Sachin hospitalised as precautionary step
Former India captain and batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been hospitalised as a precautionary measure, six days after he tested positive for Covid-19. The 47-year-old took to twitter to announce the development. “Thank you for your wishes and prayers. As a matter of abundant precaution under medical advice, I have been hospitalised. I hope to be back home in a few days. Take care and stay safe everyone,” Tendulkar wrote.
8 members of India’s boxing squad in Turkey test positive
Eight members of an Indian boxing squad, including three pugilists, were quarantined in Istanbul after testing positive for Covid-19 during a competition trip but seven of them have recovered and will be back in the country. Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Gaurav Solanki (57kg), Prayag Chouhan (75kg) and Brijesh Yadav (81kg) tested positive for the virus a week back, leading to them being quarantined following the event which ended on March 19. However, all three of them tested negative now and will be back in the country along with four members of the support staff - coach Santosh Birmole, physiotherapists Shikha Kedia and Dr Umesh and video analyst Nitin Kumar. However, another coach Dharmendra Yadav remains positive and will have to wait a few more days for his return. “(Of these) seven members have been cleared to travel. They will be reaching India,” Boxing Federation Secretary General Hemanta Kalita said.
BCCI to resolve Pakistan visa issue
The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has assured the International Cricket Council (ICC) that it will be able to guarantee visas and tax arrangements for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India in Oct-Nov later this year. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked for a guarantee from BCCI over issuing visas to its players for the marquee tournament. BCCI informed the ICC board in its quarterly meeting that the issue will be resolved over the next month. ICC and BCCI had been at loggerheads over tax exemptions for hosting a World Cup for a couple of years. BCCI said that this matter will also be resolved in a month.