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Afghanistan women can continue playing cricket: ACB chairman

Newly appointed chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Mirwais Ashraf has said that his country’s women will continue playing cricket.

According to a report in the Tolo News Agency (TNA), during his introductory meeting with the ACB staffers and managers, Ashraf said that in order to remain a part of the International Cricket Council (ICC), it is imperative for the country to let Afghan women play the sport.

“Women’s cricket is one of the major requirements of the ICC, therefore, it is committed to obtaining it,” said Ashraf.

“Our girls will be playing cricket on a normal basis and we are looking to provide for their basic needs and all the facilities they need. Every employee must stay committed to the ACB and must strive hard to do well in their own areas,” he added.

Significantly, after Afghanistan came under Taliban’s rule in August this year, the future of cricket has been uncertain with Cricket Australia (CA) recently postponing the one-off test in Hobart, was was slated to be held in November end in Brisbane.

After ousting the Afghanistan’s elected government in August this year, few senior Taliban leaders had said that Afghan women would no longer play cricket or any other sport under their regime which didn’t go well with Cricket Australia and even the ICC.

Last week, the ICC Board had appointed a Working Group to review the status of the ACB and cricket in Afghanistan in light of the recent governmental changes in the country.

The group comprised of Imran Khwaja (Chair), Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja and is likley to report back to the Board over the coming months.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chair Greg Barclay had said: “The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward. We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our members in their efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government.”

“Cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men’s team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most. We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly,” he had added.

Recently, when asked if the women cricketers not being allowed to take part would result in its men’s team getting suspended, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice had said that the global body will not interfere in bilateral arrangements.

“Our goal is to see men and women playing cricket in Afghanistan. Our view is that the best way to achieve that is to stay closely connected with the cricket board and try to influence [things] through the cricket board. They are on a steady trajectory of development there and we would like to see that continue,” Allardice had said.

“How other members react to their bilateral arrangements with Afghanistan is up to them. We will be working through their situation at both board levels. They are the agent for developing cricket in their country,” he had added.

All teams will travel to Pakistan for 2025 Champions Trophy: ICC

It will be after 29 long years when an ICC event will mark a return to Pakistan as the International Cricket Council (ICC) had last week announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

However, despite being announced as the host for the prestigious tournament, there has been uncertainty over the participation of teams in the tournament, particularly India.

Bilateral cricket between the two neighbouring nation has been suspended since a long time and the two teams only square off in ICC events. However, with the tournament in Pakistan, it is not clear whether the Men in Blue will travel to its neighbouring country.

On the other hand, international sides have largely stayed away from touring Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009, which had killed six policemen and two civilians.

ICC chairman Greg Barclay was asked if the global body was confident teams would travel to Pakistan to which he replied: “From what we can see, absolutely. We wouldn’t have awarded the event if we didn’t think Pakistan was capable of hosting it.

“I’m sure, as with all countries, they will put together appropriate security plans to deliver the event. We’re comfortable and confident it will go ahead,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking on the possibility of India’s chances of visiting Pakistan Barclay admitted that it would be a “challenging issue” and said that the ICC is not responsible to control the “geopolitical forces”. He however, hoped that the sport rekindles the cricketing ties between the two nations.

“Yeah, we know it is a particularly challenging issue to work through, but from my point of view, I cannot control geopolitical forces. I just hope cricket can be a force to help improve relationships between countries. That is the one great thing sport can do is to help people and nations come together. If it can help in contributing to that, then it is fantastic,” he expressed.

Recently, New Zealand and England had called off their Pakistan tours due to security concerns.

Few days back, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur had said that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the cuntry.

ICC unveils its new Global Growth Strategy

International Cricket Council (ICC), the global cricket governing body, has unveiled its global growth strategy which places women’s cricket firmly at the heart of its long-term ambitions.

The strategy which has been developed in partnership with ICC Members is aimed at strengthening, growing, and protecting the game with the vision of more players, more fans and more nations enjoying cricket. The strategic pillars of strengthen, grow, and protect will be underpinned by digital transformation of the sport to support Members to connect directly with fans and build capacity.

