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ICC changes verdict on Indore pitch after BCCI’s appeal

The rating of Indore pitch used for the third Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test between India and Australia from March 1-3 has been upgraded to below average from poor,  the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

The ICC further said that the Holkar Stadium will now have only one demerit point, instead of three given previously, following an appeal by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pursuant to the report submitted by Chris Broad shortly after the match ended on March 3.

ICC further said in its official statement that having reviewed footage of the Test match, the appeal panel, consisting of Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket, and Roger Harper, ICC Men’s Cricket Committee Member, were of the opinion that, “while the guidelines had been followed by the Match Referee in accordance with Appendix A of the Pitch Monitoring Process, it was deemed that there was not enough excessive variable bounce to warrant the ‘poor’ rating.”

“Instead, the appeal panel concluded that the pitch should be rated as ‘below average’. Consequently, 1 demerit point has been awarded to the venue for the ‘below average’ rating,” it added.

Earlier on March 3, shortly after Australia won by nine wickets, Broad expressed his concerns about the pitch in his report, which came after consulting match officials, as well as captains of both teams, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith.

“The pitch, which was very dry, did not provide a balance between bat and ball, favouring spinners from the start. The fifth ball of the match broke through the pitch surface and continued to occasionally break the surface providing little or no seam movement and there was excessive and uneven bounce throughout the match,” he had said.

Notably, on first day one of the affair, the home side lost seven wickets in the first session after electing to bat first, as Matthew Kuhnemann ran through to pick his maiden five-wicket haul as they were bowled out for meagre 109, as 14 wickets fell on day one, with one delivery getting massive turn of 8.3 degrees.

Later when Australia took an 88-run lead, India were bowled out for 163 in the second innings. Barring top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara’s 59, none of the batters stepped up as Nathan Lyon took an eight-wicket haul to give Australia a target of 76, which they chased down in 18.5 overs on Friday, giving India their third loss in Tests at home in the last ten years.

The victory at Indore was Australia’s only win on their Test tour of India as the hosts’ won the series 2-1, before the visitors took the ODI series with the same margin later in March.

ICC releases Men’s Cricket WC qualifier playoffs schedule

A total of six teams will compete in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff from March 26-April 5, the event that is two steps away from the mega event to be held in October-November 2023.

The Playoff stage is to be played in a round-robin format with the top two teams progressing to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in June and July. The schedule for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier Playoff has been released on, following the confirmation of all six teams that will feature at the event set to be held in Namibia from March 26-April 5.

The road to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is heating up as hosts Namibia will be joined by the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea, Canada and Jersey in a round-robin format where the top two teams will earn a place at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier that will be hosted in Zimbabwe from June 18-July 9.

The Playoff, which is two steps away from the World Cup, features the teams placed in the bottom four places of the Men’s CWC League 2 and the top spots in the CWC Challenge League A and B respectively after four years of hard-fought competition and is the final opportunity at booking a place in the Zimbabwe Qualifier.

The event will be hosted across two venues, the Wanderers Cricket Ground and the United Cricket Club Ground, both in Windhoek, with all matches commencing at 09h30 local time.

Hosts Namibia, who were pipped by Nepal for an automatic ticket to Zimbabwe in League 2, will open the event on Sunday (March 26) at the Wanderers Cricket Club against the United States.

The UAE and PNG will face off in their first fixture on March 27, while the two teams promoted from the Challenge League, Canada and Jersey, will begin their campaigns on the same day.

All matches will be live-streamed on Fancode.com in the Indian subcontinent and on ICC.tv across the rest of the world.


March 26: Namibia v USA, Wanderers Cricket Ground

March 27: UAE v PNG, Wanderers Cricket Ground; Jersey v Canada, United Cricket Club Ground

March 29: Canada v USA, Wanderers Cricket Ground; PNG v Namibia, United Cricket Club Ground

March 30: Namibia v Jersey, Wanderers Cricket Ground; USA v UAE, United Cricket Club Ground

April 1: UAE v Canada, Wanderers Cricket Ground; PNG v Jersey, United Cricket Club Ground

April 2: PNG v USA, Wanderers Cricket Ground; Namibia v UAE, United Cricket Club Ground

April 4: Canada v Namibia, Wanderers Cricket Ground; USA v Jersey, United Cricket Club Ground

April 5: Jersey v UAE, Wanderers Cricket Ground; Canada v PNG, United Cricket Club Ground.

Eight teams confirmed as automatic qualifiers for 2024 ICC Women’s T20 WC

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday confirmed eight teams have been identified as automatic qualifiers for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024, to be held in Bangladesh, after the end of the eighth edition of the tournament that saw Australia win their sixth title.

