The Committee of Administrators (COA) running Indian cricket referred the investigation into K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya's sexist remarks to the newly-appointed ombudsman DK Jain, who will decide if the cricketers will get a punishment more severe than the already served provisional suspensions. Rahul and Pandya were suspended for their loose talk on women on a popular TV show but their suspension was eventually revoked pending an inquiry to be conducted by a Supreme Court-appointed ombudsman.
Vijender’s US debut on April 12
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh will make his debut in the American professional circuit on April 12 against a yet-to-be-decided opponent and is currently training under Hall of Famer Freddie Roach, who shaped the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Mike Tyson. Vijender, who is unbeaten in his 10-bout pro career, will make his US debut at Staples Centre on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Anthony Crolla undercard. It will be an eight-round contest and his opponent will be announced later. The 33-year-old Vijender recently relocated his training base to Los Angles where he is training at the ‘The Wild Card Boxing Club’ under Roach, a 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee.
De Kock hits ton, SA win series
Quinton de Kock’s century inspired South Africa to beat Sri Lanka by 71 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis system at Kingsmead to secure a winning 3-0 lead in their five-match ODI series.
After South Africa had been put into bat, De Kock smashed 121 off 108 balls at the top of the innings - his 14th ODI hundred - as they went on to make 331-5 off their 50 overs. Sri Lanka, set a revised target of 193 after a rain delay, fell a long way short, managing to score only 121-5 off 24 overs in reply.
China’s world champ quits at 26
China’s former 100m freestyle world champion and swimming pin-up Ning Zetao announced his retirement from the sport on his 26th birthday. A fan favourite in China because of his ability and looks, Ning won the 100m free world title in 2015 and was a four-time gold medalist at the Asian Games a year earlier. But his career has been on the slide since and he hangs up his trunks with the reputation of a talent never fulfilled. Ning announced his retirement on Weibo. “Don’t be afraid of the past and the future! Say goodbye to the swimming pool and blue water and restart my own new life,” Ning wrote.
Shane Watson to play PSL matches in Pakistan
Shane Watson will play for his franchise in the Pakistan leg of the PSL. The Australian all-rounder has scored 332 runs in Pakistan’s premier domestic Twenty20 competition while representing Quetta Gladiators, which has already qualified for the playoffs after winning seven of its nine games. Watson didn’t come to Pakistan in the previous two editions of the PSL and only played in the league matches in the United Arab Emirates.
ICC bans former Zimbabwe Cricket Director
Former Zimbabwe Cricket Director Enock Ikope has been banned from cricket for 10 years after the ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of non-cooperation and obstruction of investigations. The Tribunal heard evidence that the ACU had established information during its investigation into the corrupt approach made by Rajan Nayer to Zimbabwe cricket Captain Graeme Cremer, which gave the ACU reasonable grounds to suspect that Ikope may have engaged in corrupt conduct under the Code. Nayer, then Treasurer and Marketing Director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA), was charged under the Code and banned from cricket for 20 years.