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Cricket Ireland Requests BCCI To Schedule India’s Warm Up Games In Ireland In 2022 Before England Tour

Cricket Ireland has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to schedule India’s warm-up games in Ireland ahead of the one-off Test and white-ball series against England next year.

Less than a week ago, it was announced through a joint statement that the fifth Test between India and England, which was cancelled due to a COVID scare earlier this year, will be played between July 1-5 in Edgbaston in 2022.

Ireland Cricket Team
Ireland Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Cricket Ireland Requested BCCI To-Plan Warm-Up Games In Ireland

Post the one-off Test that will be the finale of sorts as part of India’s 2021 Test tour of England, the two teams will square off in three ODIs and as many T20Is as well. India will tour England in 2022 for three T20Is, three ODIs, and one Test.

BCCI, ECB Logo
BCCI, ECB Logo

“Cricket Ireland has reached out to the BCCI and requested that they plan for India’s warm-up games to take place in Ireland. The request by Cricket Ireland has been put in as a means of helping Irish cricket grow, and the talks are on between the boards. The meetings are expected to take place ahead of the T20 World Cup final,” the source confirmed.

It has been reported that Cricket Ireland has reached out to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to schedule some warm-up matches for the Indian team in Ireland. In 2018, when India was scheduled for a white-ball and red-ball tour to England, on their way, they did drop off in Ireland. At the time, the senior men’s team played two T20Is at The Village in Malahide, winning both of them comprehensively.

The only other time apart from 2018 when India toured Ireland was way back in 2007, the year which brought Irish cricket to the forefront of the world. India played a one-off ODI against them and played a three-match ODI series against South Africa.

India Leads England 2-1 In 4 Tests While The Postponed One-Off Test Will Be In July 2022

Before the last match was indefinitely postponed due to a COVID scare, the two countries played out a riveting series, with India pulling off a famous 151-run win at Lord’s before England leveled the scores with massive innings and a 76-run win at Leeds.

In the 4th Test at the Kennington Oval in London, an inspired bowling performance across both innings by the Indian unit, in addition to a century for Rohit Sharma (127) and handy contributions from the rest of the XI, guided India to a 157-run win and an important 2-1 lead in the series.
Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the fourth Test against England. (Twitter/BCCI)
Rohit Sharma celebrates his century during the fourth Test against England. (Twitter/BCCI)
India currently holds a 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. A win in the final Test will help Virat Kohli’s men inch closer to making their second final as part of the World Test Championship 2021-22 cycle.
Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
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Old Trafford May Miss Out On Hosting The Rescheduled 5th Test Between England And India

Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester could miss out on hosting the rescheduled Test between England and India next due to scheduling conflicts.

Reports suggest that the rescheduled Test could be taking place at the same time as England’s white-ball matches against South Africa.

Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Photo | AP)

Old Trafford May Not Be The Venue For The Rescheduled Test

The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester in early September. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game.

“An agreement in principle has been reached with India over completing the aborted series next year, after the tourists refused to play at the 11th hour last month due to concerns over Covid. However, the deciding Test will take place elsewhere due to scheduling issues at Old Trafford,” said a report on Thursday.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
In the four matches prior to the Manchester Test fixture at Old Trafford, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley, but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

Lancashire Unable To Commit To Put The Test In The Narrow Window Available

County cricket side Lancashire had reportedly lost more than one million pounds through hospitality income when the fifth and last Test between England and India was cancelled.

The final Test was called off just two hours before the start of play due to a COVID-19 outbreak scare in the Indian camp after assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive. However, it is understood that they have opened talks with the ECB about receiving compensation, which will be forthcoming.

“It is understood Lancashire were unable to commit to putting on the Test in the narrow window available. Old Trafford is already due to host a one-day international between England and South Africa on July 24 while the Old Trafford club are also expected to stage several gigs next summer. While the ECB have yet to finalise a date with their Indian counterparts, it is likely there will be some overlap between the Test match and England’s one-day series against South Africa,” further said the report.

India vs England
India vs England- Image Credit: Twitter

India is scheduled to tour England for three ODIs and as many T20Is from July 1 to 14. England’s home series against South Africa begins on July 19. After the series concludes on July 31, it will be immediately followed by the second edition of the Hundred.

With a limited time period for the match to take place and an ODI game between South Africa-England set to take place in Manchester on 24th June, and various music gigs scheduled to take, Lancashire has refused to commit to hosting the game. Although the two boards have agreed to play a rescheduled Test match, there is still no clarity on whether that match will be the series’ fifth match or a stand-alone event.

Both teams are awaiting the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) verdict on the implication of the postponed game on the WTC. It remains to be seen whether India will be forced to forfeit the game, or the game will be counted as abandoned, or whether ICC allows the fifth game to be played next year.  If the series ends as thing stands now, India will be declared winners by a 2-1 margin.

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England Pacer James Anderson Hopes Manchester Test Will Be Played Again

England pacer James Anderson on Sunday said he hopes the Manchester Test against India will be played at some point and the fast bowler will get to feature in the game at his home ground.

The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

England Pacer James Anderson Hopes Manchester Test Will Be Played Again And He Will Play Another Int’l Match At His Home Ground

James Anderson felt gutted for the Lancashire fans but is hopeful of playing another international game at his home ground. Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.

“It’s such a shame the summer of international cricket ended this way. I’m gutted for everyone at @lancashirecricket, for the fans who paid for tickets/trains/hotels, for both sets of supporters that wanted to see the finish this series deserved,” Anderson said in his Instagram post.

James Anderson
James Anderson. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“I hope it will be played again at some point and I hope I will get to play another international game at my home ground that I love so much,” he added.

The 39-year-old bowler rued the anticlimactic end to the summer cricket season and offered words of support to hosts Lancashire country cricket club as well as fans who had travelled to the stadium. Even at the age of 39, he doesn’t seem to lose his magic and showed his calibre outright in the last Test series against India. James Anderson picked 15 wickets against India across four Tests with an average of 24.66.

James Anderson, who is the leading wicket-taker of England in Test cricket, said his family won’t be travelling with him to Australia as his children will have to be present in England for their education.

There will be a lot of hectic moments for England players who will be travelling to both UAE for the T20 World Cup (and IPL 2021) and later Australia as they will have to be under various COVID-19 bubbles and compel to strict quarantine rules of the respective country. James Anderson, who only plays red-ball cricket for England, said he will manage somehow but expressed concern over his teammates who would be participating in both the tours.

England Was Trailing By 2-1 When The Manchester Test Was Abandoned Without A Ball Being Bowled

In the four matches prior to the Manchester fixture, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled 5th Test match which was scheduled to be played at Manchester from Friday.

England’s James Anderson became the first seam bowler to reach 600 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in a gloomy last session of a rain-hit final day of the third Test against Pakistan. He is now the first bowler to possess 400 wickets in England, and the second bowler – after Muttiah Muralitharan – to have claimed as many wickets in his home country.

James Anderson is one of only two England bowlers – the other being Stuart Broad – to have taken more than 300 wickets at home in Test matches. Fred Trueman is third in the list of highest wicket-takers in England, with 229 wickets. Among the leading wicket-takers at home, Anil Kumble is third, with 350, followed by Stuart Broad (341 wickets), and Shane Warne (319 wickets).

Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton
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COVID-19, Player Power And IPL 2021 Combined To Manchester Test Abandonment: Michael Atherton

Michael Atherton believes that Covid-19 or the IPL alone is not a factor and that three factors overall and their combination resulted in the abandonment of the deciding 5th and final Test at the Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester. The cancellation of the fifth Test between India and England in Manchester came as a big let-down for players and fans alike.

With India leading the series 2-1, the final deciding Test promised to be a mouth-watering clash, but the match never happened, and a lot is being talked about what could have been the reason behind it. Former England captain Michael Atherton is the latest to present his views.

Michael Atherton Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Michael Atherton Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Michael Atherton: Covid-19, Player Power And IPL 2021 Combined To Manchester Test Abandonment

While the Covid-19 scare is certainly one of them, with India’s assistant physio Yogesh Parmar testing positive for the virus, there could be more factors that led to the calling off of the Manchester Test. Some reports claim that Indian players, despite testing negative on the eve of the match, were reluctant to take the field, while some others are blaming the IPL, believing that players prioritized the IPL since the tournament was to resume from September 19.

However, Michael Atherton has offered a fresh take on the entire episode. Michael Atherton believes that Covid or the IPL alone is not a factor and that three factors overall and their combination resulted in the abandonment of the Manchester Test.