As per the qualification process, the top three teams from each group earn direct qualification along with the hosts and the highest-ranked team outside of the six direct qualifiers from the 10-team tournament.

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are the teams to earn direct qualification as the top three teams of Group 1 in the league stage while England, India and the West Indies similarly make it from Group 2.

Bangladesh qualified as hosts of the ninth edition of the tournament while Pakistan made it by virtue of being the next highest-ranked team in the ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings as of February 27, 2023.

The remaining two spots will be identified through a Global Qualifier to be held early next year.

From the teams who played in this year’s tournament, Sri Lanka and Ireland are the teams failing to get direct qualification. Sri Lanka are currently ranked eighth in the rankings while Ireland are 10th.

Anderson replaces Cummins to become No.1 ranked Test bowler

Star England pacer James Anderson on Wednesday replaced Australia pacer and captain Pat Cummins to become the No.1 ranked bowler in the latest ICC Men’s Test Rankings, after finishing with seven wickets in the first Test against New Zealand that helped his side win by 267 runs, last week.

Anderson, who has grabbed the top spot in the Men’s Test Player Rankings for the sixth time in his career, first became No. 1 in May 2016 and was last at the top in November 2018 before being overtaken by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada.

Anderson’s rise to the top at the spritely age of 40 years and 207 days also means he is the oldest bowler to hold the top ranking since Australian great Clarrie Grimmett did so back in 1936.

However, his lead at the top is very slender, with Ashwin remaining in second place on a total of 864 rating points and just two rating points behind the England pacer.

Meanwhile, Cummins, who had been at the top since February 2019, drops to third on 858 rating points, but could still regain top billing with some strong performances during Australia’s ongoing Test series against India.

While the shakeup at the top of the Test bowler charts is the highlight of a big week of change on the rankings, there are also plenty of players on the move in other categories.

England batters Ollie Pope (up six places to 23rd), Harry Brook (up 12 places to 31st) and Ben Duckett (up 13 places to 38th) have achieved career-best rankings, as have New Zealand’s Tom Blundell and Devon Conway. Blundell’s first innings knock of 138 has lifted him four places to 11th while Conway’s 77 has helped him move up five places to 17th.

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has progressed seven places to ninth after his 10-wicket match haul in the second Test in Delhi, the first time that he is in the top 10 since September 2019.

His spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin has moved to second place while other India spinner Axar Patel who is the second leading run-scorer for the series thus far with 158 runs – is also rewarded by moving up two places to fifth overall on the latest Test all-rounder rankings.

Australia’s Nathan Lyon has gained two places to reach 15th after finishing with seven wickets in the match, which his team lost by six wickets.

There are some movements in the ODI rankings too after matches of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2. Scotland’s George Munsey has gained seven spots to reach 39th position among batters while Nepal’s RK Paudel has progressed from 76th to 67th. In the bowling rankings, Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane is up 12 places to 31st while Scotland seam bowler Safyaan Sharif is up from 51st to 45th.

In the Men’s T20I Rankings, updated after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) versus Afghanistan series, Muhammad Waseem of the UAE is up six places to seventh position even as Sri Lanka spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is back to No. 1 with Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan slipping behind him.

ICC, UNICEF call for gender equity ahead of Women’s T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF have joined hands to promote gender equity, tolerance and inclusion through cricket, as South Africa prepares to host the Womens T20 World Cup, from February 10 to 26.

The latest phase of the partnership — which was launched in October 2022 — mobilizes the power of cricket to drive positive social change and to encourage girls and women to play and be empowered by cricket. Sports are a great leveler in society by bringing girls and boys together, whilst promoting leadership and respect.

The World Cup matches will be complemented by ‘Cricket 4 Good’ sessions, including active participation from players. The cricket clinics provide coaching and involve a life-skills component that forms part of broader ‘Sports for Development’ programming in South Africa.

This work engages children and young people through soft skills, such as problem solving, empathy, and negotiation. These attributes are an important part of everyday life but especially so in the event of crises when survival depends on individual, family and community resilience.

“The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa provides an excellent opportunity to build on the success of the partnership that was launched last year. The Cricket 4 Good sessions at this Women’s T20 World Cup will provide a platform for young girls and boys to learn important life-skills that will help them in everyday life whilst having fun at the same time,” said ICC Chief Executive, Geoff Allardice, on the partnership.

“Harnessing the power of cricket to promote gender equality and bringing societies together is a key objective for our World Cups and we look forward to taking the partnership to the next level here in South Africa,” he added.

“Girls and women are leaders and agents of positive change but far too often violence and societal pressures mean they are unable to realize their full potential,” said UNICEF South Africa Representative, Christine Muhigana.

