British Cricket Postponed Till July 1st

The impact of the CODID-19 pandemic continues to be felt throughout England and the world. The latest news out of England comes on the heels of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announcing that cricket will remain shutdown until July 1st and could stretch beyond that depending on the stem of the virus in Britain. The board will meet on the 29th to determine how it will move forward for The Hundred, which is slated to start on the 17th of July.

Set to have started on the 12th of April, the domestic season was postponed until the 28th of May, but the England and Wales Cricket Board have now stated that will try to reschedule all international cricket matches between July and September. It also postponed the women’s limited-overs series which was slated to take place on the 25th of June against India.

Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB, stated: “As much as we remain hopeful that we can deliver some cricket this summer, we are in the midst of a worldwide crisis and our priority – over and above the playing of professional sport – will be to protect the vulnerable, key workers and society as a whole. That’s why simply put, there will be no cricket unless it’s safe to play. Our schedule will only go ahead if government guidance permits.”

The men’s team was scheduled to compete in three tests against the West Indies on the 4th of June and then head to Ireland, Pakistan and Australia. However, these have also been postponed, as were the women’s, who were to compete in India for two Twenty20 internationals and in July, four one-day internationals.

However, on Thursday after its board meeting, the ECB all limited-overs and domestic first-class cricket will be added to the new schedule.  Cricket West Indies chief executive officer, Johnny Grave,  said its squad only would head to England for the series in the event that its players can be assured they will be safe to do so while stating that they will be as flexible as possible without compromising the teams safety.

Closed Door Matches

There is the possibility said Tom Harrison to the BBC that country and international matches could be held without fans with officials and players staying in a “bio-secure” environment. Harrison added that the England and Wales Cricket Board is beginning to become comfortable with the fact that crowds will not be in attendance and planning of the matches is now focusing on what cricket may look like if that is the end result.

Ireland Flexible with England Cricket Series Scheduling

The Nation of Ireland confirmed their flexibility towards the rescheduling of cricket series with England, which is slated for a one-day event throughout September. This follows after Ireland’s Chief Executive of Cricket, Warren Deutrom, announced the British broadcasting centre. His announcement follows after COVID-19 continues to onslaught Great Britain and Ireland, with the England & Wales Cricket Board mentioning that summer schedules will begin on June 1st. Deutrom also confirmed the June 1st scheduling but believed this wouldn’t be possible within twelve days. The chief executive mentioned that regardless of when the seasons starts, they’ll make sure their availability is prompt and flexible.

Professional matches of Cricket throughout Ireland, Cricket and remaining Wales has been terminated until May 28th. It’s expected that the 1st series for the 2020 Summer will be England Vs West Indies on June 4th. Warren anticipates that this venue will inevitably be postponed, which follows after the England & Wales Cricket Board announced they’d be meeting on April 23rd to discuss rescheduling initiatives. Venues like “The Hundred” will experience their respective postponements as well. This follows after infection rates and death percentages in the United Kingdom haven’t fallen throughout April.
Matches planned for September 10th to 15th between Ireland and England at Trent Bridge won’t be postponed. That’s under the condition that a 2nd wave doesn’t hit the United Kingdom, prompting another increase in infections and deaths. The second wave of COVID-19 would see the Australian and Pakistan Series with England also cancelled.

Formal Statements

The English & Wales Cricket Board provided a formal statement regarding this situation. Sentiments remarked that the COVID-19 pandemic had become a jigsaw puzzle for international cricket series, with this extending towards domestic matches as well. Reps mentioned that realistic approaches must be taken from organizers, which is why regularly meetings are prompted via videoconference. Similar sentiments were mentioned by Warren Deutrom, who believes that flexibility in these unprecedented conditions will enable safer conditions for supporter and athletes. Safety conditions extend towards coaching staff, event organizers and stadium staff. Their health and safety fall under the responsibility of the ECB.

Ben Stokes Competes in Virtual F1

The Formula One Esports Virtual Grand Prix Series saw an unexpected guest on April 5th. Ben Stokes joined the grid lineup, competing for Red Bull – Aston Martin Racing. Notable drivers like Lando Norris, George Russel, Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclerc competed against the Cricket Legend. Stokes couldn’t keep up the pace against these F1 Drivers, ultimately coming in the last place. Charles Leclerc was the dominating force for Ferrari and inquired a podium finish. However, large percentages of viewers tuned in to see the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Those supporters lost a little hope for Ben Stokes when he qualified 16th with a Red Bull Racing car.

The low grid placement follows after Ben Stokes spun out on the 4th lap. It immediately placed him at the back of the grid, with 28 laps available to make up the pace. Stokes, unfortunately, was behind Johnny Herbert, who was a dominating driver in the 1st virtual Grand Prix. This made it nearly impossible for the infamous cricketer to overtake to former F1 Legend. Herbert was placed in 19th after being struck down in the fourth lap.

Charles Leclerc’s Performance

The Ferrari Driver dominated his first virtual Grand Prix while staying home safely in Monaco. There was some drama behind the scenes, with Charles often expressing his anger during practice sessions. This followed after he’d practice for five hours daily, frustrating his girlfriend. She demanded he calm down his tone before the race. That’s why supporters of Charles Leclerc couldn’t hear much from the driver, making sure that his girlfriend and neighbours are happy. He even mentioned that yelling at that volume would’ve upset himself if he heard from another person.

It should be noted that all the vehicles in F1 Esports Grand Prix Series have the same performance levels, ensuring that the skillsets of drivers push them forward. That’s what would’ve made this a challenging experience for Ben Stokes, who was hoping to receive a specialized power boost with his Red Bull. When it applies to the top three drivers of last weekends race, Charles Leclerc came first, and Alex Albon came in second. George Russel jumped on the podium with a third position.

PCA Donates to COVID-19 Relief Aid

The Professional Cricketers Association released an updated statement of the coronavirus situation. It was noted in their press release that contracted players agreed to donate £500,000.00 towards ensuring that Cricket doesn’t enter a financial crisis. This follows after thousands are being lost daily from merchandise sales, limited television broadcasts and cancelled advertiser payments. This means that all associated PCA members will receive a 25% pay cut going forward.

The PCA President revealed last week that £61 Million would be donated in Aid Packages for healthcare professionals and families battling the novel coronavirus. This is the most significant donation made in the Professional Cricketers Association, which is being assisted with the European Cricket Board. Both entities previously confirmed that all British and European-based matches would be terminated until May 28th. It’s expected that this period will be prolonged until July 1st or later.

The European Cricket Board confirmed before their donation that administrative staff would be placed onto the British Reduced Pay Retention Scheme. This includes their executives and president, ensuring that significant funds can be reserved until matches are resumed. It should be noted that athletes worldwide have received cuts to their salaries throughout the last month. This includes players with the La Liga Football Series in Spain. It’s expected that pay cuts will follow for the Premier League as well.

The Meeting

Statements made through the Professional Cricketers Association mentioned that a meeting was held between all PCA Members through Zoom. Delegations were held for a short period before the collective group determined £500,000.00 to be the best valuation for league-wide insurance. This meeting also concluded the donations valuation, with sporting analysts being shocked to learn the PCA and ECB will make the most significant charitable donation of any British-based sports league.

It should be mentioned that these significant donations to charity and insurance policies for the league will cost a 25% reduction in salaries for administrative staff. Coaches and players will receive a 20% reduction in contracted payments. It’s suspected that £300 Million could be saved from these agreements, ensuring that European Cricket will remain active after COVID-19.

Secondary Postponement Possible for 2021

Healthcare Professionals in the scientific community have begun to urge members of the public about a potential relapse of COVID-19. Similar to the Spanish Flu, there’s a chance that this virus could return throughout the 2020-21 Winter Months. It’d prompt the European Cricket Board and Professional Cricket’s Association to postpone their seasons for another prolonged period. This is purely speculation on behalf of sporting analysts receiving medical data from government-employed healthcare professionals.

