2019 cricket World cup: Windies, Pakistan in danger zone

Dubai:

Former World Cup winners Pakistan and the West Indies are in danger of failing to automatically qualify for the 2019 edition of cricket’s showpiece 50-over tournament.

Following today’s release of the updated One-Day International team rankings by the International Cricket Council, eighth-placed Pakistan have opened up a nine-point gap on the West Indies, who sit a spot back on 79 points.

The top seven ranked ODI teams and England, as the host nation, will automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup which means the Windies, who won the first two World Cups in 1975 and 1979, need to perform strongly before the September 30 cut-off date or face the prospect of further qualification.

Between now and the deadline, the West Indies host 10th-placed Afghanistan for three ODIs in June (during the Champions Trophy which they failed to qualify for) before flying to the UK for a five-match series against England in September.

Pakistan’s only ODI assignment before the cut-off date is the Champions Trophy while seventh-placed Bangladesh, who are 12 points ahead of the Windies, have a tri-series against Ireland and New Zealand ahead of the Champions Tropy.

Those teams that do not automatically qualify for the 2019 World Cup must earn a spot by going through the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2018, a 10-team tournament comprised of the bottom four ODI sides and six sides from the ICC World Cricket League, with the top two sides advancing.

The latest ODI rankings update takes into account results dating back to May 1, 2014, with the most recent results having the most significance.

South Africa remain in first place on 123 points, with Australia (118), India (117), New Zealand (115) and England (109) rounding out the top five.

USA cricket body facing expulsion from ICC

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Dubai:

The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) faces expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June, the sport’s global governing body said on Monday.

USACA was suspended in 2015 with several reinstatement conditions after the ICC found that the organisation did not have widespread authority over the country’s cricket activities and lacked unity.

The ICC said USACA had failed to work with successfully with a group set up to help them rectify the position and had breached several other reinstatement conditions.

“Our focus throughout this two year process has been on the unification of the USA cricket community behind USACA to grow and develop the sport,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in statement on Monday.

“USACA’s refusal to engage in the process … its apparent failure to put the ICC Board-approved constitution before its members without legitimate excuse undermines the all-important objective of uniting the sport.”

A resolution to expel USACA will be voted on at a meeting of the ICC Full Council in June.

 

India’s Champions Trophy participation in jeopardy?

ndia’s participation in the upcoming Champions Trophy in United Kingdom under a cloud. BCCI had not named its squad for the tournament by the April 25 deadline as it was waiting for the conclusion of the ICC meeting.

 

Asked if a withdrawal from CT was on the cards, the official said: “All options are open. They have basically disrespected the Members Participation Agreement that was earlier signed. As of now, the joint secretary will go back and an emergent SGM will be called. He will then apprise the General Body about the developments and an appropriate decision will be taken.”

 

“The ICC is yet to tell us what is the basis on which a nation like Singapore stands to gain more. What exactly are the grounds? Can they explain how are they trying to cut down the Operational Costs of ICC which is USD 160 million?” he said.

BCCI loses revenue and governance vote at ICC meet

 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) towering influence in world cricket came to a screeching halt as the majority voted for a change in Governance and Revenue structures.

BCCI lost the vote on ‘governance and constitutional changes’ by a 1-9 margin while the revenue model, which was the bigger bone of contention, saw India getting only two votes in their support against eight against. The only country that voted alongside BCCI was Sri Lanka, reported Press Trust of India.

The BCCI has been adamant on getting the lion’s share out of ICC’s revenue on grounds that it contributes the most to the coffers, and is bargaining for the same figure ($570 million) that it received under the Big Three revenue model, which has now been discarded.

“Yes, the votings are over. It was 8-2 in favour of revamped revenue model and 9-1 in favour of constitutional changes,” a senior BCCI functionary present in Dubai told PTI on Wednesday.

“The BCCI has voted against both as we had, in principle, maintained that all these changes are completely unacceptable for us. At this point, we can only say that all options are open for us. We would have to go back to our SGM and apprise the members of the situation,” he added.

It was learnt that since BCCI rejected the additional $100 million pay-out in revenue, it was once again given the original option of $290 million which is a $280 million cut from the $570 million India had been getting till last year.

It was thought that the representatives of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh were in India’s favour, but apart from Sri Lanka’s vote in support of India for rejecting the revamped revenue model, nothing else went their way.

“Zimbabwe have been promised USD 19 million by the ICC. On what grounds has Manohar made this promise? But strangely Bangladesh also went the other way. Today at the meeting, Manohar, in fact, said that the USD 290 million is a ‘take it or leave it’ offer,” the official was quoted as saying.

