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Pakistan Cricket Board trolls ICC over trophy taunt

The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently trolled the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over a ‘biscuit trophy’ crafted for Pakistan-Australia T20 series, but the PCB chose to counter the jibe in style! Within hours after unveiling, the trophy of the T20 series was the talking point on social media. The trophy has three stumps with a ball at the base and a biscuit on top! The picture of Australian skipper Aaron Finch and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed holding the trophy created a quick buzz on Twitter with one of…

ICC to tighten sanctions on T20 and T10 leagues

DUBAI: World cricket's governing body will discuss ways to tighten up how various Twenty20 and T10 leagues are sanctioned in the future when it meets next week, a top official said Wednesday. Since the inception of a lucrative Indian Premier League, such formats are seen by some as a threat to five-day Test cricket and international cricket fixtures. The latest format showcased in the game is the ICC-sanctioned T10 (10-over-a-side) league held in Sharjah last year. Geoff Allardice, general manager of cricket for the…

ICC ‘undeterred’ after US sanctions threat

THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court on Tuesday said its work would continue "undeterred" after Washington threatened to prosecute its judges if Americans are charged with war crimes committed in Afghanistan. France and Germany also weighed in to support the Hague-based court after White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said the ICC was "already dead to us". "The ICC, as a court of law, will continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with those principles and the overarching idea of the rule of…

Fakhar Zaman breaks into top 20 for the first time

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has vaulted into the top 20 for the first time in his career in the latest ODI player rankings. The rankings were released on Sunday following the conclusion of the West Indies-Bangladesh series and also include player performances from the Zimbabwe-Pakistan series. Fakhar scored 515 runs in the series and has gained a total of 22 places to move into 16th position. He also became the first Pakistani player to score a double century. Fakhar was ranked 24th when the player rankings were…

Mathews is key to Sri Lanka’s World Cup hopes, says Sangakara

COLOLBO: Kumar Sangakkara has hailed the importance of Angelo Mathews to Sri Lanka’s chances at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Sri Lankan batting legend, who is the only player in history to score four consecutive centuries at the Cricket World Cup, believes Sri Lanka need Mathews’ all-round ability to be able to launch a challenge at next summer’s tournament. While Sri Lanka’s batting isn’t an issue in Sangakkara’s eyes, their lack of depth in the bowling department does raise doubts. “I think they’ll go…

Sri Lanka’s Gunathilaka gets six-match ban for misconduct

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka has been banned for six international matches for breaching code of conduct regulations, the country’s cricket board said on Friday. Sri Lanka Cricket, the national governing body, had launched an inquiry into alleged misconduct by the 27-year-old and had suspended him from all forms of international cricket at the conclusion of the second test against South Africa. Gunathilaka was banned for three matches by SLC last October for misconduct during the home series…

Afghanistan appeals for more cricket as historic match starts in India

KABUL:  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Thursday the national cricket team was a source of pride to the war-ravaged country as it took on India in a historic first test match and he urged other cricketing nations to take on the team. Awarded full member status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) alongside Ireland last year, Afghanistan became the 12th test-playing nation after first being recognized by the ICC in 2001.  India won the toss and chose to bat, making a strong start in the maiden…

Alzarri Joseph found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

GUYANA: Alzarri Joseph has received an official reprimand and one demerit point after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel during Wednesday’s ODI against Bangladesh which the Windies won by three runs to keep the three-match series alive. The Windies fast bowler was found to have violated Article 2.1.7 of the code, which relates to “using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon…