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  1. #81
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    For all our previous disagreements, just stay safe.

    This is one time I hope and pray that I’m wrong, but just in case community transmission has begun, just do this:

    1. Don’t leave home unless you have to.
    2. Undress at the door when you get home.
    3. When out of the house, wipe every surface like an OCD patient.

    This is 1918-20 Spanish Flu all over again. With the addition of mass transport.

    And we are no further on in terms of treatment: Hong Kong and Singapore say don’t leave the house without a mask, but we only have 25 million in Australia. Hospitals are having to prioritise which staff get them.

    A cricket tour is not a good idea, nor is school, nor is AFL and NRL.

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    This is a good time to buy masks from Wuhan and sell for a profit

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    Tim Paine's goal of leading Australia to the maiden World Test Championship (WTC) title may depend on officials redrawing a Test-intensive schedule to ensure next year's final can go ahead as scheduled.

    Paine conceded "you don't have to be Einstein" to realise June's two-Test tour of Bangladesh is unlikely to proceed as scheduled, potentially robbing Australia of a golden chance to gain ground on WTC leaders India.

    If Paine's side manage a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh, it would see the second-placed Aussies (currently on 296 points on the WTC standings) take all 120 points on offer, meaning they would overtake India (360 points) ahead of the Border-Gavaskar series in Australia this coming summer.

    So far, only international limited-overs series have been cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, but cricket's shutdown has thrown all upcoming Test campaigns into uncertainty.

    Cricket Australia and the Bangladesh Cricket Board are yet to make an official call on their series, which has Tests pencilled in for Chattogram from June 11 and Dhaka from June 19.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) currently has the WTC final marked down for June 2021, and Paine suggested there could be scope to rearrange cancelled Test series before then.

    "I hope they don't push it back too far for my sake, that's for sure," said Paine, who turns 36 in December.

    "Some series have been cancelled and whether ones going forward are going to be continually cancelled or we're going to postpone them (is uncertain).

    "Maybe the players are going to have to go through a period where we play quite a bit of cricket if we want to complete the Test Championship as it is."

    Cricket boards are able to reschedule Test series by bilateral agreement, but not fulfilling the schedule before the WTC final would require a significant rethink of the international calendar.

    The WTC was introduced last year to give greater context to Test cricket, with 120 points on offer during each of the designated series for the top nine-ranked nations over the two-year cycle between 2019-2021.

    While Paine believes teammates are eager to make the historic WTC decider, he stressed the global health crisis has put things into perspective.

    "I think all players would be in favour of trying to finish that anyway we can (but) if it doesn't happen, there are bigger issues in the world and missing a few Test matches isn't going to hurt us," he said.

    "You don't have to be Einstein to realise (the Bangladesh tour) is probably unlikely to go ahead, particularly in June. Whether it's cancelled or pushed back, we're not quite sure at the moment."

    The ICC's board met via teleconference last week but is yet to make any firm decisions on changes to the international cricket calendar.

    Paine, who has earnt significant plaudits for his leadership since taking over in the wake of the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, has not put an end date on his captaincy tenure.

    Steve Smith's leadership ban following the Cape Town scandal ended last week, but Paine is eager to continue leading and has earnt the backing of key figures including coach Justin Langer and CA chief executive Kevin Roberts.

    The wicketkeeper stressed the 2021-22 Ashes series is not on his mind, instead reiterating that the WTC final remains his – and the Test team's – only major long-term goal.

    Favourable results against Bangladesh and India, and then in South Africa in early 2021 for a mooted three-Test tour, should secure Australia's spot in the final.

    But a slip-up in any of those campaigns could open the door for New Zealand (third on 180 points with home WTC series), England (fourth on 146 points) or Pakistan (fifth on 140 points).

    "Our team has got some goals, one of those is the ICC Test Championship final and winning that," said Paine. "I haven't looked any further than that.

    "All players are really enjoying the points system and the fact each Test match counts to something and you're playing towards a premiership if you like."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/tim-...dia/2020-03-31


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    The cricket boards of Australia and Bangladesh have decided to postpone the two-Test series between the sides, which had been scheduled for June.

    Australia were scheduled to play Tests in Chattogram and Dhaka, starting 11 June, as part of the ICC World Test Championship. However, the global health crisis has forced a rethink.

    No new dates have been announced for the series, with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and Cricket Australia pledging to work together to reschedule it in a more favourable climate.

    Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, BCB CEO, said in a statement: "This is understandably disappointing for players and fans of both sides. However, in the current global scenario of the COVID-19 outbreak and considering the nature of the health emergency, the BCB and CA are in agreement that this is the most sensible and practical decision. We hope that the situation will improve soon and we are able to hold this series at a convenient time in the near future.”

    "Postponing the tour is regrettable," Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, added. "The health of our people and communities is the number one priority ... The global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honour our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date."

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/1654302


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    Hopefully they can reschedule this
    Australia will really struggle on the sandy dust pitches in Mirpur etc


    "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles"

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    Quote Originally Posted by chacha kashmiri View Post
    Hopefully they can reschedule this
    Australia will really struggle on the sandy dust pitches in Mirpur etc
    It is part of WTC and so probably it will be rescheduled.

    Aussies struggled last time they came to Bangladesh.
    Last edited by sweep_shot; 10th April 2020 at 20:15.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweep_shot View Post
    It is part of WTC and so probably it will be rescheduled.

    Aussies struggled last time they came to Bangladesh.
    Australia have always struggled in the UAE too
    Nathan lyon has no support from the fasts


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    At this moment, cricket is the last thing in BD leadership’s mind. If CV19 crisis persists for long, Bangladesh will be among the worst affected countries - the economy is built around three mass gathering industry - textile (RMG, Knit ware), remittance and argo based industries. Already it has cost probably close to 1% in GDP and we are risking to lose the biggest chunk of orders - northern hemisphere summer collections. While a large number of expat workers have returned back (or they are stuck abroad, incapable of sending money).

    I don't think, BD cricket recovering from this quickly - overall economy has impact on everything. I don't see cricket happening in BD this year and almost certainly 2021 BPL won't take place - RMG & Pharmaceuticals were the biggest sponsors there.

    Sad story everywhere - globally, we might see a pay cut for players and if cricket is to be played on closed doors with limited broadcast, even ECB will break down without County summer.

    May things improve sooner than later.

    Only sniff of a positive for us is that last time the Test we won against Aussies, this guy Shakib scored 92 & took a 10for - if it's deferred, his ban will be over before AUS & NZ home series and rest of PAK your.
    Last edited by MMHS; 11th April 2020 at 19:44.


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