Yuvraj Singh: MS Dhoni ‘showed me the correct picture’ about my future


Yuvraj Singh has credited MS Dhoni for exhibiting him “the actual image” over his worldwide future when he was dropped from the ODI set-up for good in mid-2017, not lengthy after travelling to the Caribbean the place he struggled. Coming because it did quickly after India’s runners-up end on the Champions Trophy, the place he managed simply 105 runs in 4 innings, spelt the end of the road for Singh.

“After I made my comeback, Virat Kohli [the captain] supported me. Had he not backed me then I would not have made a comeback,” Singh informed Community18. “Clearly, I had carried out in home cricket [for Punjab]. However then it was Dhoni who confirmed me the proper image on the 2019 World Cup and that selectors are usually not you.

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“He confirmed me the actual image. He did no matter he might, however generally as captain, you may’t justify for everybody. Captains worldwide have gotten stick, be it Sourav Ganguly or Ricky Ponting. Supporting or not supporting is particular person selection. He [Dhoni] gave me readability. Jitna unse ho saka unhone kiya [He did as much as he could].”

Singh, the star of India’s 2011 World Cup win when Dhoni was the captain, had made a comeback to the ODI facet solely earlier that yr – after final enjoying the format in December 2013 – and made his ODI best of 150 towards England in Cuttack in his second comeback match. However he managed simply one more half-century in a run of eight innings after that until he was neglected.

“I do not blame individuals for not having belief in me after I got here again from most cancers; I personally took some time to have the identical confidence in my recreation”

“Until the 2011 World Cup, MS had quite a lot of confidence in me and used to inform me that ‘you’re my important participant’. However after getting back from sickness, the sport modified and quite a lot of modifications occurred within the group,” Singh mentioned. “You may’t pinpoint this stuff; captains need to take the group ahead. So so far as the 2015 World Cup is anxious, you may’t actually pinpoint at one thing. So this can be a very private name.

“So I understood that as a captain, generally you may’t justify the whole lot as a result of on the finish of the day you need to see how the nation performs. Each captain helps sure gamers. I felt MS supported Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja after they struggled quite a bit. Virat has supported KL. I do not blame individuals for not having belief in me after I got here again from most cancers; I personally took some time to have the identical confidence in my recreation.”

Since retiring in June 2019, Singh has featured within the International T20 Canada league and the T10 League in Abu Dhabi. Lately, he was appointed mentor of the Punjab group forward of their coaching camp in Mohali. “I am wanting ahead to mentoring. There could also be just a few worldwide leagues. I have not selected whether or not I will play home cricket once more, however total, I’ve no regrets,” he mentioned. “I wasn’t in a great area mentally [last year], did not get probabilities within the IPL. However now, I am wanting ahead to this. I am connected to Punjab cricket. I would like these guys to go on and play for India.”


Women’s T20 Challenge v WBBL: Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates upset with BCCI decision


BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Sunday that the Ladies’s T20 Problem might be held within the UAE on the sidelines of the IPL in November. Nevertheless, with the WBBL scheduled from October 17 to November 29, a number of gamers from Australia, together with Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes, reacted to the announcement sharply, whereas Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, amongst different Indian gamers, welcomed it. Here is how the controversy unfolded on Twitter:

Healy, Participant of the Closing as Australia received the T20 World Cup earlier this 12 months, kicked issues off, saying that internet hosting the T20 Problem whereas the WBBL could be on will not be a good suggestion in any case.

Haynes, the vice-captain of the Australia facet, mentioned that the ladies’s sport wanted its finest skills on the sector, and never competing in numerous elements of the world.

The T20 Problem wouldn’t have clashed with the WBBL if it had taken place when it was scheduled to, on the sidelines of the IPL in April-Could. Now, with the IPL transferring to September-November, issues have modified.

From the perspective of the premier Indian girls cricketers, there was additionally the chance to get some match time if the white-ball tour of England hadn’t been cancelled. That was due in July-August, however after it was postponed, the ECB had recommended taking part in a tri-series additionally involving South Africa in September. The BCCI, nonetheless, opted out.

