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Azeem Rafiq Feels He Is Potentially Unemployable After Racism Allegations Against Yorkshire

Azeem Rafiq fears he may have become “unemployable” within cricket after speaking out about the racism he suffered during his two spells at Yorkshire. Former off-spinner Azeem Rafiq, 31 accused Yorkshire of failing to deal adequately with the abuse he suffered at the northern county, saying he had been driven to thoughts of suicide.

The Pakistan-born off spinner’s revelations eventually led to turmoil at Yorkshire, with sponsors making a mass exodus and the club suspended from hosting lucrative international matches — a right that has only recently been conditionally restored.

Azeem Rafiq. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)
Azeem Rafiq. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Azeem Rafiq Will Continue To Fight For The Truth And Feels He Is Potentially Unemployable

Azeem Rafiq’s allegations, restated in harrowing testimony he gave to a committee of lawmakers last month, also led to a wholesale clear-out of Yorkshire’s senior management and coaching staff. They also prompted England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to announce a new initiative to tackle racism within the game. Azeem Rafiq, however, said Tuesday he was worried his candour had come at a price.

“I feel like people are scared to be connected to me, because I will continue to fight for the truth,” he told the news agency at the Include Summit in Birmingham.

“I sit here as a 31-year-old, potentially unemployable, potentially (without) any hope of being around the game in the future, a game that I’ve loved for the majority of my life. Something that I thought, after letting off the burden that I’ve been carrying for a long time, that I’d be able to love again and start going back towards and follow my passion within it.”

Gary Ballance, Alex Hales, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, and David Lloyd are among those accused by Azeem Rafiq (Photo: Getty)
Gary Ballance, Alex Hales, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, and David Lloyd are among those accused by Azeem Rafiq (Photo: Getty)

Gary Ballance, Alex Hales, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Hoggard, and David Lloyd were some of the England cricketers Azeem Rafiq used racist terms. The former England U19 and Yorkshire captain, revealed the experience of racism while playing in English domestic cricket left him on the brink of suicide.

Rafiq added: “My passion away from playing is coaching…So that was one thing that I always wanted to do and the other thing was within a media, broadcasting. I just don’t know how I can come back when the game is still not accepting the reality. Of course I’d love to (come back).”

Azeem Rafiq had earlier launched some serious allegations against Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said that he believes that his former club was orthodox towards views upon racism and not prepared to admit the fact or have the willingness to change their views.

Azeem Rafiq Doesn’t Have Any Faith In ECB’s Scheme To Combat Racism

But Azeem Rafiq, who has said he and his family have received threats to their physical safety, said cricket was still not treating the issue of racism seriously.

“It wants to put this across as Azeem Rafiq’s experience,” he said. “It’s not, it’s the experience of thousands of others.”

Azeem Rafiq fears he may never work again after speaking out about racism(AP)
Azeem Rafiq fears he may never work again after speaking out about racism(AP)

Azeem Rafiq was also unconvinced by the ECB’s latest scheme to combat racism.

“The whole action plan is really difficult for me to have any faith in it because we’ve seen it before,” he said.

“From a county point of view, they don’t actually think that there is a problem, which is incredibly worrying.”

Azeem Rafiq played in 38 First class, 35 List A and 95 T20 matches representing Yorkshire from 2008-2014 and also in 2016 and 2018 where he picked up 71, 43 and 102 wickets respectively and even scored 1 ton in First Class. He played in Derbyshire on a short term loan in 2011.

Racism is not new to cricket. The infamous incidents came when Australian Andrew Symonds accused Harbhajan Singh of racially abusing him, Darren Sammy was insulted in IPL, spectators abusing England’s Jofra Archer, commentator Dean Jones calling South African batsman Hashim Amla terrorist in 2006 are a few to speak of.

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We Have An Eye On Paul Collingwood For A Full-Time Role – Andrew Strauss

England interim managing director Andrew Strauss said that the ECB would keep an eye on Paul Collingwood in the West Indies as they are considering giving him a full-time responsibility. Strauss believes that it would be a great opportunity for him to impress.

Paul Collingwood has been appointed as head coach for the 3-match Test series in West Indies to be played next month. After the Ashes debacle, England made wholesale changes in their management as they sacked head coach Chris Silverwood, assistant coach Graham Thorpe and managing director Ashley Giles.

