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    COVID-19 and the impact on cricket

    If international cricket is thrown off by 6 months, this will take us through the entire Northern/English summer.

    6 months would represent a full quarter of the WTC and a significant portion of the beginning of the ODI Super League.

    I am interested to hear what solutions members can come up, and what is feasible for 2 main areas:

    1) Completing the WTC and ODI Super League

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    2) Will this push back key ICC events (T20 World Cup, 2023 ODI World Cup, World Cup qualifiers)

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    Right now, cricket needs to remain suspended.

    I think they will have to push back many events/tournaments. Otherwise, they can't catch up.


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    I think gaps in the schedules of upcoming FTPs will have to be considered to cover the previous tours if possible. Also the workload of the teams will also have to be considered as you cant expect players to play professional cricket day in and day out if the previous tours are rescheduled.

    So definitely something for ICC to consider as there arent many options other than to find gaps in the upcoming schedule.

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    I hope it's not prolonged that long but Australia is talking about a possible 6 months or more ban. WC T20 could be in jeopardy.

    Josh Frydenberg says Australia could close borders for six months amid Covid-19 pandemic – as it happened

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...latest-updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorblind Genius View Post
    I hope it's not prolonged that long but Australia is talking about a possible 6 months or more ban. WC T20 could be in jeopardy.

    Josh Frydenberg says Australia could close borders for six months amid Covid-19 pandemic – as it happened

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...latest-updates
    China seems to have got a handle on cases, maybe Aus will be fine by June/July.


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    Don't worry bro. Your other thread allows for rain. Maybe it will save you?

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    What many people aren't understanding is that international borders will only truly be opened up when the number of newly infected people worldwide is negligible. Even if a country is safe now, imported cases of the virus will cause a relapse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    What many people aren't understanding is that international borders will only truly be opened up when the number of newly infected people worldwide is negligible. Even if a country is safe now, imported cases of the virus will cause a relapse
    And the problem is that it hasn't even taken hold in Africa yet, once it does it will be bad there. Even if the cases do go down globally, a relapse may occur from Africa, and a big way that could happen is in Haj where many people from Northern Africa go and interact with millions of people from around the world, who will then go back home.

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    The ICC and the member boards need to improvise and be fluid about international series and tours. WTC series and T20I series need to be given preference over ODIs for now. The current WTC can be delayed upto 2022.

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    Cricket boards set to suffer huge losses for Coronavirus Pandemic

    The coronavirus outbreak has already impacted many sporting events across the world. In cricket itself, the action-packed Pakistan Super League (PSL 2020) got suspended just prior to the commencement of its playoffs.

    The upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season got postponed by two-and-a-half week until further announcement.

    Moreover, the scheduled launch of the highly-anticipated 'The Hundred' tournament organised by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also looks uncertain to go ahead as planned.

    IPL postponement to cost BCCI 400 million rupees

    When the mighty Indian cricket board decided this week that only the chief among its national selectors would travel business class, it merely confirmed straitened times for the game amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    The uncharacteristic austerity by the world's richest cricket board follows its decision earlier this month to halve the winner's purse at this year's Indian Premier League (IPL), a cash cow with a brand value of $6.8 billion (5.87 billion pounds).

    The franchise-based Twenty20 league was scheduled to begin on March 29 but has now been postponed until April 15.

    To many, a condensed tournament, possibly without foreign players, later this year looks like a more realistic prospect.

    A curtailed or cancelled tournament would mean significant losses for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which gets around 400 million rupees (4.64 million pounds) annually from broadcaster STAR India and its central pool of sponsors.

    "The loss at this stage is notional. The biggest loser in any economic dynamics is always its biggest gainer, which is BCCI in this case," SportzPower co-founder Thomas Abraham, whose company monitors sports business in India, told Reuters.

    A truncated tournament would necessitate renegotiation with Disney-owned STAR India, which was not available to share how it plans to dovetail the launch of its new platform with the IPL.

    The BCCI and IPL franchises also pay 20 per cent of a player's annual fee to his home board, which stands to lose that money if it does not allow the cricketer into the IPL due to fears about the coronavirus for example.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC), which runs the tournament, said it was monitoring the situation.

    CA stands to lose A$300 million

    Cricket Australia (CA) stands to lose some A$300 million (150.89 million pounds) should the coronavirus outbreak derail their high-profile home Test series against India later this year.

    "We're in uncertain times, and it's difficult to project precisely what will transpire over the next number of months," CA chief executive Kevin Roberts said this week.

    "But we will be working through with advice from experts, externally as to what are the various scenarios that are plausible, how likely are they, and how would we plan to deal with each of them."

    England set to suffer losses greater than in World Wars

    In England, England cricket board recommended all cricketing activities across England to be shut down immediately. The move was to assist England government's latest measures of counterattacking the coronavirus.

    An England-based journalist has claimed that such a move would impact England cricket more than it did during the two World Wars. During the two World Wars, all professional cricket like Test matches were suspended.

    However, recreational cricket like English league cricket went ahead as scheduled throughout the second World War.

    The fate of the inaugural 'The Hundred' championship hangs in the balance after the epicentre of the pandemic moved from Asia to Europe, shutting down most sport on the continent.

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) invested heavily in promoting the competition in the 100-ball format, which is scheduled to begin on July 17. "It is clear that every industry, including cricket, will be impacted by this unprecedented situation," Tom Moffat, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), said.

    Individually, top players from outside India risk losing IPL contracts worth millions of dollars if they are unable to travel or their boards deny them permission to play.

    As far as FICA is concerned, Moffat said, the wellbeing of the players while the world deals with an international health crisis is far more important than cash.

    PCB set to suffer massive financial losses

    The postponed, coronavirus-marred Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 will reportedly have major financial repercussions for its six franchises and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which were hoping to turn a profit this year after years of losses. According to a report by Cricket Pakistan, the PSL stakeholders were expected sizable profits this year as the entire tournament was being staged in Pakistan for the first time. However, since the tournament had to be indefinitely suspended on the day of the semi-finals, the tournament is set to lose out on sizable revenues, which the publication did not say what it was.

    Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has postponed the ODI and the Test match against Bangladesh due to coronavirus outbreak.

    Meanwhile, the PCB has also indefinitely postponed the domestic Pakistan Cup one-day tournament whih was featuring six provincial teams.

    https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/s...rus-1584719347


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    Bangladesh cricketers Shadman Islam and Mrittunjoy Chowdhury remained in home quarantine after they returned from Australia earlier this month following a surgery respectively in their wrist and shoulder.

    The duo retuned to Dhaka on Tuesday after their surgery in Melbourne under the supervision renowned Australian orthopaedic surgeon Greg Hoy on March 11.

    Bangladesh Cricket Board physician Debashish Chowdhury, who accompanied the players in Australia, is also now in mandatory home quarantine due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

    ‘I am just relaxing now in home. I have been advised from the BCB not to go outside and I am following it now,’ Shadman told New Age on Friday.

    The quarantine period also came as a blessing in disguise for Shadman, who was asked to wait for four weeks before he started his rehabilitation.

    ‘My surgery was done on March 11. I was also asked to start my rehabilitation in four weeks from the surgery and then start batting after eight weeks,’ he said.

    Shadman said he picked up the injury before his debut Test against West Indies in 2018 but continued playing with some pain.

    He aggravated the injury during the mini Ranji tournament in Bangalore and was hurt again during the training a session before the Pakistan tour.

    ‘I was trying to play with injection but the pain got unbearable when my wrist go swelled before the Pakistan tour. Then I decided to undergo surgery,’ he said.

    The injury costs Shaman an opportunity to play in the Bangladesh Cricket League and also the ongoing Dhaka Premier League.

    The BCB also dropped him from the national payroll with an uncertain recovery time, which also made his comeback to the Test side difficult.

    Shadman played six Tests for Bangladesh so far making 275 runs at an average of 25 runs.

    Mrittunjoy meanwhile had to return home midway into the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa due to his shoulder injury and had remained on the sideline since then.

    https://www.newagebd.net/article/102...ome-quarantine


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    Quote Originally Posted by Danyaalr01 View Post
    And the problem is that it hasn't even taken hold in Africa yet, once it does it will be bad there. Even if the cases do go down globally, a relapse may occur from Africa, and a big way that could happen is in Haj where many people from Northern Africa go and interact with millions of people from around the world, who will then go back home.
    Hajj isn't going to occur in the normal way this year.

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    The ECB Board has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The ECB Board has agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales before May 28.

    Work has begun on possible revised schedules to begin in June, July or August.

    The ECB has worked closely with the counties, PCA and MCC with the wellbeing of the cricket family the number one priority.

    A revised schedule would prioritise delivering as much international and domestic cricket as possible

    The Board approved the recommendation to delay the start of the season following discussions with the First Class Counties, the MCC and the PCA.

    It was agreed that, given the current information available, a seven-week delay to the start of the season is the most appropriate approach.

    The ECB has begun modelling a range of options to start the season in June, July or August – with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the Vitality Blast and England Women’s schedule against India.

    Close liaison with the Government will continue, with discussions on the potential of starting the season behind closed doors and giving sports fans the opportunity to live broadcast action.

    The potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed.
    The Board will meet as needed to review the position and make further decisions as the UK situation unfolds.

    ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “During this period of deep uncertainty it is the ECB’s first priority to protect the wellbeing of everyone within the cricket family, from players, to fans and colleagues across the game.

    “The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. I am reassured by the collaborative effort from across the game that together, we will make the very best of whatever length of season we are able to safely schedule in the coming months.

    “With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable. This also allows us time to keep pace with a fast-moving situation and continue to plan for how a revised season might look. Critically, we can also remain as flexible and adaptable as possible, within the obvious restrictions we face.

