CONFIRMED: No IPL in New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket has refused to host the Indian Premier League Twenty20 mega-rich tournament in the midst of speculation the competition could be played here.

Earlier it was reported that an unnamed Indian cricket official saying New Zealand is the latest nation after UAE and Sri Lanka which has offered to host the billion-dollar league in case the tournament can't be held in India because of a surge in the coronavirus cases.

The competition has been postponed indefinitely although the BCCI is hopeful of playing it from the end of October.

"Staging the event in India has to be the first choice but in case it is not safe to have it, then we will look at the overseas options. After UAE and Sri Lanka, New Zealand has also offered to host the IPL," a senior BCCI official told the newspaper.

"We will sit down with all stakeholders (broadcaster, teams, etc) and take a call. The safety of the players is paramount. There will be no compromise on that".

India is the third-largest caseload of COVID-19 cases behind Brazil and USA.
09 July, 2020
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Warwickshire sign Tim Bresnan until 2022 season

Former England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has signed a two-year deal with the Warwickshire County Cricket Club that will keep him at Edgbaston until the end of the 2022 season.

Bresnan, 35, enjoyed a 19-year career at Yorkshire and helped the White Rose that won back-to-back County Championships in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

The veteran all-rounder is all set to join the Bears and will spend the rest of the 2020 county campaign on loan, subject to the England and Wales Cricket Board clearance.

Bresnan played 142 games for England in all formats, impressing during the 2010/11 Ashes series victory in Australia.

The 2020 county season gets underway on August 1.
01 July, 2020

NZ tour of Bangladesh postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic - New Zealand tour of Bangladesh has been postponed on Tuesday.

Black Caps were slated to play two Tests in August-September this year as part of the ICC World Test Championship.

Three Bangladeshi players, including Nazmul Islam, Nafees Iqbal and the former ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, have tested positive for the deadly contagion.

“In the present COVID-19 pandemic scenario, hosting a full cricket series in August 2020 will be a challenge in terms of preparations,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said in a statement.

“Under these circumstances, the BCB and NZC (New Zealand Cricket) have felt that the best way forward would be to defer the series,” he added.

The governing bodies from both sides were working on a new schedule for the Test series.

Bangladesh has so far reported more than 100k coronavirus cases with over 1,500 mortality.
24 June, 2020

Cricket Australia: Andrew Strauss tipped to become the next CEO

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has emerged as a surprise candidate to become CEO of Cricket Australia following the resignation of Kevin Roberts.

Cricket Australia has been in a financial loss since the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a report in The Australian, Strauss could be the next CEO of Cricket Australia. The 43-year-old had represented the county cricket for Middlesex and captained the England national team in all formats of the game.

He served England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for three years as a director of cricket between 2015 to 2018.

After Roberts resigned from his position of CEO, Nick Hockley was named in as an interim replacement with the governing body searching for the ideal candidate to serve as a full-time CEO.

Strauss has scored 7,037 runs in 100 Tests and 4,205 runs in 127 ODIs during his playing career with England.

The South Africa-born also played a crucial role as ECB director, which lead the national side to claim their maiden World Cup title last year.
19 June, 2020

T20 World Cup 2020 ‘Looks unrealistic’, says CA chairman

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic followed by lockdown across the globe, cricketing boards are considering all options to organise tournaments or bilateral series. 

Recently, the West Indies team touched down in the UK to prepare for the Test series against England which gets underway on July 9.

However, cricket fans are keeping a close eye on the 2020 biggest competition - the T20 World Cup, in Australia later this year. But the Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Earl Eddings gave hints that the event may face hurdles.

He spoke to local media and stated that it would be ‘unrealistic’ to organise the T20I World Cup this year in the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic.

The tournament slated to be played from October 18 to November 15 in Downunder.
16 June, 2020

West Indies en route to England for three-match Test series

The West Indies cricket team have departed for the three-match Test tour of England starting from July 8.

The tourists will be tested for COVID-19 again upon arrival in the UK ahead of the seven-week tour.

