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ECB announces Hundred will start in July with women’s match at Oval

Manchester Originals to face Oval Invincibles on 21 JulyKieron Pollard and Meg Lanning drafted by Welsh FireIt has been reviled, then delayed. Now the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced the Hundred will start with a standalone match from the…

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Raw talent plus IPL cash point to an era of Indian dominance | Andy Bull

Their stunning Test series victory in Australia may go down as a watershed moment as the game’s global power shifts to IndiaThe ground has moved after India’s win in Brisbane, lifted, shifted and settled again, so the game’s landscape looks a little di…

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Breaking the silence on diversity has put cricket on hopeful ground | Ebony Rainford-Brent

The game is looking strong after a traumatic year but there remains the challenge of truly reflecting society, and not just in terms of skin colourThe past year has thrown up challenges like no other in our lifetimes but as we look ahead hopefully to t…

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Former Test umpire John Holder sues ECB for alleged racial discrimination

Former cricketer Ismail Dawood also seeking damages ECB ‘absolutely committed’ to preventing discriminationThe former Test umpire John Holder is suing the England and Wales Cricket Board for alleged racial discrimination. Holder lodged his claim at the…

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ECB should break the global silence on Pakistan’s sad and strange IPL exile | Jonathan Liew

The unspoken, unexamined decision of the Indian Premier League to ignore one country has turned the dressing room into a proxy battlefield, the auction into a theatre of warLast week, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it is in the process o…

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It is still a golden age to play cricket despite England stars’ financial hit | Vic Marks

The best male players’ earning power has exploded in recent years; it’s those on fringes that must worry most about Covid-19The gravy train has slipped into reverse for the first time in 20 years. Old cricketers are often asked when has been the best t…

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England cricketers’ win bonuses set to be slashed by half in ECB cuts

Men’s team face sharp pay cuts in latest cost-cutting measuresFirst reduction since central contracts came in 20 years agoEngland men’s cricketers face the prospect of their win bonuses being slashed in half and their pay reduced by around 15% under th…

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Colin Graves ends bid to become next ICC chairman due to lack of support

Former ECB chair had been seen as frontrunner for roleGreg Barclay and Imran Khwaja will contest electionColin Graves has been thwarted in his bid to become the next chair of the International Cricket Council after failing to attract enough support.The…

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ECB reveals new County Championship structure and South Africa tour boost

Three divisions of six counties for summer of 2021 England’s tour next month set to get green lightSome clarity is emerging during what are uncertain times for cricket with news of a restructured County Championship for 2021 and the expectation that En…

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England in talks about first Pakistan tour since 2005

ECB exploring possibility of short T20 series in JanuaryTour could take place in parallel with Tests in Sri LankaEngland are in discussions over a short tour of Pakistan in January – their first visit to the country since 2005 – as a show of gratitude …

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England in talks about first Pakistan tour since 2005

ECB exploring possibility of short T20 series in JanuaryTour could take place in parallel with Tests in Sri LankaEngland are in discussions over a short tour of Pakistan in January – their first visit to the country since 2005 – as a show of gratitude …

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England in talks about first Pakistan tour since 2005

ECB exploring possibility of short T20 series in JanuaryTour could take place in parallel with Tests in Sri LankaEngland are in discussions over a short tour of Pakistan in January – their first visit to the country since 2005 – as a show of gratitude …

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England’s winter tours shaping up although Sri Lanka trip in balance

White-ball series in South Africa set to start in NovemberTest tours to Sri Lanka and India in early 2021 remain unclear The England and Wales Cricket Board is working to ensure its national teams can tour this winter but the proposed Test series in Sr…

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Cricket’s glorious condensed summer nears end with a grim coda | Andy Bull

It has been a vintage season for England’s men despite empty grounds – but a hard financial winter loomsThe way Douglas Adams told it in Life, the Universe and Everything, the world ends right after England win back the Ashes on a glorious late summer …

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ECB to axe 62 jobs with Covid-19 to hit cricket for expected £200m

Harrison: ‘Board needs to be leaner and more agile organisation’ECB proposals include 20% reduction in the workforce budgetThe England and Wales Cricket Board is to make a sweeping round of redundancies as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with chief …

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Michael Holding condemns England and Australia for not taking a knee

Gesture dropped for forthcoming one-day international seriesHolding says excuses from teams are ‘lame’ and ‘flimsy’Michael Holding has criticised England and Australia for making “lame” and “flimsy” excuses over not taking a knee for the Black Lives Ma…

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New chairman Ian Watmore wants greater diversity on ECB board

The 11-member board of directors is all-whiteWatmore says the Hundred will help women’s cricketIan Watmore has begun his tenure as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board with an admission that a lack of ethnic diversity among the governing bod…

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Colin Graves leaves ECB with one final push for the Hundred

Departing chairman presented with signed team shirtGraves ‘kicked himself’ for saying West Indies mediocreColin Graves ends five years as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board with regrets about his occasional use of the word “mediocre” but n…

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‘I’ve not bowled very well’: Jimmy Anderson dismisses retirement talks – video

Jimmy Anderson has dismissed talks of his retirement after admitting that he has ‘not bowled very well’ and was feeling ‘out of rhythm’. The England fast bowler added that ‘the frustration for me this week was that after one bad game the whispers start…

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Cricket braced for redundancies as Covid creates potential £182m deficit

ECB holds talks with £106m deficit now minimum expectedBoard has begun discussions around cost-cutting measuresEnglish cricket is gearing up for redundancies and severe cost-cutting measures following a forecasted loss of up to £182m owing to the Covid…