    “Securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket.’’

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    Sports should be the last thing on everyone's mind at this time

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    Pakistan Cricket Board is confident of gaining profit from the Pakistan Super League even though the T20 competition was suspended at the semi-final stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to official sources, the PCB is set to make profits from four major commercial deals, including broadcasting and digital media.

    “We will earn more compared to the four previous editions because majority of the matches (in earlier editions) had to be held in the UAE where we generally had low crowds and commercial deals were also not very profitable,” a source said.

    “The losses will come from four matches being held behind closed doors in Karachi and Lahore but the gate money receipts are minimal compared to the profits we will make from commercial, sponsorship and broadcasting deals.”

    The PSL was on Tuesday suspended after the PCB revealed that a foreign player showed symptoms of the dreaded COVID-19. The PCB had also shortened the league by four days considering the worsening coronavirus situation but was forced to call it off on Tuesday.

    One source said 24 off the 30 matches held before the semi-finals and final were full houses in Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi and gate money earnings were very good.

    “But yes, some matches were hit by bad weather and reduced overs but we will still make good profits from the PSL this time despite four matches being held in empty stadiums,” he said.

    He said the Board would refund money to ticket holders of the semi-finals and final.

    “We have already sent letter of intents to two of our commercial partners and we are expecting them to pay the amount by next week,” another source said.

    He said the matches were insured as is the policy for all tournaments but the insurance was for matches being hit by terrorism, closure of airspace, fire.

    “So we can’t make any claims as we postponed the matches due to the virus and other games were hit by bad weather.”

    The source said the Board was still working out the exact profit figures and expenses would be known once everything is compiled and audited.

    Meanwhile, the PCB has closed down its offices and the national cricket academy in Lahore and released coaches on leave because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    https://sportstar.thehindu.com/crick...le31121599.ece


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    I can’t even think about cricket right now.. not sure why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    I can’t even think about cricket right now.. not sure why.
    Same here. Lifes too important.

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    The Hundred and the T20 Blast could be the only domestic cricket competitions played this summer, says former England captain Alec Stewart.

    On Friday, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) delayed the start of the season until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus crisis.

    The County Championship was due to begin on 12 April.

    Surrey director of cricket Stewart, 56, said he does not expect the season to start for at least three months.

    The T20 Blast, the domestic 20-over competition which is the most lucrative for counties, is set to start on 28 May.

    The Hundred, the ECB's new 100-ball tournament featuring eight city-based franchises, is scheduled to run in July and August, while the 50-over One-day Cup is due to begin in July.

    Speaking before the ECB announcement on Friday, Stewart told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am expecting a season to potentially start in July, but it’s only potentially as we don’t know where this pandemic is going to go."

    Eight Surrey players are in self-isolation after showing symptoms of Covid-19 and the rest of the squad stopped training on Tuesday in line with government guidelines.

    All 18 first-class counties could face an uncertain future with the loss of matchday and competition revenues with a shortened season.

    The counties have been in discussions with the ECB finance team over how they can be supported.

    At the ECB's request, the clubs have also been working on a range of projections that would reflect the impact of various scenarios.

    Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove said on Tuesday that one of those contingencies could be “no cricket at all this season”.

    Stewart said: “I think they’ll look at getting The Hundred on and the T20 Blast. They’ll be the two priorities because of the financial implications to the game.”

    “The ECB are doing a relentless job behind the scenes to try and make sure they make good, educated decisions.

    “I don’t think anything’s going to be taken off the table. Surrey are one of the better-off counties financially, but at the same time their overheads are greater.

    “We’re being told they can manage at the moment, but the longer it goes on, then drastic measures may have to take place.”

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/51976046


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    CPL:

    In light of recent media reports and as the effects of the COVID-19 virus impacts people around the world there has been some understandable speculation with regard to the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season which is scheduled to take place from 19 August to 26 September 2020.

    CPL has been in constant communication with our medical advisors in recent weeks, as well as speaking with Cricket West Indies about the current situation with regard to cricket around the world, and at present there has been no discussion about moving the event.

    CPL believes it is too early to make such a decision, but this is an evolving situation and we are carefully watching how events unfold in the Caribbean and around the world.

    At present the CPL team are planning for the tournament to take place as scheduled whilst also looking at alternative plans should they be needed.

    Our thoughts at this time are with the many CPL fans, players and staff from around the world who have been impacted by this crisis and we hope that they and their families stay safe and healthy.


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    Televised cricket behind closed doors may be possible in England this summer. The government and public need this to happen however they can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    Televised cricket behind closed doors may be possible in England this summer. The government and public need this to happen however they can.
    how will they ensure that all players are covid free?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorblind Genius View Post
    I hope it's not prolonged that long but Australia is talking about a possible 6 months or more ban. WC T20 could be in jeopardy.

    Josh Frydenberg says Australia could close borders for six months amid Covid-19 pandemic – as it happened

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/li...latest-updates
    Was depending on Australia to stay open so we in the UK could potentially go there in the winter to play some much needed cricket

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    Can someone explain,

    Apparently Tennis is still happening and it has not been deemed as an unsafe sport. There are plenty of measures that can be taken to keep cricket safe also.

    Everyone is at least 2 meters away from each other anyways when playing this sport. No need for slips (fair for both teams) or slips must be 6ft apart, and no huddles, changing rooms etc

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    The only fear is when cricket resumes most cricketers will be broke & will want to make a quick buck.. the odd no ball/Dott ball.

    Hope ICC will be on the ball.

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    There are chances that we may see the impact of Covid-19 till T20 World Cup. Hopefully, we get to see the T20 WC but you never know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    how will they ensure that all players are covid free?
    This is a question that i am positive those in charge can figure out, particularly if the world is successful in curbing the risk of contracting the virus by English summer time.

    It is so important that we try and have live sport played this summer around the world. Governments need the dough and the longer this goes on the people are going to need all the stimulation they can get to stay sane.
    Last edited by hitthestump; 24th March 2020 at 03:43.

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    There are most important things in life than cricket.

    Players' and their families' safety should be the 1st priority of ICC.

    Just adjust the agenda and play everything later, when we have a vaccine prepared!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    Televised cricket behind closed doors may be possible in England this summer. The government and public need this to happen however they can.
    Doesn’t seem likely

    Virus might peak around Mid May and UK govt has been clueless.

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact upon cricket throughout the world. SACA is committed to supporting and assisting players during this difficult time.

    “The health and safety of players is not negotiable, and SACA has therefore been supportive of Cricket South Africa’s decisions to withdraw the Proteas Men from India, and suspend cricket for a period of 60 days. The spread of the pandemic over the past week, and the subsequent implementation of stringent measures by National Government, has shown that these were prudent decisions. As a member of CSA’s Covid-19 Steering Committee, SACA will continue to work with CSA in managing this crisis.

    “We are fortunate in that the crisis has commenced at the end of our season, and the disruption has therefore been minimal. However, the English Cricket Board has announced that the English season will be suspended until the end of May at the earliest. This decision will have a direct impact on a number of South African players who have County or Club contracts in the United Kingdom. SACA, in engaging with the Professional Cricketers Association and FICA, will provide guidance and support to these players” said SACA CEO Andrew Breetzke.

    SACA will continue to liaise with players during the national shut-down, monitor their well-being through our regional PDMs and provide support through our medical specialists where necessary.

    “National Government has implemented unprecedented measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. As role models, we are urging our players to lead by example during this difficult period. We all have a role to play in overcoming this crisis” said Omphile Ramela, SACA Preside


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    Coronavirus in Australia: T20 World Cup organisers still hopeful tournament will take place

    Cricket Australia remains hopeful of hosting this year’s men’s T20 World Cup as planned in the autumn despite the growing spread of coronavirus across the country.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped almost all top-level sport across the world, with Australia’s NRL rugby league season suspended indefinitely on Monday and the country’s Olympic association following Canada in pulling athletes out of this summer’s Games in Tokyo.

    The situation in Australia has worsened significantly in the past 24 hours, with cases of Covid-19 moving past 1,700 and the state of Queensland effectively shutting its border to the rest of the country.

    Like elsewhere in the world, nobody is certain when normality will return. Despite a bullish pronouncement from Cricket Australia’s chief executive Kevin Roberts last week, the tournament – scheduled for October and November – remains up in the air.

    “We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks’ or a few months’ time,” Roberts had said.

    “None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played.”

    A week on, i understands Cricket Australia’s stance is unchanged despite the worsening situation in the country.

    Given there is more than six months before the tournament begins, there is time for things to calm down and the picture to become clearer. Yet there are still no guarantees.

    A source at the International Cricket Council, the world governing body which oversees the tournament, told i: “It’s effectively a watching brief for us at the moment – it’s too early right now for anything else.”

    This follows a statement last week from the ICC that said: “In response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 local organising committee is monitoring the situation closely with relevant authorities, and will continue to do so.

    “The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from 18 October to 15 November 2020 in seven venues across Australia. We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled.”

    It is worth noting that like many companies across the world, the ICC has ordered the majority of its staff at its Dubai headquarters to work from home. Such are the changing dynamics of a crisis that is evolving on an hourly basis globally.

    Last Friday the English cricketing summer was put on hold after the start of the season was put back from 12 April until at least 28 May. The delay is likely to extend beyond that, with the England & Wales Cricket Board drawing up plans to start the season as late as August depending on what happens in the coming weeks and months.

    There remains the possibility there may be no cricket at all in England this summer. That would make holding the T20 World Cup, a tournament for which England are arguably the favourites, even more important. If the whole schedule was scrapped this summer, the interest in a World Cup would perhaps be unprecedented.