India ODI captain, Raj, in the meantime welcomed the information as a begin to preparations for the ODI World Cup, the planning for which, the ICC has mentioned, continues at the same time as further assessments are made by NZC.

Goswami, who, like Raj, represents India solely in ODIs, expressed her eagerness to get again to taking part in, as did Poonam Yadav. Apart from the T20 Problem, BCCI’s cricket operations group is understanding a schedule the place India Ladies are more likely to have two full-fledged white-ball sequence in opposition to South Africa and West Indies earlier than taking part in the ODI World Cup in New Zealand subsequent 12 months, based on PTI.

As reported by ESPNcricinfo final week, at least three top-drawer India players were WBBL-bound, pending no-objection certificates from the BCCI. Healy puzzled about abroad gamers’ participation in each tournaments now that there is a clear conflict within the scheduling.

New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates additionally joined within the debate. Bates, alongside together with her compatriots Sophie Devine and Lea Tahuhu, have been part of each editions of the T20 Problem to date. Devine and Bates have been additionally a part of runners-up Adelaide Strikers on the WBBL final season, and the previous is about to enroll with the Perth Scorchers this 12 months.

After which there is a third home match: the Hundred. Though Covid-19 has pushed back the inaugural edition of the English 100-ball competition – each males’s and girls’s – to 2021, Charlotte Edwards harassed that the well being of the ladies’s sport trusted all three home tournaments co-existing.

Jess Jonassen, the Australia allrounder who was just lately named two-time defending champions Brisbane Warmth’s captain, additionally weighed in.

A final-minute stalemate between the BCCI and Cricket Australia within the lead-up to the T20 Problem final 12 months had led to the Australians missing out on the Indian tournament. The Indian gamers, in the meantime, couldn’t take part within the WBBL final season as they focussed on making ready for the T20 World Cup as a substitute, with assignments in opposition to South Africa and West Indies. The very last thing gamers from each nations would need is one other standoff between the 2 boards.


Rohit Sharma wary of coming back from ‘longest gap in my career without holding a bat’


Rohit Sharma has not performed any cricket since he tore his left calf on February 2 during the T20 series in New Zealand. Six months with out cricket is “difficult” even for the world’s No. 2 ODI batsman and Rohit admits that might be his main concern as he gears as much as lead defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians subsequent month.

The harm compelled Rohit to overlook the ODI and Check legs of New Zealand tour and he was not a part of the squad for the ODI sequence at house in opposition to South Africa as he recuperated kind the harm. The postponement of IPL, from its common window in the summertime, as a result of Covid-19 pandemic allowed Rohit to regain his health which he’s now keen to check on area.

“It”s the longest hole that I’ve ever had in my profession with out holding a bat,” Rohit instructed PTI on Tuesday. “It is going to be a bit difficult. Except I play, I cannot know the place I’m and the way I really feel however physique is totally high quality. I really feel bodily extra robust than ever due to the final 4 months.”

The 2020 IPL is scheduled to start out on September 19 and though the event schedule is but to return out, Mumbai will play Chennai Tremendous Kings within the first match as per the norm. In line with Rohit the gradual nature of pitches within the UAE will play a dominant hand.

“We now have lot of time in our palms… I will probably be taking it gradual,” he mentioned. “Fortunately, I don”t assume there’s any rush that I want to indicate. We now have sufficient time. I’ll work on getting again to the bottom slowly as a result of the temperature in Dubai is 40 levels. It”s not simple.

“Your planning modifications quite a bit. Pitches in Dubai are a bit on the slower aspect. The pitches will not be so totally different from India however sure overhead circumstances will probably be a giant issue as you aren’t all the time used to enjoying in 40 levels, which generally is a little bit of a problem. As a lot as we sit and plan issues right here, it might fully change as soon as we’re there and take a look at the circumstances after which take into consideration ultimate mixtures.”

Chennai Tremendous Kings batsman Suresh Raina mentioned that whereas the circumstances within the UAE – particularly overhead – could be tough, in a manner the decreased journey of shifting between solely three venues that aren’t far aside would make issues simpler on the gamers in a manner. “The very best factor in Dubai is that you do not have logistical issues,” Raina was quoted as saying, on a webinar, by PTI. “It’s 45 minutes from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. You go from there [Dubai] to Sharjah, it is 40 minutes.