T20 Qualifiers Postponed During Covid-19 Pandemic

Qualifying Events for the T20 World Cup Championships for 2021 have been postponed. This announcement was made by the International Cricket Council, who confirmed that the decision was made after reviewing the Covid-19 Pandemic. These postponements extend towards the 50-Overs Competition, which would’ve had their qualifying venues in June 2020. This decision was collectively agreed upon by the ICC after Covid-19 has infected 470+ thousand individuals worldwide, with it killing roughly 21+ thousand. Global spreading of this virus has put the world at a standstill, forcing multiple sporting events to be postponed. This extends towards the Premier League, La Liga and UEFA.

The Head of Events for the International Cricket Council, Chris Tetley, provided an official statement to reporters. He mentioned that the unprecedented circumstances worldwide are forcing the ICC to postpone all venues until June 2020. Those postponements could be extended after additional reviews with medical officials. Chris Tetley noted that contingency plans would continue to be created, with the ICC hoping that both the Men’s and Women’s events will be rescheduled for the late summer. Decisions won’t be made based on finances but public safety.

The nation of India was slated to host the T20 World Cup Champion in 2021, which would’ve followed with them hosting the 50-Overs Competition in 2023. Those championship dates could be postponed with the alteration to qualification. It should be noted that the Women’s T20 World Cup was held in Australia during Late February – Early March. This venue was almost cancelled mid-way through over Covid-19 concerns.

India Isn’t Returning to Australia in 2020

When it applies to the Indian National Cricket Team, they’ll most likely have to postponement they’re involved with the Australian T20 Tri-Series. It was expected to be held between October to December, which might not be possible after the Australian government shut down borders for the next six months.

Its unknown is individual permissions will be made for the Indian Cricketers, with Australia have 2000 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Sixteen individuals have died, and the government is doing everything possible to stop increased exposure. Financial analysts in Australia have backlashed this decision, as a six-month closure on borders will have numerous adverse effects onto their economy.

India Defeats Bangladesh in U19 World Cup

The Under Nineteen World Cup for Cricket – 2020 Edition, saw two of the most notable national teams compete against each other. This included Bangladesh and India, who battled against each other earlier this week in the showdown of this competition. Most were anticipating that the Indian National Team would win, with this being the 1st time that Bangladesh appeared in the U19 World Cup. After becoming a feared outfit in a short period, this national team made the finals in this tournament. Their formidable skillsets allowed them to outpace the previous champions, acquiring the maiden title for Bangladesh.

The Bangladesh Tigers showed sporting analysts and supported that their dominance couldn’t be outmatched, outplaying their opponents on a 50 Total. This prompted after they began this matchup at 177, indicating that their chase to victory was prompt and destructive. The Indians didn’t have the required defence to account for the strategic wickets implemented by Bangladesh nationals.

This doesn’t mean that a few players with the Indian outfit didn’t try, as Ravi Bishnoi worked vigilantly to dismantle Akbar Ali. After completing this task, the Indians maintained a 65-4 Total. Bangladesh immediately fought back and created the 102-6 total, which followed after Sushant Mishra performed a left-arm wicket. 

Bangladesh Pushes On

Players with the Bangladesh Outfit continued to impress supporting analysts, with Parvez Hossain returning after a mid-game retirement for multiple innings. Once returning to the field, he immediately applied pressure to the Indians with Skipper Ali. Together they continued to batter the scoreboard until Parvez experience additional pain from previous knee injuries, which prompted another benching towards the end of this competition. With all the fight displayed by Indian bowlers, the Bangladesh outfit extirpated the Indians after a prolonged matchup.

When they came to the close, Bangladesh stood victorious at 47.2 Total. India towards the end of this matchup came off frightened and weak from the overwhelming dominance of Bangladesh. They toppled by dominos and completed less than twenty-five runs. The only notable player for the Indians was Jaiswal, who opened this match up with formidable talent. 

India will next meet again Sri Lanka at 8am GMY, their 7th match in the tournament. The hope is they will remain focused as they prepare for their match again New Zealand on the 24th, against Australia on the 28th, Pakistan on the 4th of February and Bangladesh on the 9th.

PCA Suspends Umar Akmal for Anti-Corruption

It’s been confirmed that the Pakistan Cricket Board has suspended Umar Akmal, the Wicket-Keep Batsman for their respective national team. This follows after he breached a significant article in the Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct, leading to the immediately enacted suspension. He’ll be unable to play for an unspecified amount of time starting February 20th.

