first at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday in the third and final T20I against South Africa.

India lead the three-match series 1-0 following their victory in Mohali on Wednesday while the first match in Dharamsala was washed out without a ball being bowled on September 15.

India skipper Virat Kohli said the hosts have gone in with an unchanged XI from the second T20I in Mohali. South Africa have made one change to their side with Beuran Hendricks replacing Anrich Nortje.

“Looks like a nice wicket. I know this is a ground where teams have chased well. But going into the T20 World Cup, we want to improve on a few things as a team. Batting first is an area we want to improve upon. Batting first is something we’re also looking to strengthen.

“Results are always a priority, but we need to get out of our comfort zone also. Come the World Cup, toss is not in your control, you should be able to perform whether batting or bowling first. Have a few plans in mind, will be looking to executing those,” Kohli said at the toss.

South Africa skipper Quinton de Kock said that the Proteas will be looking to make improvements upon their performance in the second T20I that ended in a seven-wicket loss for them.

“It will be a good wicket anyway, whether we batted or bowled. We will have to try and compete, be the best players we can be. Last match was up and down for the team. We will try to learn from our mistakes,” de Kock said.

Playing XI
South Africa: Quinton de Kock(c/wk), Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, Andile Phehlukwayo, Bjorn Fortuin, Kagiso Rabada, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini

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