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ICC TEST RANKING: ENGLAND AND ZIMBABWE PLAYERS MAKE IMPRESSIVE GAINS

England and Zimbabwe cricketers have surged in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings, which were released on Saturday morning and incorporates player performances from the Galle and Sylhet Tests.

The England duo of Keaton Jennings and Ben Foakes are the biggest gainers in the batting chart.

Jennings, who scored 46 and 146 not out in his side’s 211-run victory over Sri Lanka, has vaulted 41 places to claim 46th position, while Foakes has entered the rankings in 69th spot following his 107 and 37, that also earned him the Player of the Match award.

Sam Curran and Ben Stokes have also made upward movements among batters. Curran has moved up nine places to a career-high 35th position following his 48 in the first innings, while Stokes has moved up three places to 28th after scoring seven and 62.

In the bowling table, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have headed in the right direction. Ali’s eight for 137 in the match has moved him up four places to 27th, while Rashid’s three wickets have lifted him three places to 41st.

The biggest mover in the latest bowling table from the Galle Test was Dilruwan Perera, who has returned to the top-20 in 19th position after jumping five places following his figures of five for 75 and two for 94.

Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has retired in eighth position after slipping one place. He took one for 78 and two for 59. Herath finished his career with 433 wickets in 93 Tests.

A number of Zimbabwe cricketers, led by captain Hamilton Masakadza, have been rewarded for their outstanding performances in the Sylhet Test in which they beat Bangladesh by 151 runs.

Masakadza, who has now become the longest-serving Test cricketer with the retirement of Herath, scored 52 and 48 and, as such, he earned a gain of 12 places to claim 34th position in the batting table. Sean Williams, who was declared Player of the Match for his 88 and 20, has risen 17 places to 77th position. Peter Moor is the other notable mover, gaining six places to sit in 86th position following his contribution of 63 not out in the first innings.

In the bowlers’ list, fast bowler Kyle Jarvis has achieved a career-high ranking of 60th after his three wickets lifted him 13 places, while Sikandar Raza has gained five places and is now on a career-best 70th spot following his six wickets. Brandon Mavuta’s four wickets in the second innings have helped him enter the rankings in 81st position.

The only consolation for Bangladesh was the gains made by Taijul Islam, who has leaped five places to 31st position. Taijul had figures of six for 108 and five for 62.

Virat Kohli of India leads the batting chart, while England’s James Anderson is the number-one ranked Test bowler.

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SRI LANKA COACH CHARGED UNDER ICC ANTI-CORRUPTION CODE

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has charged Sri Lankan bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Zoysa has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. The charges are as follows:

1. Article 2.1.1 – being party to an effort to fix or contrive or to otherwise influence improperly the result, progress, conduct or other aspect of an International match.

2. Article 2.1.4 – directly soliciting, inducing, enticing or encouraging a player to breach Code Article 2.1.1.

3. Article 2.4.4 – failing to disclose to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit full details of any approaches or invitations he received to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.

Mr Zoysa has 14 days from 1 November 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

CHRIS BROAD COMPLETES TRIPLE CENTURY OF ODIS

Chris Broad today became only the second member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees to reach 300 ODIs when he walked out for the toss in the third ODI between India and the Windies in Pune.

Even though Broad made his ODI debut as an official in Auckland in 2004, 11 years after Ranjan Madugalle refereed in his opening match in Karachi, the Englishman now trails the Sri Lankan by only 36 ODIs. Jeff Crowe of New Zealand is third on the list with 270 ODIs, while former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath has officiated in 212 ODIs. Roshan Mahanama retired in 2015 after refereeing in 222 ODIs.

Broad is presently sitting on 98 Tests and will become the second referee after Madugalle to complete a unique double by reaching the 100-Test mark in the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington in March 2019. Madugalle also leads Broad 92-89 on a head-to-head in T20Is.

A stylish left-handed top-order batsman during his playing days, Broad became an elite match referee in 2004, a year after refereeing in his maiden Test in Hamilton, and has since refereed in all the ICC Cricket World Cups.

“I feel honoured and incredibly fortunate to be actively involved with the game for such a long period,” remarked Broad, adding: “300 is not a number for me but a story of all those who have made contributions and sacrifices so that I can live my dreams and achieve my objectives. On top of that list is my immediate family, and followed by colleagues in the ECB and ICC, and all my mates in the match officials’ panel.

