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‘Umpire Call’ decision review system to remain: ICC


By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 2 April 2021: The recent International Cricket Council (ICC) Board and virtual Committee meetings have taken important decisions including the decision to retain the ‘Umpire Call’ decision review system.

In addition, three other changes to the DRS and 3rd Umpire protocols were approved. These are as follows:

- For LBW reviews, the height margin of the Wicket Zone will be lifted to the top of the stumps to ensure the same Umpire’s Call margin around the stumps for both height and width.
- A player will be able to ask the umpire whether a genuine attempt has been made to play the ball before deciding to review an LBW decision.
- The 3rd Umpire will check a replay of any short-run that has been called and correct any error prior to the next ball being bowled.

Anil Kumble who leads the ICC Cricket Committee said, “The Cricket Committee had an excellent discussion around Umpire’s Call and analysed its use extensively. The principle underpinning DRS was to correct clear errors in the game whilst ensuring the role of the umpire as the decision-maker on the field of play was preserved, bearing in mind the element of prediction involved with the technology. Umpire’s Call allows that to happen, which is why it is important it remains.”

The interim COVID-19 regulations that were introduced in 2020 to allow international cricket to resume as quickly and safely as possible will continue to be applied. These were as follows:

- The flexibility to be able to appoint home umpires where neutral umpires were previously required.
- The additional DRS review per team per innings in all formats.
- The ban on using saliva to polish the ball, and
- The availability of a COVID-19 replacement in Test matches.

The committees noted the excellent performances by the home umpires over the past 9 months but encouraged the more widespread appointment of neutral Elite Panel umpires whenever circumstances allow.

The recent introduction of replacement players for both concussion and COVID-19 prompted a discussion at the Cricket Committee on the more general use of replacement players in the international game. To better understand the implications of allowing players to be replaced during a match the definition of a First-Class Match will be changed to allow the unqualified use of replacement players.

Two changes have been approved to the women’s ODI playing conditions; firstly, the discretionary 5-over batting powerplay has been removed and secondly, all tied matches will be decided by a Super Over.

Mel Jones (Cricket Australia) and Catherine Campbell (New Zealand Cricket) have been appointed as the Full Member representatives on the ICC Women’s Committee.

It was decided that Test and ODI status shall be permanently awarded to all Full Member women’s teams. Additionally, it was agreed that all matches at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games be classified as women’s T20 Internationals.

Records broken as millions tune into cricket (LONG READ)

Indian Skipper Virat Kohli gestures after winning the 2nd test match against England
Indian Skipper Virat Kohli gestures after winning the 2nd test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium, in Chennai on 16 Feb. 2021. (ANI Photo/BCCI Twitter)

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 19 February 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic came very hard on cricket. In Australia and globally it suffered. Despite this big challenge, the good news is Cricket today has come back with a vengeance with millions of fans across Australia and around the world ensuring that the men’s and women’s international and Big Bash seasons were among the most-watched on record.

With the Women’s National Cricket League, Marsh One-Day Cup, and Marsh Sheffield Shield in full swing, and the Qantas Australian men’s T20I tour of New Zealand about to commence, Cricket Australia has revealed substantial growth from across its international and T20 domestic competitions this summer.

In the 2020-21 session, all three formats of men’s international cricket increased year-on-year linear television audiences, while streaming numbers smashed all-time records;

The KFC BBL was the most-watched on record, with a total audience of 44.82 million across the tournament and increased year-on-year linear television and streaming audiences, confirming the league’s standing as Australia’s most popular domestic sporting competition on TV on a per-match basis;

The remarkable growth of women’s cricket continued with the WBBL establishing itself as Australia’s fourth most-watched sporting league – and No. 1 among female sports – while the Australian women’s national team built on the extraordinary success of its T20 World Cup campaign with recognition as Australia’s most loved sporting team.

Dettol ODIs and T20s

The men’s Dettol ODI series between Australia and India was watched by an average of 357,656 on Foxtel, up 214% on the corresponding series last year;

The inclusion of Kayo, Foxtel Now and Foxtel GO streaming numbers increased the average audience to 492,000, an increase of 77% from the most recent Australia-India series in 2018/19;

The Dettol T20I series also attracted huge levels of interest from Australian cricket lovers, with an average audience of 403,411 on STV, up 75% on last year and almost 10% up the last time India toured Australia;

The inclusion of Kayo, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go streaming numbers increased the average audience for the Dettol T20I series to 558,000, up 77% from 2018/19.