“In a manner, we may have extra relaxation and extra time to plan our issues and we all know the right way to overcome the problem.”

Rohit’s success as a frontrunner within the IPL has made pundits and even his friends to make comparisons with one of the best captains within the restricted overs recreation. Lately Raina mentioned he saw similarities in the leadership styles of Rohit and MS Dhoni. Rohit responded politely saying such comparisons should not be made.

So far as main within the a high-intensity event like IPL was involved, Rohit mentioned his predominant job is to speak and provides confidence to the youthful gamers. “You might want to give confidence to the youthful gamers, a few of them have not performed the IPL earlier than, haven’t got worldwide publicity,” he mentioned. “I want to ensure they’re in one of the best zone, not pressurised by the second and get these little performances from everybody.


Anjum Chopra wants BCCI to be ‘more specific in communication about women’s cricket’


Anjum Chopra, the previous India ladies’s captain and present tv commentator, believes that the BCCI has a plan for girls’s cricket however desires the board to speak its concepts extra clearly.

Talking to PTI, Chopra mentioned: “It isn’t that the BCCI shouldn’t be desirous about ladies’s cricket. I solely assume they have to be extra particular in communication about ladies’s cricket.

“I firmly consider that they should be desirous about ladies’s cricket however the communication all this whereas has been very particular to males’s cricket.”

The BCCI has acquired criticism of withdrawing the women from a tour of England in September, owing to logistical points arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. Then there may be the query of the Women’s T20 Challenge clashing with the WBBL.

Chopra mentioned lacking out on the England tour is “not good” however Indian gamers’ participation within the T20 Problem will nonetheless be helpful preparation for subsequent yr’s ODI World Cup.

“It’s heartening to see ladies’s cricket making headlines,” Chopra mentioned. “They need to have been part of that England tour and it didn’t really feel good initially however the ladies’s IPL [T20 Challenge], regardless of the format, will likely be useful for World Cup preparations. Any type of cricket is sweet preparation.

“Lacking out on a match shouldn’t be good, however logistically there might have been points. And you’ll’t ship an under-prepared workforce.

“For those who see it in isolation, we might have missed out on a chance to play in England. The extra the women play the higher it’s, earlier than enjoying a match of the stature of World Cup. [But] the assurance from the president [Sourav Ganguly] is an excellent factor.”

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Chopra welcomed the choice to carry the ladies’s occasion within the UAE alongside the IPL, which can run from September 19 to November 10. The ladies’s T20 Problem will coincide with the knockouts of the boys’s league.

“I’m undoubtedly pleased, it is all the time good to be a part of any cricket anyplace internationally,” Chopra mentioned. “They need to have been nearing the ultimate levels of the preparation for the World Cup by now, however due to the pandemic issues didn’t go as deliberate.”


Ishant Sharma: ‘Want to be part of a World Cup-winning team’


Ishant Sharma has performed extra Checks for India than any tempo bowler bar Kapil Dev, and appears set to hitch him within the 100-Checks membership if India’s tour of Australia, scheduled in direction of the top of the 12 months, takes place. Nonetheless, Sharma has performed solely 80 ODIs, the final of which got here in January 2016. He hasn’t given up on the 50-overs format although, and continues to be eyeing a spot in a World Cup squad, having by no means performed within the event earlier than.

“Clearly, I’d like to play in a World Cup,” he stated in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, speaking to Deep Dasgupta in an episode of Cricketbaazi. “Really, I wish to be a part of a World Cup-winning group, as it will likely be a unique feeling altogether. We’re taking part in the World Take a look at Championship, which is equal to a World Cup in Take a look at cricket, however you realise that not lots of people observe it, whereas an ODI World Cup is extensively adopted.”

In Checks, Sharma has 297 wickets in 97 video games at a median of 32.39, and has generally been criticised for a comparatively excessive common. He is near 300 Checks wickets, however in that 300-wicket club, solely Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Daniel Vettori have the next common. Until 2017, Sharma was averaging 36.55 from 79 Tests, however a stellar last two years have lifted his stats. The tempo bowler, who will flip 32 in September, stated that the stats had by no means bothered him, as long as his communication with the captain was on level.

