England white-ball tour of India postponed until 2021


The BCCI has confirmed that England’s white-ball tour of India has been postponed till early 2021.

England had been on account of arrive in India on the finish of September for a tour involving three ODIs and three T20s. However with the IPL having been rescheduled to cowl the identical interval, the tour has been put again a number of months.

It’s now anticipated that the white-ball video games will likely be performed as a part of England’s Check tour scheduled from late January to late March 2021. 5 Checks are additionally scheduled to be performed on that tour.

The place these video games will likely be performed stays unclear. The IPL will likely be staged within the UAE because of the Covid-19 pandemic; it appears there’s a good probability the England tour will observe go well with. An ECB spokesperson steered it was too early to “speculate” on such a situation.

“Now that we’ve got readability relating to the postponement of ICC Males’s T20 World Cup, it permits us to work with different Boards to progress the important process of optimising the worldwide schedules within the difficult circumstances that we’ve got all been having to deal with with the Covid-19 pandemic,” the ECB’s chief government Officer, Tom Harrison, stated.

“Worldwide cricket between India and England is a spotlight of the cricketing calendar and we sit up for working with the BCCI to firm-up the schedules for these eagerly anticipated excursions as quickly as doable.”

Jay Shah, honorary secretary of the BCCI, stated: “The BCCI and ECB are working carefully to finalise the schedule as we transfer in direction of the resumption of cricket. The rescheduled tour can also be being redesigned in a method to accommodate each crimson and white-ball format and can now be a complete one.”


India retains T20 World Cup in 2021, Australia to host in 2022


India has retained the rights to host the 2021 males’s T20 World Cup whereas Australia have been requested to host the 2022 version. In one other vital determination, the ICC additionally postponed the 2021 girls’s ODI World Cup which was scheduled in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7, to 2022. All these selections have been taken by the ICC Enterprise Company, the enterprise improvement wing of the ICC, which met just about on Friday.

The 2021 occasion might be hosted in India between October-November subsequent yr, with the ultimate scheduled on November 14. Australia, which was initially meant to host the 2020 version, will now host the event in 2022 between October-November with the ultimate scheduled for November 13.

This girls’s World Cup is the second international occasion the ICC has been compelled to postponed within the final two months as a result of disruption attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic. In July, the ICC Board had deferred the 2020 men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled in October-November in Australia this yr to subsequent yr.

The board had given the nod to the ICC administration to create recent home windows for the three marquee international occasions: the T20 World Cups in October-November 2021 and October-November 2022, and the ODI World Cup in October-November 2023, pushed again from its authentic March-April window.

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Indian government set to give BCCI green signal to move IPL to UAE


The Indian authorities is about to provide the BCCI permission to maneuver the 2020 IPL to the UAE. ESPNcricinfo understands that completely different wings of the federal government, together with Ministry of Exterior Affairs and Ministry of Dwelling Affairs, have given the nod for the event to be shifted exterior India because the nation is dealing with a excessive surge of Covid-19 instances which have crossed the 2-million mark.

Though each BCCI and IPL haven’t made a remark but, it’s understood a proper letter from the federal government is anticipated to be despatched on Friday.

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After having indefinitely postponed the IPL in April because of the pandemic, BCCI introduced the IPL would start on September 19 with the ultimate on November 9, and Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah because the three venues. A complete of 60 matches could be performed throughout 53 days.

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Tournament hubs, Afghanistan Test and Boxing Day: where does the Australia summer stand?


Having hoped that the 2020-21 Australian cricket season would escape the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, it now appears possible the summer season can be considerably impacted as a second wave hits Melbourne with issues additionally hanging over New South Wales resulting in in depth border and journey restrictions across the nation. Quite a bit stays up within the air with the season lower than two months away, however these are a number of the key points that have to be resolved.

State cricket

In some methods, that is the largest headache for Cricket Australia given the logistical challenges of competitions which are very important to the sport’s ecosystem however don’t generate income. Significantly problematic is how one can formulate a Sheffield Protect – the ten-game season and remaining cannot be in the reduction of with out settlement with the Australian Cricketers’ Affiliation because it’s a part of the MoU – amid journey and border restrictions.

The hub idea is more durable and far costlier for a first-class competitors however a complete vary of situations stay on the desk. A Information Corp report stated beginning the match earlier and dashing via a set of matches forward of the Take a look at summer season was one concept, to make sure gamers had an opportunity to organize or push for choice, whereas on the different finish there’s the potential of restricted Protect cricket earlier than Christmas with the season then back-filled after the BBL.