Windies became the first international team to travel overseas after the coronavirus pandemic had suspended cricket for more than two months.

The first Test to be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 8 with the second and third Test at Old Trafford in Manchester from July 16 and then July 24.

There will be no spectators allowed at the venues, which will be held in a "bio-secure" environment.

West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Chemar Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach.

09 June, 2020

CONFIRMED: India Tour of Australia in October 2020

Cricket Australia have confirmed that India will travel to Down Under starting October this year comprising four Tests, ODIs as well as T20 Internationals. 

The tour will begin with a T20 match, on October 11 at Brisbane followed by other two games on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide), the CA announced on its official website

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India are then scheduled to play a four-Test match series, beginning on December 3 at Brisbane. The second, third and fourth Tests will be held in Adelaide (December 11-15), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).

The ODI series is set to begin in Perth on January 12 and it will be followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney). 

Schedule: Australia v India

11 October: 1st T20I, Gabba, Brisbane
14 October: 2nd T20I, Manuka Oval, Canberra
17 October: 3rd T20I, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

3-7 December: 1st Test, the Gabba, Brisbane
11-15 December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
26-30 December: 3rd Test, Boxing Day Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne
3-7 January: 4th Test, SCG, Sydney

12 January: 1st ODI, Perth Stadium, Perth
15 January: 2nd ODI, MCG, Melbourne
17 January: 3rd ODI, SCG, Sydney

Could the T20 World Cup Be Cancelled?

This is a question every cricket fan would love to ask, but it is also a question we don’t want to hear the answer to. For those that have eagerly been waiting in anticipation for one of the biggest cricket events to take place every 2 years, there is a very good chance that you may have to wait another year before the tournament does indeed kick off.

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the sporting industry has taken quite the knock, yet there seems to be much hope according to hushed whispers and articles based on T20 World Cup winner tips, it is evident that there are sources that remain afloat with a positive outlook.

However, as it currently stands, all matches have been postponed until further notice and all massive sport events have been put on hold. The worrisome question is when it will be possible to return to normal as only then will such events begin to become a reality again. So let's take a look at why it could be possible for the tournament to be called off should things not improve not just in India, but around the world.

The Supporters

The T20 World Cup attracts supporters from every corner of the world. The Coronavirus, however, has left no country untouched and some countries are feeling the effects of the virus more than others. This has led to selected countries having stronger restrictions and being unable to fly is one of them.

Though there has been very little activity in the sky since the world entered a lockdown, there has been hope that those who need to get home are able to. A small majority of people were able to do so, however, it remains to be seen if the rest of the world will be able to travel to get to the tournament.

The Team Players

Should the supporters not be able to travel, it is highly unlikely that the team players will. In the unlikely event that special permission has been granted by each of the countries participating in the T20 World Cup, there may be players who are unknowingly affected by the Coronavirus and that alone may be enough to put a travel ban on countries, forbidding team players departures from their home countries.

Countries Affected

The T20 World Cup 2020 was to be the 7th tournament of its class and is held at the Melbourne Cricket ground. The event was to take place from the 18th of October 2020 and go into November, ending on the 15th.

Australia, however, was one of the strictest of countries when the Coronavirus hit Australian shores and it's difficult to gauge whether or not the country will so quickly allow travellers from around the globe entrance to its airports, welcoming the virus back into the country and risking infection yet again.

While countries around the world work together in lockdown, forbidding international travel and closing sports events, business and franchises, it’s hard to say whether or not the T20 World Cup will take place in 2020. However, for the optimists and those that prefer to hear only the good in such a time of devastation, the show must go on and even if the T20 is cancelled for the year of 2020, there is every hope that it will return and steal the show in 2021.

If international travel is banned until 2023, there is a chance that only when the international travel ban is lifted, will the event commence meaning only in a few years’ time? Experts believe, that given the right treatment and in hopes of finding a cure for the virus, that the earth should be restored to its full glory within a year.