    At this stage there is still a very good chance the tournament will go ahead. For the ICC, the economic and logistical impact of anything else would be huge, not least because there is only a gap of five months between this year’s event and the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.

    Postponement of the former may then be difficult, with the threat of outright cancellation a very real option if the worst-case scenario was to come to pass.

    https://inews.co.uk/sport/cricket/t2...tralia-2513964


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Was depending on Australia to stay open so we in the UK could potentially go there in the winter to play some much needed cricket
    Just before the Covid business started, I purchased the air tickets for a family of five, reserved hotels/AirBnB in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and bought tickets of three Pakistan games in Oct.

    A 3 weeks vacation trip in Australia where we planning to do a lot of sight seeing besides watching Pak cricket matches.

    This was about a good $25,000 trip that seems to have down the crappers now!

    Glad that I purchased a premium trip insurance policy to cover it all, but I am so seriously disappointed. I was really looking forward to it.
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    Cricket's new Test Championship final has been thrown into doubt because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    India currently top the standings of the new championship introduced at the start of last year's Ashes, but with several qualification series' already scrapped, next year's final at Lord's might not be able to go ahead.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) board will meet on Friday to discuss the matter.

    "At present, the ICC are considering the options available to us regarding the World Test Championship and no decisions have been taken," an ICC spokesperson said according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

    The ICC will also address the potential impact on the men's ICC World T20 Championship in Australia, which is due to start in October.

    Both the ICC and Cricket Australia (CA) have made it clear they won't cede venues such as the MCG and SCG to the Australian Football League (AFL) should the football season in Australia carry through until December.

    "I would have thought that was very, very unlikely," a high-level ICC source was quoted as saying on Monday.

    https://www.sport24.co.za/Cricket/Pr...virus-20200324


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    In total 27 cricketers are donating half of their monthly salaries to fight against pandemic coronavirus


    Bangladesh national cricketers have decided to donate half of their monthly salary to the government fund to fight against coronavirus epidemic.

    In total 27 cricketers are donating half of their monthly salaries. Among them 17 players are in BCB contract list and remaining 10 players have played in the national team recently.

    Players have given a joint statement about their donation in the social media. And the statement read:

    "The whole world is fighting against coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to aware people in social media to take necessary steps to prevent this pandemic . But we believe we have many more things to do rather than just increasing awareness among people. 17 players, who are in the central contract of BCB, and 10 other players who took part in recent series for national team; in total we are 27 cricketers giving half of our monthly salaries to help against coronavirus. After excluding the tax the amount might be approximately 25 lakh around. May be this fund is not that much compare to the fight against coronavirus. But if we all together can contribute from our own position, then in combined, it might be a bigger step to fight against coronavirus. If we can take the responsibilities and try to make contribution wholeheartedly rather than criticizing others, then we can win the war against coronavirus. Everyone please stay home, stay safe. Be well and keep our country safe."

    Players are discussing with the BCB about where the donation should be given as there is no official fund formed by the government yet for the pandemic coronavirus.

    Meanwhile, The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has confirmed that one more person has died of coronavirus (Covid-19) infection in Bangladesh, taking the number of deaths from the disease in the country to five. As of Wednesday, the number of total infected people in Bangladesh stand at 39.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the government suspended domestic flights, public road transport, launch vessels, and trains amid the growing coronavirus pandemic.

    On Monday, Bangladesh government declared a 10-day shutdown, effective from March 26 to April 4, to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

    Both the private and public sectors, except emergency services, would come to a temporary halt.

    Educational institutions will stay closed during this period but banks will remain open to facilitate the financial transaction for their clients.

    At the same time, Bangladesh’s armed forces were deployed to assist the administration in every divisional and district town to ensure that people maintain social distance and are taking precautionary measures to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading further.

    Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus, which was first reported in China’s Wuhan has killed at least 16,558 people across the world and infected 381,649 till date.

    At least 102,429 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 195 countries.

    https://www.dhakatribune.com/sport/c...st-coronavirus


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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Sports should be the last thing on everyone's mind at this time
    Agree, but just like every person in the street is afraid of losing his job due to Corona, there are also people working in Sports World who also are afraid of losing their jobs, so you need to feel for them as well.


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    The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has come forward in support of those affected by the 21-day lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, pledging to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh for the underprivileged. Ganguly along with Lal Baba Rice will provide for the needy people who have been put in government schools for safety and security, the Cricket Association of Bengal announced in a statement.

    “Hope this initiative of Ganguly would encourage other citizens of the state to take up similar initiatives to serve the people of our state,” the statement from the company added.

    The 1.3-billion populated India has gone into a total lockdown from midnight in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 virus and CAB secretary Snehashis Ganguly hailed the unprecedented step.

    There have been 600 confirmed cases across India and 10 reported deaths as the world’s second most populous country’s coronavirus graph was on the rise. Worldwide about 400,000 people have tested positive for the virus, while the toll is around 17,000.

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    COVID-19 update – ICC qualifying events

    The International Cricket Council today has announced further action in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
    After careful evaluation of the current situation and with the health and well-being of the global cricket family the priority, all ICC qualifying events due to take place before 30 June will be postponed subject to further review. The decision has been taken in conjunction with Members and in line with the relevant government and public health authority advice.

    The global health risks, closure of country borders and widespread travel restrictions, means the following ICC events will now be postponed:

    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Asia - Host Kuwait; 16 – 21 April
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Sub- Regional Qualifier– Africa – Host South Africa; 27 April – 3 May
    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia; 20 – 27 April
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier A – Europe - Host Spain; 16 - 22 May
    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 - Host PNG; 9-16 June
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier C – Europe - Host Belgium; 10 - 16 June
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Asia - Host Malaysia; 26 June – 2 July
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier B – Europe- Host Finland; 24 - 30 June

    All remaining Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualifying events for 2020 are listed below. These events are being continually monitored with relevant stakeholders and Members.

    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Scotland – 3-11 July 2020
    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Challenge League B – Host Uganda – 3 -13 August 2020
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final - Americas – Host Canada; 18 – 24 August
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Challenge League A – Host Malaysia – 30 September – 10 October
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Europe – Host TBC - September TBC
    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host Namibia – September TBC
    ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 – Host UAE – December TBC
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final – Africa – Host and dates TBC
    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Regional Final - EAP Host and dates TBC

    The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka between 3-19 July is also being monitored and kept under review.

    In addition, after careful evaluation the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan will not be commencing in April as originally planned. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and in partnership with Members and Nissan will evaluate the potential for a condensed Trophy Tour with a revised itinerary at a point closer to the event.

    ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “In light of the significant global health concerns at the current time and the restrictions on movement imposed by governments across the world, the ICC has taken the decision to postpone all events up until the end of June subject to further review.

    “Our commitment to the health and safety of players, officials, staff and fans is our priority when taking these decisions and we must act responsibly in the best interests of all involved and be guided by official advice. We felt that now was the right time to take a prudent decision on these events before further planning is undertaken and to provide clarity to everyone involved.

    “Work will continue on contingency plans and options for both men’s qualification pathways. We will provide updates in due course on these plans and decisions on the staging of the remaining events this year. I would like to thank all hosts and participating Members for their support and understanding in reaching this position and we are unified in our hopes and intention to get cricket back on as soon as is safe and practical to do so.”

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/1648353


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    Dubai: Asia Cup 2020’s future hangs in as an important meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has been postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

    According to the details, an all-important meeting was called upon to sort out conflict over the venue to host the multi-nation tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has the hosting rights of this year’s Asian event, scheduled in September this year, and they want to host the event at home whereas the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) had already refused to visit neighbors due to political tensions between both countries.

    Earlier, the BCCI spokesperson stated that the Indian team is ready to play Aisa Cup in Dubai. “BCCI hosted the Asia Cup in Dubai back in 2018 due to similar reasons. There is no other option than playing this year’s edition in the UAE,” he was quoted saying.

    Meanwhile, the BCCI president also said that the tournament will be played in UAE with both India and Pakistan. “Asia Cup will be held in Dubai and both India and Pakistan will play,” Ganguly said.

    The new dates for the meeting will be decided once the world gets free from the widely-spread virus. Till then, there is a cloud over the tournament happening at all this year.

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    Vaughan says England’s season is ‘highly unlikely’. Australia will also feel the effects

    Michael Vaughan expects England’s summer of cricket to be entirely wiped out, but has an important message to any devastated fans.

    “The most important thing when we start talking about sport is that it’s really secondary to what’s happening to many people around the world,” the England legend said on Thursday.

    Vaughan was speaking to Fox League Live just days after UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced a wide-ranging lockdown and urged citizens to stay home unless it is “absolutely necessary”.

    Vaughan said the heavy restrictions and spread of coronavirus make it likely that a ball won’t be bowled during England’s domestic and international summers, which includes a visit from Australia as part of its T20 World Cup preparations.

    “Our season over here in England which starts June 4, that’s the international season against the West Indies, you have to say that’s looking very unlikely,” Vaughan said.

    “The Aussies come over for a few one-dayers in July. Again, that looks unlikely.


    “And then we have The Hundred launch in the end of July so there’s a lot here you have to think is going to be under massive threat.”

    Vaughan also warned that the T20 World Cup itself may not escape the coronavirus crisis unscathed. The tournament is scheduled to start in Australia in October.

    “You would hope it’s going to be okay by then but you just don’t know,” Vaughan said about the tournament. “These are unprecedented times.

    “The advice that we’re getting here is changing daily. Only two weeks ago we were all thinking it was just a real bad case of the flu, then a few days later reality started to sink in for many of us that it was a lot worse than that.”