“Now at the SGM, there were only two resolutions passed. Our representative had two mandates. Propose for deferment of the decision which was rejected. And the next option was voting against during a floor Test. Our aim was to protect India’s interest. Our tone was extremely conciliatory at the meeting for the best interest of the game. But what was shocking was Mr Manohar’s stance,” the official claimed.

England’s Zafar Ansari retires from professional cricket at 25

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Zafar Ansari, the Surrey and England all-rounder, has announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect, it was announced on Wednesday (April 26).

The 25-year-old made his Test debut for England during the winter against Bangladesh and also played in the subsequent series against India but is well-known to have many interests outside the professional game of which he is now keen to pursue.

A hugely intelligent man, Ansari gained a double first in politics and sociology from Cambridge University and is a gifted concert pianist. Last year, he completed a Master’s degree in history at Royal Holloway, University of London and is now understood to be considering a career in Law.

As a left-arm spinner and middle-order batsman, Ansari played 71 first-class games in all, scoring over 3000 runs at an average of 29.79 and taking 128 wickets at 35.87. He also played in a further 111 limited overs games including a single One-Day International against Ireland in 2015 which was abandoned because of rain.

After a difficult winter – he told BBC Sport this week that he had not been ready for his Test debut – Ansari had played just one of Surrey’s three Championship games so far this season and clearly feels the time is right to pursue his other interests.

“After seven years as a professional cricketer and almost two decades in total playing the game, I have decided to bring my cricket career to an end,” said Ansari.

“This has been a very difficult decision to make and I have not made it lightly. I started playing for Surrey at the age of 8 and the club has been a hugely important part of my life since then. Surrey have always completely supported me and I am extremely grateful to the club for their backing over the years. It is, therefore, with great sadness that I say goodbye.

“Nevertheless, I have always been clear that when the time was right for me to move on I would, and that time has now come. While the timing may come as a surprise, I have always maintained that cricket was just one part of my life and that I have other ambitions that I want to fulfill. With that in mind, I am now exploring another career, potentially in law, and to achieve this I have to begin the process now.

“I will look back extremely fondly on playing with some wonderful teams and having the opportunity to perform in front of the best crowds in county cricket at the Kia Oval. Equally, to have played three Test matches for England was a huge honour and it is something I will undoubtedly savour for the rest of my life. Most of all, I will miss the people with whom I have shared my career and I cherish the relationships that I’ve formed along the way.

“I would like to thank Surrey and its fans for the way they have supported and encouraged me over the last 17 years. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life, but I know that Surrey will always feel like a home to me.”

Whether a difficult winter – Ansari took just five wickets in three Tests and scored 55 runs – had any bearing on the decision is had to tell but the timing suggests it may have done. There is also no doubt that his decision will disappoint England’s management who have been keen admirers of his for a number of years. He would have toured the UAE with England in the winter of 2015 had it not been for a hand injury.

Alec Stewart, Director of Cricket at Surrey CCC, said: “Zafar’s exceptionally tough but considered decision is one that we should all respect and understand. To retire at such a young age when his cricket career was progressing very nicely, earning a Test debut against Bangladesh last winter, proves that he has given great thought in deciding to walk away from the professional game.

“He is one of our own, having come through our age group and academy system where he first played for the county at the age of eight. Throughout his time with Surrey he has represented the club with great pride and skill. He will be missed by all his Surrey team mates, members and supporters and I speak on behalf of everyone in thanking him for his loyal service.

“We wish Zafar the very best in whatever the future holds for him and he will always be welcomed back to the Kia Oval with open arms.”

CPL provides significant economic boost of over $102m to host countries

Fort Lauderhill, Florida: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) continued its upward trajectory in 2016 with the world’s fastest growing T20 tournament contributing a significant economic boost of over USD $102,670,565across each of the seven host territories; Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago and Lauderhill, Florida.

The economic impact to the region has shown a staggering rise in recent years from $43,710,638 (in 2014) to $76,255,962 (2015).

The Hero CPL commissioned SMG Insight/YouGov for the third successive year to conduct an Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Hero CPLT20 Tournament which took place between 29 June – 7 August 2016.

The purpose of the EIA was to assess the Total Economic Impact for the Caribbean economy of staging such a high profile and successful event across each of the six Caribbean host countries, as well as Florida, as a direct consequence of hosting the event.

Independent research analysis was carried out at each of the venues with 15,399 attendees participating covering a range of topics based on the value of their visitor spend and length of stay in each specific country.

This year marked the fourth edition for the biggest party in sport, and the figures released on Tuesday, 6 December made for positive viewing and wrapped up a fine year as the Hero CPL has firmly established itself as the number one sporting event in the Caribbean.

The EIA is measured by multiples of three key areas; spend by the organisers and tournament suppliers, visitor spend on transport and accommodation and media value during TV and digital media Broadcasts.

*Each of the host countries benefited to a sizable financial windfall which is broken down as follows; Barbados ($15,878,628), Guyana ($15,447,309), Jamaica ($11,151,017), St. Kitts & Nevis ($22,722,350), St. Lucia ($10,853,052), Trinidad & Tobago ($14,034,964) and Lauderhill, Florida ($12,583,246). For a full breakdown by country please see below.

The economy of finals host St. Kitts & Nevis was the most notable winner overall and the combined total included the organiser spend plus the visitor spend multiplied by the media spend to make the total economic impact figure.

This helped the Federation generate an economic value of over $22,722,350 over the course of the four home St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ pool matches in Warner Park, Basseterre, as well as the finals week itself, highlighting a significant windfall for countries who host the finals.

With the addition of Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, the staging of the final round of pool matches, which were held between 28-31 July, helped generate a $12,583,246 boost into the wider Fort Lauderdale economy. The Florida swing of matches marked professional cricket’s first official entry into the United States of America, and saw in the region of 30,000 fans descend on Lauderhill which indicates that playing a select number of games outside the Caribbean has proven to be a success. Tourists who attended these matches also spent $4,751,872 in the local economy.

The Hero CPL by numbers – 2016 season at a glance:

  • 248,856 fans attended all 34 matches
  • 2,425 jobs were created locally
  • 21,924 hotel rooms were filled in the region during the ‘quiet’ season
  • CPL tourists spent $20,467,593 as a result of travelling to and within the region for the tournament, representing a 31% increase from 2015
  • Over 134,000,000 fans watched the 2016 campaign (including 82,000,000 from India)
  • A further 5,300,000 fans accessed the biggest party in sport through Facebook Live
  • CPL organisers spent and invested $12,162,173 into the 2016 CPLT20 tournament host economies, representing an 18% increase from the previous year
  • The 2016 tournament generated $30,916,080 in media value, a 73% increase from 2015

*2016 HERO CPL ECONOMIC BREAKDOWN (alphabetical order):

BARBADOS: The total economic benefit for the Barbados economy was the second highest arising from this year’s tournament, with $15,878,628 overall pumped into the island. There was a 22 percent increase by the CPL organisers to $1,709,585 from last year, while the visitor spend was $1,661,382. The shirt sponsorship deal with Barbados Tourist Board helped the island generate $7,788,308 in media value, marking a considerable 128 percent increase from 2015. With a TV audience of 13.8 million for Tridents’ home matches, in all 24,730 fans attended matches in the Kensington Oval, Bridgetown during the 2016 season.

 

GUYANA: The Guyanese economy reaped a $15,447,309 windfall from the staging of its four pool matches in Providence Stadium in 2016, with the total contribution from the Hero CPL amounting to $1,200,408. The overall visitor spend for the 2016 runners up was fractionally down by 4 percent to $2,306,392, however there were gains for the Guyana Tourism Authority whose shirt sponsorship deal has almost trebled its media value since 2014 from $2,123,005 to $5,978,951 in 2016. Hosting CPLT20 in Guyana created 349 local jobs and filled 2,295 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience of 9.23 million for the four Guyana Amazon Warriors’ home matches, in all 50,304 fans attended matches at Providence Stadium during the 2016 season.

JAMAICA: In total, the island of Jamaica benefited to the tune of $11,151,017 from the staging of this year’s Hero CPL pool matches in Sabina Park, Kingston. The total spend by the organisers was $1,661,721, while the visitor spend as a result of fans travelling to and within the island increased by 25 percent this year to $2,984,536. The Tallawahs, led by the charismatic Chris Gayle, regained the title they had previously won in 2013. Hosting CPLT20 in Jamaica created 335 local jobs and filled 3,085 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience of 23 million for the four Tallawahs’ home matches, in all 43,068 fans attended matches at Sabina Park during the 2016 season.

