Jan 022018
ICC calls Ashes Melbourne pitch 'poor'

The ICC rating comes just two days before the introduction of a new penalty system for grounds – Getty Images SYDNEY: The Melbourne pitch for the fourth Ashes Test match has been rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council (ICC), reportedly the first for an Australian ground, just days after players also criticised the conditions.The showpiece Boxing Day match, which ended in a draw, denied England their first win of the series that Australia had already claimed with an unassailable three-nil lead.It was only the second Boxing Day Test draw in 20 years.The drop-in pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) was unforgiving for bowlers, with a total of 1,081 runs scored and only 24 wickets taken over five days.Match referee Ranjan Madugalle noted the unfavourable conditions in his report to the ICC, while Australia captain Steve Smith and England skipper Joe Root also hit out at the lifeless pitch after the Test.“The pitch… has been rated as ‘poor’ under the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process,” the governing body said in a statement.In his report, Madugalle had said “the bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed”.“The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration,” he added.“As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets.”The ICC [Read More…]

Jan 022018
ICC rates MCG pitch as poor after drawn Ashes Test

The pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball, match referee said in his report to the ICCMELBOURNE: The Melbourne Cricket Ground pitch for the fourth Ashes Test has been rated “poor” by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after last week´s drawn clash between hosts Australia and England saw only 24 wickets fall over five days.The track drew criticism from both competing teams after Australia scored 327 and 263-4 declared in their two innings while England scored 491 in their only innings.“The bounce of the MCG pitch was medium, but slow in pace and got slower as the match progressed,” match referee Ranjan Madugalle said in his report to the ICC, reflecting the concerns of the match officials over the performance of the pitch.“The nature of the pitch did not change over the five days and there was no natural deterioration.“As such, the pitch did not allow an even contest between the bat and the ball as it neither favoured the batsmen too much nor it gave the bowlers sufficient opportunity to take wickets.”Cricket Australia (CA) has two weeks to respond to the report, the sport´s governing body said in a statement.CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said CA will strive to avoid a repeat and discuss the matter with the administrators of the ground.“Such a rating is extremely disappointing for all involved,” Sutherland said.“We work closely with all our venues to encourage the best possible international cricket playing environment.“We´ll be taking on board advice from [Read More…]

Dec 222017
Pakistan Champions Trophy win in the running for ICC moment of 2017

Photo: ICC Pakistan had a great cricket year, the highlight of which was the team’s memorable win against India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. That historic victory is now in the running for the ICC fan moment of 2017. Pakistan with the Champions Trophy gold Other moments include Ireland and Afghanistan being awarded Test Status as full members of the ICC, Netherlands winning the World Cricket League Championship to book the final spot in the new ODI league, and England and India capping a ground-breaking Women’s World Cup at a sold-out Lord’s. Anya Shrubsole of England takes the wicket to win the World Cup 2017You can vote for your favourite moment here.  Click for detailed story

Dec 142017
Fixing claims rock Ashes series, ICC begins probe

PERTH, Australia: Cricket chiefs voiced “grave concern” but said there was no evidence the third Ashes Test between Australia and England starting Thursday has been corrupted after a match-fixing bombshell rocked the series.British newspaper The Sun alleged two bookmakers, including an Indian “Mr Big”, had offered to sell it details of rigged periods of play in the Test in Perth which could be bet on to win huge sums.One of them claimed to have worked on the scam with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder. They said they liaised with a fixer in Australian cricket known as “The Silent Man”.No Australia or England players were named as being involved.The tabloid said their undercover reporters were asked for up to A£140,000 ($187,000, 158,000 euros) to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.“Before match. I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over,” one of the bookmakers was quoted as saying.Asked if it was a good source, he said: “Absolutely correct information.”The International Cricket Council said the revelations were of “grave concern” and an investigation had been launched, but it did not believe the match, where England are battling to avoid going 3-0 down in the five-Test series, had been tainted.“From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test match has been corrupted,” said the [Read More…]

