Football clubs Swansea City and Birmingham will boycott social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat) for seven days over the racist abuse sent on the platforms, demanding more stringent policing and punishments for posting racist messages. Rangers have also joined the cause in response to online abuse.
Author Taslima Nasreen has been slammed for her tweets that mocked Moeen Ali after he refused to sport an alcohol brand on his Chennai Super Kings jersey over his religious beliefs. "If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS," she tweeted. She was slammed by Jofra Archer, Kavita Krishnan, and Saqib Mahmood.
Cricketer Shikha Pandey regained her position in the top 10 in the women’s ICC ODI player rankings and is in the tenth position. She is the 1st cricketer associated with Goa Cricket Association to play international level cricket for India. She played a crucial role in the Indian team that reached the finals of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The 14 edition of Indian Premier League 2021 will be conducted from April 9th till the end of May. First match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. IPL matches will take place at 6 venues in India, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, and Kolkata, during this period.
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli announced that through Virat Kohli Foundation, he has set up two animal shelters in Mumbai. "I want to thank my wife Anushka for inspiring me by her passion towards animals & for being a constant advocate for animal rights," he tweeted. Animal shelters are set up in Malad and Boisar which are temporary and permanent rehabs.
PM Narendra Modi praised Indian women team's ODI captain Mithali Raj, who became the first Indian woman to complete 10,000 runs across formats. PM called her an inspiration to all. "Her contribution to women's cricket is brilliant... Her story of hard work and success is an inspiration to not only women but also men cricketers," he said.