“Covid-19, player power and the Indian Premier League combined to scupper the fifth Test in Manchester yesterday, to the consternation of the Lancashire club and the 85,000 or so supporters who had bought tickets to attend the first four days. There was a profound sense of shock and disappointment over the cancellation of the match, especially at the end of a compelling series that stood at 2-1 to India with everything to play for,” Michael Atherton wrote in his column for The Times.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“That there has been so little international cricket lost to Covid is, amid the anger and sadness, a surprise too. Authorities recognized that they could not ask players to operate in last summer’s strict bio-secure bubbles, as society was opening up again. Inevitably this relaxation increased the risk of a Covid outbreak.

“County games have been affected this summer, as was the ODI series against Pakistan, which required a whole new England squad, and now a Test match has gone, although space will probably be found in the calendar at some point to mitigate the loss of broadcast income,” Michael Atherton wrote.

Why certain players and experts hold the IPL responsible for the cancellation is because of what transpired after the match was called off. Several key players were flown to the UAE on charter flights as early as possible, so they could undergo a six-day quarantine, re-join the squad and be ready for the IPL 2021, which resumes next Sunday.
The majority of Indian players playing the Test series have joined their IPL franchises in UAE. They are now serving the six-day mandatory isolation period. The 2nd phase of IPL 2021 kicks off on September 19. Ravi Shastri and other COVID-19 positive coaches will land in India after completing their isolation period. They will likely reach UAE for T20 World Cup next month.

Michael Atherton Points Out That There Was A Potential Danger Over The Manchester Test Due To The Proximity Of The IPL

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Siraj have already reached the UAE and entered mandatory quarantine, while more are expected to arrive shortly. Keeping this in mind, Michael Atherton makes an interesting point.

“The proximity of the IPL was always a potential danger hanging over the Manchester Test: before the summer began there were pointed discussions between the ECB and BCCI about rescheduling the fifth Test for earlier in the summer, something the ECB held firm on. India’s players were concerned that further positive tests would result in a ten-day isolation period in England, thus meaning they would miss the start of the tournament, while the cost to the BCCI of not staging the IPL is about £360 million,” Michael Atherton further wrote.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

“After the India players’ stated reluctance on Thursday evening, officials from the ECB and BCCI were locked in discussions throughout the night to try to navigate a way through the situation, with the ECB providing whatever assurances it could around the safety and well-being of the players.

“No solution was forthcoming, which reflects on where the balance of power lies in the modern game. Once the players had spoken, there was little the administrators could do about it. Players have never been more powerful than now,” Michael Atherton said.

The players started departing in clusters — some in charter flights arranged by their franchises like Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad while Chennai Super Kings cricketers took commercial flights.  The ECB has written to the ICC seeking an outcome to the Test series. Although the BCCI has stated that the Indian board and the ECB are hoping to work towards staging the cancelled Test match, nothing is concrete yet.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne - Getty Images
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Shane Warne Praises Virat Kohli And Indian Team For Another Outstanding England Test Series

Shane Warne praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and his team’s magnificent show in the Test series against England. Australian spin legend Shane Warne has heaped praise on Virat Kohli and the Indian team for their stellar show in the Test series against England. The five-match Test series came to an abrupt end on Friday (September 10) with the fifth Test getting called off due to COVID-19 concerns in the Indian camp.

Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Shane Warne Felt A Bit Robbed That The 5th Test Didn’t Go Ahead As He Felt The Series Was An Outstanding One

India was leading the five-match series 2-1 having won the second and fourth Test respectively and were on the verge of their first Test series win in England after 14 years. However, COVID-19 jeopardized their chances of pulling off a historic win against the hosts in their own backyard.

The abrupt end to the Test series left several fans, experts, and former cricketers of the cricket fraternity disappointed including Shane Warne, who said he felt robbed as he doffed his hat to Virat Kohli and his Indian team for putting on a show in the Test rubber.

“I just feel a bit robbed. I feel this series has been absolutely outstanding. I take my hat off to India with the cricket they played. I think both sides have played in the right spirits. So I think we all feel a little bit robbed that this Test match didn’t go ahead. If they were in the middle of a Test match or delayed it by a couple of days, that means the flow-on effect with the IPL and everything else is going to be thrown into chaos so I’m not sure they are left with any other option,” Shane Warne said on Sky Cricket.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Shane Warne said India ticked all the boxes in the Test series and saluted their desire to beat England in England irrespective of the swinging and seaming conditions.The first Test of the series ended in a draw, after more than two days of play was lost across the duration of the match to rain. India won the second Test by 151 runs, in the final hour of the fifth day, to take a 1–0 lead in the series. England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs before the lunch break on day four, levelling the series 1–1. India won the fourth Test by 157 runs, to lead the series 2–1 before the 5th Test was cancelled.