To strengthen the sport and drive greater engagement from what already exists, the ICC will deliver competitive cricket with context for all Members, invest in and grow women’s cricket, build cricket among Associate Members and deepen fans’ connection through digital transformation, including the ongoing development of ICC.tv, the direct to fan platform and with the development of a mobile game.

On the other hand to grow the sport through more people and more places, the ICC will focus on getting more people playing and engaging with cricket through its criiio entry level programme and enhanced education programmes for coaches, officials, and curators. Female participation will be prioritised as will key identified new markets to drive targeted growth, the first of which will be the USA. Olympic inclusion is also considered a central plank of growing cricket globally.

Meanwhile in order to protect the integrity of the sport and inspiring trust among fans is the third pillar of the strategic framework. Providing an environment that is safe for all participants and brings to life the spirit of cricket will be a key area of focus along with the continued commitment to leading the way in delivering a corruption free sport.

Additionally, the ICC Cricket 4 Good programme will be developed to harness the power of more than one billion fans to build a better future.

In addition to the framework, six strategic priority projects have been highlighted in the strategy as the sport looks to build and consolidate on recent success.

Commenting on it, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “This strategy is for the whole sport, and it will enable us to strengthen what we currently have, particularly around the women’s game and ensuring we’re delivering competitive cricket with context for all our Members. It also provides us with the opportunity to look at growing the game and getting more people playing and engaging with cricket through new markets and Olympic inclusion.”

“Finally, it identifies the importance of protecting the integrity of our game and inspiring trust among fans and using the power of cricket to build a better future. This framework is something on which the whole sport is aligned and I’m looking forward to working in partnership with our Members to create a successful and sustainable future for cricket,” he added.

Meanwhile, ICC CEO Geoff Allardice said: “Our strategy is focused on more players, more fans and more nations enjoying cricket and we believe by working closely with Members we can build on the strength of what we already have but also grow the game in new markets.”

“I am particularly excited by the commitment of everyone in the sport to investing in and growing the women’s game. Over the last four years we have invested in ICC women’s events and witnessed 86,174 people in the MCG to watch the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 which is the best illustration yet of our research that tells us that two thirds of cricket’s 1 billion plus fans want to see more women’s cricket. Digital transformation will play a crucial role in delivering the success of our strategy as we look to attract and engage more fans and build digital platforms that enable our Members to create direct relationships with 300 million fans by 2032,” he added.

ICC appoints Geoff Allardice as CEO on permanent basis

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Sunday announced Geoff Allardice as the organisation’s permanent CEO after more than eight months in the role on an interim basis.

Allardice, a former first-class cricketer, was the ICC General Manager, Cricket for eight years having previously held a similar role at Cricket Australia.

Commenting on the development, Greg Barclay, ICC Chair said: “I am delighted that Geoff has agreed to take the role of ICC CEO on a permanent basis. He has shown tremendous leadership during an extremely challenging period culminating in the successful delivery of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

“Geoff has unrivaled knowledge of the global cricket landscape and its stakeholders and has consistently demonstrated he is the right person to work in partnership with our Members to shape the sport for the next decade as we embark on delivering a new strategy and our next commercial rights cycle,” he added.

On the other hand, an elated Allardice said: “It’s a great privilege to be appointed as the CEO of the ICC and I would like to thank Greg and the ICC Board for the opportunity to lead the sport as we enter an exciting new phase of growth.”

“My continued focus will be on doing the right thing for our sport and working closely with Members to deliver long-term success and sustainability. I would also like to thank the ICC staff for their commitment and support over the last eight months and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve cricket with such a talented team,” he added.

Earlier in July thi year, the global cricket governing body had sacked Manu Sawhney as its CEO, exactly four months after suspending him.

Notably in March this year, the ICC had sent Sawhney on “leave” as his conduct came under the scanner during an internal investigation by audit firm PWC.

