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.
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
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
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.
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
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
The International Cricket Council has
actively governed over the South Africa and England test series, with the ICC
making multiple announcements this week. It was confirmed that Kagiso Rabada
had been banned from the final match during this test series. His removal
follows after celebrating the dismissal of Joe Root in a disrespectful manner,
which occurred on the 1st day of the third matchup. Kagiso Rabada began to
scream inappropriate remarks to Joe Root after being dismissed. One demerit
point followed for Rabada as well, adding to four in two years. That
immediately triggered a one-match ban, meaning that South Africa’s national
cricket team loses one of their most profound players in the final matchup.
Some unexpected individuals came to the
benefit of this South African player. Graham Onions from the England national
cricket team went to social media, where he described this punishment as harsh
from the ICC. Jonathon Trott, a bowler that previously played for England,
noted that Rabada’s celebration was aggressive and crossed the line. That
Kagiso had displayed aggressive behaviour multiple times and this one-game ban
if rightfully deserved. Another instance of Kagiso Rabada receiving a demerit
point came when South Africa was competing against India. Kagiso aggressively
shouted racial remarks to Shikhar Dhawan. It’s the second time that he’s thrown
his racist behaviour into the public eye, with the International Cricket
Council unimpressed. Continued offences could result in a permanent ban from
Old Trafford Redevelopment Approved
Positive news struck cricket headlines this
week when Trafford councillors approved the redevelopment of the “Emirates Old
Trafford Stadium”. This follows after a town hall meeting on January 16th, 2020.
It was confirmed after the meeting that the Emirates old Trafford would be
redeveloped with a new stand, allowing for 2850 additional seats. It was noted
that this new stand would replace the Red Rose Suite, providing enhanced member
facilities to VIP personnel.
New redevelopments include a newly formatted
ticket office, retail shop and heritage centre. After the redevelopment phase
is completed, more than 26 thousand fans can fill this house. Additional announcements made with the
redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford include a new extension to the Hilton
Garden Inn Hotel. The Civic Quarter area that surrounds this stadiums will be
reformatted for visitors, becoming more appealing and approachable in the
Cricket legend Josh Hazelwood has suffered a
significant injury, pulling his hamstring during a recent practice.
Subsequently, this Fast-Bowler won’t appear during any testing matches until
the New Year on January 3rd. This marks one of the most extended stints that
Hazelwood has been benched, with Peter Sidle be considered for a potential
replacement. The coaching staff begins the Australian Cricketer has already
confirmed that this 28 years of age professional player will return before the
new seasons start.
Justin Langer, the coach for the Australian
National Cricket Team, is also considering two others for a temporary
replacement. This includes Michael Neser and James Pattinson, who have
collectively been competing with each other on the testing squad. Most
anticipated that Langer would select Peter Slide, with his performance
throughout the domestic and international seasons being pivotal. Unfortunately,
Lander hasn’t confirmed which of these three players will be chosen for the
temporary replacement of Josh Hazelwood.
James Pattinson barely made it to the
national team, with him facing severe competition from Mitchell Starc. He
nearly lost his potential placement until it was revealed that Starc had a
season-long suspension. Subsequently, Justin Langer was forced to select James
Pattinson. That decision ultimately proved to be beneficial, with the coach
recently mentioning that both players have ferocious energy and could
adequately provide the same support to the national team.
The Head Coach for Australia’s National
Football Team is also looking into other players to contention in the 2020
Season. Rumors indicate that Mitchell Marsh could be selected, with his overall
testing sessions in the Australian Domestic League suggesting that he has
growing talent. Considering that James Pattinson looks for potential players
that can be molded around his tactics, it’s almost guaranteed that Mitchel
Marsh will be selected for a batting position.
Honestly, there have been extensive talks
regarding who the new players will be for the 2020 Australian National Football
Team. The announcement of Hazelwood’s injury creates more significant concerns
for Cricketing Fans. Regardless, Josh will return to the fields on January 3rd,
The previous Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed
was found guilty on charges relating to bribery. These charges were imposed on
him in December 2018 by British National Criminal offense Company (NCA). The
British firm is representing this former athlete; they provided an official
statement regarding Nasir. They said: “Three guys have been billed with
bribery offenses as a component of an NCA examination right into cricket suit
spot-fixing. This comes after arranged events by national cricket boards from
Pakistan and also Bangladesh.”
The various other two people have been
determined as Yousef Anwar and also Mohammed Ijaz. They also confessed to have
attempted to reward gamers for obtaining them to underperform in the PSL.
