After Zimbabwe batsman Malcolm Waller lodged a complaint after receiving abusive comments after dropping a catch on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe Cricket has condemned the alleged racist abuse by a section of the home crowd.
"Zimbabwe Cricket was deeply disturbed by the conduct of a section of fans who made abusive and racist chants targeted at our players during Zimbabwe's just-ended Test series against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club," ZC's statement said. "We condemn any act of racism, abuse or intolerance in cricket, in particular, and sport, in general."
The chants appear to have originated from the section of the ground known as Castle Corner after Waller dropped an easy catch off Asela Gunaratne at square leg on day four of the second Test, which the hosts lost.
Indian women's team cricketer Thirush Kamini has become the first player in the women's cricket to be dismissed "obstructing the field" on Sunday. India are currently playing the West Indian women's team in the first of the three match ODI series in Vijayawada.
This isn't the first time that an Indian player has been involved in such a kind of dismissal. India's Suresh Raina was involved in the dismissal of Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq during an ODI match in 2006. Inzamam was given out after he fended off Raina's throw from mid-off with the bat while still out of his crease.
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has hinted that wholesome changes could be needed if the Aussies don't buck up and start performing once again."Australia are in distinct trouble against South Africa, and unless this trend is reversed quickly, the selectors face the prospect of wholesale changes for the upcoming series against an improved Pakistan outfit."Australia then face a tough tour of India, a playground where they have recently experienced more recriminations than celebrations, followed by a visit from England next summer. To say the next few weeks are crucial to Australian cricket is akin to saying the world awaits Donald Trump's presidency with bated breath," Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.
Australian cricketer George Bailey had advocated the return of home umpires to Test cricket, stating that with the usage of technology, the best umpires must adjudicate in matches.The 34-year-old felt that neutral umpires was brought in to cut down the bias, but was not sure if it was fully serving the purpose.“I think that now the technology is so good … I want to see the best umpires umpiring the series.At the moment if you’re an Australian umpire you can’t be umpiring Australians in Tests and you can’t umpire in Australia," Bailey told The Unplayable Podcast.“I think that’s really disappointing for the umpires. I just think you want the best umpires umpiring the best Test series. It was brought in to take out perceived bias but I’m not sure you get that now.
“I think that would be the quickest way to make the best decisions in Test and one-day cricket, is to have the best umpires umpiring," he added.
Due to the government's decision to ban all 500 and 1000 rupee notes and subsequent delay in recalibration of the new notes, the Ranji Trophy players have found it difficult to get their daily wages."We've had some issues because we don't have cash in hand. I have spoken to KSCA secretary Brijesh Patel and he has promised to help us out. I'm sure with the new currency in circulation the issue will be sorted soon," the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association PV Shetty said."We are trying our best to ensure there is minimum inconvenience to players but we are helpless as well," Santhosh Menon, assistant secretary of the KSCA said.Mumbai are currently in Mysore, where they are facing UP in the latest round of the Ranji Trophy.
Ricky Ponting and Chris Rogers have criticised Australian opener and vice-captain David Warner for his manner of dismissal in the opening innings on the second Test against South Africa in Hobart that began on Saturday."On these sort of pitches, you are looking to score the majority of your early runs off the back foot; defend well on the front foot, leave on the front foot, wait for the bowlers to get a little bit short, and make them pay.“But that to me is still quite reckless as a shot for an opening batsman.He has got the knack of setting innings up pretty quickly like he did in Perth,” Ponting told BT Sport.“Davey Warner’s first-over shot just wasn’t good enough.There’s lots of nerves so you understand at times but as an opener you’ve got to go out and know it’s going to be hard work, just try to get through," Rogers told Fox Sports.
England's teenage sensation Haseeb Hameed has been making the headlines ever since he was named in England's Test squad. The Indian origin cricketer didn't get carried away by all the attentions that he was getting and went on to strike a half-century in the second innings of the first Test against India in Rajkot.
Haseeb's father Ismail Hameed claimed that the family was extremely happy and proud about his son's achievement. The Telegraph quoted him as saying, "It is just amazing. It is a dream come true for the entire family and we feel proud. It is an emotional and surreal feeling."
Ismail shifted from the Bharuch district of Gujarat to Bolton back in 1969. He further went o to claim that Haseeb started playing cricket only after watching Sachin Tendulkar play.
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara scored a century in the first of the five-match Test series against England at Rajkot. It was an emotional moment for Pujara as it was the first Test match he was playing at his home venue and his close fans were present to witness his sensational knock.
However, it was Pujara's father who seemed to be the happiest of all as his son's innings had brought him back some of the old memories. "The first batting lessons I gave him was in 1998, at the Railway ground here, " Hindustan Times quoted him as saying.
"Naturally, it feels good he has got a hundred playing at his home ground. What was most fulfilling was that he was in full flow right from the start," he said.
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla seems to be not in the good books of Australian fans as the 33-year old was targeted with an offensive message on the first day of the second Test match at Hobart.
At 4.10pm on Saturday’s first day of action, Tasmania Police was alerted about the message the man had written on one of the inside fences at Blundstone Arena on Saturday’s first day of the Test. The 25-year old man was immediately arrested and is set to appear in court on Monday. Cricket Australia has stated that it was looking at the option of banning the fan for three years from attending any of the Cricket Australia national matches.