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World cricket committee calls for ‘urgent intervention’ to protect game

World cricket committee calls for ‘urgent intervention’ to protect game

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World cricket committee calls for 'urgent intervention' to protect game

Cricket chiefs have been urged by the MCC World Cricket Committee to intervene urgently to ensure the international game can thrive alongside booming franchise competitions.

The committee, which includes former and current players, acknowledged the increased playing opportunities and financial health of the game but said it was vital to make it sustainable in the long term.

A statement issued by the body said the men’s cricket schedule in 2023 was “saturated” with franchise competitions, which competed and overlapped with international series.

“Of the domestic tournaments, only the Indian Premier League (Twenty20 competition) commands anything like a window to avoid international clashes,” the WCC said.

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The glut of cricket across the globe is a growing issue for top players.

England Test captain Ben Stokes cited an “unsustainable” schedule when he announced last year that he was retiring from the 50-over format.

New Zealand bowler Trent Boult asked to be released from his contract with the Black Caps to spend more time with his family and make more room in his schedule for franchise cricket.

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) still has global responsibility for cricket’s laws but the role of the WCC is to discuss the main issues in the game.

“Continued overlap and congestion will see an increasing number of players forced to choose between club and country, which will threaten the ‘best v best’ status that is so critical to the success and appeal of international cricket,” it said in its statement issued on Thursday.

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The WCC said the issue of overlap in the women’s game between international cricket and domestic leagues was not currently a problem but urged boards to find the “optimal balance” between the two.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, a WCC member, said Test cricket remained the “biggest platform”.

“That should always continue to be the pinnacle and I am sure that countries will give importance to it and find the right balance between franchise cricket and Test cricket,” he said.

Fellow member Justin Langer, a former Australia opener and coach, said: “The difference between international cricket and domestic T20 cricket is that the whole nation cares when their country is involved.

“The best players’ statistics are measured at international level.” 

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Shepherd, Joseph take West Indies to South Africa series win

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 Romario Shepherd’s late batting assault and a five-wicket haul by Alzarri Joseph took the West Indies to a series-clinching seven-run win against South Africa in the third Twenty20 international at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Shepherd slammed 44 not out off 22 balls to lift the West Indies from 161 for eight to 220 for eight, sharing an unbeaten ninth wicket stand of 59 off 26 balls with Joseph, who made 14 not out.

Fast bowler Joseph then took five for 40 as South Africa were restricted to 213 for six.

New West Indies T20 captain Rovman Powell said the players had responded to his call “to be fearless, to be natural – but you have to be smart too. The guys were excellent in this series.”

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Joseph, who missed the second match in Centurion when South Africa achieved a world record run chase of 259, struck crucial blows when he took the wickets of T20 stars Quinton de Kock (21) and David Miller (11).

Joseph effectively wrapped up the match in the penultimate over when he dismissed top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 83 and followed up with the wickets of Heinrich Klaasen and Wayne Parnell.

“We made a total and it was up to the bowlers to defend it,” said Joseph, who was named player of the match.

“I thrive on the opportunity to make an impact.”

The last two overs of the West Indian innings were match-changing as Shepherd and Joseph scored 17 off Wayne Parnell and 26 in the final over bowled by Kagiso Rabada.

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“We would have liked to wrap up the last two wickets but bar the last two or three overs we were really good with the ball,” said South Africa captain Aiden Markram.

Brief scores:

West Indies 220-8 in 20 overs (B. King 36, N. Pooran 41, R. Shepherd 44 not out; L. Ngidi 2-45, K. Rabada 2-50, A. Nortje 2-36).

South Africa 213-6 in 20 overs (R. Hendricks 83, R. Rossouw 42, A. Markram 35 not out; A. Joseph 5-40).

Result: West Indies won by 7 runs.

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Series: West Indies won the three-match series 2-1.

Toss: South Africa.

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Sri Lanka’s direct Cricket World Cup qualification in danger after point loss

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Sri Lanka have been docked a point in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League cycle for their slow over-rate in the first ODI against New Zealand at Auckland.

As per Article 16.12.2 of the Super League Playing Conditions, a side is penalised one point for each over short. Consequently, Sri Lanka lost one point from their points tally, ICC said in its blog. 

The tourists were also fined 20 per cent of their match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate against New Zealand on Saturday. This was 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.

The match referee, Jeff Crowe, imposed the sanction after Dasun Shanaka’s team were ruled to be one over short after time allowances were taken into consideration.

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The charges were levelled by the on-field umpires, Shaun Haig and Wayne Knights, third umpire Chris Brown and fourth umpire Cory Black.

Shanaka pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing.

The top eight sides in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League standings qualify directly for the World Cup. Sri Lanka are currently placed at ninth spot with a game to go. South Africa (78 points) are one below with two to play, and Ireland (68 points) have three fixtures in hand.

This deduction along with a washout in Christchurch means that Sri Lanka now have 81 instead of 82 points. With only a solitary fixture in their hand, the Sri Lankans are in danger of missing out on a direct berth to the World Cup.

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UAE honours Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed with Golden Visa

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Pakistan’s star cricketer Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed have become the latest stars to be honoured with the Golden Visa by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Both players expressed their delight on receiving the honour and thanked the Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai.

Shadab Khan, who recently captained the national squad in the T20I series against Afghanistan, shared the news of getting the Golden Visa on Instagram and wrote: “Outside Pakistan, the most time I have spent is in the UAE. It always feels like home. Honoured to have received the Golden Visa. Thank you so much, GDRFA Dubai.”https://www.instagram.com/p/CqVRY8ooFqM/embed/?cr=1&v=14&wp=432&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fdunyanews.tv&rp=%2Fen%2FCricket%2F710986-UAE-honours-Shadab-Khan-Iftikhar-Ahmed-with-Golden-Visa#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A4605.4000000059605%2C%22ls%22%3A3534.10000000149%2C%22le%22%3A4587.80000000447%7D

The bowler completed his 100 T20I wickets during the last match of the shorter-format series against Afghanistan, becoming the first Pakistani to achieve the feat.

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Iftikhar Ahmed also shared the new on Twitter, stating: “Alhamdulillah, I am honoured to receive my GOLDEN VISA from a country which I can call my second home. Special thanks to Moazzam Qureshi for making this happen”.

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