On the other hand, Sawhney had said that the governing body’s probe against him was nothing but a “premeditated witch-hunt”.

“It is abundantly clear to me, as it would be to any reasonable person or bystander, that I am the victim of a premeditated witch-hunt. All pretence at undertaking a fair process or giving me a fair hearing has been completely abandoned.

“There has been no attempt to comply with the ICC’s internal policies or even basic principles of natural justice,” he added.

Significantly, four allegations were levelled against Sawhney, as he was accused of “targeted acts of bullying against certain [ICC] staff”; of “physical aggression, such as fist banging”; of having “impacted directly and indirectly on individuals’ health and wellbeing through [his] behaviour”; and, that he did not “properly report to the [ICC] Board and have implemented decisions or changes without proper consultation with the Board”.

Sawhney was appointed ICC CEO in January 2019.

Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has been reprimanded for the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

“Hasan was found to have breached Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel,” the ICC said in a statement on its website.

The Article relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his/her dismissal during an International Match.”

Notably, it was the first offence for Hasan Ali in a 24-month period and a demerit point has been added to his profile in addition, the ICC announced.

Significantly, the incident took place during in the 17th over of Bangladesh’s innings when batsman Nurul Hasan was dismissed, caught behind off a Hasan Ali delivery. Ali, a right-arm pacer, gave an inappropriate send-off to the Bangladeshi batsman.

Meanwhile, host Bangladesh cricket team was slapped 20% of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate in the match.

The Bangladesh cricket team were ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

Both Ali and Bangladesh captain Mohammad Mahmudullah admitted the offences and accepted the sanctions proposed by Neeyamur Rashid of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations.

There was no need for formal hearings.

The charges were levelled against the two parties by on-field umpires Sharfudoulla Ibne Shahid and Masudur Rahman, third umpire Gazi Sohel and fourth official Tanvir Ahmed.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50% of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

Opting to bat after winning the toss, Bangladesh somehow crawled to 127/7 in the allotted 20 overs, thanks to some valuable contribution by Afif Hossain (36), Nurul Hasan (28) and Mahedi Hasan (30) as the visiting bowlers kept on jolting the hosts at regular intervals.

While Ali was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/22, Mohammad Wasim Jr scalped couple of wickets for 24 runs. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan picked a wicket apiece.

In return, Pakistan too, had a shaky start as they were once reeling at 23/3 in five overs. However, Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah, stablized the innings with 34 runs each, to bring back Pakistan in the game.

Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan then chipped in with unbeaten 21 and 18 runs respectively to help Pakistan cross the line 19.2 overs.

The second match is currently underway in Dhaka while the third and final affair of the series will be held on November 22.

Both the side will then face each other in a two-match Test series, starting on November 26 in Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

The second match will be held at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka from December 4.

Man Utd owners, Shah Rukh Khan, Mumbai Indians acquire franchises in Emirates T20 league

Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming inaugural season of Premier League T20 (PL T20), a T20 League, received a major boost as some giants of the sporting world have acquired teams in the tournament.

According to a report in Times of India (ToI), English Premier League giants Manchester United owners – The Glazer family, which had failed to buy a team in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) recently, have bought a team in the Emirates T20 league along with bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Mumbai Indians.

Khan also co-owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and enjoys a massive fan-following in the UAE which is seen as one another reason to boost the league.

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property as quoted by Times of India.

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers have also became part of the league.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” industry executives, tracking developments of the development, were quoted as saying by Times of India.

According to reports, defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were also in the fray to acquire a team however, they backed down at the eleventh hour.

Earlier in August, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) had announced the launch of PLT20, a six-team franchise-style league, will be played in January and February 2022.

The T20 league was sanctioned by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of ECB.

As part of the announcement, the tournament logo was also unveiled which is an ode to its home city – Dubai.

The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also giving a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervour with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable Cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield; symbolizing pride, honour and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of the PLT20.

The league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Govt will take a call on India’s participation in 2025 Champions Trophy in Pakistan at right time: Sports Minister

After the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Pakistan as the host of the Champions Trophy in 2025, there has been a question on every cricket fan’s mind whether Team India will travel to neighbouring country or not.

