In today’s cricket news, learn more about Matthew Wade, the wicketkeeper for Australia, has tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of Friday’s crucial Twenty20 World Cup match against England, but he is still likely to play at the MCG. Meanwhile, Australian players have reportedly been approached about abandoning international cricket for year-round franchise contracts. Lastly, after an independent report found Cricket Scotland to be institutionally racist, the governing body has now created a “groundbreaking” cooperation with the South Asian Cricket Academy; Qasim Sheikh lauded this as “a step forward for British South Asian cricketers in Scotland in the short term.”
Matthew Wade Will Play Despite Testing Positive for Covid-19
Rules allow players who test positive to play, but the International Cricket Council states the Biosafety Advisory Group “will be the final arbiter as to a player’s Covid status and his availability to participate in a match.”
Wade’s conditions are thought to be mild. He will travel to the match and train away from his teammates after becoming the second player in the camp to test positive this week. Adam Zampa missed Australia’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Should Wade not play against England, David Warner or Glenn Maxwell could keep wicket. Josh Inglis was ruled out with a golf-related hand injury and replaced by Cameron Green.
Aaron Finch is a Big Bash League wicketkeeper.
Zampa is set to return against England, Finch said “I hear Zamps is feeling better. He was out.
Marcus Stoinis of Australia celebrates winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Perth on October 25, 2022. (Paul Kane/Getty) )
Australia beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Perth on Tuesday thanks to Marcus Stoinis’ half-century.
“The day before [Sri Lanka], he was flat. It would drain him, he thought.
“In a World Cup game, you want to be 100%. But I expect he’ll play against England.”
Australia and England’s match in Melbourne on Friday (9am UK time) is a virtual eliminator.
Both teams have lost one of two in Super 12 Group 1, and another loss could be fatal.
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England lost to Ireland on DLS in Melbourne, denting their T20 World Cup hopes.
After beating Afghanistan by five wickets in Perth on Saturday, England lost to Ireland by five runs DLS in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Australia bounced back from an 89-run loss to New Zealand in Sydney with a win over Sri Lanka in Perth. Marcus Stoinis hit an 18-ball fifty – the fastest by an Australian in T20Is – to take his side to 158 with 21 balls to spare.
As hosts, we didn’t start our World Cup campaign well. It’s nice to be on the board, and we face England next.
Australia’s Marcus Stoinis
Finch struggled to 31 not out from 42 deliveries, but he says it was a “anomaly” and he’s “100% confident in his game.”
The 35-year-T20 old’s strike-rate in 2022 is 117.23, well below his career mark of 142.51.
He said: “Lucky I picked the team, eh? Everyone has a say. Good. I’m fine with personal opinions. I never read or listen.
“The other day I felt calm. One of those days in my career. No more pressure than ever. The only pressure is self-imposed.
“Want to make every game? Everyone here tries their best to perform on the day. I’m confident in my game 100%.”
Aussie Cricketers Targeted in $5m LIV Golf-style Play
Australian players have reportedly been approached about year-round franchise deals.
Indian Premier League teams are taking steps to see if cricket is ready for a dramatic overhaul, like LIV Golf did in 2022.
This year, LIV Golf’s lucrative sign-on fees, big prize money, and reduced playing schedule convinced many players to leave the sport’s traditional tours.
Wealthy IPL franchises may be plotting to dominate cricket for a year.
According to The Age, IPL franchises have talked to Australian cricketers’ agents about 12-month deals.
A source told the publication that $5 million could sway an Australian cricketer.
That would be more than double what Pat Cummins earns as Test and ODI captain.
Several Australian players would be major assets and key targets for IPL franchises as they expand globally.
Cummins, Warner, and Maxwell are marketable players with IPL experience.
The IPL isn’t looking to extend its season, but some franchises are buying or creating clubs in other leagues.
Kolkata Knight Riders own Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL, Abu Dhabi in the upcoming UAE International League, and a Los Angeles team in Major League Cricket.
Therefore, players could be contracted to one franchise and play for all of its teams.
According to The Age, agents say their Australian clients aren’t interested yet, but that could change as players approach retirement.
This year, Cricket Australia had its first major player conflict when Warner asked to play in the UAE league, which overlaps with the Big Bash League.