“I am enjoying my job as if it was my first day in the office. The passion is there to continue to do what I love most, and in the process, help as many people as possible.

“I have been very lucky to have visited so many countries, meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, and build relationships. Similarly, I have been part of some outstanding and edge-of-the-seat cricket, but the match that stands out for me is South Africa’s world-record run-chase against Australia in Johannesburg in 2006 when they scored 438 to win the five-match series on the penultimate ball with one wicket to spare.”

To mark the occasion, a memento was presented to Broad before the start of the match.

Chris Broad
Photo credit ICC,

BACKGROUNDER ON CHRIS BROAD

Played 25 Tests and 34 ODIs for England between 1984 and 1989, scoring 1661 and 1361 runs, respectively

In 1986-87, he hit three successive centuries in an Ashes series to equal Jack Hobbs and Wally Hammond’s record

Played for Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire and finished with a total of 21,892 first-class runs with 50 centuries and 105 half-centuries

Became an ICC match referee in 2003 and was elevated to the elite panel in 2004

Besides 300 ODIs, Broad has also refereed in 98 Tests and 89 T20Is. He will complete his century of Tests in the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington in March 2019

Broad’s son Stuart is a regular member of the England men’s Test side, having taken 433 wickets in 123 matches. He also played in 121 ODIs and 56 T20Is, taking 121 and 55 wickets, respectively.

In addition to the ICC Cricket World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015, Broad has also refereed in the ICC Champions Trophy in the years 2004, 2013 and 2017 as well as the ICC World T20s in 2007, 2009 and 2016.

ICC EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER FUTURE OF CRICKET FACILITY IN MALAYSIA

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today expressed its concern over the future of the Kinrara Oval in Malaysia.

The Kinrara Oval which has hosted a number of international matches

The ground, which has played host to a number of international cricket events over the last decade, is the home of the Malaysian Cricket Association who were given notice to vacate the venue so it could be redeveloped.

The Kinrara Oval in Malaysia

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Cricket in Malaysia is flourishing with the number of players in all age groups growing and the ICC welcomes the intervention of the Minister of Youth and Sport and we are hopeful a sustainable solution can be found. The ICC will continue to support Malaysia Cricket and hopes the Kinrara Oval will remain an international cricket venue.”

INAUGURAL USA CRICKET BOARD FINALISED AS INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED

The inaugural USA Cricket Board of Directors was finalised today with the announcement of three Independent Directors in a historical landmark for cricket in the United States.

Following a recommendation from the independent Nominating and Governance Committee, the three positions were approved by the seven Constituent Directors. The three Independent Directors have a wealth of knowledge and experience which will bring great value to the USA Cricket Board and are as follows:

· Catherine Carlson, Senior Vice President Corporate Partnerships and Premium Activation, Orlando Magic
· Paraag Marathe, President of 49ers Enterprises and Executive Vice President of Football Operations, San Francisco 49ers.
· Rohan Sajdeh, Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

The appointment of the three Independent Directors is the next step in an extensive, thorough and transparent process designed to assemble a Board of Directors that can unite the U.S. cricket community and achieve cricket’s undoubted potential in the world’s most competitive sports market. The first Chair of the Board will be elected at the inaugural Board meeting next month and will be announced shortly thereafter. Attention will now focus on an application by USA Cricket for membership to the ICC.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson welcomed the latest development as a major milestone not only for cricket in the United States, but also the game globally. “USA Cricket now has a governance structure and a high caliber Board that we believe positions the organization well to achieve its enormous potential. A successful U.S. cricket administration is great for world cricket and we are delighted with the quality of board candidates who have been selected from an incredibly impressive field and we think the global game will benefit from their expertise.”

Catherine Carlson who will serve a three-year term is a sponsorship sales, strategic partnerships and business development expert. Prior to her work with the Orlando Magic NBA team, Ms. Carlson spent over 10 years at Disney’s Wide World of Sports which included modified junior sports programs and sports tourism initiatives.

“Having grown up with cricket as a child in Australia, I strongly believe cricket is a game that the United States will increasingly grow to love. Data from the ICC’s recent global research indicates that there is already a significant base of cricket fans in the United States. However, sustainable growth and development of cricket here requires revenue from a diverse inventory of commercial platforms and I am looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience in this area as a member of the USA Cricket Board,” said Carlson.

