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ICC issues guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket as Coronavirus restrictions relax

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By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

MELBOURNE, 22 MARCH 2020: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has published guidelines for the safe resumption of cricket to assist its Members in restarting cricket activity in their countries as government restrictions owing to COVID-19 start to relax.

“ICC Back to Cricket Guidelines” is a comprehensive document developed by the ICC Medical Advisory Committee in consultation with Member Medical Representatives, and provides guidance for the safe resumption of community cricket, domestic professional cricket, and international cricket.

The guidelines do not provide answers to when the game can resume in different parts of the world, rather it provides a framework with practical suggestions on how members can resume cricket in a manner that protects against the risk of transmission of infection with the COVID-19 virus.

The ICC advises its Members to use these guidelines as the basis to create their own policies for return to cricket activity in compliance, in all cases, with local and national government regulations (which should always take precedence) and to ensure the cricket community applies the necessary safety measures when resuming cricket.

The complete document is available on the page HERE.

ICC launches 100% Cricket ‘Leading The Game’ webinar series

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ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney Photo: ICC Media Zone

By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

MELBOURNE, 20 May 2020: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today launched its 100% Cricket ‘Leading the Game’ webinar series bringing together world leaders from across sport and business to celebrate women’s cricket.

The Leading the Game webinar series is part of the ICC’s continued emphasis on the women’s game following on from the success of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the launch of 100% Cricket. The series will see individuals from across cricket, sport, and the business community engaging in the informative discussion sharing best practices and generating new ideas to support the growth of women’s cricket at a local and national level.

The first webinar ‘100% Leadership’ which was available to the global cricket family saw ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney, ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket Clare Connor and World Rugby’s General Manager of Women’s Rugby Katie Sadleir join Mel Jones to discuss the ICC’s strategy to lead women’s cricket into the future.

ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney said: “We are at a very important stage in the growth of women’s cricket and need to build on the foundation and momentum we have created in the past few years even though there is no cricket at present.

“We launched 100% Cricket as a platform to drive the conversation around the women’s game between the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup and the Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. As a part of that, we have now launched 100% Cricket – Leading the Game webinar series, to bring the sport together so we can collectively fulfill our ambition of bringing one million new women and girls to the game of cricket.

“We have some excellent contributors lined up from not only the global cricket family but from sport and technology sectors to share their experiences, learnings, and best practice. The series provides a platform to discuss the long-term direction of the women’s game and how to attract more fans and players to the sport. It is important for the global cricket family to stay connected and generate new ideas to move the game forward and stronger as we come out of this pandemic.”

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor said: “Hopefully this inaugural ICC 100% Cricket webinar has been well-received as we all look to share information, challenges, and solutions during these unprecedented times for work, cricket and life in its broadest sense. We have built such exciting momentum behind women’s cricket – a crowd of 86,174 at the MCG for the ICC Women’s T20 Cup final being the most recent evidence of that – and we should not be knocked off course by this pandemic.

“If anything, we should remain even more steadfast in our ambition for cricket to be a gender-balanced sport. Well done to ICC for launching this platform for members and colleagues to come together and to continue our collaborative efforts to grow the game around the world.”

The second installment of the Leading the Game series, 100% Performance will take place next week, before episodes, three to six will be open for public sign up.

100% Cricket provides a platform to celebrate the women’s game and bring everything fans to love about the sport to life. The ICC’s pledge to bring 1 million new women and girls to the game as part of 100% Cricket will be delivered in partnership with Members. For more information on 100% cricket click here.

80,473 attend Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test 2019 between Australia and New Zealand

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Photo: Cricket Australia, Twitter.

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 December: With the Sun shining over the MCG 80,473 supporters today attended Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand – the largest ever crowd for a day of Test cricket between the two nations.

“Today’s attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the second-largest Day 1 crowd at a Boxing Day Test for a non-Ashes fixture – behind only the 85,661 who turned out to watch Australia play the West Indies in 1975-76. Overall, it’s the sixth highest Day 1 Boxing Day Test crowd at the MCG including Ashes Tests, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the huge crowd at the MCG spoke to the popularity and vibrancy of Test cricket in both Australia and New Zealand.

“Thanks so much to the Australian and New Zealand fans who made history at the MCG today,” Roberts said.

“The atmosphere was brilliant from ball one and reflective of the great rivalry between our two nations on the field, and the close relationship we have off it.

“We can’t wait to be back at the MCG on March 8 next year, as we seek to eclipse today’s crowd at the Final of the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 on International Women’s Day.”

The previous Day 1 record for an Australia-New Zealand Test at the MCG was 51,087 in 1987/88.

