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ICC waits for report over Joe Root and Shannon Gabriel on-field incident

• England captain Root rebuked West Indies’ Gabriel in third Test• Gabriel was spoken to by umpires about his languageThe International Cricket Council is awaiting a report from the match officials at the third Test between West Indies and England over…

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Cricket must show unity if battle against fixing is to be won | Andy Bull

Al-Jazeera’s second expose prompted a slanging match with authorities but the question should be not whether spot-fixing exists but who is doing it and how oftenSeems like it was Mark Wood’s bad luck to draw a short straw last week. The day after al-Ja…

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England players among top cricketers in new ‘spot-fixing’ claims

• Al-Jazeera alleges 26 scams in 15 international matches • England players ‘batted to order’ in seven of them, it is claimedAn al-Jazeera documentary has claimed that 15 international cricket matches in 2011 and 2012 were the subject of 26 spot-fixing…

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ICC make public appeal for help over identity of alleged match fixer

• ‘The true identity of Aneel Munawar remains a mystery’• Cricket Australia tells al-Jazeera to give evidence to ICCThe ICC has appealed to the public to help identify and find a suspected match-fixer featured in an al-Jazeera documentary on corruption…

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ICC chief applies a positive spin at 2019 World Cup launch

• Street cricket at party in Brick Lane kicks off countdown• ‘It is challenge keeping formats from cannibalising each other’It is a brave move to stage a World Cup in a country where the chairman of the board believes “the younger generation” and the “…

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Toss could be axed for Ashes series to reduce home advantage

• ICC looking to reduce home advantage in Test championship• ECB warned counties and MCC could form breakaway bodyNext summer’s Ashes series in England could be the first in 141 years of Test cricket to be played without the toss taking place as the In…

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David Warner escapes ban but is fined for altercation with Quinton de Kock

Warner fined 75% of match fee for breach of code of conductOpener free to play in second Test in Port ElizabethDavid Warner has escaped a ban after accepting a level two charge of breaching the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct for his pa…

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ICC considers radical plan to curb power of Twenty20 and save Test cricket

• New suggestions aim to regulate rapid spread of T20• West Indies, England and Australia all support push for changeThe International Cricket Council is set to consider a series of radical proposals designed to stem the talent drain caused by domestic…

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Perry reveals vision for women’s cricket after winning ICC player of the year

Player of the year hopes T20 World Cup will be played at MCG or SCGEnvisions Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) played as stand-alone eventEllyse Perry revealed her vision for the future of Australian women’s cricket after she was named ICC women’s player …

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Three international cricket captains report attempted fixing approaches

• ICC investigating after cases were flagged up in past two months • Up to seven live investigations into current match-fixing attemptsThe International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit is understood to be conducting up to seven live investigatio…

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Cricket is rotting away. Everything worthwhile is being destroyed

The authorities are ruining so much of the game many love as they concentrate on T20 money and power – and the ludicrous Test final is the last strawThirty years ago, when he was newly retired as a player and before he was canonised (if not yet knighte…

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ICC approves Test world championship and trial of four-day matches

• Nine-team two-year championship to begin in 2019 with 2021 final in England• Four-day Test trial agreed but all championship matches to have five daysEngland are to take part in a Test world championship after the sport’s governing body gave the go-a…

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Women’s cricket ‘likely to be a target’ for corruption, insiders fear

• Betting on women’s game has mushroomed in past year
• ‘There is no global education programme’ says players’ association leader

Senior figures in world cricket have warned of the growing threat of corruption within the “vulnerable” women’s game, with an explosion in interest making it more attractive to fixers.

The warnings come in the wake of a successful World Cup and as England prepare in Australia for the Women’s Ashes, which begins on 22 October. Tony Irish, the chief executive of international cricket’s players’ association warned that the women’s game was particularly at risk.

