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Cameron Green all set to be a part of IPL2023

At a time when many Australian players including Test skipper Pat Cummins have pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 presumably to prolong their international careers, young all-rounder Cameron Green has confirmed that he is willing and available to be picked in the upcoming IPL auction.

Green, who has emerged as a viable option to the opener’s slot vacated by the retired Aaron Finch in the Australian white-ball sides, has said he has registered for the IPL auction to be held on December 23 and is all set to be a part of it.

“I have registered for it. It will be an exciting opportunity,” Green said on cricket.com.au’s Unplayable Podcast, which will be released Tuesday morning.

“Speaking to a lot of guys, especially in the WA (Western Australia) set up about their experiences in the IPL, they speak so highly of it. They speak about the quality coaches that you’re around, the quality players that you’re around. They’re all the best in the world at their craft.

“It’s a craft that I haven’t been exposed to too much. I’m so open to wanting to learn as much as I can and that’s probably one of the best environments to learn in,” Green said.

Green will be one of the biggest attractions in the IPL auction after impressing many people with his power-hitting in recent times. He was given a chance to open during the T20I series in India a couple of months back.

IPL 2022 final sets Guinness World Record for biggest crowd attendance in a T20 match

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has tweeted that the IPL 2022 final, which was held earlier this year, has set a Guinness World Record for the largest attendance in a T20 match.

“Extremely delighted & proud to receive the Guinness World Record for the largest attendance at a T20 match when 101,566 people witnessed the epic @IPL final at @GCAMotera’s magnificent Narendra Modi Stadium on 29 May 2022. A big thanks to our fans for making this possible! @BCCI”, tweeted Shah.

In the final which was played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, a determined Gujarat Titans, led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, made their maiden IPL season an unforgettable one by lifting the title at their home ground in a seven-wicket win over Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals.

“A proud moment for everyone as India creates the Guinness World Record. This one is for all our fans for their unmatched passion and unwavering support. Congratulations to @GCAMotera and @IPL,” tweeted the BCCI.

By finishing off a chase of 131 with 11 balls remaining and defeating Rajasthan for the third time in IPL 2022 after losing the toss, Gujarat capped off a season where they exceeded everyone’s pre-tournament expectations to become champions in their debut season of the competition.

Pandya led the Gujarat Titans from the front with an all-round performance, picking figures of 3/17 in his four overs with the ball and making 34 off 30 balls with the bat, and picked the Player of the Match award in the final.

ECB gets £400 million bid for 75% stake in The Hundred

A private equity firm has made a 400 million pound sterling bid for a 75 percent stake in English cricket’s unique product The Hundred, according to media reports in England this weekend.

Bridgepoint Group, the London-listed buyout firm, has approached the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with an offer to acquire a controlling stake in the 100-ball format competition, Sky News reported on Sunday.

A source close to the ECB told the media house this weekend that Bridgepoint had proposed buying a 75% stake in The Hundred, potentially injecting £300m of new money into English cricket, the report said.

“One insider described the offer from Bridgepoint as ‘game-changing’, and suggested it was likely to win widespread support from county chairs,” said the report.

According to the report, if the deal were to progress, each of the 18 counties would get a substantial sum at a time when many of them are in deep financial strife, which had deepened in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With T20 cricket gaining popularity, the ECB introduced The Hundred two seasons ago to brand a new revenue stream as leagues like Indian Premier League (IPL) were gaining more prominence, The ECB had started The Hundred to wean itself off its dependence on international cricket as the game’s primary breadwinner. There was also a feeling that the Twenty20 match was a bit longer for sports fans habitual of watching 90 minutes football matches.

However, the reports suggested that the ECB is most likely to reject the bid as it does not want to cede control of the tournament so early.

Infantino only candidate for FIFA 2023 presidential election

FIFA has announced that it received one candidature — Gianni Infantino — for its presidential election that will be held in 2023.

Following the call for election issued by the FIFA Council on March 30 this year, FIFA’s member associations have proposed, in due time and form, the incumbent FIFA president for its next presidential election.