Australian ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of India; Peter Siddle joins Test squad

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, December 17, 2019: The National Selection Panel (NSP) of Cricket Australia has named the following 14-player Australian squad for the Qantas Tour of India from January 14-19.

Australia:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Similar to the Test team, we are wanting the white ball squad to continue the form of the unbeaten T20 Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“The performance of our white ball squads has been strong, and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup at home at the end of the year and ultimately build towards the 2023 ICC World Cup in India.

“The performance of the top order at home through the T20 Series was very strong so we look for that to continue in the Indian ODI series. We also believe Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game.

“Ashton Turner has proven himself in India with his ability to adapt to local conditions as did Peter Handscomb who joined the squad at the most recent World Cup. Peter also doubles as a backup keeper if required while Ashton Agar adds to the squad with his all-round abilities.

“In terms of the bowling group we are sticking with combination that are performing well. Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson are in the squad following the successful T20 campaign.

“Adam Zampa and his growing combination with Agar is also something the selectors want to see more of while Nathan Lyon remains in the one-day squad selection frame.

“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League. We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards.”

Australia’s Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will lead the group to India. Head Coach Justin Langer will remain in Australia having spent the majority of the last 18 months away from home.

“As one of the leadership group, it’s important to show that not only are we focussed on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included,” Langer said.

“Macca is an exceptional coach in all forms of the game and has been fantastic since coming on board. He will do a great job with this squad. We are in very, very good hands.”

Qantas Tour of India:

January 14: First ODI Australia v India, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
January 17: Second ODI Australia v India, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
January 19: Third ODI Australia v India, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

It was also announced today Victorian paceman Peter Siddle will be brought into the 13-man squad for the injured Josh Hazlewood for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand at the MCG.
“Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne. He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation,” Hons said.

Upgraded Gabba Set For 2021 Ashes Test

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MELBOURNE, 1 June: A $35 million upgrade for the Brisbane Cricket Ground has been backed by confirmation that the First Test of the 2021 Ashes series will be held at the Gabba.

Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket today welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement that this month’s State Budget would include funding to upgrade public, corporate and media facilities in the stadium.

Included in the upgrade will be improvements to enhance the experiences of fans attending cricket matches at the venue, with these set to be implemented in time for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Australia 2020.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts confirmed the first Test of the 2021 Ashes series would be held at the upgraded Gabba.

“Nothing excites Australian cricket fans like an Ashes series on home soil and the upgrades to the Gabba will ensure that in hosting the first test of the Ashes series in 2021-22, fans in Queensland will get the first opportunity to enjoy world-class cricket while experiencing the upgraded facilities,’’ he said.

“We thank the Queensland Government, led by Premier Palaszczuk and Minister de Brenni, for its support and ongoing collaboration to deliver these important improvements ensuring that Cricket continues to unite and inspire Queensland communities,’’ he said.

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters welcomed today’s announcement.

“The Gabba receiving stage one upgrades is fantastic news for Queensland Cricket and all cricket fans across the State,” he said.

“Our recent discussions with the State Government on the future of the ground have been extremely positive, and we thank Minister de Brenni for sharing in our vision of ensuring the Gabba remains one of Australia’s premier stadiums.

Walters said confirmation the Gabba would host the first Test of the 2021 Ashes series delivered certainty for fans and would heighten cricket’s appeal as well as deliver an economic boost.

“Australian Cricket has worked closely with the Queensland Government to advance the redevelopment of the Gabba, which will not only foster cricket’s growth in Queensland but also deliver a range of economic benefits to the state,’’ he said.

“There is intrinsic value in the first Test of the season and studies have shown that past Ashes encounters have injected significant uplift to the local economy to the tune of $36 million,’’ he said.

The post-event study completed by consultancy firm IER Pty Ltd has found the 2017-18 Ashes Summer of Cricket generated $36.5m in spending to Queensland’s economy, $34.3m of which was achieved from November’s opening Ashes Test of the series at the Gabba.

130,665 fans witnessed Australia record a resounding victory over England at the Gabba across four days of the Test, the first three of which were sold out, while 29,683 fans watched the two countries play a One-Day International in January.
The study showed that the 2017-18 Ashes Summer of Cricket brought in 22,727 visitors to Queensland, accounting for a total of 82,010 visitor nights, 29,928 of which were from overseas guests.

The Gabba will host the opening Domain Test of this summer against Pakistan from 21 November, with points in the forthcoming ICC Test Championship up for grabs for the first time on Australian soil.

Australia’s record at the Gabba currently sits at 30 Tests unbeaten since 1988, the longest active streak in world cricket.

Source: Cricket Australia.