LAUDERHILL, FLORIDA: The 2016 tournament was a landmark one for the Hero CPL as it embarked on an ambitious inaugural foray into mainland USA. In all, six matches were hosted in Central Broward Stadium which generated $12,583,246 into the local economy. The Hero CPL invested $1,668,151 with the combined visitor spend of $4,751,872 being the highest in this year’s tournament overall with in the region of 30,000 descending on Broward County internationally as well as from as far north New York, especially, and as far west as Texas and Los Angeles. With a TV audience of 12.7 million for the matches in Central Broward Stadium, in the region of 30,000 fans attended all six matches during the 2016 season.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS: Despite the Patriots’ failure to reach the knockout stages, there were significant economic positives for Hero CPL finals hosts St. Kitts & Nevis. The cumulative economic benefit to the local economy arising from the staging of the finals amounted to $22,722,350, making it the significantly highest beneficiaries from the 2016 competition. The investment by the CPL amounted to a 22 percent increase to $1,664,540, while the total visitors spend saw a 12 percent increase from the 2015 season to $3,690,911. The media value from the eight combined matches (factoring TV and digital brand exposure, tourism imagery and verbal mentions) jumped by 70 percent to $8,262,632. Hosting CPLT20 in the Federation created 240 local jobs and filled 3,899 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience of 37 million for the four Patriots’ home matches and the Hero CPL finals, in all 35,124 fans attended matches at Warner Park during the 2016 season.

ST. LUCIA: It was a positive year for St. Lucia, on and off the field, with the Zouks reaching the Hero CPL finals for the first time. In all, the total economic impact was $10,893,052 with the investment by the tournament organisers amounting to $1,641,143. There was a substantial 36 percent increase on the total visitor spend throughout the island while the media value and tourism board exposure increased by a staggering 107 percent, helped by a shirt sponsorship deal with the St. Lucia Tourist Board. Hosting CPLT20 in St. Lucia created 261 local jobs and filled 2,237 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience of 9.4 million for the four Zouks home matches, in all 25,962 fans attended matches at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium during the 2016 season.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: The Total Economic Impact for Trinidad & Tobago in 2016 was $14,034,964. The organisers invested $2,616,625, a figure which was down by 8 percent, while the total visitor spend was also down 25 percent to $2,915,486 from the 2015 figure when it hosted the Hero CPL finals. In addition, the total media value was down by 46 percent to $2,970,740 for the same reason. Hosting CPLT20 in Port of Spain, Trinidad created 512 local jobs and filled 3,297 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience of 10.5 million for TKR’s four home matches, in all 45,072 fans attended matches at The Queen’s Park Oval during the 2016 season.

ABOUT THE HERO CARIBBEAN PREMIER LEAGUE:

The HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Jamaica Tallawahs are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Lucia Zouks, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots and Trinbago Knight Riders.
ABOUT SMG:
SMG Insight is the specialist global sports and sponsorship arm of YouGov. A leading provider of media and consumer research and consulting to global sports rights holders, sponsors and investors.

Steve Smith Leads Australia to 68-Run Win Over New Zealand in first ODI

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Sydney: Steve Smith hit a record-breaking century and took two superb catches as Australia beat New Zealand by 68 runs in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day series opener in Sydney on Sunday.

The Australia skipper smashed 164, the highest one-day international score at the Sydney Cricket Ground, to lead Australia to 324 for eight.

Man of the match Smith struck 14 fours and four sixes in his seventh ODI century after winning the toss to give the Black Caps a tough target to chase down.

The Kiwis were dismissed for 256 in 44.2 overs.

Smith’s knock, the seventh highest by an Australian in a ODI, surpassed South Africa’s AB de Villers 162 at the same ground in last year’s World Cup.

It was also the joint-highest by an Australia captain. Ricky Ponting also made 164 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006.

Smith underlined his man-of-the-match qualities with two decisive catches in the Black Caps innings.

It was his throat-high catch at slip that got a big breakthrough, dispatching New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for nine.

He later latched onto a flying one-handed screamer to dismiss BJ Watling for six off Mitchell Marsh, hurling himself to his left in the gully for a stunning catch.

Opener Martin Guptill raised his 11th ODI century with a six off Marsh over long-on off 93 balls and was his side’s major hope of reeling in Australia’s huge target.

But leg-spinner Adam Zampa coaxed Guptill into a false shot to find fielding substitute Glenn Maxwell at mid-wicket and was on his way for 114 off 102 balls in the 33rd over.

Jimmy Neesham put on 92 runs for the third stand with Guptill before he holed out to Hazlewood off Mitchell Starc in the 22nd over.

On the up

Smith’s top-ranked team suffered a 5-0 ODI series drubbing in South Africa in October and earlier looked shaky again when reduced to 92 for four in the 21st over.

But Smith, who could have been out three times, led a swashbuckling recovery and thwarted opposition bowlers to put his side in the ascendancy.

“I had a bit of luck, but you have to take that and make the most it,” Smith said after his innings.

“Nice to get a big score on my home ground. I love batting here, it’s a great place to play and great to play in front of my family.”

Smith was finally out three overs from the end when he skied Trent Boult to Colin Munro at midwicket.