MS Dhoni (the captain when Sharma’s numbers had been middling) all the time backed me,” Sharma stated. “Even after my first 50-60 Checks, he by no means stated we’ll search for somebody to interchange you. To inform you the reality, even after taking part in 97 Checks, I nonetheless do not perceive issues like common and strike charge! I’ve by no means bothered about these items. If I am not capable of perceive them, why ought to I depend on them? It is only a quantity in any case. If I’m bowling in India and the captain tells me to bowl in a method that I concede solely 40 runs in 20 overs and that the spinners will handle choosing up wickets, that is what is vital to me. It would not matter to me that my bowling common is round 37. My communication will probably be with my captain and that is why Dhoni backed me.”

Sharma recognized a one-day match that led to a change in his strategy, against Australia in Mohali in October 2013. India had put up 303 for 9, a goal Australia hunted down with three balls to spare and 4 wickets standing, using on James Faulkner’s 64* off 29.

“The turning level of my life got here in 2013. Faulkner hit me for 30 runs in a single over in an ODI in Mohali that Australia went on to win,” Sharma stated. “At the moment I felt I had betrayed myself and my nation. For 2-three weeks, I did not communicate to anybody. I cried quite a bit. I’m a really robust man. My mom says she hasn’t seen a more durable particular person than me. [But] I known as my girlfriend and cried on the cellphone like a baby. These three weeks had been like a nightmare. I ended consuming. I could not sleep or do the rest. You turn on the tv and persons are criticising you, which messes you up much more.

“I chuckle about it now and I take into account it a blessing in disguise. Typically you want a jolt to know your ardour. After the Faulkner incident, I went by means of main adjustments in my life. After 2013, I began taking issues critically. Earlier than that, if I had a foul efficiency, individuals would come and inform me ‘It is okay, it occurs.’ However after 2013, if somebody got here to me and stated that, I would not hear. If I’ve made a mistake, I’ve made a mistake. I began taking accountability for my actions. While you try this, you play each match to win it for the group.”

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Vivo pulls out as IPL 2020 title sponsors


IPL title rights holders Vivo have pulled out of this 12 months’s match, ESPNcricinfo understands. The event follows a public outcry over the match’s affiliation with Vivo, a Chinese language firm, following clashes on the India-China border in June.

Neither the BCCI nor Vivo had been obtainable for touch upon the difficulty.

In June, the BCCI had mentioned it will “overview” the sponsorship offers regarding the IPL, however didn’t identify any model. “Paying attention to the border skirmish that resulted within the martyrdom of our courageous jawans, the IPL Governing Council has convened a gathering subsequent week to overview IPL’s numerous sponsorship offers,” BCCI mentioned in a tweet posted on June 19.

In line with India At this time Vivo would return as IPL’s title sponsor for the 2022 and 2023 editions. It additionally has reported that the BCCI will challenge a young within the coming days to discover a title sponsor for the 2020 IPL season.

Two days in the past, the BCCI’s formal announcement – signed by secretary Jay Shah – of the IPL being performed within the UAE between September 15 and November 10 talked about Vivo because the title sponsor.

The choice shouldn’t be more likely to considerably have an effect on the franchises financially. ESPNcricinfo spoke with a number of franchises, every of whom mentioned that whereas the IPL was but to tell them of the event, they weren’t fussed on the information. It’s understood every franchise will get roughly Rs 20 crore per 12 months from the Vivo contract. As far they’re involved, so long as the BCCI can rope in a alternative for Vivo, this growth is not going to have any influence on them.

Vivo had bagged the title sponsorship for 2 years initially in 2015, and retained the rights signing a five-year contract (2017-22), paying about USD 341 million.


IPL 2020 SOPs: Rigorous testing, restricted movements, one team per hotel


The IPL has laid out a rigorous testing course of for gamers and help employees who might want to clear no less than 4 exams together with a week-long quarantine earlier than they’ll begin coaching within the UAE. Particulars of the testing course of and frequency function among the many draft doc of ordinary working procedures (SOPs), which the IPL shared with franchises on Monday.

