Ben Stokes/File photoSYDNEY: Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes has left England on a trip to visit family in New Zealand and will not be joining the Ashes squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.Stokes, who has been suspended since he was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub in September, was pictured at London´s Heathrow Airport late on Monday.The sighting sparked speculation that he might be on his way to Australia to join his erstwhile team mates, who were hammered by 10 wickets in the first Ashes test on Monday, but England officials said that was not the case.“The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family.His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB,” an ECB statement read.“He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set up.”Stokes moved to England with his parents as a 12-year-old after his New Zealand rugby league international father, Ged, took up a coaching job in Cumbria. Ben Stokes’ violent street brawl caught on video The English all-rounder was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after the incident England´s director of cricket Andrew Strauss said on Sunday the ECB were still awaiting a police decision on whether Stokes would be charged over the Bristol incident.“Until that happens, nothing has changed. We´re in the same situation as we have been for [Read More…]
LONDON: English cricket chiefs are exploring deploying “giant tents” to ensure rain no longer stops play, a report said on Wednesday. Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper said research was being carried out into placing mesh netting over grounds after a US company approached the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The ECB has spoken to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord’s in northwest London, about the issue, the report said.A fine, transparent mesh would be held up by wires suspended from floodlights with a hot air balloon in the centre to lift it up and create a tent-like effect. “We would look at any new technology and ways to get games on and more people playing cricket,” a spokesman for the ECB told the Telegraph.“There is some interesting technology around trying to create protection from rain and keep the game on in wet weather,” Guy Lavender, the new MCC chief executive, was quoted as saying. Click for detailed story
The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on display in Cardiff. Photo: ICCThe International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday it will work with the relevant authorities to review security measures for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Women’s World Cup, after a deadly terrorist attack in Manchester sent shockwaves through the country.In a statement issued in the aftermath of the attack, the ICC said it will assess its security in line with the threat levels.“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrific attack in Manchester. The ICC and ECB place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority.“We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate – in conjunction with the ECB and relevant authorities – to ensure that we have a robust safety and security plan for both tournaments. We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels,” the statement read. 22 killed in ‘suicide attack’ at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester British police say lone attacker died at venue “The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” the ICC statement added.London, Birmingham and Cardiff are the three venues which will host the ICC Champions Trophy matches in England and Wales from June 1-18.At least 22 people, including some children, were killed [Read More…]
LONDON: A new city-based T20 tournament to rival Australia’s Big Bash and India’s IPL is set to be introduced into English domestic cricket next season to ramp up interest in the sport. The new eight-team tournament, which hopes to attract leading players from around the world, will run in addition to the existing T20 Blast competition involving all 18 first-class counties and is designed to draw in a new generation of cricket fans. One of the biggest hurdles to the new tournament getting off the drawing board was cleared when it received backing from a majority of county representatives. England’s Alex Hales signs up for PSL Unlike other similar tournaments elsewhere in the world such as the Indian Premier League, it is envisaged the new event will see proceeds ploughed back into the 18 first-class counties and not into the hands of privately operated franchises. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves, who once labelled the Blast “mediocre” and has long been an advocate of a new competition, said Wednesday: “We’ve all been looking at how we can use domestic T20 for an even bigger purpose, especially getting more young people to play.” Graves added: “This format (T20) was invented here and is successful worldwide. “It can excite new fans, attract the best players and fuel the future of the game on and off the pitch,” added Graves, following a reported 16-3 vote in favour by the counties and MCC, the owners of London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground. But there [Read More…]
LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has given its clearest hint yet that it’s actively supporting Pakistan cricket player Mohammad Amir’s visa application to enter Britain. Speaking to Geo News on Sunday, a spokesman said that the ECB was in touch with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to support Mohammad Amir’s visa application. “We have spoken to the Pakistan Cricket Board and will provide any support the Government needs in making its decision,” said the spokesperson. He said that the ECB was aware that Mohammad Amir has applied for the visa and that he has been selected by the PCB to play in the forthcoming series in England. The spokesman said that whether or not Amir is granted visa to enter the United Kingdom (UK) is a matter for the immigration authorities, i.e. British High Commission in Pakistan. “Any decision on his entry into the UK is ultimately one for the UK Government.” The Pakistani fast bowler submitted a visa application to the UK high commission in Islamabad on Friday. Amir was banned from cricket for five years following the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal in 2010, along with Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, but returned to international cricket in January. At the Southwark Crown Court, Amir was sentenced to six months in a young offenders’ institute in 2011 after pleading guilty to his role in the scam which rocked Pakistani cricket. This means Amir has a criminal record which will be considered by the visa officer when making a decision. [Read More…]