The boys’s and ladies’s one-day competitions – the Marsh Cup and WNCL – would seem weak in the intervening time though gamers have made it clear they’re open to the concept of hubs. The WNCL is particularly essential this 12 months if the Girls’s ODI World Cup goes forward as performed subsequent February and March in New Zealand.

Afghanistan Take a look at

The worldwide fixtures that had been scheduled early within the season have steadily dropped away with series against Zimbabwe and West Indies postponed. The T20Is towards India scheduled for mid-October additionally will not happen now the T20 World Cup has been moved and the IPL has its window. The subsequent huge query for CA is the one-off Take a look at towards Afghanistan slated for Perth on November 21 which they continue to be dedicated to staging.

Nonetheless, the time-frame created by the IPL and the necessity for gamers to quarantine for 2 weeks on return to Australia could be very tight, particularly for anybody that includes within the closing levels of the competitors, until these in competition for the Take a look at from each side depart the UAE early to permit 14 days in Perth forward of the match. Even when that was attainable there would have to be exemptions granted to permit gamers to coach though with lodges very near the grounds this might be possible.


This would be the first of the marquee competitions to be staged within the season with the match resulting from start on October 17 however is more likely to want some reorganisation. When the fixtures have been introduced, the competitors had already headed in the direction of a hub mannequin with a three-week block of matches in Sydney, and weekend blocks of matches elsewhere, however with New South Wales at an important stage of attempting to restrict their Covid-19 numbers – and vital restrictions round journey into the state – it might be that Queensland or Western Australia turn into the foremost centres with Tasmania additionally placing their hat within the ring to host a hub.

There stays confidence that the abroad gamers will have the ability to take up their offers as deliberate though a possible curveball has been thrown by the BCCI’s announcement of the T20 Challenge in early November which got here in for robust criticism from various gamers led by Alyssa Healy.


There is a bit more time up Cricket Australia’s sleeve for the Huge Bash, however with the tenth edition to be the longest tournament – working from early December to early February – it might be massively demanding if Covid-19 restrictions stay. In contrast to the WBBL, the preliminary fixtures featured the total home-and-away mannequin which entails common journey and, even within the prolonged match, fast turnarounds between matches which might not be attainable below the present quarantine necessities imposed by the varied states.

The necessity to hub the competitors should be thought-about in addition to the flexibleness to vary mid-tournament if Covid-19 instances spike in a state. If there arises a must reschedule or transfer matches within the BBL, it would add one other layer of complexity given it runs concurrently with the foremost a part of the boys’s worldwide season.

India tour

This stays the essential a part of Australia’s season with A$300 million – the monetary well being of the sport – using on it happening. The probabilities of a standard Take a look at collection throughout 4 venues seems to be receding with the Boxing Day Take a look at on the MCG wanting below menace. To ease the biosecurity protocols that can be wanted – and state-by-state necessities to quarantine – it might be that the matches are staged in fewer places whereas there’s more likely to be consideration given to what measurement crowds are allowed. Followers have returned to stadiums for winter codes in Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales amid varied restrictions on capability.

The Adelaide Oval could have its on-site lodge accomplished by October and has already been talked of as a coaching hub whereas Perth, who missed on internet hosting India within the preliminary fixture record, might but be a part of the collection. Following the Assessments there’s a three-match ODI collection pencilled in for mid-January which presently has video games in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

The India Girls’s crew can also be resulting from tour in January for 3 ODIs that are resulting from act as a lead-in to the ODI World Cup in February.


ICC Board set to discuss fate of next three World tournaments


The destiny of the ladies’s ODI World Cup in 2021 and the selection of venues for the subsequent two males’s T20 World Cups are the 2 key points that the ICC’s Board is about to debate on Friday.

That is the second time the ICC Board is assembly up to now three weeks, having given the nod on July 20 to defer the men’s T20 World Cup, which was initially scheduled for October-November 2020 in Australia.

At that assembly the ICC Board agreed to recent home windows for 3 males’s occasions: T20 World Cups in October-November 2021 and October-November 2022, and the ODI World Cup in October-November 2023, pushed again from its unique March-April window.

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The ICC Board, although, didn’t announce who would host the subsequent two editions of the T20 World Cup: wouldn’t it be India in 2021, as per the unique schedule, or Australia who have been compelled to carry again the 2020 occasion as a result of Covid-19 pandemic?

After the July 20 assembly, the ICC stated it will take within the “quickly altering” atmosphere throughout the pandemic and would take a “thought of choice” earlier than figuring out the hosts for the subsequent two editions of the T20 World Cup.

