Category: Cricket News

Cricket-Australia coach Langer backs board cuts despite losing Hick

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia head coach Justin Langer has defended the board’s decision to lay off staff despite losing batting coach Graeme Hick from his coaching team. Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday 40 redundancies across the organisation as part of restructuring measures to cut costs and shore up finances hit by the coronavirus shutdown. Langer […]

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Cricket-PCB chief expects 2020 T20 World Cup to be postponed

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani has said the logistical challenge of keeping 16 teams in a bio-secure bubble to limit the risk of COVID-19 makes staging the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia this year “impossible”. The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) is exploring contingency plans but has deferred a […]

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Soccer-UK minister says watch Premier League from home as games resume

LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer fans should watch Premier League matches from home, Britain’s sports minister said on Wednesday as the season resumes after the coronavirus pandemic halted it just over three months ago. “Look after your fellow fans and your communities by watching from home,” said sports minister Oliver Dowden.

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Cricket-ECB to release 35.7 million pounds to help counties, clubs hit by COVID

June 17 (Reuters) – The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday approved an additional financial package of 35.7 million pounds ($44.71 million) to support the professional and recreational game which have been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket has been suspended since March and the ECB had initially announced a 61 million-pound aid […]

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Cricket-Moeen named in England training group for West Indies tests

(Reuters) – England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been included in a 30-member group that will begin training at the Ageas Bowl from June 23 ahead of their first test against the West Indies on July 8, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday. Moeen, 32, had announced a break from test cricket […]

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Cricket-Jones finally handed England cap, 50 years after sole appearance

LONDON (Reuters) – It was a long wait but former Glamorgan batsman Alan Jones has finally got his hands on an England cap, 50 years to the day after his sole appearance. Jones, now 81, appeared for England against the Rest of the World XI in 1970, but the fixture’s status as an official test […]

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Cricket-Scotland call off T20 international v Australia

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s Twenty20 international against Australia scheduled for June 29 has been cancelled because ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Cricket Scotland said on Wednesday. “Whilst this is disappointing news for us all in Scotland, we have explored all potential options and concluded that it is no longer possible to play the […]

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Cricket-South Africa to trial unique three-team limited overs fixture

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Cricket South Africa will trial a new format that will see three teams compete in a single 36-over match as they look to re-start the game with the Solidarity Cup at SuperSport Park in Centurion on June 27. The fixture is a chance for the country’s leading players to get some […]

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Cricket-Don't sweat the saliva ban, ball-maker offers towel solution

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – England’s premier ball manufacturer has some advice for bowlers worried about being unable to generate swing due to a ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball: “Carry a cotton towel.” Polishing one side with sweat and saliva has been used by fast bowlers to alter the aerodynamics of […]

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UPDATE 1-Cricket-Australia board cuts 40 staff in restructure

(Adds details, quotes, byline) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, June 17 (Reuters) – Cricket Australia will cut 40 staff and slash executive pay as part of restructuring efforts to shore up finances hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The cost-cutting measures, which also include the suspension of international tours for lower-tier and junior teams, will save the […]

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