Analysts researched the Pakistan Anti-Corruption Code, locating the charged suspension under Article 4.7.1. Details were then publicly revealed by news outlets that this code revolves around player integrity. It states that during specific circumstances that players undermine the sports branding or reputation can be suspended. This article also mentioned that alleged players must engage with the Anti-Corruption Tribunal to determine if an offence has been committed.

This means Umar Akmal failed testing with this tribunal, with some speculating that the suspension is permanent with the return date unknown. Going forward this Wicker-Keep Batsman won’t be permitted from playing in the PSL 2020 Season with the Quetta Gladiators, which stand as the defending champions for this league. The Gladiators now are seeking a replacement for this once formidable batsman.

Umar Akmal once had one of the most respected reputations in the Pakistan Cricket League, with it slowly being diminished after years of controversial behaviour. The beginning event for Akmal’s downfall was when he physically assaulted staff members with the Pakistan National Cricket Academy of Lahore. Akmal attacked these staff members after he’d failed a fitness test and demanded that they illegally reported his success. The PCB publicly stated that the recent actions of Umar Akmal would remind him of the associated responsibilities with professional cricket. Pakistani Supporters hope to see their Wicker-Keep Batsman return after proving himself worthy of playing professionally.

Pakistan Female Cricketers Under Fire

Male Cricket Superstars aren’t the only professionals receive backlash in recent weeks. The Female Pakistan National Team have received an onslaught of slurs after partaking in a promotional advertisement for the Women’s T20 World Cup. The advertising firm required that these women blow into a T20 World Cup Horn, with it resembling them performing fellatio on a man. This was unwarranted behaviour of supporters, demanding that the International Cricket Council not run this advertisement. It’s officially been cancelled following the backlash. These female athletes are now mentally preparing themselves for an onslaught of racial slurs from opposing teams at the T20 World Cup. 

England Vs Pakistan Cricket Series Revealed

The Security Situation throughout Pakistan is finally improving, which is allowing for the British Cricket Team to compete against this formidable national team in an official series. This announcement follows after Christian Turner, the British High Commissioner, agreed to allow for the Cricket Series to begin. It should be noted that during this announcement, it was also confirmed that the Mayor of Manchester would arrive at Pakistan next year. The confirmation of this appearance will be dependent on the security situation in twelve months.

Shockingly, this cricket series has taken a prolonged period to begin, even with the current situation in Pakistan. The British & Pakistan are considered prominent trading partners, with more than $3.3 Trillion spent yearly through imports and exports. The British High Commissioner noted that player safety is more important than maintaining a trade relationship. Some financial analysts believe this statement will create adverse effects on this trading relationship.

Those analysts were correct, with an immediate decline in Imports & Exports after Christian Turner’s statements. The British High Commissioner now will spend the next twelve months reprimanding his comments, hoping to double-down on their prior trade volumes. This will increase by the British Cricket League donating substantial funds to education and health in Pakistan. Those donations will be matched by the British Government, with strategies hoping that training and medical assistance will create stronger economies for both nations.

Coronavirus Exposure

There are concerns that this test series could be cancelled for a second time, which would follow after Pakistan confirmed their 7th case of the COVID-19 Virus Strain. The latest patient confirmed is located in Karachi throughout the Sindh Province. Considering that the test series is slated to begin near the Sindh province, there’s a chance that potential travel restrictions will increase additional delays.

Though it should be noted that all several individuals throughout Pakistan with the coronavirus have been quarantined, the British High Commissioner and other executives connected with UK Cricket are concerned that Indian-Medical Conditions will create a substantial outbreak of the coronavirus. Subsequently, coaches with the national cricket team are reviewing the outbreak history in India daily.

It should also be mentioned that one of the several patients infected with the coronavirus has been discharged from the Karachi Hospital. This individual recovered and tested negative for this virus, with the remaining individuals being isolated throughout the Islamabad and Karachi regions. 