Vodafone Test Series

The highly-anticipated Vodafone Test Series between Australia and India was the highest rating non-Ashes Test season since 2014/15, with an average linear TV audience of 1.14 million, up 4.1% on last year;

The epic four-match Border-Gavaskar series was the highest rating Test series ever on subscription television, with linear STV growing by 25%;

The average audience figures increased to 1.23 million per match with the inclusion of Kayo, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go streaming numbers, while an incredible 28 sessions of the 31 sessions played of Test cricket had an average audience over 1 million, the most of any sport in Australia in 2020 when compared to other codes.

Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series

The all-conquering Australian women’s team continued their extraordinary momentum from the ICC T20 World Cup, with an average linear television audience of 235,563 for the T20I series against New Zealand. The figure ensured the matches against the White Ferns represented the most-watched September series in four years, despite competing with the late-finishing winter sporting codes;

The trajectory of women’s international cricket remains incredibly strong, with television audiences increasing 400% from the 2013-2016 period to 2017-2020;
For the second year in a row, True North Research revealed the Australian Women’s Team was again Australia’s favourite team, scoring the highest Benchmark Emotional Connection Score of any national team.

Rebel WBBL

The rebel WBBL confirmed its standing as the fourth most-watched domestic competition in Australia (behind only the BBL, AFL and NRL). The 202,139 average audience was the sixth consecutive year of more than 200,000 people watching simulcast Rebel WBBL matches on Seven and Foxtel;

The total viewing hours for the competition has doubled since the tournament’s inception, with audiences growing as the schedule has expanded;
A total of 23 international players made it to Australia for the rebel WBBL, highlighting its position as one of the elite female sporting leagues in the world.


The KFC BBL final between the Sydney Sixers and Perth Scorchers attracted an average audience of over 1.4 million – the fourth most watched BBL game in the tournament’s history. That represented a 15% increase on the final of BBL|09 across Seven, Foxtel and streaming services including Kayo, Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go;

The total audience of 44.82 million across the 61-game tournament was the highest in league history – an increase of 5.9% across all platforms YoY, including linear TV growth of 1.4%;
The total audience of 5.64m across the five-game Finals series was the highest in league history – an increase of 15% on last season;

The average audience per match in KFC BBL|10 was 735,000 per game across all platforms, ensuring the Big Bash League remains the most-watched sporting league in Australia on a per-game basis. The linear TV audience of 675,000 was 9,000 higher than KFC BBL|09, while the streaming platform average of 60,000 per game represented 109% growth YoY.

In a season where crowd numbers were severely limited by the pandemic, 858,465 people attended the cricket in 2020/21 summer;

A total of 321,962 attended men’s international matches, and 14% of Test cricket attendees did so for the first time;
More than 520,000 fans attended KFC BBL|10, while the Adelaide Oval, Gabba and Optus stadium all welcomed more than 100,000 fans this season.


A total of 3.5 million Australian users accessed the cricket.com.au site and app each month during December and January, a 6% increase on the same period last year;
In January alone, Australian users of the CA app engaged in almost 22 million sessions on CA Live, a 30% increase year-on-year;

India's Mayank Agarwal during the practice session
India’s Mayank Agarwal during the practice session ahead of the first test match against England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.(ANI Photo)

Views on the cricket.com.au YouTube channel have increased 101% worldwide and 20% in Australia year-on-year, with subscriber numbers soaring 57% to 7.85m;
More than 18,000 pieces of content have been produced this year for 4.6 billion impressions, 1.87 billion video views and 110 million interactions on cricket’s social media channels;
A single piece of WBBL content, (Tahlia McGrath’s incredible catch), has been viewed almost 20 million times across all platforms;

CA’s integrated content drove more than 218m off-platform video views.
International broadcast

The Australian and Indian series captivated our Indian audience via the Sony Sports Network, with the cumulative reach for the Test series at a massive 75.8 million viewers.
The total cumulative reach across the Vodafone Test Series, the Dettol ODI Series and the Dettol T20I Series reached more than 110 million viewers in India.

Cricket Australian launched an OTT partnership with LIVENow into Mainland Europe and SE Asia, taking the Summer of Cricket coverage into over 50 countries in an innovative new way, with encouraging interest across a number of markets, with Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore and Hong Kong amongst the standouts.

Commercial partnerships

Despite the adverse commercial climate brought on by the pandemic, CA is extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our commercial partners, which included 13 sponsorship renewals and new partners over the past 12 months;
Rexona joined Vodafone, Dettol, and Cadbury as new partners to cricket.