Paul Collingwood filled in during January's T20I series in Barbados ICC/Getty Images
Paul Collingwood filled in as England’s head coach during January’s T20I series in Barbados ICC/Getty Images

Paul Collingwood worked as the assistant coach under Chris Silverwood

Also in the squad, England made some big changes as they dropped the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Jos Buttler.

Strauss backed Paul Collingwood for the job as he stated that Collinwood, who worked with England under previous management, would be easier to gel with the team.

“For that tour of the West Indies, it’s a five-week tour, it feels like there’s a distinct advantage of having someone who has been part of that set-up already, with an established relationship with players and other support staff, Paul obviously deputised for Chris Silverwood out in the West Indies with the T20 team and had done a very good job out there by all accounts.” Andrew Strauss said.

Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter

Collingwood is a strong contender to become England’s white-ball coach on a full-time basis.

He is definitely one we should have an eye on moving forward for a head coach role. It’s an opportunity for him to understand what that job entails and to start this process with the red-ball reset as well.

“He’s the right sort of character to do that. He’s enthusiastic, he’s got bundles of energy and is very clear on how he sees the England Test team playing, so it’s a great opportunity for him.”

The first test between England and West Indies will be played at North Sound from March 8. England hasn’t won a Test series in West Indies since 2004. In fact, they won just one series there in the last 50 years.

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Availability Of Australian Players Is Subjected To Conditions For IPL 2022; England Players Available For Entire Season

Australian players’ availability for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 15 is subject to a few conditions, while the Sri Lankans will be away on national duty in Bangladesh in the middle of the season. But most other cricket boards, including England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), have given the go-ahead for their players’ participation in the March-end to May-end league.

Confirming receiving the mail on Wednesday (February 9), a franchise official has revealed that their understanding of the mail is that the English players will be able to take part in the league from March 28 to May 29. The IPL is expected to commence on March 27.

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Australia Pic: Getty

Australian Players’ Availability For IPL 2022 Subject To A Few Conditions

47 Australian players including top players like Pat Cummins, David Warner, Steve Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, all of whom are all-format players, have registered themselves for the IPL 2022 mega auction. On the other hand, the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis have been retained by the franchises.

With white-ball games of Australia’s Pakistan tour set to commence on March 29 and end on April 5, there is a possibility that the players picked for that series could miss the first week of the tournament.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

“After the IPL, the ECB is committed to starting the 1st WTC Test Match v New Zealand on 2 June, 2022. The player availability for all the ECB players will be through to Sunday, 29 May, 2022 (sic),” the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has informed the franchises ahead of the mega-auction, on February 12 and 13.

As for the Australians, it is a staggering reporting with some cricketers coming joining from the beginning and some others around April 11 because of the tour to Pakistan in March-April. Cricket Australia (CA) has also stressed the importance of participation in the Sheffield Shield, which ends in early April.

“The State players whose team does not qualify for the Sheffield Shield Final will be available from March 27,” the BCCI mail notes adding, “State player whose team qualifies for the Sheffield Shield Final will be available from 5, April.”

The Sheffield Shield final is from March 31 to April 4. Further, Australia’s Test-only players whose state team does not qualify for the Sheffield Shield final will be available from March 26 as the 3 Test series between Pakistan and Australia ends on March 25. The players coming from overseas, however, will have to undergo five-day quarantine.

Australian Test only players whose State team qualifies for the Sheffield Shield Final will not available till April 5 while Australia’s ODI/T20I players will report for the IPL duty only on April 6, after the completion of the white ball games against Pakistan which end on April 5.

Shakib Al Hasan Will Miss The IPL 2022 Because Of The Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Tests

The Sri Lanka players will miss the IPL action for two weeks – from May 11 to 23 because of their two-Test away series against Bangladesh. The Tests are part of the second World Test Championship (WTC) program.

IPL 2022, Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

In the same way, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has informed the BCCI that their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will miss the IPL from May 8 to 23, because of the Tests against Sri Lanka but Mustafizur Rahman has been spared to fully take part in the IPL.