CA eventually stepped in and offered Warner a Sydney Thunder contract, but Australia legend Adam Gilchrist warned of serious repercussions.
Gilchrist said, “This is the big kicker of possibly being contracted to the club before or over country for the majority of cricket you play.”
There will be other players on the radar, it’s all part of the global dominance these IPL franchises are creating since they own a number of Caribbean Premier League teams.
“If he rides off into the sunset and says, ‘Sorry Australian cricket, I’m going to become a gun for hire for my Indian franchise team in various tournaments, you can’t question him on that. He’s done everything he needs to get his profile and market value.
“The new younger player making noises will be challenging.”
Gilchrist suggested Warner become Australia’s first player to turn down a central contract and play for a match fee, as Trent Boult has for New Zealand.
“He plays wherever he wants but says, ‘I’m available for every Test match, every ODI, and every T20,'” Gilchrist said.
“‘But other than that, I’ll play club, franchise cricket wherever I want, knowing none of those big tournaments will clash with international cricket.'”
Ben Stokes announced his retirement from ODIs in July, and Michael Vaughan spoke out against franchise leagues.
Bilateral ODI/T20 series must end if boards want franchise tournaments, he tweeted.
“Something has to give… players retiring at 31 shouldn’t be it.
Qasim Sheikh Praises the New Cricket Scotland-south Asian Cricket Academy Partnership
Sheikh helped set up a project to address inequalities and increase British South Asian sport participation.
This year, an independent review found Scottish cricket to be institutionally racist.
Former cricketer Qasim Sheikh spoke out about racism in Scotland. This new partnership will create pilot projects to help male and female British South Asian players on the national team path achieve professional status.
Cricket Scotland appoints two new board members Qasim Sheikh and Majid Haq call for action and recommendations in Scottish Cricket after a review found its governing body failed almost all tests of institutional racism.
Qasim Sheikh and Majid Haq called for action in Scottish cricket after a review found its governing body failed almost all tests of institutional racism.
“It’s a big step forward,” Sheikh said. “This is a huge step forward for British South Asian cricketers in Scotland.
“I think this will be huge to ensure no players are lost.”
Male participants will receive bespoke training in January, followed by pre-season camps and matches in April 2023. The female program will begin after the U19 World Cup in January 2023, with the best players participating in a SACA/Cricket Scotland coaching program.
Sheikh noted that this is only the first step. “This is temporary while we work with Cricket Scotland. It means opportunities for South Asian boys and girls for now “said
“I love Scottish cricket and have always said so. I try to help as many people as I can. Yes, there have been bumps, but good people are joining. I hope a new board is announced soon; I’ve met with Gordon Arthur, the interim CEO.
“We’re slowly starting to see changes in Scottish cricket. The road is long.
“I’d like to give my all so that everyone can thrive equally in Scottish cricket.
I hope Scottish cricket can be a model for other sports.
Summary of today’s Cricket/Sports News
Overall, the Biosafety Advisory Group “shall be the final judge of the Covid status of any player and his consequent availability to participate in a match,” according to International Cricket Council regulations. Wade, whose symptoms are believed to be minor, will travel to the match and practice separately from his teammates after becoming the second player in the camp to test positive this week, following Adam Zampa. Zampa missed Australia’s seven-wicket victory against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Also, there have been rumors that Australian players have been approached about rejecting international cricket in favor of year-round franchise partnerships. According to The Age, IPL franchises are testing the waters to determine if cricket is prepared for a radical makeover, much like LIV Golf has revolutionized the golfing environment in 2022. This year, LIV Golf essentially tore the golfing world in two, with its high sign-on fees, large prize money, and reduced playing schedule luring many players away from the sport’s conventional tours.
Finally, Sheikh assisted in establishing the programme to combat disparities and improve South Asian British participation and representation in sport. An independent assessment concluded earlier this year that the Scottish cricket governing body is institutionally racist. Former player Qasim Sheikh discussed his encounters with racism in Scottish cricket. He also has commended Cricket Scotland’s new partnership with the South Asian Cricket Academy. He said that this new cooperation will provide experimental projects to create more chances for British South Asian male and female players on the path to the national team to attain professional status.