Maq: We are down but not out

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 399 total views,  171 views today MARGATE/FL – USA: Chairman of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) Mahammad Qureshi using a cricketing analogy to express his views on the COVID 19 Pandemic said that cricket is down but not out. “Cricket is down at the moment but not out. We have been dealt a severe bouncer and at the moment we are on the ground but we will rise again to face the next delivery. We must be strong, be sensible and flexible to get past this situation. “It is a battle of attrition…

Sri Lanka curfew forces cricket team to improve fitness

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 636 total views,  171 views today “Coach Mickey Arthur has sent out individual home training regimes to his Sri Lankan players. ©AFP” /> Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s cricket team have been ordered onto customised home training regimes during the coronavirus lockdown by coach Mickey Arthur following frequent accusations of poor fitness. Arthur said the players have been given tailor-made programmes while they wait to see if key tournaments such as the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 World Cup will go ahead this year. “I have been sending out exercises to each…

Qureshi starts the helping process

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 830 total views,  170 views today MARGATE/FL – USA: Chairman and CEO of Cricket Council USA (CCUSA), Mahammad Qureshi continues to put his money where his mouth is and has begun the process of donating money to the Coronavirus pandemic fight. A couple of weeks ago the Fort Lauderdale businessman donated T20 Energy drinks by the cases to seven COVID 19 shelters in Broward and today he continues by spending his money is a bat auction that will lead to funds going directly to assist with the fight. Speaking to News 925…

Edgbaston to be converted into temporary coronavirus testing station

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 675 total views,  49 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ The Edgbaston ground in Birmingham will serve as a drive-through test centre for the National Health Service (NHS) staff to detect the novel coronavirus. The stadium’s car park has been donated to the NHS workers by Warwickshire County Cricket as the UK government desperately tries to increase the testing capacity for the lethal virus. NHS staff have been at the forefront by treating infected patients with several fundraising initiatives undertaken by prominent personalities to help the medical personnel. “Warwickshire CCC has donated Edgbaston…

England’s cricketers agree to make an initial donation of £500,000

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 394 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ England’s cricketers have agreed to make an ‘initial donation’ of £500,000 ($612,000) in response to the financial crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic. The statement was issued on Friday by the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the players’ union. Few days back, England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison had volunteered to take a 25 percent pay cut. The ECB on Tuesday had unveiled £61 million ($76 million) aid package in response COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced the start of the English season delayed until May 28.…

Ex-Pakistan cricket great Miandad says spot-fixers should be hanged

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 232 total views,  2 views today “Javed Miandad, who scored Pakistan’s second-highest Test runs with 8832, has condemned those that match-fix. ©AFP” /> Karachi (AFP) – Cricketers involved in match fixing should be hanged, former Pakistan batting great Javed Miandad suggested Friday. Match-fixing and spot-fixing — determining the outcome of a specific part of a game rather than the overall result — have stained the country’s sport for several years. “Players who are involved in spot-fixing should be severely punished,” Miandad, who scored Pakistan’s second-highest Test runs with 8832, said on his…

Pressure grows for shortened IPL behind closed doors

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 140 total views,  4 views today “Fans wave national flags during last year’s Indian Premier League final in Hyderabad. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – Players are putting pressure on cricket authorities to plan a shortened Twenty20 Indian Premier League later in the year to “kickstart” the sports economy after the coronavirus lockdown. The world’s richest cricket tournament has been postponed until April 15, which coincides with the end of India’s 21 day nationwide shutdown to halt the spread of the pandemic. But with the number of cases and deaths rising and…

Everyone’s still really keen for the IPL to go ahead, says Pat Cummins

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 1,014 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.cricingif.com/ Pat Cummins hopes the Indian Premier League (IPL) would go ahead as planned despite the current circumstances painting a grim picture of the fate of the competition. The COVID-19 lockdowns in various parts of the globe have already affected the IPL with the start of the marquee event being pushed to April 15. Although the prospects appear thin, even if the tournament commences on the stipulated date, the clashes could take place behind closed doors while doubts linger over the participation of Australian players, who may not be…

English cricket chief takes 25 percent pay cut in virus response

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 1,057 total views “England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan said he was ‘open to absolutely everything’ to help in response the coronavirus crisis. ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison “volunteered” on Wednesday to take the same 25 per cent pay cut as other employees in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, when Harrison unveiled the ECB’s £61 million ($76 million) aid package in response to the “once in a generation” challenge of COVID-19 he said he would take a pay…

Indian cricketers face backlash for supporting Pakistan virus fund

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 1,049 total views,  1 views today “Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh was strongly criticised on Twitter. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have unleashed a social media storm by backing former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s foundation in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The two countries are bitter rivals and the move touched a raw nerve in India. Afridi’s appeal for donations to help people affected by the deadly virus in Pakistan has had overwhelming support from leading cricketers. Harbhajan urged people to contribute in a…