The SOPs embody particulars on dos and don’ts throughout journey, lodging and coaching through the 53-day match, which is scheduled to be performed at three venues within the UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah – between September 19 and November 10. The BCCI is but to announce the match schedule because it awaits a proper nod from the Indian authorities.

ESPNcricinfo understands that groups have been requested to journey with “minimal” contingents and never earlier than August 20. Among the many SOPs, the IPL has permitted households of squad members to journey to the UAE and keep contained in the bio-secure bubble, however the closing determination on that entrance will stay with every franchise. Nonetheless, the IPL has made it obligatory that every group might want to have a medical physician on board to assist the franchise mitigate dangers as effectively educate the squad through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Testing protocols

As per the draft SOPs, IPL has beneficial to franchises that every one members perform two exams earlier than their squads depart for the UAE. These two exams will have to be achieved at 24-hour intervals as per the World Well being Organisation norms. They may also have to be achieved earlier than the participant or teaching/help employees member assembles within the metropolis the place they may board the flight for the UAE. The validity of the second check end result might want to final for no less than 4 days (96 hours) together with the date of touchdown within the UAE.

The participant or employees in query can solely fly out if each these exams come out destructive. Anybody contaminated might want to endure the obligatory two-week quarantine interval as per the rules of the Indian authorities. After that, the particular person might want to endure a contemporary set of two exams and clear them earlier than becoming a member of the squad within the UAE.

As soon as the squad lands within the UAE, all members are to endure one other check on the airport earlier than heading to the group lodge. From this level, the IPL testing protocol will kick in.

As per the protocol, each squad will endure a compulsory seven-day quarantine within the group lodge. Throughout this week each squad member might be examined thrice – on days 1, three and 6. As soon as all these outcomes come again destructive, the squad can begin coaching.

After that, all squad members might be examined on the fifth day of each week all through the match.

“The IPL has permitted households of squad members to journey to the UAE and keep contained in the bio-secure bubble, however the closing determination on that entrance will stay with every franchise.”

So far as the non-Indian gamers and employees are involved, they might want to carry the destructive results of the check carried out within the final 96 hours earlier than arriving within the UAE.

As per the native guidelines, through the match squads travelling to Abu Dhabi might want to carry destructive check outcomes carried out within the earlier 48 hours. As per the IPL tips, if the weekly check end result has expired through the course of journey to Abu Dhabi, squads might want to endure a contemporary check once more.

Testing optimistic through the match

In such a state of affairs, it’s understood that the particular person in query would wish to isolate however exterior the bubble, contemplating that aerosols – respiratory droplets – can simply be transmitted. That contaminated particular person could be put in a sanitised room inside the similar lodge. One of many tips recommends having a couple of rooms the place the squad is staying to isolate any contaminated particular person(s).

No stepping out of the bubble

It’s understood the IPL has made it clear no particular person can go out and in of the bio-secure bubble through the course of the match. Strict social distancing norms have been beneficial, together with squad members discouraged from having any shut contact even inside the bubble which incorporates transferring between lodge rooms. Squad members have additionally been requested to put on masks exterior their rooms at motels and keep away from any pointless motion.

There might be exceptions. If an injured participant wants to go to a hospital for X-rays or scans, then the rules recommend the motion be restricted to the clinic with minimal interplay with outsiders.

One group per lodge

As per the rules all eight groups will keep in separate motels. The franchises have been requested to guide a lodge or resort solely for the squads with no outsiders allowed. If that isn’t attainable, then IPL has beneficial they keep someplace with a separate wing, entrance and exit.


Nitin Menon replaces Nigel Llong in Elite panel of umpires for 2020-21


India’s Nitin Menon has been included within the ICC Elite panel of umpires for the 2020-21 season after the annual assessment performed by the sport’s governing physique. At 36, Menon is without doubt one of the youngest to be included within the Elite panel. He was earlier a part of the Worldwide panel and can exchange England’s Nigel Llong within the Elite roster.

A panel consisting of ICC common supervisor of cricket Geoff Allardice (chairman), former participant Sanjay Manjrekar, and match referees Ranjan Madugalle and David Boon made the choice.