No other candidature has been submitted.

The election will take place at the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, Rwanda on March 16, 2023, according to the international football governing body.

The 52-year-old Infantino was elected as the president of FIFA during the 2016 FIFA Extraordinary Congress in February 2016, becoming the ninth president in the history of the organization. He was re-elected as FIFA President in June 2019 to start his first full four-year term.

Danushka Gunathilaka granted bail in sexual assault case

Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka was on Thursday granted bail by an Australian court in the sexual assault charges. Gunathilaka, who had the support of the Sri Lankan Cricket Association and government, offered a surety of Aus $163,500 to get the bail.

The 31-year-old cricketer was assented on November 6 at the Hyatt Regency hotel here before he was to fly back home with the team following their T20 World Cup defeat to England.

Gunathilaka has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent after allegedly sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 2. The Sri Lankan cricketer is alleged to have got in touch with the woman over dating app Tinder.

According to media reports in Australia, no plea has been entered in the case during Thursday’s hearing.

Gunathilaka has spent 11 nights in custody after he was refused bail in Downing Centre Local Court on November 7. His lawyers have made a bail application in the NSW Supreme Court, which was listed to be heard on December 8.

However, the media reported that the matter reappeared in the Local Court list on Thursday, when defence barrister Murugan Thangaraj, SC, applied for Gunathilaka’s release.

Police prosecutor said they accepted the material before the court, including new proposed bail conditions, allowed the applicant to make a secondary application.

Gunathilaka appeared via video link from Parklea Correctional Centre, the reports said.

The media reported that the police had argued there were two unacceptable risks: that the accused would fail to appear and that he would endanger the safety of the complainant.

T police prosecutor informed the court that the alleged victim was being “harassed by unknown people with Sri Lankan names through her social media” and had to shut it down.

The prosecutor argued Gunathilaka would also remember the complainant’s address.

Thangaraj submitted that his client was “being supported by a Sri Lankan cricket association and (the) Sri Lankan government”.

“If he breaches his bail, of course his career would be over,” he said.

SAMP Army sign Jonty Rhodes as global mentor ahead of Abu Dhabi T10 season

The sixth season of Abu Dhabi T10 brings forth some of the most exciting talent in the sport of cricket, and along with that introduces franchises from the USA, making it an 8-team tournament.

Morrisville SAMP Army, one of two new teams, have made their intentions clear for the tournament, picking a strong side and also appointing the very experienced former South African legend Jonty Rhodes as the mentor. Rhodes will join his former teammate and close-friend Lance Klusener, the head coach, said that he is looking forward to what is a new challenge for him.

“One of the real benefits of my role with the SAMP Army is that I am not restricted to just the mentorship role with the team. I want to add value at the grassroot levels as well. And with the presence in India and North America as well, it’s an amazing opportunity for me to be able to hopefully add value,” Rhodes said.

“I am looking forward to working more with the SAMP Army franchise with Ritesh Patel and Madhukar Shree leading the way.”

The former South African ace went on to explain that his role as a mentor will be down to addressing some of the bigger picture situations in a high-intensity tournament.

“The T10 is the fastest format in the game, and as a mentor I will look to address the bigger picture situation. The coaching staff can get caught up with the match and every over and ball. But as a mentor, you’re not looking at particular incidents, you are trying bring your experience to help and allow the players to do what they do best.”

“Sometimes you’re not needed but then there are times when the coaches and the players might need to bounce some ideas off of you, and I feel this is a role that I can certainly play.”

Rhodes, one of the most feared names in the final decade of the last century, also touched upon how the game has evolved from his days as a player.

“We were quite interested in using technology to assist us with training methods, and understanding opponents. So, we were one of the first sides to adopt technology in that sense, and I have always been a firm believer that there is constant change in the sport, and cricket does continue to evolve. So T10’s been around for a while, and in many places, it is a very popular format because it takes less time.”

“The best players want to play this tournament, and we have some of the best in the business coming for the Abu Dhabi T10, and that’s what you want to see really.”