Due to political tensions between the two nations, bilateral cricket has been suspended since a long time however, the two sides now only meet each other in ICC events.

Responding to a question on the issue, Indian Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur has nowsaid that the Indian government and the home ministry will make a call on India’s participation when the time comes.

“When the time will come, the Indian government and the home ministry will take a decision. During the international championships, all the factors are looked upon,” Thakur said.

“Even in the past, many countries have refused to play in Pakistan due to security concerns. As you all know, many players were even attacked while playing over there and that’s a big issue to be dealt with,” he added.

Pakistan has been largely starved of international cricket particularly since the 2009 attack on the touring Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Earlier on Tuesday, the ICC had announced Pakistan as the host for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

Significantly, Pakistan had last staged an ICC event in 1996 when they co-hosted the 50-over World Cup with India and Sri Lanka and it will now be after 29 years when an ICC event returns to the country.

The hosts were selected via a competitive bidding process overseen by a Board sub-committee chaired by Martin Snedden along with Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Skerritt. The ICC Board accepted the recommendations of the committee who conducted a thorough review of each bid along with ICC management.

Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) newly appointed chairman Ramiz Raja had brushed aside the fears of any last-minute pullouts by the teams from the showpiece event.

“It is not going to happen. They [ICC] went through all the pros and cons and after going through the details, came to the conclusion that Pakistan is fit enough to host and administer the Champions Trophy. You shouldn’t worry at all. I don’t think there will be any negativity or any pullouts at all,” said the PCB chairman.

“We won’t be going to the UAE for the Asia Cup or the Champions Trophy. Not everything happens because of India. We are also here. Don’t worry,” he added.

New Zealand pull out of upcoming U19 World Cup

The New Zealand Under-19 team, will not be a part of the upcoming U19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the West Indies.

The Black Caps decided to withdraw due to mandatory quarantine restrictions for minors they would have faced upon return from the tournament.

New Zealand will now be replaced by Scotland in competitive Group D, which also features hosts West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka.

The upcoming event will be played in the Caribbean for the first time in its 14-edition history and will begin with a contest between hosts West Indies and Australia on January 14. The final of the showpiece event will be held on February 5.

Defending champions Bangladesh is placed in Group A alongside England, Canada and UAE while four-time champions India, one of the most successful team in the event’s history, are placed with South Africa, Ireland and Uganda in Group B.

Afghanistan, Pakistan, PNG and Zimbabwe compose Group C.

As per the schedule, the tournament will be held across 10 venues in four countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago.

Significantly, the upcoming edition will be the fourteenth edition of the U19 Cricket World Cup and for the first time it will be staged held in the West Indies.

Earlier in March 2021, Cricket West Indies (CWI) had confirmed that the format would be the same as previous editions, with teams competing to progress to the Plate and Super League phases of the tournament. Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had announced the full schedule for the tournament.

Notably, hosts West Indies have lifted the Under-19 World Cup once, Australia thrice, Pakistan twice while England, South Africa and Bangladesh have won it once each. India have been crowned champions four times.

ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup Groupings:

Group A- Bangladesh, England, Canada, United Arab Emirates

Group B- India, Ireland, South Africa, Uganda

Group C- Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe

Group D – Australia, Scotland, Sri Lanka, West Indies

BCCI Chief Sourav Ganguly appointed chairman of ICC Cricket Committee

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly has been appointed as the Chairman of ICC’s Cricket Committee, the global governing body of the game announced on Wednesday.

Ganguly will be replacing his former India teammate Anil Kumble, who has served the maximum of three, three-year terms after being appointed in 2012.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chairman Greg Barclay said: “I am delighted to welcome Sourav to the position of Chair of the ICC Men’s Cricket Committee.”

“His experience as one of the world’s best players and latterly as an administrator will help us shape our cricketing decisions moving forward. I would also like to thank Anil for his outstanding leadership over the last nine years which has included improving the international game through more regular and consistent application of DRS and a robust process for addressing suspect bowling actions,” he added.