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Clare Connor says cricket must seize initiative after World Cup success

• ICC member also calls on the sport to expand women’s game in India
• ‘Tournament is building a bigger and stronger business case for women’s game’

In the afterglow of the World Cup triumph the England and Wales Cricket Board director of women’s cricket, Clare Connor, has called on the sport to seize the moment, grab sponsor opportunities and expand the game in India.

“It was an unbelievably special day but it’s what you do next,” she said. “Take track cycling. During th’e Olympics, everyone loves it. Millions are watching but don’t know what is going on in the intervening years. We can’t let that happen.”

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Shashank Manohar defers resignation as ICC pleads for him to continue reforms

• Manohar stood down as chairman after pledging to break-up ‘Big Three’
• ICC wants him to continue to curtail India, England and Australia influence

Shashank Manohar has deferred his resignation as chairman of the International Cricket Council and will continue in the post until administrative reforms of the governing body is complete, the ICC said on Friday.

Manohar had resigned earlier this month, citing personal reasons, having been elected unopposed on a two-year term as the ICC’s first independent chairman in May last year.

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Pakistan to host international cricket again with T20 series versus World XI

• Four-match Independence Cup series to take place in Lahore in September
• Giles Clarke: ‘The terrorists cannot win – cricket must not give up on Pakistan’

The International Cricket Council is planning to send a World XI to Pakistan in late September for a four-match Twenty20 series in Lahore that will look to build on the successful staging of the Pakistan Super League final in the city on Sunday.

The four-match series at the Gaddafi Stadium – to be called The Independence Cup to mark the 70th anniversary of partition – is intended to continue the reintroduction of top-level cricket to the country after a near eight-year hiatus. The break resulted from the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 and has meant Pakistan, bar one series against Zimbabwe two years ago, have played home internationals at neutral venues.

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Can cricket be saved from itself? How the ICC is flirting with essential reform | Tim Wigmore

With skill and appetite growing outside Test-playing nations, the need to shift power from Australia, England and India has never been so great. But is incremental reform enough, and will urgent changes get the backing they need?

Nestled amid skyscrapers in the desert, an unobtrusive building on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai is not an obvious place for cricket’s future to be determined. Yet, lured by free land and a 50-year tax exemption, the International Cricket Council has been based here since 2009, and in the Emirates since 2005.

Related: Infuriating England can rise as quickly as Mike Gatting’s Invincibles fell | Vic Marks

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ICC agrees plan for nine-team Test championship spread over two years

• Competition could begin in 2019 with first final scheduled for 2021
• ODI league of 13 teams to decide World Cup places also in pipeline

The International Cricket Council has moved closer towards providing Test cricket with a meaningful structure after a consensus was reached on Friday over the creation of a nine-team Test championship to run from 2019 and feature a final every two years.

A competition that goes beyond the rankings system has been a subject of debate at ICC level for some time and while proposals for two divisions or a conference-style system have been dismissed previously, a two-day meeting of chief executives in Dubai during the week has seen a plan agreed in principle but still requiring board approval.

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ICC investigators hoping to see WhatsApp messages on players’ phones

• Head of anti-corruption unit focused on WhatsApp, Snapchat and dark web
• Ronnie Flanagan hopes proposal will be considered by ICC board in 2017

Cricketers suspected of match-fixing face being forced to hand over their mobile phones to the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit (ACU) under fresh plans to tackle those seeking to fix matches or elements of them.

Ronnie Flanagan, the chairman of the ACU, said he would be asking the ICC’s board for new powers because illegal activity between players and bookmakers was increasingly being organised on the dark web – as well as sites such as WhatsApp and Snapchat – rather than through telephone conversations.

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ICC forced to shelve plans for two-division Test championship

• India among nations opposed to restructuring of five-day game
• ICC members instead consider biennial Test Championship play-off

The International Cricket Council has been forced to shelve plans for the creation of a two-division Test championship following opposition from Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and, most significantly, India.

Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, had been behind a proposal that would have seen promotion and relegation between a seven-team top division and second tier of five – the latter including two new Test nations – that would have been played over a two-year period and possibly featured a Lord’s final.

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