It’s a pleasure having someone as experienced as Jonty onboard for Samp Army globally. His experience and immense knowledge will surely help our franchise go to the next level, said Ritesh Patel, owner Samp Army.

The 8-team tournament kicks off on 23 November, with the Morrisville SAMP Army playing their first game on 24th November. Looking ahead to the fortnight of cricket, Morrisville SAMP Army CEO Madhukar Shree said, “We are keenly awaiting the first matchday, and I can tell you, that Lance and Jonty are doing all they can to ensure we put our best foot forward. The SAMP Army mean business and we have two South Africans who revolutionised the game in their own way. We are all hoping for more of the same in Abu Dhabi.”

“It’s a pleasure having someone as experienced as Jonty onboard for Samp Army globally. His experience and immense knowledge will surely help our franchise go to the next level,” said Ritesh Patel, Owner SAMP Army.

Lara, Arthur named in three-member panel to review Windies early exit from 2022 T20 World Cup

Legendary batter Brian Lara and experienced head coach Mickey Arthur have been named in a three-member independent panel formed by Cricket West Indies (CWI) to conduct a review of the West Indies early exit from the recently concluded Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Notably, the Men in Maroon, who were the T20 World Cup champions in 2012 and 2016, failed to enter the Super 12 stage of the show-piece tournament after suffering defeats against minnows Ireland and Scotland in their first-round matches in Hobart, apart from a win over Zimbabwe.

CWI said the losses caused great disappointment and frustration among all West Indies cricket stakeholders. The West Indies’ early exit from the tournament saw Phil Simmons step down from his role as head coach too.

Lara, currently the head coach of IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad and Arthur, working as the head coach of county side Derbyshire, will undertake a holistic assessment of all aspects of the team’s preparation and performance at the global tournament in a panel chaired by Justice Patrick Thompson Jr, a high court judge at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

The three-member panel, who have already started their work, will submit a Report to the CWI Board of Directors, with relevant insight and clear recommendations. It is also intended that this review will establish a process and template for future performance reviews.

The objectives of the three-member Group will be to: conduct a thorough and independent review of the West Indies Men’s T20 Team’s preparation and performance; engage in an inclusive interview exercise with as many stakeholders as practicably possible through methodology which ensures that all contributions are heard, recorded, valued and respected.

The group will also conduct interviews, in person or virtually, of all key stakeholders, including selectors, team members, management staff, board directors, management, high performance unit, cricket analysts, former players, territorial boards and franchises and the Caribbean Premier League.

They also have to develop a standard, robust and confidential review process which is organised, methodical and devoid of subjectivity and political influence; and collate the findings and prepare a final report and recommendations to be submitted to the CWI Board of Directors by no later than December 15.

“CWI is fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and totally independent panel agree to serve West Indies Cricket under challenging circumstances. I am especially grateful for their commitment to lend some of their valuable time to this important review project.”

“It is vital that players, coaches, administrators, and all of us who love West Indies cricket, recognize that creating a sustainable learning culture, throughout the organization, is a prerequisite for player growth and team improvement.”

“Emotion-based and knee-jerk type decisions have failed CWI repeatedly in the past. I am confident that this independent World Cup review process will produce findings and learnings that should be of great benefit to our cricket system going forward,” said Ricky Skerritt, President, CWI.

Jaffer re-appointed as Punjab Kings batting coach

Former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer has been re-appointed as the batting coach of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season.

Jaffer, 44, had earlier resigned as the PBKS batting coach ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction earlier this year. He had joined the Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab) back in 2019 and had previously worked with the side for three seasons.

Meanwhile, the franchise also appointed former South African cricketer Charl Langeveldt as their new fast bowling coach. On the other hand, former Australian cricketer Brad Haddin has been roped in as the assistant coach of the side.

Earlier, Punjab Kings had announced Shikhar Dhawan as the new captain and Trevor Bayliss as the new head coach for the 2023 season.Dhawan replaced Mayank Agarwal who was released by the franchise on Tuesday during the deadline day of the IPL 2023 player retention, while Bayliss came in place of Anil Kumble.

