QPlay: Dhoni Practices With Pune Team, Barcelona Win and More

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.

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MS Dhoni will be playing for a new IPL team for the first time since the IPL began in 2008. (Photo: Shaun Roy / SPORTZPICS / IPL)

1. Dhoni Practices With the Rising Pune Supergiants

The Indian limited-overs captain MS Dhoni attended a practice session with his new IPL team, the Rising Pune Supergiants on Tuesday.

Dhoni will be playing for a new team in the IPL for the first time since the tournament began in 2008. The India skipper led Chennai Super Kings for eight years, but since the franchise has been banned for two years, Dhoni had to move to a new team.

In the practice session with my new IPL team.

Posted by MS Dhoni on Monday, April 4, 2016

Dhoni’s CSK teammates, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis will be playing alongside him in the Pune team.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

2. Barcelona and Bayern Munich Notch Wins in Champions League Q/F

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez was at his ruthless best and also again caught up in controversy as he scored twice to secure a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday.

The Uruguayan kicked out at defender Juanfran in the first half in an off-the-ball incident and, after equalising just past the hour mark. He was given a yellow card for striking Filipe Luis in the face moments before scoring the winner in the 74th minute.

Fernando Torres had scored the opening goal of the match for Atletico Madrid after 25 minutes but was given a red card in the 35th for two fouls in quick succession and defender Filipe Luis also criticised German referee Felix Brych’s decision to dismiss the forward.

Bayern Munich will take a slender lead into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Benfica after Arturo Vidal’s goal helped Bayern win 1-0 in the first leg match on Tuesday.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

3. FIFA President Infantino “Dismayed” After Name Found in Panama Papers

Recently-elected FIFA president Gianni Infantino was “dismayed that his integrity was being doubted” in media reports about a contract he signed several years ago, the global soccer body said in a statement on Tuesday.

The reports from multiple news organisations, citing leaked documents, said Infantino had signed off on a contract with two Argentine businessman, Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, who were later indicted in the United States.

Reports could not determine if the contract Infantino signed was related to the conduct underlying the indictments.

The reports said Infantino, at the time an official with European soccer body UEFA, signed a contract with the pair for the broadcast rights to Europe’s elite Champions League club competition in South America.

The pair, who owned an Argentine company called Cross Trading, then allegedly sold the rights for a price almost three times higher to Teleamazonas, a broadcaster in Ecuador, the reports said.

Reports, which has not seen the documents, was unable to confirm this.

Both are among several dozen soccer officials indicted in the United States as part of a huge graft scandal which has swept the game and thrown FIFA into turmoil.

(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

4. Wicket-Keeper Batsman Sarfraz Ahmed Named Pakistan’s T20 Captain

Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has been appointed as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team, replacing Shahid Afridi who resigned from the position after the side’s dismal World Twenty20 campaign.

PCB is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of Pakistan T20 team. Sarfraz was appointed vice-captain of ODI and T20 teams last year. He takes over the captaincy of the shortest form of the game from Shahid Afridi whose term as captain came to an end after the ICC World T20 2016.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s Statement
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(Photo: AP Sports Twitter)

5. Olympic Hammer Champion Beloborodova of Russia Suspended

Olympic hammer throw champion Tatyana Beloborodova of Russia has been suspended in a doping case, the IAAF said Tuesday, potentially increasing pressure on the country’s track and field team.

Russian state media reported that a sample Beloborodova gave at the 2005 world championships had tested positive in a retest. The IAAF did not confirm the claim.

Beloborodova had served a two-year ban for steroid use in 2007, and a second offence could leave her with a lengthy ban, potentially affecting the Olympic gold medal she won in 2012.

(Photo: Reuters)
(Photo: Reuters)

6. Supreme Court Slams BCCI, Calls it ‘Mutually Beneficial Society’

The Supreme Court pulled up the BCCI again on Tuesday, during a hearing to follow-up the recommendations made by the Justice Lodha Committee.

The latest cause – the skewed pattern of funds being allocated to the state associations. The court referred to the board as a “mutually beneficial society” and said it is “practically corrupting” its members by not seeking any explanation on how crores of rupees allotted to them were being spent.

Out of the 29 (state) association, 11 have not received any money at all. Gujarat, in the last three years, has received Rs. 66 crore. You don’t even keep an account of the money given to various state associations. It seems in the name of cricket money is being siphoned off.
Supreme Court to BCCI

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