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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.

ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier postponed

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By SAT News Desk/ICC Media Zone

The International Cricket Council has today announced the postponement of two further qualifying events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the postponement of two further qualifying events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.

As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process and after consultation with Members and with the relevant government and public health authorities, the decision has been taken to postpone the qualifier to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the start of the qualification pathway to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022.

The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was due to take place in Sri Lanka between 3 and 19 July, where three teams were to qualify for the 2021 event in New Zealand.

The start of the journey to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 was scheduled to begin with the European Regional Qualifier in Denmark between 24 and 30 July.

The ICC will work with all participating Members to identify when these events will be able to be staged.

ICC Head of Events, Chris Tetley said: “In light of the continuing travel restrictions, global health concerns and government and public health authority advice we have decided to postpone two further upcoming qualifying events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the Europe qualifier to the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 have both been impacted.

“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.

“These are both important events with the Women’s CWC Qualifier one step away from New Zealand 2021 and the Europe qualifier which signifies the start of the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 pathway. We will work in partnership with the Members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so. I would like to thank the Members for their cooperation and continued support.”

The two remaining ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 events are being monitored and kept under review: the Africa event is due to take place in Tanzania between 7 and 14 August and the Asia event between 1 and 9 December in Thailand. The Division 1 events in all five regions are scheduled to take place in 2021.

Australian Men’s Team ranked No.1 in Test and T20 International Cricket

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By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, May 1, 2020: The Australian Men’s Team has become the No.1 ranked side in the world in Test and Twenty20 International cricket, usurping India and Pakistan in the latest MRF Tyres International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

The Test team displaced India from top spot on the world Test standings, a ranking Virat Kohli’s men had had held since October, 2016.

In T20 Internationals Australia claimed top spot for the first time since T20 rankings were introduced by the ICC in 2011. Pakistan had held the top rankings for 27 months.

Australian Men’s Team coach Justin Langer paid tribute to the sides for their efforts across the past 12 months.

The Test team retained the Ashes in England and were unbeaten in five home Tests against Pakistan and New Zealand during the Australian summer, while the T20 side was unbeaten across six matches at home and defeated South Africa 2-1 in South Africa this season.

“We have got lots of work to do to become the team we want to be, but over the last couple of years not only have we performed well on the field but we have performed well off it,” Langer said.

“We have earned some respect back from other teams around the world but also from Australia.”

Langer said performance was not the only measure of his team.

“When we started on this journey there had been a lot of talk about Australia wanting to be No.1 in the world in all three forms of the game,” he said.

“We took a different approach. Not once did we talk about being No.1 ranked in the world, we wanted to be No.1 in our values and process. That is what I am most proud of.”

Langer said while Australia may have assumed top ranking, India was still the benchmark.

“I said in my first conference as coach we will know we are a great team if we can beat India in India and that is certainly a great goal for us. We know they are so tough to beat so only then will we really know we can claim the number one spot,” he said.

“The last time we played India here they beat us for the first time in Australia so we will be determined to beat them when they come back.”

Winning the T20 World Cup in October-November is the next priority for the team, but Langer warns just how difficult that prospect is.

“I also know how hard it is to win World Cup,” he said. “England were very deserved winners of the One-Day World Cup last year and everything has to go right, you can’t have an off day.”

India dropped to third with New Zealand retaining second place in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.

In the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings Australia (278) tops the list from England, India, and Pakistan.
For the full rankings visit https://www.icc-cricket.com/

ICC bans bookie Deepak Agarwal for two years

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned Deepak Agarwal, a blacklisted bookie from India from all cricket for two years, with a half year of that suspended after he acknowledged one charge of breaking the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Agarwal was charged as a member under the Code because of the reality he was one of the team owners of the Sindhi’s franchise in the 2018 T10 Cricket League. The charge is as per the following:

1. Article 2.4.7 – obstructing or delaying an investigation, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and / or that may be evidence of or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

Under the arrangements of the Code, Mr Agarwal decided to concede the charges and concurred the assent with the ICC in lieu of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. Subject to him fulfilling conditions in regard of the suspended part of the assent, he will be allowed to continue his inclusion in the game on 27 October 2021.

Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity stated:

“There were various instances of Mr Agarwal deterring and deferring our investigations and it was not only an erratic event. In any case, he made a brief confirmation of his break of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and keeps on giving generous help to the ACU according to a few investigations including different members. This collaboration is reflected in his sanction.”

It should be noted that Deepak is known in the spot-fixing circle and the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit had kept the bookie under their constant surveillance for a long time. International Cricket Council (ICC) had blacklisted Deepak Agarwal for his infamous spot-fixing attempts in franchise cricket leagues including the international matches.

And Deepak Agarwal was the man who approached Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan for inside information. The International Cricket Council (ICC) banned Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan from all cricket for two years, with one year of that suspended, after he accepted three charges of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code last year.

Deepak’s threat led to the death of a 29-year-old Indian cricketer in 2011. Indian police detained him back in April 2017 in the Indian city of Raigarh along with two of his supporters. Deepak was put behind the bars and he didn’t learn a lesson for his wrongdoing. After getting out of jail, Agarwal got back in full swing in his usual business of spot-fixing.

Read the full story HERE.