Paraag Marathe, who has spent 18 seasons with the 49ers as the club’s chief contract negotiator and salary cap architect, and oversaw the construction of the Levi’s Stadium, will serve a two-year term.

“I am looking forward to this unique and exciting challenge. I believe the United States has the potential to be a major player in international cricket and we can inspire this country to fall in love with this great game. This is an incredibly talented and passionate Board of Directors and I am looking forward to working with them so that this major international sport can achieve its potential here in the United States,” said Marathe.

Rohan Sajdeh, who is a Corporate and Business Strategy specialist bringing extensive U.S. sport experience including from cricket, motorsports, football and golf, will be serving a one-year term.

“I am fortunate to have led strategic projects across the full sporting ecosystem in the U.S. and internationally in my time at the Boston Consulting Group, including impactful work in cricket related to the Indian Premier League and the recently announced ICC Test Championship. I am incredibly excited to have an opportunity to bring my experience to bear on the challenge of establishing cricket as a major sport here in the United States,” said Sajdeh.

The three independent directors join the seven elected representatives of the Board who are listed below:

Avinash Gaje – Individual Director
Venu Pisike – Individual Director
Suraj Viswanathan – Individual Director
Nadia T. Gruny – Female Player
Usman Shuja – Male Player
Ajith Bhaskar – Club Director
Atul Rai – League Director

NETHERLAND’S RIJKE SUSPENDED FROM BOWLING IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

The Netherlands’ Robine Rijke has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after the Event Panel of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier 2018 confirmed that the fast bowler uses an illegal bowling action.

The 21-year-old was reported by match officials following her side’s match against the United Arab Emirates, which the Netherlands lost by six wickets on Saturday.

Since the matches were not televised, as per Article 3.6.2 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations, Rijke’s bowling action was filmed in the next match she played after being reported, which was against Bangladesh on Sunday. The video footage of her bowling spells were provided to the Event Panel of Mark King and Richard Done, for analysis and assessment.

Following its review, the Event Panel concluded that Rijke employs an illegal bowling action, and, as such, in accordance with Article 6.7 of the regulations, she has been immediately suspended from bowling in international cricket.

Rijke’s suspension shall remain in place until such time she submits to an assessment of her bowling action at an ICC approved Testing Center and the assessment concludes that his bowling action is legal.

The Netherlands’ next match is against Papua New Guinea at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen on Tuesday.

TEAMS PREPARE TO SLUG IT OUT FOR PLACE IN ICC WOMEN’S WORLD T20 2018

Bangladesh and Ireland lead a list of eight nations who will be aspiring to give it their best shot in the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier 2018 in the Netherlands from Saturday, which provides the top two teams passage into the event proper in the West Indies later this year.

Bangladesh and Ireland are ranked ninth and 10th respectively on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s Team Rankings and pose a huge challenge to other teams in the eight-team tournament being held at the VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen and Kampong Cricket Club in Utrecht.

Bangladesh are in Group A, which also comprises the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates, while Ireland are in Group B along with Scotland, Thailand and Uganda. Both finalists from the tournament will join Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and host West Indies in the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 from 9-24 November.

Apart from the two qualifying spots and the exposure of playing, sides also have an added incentive since all matches of the tournament are classified as Twenty20 Internationals.

The captains of all eight participating teams ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier

Bangladesh and Ireland are not taking any team lightly and would be looking to grab eyeballs during a season that has seen several new highs. New Zealand set a new high ODI score last month while the T20I record team score has been broken three times this year, including twice in the same day by New Zealand and then England in a tri-series last month.

Anju Jain, a former India wicketkeeper-batter who has recently taken over as Bangladesh’s coach, is impressed not just with her own team but also the talent in other sides in the competition.

“I have been pretty impressed with the potential and talent of the Bangladesh team. I have only been here for the past two months and in that time the girls have been doing really well, credit goes to the players for the way they have responded. Our main focus has been converting potential to performance, as a team we need to look to keep on improving and make sure we qualify for the ICC Women’s WT20 in the West Indies.