Cricket Cares

Cricket Cares, Cricket Australia’s community action program, raised much needed awareness and funds for charities all across Australia, headlined by the McGrath Foundation, Movember and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation;

More than 130 community clubs signed up the Movember Cricket Association to raise awareness around men’s mental health, raising more than $270,000 for Movember;

The Vodafone Pink Test experienced a record-breaking year with more than $3 million raised for the McGrath Foundation off the back of the Virtual Seat Campaign, an increase of almost $1 million from the previous record set in. More than 150,000 seats were bought around the world.

Community Cricket

Despite the pandemic’s impact on the season starting, Australian Cricket has worked with thousands of volunteers around the country to get cricket underway in a COVIDsafe environment;
Cricket Australia launched its game changing partnership with PlayHQ for the development of a digital platform which will revolutionise the way volunteers run cricket clubs, with the potential to save hundreds of hours a year per volunteer.

While indoor cricket and school competitions have been impacted by the pandemic, the Woolworths Cricket Blast program already has a higher participation rate than last year and more girls playing Blast than ever before.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia’s Interim CEO, says, “For nearly 150 years, cricket has brought Australians together through periods of adversity,” Hockley said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been no different. Despite the many challenges, cricket fans in Australia and around the world watched, listened, streamed, clicked, read and attended cricket matches in astonishing numbers – and we are grateful to every one of them.

“We hope everyone is continuing to enjoy the Marsh One-Day Cup, Marsh Sheffield Shield and WNCL and look forward to welcoming everyone back for a huge men’s and women’s Ashes summer next season which, we all hope, will be played in front of full crowds.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for pulling together to make cricket happen this season. From players, staff and match officials, to our friends at New Zealand Cricket and the BCCI, each of the State and Territory Cricket Associations, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, our supportive governments and world class venues, our valued broadcast and commercial partners, fans of all ages, and the thousands of players and volunteers who kept cricket going at community level.

“The 2020-21 season will forever be remembered for the spirit of cooperation, challenges overcome and thrilling cricket across all formats.”

Source- Cricket Australia media release, February 19, 2021.

Docu-series on Australian Women’s Team to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday February 12

CA story
Photo- cricket.com.au

By SAT Sports Newsdesk

MELBOURNE, 8 February 2021: The Australian Women’s Cricket team’s dramatic ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign all the way to a history-making final at the MCG, is now part of a two-part series coming to the Amazon Prime Video this Friday, February 12. The announcement came today in a Cricket Australia media release emailed to South Asia Times (SAT). The trailer has also been launched.


Cricket Australia media release (Feb 08, 2021) adds:

One week before Covid-19 suspended world sport, the Australian Women’s Cricket Team produced something remarkable. THE RECORD tells the story of the Australian team’s journey at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. It follows the heroic exploits on the field, and the equally daring off-field campaign to “fill the MCG” for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. If the stadium sells out, a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event will be set.

This audacious plan relies heavily on Australia getting through to the final. But, out-of-form players, injuries, a wild storm, the heavy burden of favoritism and fierce competition, threaten to end Australia’s campaign, and with it, hopes of a new world record. Led fearlessly by captain Meg Lanning, a physically and mentally wounded Australia embark upon a miraculous recovery – all the way to the bright lights of the MCG.

THE RECORD goes inside the most dramatic World Cup in history – and gives voice to the players who belong on this stage.

Players and coaching staff featured in THE RECORD include:
Meg Lanning — Australian Captain
Rachael Haynes — Australian Vice-captain
Matthew Mott — Head Coach
Beth Mooney — Player of the Tournament
Megan Schutt
Alyssa Healy
Ellyse Perry
Molly Strano
Harmanpreet Kaur – Indian Captain
Heather Knight – England Captain
Dane van Niekerk – South African Captain
Sornnarin Tippoch – Thailand Captain
THE RECORD is produced by Her Films.

HER FILMS was established in 2017 by producer Nicole Minchin and journalist Angela Pippos to create powerful documentaries about women. Throughout history, the stories of women have largely been invisible – sidelined, ignored, or forgotten. With its focus on storytelling, creativity, and equality, HER FILMS’ objective is to entertain, inspire and bring about social change. Her Films’ documentaries include two AFLW features LEAGUE OF HER OWN and HEROES.

THE RECORD is an Amazon Prime Video acquisition and will be released in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Trinidad, and Tobago, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Guyana, Grenada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Fiji, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Indonesia

“The moment we heard about the bold plan to fill the MCG on International Women’s Day 2020 we knew we had to be a part of it. Here was a seismic opportunity to shift the sporting landscape. As documentary filmmakers with a passion for equality and social change, this story was irresistible. The tournament, and the quest for the record, threw up more drama than we could ever have imagined and we couldn’t be more excited to share The Record with the world,” said Her Films’ producers, Nicole Minchin and Angela Pippos.