For now, however, it's all speculation and countries are simply trying to stay ahead of the crisis and keep citizens safe. Only time will tell when the T20 World will be held, but one thing is for sure, the show must go on!

Three of the most memorable Ashes Test matches

Australia and England have played out the fiercest rivalry in the sport of cricket since The Ashes began in 1882. The battles have been even throughout the history of the duel, with the Aussies edging the series won by one as a result of their 33 triumphs to the Three Lions’ 32.

The Baggy Greens have been more successful in individual Test matches, boasting 136 wins compared to England’s 108 – the majority of which came in a dominant hold of the urn for 16 years from 1989 to 2005. There has been little between the teams in recent years, although the 2-2 draw between the sides in 2019 allowed Australia to retain The Ashes heading into the 2021/22 series down under.

There will be no doubt be more classics to add to the number of matches that have been played over the years, but there have been some truly remarkable games to have occurred over the last 15 years. We’ll now look back at three of the best Tests that have been defining in the history of the Ashes.

Headingley 2019

England were staring down the barrel after being skittled for 67 in their first innings, facing the prospect of losing the urn for the second series in a row. Joe Root’s men required 359 to save the series to pull off a miraculous escape. Although Ben Stokes and Root put forward a brilliant effort, England’s hopes looked to be dashed when they required 73 runs with just one wicket remaining.

However, Stokes produced perhaps the finest innings seen in Ashes cricket to defy the Baggy Greens, singlehandedly dragging his team to victory – albeit aided by the resilience of Jack Leach at the other end. Stokes ended with an unbeaten century to level the series, and although Australia would retain the Ashes, England produced a rear-guard effort to maintain their unbeaten record on home soil since 2001 against their bitter rivals.

It appears the Three Lions will need Stokes firing on all cylinders in their bid to regain The Ashes next time out in Australia, with the Baggy Greens being backed as the leading contenders in the cricket betting odds to win the series in the 2021/22 when they host Stokes, Root and company.

Adelaide 2006

Australia had a point to prove after their 2005 Ashes defeat, and they came out of the traps firing on all cylinders against Andrew Flintoff’s England at Brisbane. Ricky Ponting’s men won the opener by a dominant 277 runs and headed into the second Test in Adelaide with momentum. The Three Lions hit back by scoring 551/6 in their first innings courtesy of a double-century from Paul Collingwood. England had Australia under pressure at 65/3 and it could have been even better, but Ashley Giles dropped Ponting on 35.

The Aussie skipper would go on to score 142, while a Michael Clarke century and an innings of 91 from Mike Hussey allowed the home side to close within 48 runs of England’s total. Flintoff’s men collapsed under the pressure on the final day as Shane Warne tore through their line-up, bowling the tourists out for 129. The Aussies were relentless and knocked off the winnings runs with time to spare. The devastation of the defeat resulted in a complete capitulation from England on the tour, which saw Australia secure a 5-0 whitewash.

Edgbaston 2005

This Test was perhaps the most critical in the recent Ashes history. England had high hopes of ending Australia’s 16-year hold over the urn entering the 2005 series. However, the Aussies came out firing at Lord’s, romping to a comfortable victory after both bowling attacks traded barbs. Fortune turned in England’s favour before a ball was bowled in Birmingham as Glenn McGrath turned his ankle after stepping on a ball in the warm-up. The home side capitalised by putting 400 runs on the board bowling out the tourists to take a 99-run lead into their second innings. The Warne factor turned spoiler as he put England in a spin with figures of 6/46.

Flintoff guided Michael Vaughan’s side to a decent total to leave the Aussies requiring 282 for victory. Further brilliance from England’s all-rounder and the rest of the pace attack put the home side on the brink of victory. When Warne tread on his own stumps on the final it appeared to be a formality, with only one wicket needed.

Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz had other ideas and whittled down the total from 62 to within three runs of a famous victory. Steve Harmison delivered at the crucial moment for England, getting a feather of a glove from Kasprowicz to land into the gloves of Geraint Jones. Cue raucous scenes at Edgbaston with a victory that would define an incredible series. 
12 May, 2020

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