India vs South Africa: Have to lead from the front, says Aiden Markram

first_imgSouth Africa suffered another defeat in the ongoing one day internationals as India clinched the second game by 9 wickets at Centurion on Sunday.South Africa’s stand-in skipper Aiden Markram said as a captain it’s his job to inspire the team after going down 2-0 in the six-match series.WATCH”Not the best performance. Today we’ll have to be honest with ourselves,” Markram said.South Africa captain Aiden Markram on Sunday said his side has only two days to prepare for the third ODI.”Got a couple of days to turn it around in Cape Town. Not ideal. Couple of soft options starting with myself. Have to lead from the front. Have to remain positive now. Started off with good intensity with the ball,” he added.South Africa, after being asked to bat first were bundled out for 118 runs in the second ODI courtesy some brilliant bowling from Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal (5/22) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/20).Later, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli registered an unbeaten partnership of 93 runs as the Indians crossed the line with ease in the 21st over.The third match of the series will be played at Cape Town and Markram is hopeful of a turnaround.”We’ll come hard in Cape Town. Can’t afford slip-ups now. Might bring out the best from us now,” he said.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Alexis Sanchez accepts ‘unfair deal’ to avoid jail term in tax fraud case

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has reached an agreement with with the Spanish authorities to avoid jail term in tax fraud case.The Manchester United forward pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud dating from when he played for Spanish team Barcelona and accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence, his agent Fernando Felicevich said on Wednesday.Sanchez posted on social media a statement from Felicevich which criticised Spain’s authorities for changing their criteria on tax returns and using the media to publicly shame players.”Despite proving Alexis did not commit any crime, we felt obliged, on the recommendation of our advisers, to accept the unfair pact offered to us to alleviate the emotional, personal and financial stress that comes from dealing with long and tedious court cases…” the statement said.”Seeing the huge ordeals that Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi etc have been put through, we came to the conclusion that it was best to accept this unfair deal so that we can move on and stop being the object of media and political pressure.”A spokesperson for Spain’s tax agency said it could not comment on individual cases but that it uses the same criteria and measures for each tax payer.In a statement issued by the Barcelona prosecutor and seen by Reuters, Sanchez was accused of defrauding the Spanish state of a combined 983,000 euros ($1.2 million) in image rights in 2012 and 2013 by using a shell company in Malta and omitting the earnings from tax returns.The Chilean was given a suspended sentence of eight months for each of those years and fines of 353,000 euros and 237,000 euros respectively.advertisementSpanish law is such that any sentence under two years for a non-violent crime rarely requires a defendant without previous convictions to serve jail time.Sanchez, who joined United last month from Arsenal, is the latest in a long line of La Liga players past and present, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Marcelo, Pepe and Javier Mascherano to face judicial process for allegedly defrauding the Spanish state.Sanchez moved to Barcelona from Italian side Udinese in 2011 and joined Arsenal three years later.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more