Cricket Australia Sends Three Tainted Cricketers Back

New Delhi: In the ball-tampering row during the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been sent back home by Cricket Australia for breaching the Board’s code of conduct.
Following the suspension, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland announced that Glenn Maxwell, Matt Renshaw and Joe Burns would be flown in as replacements for the trio. Tim Paine will officially captain Australia in the Johannesburg Test starting Friday.
Addressing the press conference, Sutherland announced that Smith, Warner and Bancroft have been officially reported for breaching article 2.3.5 of  Cricket Australia’s Code of Conduct and that the sanctions would be announced tomorrow which will be significant. “This issue goes beyond the technical nature of the offences and various codes of conduct. It is about the integrity and reputation of Australian Cricket and Australian sport,” Sutherland said.


Sad if Smith doesn't play in IPL: Nehra

New Delhi: Former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra concedes that Steve Smith was wrong in orchestrating ball-tampering but it will be sad if the under-fire Australian captain is barred from participating in the Indian Premier League.

Smith has been suspended for a Test and docked 100 percent of his match fee by ICC for instigating Cameron Bancroft to tamper the ball with a sandpaper during the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

Since Smith spoke about the leadership group's role in the controversy, David Warner too could also face possible sanctions from Cricket Australia.


Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith suspended for one Test match by ICC

New Delhi: Australia captain Steve Smith was on Sunday handed a one-match suspension and fined 100 percent of his match fee by ICC after he owned up to a ball-tampering conspiracy in South Africa. 

Smith admitted that he was party to a decision to attempt to change the condition of the ball in order to gain an unfair advantage during the third day's play in the Cape Town Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Additionally, Australia opener Cameron Bancroft has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee and handed three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day's play.


PV Sindhu To Be Flag-bearer Of Indian Contingent At Opening Ceremony Of CWG

New Delhi: Star shuttler PV Sindhu has been named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month.

According to sources in the Indian Olympic Association, Rio Olympic silver medallist's rising stature in recent years clinched the issue in her favour for the coveted position. The opening ceremony will be held on 4th April.

The World No. 3 is one of the favourites to win the women's singles title in Badminton at Gold Coast. In the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Sindhu bagged a bronze in Women's Singles.


England Women Crush Australia By 8 Wickets In T20 Tri-series

New Delhi: England began their campaign in the Tri-nation Women's T20 series on a rousing note at Mumbai today, beating Australia by 8 wickets. 

Opting to field after winning the toss, England restricted the Australians to 149 for eight. In reply, the English team chased down the target with as many as three overs to spare. 

They rode on the blistering half-centuries of Natalie Sciver and Tamsin Beaumont. Rachael Haynes top-scored for Australia with a 65 off 45 balls. Her knock included eight boundaries and a six.