The presence of other Bangladesh players, like Liton Das, Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam, is subject to their selection for the international matches – against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Overall, 220 overseas players have made themselves available for the IPL and of them, 47 are from Australia, 33 from South Africa, 24 each from England and New Zealand, 23 from Sri Lanka and five from Bangladesh, among others.

Paul Collingwood filled in during January's T20I series in Barbados ICC/Getty Images
Paul Collingwood filled in during January's T20I series in Barbados ICC/Getty Images
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Paul Collingwood Appointed As England’s Interim Head Coach For Caribbean Tour

Paul Collingwood, England Men’s Assistant Coach has been appointed Interim Head Coach for next month’s three-match Test tour of the Caribbean. Chris Silverwood stepped down last week following the team’s 0-4 series defeat in the Ashes against Australia.

Paul Collingwood, who took charge of England’s T20 tour of the West Indies last month, is currently taking a break in Barbados before joining the touring party when they arrive in Antigua on 25 February.

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Paul Collingwood Excited To Lead Test Team For Caribbean Tour

Paul Collingwood, 45, takes over after Chris Silverwood stepped down last week following the Ashes debacle. England’s squad will be announced on Tuesday and they will fly out on Thursday. The first Test begins on March 8 in Antigua.

Paul Collingwood is a former captain of England’s limited-overs side who led the team to the 2010 World T20 title. He took charge of the team’s T20I tour of the West Indies last month which England lost 2-3.

“I am genuinely excited to be leading the Test team for the tour of the Caribbean. I can’t wait to get started, ” Paul Collingwood said.

Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP
Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP

“Having a challenging Test series against the West Indies straight off the back of the Ashes disappointment gives us a chance from now to reset and rebuild. Playing Test matches for England is the highest accolade in the game.

My objective is to give players clarity, direction and encouragement for them to start building something special, ” Paul Collingwood said.

“I have spoken to Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and both are excited and passionate to take the team forward in this new cycle.

Although they know it won’t be easy, they have the desire and bravery to do things differently to ensure the team can prosper. We have an opportunity to get back on track, ” Paul Collingwood said.

Paul Collingwood will be England’s head coach for their Test series against West Indies next month after being appointed as a stand-in by Andrew Strauss, the ECB’s interim managing director of men’s cricket. The touring party will be announced later this week and departs the UK on Thursday 24 February.

Chris Silverwood And Ashley Giles Were Sacked Following Ashes Defeat

Chris Silverwood was sacked last week after just over two years as head coach, paying the price for England’s latest thrashing in an away Ashes series. Ashley Giles also lost his job as managing director following the 4-0 series defeat.
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Ashley Giles GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES
Paul Collingwood, who was appointed as an assistant coach in late 2019 after several years working as a consultant for the England team, filled in as head coach when Chris Silverwood missed an ODI series against Ireland in 2020 and recently oversaw the 3-2 defeat against West Indies in last month’s T20I series in Barbados.
The ECB is expected to announce the squad for the tour on Tuesday, with Alex Lees, James Bracey and Josh Bohannon among the contenders to bolster England’s batting after they failed to reach 300 across five Ashes Tests.
Paul Collingwood was the first England men’s captain to lift an ICC trophy, the 2010 World T20, and has worked closely with Eoin Morgan since his international retirement in 2011.

As revealed at the end of the Ashes last month, England is keen to take a look at Alex Lees, who seems likely to replace Rory Burns as an opener in the Caribbean partnering Zak Crawley.

Jos Buttler’s Test career may be over with both Sam Billings, who filled in as wicketkeeper for the final Ashes Test in Hobart, and Ben Foakes in line to be picked for the West Indies tour. Saqib Mahmood and Brydon Carse are both seen as bright prospects but with the latter injured it is Saqib Mahmood who may get his chance now.

Michael Vaughan, Justin Langer Image: Michael Vaughan/ Instagram/AP
Michael Vaughan, Justin Langer Image: Michael Vaughan/ Instagram/AP
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Michael Vaughan Urges England to Go For Justin Langer As A Coach If Cricket Australia Won’t Renew His Contract Expiring In June 2022

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain has urged his national team to sign Justin Langer as coach provided Cricket Australia does not renew the latter’s contract which is expiring in June 2022. Michael Vaughan has issued Cricket Australia an ominous warning while also imploring that the English Cricket Board “sign” Justin Langer up if he is shown the door on Friday.

Less than 24 hours after the ECB sacked Chris Silverwood following England’s humiliating 4-0 Ashes defeat, a CA board meeting will determine the fate of Justin Langer’s coaching tenure. Michael Vaughan termed the tenure of Chris Silverwood as England coach as one that has become too comfortable.

England’s fallout from their 4-0 Ashes 2021/22 loss includes Ashley Giles and Chris Silverwood stepping down as managing director and coach, respectively. Hence, Joe Root and co. might have to manage with an interim coach for their upcoming West Indies Tests.

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Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.

Michael Vaughan: Joe Root Needs A Forceful Coach Like Justin Langer

Michael Vaughan believes Justin Langer seems well-suited as England’s head coach, having done a commendable job for Australia in recent times.

The 47-year old also feels Joe Root needs a strong personality, writing: “Gary Kirsten would be a great candidate as well, but if you want one person to come in with a huge point to prove, then it is Langer. He is an Ashes winner, T20 World Cup winner, and knows everything about playing in Australia. Just go get him. This England Test team needs some tough love. Joe Root needs a forceful coach next to him too.”

Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)
Justin Langer. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Justin Langer, whose contract with Australia will expire in mid-2022, seems unlikely to carry on. A few days ago, the West Australian had an alleged rift with Cricket Australia over needing to re-apply for the head coach position, which the governing body later denied. Meanwhile, former players including Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, and Shane Warne have strongly backed Justin Langer to continue.

All the indications are that Justin Langer will be forced out of his dream role, weeks after retaining the Ashes 2021/22 and months after spearheading Australia’s maiden 2021 T20I World Cup campaign triumph. Meanwhile, ECB issued a statement that Chris Silverwood has stepped down as the coach of the England Cricket Team. The decision comes hours after Ashley Giles stepped down as ECB’s managing director.

Michael Vaughan Blamed Chris Silverwood For Ashes Defeat

Although Michael Vaughan admitted that former England coach Chris Silverwood underwent a tough time amid the bio-bubbles, the 47-year old commentator blamed him for England’s humiliating Ashes defeat.

Ruing the lack of doing the basics consistently, he wrote: “Of all the England’s coaches, Chris Silverwood was given a terrible hand in Covid times with restrictions on all the players.

“Testing every other day and bubbles must have been hard, but ultimately he made some glaring mistakes this winter. The basics were not applied, and that is the responsibility of the coaching team. It is not a great look for another English coach to have failed.”

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator also reckoned that England might require Justin Langer to be a disciplinarian, referring to the drinking incident in Australia recently.

“At first, England might need the old Langer for a while, who is in total charge and a disciplinarian. England will deny there was a drinking culture in Australia, and they were not too soft, but I don’t care about that because clearly something was wrong.”

It remains to be seen what Cricket Australia decides for Justin Langer. Meanwhile, Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins declined to comment on the 51-year old’s future with the team. Justin Langer’s contract expires in June 2022, with Friday’s board meeting the last before the team is due to depart to Pakistan.

Justin Langer, Australia coach had earlier hinted that he would seek an extension of his four-year contract, expiring in June 2022, saying he “loves his job”. Justin Langer had faced criticism for his coaching methods from the players but now has a Twenty20 World Cup in his CV besides adding the coveted Ashes Trophy 2021/22 win to it.

Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket.
Ashley Giles, England’s director of cricket. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Ashley Giles Steps Down As England Managing Director

Ashley Giles has stepped down from his role as England‘s managing director after the Ashes debacle. Former England captain Andrew Strauss will take the role on an interim basis as ECB is likely to announce a full-time announcement ahead of the summer.

Giles is leaving after three years in the role. In his tenure, the England team achieved some great highs, more so in white-ball cricket. In 2019, they became the 50-over World Champions under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan. However, the pressure was looming large after a humiliating 0-4 defeat in the Ashes. Notable that England also couldn’t win the home Ashes series in 2019.

Ashley Giles GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES
Ashley Giles GARETH COPLEY/GETTY IMAGES

“I’m extremely grateful to Ashley for his commitment and contribution to England men’s cricket over the last three years. Under his leadership the teams have scored some notable results, most memorably the dramatic victory in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, while dealing with some of the most challenging times English cricket has ever been through,” ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said.