Jamshed was jailed in addition to Anwar, and also Ijaz. They were viewed as the
cornerstone in the spot-fixing rumor by the PCB and also penalized a ten-year
restriction. Showing up in court in Britain in January 2019, Jamshed had
refuted any misdeed, before altering his appeal to being guilty of conspiring
to pay off fellow cricketers throughout the PSL in a hearing in Manchester on
The Founded Charges
According to an AFP record, the district
attorney at the hearing stated that a police officer had gone covert, making
believe to be a participant of wagering distribute. He uncovered a tried repair
in the Bangladesh Premier Organization in 2016 and also a replacement in PSL
Jamshed is stated to have been a target of
bribery throughout the competition in Bangladesh before he agreed on the
fraudulent charges. However, he also tried to persuade various other charges by
detecting issues in the PSL game between Islamabad United as well as Peshawar
Zalmi in Dubai on February 9. February 9, 2020 has been established as the day
for the sentencing of the triad.
The South African Proteas have just suffered a terrible defeat in a shambolic series in Ranchi. Their performance with both bat and ball was disappointing to say the very least, and throughout the three Tests, they were outplayed. These most recent stats reflect the worst in South African cricket history since 1992 when they returned to the international playing field. Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis is now grasping at Brexit as their hope to rebuild the once active Proteas to former glory.
Du Plessis believes that when Brexit finally comes into place and Britain withdraws from the European Union; they will enforce must stricter immigration controls in the country. This will result in fewer South Africans being able to leave our local sports scene and thus fewer South African cricketers in the County Championship. For some, this might seem like grasping at straw, yet we need to take note of the fact that more than 60 players from around the globe have already obtained residency in Europe and thus could join the teams in their new country of residence. As soon as that they have residency in a specific country, they are no longer regarded as foreign players.
The Kolpak Accord
The Kolpak accord came into place through a court ruling in 2003 in favour of a Slovakian handball player, Maros Kolpak. The decision determined that citizens of any country in the world have the freedom to move and work anywhere within the EU once they signed European Union Association Agreements. Thus then players couldn’t play for their home countries anymore. If the current Brexit plans go ahead, Britain will be out of the EU, and the Kolpak accord will come to an end in 2021 for cricketers. Du Plessis himself was also part of the same system while playing in England. He also referred to Simon Harmer playing for Essex for the past two years already and who hasn’t been in action for South Africa already since 2015.
When Brexit comes into place, and the Kolpak accord resolves, South Africa will be able to pick some of our South African players again to represent our national team, even if they are currently playing overseas. Now, according to Du Plessis, our best players leave the country and then the Proteas have to represent South African cricket with players who aren’t the best we have to show the world. Two such players who are greatly missed on our side are Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn. He stated that these guys not only delivered great play, but they provided a solid learning foundation for young and upcoming talent. Currently, the South African team needs to go through a phase of a rebuild, and Du Plessis has hope. He is very positive about the prospects of Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock. The rebuild process will just run much smoother if the new talent can grow under the experienced hands of some of these great players no longer available to SA.
After being suspended from the International Cricket Council as a member, for three months, Zimbabwe has now been readmitted following a meeting in Dubai. The suspension was due to political interference from this African country. Zimbabwe hasn’t been the only country suspended from the council. Another suspension which was already in place since 2016 against Nepal too has been lifted.
Zimbabwe’s Political Interference
Zimbabwe is a country that has been suffering a long past of political unrest and sensitivity. During July this year, the political leaders interfered by suspending the existing cricket board and by replacing them with an interim committee appointed by the government. The ICC didn’t approve of this action, and the country was suspended from the ICC as a member. This is not the first time that the country suffered some embarrassment within the world of cricket. During 2005 they ultimately suspended their involvement in Test cricket. This was due to a serious of rather humiliating performances and political turmoil spilling over into the sport. Even though they are still playing at the world’s top levels and are performing great at Twenty20 internationals as well as at one-day internationals, they are no longer competing in Test cricket since then.
Allowing Zimbabwe Back In
Recently a meeting was held in Dubai where the minister of sports accompanied Tavengwa Mukuhlani, the chairperson for cricket in Zimbabwe in the country, Kirsty Coventry. During the meeting, the status of Zimbabwe was reinstated since according to the ICC, they noticed commitment from the minister of sport in Zimbabwe to get cricket reinstated. According to Shashank Manohar, the chairman of the ICC, she proved herself to have a desire to improve the competition and the conditions under which the game is competed in, within the country. She has also complied unconditionally with all the guidelines and requirements which were set out by the board of the ICC. Now the Zimbabweans will be able to take up their place once again in the international arena. Their Under-19 team will be present in the Under-19 World Cup set to take place in January next year. They will also be presented at the ICC Super League which takes place later on in 2020. Currently Zimbabwe is in 12th place in the ODI rankings and unfortunately didn’t qualify for the World Cup this year.
Nepal’s Return to the International Arena
Nepal was suspended in 2016 due to their actions which breached the ICC rules which prohibits any interference from government side when elections take place to ensure that elections take place free and fairly. According to Manohar, Nepal made brilliant progress since then and thus was admitted to the board with certain conditions set in place. A transition plan has to be followed which has been developed with the Cricket Association of Nepal, aimed at supporting them into becoming a full member once again. The program will also include better control over funding.
For the first time in Australian cricket history, they will introduce a parental policy allowing players to take a year of paid maternity leave. When these cricketers have either given birth or adopted, they will be allowed to take 12 months of paid leave according to the new policy which is described as a game-changer.
The new policy was announced this week by both Cricket Australia as well as the Australian Cricketers’ Association. It supports professional cricketers throughout their pregnancy or adoption as well as their return back to the field. It will also assist them with their parental responsibilities. The policy will accommodate players by allowing up to 12 months of paid leave for those who are either giving birth or adopting.
However it goes beyond that as well, by supporting players who are in the role as primary carers of these young ones to get back to the field and it will also cover the expenses which are associated with caring for these children as well as when a carer has to be appointed to take care of the baby. This will include the costs of accommodation and flights involved to take care of the child. The child will be covered with these privileges up until the age of four years old.
Returning to the Field
This policy which will mostly benefit women’s teams in Australia, came into effect already on the 1st of July and has been under consultation already since 2017. It guarantees players who give birth and goes on maternity leave to a contract extension during the following year after they have given birth. Players will also be able to return to the field whenever they want within the year, subjected to being medically cleared as fit and healthy. All players in Australia with either state, national and Big Bash contracts, are covered by this policy. The policy also allows for players whose partners are pregnant or adopting but aren’t the primary carers themselves, to take up to three weeks paid leave anytime during the first 12 months after birth or adoption.
The primary purpose of the policy is to extend the careers of, especially female cricketers. Once a female cricketer becomes pregnant, it usually signals the end of her career said Alistair Nicholson, the Australian Cricketers’ Association’s chief executive. This often meant that female athletes in this sport have to make a choice of either pursuing their career on the field and miss out on having a family or deciding to have a family and they get robbed of the opportunity to reach their full potential on the ground. Alyssa Healy played a vital role in the process to get the new policy in place, and she considers this as a game-changer for the sport. She is proud of the fact the women will now be able to continue their careers and have the expenses of travelling with a child taken care of.
The Hundred Tournament is set to take off on July 2020. This brand new tournament is an initiative of the England and Wales Cricket Board to interest youth in playing cricket. Now it is slammed with criticism from those who are the strong advocates of a healthy lifestyle. Their main concern with the tournament is that it will promote obesity in the youth through their main sponsor, KP Snacks.
The Origins of the Hundred
This 100-ball tournament was a proposal by the ECB already made in September 2016. This followed after discussions between the Professional Cricketer Association, the Marylebone Cricket Club and 18 of the top cricket counties. The vote was far in favour of the proposed format. The format would be shorter than a Twenty20 with 100 balls in each innings and change usually ends following ten shots. Bowlers would deliver 5 or 10 balls but no more than 20 per game. The idea was to attract a new and younger audience to the game. It is a plan which Joe Root, current Test Captain to England welcomed.
Early this month the teams, as well as the branding of the tournament, were published with KP Snacks being the main sponsor to the event. This brought on a wave of criticism from various anti-obesity groups. They claim that KP Snacks are a supplier of junk food and that the brand will become the main focus in the minds of children. The KP Snacks logo is presented on the branding of each team’s clothing. Kate Cross, a cricketer for England, stated that she had hopes that this competition would inspire the younger generation to be more active.
The Involvement of KP Snacks
The Hundred Tournament is set to become a great deal of family fun with various men’s and women’s teams being involved from Cardiff, Leeds, Birmingham, Southampton, Nottingham and London. The tournament will be played at Lord’s as well as the Oval, and it will be broadcasted on BBC and Sky Sports. The ECB stated that their focus is to regain a family involvement in the game and that they want to connect communities. KP Snacks have an extensive portfolio including Skips, Hula Hoops, Butterkist popcorn and McCoy’s crisps. These snacks are part of the British households, and this is the market where KP Snacks wants to get involved in, promoting the game of cricket and educating people on the importance of a balanced lifestyle which entails enough activity.
The Anti-obesity Campaigners
This is not how the anti-obesity campaigners perceive the situation. The tournament and its main sponsor were slammed for using the opportunity to make junk food centre stage in the event, exposing the children to unhealthy products. The criticism is further fuelled by new legislation which prohibits companies whose products contain high amounts of fat, sugar and salt from advertising to those under 16. The counter-argument from these companies that their products can be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet stays wholly ignored.