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    ICC update following board meeting

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board met today via teleconference in lieu of planned meetings to discuss urgent matters for decision only, due to COVID-19.

    The impact of the pandemic on the sport globally was discussed.

    ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “We continue to undertake a comprehensive business continuity and contingency planning exercise which will allow us to adapt to the rapidly evolving world in which we find ourselves.

    “The ICC management will continue our contingency planning around ICC events and will also work with Members to explore all options available to us based on a range of scenarios connected to the pandemic.”

    Sourav Ganguly was welcomed as the BCCI representative on the ICC Board, whilst Cricket Australia and the Local Organising Committee were thanked for their efforts in staging the successful, historic and inspiring ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

    The Board also approved the ICC audited financial statements for 2019 and the final accounts for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019.


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    Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary and Office Bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the affiliated state associations on Saturday announced to donate INR 51 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens.

    The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times.

    The BCCI will contribute to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative which is a dedicated national fund (PM-CARES Fund) with the primary objective of dealing with emergency or distress situations.

    The Board along with its state associations will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies and are committed to providing support to the state machinery in the face of adversity.

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    Financially Boards are going to be hammered by this unless their insurance policies are comprehensive and cover things such as Covid-19.

    The smaller Boards face ruin if this goes on for long.




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    The Australian government’s decision to seal its border for the next six months owing to the COVID-19 pandemic could adversely affect India’s Futures Tours Programme (FTP), including the much-awaited face-offs Down Under later this year.

    India’s tour of Australia is to begin with a T20 tri-series in October and end with the Tests in December.

    In between is the World T20, scheduled for an October 18 start, but the mega-event’s future is also shrouded in uncertainty due to the global health crisis.

    In Australia, there has been over 2000 positive cases along with 16 reported deaths, prompting the government to seal the country’s borders.

    The Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI, in all likelihood, might have to explore alternate plans amid the pandemic that has so far claimed over 30000 lives across the world.

    While the BCCI is yet to take a final decision on this edition of IPL, the international calender will be another cause of concern as there are tours of Sri Lanka (ODIs and T20s), Zimbabwe, Asia Cup (T20) and home a white ball series against England lined up.

    A six-month travel ban means no teams will be allowed to enter Australia for the assignments lined up in the coming times, which includes the World T20 and the tour by the Indian team.

    “Right now it’s too early to say anything. It’s a potential six-month travel ban. If the situation is under control, it could be lifted early also,” a senior BCCI office-bearer, privy to the developments, told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

    But those who have an idea of the FTP calender admitted that the practical problem in such a situation could be the T20 tri-series, which starts in the beginning of October and involves Australia and England.

    “If international travel ban in reality exists for six months, then it becomes a logistical nightmare. At least, for the T20 tri-series before the World T20.

    https://indianexpress.com/article/sp...d-t20-6337349/


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    Sri Lanka National Cricket Team on Sunday (29thMarch) made a financial grant to the Homagama Base Hospital, to buy Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) for its health Staff.

    The national team led by Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne made this donation following a request made by the Hospital, which is operated as a treatment Center for Covid-19 suspected patients.

    According to the hospital, the Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) will be used by the health staff, directly in contact with the suspected Covid – 19 patients.

    The donation was handed over to Dr. Janitha Hettiarachchi, Medical Superintendent of the Homagama Base Hospital by the National Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne.

    “It is our duty as sports personalities to come forward at this moment of time to help the country, which needs contribution from every corner to fight out this deadly virus,” said Dimuth Karunaratne.

    Just a few days ago, the National Cricket Team also made a financial grant to the Colombo General Hospital to buy a video Laryngoscope, which is a primary medical equipment used to treat Covid – 19 patients.

    In addition, our national players are constantly supporting the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic via their Social Media Platforms requesting the fans to remain safe.



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    New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the world to a standstill, it has also created a scenario where the fate of sporting activities in the next six months hangs in balance. While the 2020 Olympic has already been postponed and the start of IPL-13 suspended, the 2020 Asia Cup is also likely to be given a skip this year.

    Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that gauging from how things stand at present, it is almost safe to say that this edition of the Asia Cup might not see the light of day. In fact, the tournament had greater significance this year as it would be the perfect training ground for the Asian team going into the World T20 which is still scheduled to be played as per plan at the end of the year in Australia.

    "Though it doesn't seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn't a possibility. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown.

    "The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them," the official said.

    In fact, when contacted, host association Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed that there isn't much information to be given with regards to the status of the tournament which was to be played in September.

    "We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate," the PCB official told IANS.

    Sporting events across the world have been postponed or called off and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has currently called for a 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus. The outbreak also saw the cancellation of the twin T20Is that Bangladesh were to hold on March 21 and 22 between the Asia XI and World XI.

    A decision on the fate of the Indian Premier League is also expected around mid-April as per Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. While he did say that the final call lies with the BCCI, he also made it clear that at present the safety of the citizens was priority and the directives of the government needed to be abided by.

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    Basically until there is a vaccine there can be no sport with a crowd.

    Coronavirus is a virus. And there’s still no vaccine for the HIV virus after 40 years.

    So don’t build your hopes up of any sport resuming any time soon. If sport resumes in time for the 2021 summer season we will be doing well.

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    Coronavirus: No decision on Asia Cup yet

    Even as the cloud of uncertainty looms large over the Asia Cup, the Asian Cricket Council and the member nations are yet to take a call on the future of the tournament.

    With the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic leading to the postponement of major sporting events across the world, including the Tokyo Olympics, there were speculations that the Asia Cup -- which is scheduled to be held in September -- would also be called off.

    But speaking to Sportstar on Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani clarified that no decision has been taken yet. “There has not been any discussion on the matter yet. Nothing has been decided,” Mani said.

    As per the original ACC policy, the official hosting rights for this year’s tournament are with the PCB, but with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refusing to send its players to Pakistan, there was a possibility that the tournament could have been played at a neutral venue.

    The ACC board was to take a decision earlier this month, but the meeting -- scheduled to be held in Dubai -- was called off due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was decided that the meeting would be held later this month, but it is yet to happen.

    “We haven’t decided on a date for the meeting either. The ACC is monitoring the situation and will take a call accordingly,” Mani said.

    Despite repeated attempts, ACC chief, Nazmul Hasan Papon could not be reached for comment. However, some of the top officials from member boards have indicated that a call could only be taken by the end of April.

    “At this point in time, cricket is the last thing in anyone’s mind. But the member nations and the ACC are keeping an eye on how things go. There is still some time left for the Asia Cup, so a meeting on that could only be held once the situation improves,” the official said.

    For now, the people in the know of things indicate that a clearer picture on the fate of the Asia Cup could only be possible once the member associations have a conversation. “Let’s not speculate things. As of now, there is no word on postponement and cancellation and that’s how it is,” one of the senior functionaries of a member board said.

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    Dear Cricket Lovers and Members of the West Indies Family,

    As lovers of this remarkable sport called cricket, there is nothing we all enjoy more than getting outdoors and watching a great game; witnessing an enthralling battle between bat and ball and seeing our favorite players and teams rise to glory as we join each other in celebration. And if we cannot be there in person, we find every possible way to see or hear the broadcast.

    However, today there is a new reality that we are now facing. There is no live cricket available, because all around the world we are in a new battle to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. As such, we all now need to join the same team as we unite in this global battle with each other, for each other. We must now couple our passion for cricket with our love for the health and safety of our family, friends, community, and ourselves.

    As cricket fans, you have supported our West Indies players throughout the years, and now we ask you to offer your full support to members of our essential services and first responders. These valiant men and women have worked tirelessly in the face of very trying circumstances and great challenges. We have heard the stories of their heroic deeds, and watched as they stand on the medical front line to save lives and comfort the sick. They deserve the highest praise, respect and commendation.

    To our players, who represent us so proudly on the field of play, I remind you that you are the true custodians of the game. Please do your best to be fit, healthy, and ready when you get the green light to return to play. I strongly believe that in the midst of the unprecedented stressful challenges that we are now facing, we can find opportunities to fine-tune and refocus our own attitudes towards cricket, our livelihoods, our relationships, and our lives.

    I pray that we will all stay safe and secure and I ask that you follow the rules and regulations as issued by your local health authorities and law enforcement personnel – play your part for the team and be good role models for your communities. But before then, we must all play our role in being wise and prudent as we look after our loved ones and those in need.

    The great game of cricket will certainly make a comeback – when that day will be, we cannot say - but now is the time for us all to unite in this Covid-19 fight.

    Sincere regards,

    Ricky Skerritt,

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    Peshawar Zalmi Chairman, Javed Afridi announces PKR 1 Crore Donation to the Prime Minister's Corona Relief Fund

    In his Twitter message, Javed Afridi said that Zalmi Foundation will donate PKR 1 crore to the Corona Relief Fund. Javed Afridi said he hopes every person of Pakistan will be able to play his role in these difficult times and he requested all Pakistanis to contribute to the Prime Minister's Corona Relief Fund. Javed Afridi also requested all to stay home and take all precautions.

    Meanwhile, a campaign for awareness against the Corona virus is also underway through Peshawar Zalmi’s as several Zalmi star cricketers have released special video messages to educate the masses. Awareness campaign is being done in English, Sindhi and Pashto from all Zalmi Platforms.


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    Even as the cloud of uncertainty looms large over the Asia Cup, the Asian Cricket Council and the member nations are yet to take a call on the future of the tournament.

    With the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic leading to the postponement of major sporting events across the world, including the Tokyo Olympics, there were speculations that the Asia Cup -- which is scheduled to be held in September -- would also be called off.