“He’s highly respected throughout the game and has made a huge contribution to the ECB and England Men’s cricket. Off the back of a disappointing men’s Ashes this winter we must ensure we put in place the conditions across our game to enable our Test team to succeed,” he added.

Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter

Andrew Strauss will replace Ashley Giles on an interim basis

Interestingly Ashley took the job ahead of the West Indies tour in 2019 and now England’s next assignment will be a 3-match test series in West Indies in March. In a statement, Giles thanked ECB for the opportunity.

 “I’d like to thank everyone for the support they’ve given me, particularly all the staff and the players, as well as the Board for giving me this opportunity. The past couple of years have been incredibly challenging and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to deliver in the toughest of circumstances. This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game in England and Wales,” Ashley Giles said.

England had a tough time in Test cricket in the last year or so as they couldn’t win the home series against New Zealand and India and also faced a torrid time travelling India and Australia.

“Despite these challenges, over the past three years, we have become 50-over World Champions, the top ranked T20I side in the world, we remain 4th ranked Test team and our under 19s have just reached the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. I wish all our players and staff great success for the future,” Giles added.

Now it will be interesting to see if England sticks with the same captain-coach combination in form of Joe Root and Chris Silverwood.

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Andrew Strauss. Photo- Twitter
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Michael Vaughan Believes Andrew Strauss Should Become Next ECB Chairman

Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss should become the next ECB chairman and “drive-through change” for England’s Test team after Ashes 2021/22 drubbing.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison has claimed the 4-0 thrashing England suffered at the hands of Australia in the Ashes is a “brilliant opportunity” for a reset and team director Ashley Giles is responsible for conducting a review into the defeat.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan: Andrew Strauss Would Make A Great Chairman Of ECB

Andrew Strauss will play a key role in examining that report and currently attends ECB board meetings in a non-voting capacity in his role as Chair of the Cricket Committee.

Michael Vaughan believes Andrew Strauss is the right man to take over as ECB chairman, with the board still looking to appoint a permanent successor to Ian Watmore, having successfully spearheaded a major overhaul of England’s limited-overs side which culminated in the 2019 World Cup win.

“Andrew Strauss would make a great chairman of the ECB,” Michael Vaughan said.

“I think he is the person to drive through change. He was here four years ago and, after another 4-0 defeat to Australia, he wrote a report saying we need better pitches, and a different ball in county cricket. Nothing happened, possibly because he left soon after the tour.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the ECB to appoint Sir Andrew Strauss as their new chairman
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for the ECB to appoint Sir Andrew Strauss as their new chairman ( Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

“He commands respect and knows exactly what is required. No county chairman would look at Strauss and say: ‘Sorry, I disagree with your views on red-ball cricket.’ He knows what needs to happen, and that enough is enough. The line in the sand with our white ball cricket was the 2015 World Cup and this is the moment for red ball cricket.”

Andrew Strauss is credited with leading England’s white-ball cricket overhaul that saw them becoming the ODI World Champion in 2019. Michael Vaughan feels he’s the right person “to drive through change. Drawing parallels between England’s disastrous show at the 2015 ODI World Cup and the Ashes 2021-22 thrashing at the hands of Australia, Michael Vaughan thinks this is the right time to revive red-ball cricket.

Michael Atherton Believes Andrew Struss Should Replace Tom Harrison

Michael Atherton also believes Andrew Strauss should be more involved at the ECB but feels he should replace Tom Harrison instead.

“Harrison is in the final stretch of a seven-year stint as chief executive, and is expected to leave within the next 12 months,” Michael Atherton wrote.

“Strauss is exceptionally capable and should be persuaded to take the job when Harrison goes. No one in English cricket is better qualified.”

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images

The England team was seen without a fight barring the fourth Test match in Sydney, as they were battered and humiliated with increasing levels for the remainder of the four-Test matches. In Brisbane, England lost the series opener by 9 wickets. In a D/N Adelaide Test, Australia routed England by a massive 275 runs.

