Posts Tagged "Cricket"

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over Australia A’s tour of South Africa, as Cricket Australia flirts with unpaid contracts as the sport’s bitter pay conflict looks set to extend well past Friday’s deadline.

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The Australian Cricketers’ Association is preparing for about 230 players to become unemployed after declaring it highly improbable the sport’s bitter pay conflict will be resolved by Friday.

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Less than a year ago Peter Nevill shaped as Australia’s long-term Test wicketkeeper, but now he seems to have tumbled down the pecking order ahead of this summer’s Ashes.

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Dermott Monteith, the Irish Left arm spinner, was almost 40 when he toured Bangladesh with the MCC team in 1980-81.

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The brinkmanship battle between Cricket Australia and the players’ union over pay appears certain to extend into next week, thrusting the game into unknown territory.

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The negotiations between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association continued over the last week in the same farcical way that they started.

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In a sudden turn of events, Anil Kumble last week announced his resignation as Indian head coach.

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This has all the makings of a future blockbuster that you and I will pay to watch at a multiplex in ten years’ time.

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No sooner had the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy provided a fine denouement of the underdogs giving the overwhelming favourites a very bloody nose, than the very existence of the event was called into question.

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Cricket Australia has revamped its pay offer to players, offering a greater share of international surpluses.

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The ICC has announced that Afghanistan and Ireland are now full member nations, which means that they now get Test status.

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Afghanistan and Ireland have been voted in as full members of the International Cricket Council, meaning they can play Test matches against the world’s elite countries.

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In the era where scores above 300 have become a norm, bowlers are increasingly under siege. Technological advances in thicker and lighter bats, along with smaller boundaries, have meant that the advantage has been significantly turned in the batsmen’s favour.

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I started watching cricket in the early 1990s, when the role of a wicketkeeper in a Test team was to be good with the gloves and contribute some useful runs with the bat.

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Australia may have competed strongly in the Test series in India three months ago but they will be vulnerable in the upcoming two-Test series in Bangladesh without key bowlers Mitchell Starc and Steve O’Keefe.

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It’s hard to comprehend how Pakistan has played just one international series – against Zimbabwe in 2015 – at home since 2009, when terrorists attacked the touring Sri Lankans in Lahore.

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While football’s Confederations Cup and cricket’s Champions Trophy keep on copping criticism each time they come around, they do fulfil an important role.

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Pace bowler Mohammad Amir is fit and will play for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

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A lot has been made of England’s transformation since their beleaguered 2015 World Cup campaign Down Under.

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Sporting clashes between India and Pakistan are more than just matches on the field. There are more war cries than ear-splitting appeals to the umpire.

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