Shane Warne Feel For The Players As The Tests Meant A Lot To Both The Sides

The Aussie legend hailed the visitors for showcasing their desire to be the no.1 Test team in the world and conquering English conditions after back-to-back Test series wins in Australia.

“I feel for the players. Both sides were up for it and I can tell that by the way the series has been played. This Test series meant a lot to both sides. India left the series 2-1. Being the No. 1 Test side was their goal. They wanted to beat England in England… in swinging and seaming conditions with the Dukes’ ball. So, they sort of felt like they ticked every box. They would have liked to go out on a high,” Shane Warne said.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Image Source: AP IMAGE

“I saw India first hand this year in Australia play some amazing Test cricket. Just remember… they got bowled out for 36 in the first Test match and they came back and won the next. Virat Kohli went back home, they lost their captain, they had injuries. Australia hadn’t lost a Test match in Brisbane for 40 years.

“They chased over 300 to win. I just saw it firsthand how determined they were… how important Test cricket is. I think all of us have to say Thank You to Virat Kohli, thank you to India for pushing Test cricket,” he added.

Virat Kohli & Co. were a draw away from sealing the Test series against England. It would have been India’s first Test series win on English soil since 2014. BCCI has assured the England Cricket Board (ECB) of conducting the Test match at a later date next year to ensure a thrilling end to a riveting series.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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India’s Refusal To Play 5th Test Strained Relationships, One Cricketer May Pull Out Of IPL 2021

India’s refusal to feature in the 5th and final Test against England at Manchester due to fears of Covid-19 has strained relationships between the two teams. While many in the English cricket fraternity are criticising Virat Kohli-led Indian management, some cricketers are reportedly even looking to pull out from the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

At least one of the England players, a part of the Test series against India, is looking to pull out from IPL 2021 after Team India’s unwillingness to feature in the 5th Test led to its cancellation.

Indian test team
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]

Indian Cricket Team’s Refusal To Play 5th Test Strained Relationships

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have had a healthy relationship with each other. However, after Team India’s 11th-hour withdrawal from the Old Trafford match, many English cricketers are said to be left unamused.

Some members of the England team claim that they had even spotted the Indian players roaming around in Manchester on Thursday even though they were supposed to remain inside their hotel rooms due to the Covid-19 scenario in the camp.

BCCI, ECB Logo
BCCI, ECB Logo

The cancellation of the Test is said to cost the ECB and others involved in organizing the match several millions of pounds. What has infuriated the hosts most is the fact that the match could’ve been deferred by a day or two if the resumption of IPL 2021 on September 19 wasn’t at stake.

At Least One Among Five Cricketers Of Test Squad Participating In The UAE Leg Of IPL 2021 May Pull Out

While the BCCI is busy planning its players’ departure from the UK to UAE, 5 England Test players are also supposed to participate in the extravagant T20 league. At least one of those five players — Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, and Chris Woakes — is said to be thinking of pulling out from IPL 2021 because of the 5th Test’s cancellation.

The aforementioned five England players are supposed to travel to UAE with the Indian contingent and serve 6 days of quarantine upon their arrival.

Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)
Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)

At 6 PM on Thursday, the England cricket team was reportedly informed of the Indian team’s availability for the match since all of them had tested negative for Covid-19.

Later, however, they were informed of the players’ unwillingness to go ahead with the match amid the risk of catching the virus. Most of the English players even travelled to the ground to collect their kits while the spectators had also started to show up.

List & Status of England Cricketers in IPL 2021:

  • Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals) 4.4 Crore – Has pulled out of IPL already citing birth of his child.
  • Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals) – 7.2 Crore, Has pulled out due to injury
  • Ben Stokes (Rajasthan Royals) – 12.5 Cr, pulled out citing mental health issues
  • Liam Livingstone (Rajasthan Royals) – 0.75 Cr – Injured & doubtful
  • Eoin Morgan (KKR – 5.25 Cr), Sam Curran (CSK – 5.5 Cr), Moeen Ali (CSK – 7 Crore), Jonny Bairstow (SRH – 2.2 Crore), Tom Curran (DC – 5.5 Cr), Sam Billings (DC – 2 Crore), Chris Woakes (DC – 1.5 Cr), Chris Jordan (PBKS – 3 Crore), Dawid Malan (PBKS – 1.5 Cr), Jason Roy (SRH – 2 Cr),
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ICC Plans To Increase Participating Teams For T20 World Cup 2024

ICC is planning to increase the number of teams at the T20 World Cup 2024, with an eye to expand the game to a global level, a report in ESPN Cricinfo states.