“We need to do better because when girls and women thrive, we all do,” she added.

The ICC and UNICEF partnership is committed to girl’s empowerment through cricket and believe that this approach can help to foster tolerance and shared responsibility during difficult times.The Women’s T20 World Cup comes on the back of the highly successful inaugural U19 Women’s T20 World Cup which was won by India last month.

‘Cricket 4 Good’ sessions also ran alongside the matches providing more than 450 children and young people with fun cricket clinics, including with team players, as well as life skills sessions led by UNICEF South Africa volunteers.

Second ICC WTC final to be played from June 7 at The Oval

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Wednesday that the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship Final will be played between June 7-11, 2023, at The Oval in London, England.

The Oval has hosted over 100 Test matches in its rich history, and in June will welcome the top two Test sides in the ICC World Test Championship standings, which will compete for the ICC World Test Championship Mace following two years of hard-fought competition.

The ICC World Test Championship final is the pinnacle event in the Test calendar and is a week-long celebration of the longest format of the game. Termed as the “Ultimate Test” by the ICC, the final is the culmination of two years of intense competition in the cycle spanning 61 Test matches over 24 series played till date.

“Leading Team India out onto the field of play at the World Test Championship Final would be special. We have grown and developed as a team during this competition and to be in with a chance of lifting the Mace at the Oval in June, we know we first need to overcome a tough Australia side.”

“There have been so many dramatic moments in Test cricket lately, and there are undoubtedly more to come. I am excited by the prospect of booking our place at the Final and hopefully creating history later in the year,” said India captain Rohit Sharma.

Australia currently top the standings, with India in hot pursuit in second place, and both teams go head-to-head across a four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from February 9 with a place for the final at The Oval, and the coveted ICC World Test Championship Mace, firmly in their sights.

“The prospect of playing in the World Test Championship Final has been a big motivator for us over the last couple of years, more so now having missed out on over rates last time. To play at a neutral venue like The Oval adds another element for both sides who make the Final.”

“It’s exciting and has been a goal of ours for a while now. We are confident we can secure a place while here in India after a really strong 12 months. The Final would be a great reward for the players and staff who have done so well,” added Australia captain Pat Cummins.

While six teams in total stand a chance of qualification, among the frontrunners to challenge Australia and India are Sri Lanka, who sit third in the standings and South Africa in fourth, who take on reigning WTC champions New Zealand and the West Indies respectively over two two-Test series during February and March.

“Sri Lanka still has a good chance of making it to the World Test Championship Final. We have done well to be among the top contenders, and if we can complete a good Test series on the upcoming New Zealand tour, our chances of making it to the Final will look like a greater possibility.”

“We are aware of the opportunity, as well as the challenges we will face in capturing this wonderful opportunity to play in the WTC Final. This competition is really good for red-ball cricket, as it ensures that every game is played at the highest level of intensity, and the teams, whether they qualify to play the Final or not, will compete to end the ongoing cycle well,” said Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

While the two competing nations may not yet be known, there are a host of significant fixtures due to play out in the coming weeks to determine the finalists, and excitement is building ahead of June’s clash.

“While we may have an outside chance of qualification for the World Test Championship Final, there’s no greater encouragement than the thought of playing for silverware in such a historic format at such a historic ground.”

“We are hungry for success in this format, and are focused on the challenge ahead with the West Indies Test series around the corner. With so much to play for, we would love to add some more drama to an already exciting competition and qualify for the Final in June,” stated South Africa skipper Dean Elgar.

Remaining ICC World Test Championship Fixtures

India v Australia (1st Test) – Nagpur, India, February 9-13

India v Australia (2nd Test) – New Delhi, India, February 17-21

South Africa v West Indies (1st Test) – Centurion, South Africa, February 28-March 4

India v Australia (3rd Test) – Dharamsala, India, March 1-5

South Africa v West Indies (2nd Test) – Johannesburg, South Africa, March 8-12

New Zealand v Sri Lanka (1st Test) – Christchurch, New Zealand, March 9-13

India v Australia (4th Test) – Ahmedabad, India, March 9-13

New Zealand v Sri Lanka (2nd Test) – Wellington, New Zealand, March 17-21

Javed Miandad slams ICC, BCCI over Asia Cup 2023 controversy: India can go to hell

Former Pakistan batter Javed Miandad has reacted sharply to the latest developments surrounding the controversy of hosting the Asia Cup 2023 after a final decision was not made in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting which was held on Saturday, February 4 in Bahrain.

In his explosive comments, Miandad has now said that Pakistan doesn’t need India’s support and they will be fine if the Men In Blue don’t tour Pakistan for the Asia Cup in September this year.