Smith was supported by 52 from newcomer Travis Head, who was dropped by Matt Henry on nine, while wicketkeeper Matt Wade clobbered three sixes off a Jimmy Neesham over on his way to 38 off 22 balls.

Smith gave New Zealand two chances in Boult’s third over.

BJ Watling missed a leg-side catch on 13 and one run later Boult’s leg before wicket appeal was turned down by the umpire.

New Zealand inexplicably did not call for a review, which showed the Australian captain would have been out.

Smith had a third ‘life’ on 152 when Munro dropped him at square leg.

David Warner attacked debutant paceman Lockie Ferguson, smashing two boundaries off the youngster’s first over before he inside-edged on to his stumps for 24 off 29 balls.

Head put on 127 for the fifth wicket with Smith, before he was caught and bowled low down by Boult.

The second match in the series takes place at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

Women’s T20 Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan by 17 Runs to Clinch Title

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Bangkok: The Indian women’s team edged out rivals Pakistan by 17 runs in the final to clinch the 2016 Women’s Asia Cup T20 title.

This is India’s sixth Asia Cup title in as many editions, however the first four editions were played in the 50 overs format.

The women in blue remained unbeaten in the tournament enroute to the title, having beaten Pakistan earlier in the group stage too.

After winning the toss, the Indian team opted to bat first at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground in Bangkok.

Star opener Mithali Raj set the tone for the match, hitting few boundaries early on. Wickets kept falling on the other end but the right-hander held the innings from one end and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Mithali notched up her ninth T20I half century as India posted 121 in the title match for Pakistan to chase.

In reply, Pakistan women’s team started brightly with Ayehsa Zafar and Javeria Khan taking the attack to India.

Jhulan Goswami broke the crucial stand between the openers by removing Ayesha and proved to the turning point of the match.

Captain Bismah Maroof provided some resistance in the middle order but India kept picking up wickets at regular intervals to keep the scoring rate down.

In the end the target proved to be too much for Pakistan as they could only muster 104/6 runs in the allotted 20 overs.

As many as five Indian bowlers ended up picking wickets, with Ekta Bisht being the pick of the lot with figures of 2/22.

Mithali Raj was adjudged the player of the match as well as the player of the series for ending the tournament with 220 runs in four innings and ending up as the tournament’s top run-getter.

US open is a big incentive for US cricketers, Says Shoaib Mohammad

By Ubaid Awan

Karachi: Pakistan’s former test opener Shoaib Mohammad praises Cricket Council USA to held another wonderful episode of US open cricket tournament from 24th to 27th November 2016 at Broward county stadium Fort Lauderhill, Florida, USA.

Video massage is here,

 

Nepali Rhinos makes history in first 2xCricket USA cup

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PEARLAND: The Moosa stadium witnessed history in the making as the Nepali Rhinos overpowered the star-studded Houston Sparks to lift the first 2xCricket USA cup here on Sunday.

Sparks put Rhinos into bat, after winning the toss, and the Paras Khadka-led outfit managed 73 runs for 3 wickets. In reply the Sparks scored only one more run (74-3).

In the second innings the Rhinos cut loose and hammed 124 runs to give Houston Sparks a very stiff target of 124 runs. Shawn Findley and captain Paras Khatka stroked blistering knocks of 77 and 61 runs respectively. Asad Ali and Muhammad Khalil took 2 wickets apiece.

In the second innings, Houston Sparks failed to replicate their semi-final performance and bundled out with 55 more runs to get. Shahzeb Hassan topped the batting chart with 38 runs. Shawn Findlay took 3, Paras Khatka grabbed 2 wickets.

The winning captain Paras Khatka and runner-up skipper Kamran Akmal applauded the 2x format and expressed willingness to be part of this event next year as well.

In the end, the vice president of Mitsubishi motors for North American region, Don Swearingen presented trophy to the winning captain with a purse of $60, 250.

The runner-up team, Houston Sparks got $17,250.

The 8-team event began on November 9th and apart from the two finalists, Florida Underdogs and UAE falcons also qualified for the semi final games.

Montgomery sports management, Pak Punjab, Smart Choice and Somerset Cavaliers were the other teams participated in the tournament with a unique format of 4 innings in a T20 game.

Zeeshan Maqsood of UAE falcons, scored 265 runs with a century and 2 fifties, was declared the best batsman of the tournament while best bowler’s award went to Asad Ali of Houston Sparks who took 11 wickets in the competition. The most valuable player’s award was given to Shawn Findlay of the Nepali Rhinos who scored 193 runs and took 10 wickets during the course of the tournament.