It’s understood that though there isn’t a cut-off level, the ICC is below strain to not delay the choice on the host venues for 2 causes: taking a fast choice would offer readability to all industrial companions together with the host broadcasters who can be planning their budgets for the subsequent calendar yr, and it will additionally enable member boards to plan home windows for bilateral cricket.

Whereas Cricket Australia had raised considerations over its incapacity to host the occasion this yr, its chairman Earl Eddings had written just lately to the ICC, proposing that India swap internet hosting rights with Australia for the 2021 version. Doing that, Eddings recommended, would financially assist all members. If not, Eddings stated it will be “detrimental to cricket” in case the “cancellation” of the World Cup in Australia this yr was “changed by award of” the event in October-November 2022.

CA has reiterated at ICC conferences that it was midway by means of creating the construction for the occasion, so it will be simpler for them to finish the method in the event that they get the rights for the 2021 version.

The BCCI has not revealed its place. Board president Sourav Ganguly has been attending ICC Board calls since March, and is known to have empathised with CA throughout ICC Board conferences. Internally, nonetheless, the BCCI is known to nonetheless be eager on retaining its proper to host the T20 World Cup in 2021. No less than that was the BCCI place on the July 20 assembly.

One key figuring out issue, an intangible, can be how the host nation has handled the pandemic. At the moment each Australia and India stay significantly affected, with the latter among the many prime 5 nations by way of official variety of instances, which as on Thursday was approaching 2 million, with over 40,000 useless.

Doubts linger over Girls’s World Cup

The ladies’s occasion, comprising eight nations, is at the moment scheduled between February 6 and March 7 in New Zealand, a rustic that has saved Covid-19 instances in examine. The New Zealand authorities was additionally the primary to take away restrictions on spectators at sporting occasions.

Greg Barclay, the New Zealand Cricket chairman, recently said a remaining choice on whether or not the Girls’s World Cup would go forward as scheduled was imminent. Qualifiers for the occasion, nonetheless, haven’t been carried out but. It’s understood that if the World Cup is given the go-ahead, the plan shall be to stage the qualifiers within the UAE on the finish of November.

At the moment New Zealand has saved its borders closed – anybody coming into the nation would want to bear a two-week quarantine. It’s understood that groups wouldn’t be allowed to coach if that norm stays in place and would want to isolate of their resort rooms. Add to {that a} week-long preparation interval which might imply no less than 21 days earlier than the occasion begins. It’s understood that the ICC can be involved about who would bear the prices. The member boards would assume it will be the ICC, since it’s a world occasion.

Because the 2017 World Cup in England, girls’s cricket has regularly gained world recognition with the T20 World Cup remaining in March 2020, between Australia and India, witnessed by a file crowd of 86,000-plus on the MCG. Commercially, although, girls’s cricket doesn’t fetch ICC large cash.

Both approach the ICC Board shall be arduous pressed to decide sooner relatively than later. If it postpones the Girls’s World Cup, the ICC would go with out organising a world occasion for 18 months till the boys’s T20 World Cup in October 2021.


Simon Taufel, Sachin Tendulkar, and a pair of lbw decisions


Simon Taufel gained the ICC Umpire of the Yr award for 5 years straight – from 2004 to 2008 – however to some India followers, he’ll at all times stay the umpire who denied Sachin Tendulkar 100 in the course of the 2007 Trent Bridge Test. Taufel has spoken intimately about that call on an episode of the 22 Yarns podcast hosted by Gaurav Kapoor, and revealed how a frank chat with Tendulkar the subsequent day helped them forge a relationship primarily based on “mutual respect for one another and our skills”.

Tendulkar was batting on 91 when he shouldered arms to a nip-baker from Paul Collingwood, and Taufel gave him out. Ball-tracking, nonetheless, recommended the ball would have gone on to overlook the stumps.

“Effectively, I am considering, shouldered arms, so good thing about the doubt most likely to the bowler, and I’ve given Sachin out after a little bit of thought,” Taufel stated. “Now, in fact, Sachin’s not proud of the choice. It is uncommon for him to face round, and he did stand there for a little bit little bit of time, after which he went. I may see that he wasn’t joyful.

“[…] Afterward Hawkeye confirmed that the ball was predicted to overlook the off stump by perhaps an inch. And I simply knew what the response was going to be like from world cricket; so I did not open Cricinfo, I did not learn any newspapers, I knew that I used to be going to be – not the flavour of the month within the media.

“The next morning I occurred to move by Sachin on my regular morning stroll out to the center […] and I come throughout Sachin and I stated, ‘look, yesterday I obtained it fallacious, you understand? I’ve checked out it, I obtained it fallacious.’ He stated, ‘look, Simon, I do know.’ He stated, ‘you are a good umpire, you do not typically get many fallacious, it is okay, don’t fret about it.’