The humiliation was at its peak in Melbourne when England was bowled out for 68 and lost the Boxing Day Test by an innings and 14 runs when Australia had barely managed 276 runs in their only innings.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad batted out nervous four overs to secure a draw at SCG. The story continued in Hobart, in the second D/N Test, as England was thrashed by 146 runs suffering a collapse in the fourth innings which saw them going from 68/0 to 124 all-out.

Team Director Ashley Giles will submit the review report to the ECB while Andrew Strauss will play a key role in advising the board’s executives about the future of the England Test side. Coincidentally Andrew Strauss was the captain when England last time won a test match in Australia as they beat Australia by 3-1 in the Ashes 2010-11. Since then England played 13 Test matches and lost 12 of those, only one test ended in a draw.

Graham Thorpe

England Batting Coach Graham Thorpe Likely To Be Sacked For His Role In Ashes Party Video

England batting coach Graham Thorpe might face the axe as he was involved in the Ashes party. According to reports, he shot a video in which some Australian and England players were seen indulging in a drinking session. At a Hobart hotel, the police intervened after some complaints from other guests as the party went on till morning at 6 AM.

As per reports, the involved players were Joe Root, James Anderson, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, and Alex Carey. The video of the party was taken by Graham Thorpe as he was saying, “We’ve got Nathan Lyon, Root, there’s Carey and Anderson. I’ll just video this for the lawyers. See you in the morning, everyone.”

Graham Thorpe- England batting coach
Graham Thorpe (FIle pic)

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement that they have apologized for any inconvenience.

“During the early hours of Monday morning, members of the England and Australia men’s teams shared a drink in the team areas of the hotel in Hobart,” the ECB released in a statement.

“The hotel management received a noise complaint by a hotel guest, and, as is commonplace in Australia, the local police attended the scene. When asked to leave by hotel management and the Tasmanian police, the players and management in question left and returned to their respective hotel rooms,” it added.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The England party have apologised for any inconvenience caused. The ECB will investigate further. Until such time, we will make no further comment,” it added.

England lost the Ashes by 0-4. There might be wholesale changes in the coaching set-up as England failed to compete in the series. The only draw game was rain-shortened as their last pair of Stuart Broad and James Anderson denied Australia the last wicket. Barring that match, it has been a struggle for England. Especially their batting faced severe criticism as they couldn’t reach a 300-mark single time in 10 innings.

Only once England could take 20 wickets as they bowled the hosts out in both innings in the last match at Hobart when Stuart Broad and Mark Wood got a fifer.

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Chris Silverwood Insists To Stay On As England Coach Despite Ashes 2021/22 Defeat

Chris Silverwood has insisted he wants to stay on as England head coach, despite his team’s 4-0 Ashes drubbing – but admitted he could have shown his teeth more to the players amid accusations of dressing-room coziness.

Since beating India at Chennai last February, England has lost 10 Tests out of 14 and won only one – their worst sequence for 25 years. That has left Chris Silverwood’s fate dependent both on the post-series report by team managing director Ashley Giles and the views of ECB chief executive Tom Harrison and other members of the performance cricket committee, chaired by Andrew Strauss.

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Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.

Chris Silverwood Admits That His Job Is Going To Be Under Scrutiny After Abject 2021/22 Ashes Loss

Tom Harrison is believed to have been unimpressed by what he has found during his three weeks in Australia, with England’s worst Ashes batting display since the 1950s compounded by a loss of confidence among the players in Chris Silverwood’s ability, and poor levels of communication. Before one Test, the coach sat down to tell a player he had been dropped, only for the player to say he had already read of his demise in a newspaper.

But Chris Silverwood is adamant that, with the help of a reformed domestic structure that places more emphasis on the red-ball game, he can help turn England’s fortunes around.

‘My job is going to be under scrutiny,’ Chris Silverwood said. ‘But I would love to help effect those changes within the county structures, and I would like to put some of this right. I think I’m a good coach and I would love to be given that opportunity, but there are certain things that are out of my hands at the moment.’

With less than six weeks before England flies to the Caribbean for a three-Test series, Tom Harrison and Andrew Strauss have little time to make their recommendations to the ECB board.

But whoever emerges as head coach may find their powers diluted, with Chris Silverwood struggling to balance day-to-day coaching with the dual demands of the Test and white-ball teams, plus the role of the chief selector. Assistant coaches such as Paul Collingwood, who is in charge of the T20 team’s forthcoming tour of the Caribbean, and Graham Thorpe may be asked to take on greater responsibility.

Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals and 36 T20 for England.© AFP
Paul Collingwood played 68 Tests, 197 One-day Internationals, and 36 T20 for England.© AFP

The hierarchy must also decide whether a combination of Joe Root and Chris Silverwood lacks a bad-cop figure to tell the players to home truths, with Joe Root admitting after England lost at Hobart inside three days that there might be times where we need to get a little bit harder.

Chris Silverwood said: ‘With the situation we’ve been living in, I try to work through things with them, rather than shout or growl. But there will be aspects I’ve got to reflect on, because I’m not a finished article as a coach and I want to get better all the time. I’m not afraid to show my teeth, but you sometimes wonder in hindsight whether I should do it more. But then does it make it less effective? I don’t know.’

The farcical conclusion to the fifth Test on Sunday may not work in his favour. England’s last five wickets fell amid a flurry of slogs, misjudgments, and apathy, typified by last man Ollie Robinson, who backed away the first ball to Pat Cummins and lost his middle stump. Chris Silverwood, though, put the surrender down to tiredness.

‘I believe they’re still playing for us,’ Chris Silverwood said. ‘I think what we saw was players that are tired. It was hard to watch. At times, you were thinking, just get stuck in. Let’s show that fight, but we didn’t have that. And there is no point saying we did, because we clearly didn’t. We’ve got to get to the bottom of why that is, and try to make a difference.’

For the time being, Chris Silverwood said he would ‘start planning for the West Indies’ which means considering options outside the 16 who played at least one Test in Australia, where perhaps only Mark Wood and to a lesser extent Zak Crawley emerged with their reputations enhanced.

‘We’ve certainly got to look at what is out there as well,’ said Silverwood. ‘One of the things I will be doing is speaking to the scouts, the performance director. What have we got out there? Do we need to make changes?’

England knew they could not sink any lower when they were demolished for 51 by West Indies in Jamaica in 2009. They vowed to put things right and two years later were crowned the best Test team in the world.

Nasser Hussain and Duncan Fletcher came together in 1999 with England ranked the worst of the lot and began the recovery that was to culminate with the fabled 2005 Ashes victory under Duncan Fletcher and Michael Vaughan. The board has been asleep at the wheel while England is facing up to a year when they will play more international cricket than ever before with their players in the mood to rebel against any further Covid bubbles and restrictions.

Joe Root’s captaincy race is run, Chris Silverwood has to pay the price for being given too much responsibility for coaching and selection. Joe Root cannot survive simply because there is no one else. He has overseen three Ashes without success after admitting before this series that his legacy would be judged by this one.  He needs to go back to the ranks and concentrate on restoring the very high batting levels misplaced during this series.

The one outstanding candidate to replace Joe Root is Ben Stokes. For all the reservations many, including this observer, have about overloading such an important player, Ben Stokes could do the job with one important proviso — he would have to give up T20s, the one format where he has never fulfilled his potential which includes the IPL.

If England’s top players are serious about rescuing Test cricket, they must give up a franchise tournament that in itself undermines first-class cricket by taking players away from the red-ball game at the start of each season. There should be a new coach in place by the time England plays their next Test in Antigua in March too.

Duncan Fletcher is the obvious man for the Test job. Paul Collingwood can take charge of a white-ball machine that shows no signs of malfunctioning under captain Eoin Morgan. That move led to the huge success of the 2019 World Cup but it has gone too far now.

Andrew Strauss, who has made a part-time return to administration as chair of the ECB cricket committee, is the best person to redress the balance. He should return to his old job at Ashley Giles’ expense or even replace Tom Harrison. England is missing the leadership of a character like Nasser Hussain to lead them into Tests.

Joe Root Questions How To Provide Incentives In County

Joe Root articulated what has to happen in the short term to ignite that red-ball reset while at his lowest ebb in the aftermath of the pitiful Hobart batting collapse and a three-day last Test defeat.

“What incentives are there in the County Championship to open the batting?’ he asked. ‘What incentives are there to be a spinner or to bowl fast? Anyone coming into Test cricket is doing it in spite of county cricket, not because of it.”

