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Social distancing, 'safe' ball management among ICC's dos and don'ts

Ball management will be a key part of cricket in the post Covid-19 era, but umpires may be wearing gloves to do it  11:06 PM IST Players and umpires will need to keep to “social distancing” norms on and off the field. Players will not hand over personal items such as caps, sunglasses and sweaters to the umpires any more. Players should use a hand sanitiser regularly once they have…

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ICC sets bowlers' workload guidelines for resumption of cricket

England will need to monitor workloads of fast bowlers such as Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad when cricket resumes © Getty Images The ICC has suggested teams would need to exercise caution over bowlers’ workloads to avoid a serious injury like stress fracture of the spine as players get ready to resume training after nearly 10 weeks in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With international teams set to return…

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Alex Hales 'should be allowed a second chance' – Chris Woakes

10:31 PM IST Chris Woakes believes that Alex Hales would be welcomed back into the England set-up this summer, assuming he has learnt his lessons following the drugs ban that caused his axing from last summer’s World Cup squad. Speaking in anticipation of next week’s squad announcements, for which England are likely to choose up to 45 players to accommodate both red- and white-ball needs, Woakes acknowledged that Hales remains…

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Chris Woakes admits realities of post-Covid training 'take up headspace'

10:28 PM IST Chris Woakes believes that his first day back at training has given him an insight into how the rest of the England summer will pan out, after admitting that the strict social-distancing protocols at his home ground of Edgbaston would “take up some headspace”. Woakes bowled five overs at about 50% intensity on Thursday, on his return to outside practice, using the box of six balls that…

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West Indies begin search for new women's head coach

West Indies women will be coached by Gus Logie until the board nails down his successor  5:18 PM IST ESPNcricinfo staff West Indies women will have a new head coach soon, with the board having started the recruitment process to replace the outgoing Gus Logie. The former West Indies batsman had been appointed interim head coach in October 2019 and his last assignment was the T20 World Cup in Australia,…

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'I thought I've snapped my leg in two here' – Kate Cross reveals 2021 World Cup fears

Kate Cross at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup © ICC via Getty Kate Cross heard the crack and felt the pain in her leg, but it’s where her mind went racing to next that was hardest to take. Suddenly, lying on the Sydney Showground Stadium turf, she saw the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and she wasn’t there. Cross, the England seamer, suffered a severe sprain and…

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Cricket Australia chief: India tour 'nine out of 10' chance of taking place

7:33 AM IST ESPNcricinfo staff Kevin Roberts, the Cricket Australia chief executive, has given India’s tour a “nine out of 10” chance of happening later this year as the game grapples with how to resume amid the Covid-19 pandemic. He also indicated there was a chance Australia could still undertake their limited-overs trip to England which was originally schedule for July but could happen in September. The visit of India…

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Prospect of Chris Broad officiating over son Stuart raises West Indies' concerns

Stuart Broad enjoys first day back at Trent Bridge (0:56) Stuart Broad shared the different steps he has needed to take to return to training on his Instagram (0:56) 10:20 PM IST The prospect of Chris Broad officiating in a match involving his son, Stuart, could provoke a rethink at the ICC ahead of the resumption of international cricket in England. The ICC cricket committee recently recommended a suspension in…

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SLC's new stadium project suspended after backlash

9:39 PM IST Andrew Fidel Fernando Sri Lanka Cricket’s new stadium project in Colombo, which was proposed only several days ago, has been suspended, following the Sri Lanka government’s rowing back of its commitment to its construction. Although on Sunday, government minister Bandula Gunawardana appeared with Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Shammi Silva to announce the construction of a 40,000-capacity stadium east of the city, adverse public opinion appears to have…

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Is Sourav Ganguly eyeing ICC chairman position?

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly arrives for a press conference at the board’s headquarters  9:25 PM IST Nagraj Gollapudi Close News editor, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo Firdose Moonda Is Sourav Ganguly a dark horse to replace his countryman Shashank Manohar, the outgoing ICC chairman? Ever since it emerged that Manohar would not stand for another term after his tenure ends with the ICC annual conference in July,…

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