Meanwhile, the ICC Board also announced some other crucial decisions like the formation of a Working Group to review the status of cricket in Afghanistan after the recent governmental change.

Imran Khwaja has been named Chairman of this Group that includes Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja.

“The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward,” Barclay said.

“We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our Member in its efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government. Cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men’s team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most. We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly,” he added.

Earlier, although the ICC had opted for a wait-and-watch approach on Afghanistan but had said that it will discuss the future of cricket in the war-torn nation nation in its board meeting in November.

After Afghanistan came under Taliban’s rule in August, the future of cricket has been uncertain with Cricket Australia (CA) recently postponing the one-off test in Hobart, was was slated to be held in November end in Brisbane.

After ousting the Afghanistan’s elected government in August this year, few senior Taliban leaders had said that Afghan women would no longer play cricket or any other sport under their regime which didn’t go well with Cricket Australia and even the ICC.

Recently, when asked if the women cricketers not being allowed to take part would result in its men’s team getting suspended, Allardice had said that the global body will not interfere in bilateral arrangements.

Moreover, the board also announced to stick to the existing format of the World Test Championship (WTC) where nine teams play over a period of two years with the top two facing off in a final.

With the number of participating teams in the ODI World Cup increased to 14 again for the 2027 edition, the ICC has decided that the top 10 teams in the rankings at a predetermined cutoff date will qualify automatically for the tournament. The rest of the slots will be determined via a qualifier.

ICC Board appoints Afghanistan Working Group to review status of ACB

The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board on Wednesday announced to appoint a Working Group to review the status of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and cricket in Afghanistan in light of the recent governmental changes in the country.

As per a statement by the global cricket governing body, the group comprises Imran Khwaja (Chair), Ross McCollum, Lawson Naidoo and Ramiz Raja. The group will report back to the Board over the coming months.

Commenting on the development, ICC Chair Greg Barclay said: “The ICC Board is committed to continuing to support Afghanistan Cricket to develop both men’s and women’s cricket moving forward. We believe the most effective way for this to happen will be to support our members in their efforts to achieve this through its relationship with the new government.”

“Cricket is fortunate to be in the position to influence positive change in Afghanistan with the national men’s team a source of great pride and unity in a country with a young population that has experienced more upheaval and change than most. We should protect that status and continue to try to influence change through the ACB but will continue to closely monitor the situation and take any decisions accordingly,” he added.

Earlier, although the ICC had opted for a wait-and-watch approach on Afghanistan but had said that it will discuss the future of cricket in the war-torn nation nation in its board meeting in November.

After Afghanistan came under Taliban’s rule in August, the future of cricket has been uncertain with Cricket Australia (CA) recently postponing the one-off test in Hobart, was was slated to be held in November end in Brisbane.

After ousting the Afghanistan’s elected government in August this year, few senior Taliban leaders had said that Afghan women would no longer play cricket or any other sport under their regime which didn’t go well with Cricket Australia and even the ICC.

Recently, when asked if the women cricketers not being allowed to take part would result in its men’s team getting suspended, Allardice had said that the global body will not interfere in bilateral arrangements.

“Our goal is to see men and women playing cricket in Afghanistan. Our view is that the best way to achieve that is to stay closely connected with the cricket board and try to influence [things] through the cricket board. They are on a steady trajectory of development there and we would like to see that continue,” Allardice had said.

“How other members react to their bilateral arrangements with Afghanistan is up to them. We will be working through their situation at both board levels. They are the agent for developing cricket in their country,” he had added.

Many senior Australian cricketers had supported the call to cancel the one-off Test against Afghanistan following such statements while the CA has now said that they will host the match only once the situation is clearer.

Recently, the Mohhamad Nabi-led Afghanistan team bowed out of the just concluded T20 World Cup Super 12 stage after managing to win just two of their five Group 2 matches. They lost to neighbours Pakistan, India and finalist New Zealand.