The ICC screens umpires’ standing via numerous parameters, together with on-field decision-making, the variety of critiques the match official has received proper, and conduct on the sphere. Accordingly, factors are tallied and umpires are ranked internally.

As per ESPNcricinfo’s data, Llong has had the best proportion (36.2%) of his reviewed selections overturned in Assessments since September 28, 2017.

Menon, who started his umpiring profession in 2017, has officiated in three Assessments, 24 ODIs and 16 T20Is in males’s cricket. He has additionally stood in ten girls’s T20Is, together with the 2018 and 2020 T20 World Cups. After S Venkataraghavan and S Ravi, he’s the third umpire from India to make it to the Elite panel.

“It is an awesome honour and matter of pleasure for me to be named within the Elite panel,” Menon stated in an ICC launch. “To be officiating frequently together with the main umpires and referees of the world is one thing that I at all times dreamt of and the sensation has but to sink in.

“Having already officiated in Assessments, ODIs and T20Is in addition to in ICC occasions, I perceive the good accountability that comes with the job. I additionally really feel it is a accountability on me to take Indian umpires ahead and assist them by sharing my experiences.”

Adrian Griffith, the ICC’s senior supervisor of umpires and referees, congratulated Menon, saying he “has come via our pathway system with very constant performances”.

Final 12 months, England’s Michael Gough and West Indies’ Joel Wilson were promoted to the Elite panel, whereas Ravi was omitted from the checklist.

‘Not shocked by Menon’s choice’ – Taufel

Taufel, who has labored extensively with Indian umpires, stated he was not “shocked” by Menon’s elevation. “I am not shocked by his choice as his expertise was evident some years in the past,” Taufel informed ESPNcricinfo. “However once more it exhibits that it takes a few years to get to world-class, via dedication, dedication, resilience and a progress mindset. With Nitin becoming a member of the highest group, a task mannequin is there for a lot of Indian umpires who aspire to be the most effective. Hopefully, it’s going to encourage the BCCI to maintain investing of their growth applications for match officers.”

ICC Elite panel of umpires: Aleem Dar, Kumar Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Chris Gaffaney, Michael Gough, Nitin Menon, Richard Illingworth, Richard Kettleborough, Bruce Oxenford, Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker and Joel Wilson

ICC Elite panel of match referees: David Boon, Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson and Javagal Srinath


Mark Taylor raises prospect of Boxing Day Test being moved


Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has raised the prospect of the Australia-India Boxing Day Check being moved away from the MCG if different venues are in a position to host bigger crowds.

Though nonetheless six months away, the latest spike in Covid-19 instances in Victoria – 75 had been recorded on Monday – has introduced into doubt when crowds will be capable of return within the state.

Adelaide and Perth have been talked of as alternate options for the Boxing Day encounter with each South Australia and Western Australia persevering with to ease restrictions. Perth Stadium is about to have the ability to fill its 60,000 capability for soccer matches from the center of July whereas Adelaide Oval is ready to host crowds of as much as 25,000 – 50% of its capability.

“In case you take a look at what’s occurring round Australia, by Christmas time the MCG might solely be capable of host 10,000-20,000 individuals, which isn’t going to look nice while you’ve obtained an actual iconic Check match,” Taylor informed 9’s Sports activities on Sunday.

“You progress that match to Optus Stadium and even the Adelaide Oval, you are going to get full venues. The Adelaide Oval and Optus Stadium will probably be working exhausting to try to get that sport as a result of they might look higher with full crowds.”

Whereas the prospects of the Australia-India collection happening have been promising for a while, there had been a chat of the likelihood that it must be played behind closed doors – as would be the case when worldwide cricket returns with the England-West Indies collection subsequent month – with India probably utilizing a single venue as a hub.

Nevertheless, because the Covid-19 scenario improved within the nation so too did the hopes of a standard schedule though the scenario in Victoria is a reminder of how rapidly issues can change. The current schedule has the collection being performed in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney with Perth internet hosting Afghanistan in late November however Cricket Australia had mentioned all fixtures had been topic to vary. Western Australia although voiced their anger at not being given a profitable India Check.

Talking final week, Australia captain Tim Paine mentioned he hoped to be taking part in in entrance of crowds this season.