    But speaking to Sportstar on Monday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ehsan Mani clarified that no decision has been taken yet. “There has not been any discussion on the matter yet. Nothing has been decided,” Mani said.

    As per the original ACC policy, the official hosting rights for this year’s tournament are with the PCB, but with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refusing to send its players to Pakistan, there was a possibility that the tournament could have been played at a neutral venue.

    The ACC board was to take a decision earlier this month, but the meeting -- scheduled to be held in Dubai -- was called off due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It was decided that the meeting would be held later this month, but it is yet to happen.

    “We haven’t decided on a date for the meeting either. The ACC is monitoring the situation and will take a call accordingly,” Mani said.

    Despite repeated attempts, ACC chief, Nazmul Hasan Papon could not be reached for comment. However, some of the top officials from member boards have indicated that a call could only be taken by the end of April.

    “At this point in time, cricket is the last thing in anyone’s mind. But the member nations and the ACC are keeping an eye on how things go. There is still some time left for the Asia Cup, so a meeting on that could only be held once the situation improves,” the official said.

    For now, the people in the know of things indicate that a clearer picture on the fate of the Asia Cup could only be possible once the member associations have a conversation. “Let’s not speculate things. As of now, there is no word on postponement and cancellation and that’s how it is,” one of the senior functionaries of a member board said.

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    March 31 (Reuters) - England’s test cricket captain Joe Root said he expects talks with the country’s governing body over possible pay cuts for international players to help safeguard the game’s future during the coronavirus outbreak.

    England’s winter tour of Sri Lanka has been postponed and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced no domestic cricket would be played until at least the end of May.

    The Sunday Times said high-profile centrally contracted England players were expected to take cuts of as much as 200,000 pounds ($245,000) from their 1 million pounds per year earnings.

    It cited Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, who play for England in all three formats of the international game - test, one-day and Twenty20 cricket.

    “I’m sure at some point in the coming weeks there will be a discussion,” said Root when asked if he expected players to take a pay cut.

    “But I’m also aware they are discussions that will take place between the Professional Cricketers’ Association and the ECB (English Cricket Board). That’s not my area of expertise,” he told reporters via conference call.

    “I think we just have to concentrate on making sure we are as fit and as ready to go as we can be for whenever we get back to playing cricket.”

    England’s summer home test series against West Indies and Pakistan and limited overs matched against Australia from June to August are also at risk of being postponed or cancelled due to the epidemic.

    Root has expressed his concern about the amount of workload that multi-format players may have to handle once cricket resumes after the long break.

    “It would be ...a huge amount of workload, especially on the multi-format players, but we have had some tough winters in the past and found ways to get through them,” he said.

    “It would be interesting to see how they would fit it in looking at the schedule as it is right now but if it was to go ahead, we would have to be able to adapt, look at the squad sizes... and make sure guys weren’t blown out and overworked.”

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    CSA REVEALS ITS FOUR-POINT PANDEMIC STRATEGY

    Tuesday, 31 March 2020

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) today revealed its four-point plan to play it part in countering the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives to date and brought the globe to a standstill.

    CSA Acting Chief Executive, Dr Jacques Faul, outlined the organization’s strategy to the media on Tuesday at an Executive Tele-press Conference that also featured CSA’s Interim Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, on Tuesday.

    “Health is the most important thing at this point in time,” he emphasized. “The well-being of your loved ones.

    “In this context you really feel for the poor. In our world, sport is the most important thing and it does feed a lot of people, but to be honest, the world has greater challenges at the moment.”

    Faul and Smith fielded questions on a wide range of issues, with the CEO stressing that CSA was doing its best to keep everyone within their structures safe.

    “We have a four-way strategy in terms of the Coronavirus and the first one is to make sure everybody is safe,” he explained. “I think we saw that implemented even before the lockdown (when the season was effectively ended by a 60-day termination of cricket).

    “The second one is to use the voices of our stars to send out a coordinated message and we've seen that so far with some of our campaigns.

    “The third one is to stay in contact with all our stakeholders so we can work out how they have been affected by the current situation and how it has affected us. We've been in touch with them and both parties have been engaging each other and we still are and will be in the coming weeks.

    “And the fourth one relates to planning. To see how Covid-19 has impacted on us and how it will impact our finances. The world will never be the same again after this.

    “This is a difficult time, you can imagine the anxiety amongst everyone, so we've devised this strategy to try and keep everyone updated as to what is going on.”

    Globally there has also been a trend by sports stars to voluntarily forfeit wages or take salary cuts during the pandemic. Some have also been asked to take cuts, but Faul had some reassuring words for those that play the game professionally in South Africa.

    “We are doing scenario planning at this stage, from three to six to nine months. For now we've budgeted for everything, so I don't foresee the situation impacting on the current contracts,” he revealed. “Both the Proteas and franchise players are all budgeted for.

    “So, at this stage we have enough capacity to see us through the next season. Post the season we'll have to look at the longer-term impacts of Covid-19.”

    Faul and Smith were also quizzed about the former Standard Bank Proteas captain’s current contract, which is close to expiry.

    The CEO revealed that an announcement over Smith’s future will follow next week, adding: “We are in the final negotiations with Graeme and hope to make an announcement next week. We are at an advanced stage of the negotiations.”


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    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a £61 million package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19.

    The plans detail a number of measures for the whole sport from elite to grassroots, including the MCC, the First-Class Counties (FCCs) and their County Cricket Boards (CCBs). Local cricket clubs will also be offered support to see them through the coming months.

    In accordance with Government advice the start of the cricket season has been delayed until at least 28 May. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are currently being modelled.

    With revenues impacted across the game – from both cricket and non-cricket activities, the ECB Board today approved plans to expedite payments from a number of areas within its 2020-2021 planned distribution budgets.

    Around £40m will be made immediately available through:

    Early release of three months’ (May-July) county partnership distributions to FCCs and CCBsThe immediate availability of two years’ facilities maintenance distributionFunds available unfettered and not restricted to facilities maintenance expenditureA further £5.5m to be made available for counties who are not eligible for 2020-2021 ordinary facilities maintenance distributionsSuspension of international staging fees for four months and waiving of international staging fees payable in 2020 if the match is not played as scheduled due to COVID-19

    An extra budget of just over £20m will become available to the recreational game through a cricket club support loan scheme, grants through the “Return to Cricket” scheme and a 12-month holiday on loan repayments for recreational clubs.

    Tom Harrison, chief executive officer of the ECB, said: "We would like to thank everyone within the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect the game during this period of uncertainty.

    "We understand these are challenging times and it has been our priority to provide swift and immediate support to all members of the cricket family at every level in England and Wales.

    "We are fully aware that the situation with COVID-19 will continue to develop, and it will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear. We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond."



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    India cricketers association president Ashok Malhotra feels players could face pay cut in the coming days as a result of coronavirus pandemic that has gripped the entire globe. The entire sporting calender of the world has been shredded due to the outbreak and cricket has also suffered the brunt of it.

    The financial might of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken hit in recent times after India’s ODI series against South Africa was called off. Also, the start date of 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was pushed to April 15 but as things stand, there is a chance that IPL won’t take place this year at all.

    Malhotra stated players should be ready for a pay cut as BCCI aren’t making the kind of money it used to and the cricketers could have to ‘contribute’ from their own pocket by taking a salary cut.

    “The BCCI is the parent body of the cricketers. It’s a company. If a company is making losses, then it all filters down,” Malhotra was quoted as saying by Times of India. “In Europe, almost all the footballers, normally paid the highest among all, are taking a huge pay cut, which has been announced by their associations.”

    “This was an unexpected scenario. These are very tough times. So, everyone will have to try and contribute from their pocket.

    “I know it’s not fair to reduce the salaries of the players, but if the parent body is not earning as much as it was doing before, the cricketers will definitely have to expect a pay cut,” he added.

    The outbreak of coronavirus has brought the entire world to a standstill with several countries going into lockdown to curb the spread of the virus. More than 850,000 people have been infected by the virus while in excess of 42,000 people have lost their lives so far.

    The pandemic has caused several multi-national events to be postponed with Olympics 2020 and Euro 2020 being the biggest casualties. The fate of ICC T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia in October, also hangs in balance.

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    England cricketer Buttler auctions World Cup-winning shirt

    It was one of 2019's greatest sporting moments. In fact, it was better than that... it was one of the greatest sporting moments of all time.
    England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler broke the stumps to run out New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill, giving his side victory as they won the men's World Cup for the first time.

    Now, Buttler has put the shirt he was wearing on eBay to raise money for two specialist heart and lung centres dealing with the coronavirus response.

    Since going up last night, the prized possession has already attracted a top bid of almost £66,000 ($80,000).


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    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced a number of measures to help lower central costs, and protect jobs in the long-term, as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.

    This follows Tuesday’s news that the ECB will provide a £61 million interim package to help cricket withstand the financial impact of COVID-19.

    Today’s announcement includes measures to consult with staff on reducing all employees’ salaries for two months from April 1. Proposed cuts will vary according to the employee’s job grade, ranging from 25% to 10%. The Executive Management Team and Board will receive a salary reduction of 20%, while Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison has volunteered a 25% reduction.

    Some staff will also be asked to consent to furloughing through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, whereafter the ECB will supplement to ensure staff receive 100% of their reduced salary.

    The ECB will additionally freeze all recruitment in 2020, with critical roles only being replaced when an employee leaves the business.

    Message from ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison:

    "I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone across the cricket network who is working tirelessly to protect our game during these exceptionally challenging times. Cricket is facing the biggest challenge it has encountered in the modern era, and I am acutely aware of the hardships many across the cricket family are facing both on a personal and professional level.