ICC understands that for Cricket to go global, they need to take it to more countries which means they need to allow more teams in the future ICC events.

T20 World Cup trophy
T20 World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ICC Has Plans To Increase Number Of Teams In T20 Formats

The world body also understands that T20 will be the best format in such a scenario as it is easy to adapt for the new countries and the competition between the sides will a lot less one-sided. Women’s T20 World Cup has been seeing participation from teams like Uganda. But this is a marked change in their attitude as recently ICC had curtailed the number of teams in the 50 over World Cup.

“The ICC has long seen the T20 format as a vehicle for the game’s expansion and there has been previous talk of such an expansion. The ICC have already confirmed their plans to increase the number of teams in their women’s competitions.”

Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive) and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council
Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president), Manu Sawhney (ICC chief executive), and Jay Shah (BCCI secretary) pose with the T20 World Cup International Cricket Council

“It is, perhaps, the move to increasing the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup which provides the most revealing insight into the changing mood of the ICC. In recent years, the ICC cut the number of teams in the 50-over World Cup (from 16 in 2007, to 14 in 2011 and 2015 and 10 in 2019) arguing that broadcasters preferred the streamlined format with the probability of fewer one-sided games,” according to the report.

However, the fate of the T20I World Cup tournament in 2021 is under dark clouds, with the third wave of the COVID-19 virus expected to hit India later this year. In that case, the competition is likely to be shifted abroad. While the future of this year’s competition is in jeopardy, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at an even bigger picture.

The apex cricket body reportedly plans to add more teams in future ICC events to develop cricket globally. As many as 20 teams can participate in the T20 World Cup 2024. A total of 16 teams are slated to participate in the T20 World Cup 2021, and ICC would want associate nations like Namibia, Scotland, and Ireland to do well.

BCCI Desires Cricket’s Inclusion At Olympics But Won’t Tolerate Interference From Indian Olympic Association

Meanwhile, the report also states that BCCI has seconded ECB in pushing the game into the Olympics but they are in no mood to crossroads with Indian Olympic Association. Unlike IOC which is run by the government, BCCI is a private organization and has no stake-holding from the government whatsoever.

“It is understood that the subject of the Olympics was raised at a recent CEC meeting by the ECB’s Tom Harrison. The BCCI has also recently signaled their desire for involvement, albeit with the caveat that they will not tolerate interference from the Indian Olympic Association,” the report maintains further.

ICC, Olympics
ICC, Olympics

The only time cricket has been played was at the 1900 Summer Olympics with only a men’s contest when Great Britain won the gold medal, but the possibility of it being contested at the Olympics again has recently resurfaced.

In 2020, the BCCI in its Annual General Meeting decided to back the ICC’s bid for the inclusion of cricket, in the T20 format, in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics after getting some clarifications from the International Olympic Committee.  In May 2020, Eoin Morgan, the captain of the England cricket team, supported the idea of using the T10 cricket format at the Olympics.

If everything goes to plan, the Indian cricket teams will play at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics in a T20 event. The ICC had formed a committee in December to suggest ways for cricket’s inclusion at Los Angeles 2028. The panel told the Apex Council that cricket is played in 75 countries and argued that it’s the right time for India to expand its presence on the world map

Curtly Ambrose Applies For ECB's Fast Bowling Coach's Post: Reports
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Curtly Ambrose Applies For ECB’s Fast Bowling Coach’s Post: Reports

West Indies great Curtly Ambrose has applied for the fast bowling coach position vacant in the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The former pacer has 12 years of international experience, playing 98 Tests and 176 ODIs.

Currently, the England Cricket team is in Sri Lanka to play the two-match Test series but later this year, they will tour Australia to play the Ashes series. Curtly Ambrose can play a significant role in guiding England in that five-match series because he had a dominating figure in Australia during his era.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Getty Images

In 45 Test matches, he has notched 405 wickets, including 21 four-wicket hauls and 22 five-wicket hauls. He has also an impressive stat in One Day Internationals, picking 225 wickets in 176 matches. He has also six four-wicket hauls and four five-wicket hauls in his name in the 50-over format.

