Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 25% of his match fee for applying cream on the swollen index finger of his bowling hand without taking permission from the on-field umpires on the first day of the match. Jadeja was seen in a video receiving something from pace bowler Mohammed Siraj and rubbing it on his left index finger. The ICC said the cream was applied to the finger purely for medical purposes and it did not change the condition of the ball. Jadeja’s action was deemed to have breached “Article 2. 20 of the ICC code of conduct for players and player support personnel, which relates to displaying conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”. The ICC said the incident occurred in the 46th over of Australia’s first innings, when Jadeja applied “a soothing cream to a swelling on the index finger of his bowling hand without asking for permission to do so from the on-field umpires”. Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Andy Pycroft.
Toor wins shot put gold
Shot putter Tajinder Pal Singh Toor clinched a gold, India’s first on the opening day of the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships. Toor stood on top of the podium with a best throw of 19. 49m. Triple jumper Praveen Chitravel smashed the national indoor record during his silver medal-winning effort while long jumper Jeswin Aldrin also bettered the national mark en route to final round
Ghanaian footballer rescued in Turkey
Ghanaian footballer Christian Atsu has been rescued from the rubble of the earthquake that killed and injured thousands in Turkey and neighbouring Syria, Ghana’s Football Association said. Former Newcastle midfielder Atsu, 31, joined Turkish Super Lig side Hatayspor in September, based in the southern province of Hatay near the epicentre of the massive quake. Atsu spent five seasons at Newcastle after an initial campaign on loan playing over 100 games before leaving for Saudi Arabia in 2021. He won the last of his 60 Ghana national caps in September 2019.
Rajkuvardevi is manager of Delhi team
Former India women’s team cricketer Rajkuvardevi Gaekwad has been appointed as the manager of the Delhi Capitals team for the inaugural women’s Indian Premier League (IPL). While the tournament will begin on March 4, Gaekwad will join the team on February 26 in Mumbai. “It’s a great opportunity to be associated with Delhi Capitals in the inaugural edition. My job is to look after the entire team, including the foreign players. Also, I have to manage the support staff,” Gaekwad said. She was a member of India women’s cricket team that played against Australia in 1984-85.