“Playing in different locations as a professional cricketer or as a coach is always a challenge. As a coach, you need to prepare your team for those changes. We had a few matches in Ireland before coming here, which has similar conditions to here, so I think that will help us in getting the players to adapt. T20 cricket is very unpredictable so we have to be in our best form.

“It is great to see all the teams here at this event. I have been impressed by Uganda who are coming through. Looking at all the practice games every team seems to be beating each other, so that is a very good thing. Women’s cricket is definitely on a high, especially following last year’s ICC Women’s World Cup which is a huge positive more people are following and recognizing the game.”

Ireland coach Aaron Hamilton feels the team has planned well and it is now time to show their mettle.

“As the head coach, I’m looking for the players to execute our game plans and play with freedom and confidence. We have a highly talented squad, and if we play as I know we can, we will make a major impact at this tournament. No game will be easy, but the planning is over and it is now time to deliver.

“Our challenge, from a coaching perspective, will be picking the right combination of players for the right set of circumstances. If the players can all maintain their fitness throughout, we have a very good squad to pick from – a real blend of youth and experience – but a group that has the confidence and talent to progress,” he said.

ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier pre event captain’s photo

The squads:

BANGLADESH – Salma Khatun (captain); Ayasha Rahman; Fahima Khatun; Fargana Hoque Pinky; Jahanara Alam; Khadiza-Tul Kubra; Lily Rani Biswas; Nahida Akter; Nigar Sultana Joty; Rumana Ahmed; Panna Ghosh; Shamima Sultana; Sanjida Islam and Sarmin Sultana. Anju Jain (coach)

IRELAND – Laura Delany (captain); Kim Garth; Cecelia Joyce; Isobel Joyce; Shauna Kavanagh; Gaby Lewis; Lara Maritz; Ciara Metcalfe; Cara Murray; Lucy O’Reilly; Eimear Richardson; Clare Shillington; Rebecca Stokell and Mary Waldron. Aaron Hamilton (coach)

NETHERLANDS – Heather Siegers (captain); Cher van Slobbe; Esther Corder; Caroline de Fouw; Babette de Leede; Denise Hannema; Sterre Kalis; Lisa Klokgieters; Mariska Kornet; Juliet Post; Annemijn Thomson; Robine Rijke; Silver Siegers and Jolien van Vliet. Sean Trouw (coach)

PNG – Pauke Siaka (captain); Natasha Ambol; Vicky Ara’a; Kaia Arua; Helen Buruka; Veru Kila Frank; Sibona Jimmy; Kopi John; Ravini Oa; Tanya Ruma; Brenda Tau; Mairi Tom; Isabel Toua and Naoani Vare. Rarua Dikana (coach)

SCOTLAND – Kathryn Bryce (captain), Abbi Aitken; Sarah Bryce; Priyanaz Chatterji; Becky Glen; Laura Grant; Lorna Jack; Abtaha Maqsood; Katie McGill; Jess Mills; Hannah Rainey; Rachel Scholes; Ellen Watson and Ruth Willis. Steve Knox (coach)

THAILAND – Sornnarin Tippoch (captain); Nattaya Boochatham; Naruemol Chaiwai; Natthakan Chantham; Onnicha Khamchomphu; Rosenanee Kanoh; Nannapat Koncharonkai; Suleeporn Laomi; Wongpaka Liengprasert; Rattanaporn Padunglerd; Srinitra Saengsakaorat; Sainamin Saenya; Chanida Sutthiruang and Arriya Yenyueak. Janak Gamage (coach)

UGANDA – Kevin Awino (captain); Joyce Mary Apio; Consylate Aweko; Getrude Candiru; Siadat Kemigisha; Janet Mbabazi; Rita Musamali; Frankline Najjumba; Immaculate Nakisuuyi; Mary Nalule; Prico Nakitende; Stephanie Nampiina; Carol Namugenyi and Rachael Ntono. Francis Ngede (coach)

UAE – Humaira Tasneem (captain); Chamani Senevirathne; Chaya Mughal; Esha Oza; Heena Hotchandani; Ishni Senavirathna; Judit Cleetus; Kavisha Kumari; Namita Dsouza; Neha Sharma; Nisha Ali; Roopa Nagaraj; Subha Srinivasan and Udeni Kuruppuarachchi. Sockalingam Vairamoorthy (coach)