Dec 082017
ICC to examine smog-hit Delhi Test

Play was held up briefly due to the smog in Delhi, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 2nd day, December 3, 2017/AFPNEW DELHI: Medical experts are to examine whether India was right to hold a Test match against Sri Lanka during hazardous smog in New Delhi, the game´s world governing body said Friday.The controversy will also be discussed at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in February. “The ICC has noted the conditions in which the Delhi Test was played and has already requested the issue is considered by the medical committee for guidance should the situation arise in future,” said an ICC statement.Sri Lankan players wore masks while fielding during the match which ended in a draw on Wednesday. Bowlers from both sides were seen vomiting on the ground.At its peak, concentrations of the smallest and most harmful pollution particles were at 18 times the World Health Organization´s safe limit, according to the US embassy website.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has already said New Delhi could be dropped from hosting internationals during its peak pollution season in November and December. The ICC medical committee can make recommendations to the world body´s executive on “any medical issues affecting international cricket”.It can also “evaluate” medical plans of countries hosting ICC sanctioned events.The ICC statement said that the pollution “is likely to be discussed in February´s ICC meetings”. Click for detailed story

Nov 302017
PCB sends legal notice to ICC over Pak-India cricket series

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/8904e65cbb717a0f2d7f2a951e826755.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMzAvMjAxNyA4OjA5OjMwIEFNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9bUFxL1pVaEdIMk4yVXJNaHhGY3NsZz09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday sent a legal notice to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for adjudicating the matter of Indian cricket board not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.Following the notice to the ICC, a three-member dispute panel is likely to be formed, with Hon Michael Beloff QC, the chairman of Disputes Resolution Committee in chair, and the other two members to be nominated by claimant (PCB) and defendant (BCCI).The dispute resolution matter will be governed by British law.The PCB is claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015.In 2014, the PCB and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which the two archrivals were to play eight bilateral series between 2015-2023.The BCCI, however, has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan’s request for resumption of cricket ties, with the MoU commitment remaining subjected to clearance from the Indian government.Earlier this year, the PCB sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise. Click for detailed story

Nov 022017
ICC finds no wrongdoing in Virat Kohli?s use of walkie-talkie

TV screen grab shows Virat Kholi using the walkie-talkie The anti corruption unit of the ICC is satisfied with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s conduct during the first T20I against New Zealand. The Indian skipper was seen using a walkie-talkie to communicate with support staff.A source privy to matter has confirmed to Geo.tv that Kohli had sought prior permission from the ICC’s anti-corruption officer at the venue to use the two-way communication device.“The use of two-way walkie-talkies is allowed for communication between the dugout and the dressing room area by player support personnel,” explained the source.“In this case, Virat Kohli had received advance permission to use the device from the ICC anti-corruption manager at the venue, Mr Bir Singh, for the purposes of communicating with player support personnel in the dressing room,” the source added.The source also confirmed that ICC ACU is satisfied that the two-way walkie-talkie system was being used in accordance with the PMOA Minimum Standards.Earlier, the Indian media suggested that Kohli had violated ICC regulations by using a communication device during a match.Though the use of mobile phones is banned in the dressing room, the support staff have access to walkie-talkies under ICC rules.The rule 4.3.1 of conduct at players and match Official area allows the use of two way handheld devices that uses the dedicated frequency over short distance by players support personnel for the purpose of communication between the dugout and the dressing room for the medical and tactical reasons only, provided that such communication devices are [Read More…]

Oct 232017
ICC consultant meets Sindh CM

KARACHI: Keeping in view the personal interest and assurance of Sindh chief minister Murad Ali Shah the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) security consultant Reg Dickason has said that he would give clearance for holding international matches in Karachi. Dickason, along with Arshad Khan, GM National stadium, Karachi, and PCB Security Head Col Azam, met Murad here at the CM House on Monday. The meeting was also attended by DG Rangers Maj Gen Mohammad Saeed, IG Police AD Khwaja, Home Secretary Qazi Shahid Parvez, and Special Secretary to CM Abdul Raheem Shaikh. The chief minister said that Karachi has been made one of the peaceful cities of the world. The terrorists have been eliminated through a vigorous targeted operation, he claimed. The important roads of the city leading from Airport to hotels and stadium have been reconstructed, he added. “PCB security head has already held a meeting with DG Rangers and IG Police and they both agreed to provide security for the international matches as per ICC standards,” he said. The consultant said that the teams should be given a separate dedicated route right from airport to hotel and hotel to stadium. “I would personally monitor each and every thing — you don’t worry,” said the CM. “Our law enforcement agencies will follow the steps suggested by ICC,” he added. The chief minister said that Karachi being a mega city has the right to host international matches. “You will find an amazing crowd in the stadium and each and every person [Read More…]

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