According to reports from ESPNCrininfo, if Ambrose gets the job, he would be required to work with England’s budding pace bowlers who are growing up the ranks. He would also be required to work with the senior team and England A squads, the report further adds.

Curtly Ambrose was early coach of the West Indies team:

Curtly Ambrose Applies For ECB's Fast Bowling Coach's Post: Reports 1
Curtly Ambrose. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Notably, this would not be his first stint as the coach. After retiring from cricket, the former speedster eventually did a coaching stint with West Indies and he was in the role when Darren Sammy-led Windies team won the 2016 T20 World Cup.

The elite fast bowling position is one of three coaching jobs currently advertised by the ECB.

Meanwhile, the Test series between England and Sri Lanka will begin on January 14. Currently, the players are quarantining in hotels but are allowed to practice.

Chris Woakes, ODI ranking
Chris Woakes. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Chris Woakes Admits England Players Might Have To Go Under Pay Cuts

England team’s all-rounder Chris Woakes is well aware of the fact that the players might be asked to take pay cuts as the outbreak of COVID-19 had badly affected England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) revenue.

Chris Woakes’ remark came after ECB has let go of their 62 staff members to reduce the financial burden on the board. With the board discussing the central contract list, he added that they would be ready to accept whatever the decision is made regard to the pay cuts.

Chris Woakes
England team. Image Credit: Twitter.

“It is a situation where we have to sit down as players and see what happens with regards to these contracts coming up. We’ll know more in the next few weeks. We’ll reassess at that point.

“At this moment of time, it is hard for me to say ‘we’re going to take X cuts, and there are going to be donations here, left right and centre. Until we’ve seen what happens from above we’ll then get more of a feel for it. I certainly wouldn’t rule that out,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Chris Woakes as saying.

Hosting series is the only a positive outcome: Chris Woakes

Chris Woakes, England vs West Indies
Chris Woakes. Image Credit: Getty Images.

So far, England is the only country to host back-to-back bilateral series since the beginning of the pandemic. West Indies came for three Tests followed by Pakistan who played three Tests and three T20Is.

Australia will end the home summer with three T20Is and three ODIs. Chris Woakes feels glad that they were able to resume cricket activities in testing time.

“Of course it’s a sad time, and it does resonate with the players, but we’re also very fortunate that cricket has gone ahead this summer, [because] that figure of 200 million pounds could have been a lot worse. I suppose that is the only positive outcome, really,” Chris Woakes concluded.

Chris Woakes will play the last ODI against Australia on Wednesday. It is a series decider match as currently, the series is at level with 1-1.

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Women Contracted For The Hundred Can Renew Deal For 2021: ECB

England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that all players who were offered contracts for the Women’s Hundred this year can renew their deal on the same terms for 2021.

The Hundred is an innovative franchise-based league which includes American sports-style draft and was due to be launched in mid-July but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ECB Confirms Women Can Stick With Current Team And Can Sign With Other Teams From October

The ECB said in a statement that players would get the option of rolling over their contracts into 2021 and sticking with their current team on the same payroll terms, while those that turn it down can sign with other teams starting from October.

“COVID-19 has caused some uncertainty for athletes, especially female athletes, so being able to provide immediate clarity and assurance to the women’s players is very important,” said Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the Hundred women’s competition.

ECB The Hundred
The Hundred

The Hundred Women’s Competition in 2021 will feature eight teams comprising of 15 players in each team which will be confirmed in 2021. All players signed to play in the 2020 edition of The Hundred will be given the opportunity to roll-over their contracts to 2021. By doing so they will continue to play for the same team and be paid the same fee.

Anya Shrubsole Who Re-signed Don’t Expect Many Players Switching Teams

England seamer Anya Shrubsole, who has re-signed with Southern Brave, said she did not expect too many players to switch teams.

“There may be a little bit of movement but you obviously signed up for those teams because that’s where you wanted to play, so I can’t see a huge amount of changing within the year,” Shrubsole told Sky Sports.

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Each team will select the rest of its squad of 15 and must sign a minimum of 13 players. Teams can sign a maximum of three England women’s centrally contracted players and a maximum of three overseas players according to ECB. The eight teams align directly with the teams competing in the Men’s Competition:

    • Birmingham Phoenix
    • London Spirit
    • Manchester Originals
    • Northern Superchargers
    • Oval Invincibles
    • Southern Brave
    • Trent Rockets
    • Welsh Fire

One-hundred-ball cricket is a form of limited-overs cricket, played by two teams each playing a single innings made up of 100 balls.

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