    "We are working in partnership with the cricket community to establish how we lead cricket’s response to COVID-19.

    "Our three guiding principles remain. Firstly, to ensure people’s safety, including everyone in the cricket family and our own ECB colleagues. Secondly, to protect cricket’s businesses, and the jobs of those who work within the game. And thirdly, to work in partnership through these unprecedented circumstances.

    "Yesterday, we rolled out an interim financial package which is fundamental to ensuring the short-term survival of the professional and recreational cricket network. Despite this, the financial situation remains challenging, so our support must be ongoing. Today, we have made a difficult but important announcement to cut central costs through a number of measures – all with a desire to protect jobs in the long-term and ensure we are better prepared to weather the storm ahead.

    "I am extremely proud of the brilliant and passionate people who work at the ECB and their dedication during this crisis. But the challenge we are facing – not only in our sport but across the whole country – is exceptional and I know most organisations are having to make tough decisions.

    "That being said, I am confident that through careful planning and by working together as a sport, we can get through this and see our wonderful sport and its communities thrive again in the very near future."



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    Former Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan has donated an amount of 5 million Sri Lankan Rupees, contributing to the relief funds designated for the victims of COVID-19 pandemic. [Report]


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    New Zealand Cricket conceded upcoming tours to Europe and the West Indies were unlikely to proceed on Friday, with doubts also hanging over a planned visit to Bangladesh.

    NZC chief executive David White said the trips to Ireland, Scotland, the Netherlands and the Caribbean scheduled for June-July were “most unlikely”, while there were “obvious question marks” about touring Bangladesh in August.

    “Clearly, this situation is extremely disappointing for everyone involved in sport but, given the bigger picture, and the terrible toll COVID-19 is taking worldwide, we need to look after not only our own people but the greater community good,” White said.

    He confirmed this month's tour to Sri Lanka by the White Ferns women's team had been cancelled.

    All cricket has been stopped as New Zealand undergoes a four-week COVID-19 lockdown and White said NZC was examining possible playing scenarios for next season.

    “Our current focus is very much on ensuring the future sustainability of cricket in New Zealand,” White said.

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    Warwickshire County Cricket Club has donated its Edgbaston Stadium to the Department of Health and Social Care to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing station, which will be used to regularly test NHS staff who are working in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.

    Beginning operations in the coming days, the NHS staff testing centre will be positioned within Edgbaston’s main on-site car park. NHS staff will drive in through the Edgbaston Road entrance, be tested while remaining in their vehicle and exit the grounds onto Pershore Road.

    Neil Snowball, Chief Executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “With our county cricket programme and conference & events business closed until 29 May, our staff have been exploring various options which enable the club to keep supporting our local community during these difficult times, whether that be through making calls to our elderly members and ex players, volunteering and by offering Edgbaston Stadium for use in the wider civil contingency effort.

    “Whilst it is a small part to play in the grand scheme of things, we are pleased that our stadium can be utilised to support the fantastic efforts being made by all of our NHS staff in response to the coronavirus crisis.

    “We are also very grateful for the support that we have received in delivering this project from Patrizia and Homes England, our development partners”

    The NHS staff COVID-19 testing station will remain at Edgbaston Stadium until further notice to support the measures that have been implemented by the Government to counter the virus.

    Warwickshire CCC has also outlined plans to show thanks to the NHS by providing free entry to its staff at a Birmingham Bears fixture later this summer. Details of this will be revealed as further information about the 2020 season and schedule are released.



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    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have agreed to postpone the planned West Indies U19 tour of England, scheduled for August and September 2020.

    With the West Indies U19 team being unavailable to tour England during the proposed window, the ECB and CWI have worked together to investigate all alternative scheduling options but unfortunately it has not been possible to find a time for the tour that would work for both Boards in relation to the respective domestic tournaments and player availability.

    The scheduled programme had included one IT20, three ODIs and two Youth Tests against England U19s, which had been set to run between 16 August and 3 September 2020.

    As the current environment makes it impractical to plan to host alternative opposition, the decision has had to be taken not to run a competitive England U19 programme this summer.

    Mo Bobat, ECB Performance Director, said: “Cancelling the summer programme for our U19 side is not an easy decision to take, but with it not having been possible to identify a window for the tour that works for both Boards - and in the current climate - it is certainly the most appropriate step.

    “Our young players benefit greatly from these competitive matches against their peers from around the world, not just in preparation for the biennial U19 World Cups, but also to prepare them for the rigours of international cricket.

    “The squad learned a lot from their tri-series in Antigua in December 2019, so we look forward to welcoming the West Indians back to the UK in the future.”



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    England male cricketers make a £500,000 donation to the ECB and to good causes - equivalent to a 20% pay cut for the next three months. England women also take a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

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    Australia coach Justin Langer supports the idea of playing cricket behind closed doors when safe to do so, as it will have "great value" to the public.

    Langer's side beat New Zealand at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground on 13 March before the coronavirus pandemic halted the series and cricket worldwide.

    And he would be happy to play in an empty stadium again.

    "When you started off playing underage cricket, there's no crowds there," Langer told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "Maybe your mum and dad came and watched, or your brother and sister were bored and playing on the swings somewhere else.

    "You played it because you loved playing the game, you loved playing with your mates and you loved playing the game.

    "The Australian cricket team are so fortunate to play in front of big crowds every time we play.

    "But for the love of the game, and for still being able to entertain people through TV sets or radio, then there's value in that.

    Listen to more from Langer on BBC Radio 5 Live's The Guest List
    Cricket behind closed doors could help - Morgan
    "Yes it's different, but we'll never, ever, ever take for granted how lucky we are, ever again. We are so lucky in what we do."

    The series against New Zealand was called off after the first one-day international in Sydney, and Langer acknowledged that it has been a new experience getting used to having time off with his family.

    "I say this with absolute respect and compassion for everyone who's suffering at the moment, but it's bit like nirvana for me," he said.

    "I'm at home with the family. I get home-cooked dinners, I sleep in my own bed, I can go into my own garden, I see my kids every single day, and usually in my life, I'm away 10 months of the year.

    "Frankly, I hope it makes a change to our whole society. We've got so busy, haven't we? We've got so many incidents of mental health problems in Australia now. We've got drug misuse, we've got domestic violence, we've got all sorts of things that go on.

    "Hopefully this is a time for everyone to stop and take a breath and find some balance - not just in the life of a sportsperson, but in every sector in the world.

    "So hopefully we'll all find a bit of balance, and there'll be some silver linings that come out of this terrible crisis that's affecting everyone in the world at the moment."

    While all sport schedules are subject to change because of the pandemic, Australia's next scheduled assignments are a two-Test series in Bangladesh in mid-June, followed by limited-overs internationals in Scotland and England between late June and mid-July.

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    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will not cut any wages and decided to pay full salaries to the Tiger cricketers where the cricket boards of other countries are cutting wages to overcome the losses as cricket matches are currently closed.

    England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has begun to consider cutting the wages of cricketers. India, too, started walking the same path but eventually came back. Cricket Australia (CA) and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are also thinking about cutting the salary of the cricketers.

    However, the BCB is not thinking this currently. The cricketers will get the stipulated wages under the current contract, according to the officials of the board.

    Since the BCB dividend has been satisfactory in the past, the board does not have to be so concerned about the financial aspects of the crisis. The new contract that announced a few days ago will expire next December. Until then, the board will pay their regular wages.

    “We have the capability to run any cricketers cost for the next 5-6 years,” said a top official of the board.

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    Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has criticised Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) president Ashok Malhotra for implying pay cut are in orders for professional cricketers in the country in light of the coronavirus lockdown that has hampered the sporting season across the world.

    However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had denied such speculations saying no discussions in that regards have taken place.

    "It was heartening to read the BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal say that the BCCI has not discussed any pay cuts for its players," Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day. "There are no matches that India is playing till maybe June, so there really is no question of any pay cuts for the players. Like with any sport, if you don't play you don't get paid and that's what will happen."

    He took a dog at Malhotra questioning his authority for making such statement. "What was amusing though was to read that the president of the Indian Cricketers Association has said that there should be pay cuts for the India internationals and the first- class players too. One can understand him trying to curry favour with the BCCI but with whose authority is he talking about the cuts is the question," he wrote.

    He added, "The current India internationals and the first- class players are not members of the players' body so he can't be speaking on their behalf. It's easy to talk about taking pay cuts if it doesn't hurt your own pocket."

    Almost all sporting events across the globe have either been called off or postponed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Several football clubs across Europe are expected to take the hit with few announcing cut backs.

    Global football icons including the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo among others who have voluntarily accepted massive reduction in their wages to help clubs tide over the financial storm.

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    Former India star cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Sunday pledged to donate Rs 50 lakh to the PM CARES Fund to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The flamboyant all-rounder also appealed to the people to stay united in the fight against the pandemic that has so far claimed more than 70 lives while infecting over 3000 across the the country.

    “We are stronger when we stand united. I will be lighting a candle tonight at 9pm for 9 minutes. Are you with me?” he asked referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to light candles, diyas or torchlights for nine minutes.

    “On this great day of solidarity, I pledge Rs. 50 Lakhs to the PMCaresFunds. Please do your bit too!,” Yuvraj wrote on his twitter handle. Since Modi’s appeal, many sportspersons have come forward and urged the country’s people to switch off lights for nine minutes and light candles on the balconies of their houses.

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    The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s players and cricket staff have been placed on furlough leave until further notice.

    This decision comes after the majority of the Club’s non-playing staff were placed on furlough leave at the end of March in accordance with the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

    Following a Board meeting on Friday, the Club took the decision to furlough all players and coaches. Each player and member of staff in the cricket department were contacted individually by Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon on Friday night.