Speaking about the release of THE RECORD Cricket Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley said THE Record is a production that Cricket Australia is extremely proud of and excited to see come to life.

“The documentation of Australia’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup campaign has given us the opportunity to reflect on what was a monumental occasion for cricket.

“I would like to thank everyone who played their part in bringing both the event and this documentary to life. Reliving this special moment in time will hopefully inspire the next generation of cricketers, both girls, and boys, to aspire to play on the biggest stage of all.”

Merv Hughes inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame


MELBOURNE, 2 February 2021: Former Australian fast-bowler and one of the most recognizable characters in world cricket, Merv Hughes, has been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

An integral part of Australian cricket’s return to the top of the Test Cricket rankings, Hughes’ career spanned 53 Tests and 33 ODIs for Australia from 1985-94, taking 212 Test wickets at an average of 28.38.

His career-best figures of 8-87 against the West Indies at the WACA in 1988 included the final wicket of a hat-trick spread across three separate overs, two innings and two different days. It was the first ball of what would be a big-hearted effort to hold up the frontline pace attack single-handedly after losing his opening partner Geoff Lawson to a broken jaw. It is a performance that illustrates a man who gave everything for his country when called upon.

A Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1994, Hughes also represented Victoria, Essex, and the ACT over a First-Class career spanning 14 seasons. He first came to the notice of State selectors in the late 1970s through his performances playing premier cricket for Footscray at a ground that would one day bear his name. In 2005, Hughes became a selector for the Australian cricket team, a role he would hold through until 2010.

While Hughes’ statistics alone speak to a great career, it is difficult to view his impact and influence on the game on statistics alone. Standing at 6’4” in the old-scale, Hughes was an Australian cricket cultural icon.

His bristling handlebar moustache, menacing run-up and displays of affection for his teammates made him a favourite for a generation of cricket fans. The affection for Hughes was most fondly manifested when fielding at fine-leg in front of the fans in the then Bay 13 at the MCG, who would imitate his warm-up stretches en-masse.

Hughes’ influence on the game goes beyond showmanship – he was a cricketer and a character that drew people to cricket and made them love the sport. And underneath it all, he is a deep-thinker of the game who continues to be a mentor to future generations.

Peter King, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman, said:

“Merv Hughes was an icon of the Australian summer for so many of us, a larger-than-life personality, a wonderful international cricketer, an ambassador for the sport and a deserved inductee into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame,” he said.

“A lion-hearted competitor, Merv boasts a proud career for Victoria and Australia in the Test and One Day International arenas, paving the way for an incredible era of Australian cricketing dominance.

“Even as synonymous as his on-field record, Merv will be forever remembered as a fan-favourite and his iconic warm-ups close to the boundary, especially at the MCG, that prompted bays of spectators to join in with him at stadiums all over the country.

“He has left his legacy on the sport in post-career mentorship with modern-day teams, administrations roles as a National Selector and the heartbeat of Australian cricket. The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is delighted to recognise Merv Hughes.”

Greg Dyer, former teammate and Australian Cricketers’ Association Chair, said:”

“A thoroughly deserved accolade for one of the most wholehearted cricketers of the 1980′s and 90′s. A fine fast bowler – quick and nasty in the best traditions of the breed,” he said.

“Merv gave it everything he had on the field, from the first ball to the last. You certainly knew you were in a contest if you were playing against him and you had a teammate prepared to deliver an absolute 100 per cent effort if you had him on your side.

“In the changeroom, he had a well-deserved reputation as a complete pest – but notwithstanding – he was someone who made that place a significantly better place to be. Congratulations Merv, on this wonderful honour.”

Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia Chair, said:

“Merv Hughes is an Australian sporting legend who was one of the greatest bowlers to have played our national game,” he said.

“He gave everything he had to try and help his team to win, coupled with his enthusiastic theatrics on the pitch and his love for the game he will always be warmly remembered as the big-hearted fast-bowler and larrikin who demolished batting line-ups all over the world.

“I couldn’t think of a more well-deserved inductee into the Australian Cricket Hall of fame, who now joins an elite group of individuals who have given so much to the game we all love.”

About the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame was first proposed by the Melbourne Cricket Club in 1995.
With the support of Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria, the Hall of Fame was officially opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable John Howard MP in 1996.