LONDON: Uncapped duo James Vince and Josh Ball were both named Thursday in England’s 12-man squad for next week’s first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley. Hampshire batsman Vince could well make his Test debut in Leeds, given there is now a vacancy following the retirement through illness of James Taylor. Nottinghamshire paceman Ball, meanwhile, looks set to compete with Steven Finn for the third seamer role in an attack set to be led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Vince, 25, already has five England limited-overs caps. His batting style has been compared to that of former England captain Michael Vaughan. The Hampshire captain has made a sound start to the season, including scoring a hundred against county champions Yorkshire at Headingley in Leeds, northern England. Ball, also 25, has made his case with 19 Championship wickets for Nottinghamshire so far this season. Sri Lanka’s Perera eyes comeback after doping blunder “Both Jake Ball and James Vince thoroughly deserve their opportunity, having performed well with the England Lions [the national A or reserve side] and starting the season in good form with their respective counties,” said national selector James Whitaker in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement. “James has been a consistent performer for Hampshire and England Lions over the past few years. “He is already well-regarded by the England coaches in the short format and now has the opportunity to showcase his skills at Test level.” England will again be captained by Alastair Cook, with the Essex left-hander [Read More…]
ISLAMABAD: Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Tuesday lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are not pursuing his case because of them. “The ECB had forced the PCB to not look into my case, despite no proof against me,” said Kaneria while talking to APP. Kaneria’s alleged partner in crime makes comeback Kaneria also criticised ECB for its special treatment to Mervyn Westfield which clearly shows its bias and unjust attitude towards him. The 35-year-old, who has played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, got embroiled in a spot-fixing controversy while playing for the English county Essex. The tainted spinner has a decent Test record as he picked 261 wickets at an average of 34.79 in 61 matches. SHC seeks Danish Kaneria’s bank account details The ECB anti-corruption tribunal slapped a life ban on Kaneria in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on the spot-fixing charges. He further said that because of ECB he could not remain associated with his bread and butter that is cricket. “Some people in the PCB did not like me and treated me as an alien as I was progressing in the game,” he said. Kaneria’s life ban: I am being mistreated because I am Hindu He said the PCB also had a biased attitude towards him as they allowed the convicted trio of Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and [Read More…]
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate effect.
Trott, who pulled out of England’s tour of Australia and spent four months out of the game with what the ECB described as a ‘stress-related illness’, experienced a repeat of the same symptoms after playing for his county Warwickshire against Sussex on Wednesday.
A statement released jointly by the ECB and Warwickshire said Trott “will now undergo further treatment to assist with his long-term rehabilitation.”
Trott himself said, “It was with the best intentions and hope that I returned to cricket with Warwickshire this month.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 19th, 2014.
LONDON: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen expressed sadness over the end of his international career on Wednesday and said that he was ‘incredibly overwhelmed’ by the support he had received.
Pietersen’s days as an international cricketer came to an end on Tuesday when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced that it had ‘unanimously’ decided to move forward without him.
With England due to name their squads for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies and the World Twenty20 on Thursday, the ECB’s new managing director, Paul Downton, elected to make a decisive call on the batsman’s future.
Pietersen posted a picture on Instagram of himself leaving the field after his final Test match against Australia in Sydney during England’s recent 5-0 Ashes defeat.
He wrote: “So sad that this will now be the last time I leave a field in an England shirt.
“I’m incredibly overwhelmed by the support. Thank you so much. I love England and I honestly hope they have every success in the future.”
Now Pietersen appears to have more time to make the vast sums of money in the lucrative Indian Premier League – something his critics have always claimed is his main motivation.
But he insisted on Tuesday: “Playing cricket for my country has been an honour. I will continue to play, but deeply regret that it won’t be for England.”
Pietersen, England’s record scorer across all formats, bows out with a purely Test tally of 8,181 runs in 104 matches, including 23 hundreds, at an average of 47.28.
Pietersen axe splits England pundits
Pietersen’s outspoken personality and on-pitch single-mindedness have made him a polarising figure, with former England players divided in their reactions to the news of his axing.
Former captain Michael Vaughan wrote in the Daily Telegraph that Pietersen’s sacking was ‘preposterous’, but former fast bowler Bob Willis said that he had ‘disrupted every single dressing room he’s been in’.
Nasser Hussain, Vaughan’s immediate predecessor as England captain, had mixed feelings at a decision that left current skipper Alastair Cook without one of his most talented players.
“Some people believe in cutting out the virus and moving on; others just say ‘manage your best players’.”
Pietersen’s exit is the latest chapter in the damaging fall-out from the Australia tour for England, after head coach Andy Flower resigned, spinner Graeme Swann retired, and batsman Jonathan Trott had to leave the squad with a stress-related illness.
LONDON- The appeal into the sanctions imposed upon Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield will be held in London on Tuesday. Kaneria was banned for life by an ECB disciplinary panel in June 2012 after he was found guilty of corruption. Kaneria subsequently lost his appeal against the decision in April of this year. The current appeal is to contest the length of the ban and the costs of … Click for detailed story