    Speaking about the Club’s decision to furlough its players, Moxon said: “First and foremost, there is a bigger picture than cricket and it is vitally important that people stay safe, stay healthy and support the NHS in any way possible. We are in the midst of a national crisis and cricket is secondary at this moment.

    “From a Club point of view, we feel that these measures need to be taken to ensure as little damage as possible to the business.

    “The players are disappointed not to be playing as they have worked hard during the winter and have been excited about the season ahead. However, they are all fully understanding of the Club’s decision and we hope that the situation improves as quickly as possible to ensure that everyone can resume some kind of normality as soon as possible.”
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    Under the umbrella of Zalmi Foundation, PSL Franchise Peshawar Zalmi continued its door to door Ration Distribution Drive in remote areas of Bara and Khyber Agency.

    Zalmi Foundation distributed rations for the fifth consecutive day. Javed Afridi, Chairman of Peshawar Zalmi and Zalmi Foundation, said efforts are being made to provide the essential supplies at the door steps of the needy during the lockdown situation due to Corona Virus Pandemic. He said distribution of rations will start in other areas too.

    In addition to donating PKR 10 million in Prime Minister Imran Khan's Corona Relief Fund, Zalmi Foundation has previously provided 60,000 masks and 100 virus protector suits to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government for doctors and medical staff.

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    India’s cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, has donated Rs 59 lakh to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Sportstar understands that the former India captain has donated Rs 35 lakh to the PM Cares fund and Rs 24 lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

    His son, Rohan, revealed that the donated amount corresponds with Gavaskar’s centuries for the Indian and the Mumbai cricket teams. “This was done last week. 35 because he scored 35 hundreds for India and 24 because he scored 24 for Mumbai . Prayers for everyone’s good health and that we are all safe and sound,” Rohan tweeted.

    With the country coming to a standstill due to the viral outbreak, several sportsmen, including current and former cricketers, have donated to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and also to the respective CM Relief Funds.

    Last week, Sachin Tendulkar, too, donated Rs 25 lakh each to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in his bid to join the fight against COVID-19. Even the BCCI and its affiliated state units donated Rs 51 crore to the PM Cares fund.

    Gavaskar has been associated with a lot of charity work and has time and again, taken up social causes rather silently, without bringing them to public notice.

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    Michael Neser: Surrey cancel Australia seamer's contract as season delayed

    Australia seamer Michael Neser's deal at Surrey has been cancelled after the start of the season was delayed.

    The 30-year-old, who played two one-day internationals in 2018, was due to be with the county until July.

    All English domestic fixtures have been cancelled until 28 May because of the coronavirus crisis, and it is not known what will happen later in the summer.

    Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart said Neser had mutually agreed to terminate his deal at The Oval.

    “Given the testing times we find ourselves in, I would like to thank Michael and his management company for their total understanding of the current situation and full agreement of this decision,” Stewart told the club website.

    “The wider issues the sport is facing is paramount and it was refreshing to know Michael and his representatives are looking at the bigger picture in this sensible and responsible way.”
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/52203723

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    England cricketer Jos Buttler has raised £65,100 ($80,000) after auctioning off the shirt he wore in last year's World Cup final victory over New Zealand.

    The shirt will be signed by all the players from the England World Cup squad.

    Wicketkeeper Buttler is donating the proceeds to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charity, two specialist heart-and-lung centres dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

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    The Professional Cricketers’ Association is pleased to announce a collective player agreement that has seen all county players agree a support package to protect the domestic game.

    Discussions between the PCA, ECB and 18 first-class counties reached a conclusion today with all parties supporting an initial two-month agreement that will see maximum reductions to player salaries and relinquishing of domestic prize money.

    The agreement for an initial period of April and May will see players agree to being furloughed by their county, if requested, and also taking a reduction in their remuneration in order to be consistent with reductions that have been made to other non-playing staff at their county.

    The PCA have relinquished £1 million of the domestic player prize money for 2020 with the ECB reallocating this towards assisting first-class counties in the implementation of the new 2020-2024 County Partnership Agreement. The reallocated funds will support the introduction of standardised player contracts across the game, in turn providing vital financial support to players who leave the game in 2020 and beyond.

    PCA Chairman, Daryl Mitchell, said:

    “I am pleased we have reached a collective agreement between the PCA, ECB and the 18 first-class counties and I thank all parties for the collaborative spirit of these discussions particularly at this most challenging of times.

    “The understanding from our players and the willingness to help has been particularly heartening. Like many industries, cricket recognises the challenges it currently faces; the players have been alert to the need for them to play their part.

    “The support I have had from the PCA Players’ Committee and many senior players around the counties has been outstanding, without them a collective agreement could not have been reached. As a group we have been in constant dialogue to ensure we are supporting the interests of all professional players in England and Wales while doing the right thing for the game.

    “The Coronavirus pandemic will continue to put financial pressure on the game and this initial two-month agreement will support the game for the period of April and May.

    “We were due to start the County Championship season on Sunday and sadly for us all that will not be the case. As a group of players, we will do everything we can to ensure that when cricket does return the sport is in a position to thrive.

    “This prolonged period of isolation is challenging and the PCA remains committed to helping all our members through these times with our world class welfare provisions.

    “I also want to urge everybody once again to stay at home. With a four-day Easter weekend ahead of us it is vital we follow the government’s advice to protect the country.”

    The collective agreement for county professionals follows England men’s players, through the Team England Player Partnership, donating an initial £500,000 to the ECB and selected good causes and England women’s players, through England Women’s Player Partnership, volunteering a salary reduction in line with their coaches and support staff.


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    Coronavirus Pandemic Unwanted but ‘Good Break’ for Cricketers: Zaheer Abbas

    Coronavirus Pandemic Unwanted but ‘Good Break’ for Cricketers: Zaheer Abbas

    Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but got stuck in Karachi due to the travel ban in the wake of the virus outbreak.

    PTI |April 9, 2020, 2:13 PM IST

    The complete lack of live action due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a “good break” for modern cricketers spending most of their time on the road, feels legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Aabbas.

    The international calendar, in his playing days, was not as crammed as it is today. “I think it is a good break for them. They always live on suitcases, play too much cricket, and rarely get time to be at home. Now they have got a chance to spend time with family,” Abbas told PTI Bhasha from Karachi.

    “I would suggest them to introspect, keep working on fitness and do whatever they were not able to because of their busy schedule. It will also keep them refreshed for the future,” added the former skipper.

    Sporting activities across the world have come to a standstill owing to the novel coronavirus outbreak with most events either cancelled or postponed, including the Tokyo Olympics.

    Over 14 lakh people have tested positive for the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, while claiming more than 88000 lives.

    Abbas called the situation unprecedented. “Life without any live sports is dull, but health is the most important thing at this point. It is an unprecedented situation. I haven’t seen in my lifetime the whole world coming to a standstill.

    “It’s going to affect every country, every field and sport is no exception. The financial losses will be huge,” he said.

    Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but got stuck in Karachi due to the travel ban in the wake of the virus outbreak.

    He is spending time watching recordings of old matches, movies and talking to friends all over the world. “I was supposed to go to London as my wife is there and the situation is very bad there. I am worried for her.

    “Pakistan team was scheduled to tour England and I was looking forward to watch matches as we have a home near Lords, but suddenly the whole scenario has changed. All plans have been cancelled.”

    Abbas is among the earliest Asian batsmen to make 100 first-class hundreds.”Now most of the time I watch TV, old matches, movies and talk to friends all over the world. It has been 15 days since the lockdown began in Pakistan but I think it will be extended.”

    He said the resumption of sports events will depend on how the situation unfolds in the coming times.

    “Its depends on how the situation unfolds. At some point of time, sporting activities have to be resumed, but before that life should come back on track.

    “If all the concerned authorities are satisfied, they can go ahead with the events, but nothing can be said as of now,” he said.

    He did not agree with former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal for a three-match ODI series against India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I think it is very difficult. We have been trying for long but I don’t see it happening in near future,” said the stylish batsman.

    Link: https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/n...s-2570967.html

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    England v West Indies looking 'less and less likely' in June

    The staging of England's home Tests against West Indies in June is looking "less and less likely", according to director of cricket Ashley Giles.

    There will be no professional cricket in the UK until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus crisis, while the first Test of the three-match series at The Oval is due to begin on 4 June.

    "We have to look at alternatives," said Giles.

    "We are looking at how far back into the summer we can push cricket."

    Australia's Test series in Bangladesh, scheduled to be played in June, was postponed on Thursday.

    After the West Indies series, England are due to play limited-overs matches against Australia, Tests and Twenty20s against Pakistan, and three one-day internationals against Ireland.

    The last day of international cricket in the home summer is currently scheduled to be 15 September.

    "We've got to look at trying to fulfil those current fixtures, just in a different place, if we can," said former England spinner Giles.

    "We have really good relations with these boards and we’re doing whatever we can to look at scenarios where we can push our cricket back, which would give us the best chance of playing as much international cricket as possible."

    The prospect of separate England Test and limited-overs teams has been raised, with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler saying it would be possible to field two different teams at the same time.

    Giles said it was "feasible", but that it was more likely that matches of different formats would take place on consecutive days.

    "You could have a Test match running and play a T20 or an ODI the day before or the day after a Test match," he said.

    The 47-year-old said England would look at all options for getting the players match-fit after the nationwide lockdown, including playing an intra-squad match, similar to how Australia warmed up for last summer's Ashes series.

    Sussex chief executive Rob Andrew said county cricket would still be played in the final month of the season if that is the only time it is safe to do so.

