QPlay: Salman Butt Confesses, India Set for ODI Series & More

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

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Former Pakistan cricket test captain, Salman Butt at the Westminster Magistrates Court in London in March, 2011 for their hearing in the spot-fixing case. (Photo: Reuters)

1. Salman Butt Officially Admits to Spot-Fixing in 2010: PCB

Tainted former Pakistan captain Salman Butt signed a confession note admitting to his role in the spot-fixing scandal during the Pakistan versus England series back in 2010, which led to a fove-year ban.

PCB chief Shaharyar Khan told the media on Tuesday that Butt has signed the confession note in order to speed up his return to competitive cricket.

The 31-year-old was one of three players along with Mohammed Aamir and Mohammed Asif to be banned for a minimum of five years for their part in bowling deliberate no-balls in return for money during an August 2010 Test against England at Lord’s.

“Butt had not specifically confessed to spot-fixing earlier, so we gave him a statement to sign and he has specifically confessed to spot-fixing,” PCB chief told reporters.

2. Dhoni and Company Gear up for ODIs

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back in the saddle after over a month-long break as eight players join India’s squad and get ready to face Bangladesh in a three-match ODI series starting Thursday.

Dhoni along with Stuart Binny, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Suresh Raina, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni and Ambati Rayudu arrived in Dhaka yesterday to face the hosts.

India won the rain-hit one-off Test match on Sunday making Bangladesh follow-on. India is looking forward to perform equally well despite some of the Test players having returned home.

3. India Humbled 1-2 by Guam in World Cup Qualifiers

India suffered an embarrassing 1-2 defeat to tiny pacific island side Guam, ranked 33 places below them in the FIFA rankings, in their 2018 football World Cup qualifying group match on Tuesday.

Sunil Chhetri managed a consolation goal in the last minute of the game after Brandon McDonald put the hosts ahead in the 38th minute and Travis Nicklaw doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute at the GFA National Training Centre.

This was only their second World Cup qualifying win, the result coming less than a week after their upset 1-0 verdict over Turkmenistan in Group D. Guam went ahead after 38 minutes when McDonald headed in Ryan Guy’s long throw-in and Nicklaw extended the lead 24 minutes later when he received a long pass from his elder brother Shawn and fired home on the turn.

4. AIBA Forms Ad-Hoc Committee To Manage Boxing in India

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) today constituted a five-member Ad-hoc Committee for finding a group which would organize and administrate the sport in India.

AIBA Representative Kisen Narsi will chair the Committee, which also has comprises of ousted Boxing India Secretary General Jay Kowli, former tennis player Manisha Malhotra and SAI DG Injeti Srinivas as its members. The fifth member would be a national coach which would be appointed with the approval of AIBA.

BI was instituted in September last year after elections monitored by AIBA. But it had been struggling to run the show smoothly owing to the IOA’s adamant refusal to grant recognition to it. Their President Jajodia was ousted after an overwhelming vote against him in the No Confidence Motion was brought in at a Special General Meeting.

Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a shot in his Queen’s opener. (Photo: AP)
Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a shot in his Queen’s opener. (Photo: AP)

5. Nadal Beaten in Queen’s Opener, Wawrinka And Murray Win

After a semifinal exit at the French Open, Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon campaign suffered a big blow when he was beaten by Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s Club on Tuesday.

Former world number one Nadal looked rejuvenated last week when he won the Stuttgart grasscourt title having endured a title-less run on his beloved European claycourts and arrived at the Aegon Championships with a spring in his step.

But the form the 14-times grand slam champion displayed in Stuttgart was only fleetingly in evidence as he went down 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 to a player ranked 79th in the world.

Chelsea soccer manager Jose Mourinho, right, watches the men’s singles tennis match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s tennis championship in London. (Photo: AP)
Chelsea soccer manager Jose Mourinho, right, watches the men’s singles tennis match between Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s tennis championship in London. (Photo: AP)

Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 in 49 minutes and will next face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.

Top seed and home favourite Andy Murray got in the Wimbledon spirit by beating Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-4 7-5.

File photo of Tiger Woods. (Photo: AP)
File photo of Tiger Woods. (Photo: AP)

6. McIlroy Off Early, Tiger Late in U.S. Open Round One

Martin Kaymer will start his title defence along with British Open champion McIlroy at 8.28 am Pacific Time on Thursday’s opening round. South Korean Yang Gunn, the U.S. amateur champion, will complete what has become a traditional grouping.

The afternoon attention will focus on back-to-back groupings. At 2.17 pm (2117GMT), Masters champion Jordan Spieth will tee off with Australian Jason Day and 2013 champion Justin Rose of England.

Eleven minutes later, Tiger Woods will embark on his quest for a 15th major title, accompanied by Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler and 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and will be coming off a career-worst round of 85 at the Memorial last Saturday.

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