Punjab retained as many as 16 players and will have Rs 32.2 crore remaining in its purse for the IPL 2023 auction which is scheduled to take place on December 23 in Kochi

Alex Hales, Ateeq Javid reprimanded over historic social media posts

England batter Alex Hales and former Pakistan Ateeq Javid were on Wednesday reprimanded by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) over historic social media posts.

Hales was reprimanded by the CDC over an old photo of him in “blackface” at a student party, which was published by a national newspaper last year.

The opener, who issued a public apology when the photo was published by The Sun last year, questioned the need for “repeated publication of these old matters” during the CDC’s investigation but Chris Tickle, the adjudicator, ruled that “the interests of transparency should prevail”.

On the other hand, Javid, who stopped playing in 2019, also apologised for a Facebook exchange with Azeem Rafiq from 2011 that contained anti-Semitic messages. Rafiq was reprimanded for his involvement in the exchange last month.

Both Hales and Javid admitted breaching the England and Wales Cricket Board Directive 3.3, which states: “No such person may conduct himself in a manner or do any act or omission which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”

The CDC, which hears disciplinary cases in the professional domestic game in England and Wales, found both posts amounted to “racist and discriminatory conduct”, leading both men to be reprimanded.

According to the CDC’s report, the ECB argued that Hales’ breaches of their directives in 2018 — which related primarily to his involvement in the infamous Bristol street fight outside a nightclub in September 2017 — should be considered “an aggravating factor” but Tickle disagreed.

“Neither of those breaches related to discriminatory conduct. They were wholly dissimilar. Further, they occurred some eight years after the breach in this case. It would be different if it were a case of repeat offending, of Mr. Hales not having learnt his lesson. At the material time – 2009 – he had a clean record. This was his first offence and it is appropriate to treat it as such,” he wrote in the report.

Hales, who was a member of the England squad that won the T20 World Cup on Sunday, has previously been investigated and warned by Nottinghamshire, his county, and questioned the need to give the subject “more airtime”, according to the CDC report.

“I have taken this into account but consider that the interests of transparency should prevail. I direct that this decision should be published to emphasise that such posting on social media, however historical, will not be tolerated,” Tickle wrote.

Dhoni will lead side in IPL 2023, confirms CSK CEO Viswanathan

Former India skipper and charismatic wicketkeeper-batter Mahendra Singh Dhoni will lead the side in the 2023 edition of the cash-rich T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings’ CEO, KS Viswanathan has confirmed.

Viswanathan told CSK TV that he was confident the team will “do well” in the upcoming edition with Dhoni leading the side.

“Obviously everybody knows that Thalaivan (MS Dhoni) is the one who is going to lead the side and he will do his best and the team will do well,” said Viswanathan a day after announcing CSK’s retained and released players ahead of the 2023 IPL auction.

CSK have released Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, N. Jagadeesan, C. Hari Nishaanth, K. Bhagat Varma, KM Asif, and Robin Uthappa, who has announced his retirement.

Commenting on it, Viswanathan said it’s really tough to release players who have been part of several of CSK’s winning campaigns, with the franchise being “very passionate with the players”. “It is a very tough call as far as retention is concerned. As you know that CSK has been very passionate with the players, and they have also been contributing so well for the franchise. It becomes very difficult for us to decide while releasing the players,” he said.

“The contribution they have made to CSK will always be cherished and we know that yes, if there is an opportunity for any of them to come back, they will be back in CSK colours. See, a word to the fans is that we expect to do well. We had one bad season and the next season we won (in 2021). Hope that we will repeat the same (in 2023),” Viswanathan added.

The CSK CEO meanwhile, hoped that after two long years, CSK will finally get to play on their home ground, the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Notably, the Yellow Brigade had won their fourth IPL title in the UAE in 2021 before a below-par performance this year saw them finish ninth in the 10-team tournament with four wins and 10 losses.

“Obviously, the last two years we were not able to play at home and the current decision is that we will be able to play in our home ground. We have taken that into account, and the team management based on that has decided to release the players,” he added.