“Given the present circumstances, I dare say every thing is properly and actually on the desk. We’re hopeful that all over the place we play come summer season, we might be capable of have crowds,” he mentioned. “How large they’re, we do not know, clearly. Nevertheless it’s a tough one for anybody to reply as a result of there’s a lot altering week to week, day after day. Give it’s three or 4 months, we simply do not know what it’ll appear to be.

“Definitely, from a participant’s standpoint, we need to be taking part in in entrance of huge crowds at the very best venues and a giant day like Boxing Day is one thing that everybody appears ahead to and a giant a part of that’s taking part in on the MCG.

“Fingers crossed issues are going properly sufficient that we will do this however, as I mentioned, we’re spoilt for selection right here in Australia with some world-class stadiums. If one thing needed to change, then, once more, now we have loads of choices.”


Shikha Pandey says don’t ‘tinker with fabric of women’s game’, but market it well


India pace-bowling allrounder Shikha Pandey has turn into the most recent in an extended line of cricketers to supply views on whether or not girls’s cricket wants any tweaks – like smaller balls or shorter pitches – to assist it additional flourish and appeal to extra followers. In a collection of tweets, Pandey on Saturday mentioned “many of the solutions” to change the ladies’s sport had been “superfluous”.

“Please, do not evaluate girls’s sport, girls’s cricket on this case, with males’s sport. We have to see it as a distinct sport altogether… A sport that 86,174 spectators turned as much as watch on March 8, 2020 and a number of other million watched reside on their tv units,” she tweeted, referring to the record crowd on the remaining of the 2020 T20 World Cup between Australia and India on the MCG in March.

A mainstay of the Indian assault that completed runners-up each on the 2017 ODI World Cup and the latest T20 World Cup, Pandey wrote, “Lowering the scale of the ball is ok, however as Ian Smith instructed, it solely works if the load stays the identical. This can permit for bowlers to grip the ball higher – extra revs for the spinners – and hits may also journey additional (not be the case whether it is mild).”

As for lowering the size of the pitch from 22 yards, Pandey mentioned: “An Olympic 100m feminine sprinter would not run 80m to win First place medal and clock the identical timing as her male counterpart,” she wrote. “So the entire ‘reducing the size of the pitch’ for no matter causes appears doubtful. Additionally, it virtually positively takes the double-headers [with the men’s teams] out of query.”

As a substitute of “tinkering with guidelines or the very material of the sport to draw an viewers”, Pandey mentioned, “Progress may be achieved by advertising and marketing the game effectively.”

She additionally advocated extra expertise within the girls’s sport. “Why not have DRS, Snicko, Hotspot, all the technical acumen and reside broadcast for each sport that we play wherever on the planet.”

Potential adjustments to the ladies’s sport, comparable to utilizing a shorter pitch and a smaller ball, had been suggested by New Zealand captain Sophie Devine and India batter Jemimah Rodrigues in a latest webinar performed by the ICC. Then, in a collection of interviews by ESPNcricinfo final week, the likes of Smriti Mandhana, Rachael Haynes, Lea Tahuhu, Kate Cross and Nida Dar had also laid out their views on the debate.

“If it [the act of proposing tweaks] is about bringing it [women’s cricket] aesthetically nearer to the lads’s sport, I do not suppose that is the best option to go about it. The ladies’s sport is an efficient product that is persevering with to evolve & make its personal mark,” Haynes mentioned.

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Tahuhu identified that “when you’re having to arrange two-sized pitches, you then lose out the chance to host double-headers with males, whereas Mandhana added: “Though I really feel girls’s cricket is thrilling as it’s… lowering the size would possibly make it attention-grabbing from the viewer’s perspective.”

Cross and Dar emphasised that higher infrastructural and financial funding and extra publicity on the a part of the media is the perfect option to the take the ladies’s sport ahead. “Having the WBBL, the KSL, the Hundred or a girls’s IPL – that is the sort of change the ladies’s sport wants,” mentioned Cross, whereas Dar questioned, “How about publicising the matches rigorously on social media and mainstream media? … Give gamers extra incentive to lift the usual of the sport and issues will get extra entertaining.”