“How do we provide those incentives? We could produce better wickets, hopefully by playing at a better time of year. We could flatten the seam on the ball, maybe by giving our seamers a Kookaburra to work with. That would nullify running in and bowling at 70 miles per hour while encouraging bowlers to create new angles and find different ways to take wickets. And give spinners the chance to bowl in the first half of the season.”

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root understands the need for changes but it looks like he won’t be the one making them.

“Then we could double the batting points in a Championship game and incentivise first innings leads above 400. When do our young batters ever go out under the pressure of replying to 450-500? When do they have to save a match in spinning conditions? There are lots of things we could change quite quickly but for now it’s how we react to this Ashes. Can we use this experience when we’re hurting to grow and come back as better players?”

England lost the first match by 9 wickets at the Gabba, the second game by 275 runs at Adelaide Oval, and the third game by an innings and 14 runs at Melbourne Cricket Ground.  However, they managed to avoid the 5-0 whitewash with a hard-fought draw in the fourth Test at Sydney Cricket Ground. Also, England lost the last match of the series by 146 runs at the Bellerive Oval, Hobart

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England, PTI
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England’s Pathetic Performance In Ashes May See ECB Barring Them From Playing IPL 2022

England has produced a pathetic performance in the ongoing 2021-22 Ashes series against Australia. The Joe Root-led side has already surrendered the series and is currently 0-3 down after 4 Tests concluded.

The below-par performances of the England cricketers in Ashes have now put their participation in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in jeopardy. It has been learned that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to conduct a full review into England’s defeat Down Under.

England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

England May Ban Test Cricketers From Participating In IPL 2022 After Ashes 2021/22 Defeat: Report

According to a report, director of cricket Ashley Giles would be preparing a report which will include a number of recommendations to improve the Test team’s fortunes. Baring English cricketers from taking part in the IPL would be one of the ideas.

The Indian T20 league usually lasts two months, however, this year it’s set to get longer with the introduction of two new teams namely Ahmedabad and Lucknow. The IPL 2022 is set to clash with the initial phase of England’s Test summer as the knockout stages are likely to overlap with their first Test against New Zealand in June.

Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia
Rajasthan Royals batsman Jos Buttler in action | Sportzpics for BCCI / Pankaj Nangia

The IPL 2022 players auction is scheduled to take place in February in which a lot of England players are expected to take part. So far, only Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have been retained by their respective franchises. It has also been learned that the players participating in the IPL will be asked to cut short their time in India so that they can feature in some domestic games to prepare for the New Zealand Tests.

Michael Atherton Criticized England Cricketers For Emphasizing IPL Over International Fixtures

On the other hand, former England players have time and again criticized current players for emphasizing IPL over international fixtures. Michael Atherton, former England captain, stressed the fact that the cricketers should not miss national duties for the cash-rich T20 league.

“The leading multi-format players are paid seven-figure sums, but, incredibly, the ECB washes its hands of them for two months of the year during the Indian Premier League,” Atherton wrote in his column.

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

“The players should be told that, while the ECB will be accommodating of the request to play in IPL, a 12-month contract is exactly that, and the granting of a no-objection certificate to play in IPL and other franchised competitions is contingent on it being in the best interests of the England team,” he added.

Also, from 2022, the Indian Premier League is set to become grander, as the Indian T20 League will be a 10-team affair. This means that there would be more matches, and the tournament might extend into June. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has decided to retain the services of all-rounder Moeen Ali, while the Rajasthan Royals (RR) have retained Jos Buttler.

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerged as the champions of the 2021 edition of the IPL, and won the IPL title for the 4th time, beating the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side in the summit clash of the tournament. A total of 27 players were retained in the retention list by the eight existing teams. Ace players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Kane Williamson have been retained by their respective teams ahead of the mega auction in 2022.

Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to IPL 2021 final, was released by the franchise. Ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021, Jonny Bairstow (SRH), Dawid Malan (PBKS), and Chris Woakes (DC) had pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.

All three players were released by their respective franchises. Ben Stokes and pacer Jofra Archer also were released by the franchise after they couldn’t participate in the entire season due to various injuries. Punjab Kings duo of Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid along with Delhi Capitals pacer Tom Curran are the other released players from England.

List of England players to be available for IPL 2022 auction: Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer (doubtful).

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