County players take pay cuts, waive prize money amid shutdown

England’s county cricketers will forgo 1 million pounds in prize money and take pay cuts in April and May to help protect the domestic game during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) has said. With cricket in England suspended until May 28, the PCA also said players had agreed to being furloughed by their counties if they are asked to do so. “I’m pleased we have reached a collective agreement between the PCA, England Cricket Board (ECB) and the 18 first-class counties,” PCA Chairman Daryl Mitchell said. “Like…

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Pakistan suspend Umar Akmal under anti-corruption code

The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Thursday it had suspended batsman Umar Akmal with immediate effect under its anti-corruption code. The PCB said Akmal “… cannot take part in any cricket-related activity pending the investigation being carried out by PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit.” The announcement came hours before Akmal’s Quetta Gladiators begin their Pakistan Super League title defence against Islamabad United in Karachi. “…@TheRealPCB is already investigating the matter of Umar Akmal and the franchise will not make any comment until inquiry is concluded,” tweeted the Gladiators, who have been allowed…

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India’s Kohli to continue all-format grind for next three years

Virat Kohli will continue to play all three formats with the same intensity for the next three years before reassessing his workload, the India captain said on Wednesday. The 31-year-old is one of the busiest players in contemporary cricket who leads India across formats and is also captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “I think it’s been eight or nine years that I’ve been playing almost 300 days a year with the travelling and practice sessions,” Kohli told reporters ahead of the first test…

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New Zealand’s Taylor bats away retirement talk ahead of 100th test

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor will celebrate his 100th test in the series-opener against India this week and the veteran batsman says he has no intention of winding down his international career as he nears his 36th birthday. Taylor became New Zealand’s leading run-scorer in tests when he surpassed Stephen Fleming’s career tally of 7,172 against Australia in Sydney last month. In front of home fans in Wellington on Friday, he will become the nation’s fourth cricketer to play 100 tests after Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum. He will also…

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Cricket: NZ’s Devine first to hit 50 in five straight T20s

New Zealand women’s cricket captain Sophie Devine became the first player to pass 50 in five successive Twenty20 internationals on Monday when she scored 105 in her side’s 69-run win over South Africa in Wellington. The 30-year-old scored 72 against India last February and had innings of 54 not out, 61 and 77 earlier in the series against South Africa. India batswoman Mithali Raj, former New Zealand men’s captain Brendon McCullum and West Indies opener Chris Gayle are the only players to have passed 50 in four successive Twenty20 internationals.…

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Lehmann to have heart surgery after health scare on 50th birthday

Former Australia coach Darren Lehmann will have heart surgery on Saturday after suffering a health scare on his 50th birthday on Wednesday. The former test batsman suffered chest pains while on the Gold Coast to watch his son Jake Lehmann captain the Cricket Australia XI against the touring England Lions. He was resting in a Brisbane hospital on Wednesday and will undergo heart bypass surgery on Saturday, Cricket Australia said. “I would like to thank everyone in the Australian cricket family for their concern,” Lehmann, who coaches the Brisbane Heat…

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South Africa not fazed by playing world champions England

New South Africa captain Quinton de Kock says facing world champions England will be just like playing any other team as they prepare for the three-match one-day international series starting at Newlands on Tuesday. South Africa are seeking to rebuild after a disastrous World Cup in England last year in which the hosts claimed the trophy in thrilling fashion with victory over New Zealand in the final. This will be England’s first match since the decider at Lord’s in July. “It is just like playing any other team,” De Kock…

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Stokes named World Player of the Year, Cummins takes test honours

Ben Stokes was named ICC Player of the Year on Wednesday after a red-hot 12 months during which the all-rounder helped England to a maiden 50-overs World Cup crown. Stokes smashed an unbeaten 84 in a heart-stopping World Cup final against New Zealand at Lord’s, which ended in a tie before hosts England claimed the title on boundary count back. The 28-year-old also hit 135 not out to secure an astonishing victory for England in the third Ashes test against Australia at Headingley. “The last 12 months have been the…

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Australian cricketers Paine, Lyon see ‘mind-blowing’ fire devastation

Australian cricketers Tim Paine and Nathan Lyon said they were humbled to see the “unbelievable” efforts of rescue teams as they visited areas devastated by bushfires. Twenty-seven people have been killed this fire season as huge fires have scorched through more than 10.3 million hectares (25.5 million acres) of land, an area the size of South Korea. Australian captain Paine and Lyon visited Wingello, a town of about 500 people in hard-hit New South Wales, on Wednesday, days after it was devastated by the flames. The pair walked through the…

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Bangladesh insist on neutral venue for Pakistan tests

Bangladesh are ready to play Twenty20 Internationals in Pakistan next month but the test series must take place in a neutral venue, the chief executive of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Nizamuddin Chowdhury, said. Test cricket returned to Pakistan after a decade with a two-test series against Sri Lanka earlier this month. Rawalpindi and Karachi hosted Pakistan’s first tests on home soil since a militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009. Enthused by the smooth staging of the series, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced its…

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