Racist Actions Affect Australian Cricketers

Social media has become one of the most detrimental tools against professional athletes. Vindictive individuals scan through hundreds of posts to locate offensive behaviour and then bring it to media reporters. Any behaviour that becomes viral immediately results in the termination of that athlete. This was once again proven at the Australian U19 World Cup, with the Head of Security mentioning they were disappointed with the actions of these players. They targeted India Nationals, who themselves often act in inappropriate behaviour to women worldwide. Instead of focusing on the fact that Indian’s harass women online, these players focused on their rivals, the Indian National Cricket Team.

Jake Fraser McGurk was the 1st player to make social media posts against the Indian Nationals. He focused on their incapability to speak or write proper English. Comments on these posts include “Sir, give me what’s app? I want to friend.” And “How you bat exciting?”. Supports of international cricket from India haven’t taken these offensive comments kindly. It’s a small percentage of their population that doesn’t have educational benefits.

However, individuals that have travelled to India with other cricket associations have expressed that they’ve received similar questions from Indian supporters. Most aren’t aware that India has struggled to revamp their Education Systems with modern era programs. Some of the largest industries in India are considered illegal elsewhere, such as in the United States or European Union. Ultimately, it’s not surprising that some professional players with Australia would eventually become annoyed by the consistent berating from Indian supporters.

The Head of Security

Individuals responsible for the actions of these professional players are outraged by their respective statements. The Head of Security expressed to Australian U19 Reporters that he’d spoken with these selective players and guaranteed similar actions won’t ever be taken again. The Head of Security also confirmed that sanctions will be imposed onto these four players, which will include educational classes relating to cultural sensitivity training. This follows after an extensive level of racism has been portrayed throughout various sporting leagues. It’s led to associations like FIFA, BBL, La Liga and multiple others to implement regulations against racism or terminate venues altogether. Cricket has experienced its fair share of racist behaviour throughout the last twenty years. Nations like New Zealand, India, South Africa, and multiple others prompted the inclusion of various demographics. Tensions continue to grow regularly between these players.

Shane Warne Defends David Hussey

The Big Bash League has come under fire throughout the last two weeks. This follows after governing associates implemented a substantial fine onto David Hussey, the head coach for the Melbourne Stars. This fine was enforced after a joke regarding spiked footwear was made on live television. David Hussey received a $2,000.00 penalty from the Cricket Australian Association under a breach of conduct. Most individuals in the league claim this decision was made to acquire additional funds for the CAA. The jokes made pertained to the Adelaide strikers, who were rumoured to be wearing spiked footwear before the matchup on social media. These claims were never honest.

Individuals watching the Big Bash League via the On-Demand service couldn’t locate any of the pre-emptive matchup footage. Audiences that were watching live noted via social media that commentators forced the spiked footwear concept. An unwarranted fine to David Hussey was provided because commentators wanted to fill-up airtime and acquire more viewers. Since this event took place, multiple coaches have come to the defence of David Hussey. This includes Shane Warne, who expressed that this decision was ridiculous and goes against the open-minded humorous banter that Australian’s are known for worldwide. Warne mentioned that this decision displayed zero common sense and should be retracted immediately.

When looking at the Australian legislation for cricket, subclauses mention that team coaches and captains can pre-emptively walk on the pitch. However, spiked footwear cannot be permitted at any time. David Hussey himself had worn spiked shoes to the event but hadn’t walked onto the pitch. He was found not guilty by Adrian Anderson, the Code of Conduct Commissioner in Australia. This didn’t stop executives in the association from implementing this fine. It shows a blatant level of disrespect and corruption in the BBL League.

BBL Finals Top Athlete

Positive headlines related to the Big Bash League this week. Matthew Wade, the Capitan for the Hobart Hurricanes, performed with admirable skills and prompted this team into the BBL Finals. This followed after a significantly challenging series against the Adelaide Strikers. Matthew Wade himself had hit more than 130 wickets throughout this series, is the second-highest in BBL history. He wasn’t the only player assisting in the Hurricanes performance, additional members like George Bailey and Jake Weatherald showcased their skillsets in the best ways possible. Subsequently, the Hobart Hurricanes will now battle for the BBL Championship title. 

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