Notably, both the BCCI and the PCB have been at loggerheads after Indian cricket board secretary Jay Shah, who is also the chief of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), said last year that the tournament would be played at a neutral venue and not in Pakistan.

As per reports, the tournament would be moved out of Pakistan and held in the UAE even though the governing body, in its official statement, said that “constructive” discussions on the Asia Cup were held during the meeting and a final call would be taken only in March.

“The ACC had a constructive dialogue on the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. The Board agreed to continue discussions on operations, timelines and any other specifics with a view to ensuring the success of the tournament,” the official statement read.

Speaking to the media at an event in Pakistan, Miandad slammed the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not taking action against India for not traveling to Pakistan.

“I have said this before as well, India can go to hell if they don’t want to come to Pakistan. It doesn’t bother us. It is ICC’s job to ensure that India comes. If ICC can’t control it then what’s the use of being a governing body?

“It should have the same rules for every team, if they don’t fulfill commitments, however, strong they may be. India doesn’t run cricket. It may be a powerhouse but in its home, not for us, and not for the world. Come play in Pakistan, why don’t you play? If India lose in Pakistan, their public will not tolerate that.

“ICC should take strict action. Why is it there if they are not able to control these things? They have to put an end to things. ICC should take action against this kind of issue,” he added.

Earlier, former PCB chief Ramiz Raja had threatened to boycott the 2023 ODI World Cup by Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the current PCB President Najam Sethi reiterated the board’s stand, saying Pakistan’s decision on whether or not the senior men’s team would travel to India will be taken by the government.

South Africa penalised for slow over-rate vs England in 3rd ODI

South Africa have been fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against England in the third ODI in Kimberley on Wednesday.

Jeff Crowe of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after South Africa were ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fee for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

In addition, as per Article 16.12.2 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, South Africa will lose one point from their points tally in the Super League standings.

“South Africa captain Temba Bavuma pled guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing,” according to an ICC release.

On-field umpires Allahudien Paleker and Marais Erasmus, third umpire Adrian Holdstock and fourth umpire Bongani Jele levelled the charge.

South Africa sealed the series 2-1, winning the first ODI by 27 runs and the second ODI by 5 wickets at the Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein. However, they faced a 59-run loss at the Diamond Oval, Kimberley.

The loss to England in the third ODI put a massive dent in South Africa’s hopes of qualifying directly for this year’s ICC Mens Cricket World Cup.

South Africa currently sit in ninth place on the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings with a total of 79 points and now have a nervous wait on their hands to see if they qualify automatically.

FanCode to live-stream England tour of South Africa 2023 in India

India’s premier sports streaming platform FanCode will live-stream England’s tour of South Africa starting this Friday, January 27.

The three-match ODI series culminates on February 1. All three ODIs will be streamed on FanCode’s app (Android, iOS, TV).

The series will be crucial for the hosts as they look to achieve direct qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India later this year. All three ODIs are part of the World Cup Super League that determines qualification for the marquee tournament. Meanwhile, England will look to begin 2023 on a winning note and prepare to mount a successful World Cup defence.

With this series and more international cricket to be streamed on FanCode, such as the two-match Test series between Zimbabwe and West Indies early in February, FanCode has a packed calendar for cricket lovers. It is also currently streaming the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup, and the Bangladesh Premier League.

Current ODI and T20 World Champions England will be led by Jos Buttler and will feature the likes of Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan and others. This series will also mark the comeback of all-rounder Jofra Archer after a two-year injury lay-off. South Africa’s pace attack will be raring to go on home turf, headlined by Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, while their batting will be led by Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, and David Miller.

South Africa’s Aaron Phangiso suspended from bowling in SA20 for illegal action

Joburg Super Kings’ left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has been suspended from bowling in the ongoing SA20 league because of an illegal action.

Phangiso, 39, has been penalised after the SA20’s Independent Bowling Action Panel confirmed his bowling action does not conform to the regulations of a legal bowling action as defined by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Phangiso has represented South Africa in 21 ODIs and 16 T20 Internationals, taking 26 and 20 wickets respectively.

The panel submitted its final report on January 23, as constituted under the SA20 Suspect Bowling Action Policy. The report confirmed that Phangiso bowled with a non-compliant bowling action during the match between Joburg Super Kings and Pretoria Capitals on January 17 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, the SA20 said in a statement on Tuesday.

Phangiso is subsequently suspended from bowling in SA20 matches going forward as of January 23.

The Joburg Super Kings have requested to have Phangiso’s action tested under laboratory conditions at an ICC Accredited Centre. If the ICC testing shows that his action is legal, he will be allowed to continue bowling.

The Independent Bowling Action Panel comprised Zama Ndamane, Vincent Barnes and Vernon Philander, the SA20 release informed.