The selection philosophy for the hall of fame focuses on the players’ status as sporting legends in addition to their outstanding statistical records.

The selection panel is made up of representatives from all levels of cricket. Chaired by the current MCC Cricket Chairman, three former players are joined by the respective CEOs of Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association, along with two representatives from the media.

All inductees must have been retired from international cricket for a minimum of five years to be eligible for selection.

An inaugural group of ten players were inducted in 1996, and a further 44 players have been welcomed since:

Inducted 1996 – Fred Spofforth, John Blackham, Victor Trumper, Clarrie Grimmett, Bill Ponsford, Sir Donald Bradman, Bill O’Reilly, Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall and Dennis Lillee
Inducted 2000 – Warwick Armstrong, Neil Harvey and Allan Border
Inducted 2001 – Bill Woodfull and Arthur Morris
Inducted 2002 – Stan McCabe and Greg Chappell
Inducted 2003 – Lindsay Hassett and Ian Chappell
Inducted 2004 – Hugh Trumble and Alan Davidson
Inducted 2005 – Clem Hill and Rod Marsh
Inducted 2006 – Monty Noble and Bob Simpson
Inducted 2007 – Charles Macartney and Richie Benaud
Inducted 2008 – George Giffen and Ian Healy
Inducted 2009 – Steve Waugh
Inducted 2010 – Bill Lawry and Graham McKenzie
Inducted 2011 – Mark Taylor and Doug Walters
Inducted 2012 – Shane Warne
Inducted 2013 – Charlie Turner and Glenn McGrath
Inducted 2014 – Mark Waugh and Belinda Clark
Inducted 2015 – Adam Gilchrist and Jack Ryder
Inducted 2016 – Jeff Thomson and Wally Grout
Inducted 2017 – David Boon, Matthew Hayden and Betty Wilson
Inducted 2018 – Norm O’Neill, Ricky Ponting and Karen Rolton
Inducted 2019 – Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Dean Jones and Billy Murdoch
Inducted 2020 – Sharon Tredrea and Craig McDermott

ACHOF chairman and current MCC committee member Peter King
Former Test captain Belinda Clark
Former Test captain Mark Taylor
Former Test batsman and former MCC President Paul Sheahan
Australian Cricketers’ Association Interim CEO Joe Connellan
Cricket Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley
Media representatives Ben Horne and Greg Baum

Source- @CricketAustralia

ICC Test Team Rankings: Historic win at The Gabba takes India to second place

India's Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant celebrate with teammates after winning the 4th Test Match
India’s Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant celebrate with teammates after winning the 4th Test Match with Australia at The Gabba on Tuesday. (BCCI Twitter/ANI Photo)

Brisbane [Australia], January 19 (ANI): India’s memorable win at The Gabba not only saw the team script history but also ensured they toppled Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim the second spot.
New Zealand sits atop the table with 118.44 points while India now has 117.65 points, overtaking Australia on 113 points. “India displace Australia to become the new No.2 in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Team Rankings,” ICC tweeted.
It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved on Tuesday as an injury-ravaged young Indian team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test to take the series 2-1.
Rishabh ‘nerves of steel’ Pant will be forgiven for all the mistakes he made through the series with wicket-keeping gloves in hand as each of the 89 runs that he scored in the final hour on Tuesday was worth its weight in gold. It was only poetic justice that he hit a boundary to win India a thriller.
The last time a visiting team came out triumphant from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the mighty West Indian outfit under the leadership of Viv Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets. What makes the feat even more commendable is how the Indians fought multiple injuries and mental fatigue – due to the bio-bubble restrictions — to register a historic win.
Having already lost Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari going into the final Test, Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin too couldn’t get match-fit and that saw India field a bowling attack that was led by a two-Test old Mohammed Siraj. But the lion-hearted pacer rose through the ashes like a phoenix to show he belongs at the highest level.
Coming back to the final day’s action, needing 69 to win going into the last hour, any other team might have thought of ensuring a draw first. But not this Indian team which is filled with youngsters who believe in backing themselves till the fat lady sings. With swashbuckling Rishabh Pant at the crease, Australia skipper Tim Paine had no option but to keep the field open with men at the boundary. The wicket-keeper did take a few chances, but luck was smiling bright and sunny on him and he made hay.
And when Washington Sundar hit Pat Cummins for a six and a four off the last two balls of the 93rd over, it was down to 39 needed off the last seven balls. From there on, it was a game tailor-made for T20 star Pant. He went for twin boundaries in the very next over off Nathan Lyon and from there on, it was about just not committing hara-kiri.