    "It's a blank piece of paper. Nothing is ruled in and nothing is ruled out," he said.

    "We would love to be playing cricket June, July, August and September.

    "But even if we could only get September, we would still want to play some cricket this year. As ridiculous as that may sound, that is the situation we are faced with."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/52228804

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Coronavirus Pandemic Unwanted but ‘Good Break’ for Cricketers: Zaheer Abbas

    Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but got stuck in Karachi due to the travel ban in the wake of the virus outbreak.

    PTI |April 9, 2020, 2:13 PM IST

    The complete lack of live action due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a “good break” for modern cricketers spending most of their time on the road, feels legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Aabbas.

    The international calendar, in his playing days, was not as crammed as it is today. “I think it is a good break for them. They always live on suitcases, play too much cricket, and rarely get time to be at home. Now they have got a chance to spend time with family,” Abbas told PTI Bhasha from Karachi.

    “I would suggest them to introspect, keep working on fitness and do whatever they were not able to because of their busy schedule. It will also keep them refreshed for the future,” added the former skipper.

    Sporting activities across the world have come to a standstill owing to the novel coronavirus outbreak with most events either cancelled or postponed, including the Tokyo Olympics.

    Over 14 lakh people have tested positive for the virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, while claiming more than 88000 lives.

    Abbas called the situation unprecedented. “Life without any live sports is dull, but health is the most important thing at this point. It is an unprecedented situation. I haven’t seen in my lifetime the whole world coming to a standstill.

    “It’s going to affect every country, every field and sport is no exception. The financial losses will be huge,” he said.

    Abbas was supposed to be with his wife in London, but got stuck in Karachi due to the travel ban in the wake of the virus outbreak.

    He is spending time watching recordings of old matches, movies and talking to friends all over the world. “I was supposed to go to London as my wife is there and the situation is very bad there. I am worried for her.

    “Pakistan team was scheduled to tour England and I was looking forward to watch matches as we have a home near Lords, but suddenly the whole scenario has changed. All plans have been cancelled.”

    Abbas is among the earliest Asian batsmen to make 100 first-class hundreds.”Now most of the time I watch TV, old matches, movies and talk to friends all over the world. It has been 15 days since the lockdown began in Pakistan but I think it will be extended.”

    He said the resumption of sports events will depend on how the situation unfolds in the coming times.

    “Its depends on how the situation unfolds. At some point of time, sporting activities have to be resumed, but before that life should come back on track.

    “If all the concerned authorities are satisfied, they can go ahead with the events, but nothing can be said as of now,” he said.

    He did not agree with former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal for a three-match ODI series against India to raise funds for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I think it is very difficult. We have been trying for long but I don’t see it happening in near future,” said the stylish batsman.

    Link: https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/n...s-2570967.html
    I just don't understand what break Pakistani cricketers require. Our workload is quite minimal compared to Big 3. Our boys should be hungry for more cricket not less. Ridiculous statement

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    Ashley Giles says he is hanging on to the hope that some cricket will be played this summer, despite the coronavirus outbreak, with international fixtures the priority.

    While the start of the cricket season remains postponed until at least May 28, the managing director of the England men's team says the ECB is currently in discussion with other international boards in the hope of pushing fixtures back later in the calendar.

    England are scheduled to play West Indies in a three-Test series starting on June 4, with Australia [three ODIs, three T20Is], Pakistan [three Tests, three T20Is] and Ireland [three ODIs] also set to tour during the summer.

    "We're looking at all scenarios, with a focus on protecting some of our bigger games - Test matches, one-day internationals, T20Is - and perhaps pushing those matches back as far as possible without losing any cricket," said Giles.

    "That is possible and I think we have to hang on to the hope that we will get out there and we will play; whether that's behind closed doors or in front of full houses, none of us quite know."

    There have been suggestions that if some cricket can indeed be played at the back-end of the summer, it could see two England white-ball and red-ball teams selected to play series at the same time.

    Giles ruled out any potential fixtures clash but stressed that the ECB and the players need to be flexible during this uncertain period.

    Mark Butcher says playing cricket behind-closed-doors due to the coronavirus pandemic is not ideal and will be far from straightforward.
    "Nothing is going to be ideal, when we look at preparation for players, their rest between matches, crossover of formats," Giles said. "But, right now, it's a blank sheet of paper. I don't think anything is off the table.

    "We've certainly looked at playing two formats around the same time; you could have a Test match running and play a T20 or ODI the day before or day after a Test.

    "There will obviously come a point where you can't do that anymore. You can't overlay them - you can't play two games on the same day - so at some point international cricket is going to drop off.

    "I'm still hopeful right now we won't get to that point. We've got to remain with that positive mindset we can do it and that we'll get some cricket in."

    Focusing on the positives, Giles believes a condensed international calendar could give greater opportunities to a larger pool of players.

    National selector Ed Smith says he tells England players they have either been dropped or recalled to the set-up.
    He also hinted at the possibility of an England intra-squad friendly, similar to that which the Australia touring side benefited from before last year's Ashes, in an effort to quickly get the team ready following such a long break.

    "In terms of cricketing performance, while it might not be ideal from a playing point of view, it actually could give us a better look at more players and a broader group of people that we might have to play in the future," said Giles. "In that sense, it would give greater opportunity.

    "Certainly we'd need to play a couple of warm-up games; I think that [intra-squad game] would be a decent idea and a decent way around the problem more broadly. I think we could do that.

    "Believe me, we will do whatever we can - as long as our people are safe - to get out there and play cricket."

    https://www.skysports.com/cricket/ne...et-this-summer
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    BCCI clears dues of contracted players, says won’t let anyone suffer


    The BCCI has cleared the quarterly dues of all its centrally-contracted cricketers and vowed not to let anyone suffer despite the uncertainty triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused financial crunch in other countries.

    The global economy has been badly hit due to the virus, which has claimed over 95,000 lives so far. Major cricket boards like England and Australia have indicated that players will have to take pay cuts.

    “Despite lockdown being announced from March 24, the BCCI was ready for any kind of eventuality. The board clears quarterly installments of central contract payments to its players,” a BCCI official said.

    “Plus the match fees of all those who played for India and India A during this period, all these dues were cleared at the end of the financial year,” he added.

    The England and Australian players have admitted openly that they are bracing up for pay cuts.

    The announcement of central contracts has been postponed in Australia, while England skipper Joe Root has applied for furlough along with his Yorkshire teammates.

    Under the furlough scheme, the British government pays 80 per cent of wages - up to GBP 2,500 - per month.

    A BCCI official said that the Board’s financial stability helps in testing times when some of the other boards are struggling to even pay their domestic players.

    “One cricket board has put its players on furlough (government assistance scheme). There are talks about pay cuts everywhere. But I believe BCCI is capable of taking good care of its players as it has been all these years.

    “Neither our international nor our domestic cricketers will suffer,” the official said.

    He, however, agreed that having the IPL later this year is a necessity considering the amount of financial loss that all stakeholders will have to bear if the event does not go ahead.

    “The situation is fluid right now. It can’t be said that it will be September when Asia Cup and home series against England is scheduled or October, when World T20 is supposed to take place.

    “If you don’t know when normalcy will return, how can you say that when will IPL happen,” he said.

    Also, another issue to deal with for the BCCI would be domestic cricket scheduling.

    As per rules, domestic events cannot coincide with IPL.

    IPL in October and November might mean that the domestic cricket calendar will have to be shifted further.

    The BCCI normally chalks out its domestic calendar in August but all depends on when the IPL is scheduled.

    https://sportstar.thehindu.com/crick...le31308374.ece


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    PESHAWAR: Former cricketer Zafar Sarfaraz succumbed to the novel coronavirus here in the city, officials at Lady Reading Hospital confirmed late Monday.

    Sarfaraz, 52, was diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection six days ago. He had been on a ventilator for the past three days, hospital officials added.

    The cricketer had played first-class matches for Peshawar, according to the president of the Sports Writers Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Ejaz Ahmad.

    Born in 1969, Sarfaraz was a left-handed batter and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He played first-class from 1988 to 1994 and List A from 1990 to 199


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    Devon Malcolm: Ex-England bowler says death of father with coronavirus 'surreal'

    Former England fast bowler Devon Malcolm says it is "really difficult" to come to terms with the death of his father from coronavirus, after not being able to visit him in hospital.

    Malcolm's father Albert, who lived in a care home, died aged 75 on 4 April.

    He had been admitted to hospital with a bladder infection on 29 March and had only tested positive for coronavirus two days before his death.

    "It's so sad, we lost him in a few days," Malcolm told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "It's so difficult when a loved one is admitted to hospital and you are told you can't visit, you can't be there for them.

    "Later on when I got the call to say he had passed, it was a very, very weird feeling."

    Malcolm said he last saw his father about a month before his death when he was in "good fettle" and had not visited since because he was adhering to social distancing measures designed to shield the most vulnerable from the virus.

    "Until you get the death certificate and the reality sinks in, it feels like you're having a dream and you'll be out of it in a minute," added the 57-year-old.

    "I'm trying to come to terms with it but it's going to be really difficult."

    Malcolm said his father had been responding well to antibiotics to treat the bladder infection but was tested for coronavirus after starting to develop some breathing problems.

    "It's surreal - you're told he's responding well so you think everything is all right, then next you hear you're told to prepare for the worst and then 20 minutes later, he's gone," he said.

    "We have a date for the funeral but the process is so different now to going through a bereavement in the past," added Malcolm, whose mother died when he was five.

    "There are only five people plus the vicar allowed at the graveside.

    "We're hoping in the future when we get back to some normality, we can possibly do a proper service, celebrating his life with all his grandkids and his friends."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/52281484


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