“And out of that type of trade, which wasn’t an apology for the sake of constructing him really feel higher or me really feel higher, it was simply an acknowledgment that we had been each on the market doing our greatest. That is sport, and I wished to acknowledge that I knew the truth that he was sad, and I used to be doing my finest to make it possible for that did not occur once more. That was actually the underlying message.

“[…] I am a giant believer that breakdowns result in breakthroughs, and I believe that was an instance the place Sachin and I had a second that wasn’t significantly nice, and I wished him to know that I took my job critically and I used to be going to make it possible for that did not occur once more. And I believe out of that trade, that relationship checking account obtained a large credit score, as a result of I believe that breakdown second did result in a breakthrough.

“Now we have an ongoing mutual respect for one another and our skills, as a result of I’ve obtained Sachin fallacious quite a lot of instances, not simply on that one event. I’ve obtained the most effective on the planet fallacious. And I’ve discovered from all these examples, however one factor that may at all times be with me, aside from these errors, is the respect and the belief and the integrity of {our relationships} as we go ahead.”

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Talking of different events the place he obtained choices fallacious, Taufel introduced up one the place Tendulkar was the beneficiary, in the course of the 2005 Delhi Test in opposition to Sri Lanka, the place he made his 35th Check century to go previous Sunil Gavaskar’s then Check-record tally of a whole lot.

ESPNcricinfo’s report of the primary day’s play says Tendulkar survived “two perilous lbw appeals” earlier than attending to his hundred – one in opposition to Dilhara Fernando on 24, the opposite in opposition to Muttiah Muralitharan on 38. Taufel did not specify which one he was referring to.

“I used to be doing a Check match at Feroz Shah Kotla between India and Sri Lanka, and Sachin does get hit on the pads early on within the innings, and I’ve given it not out,” Taufel stated. “He goes on to attain 100, which I believe was his record-breaking hundred at that time period, however nobody’s speaking about that. Nobody remembers that, that is not on YouTube wherever.

“They’re all speaking about Sachin being robbed on 91 [at Trent Bridge], they do not discuss in regards to the not-out the place he goes on to attain 100. Tom Moody, who was the [then] Sri Lankan coach, wasn’t significantly proud of me, due to [that decision].”

On MS Dhoni’s sense of humour

Talking in regards to the numerous characters he interacted with throughout his umpiring profession, Taufel picked out MS Dhoni for his sense of humour.

“MS Dhoni, I discover him wonderful. He is obtained the most effective cricket brains I’ve ever come throughout – [him,] Darren Lehmann and Shane Warne can be the highest three cricket brains that I have been lucky to come back throughout. MS Dhoni is so calm – he is so relaxed – however he is additionally obtained a way of humour that most individuals would not get to see.

“I bear in mind sitting down in a change room at Durban with him. We might simply come off a Check match in Cape City. Sreesanth had bowled in that earlier recreation, [there were] over fee challenges as a result of Sree takes a very long time to bowl his overs, and we might sat down in these leather-based chairs within the umpires’ room in Durban.

[Taufel may have mixed up the venues, because the only Test series in which Dhoni captained Sreesanth in South Africa was in 2010-11, where the second Test was in Durban and the third – in which Taufel officiated – was in Cape Town.]

“We’re simply having a casual chat, and MS is these black leather-based chairs within the umpires’ room, and he says, “these chairs are okay, they’re fairly good, and I used to be considering, how can I get a few these, I would not thoughts shopping for a few of these and taking them residence.” I am considering, I am making an attempt to have a critical dialogue with you about over charges and also you’re apprehensive about these leather-based chairs.

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“And I stated, ‘MS, you’ve got now been carried out for over charges in Cape City, and when you’ve obtained the identical issues right here in Durban, we’re speaking about suspension territory.’ He is nearly rubbed his arms collectively, and [said], ‘suspension? I would not thoughts a recreation off, as a result of I am taking part in quite a lot of cricket in the mean time’, and it simply blew me away. I assumed, that is one thing completely different that I have not seen earlier than. However that is the sense of humour and the relaxed nature of the character and also you develop good relationships [with such people].

Makhaya Ntini, one other nice one, as a quick bowler. What a personality! He scored many centuries as a bowler on troublesome pitches, and sometimes he’d come to me and say, ‘Simon, what do you suppose I ought to do now? The place ought to I bowl this one?’ And I stated, mate, ‘I’ve obtained my very own challenges, I am worrying about my very own recreation! Bowl the place you wish to bowl, and do what it’s important to do!'”