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AIFF chief Praful Patel becomes first Indian to be elected to FIFA Council

Praful Patel, who is the All India Football Federation chief, was one of 8 candidates vying for the spot in the FIFA election held during the 29th Asian Football Confederations.
KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin after he took Jos Buttler's wicket

For this former Mumbai cricketer, every ‘Mankading’ is a harrowing experience

Rahul Mankad says his father Vinoo Mankad is unfairly associated with the controversial dismissal, which also takes away from his exceptional record. 
L -R: Editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo Sambit Bal, ex-cricketers Rahul Dravid, Sanjay Manjrekar and IIT Madras Prof Raghunathan Rengaswamy | By special arrangement

A new era begins for cricket stats, where quality of opposition & pressure will count

ESPNCricinfo and IIT-Madras have developed Superstats, a new set of AI-based metrics that will add match context and luck to cricket statistics.
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) | Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images

SC appoints mediator to resolve BCCI’s pending disputes, says ‘game must go on’

The Supreme Court restricted other courts in India from entertaining any pleas pertaining to the BCCI until the mediator P.S. Narasimha submits his report on the disputes.
Virat Kohli | Philip Brown/Getty Images

Team will respect govt’s decision, says Virat Kohli on Indo-Pak World Cup game

Indian captain Virat Kohli said team would stick by what the nation wants to do in light of the Pulwama attack.
Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmed

I don’t recall Pakistan mixing sports with politics, says cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed

Pakistani cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said the Ind-Pak World Cup schedule should go ahead as planned.
A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) | Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images

Committee of Administrators skips decision on cricket world cup clash between India & Pakistan

The CoA though will individually urge ICC members to sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub.
The IOC said it will not allow India to organise Olympic-related events in the future

Olympics body suspends talks with India over hosting events after visa denied to Pakistani athletes

India's decision also cost it its qualification status for the men's 25m rapid fire event at the New Delhi World Cup.
File image of Vinod Rai | Anthony Kwan/Bloomberg

Supreme Court pulls up CoA chief Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji for ‘public sparring’

The two-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) has been divided on several matters pertaining to the BCCI.
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ICC says no note from BCCI on banning Pakistan amid tense bilateral ties

The International Cricket Council said the BCCI hasn't made such a request, and added that such a move would be rejected.

On Camera

IAS poll observer: With Modi breaking rules, should EC give him special security treatment?

The Election Commission has suspended an IAS officer who had inspected PM Narendra Modi’s chopper in Odisha’s Sambalpur Tuesday.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.