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ECB ridiculed for starting Head of Integrity search late

The England and Wales Cricket Board, criticised for their inept handling of the Ben Stokes saga, are reaching out to the rest of British sport for advice on how to attract a head of integrity. But it is embarrassing in the extreme for the ECB to send out a speculative email to nearly 70 different addresses across sport on the ...

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SL in trouble, Mathews under injury cloud | Cricket

Angelo Mathews plays through the off side © Associated Press Big picture The securing of Chandika Hathurusingha to coach Sri Lanka was seen as a boon for an under fire cricket board, and his no-nonsense approach to training, attention to detail, and penchant for data analysis has gained him a litany of admirers. There ...

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Bairstow will fight for ODI role ahead of Stokes return

Jonny Bairstow is determined keep his place in England’s trailblazing one-day team when Ben Stokes makes his return. With all-rounder Stokes set to re-balance the side for five one-day matches against New Zealand in February, the remaining four matches against Australia will include an intriguing sub-plot: which one of the current top three makes way to accommodate him. It is inconceivable ...

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Corruption charges against Zimbabwe domestic cricket official

Rajan Nayar, a Zimbabwe domestic cricket official, has been charged with breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code on three counts, including offering a player cash to improperly influence an international match. Nayar is the treasurer and marketing director of the Harare Metropolitan Cricket Association (HMCA), the association that runs league cricket in Harare and oversees domestic franchise the Mashonaland Eagles. He ...

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Ben Stokes due in court on same day of England comeback 

By Joe Ridge for MailOnline Published: 10:28 GMT, 18 January 2018 | Updated: 10:37 GMT, 18 January 2018 Ben Stokes’ hopes of making his England comeback next month have been scuppered after his court date to hear an affray charge was set for February 13 – the same day that he was due to return in a T20 against New Zealand in ...

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Kohli named ICC’s cricketer and captain of the year

India’s Virat Kohli hit a windfall at the ICC awards after being named both cricketer and captain of the year. He also regained a trophy he had won for the first time in 2012 as he was named ODI player of the year as well. The corresponding prize for Test cricket went to Australia’s Steven Smith. Test team of the ...

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Stokes mess was created outside a bar and not by the ECB

On the face of it, the decision was full of inconsistencies and will take a lot of  explaining to England fans – but I do have sympathy for the ECB. Whatever happened, they were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. Fans will be wondering why Ben Stokes was left out of the side when he wasn’t charged with anything, and ...

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Stokes ‘delighted’ to be able to resume England ‘honour’

Ben Stokes has expressed his delight at being able to resume the “honour” of playing for England after he was made available for selection, following a meeting of the ECB Board, despite being charged with affray on Monday in relation to the incident outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25. Stokes, who was charged along with two other men, is ...

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Ben Stokes should be concentrating on clearing his name

Spineless and pathetic. They are the only words that can possibly be used over the ECB’s totally illogical, totally inconsistent decision to welcome Ben Stokes back into the England fold now he is facing a criminal charge. How on earth can the governing body suspend their Test vice-captain for his part in the ugly scenes outside a Bristol nightclub before ...

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‘This team is a band of brothers’ – Raza

11:55 AM ET Mohammad IsamESPN In the 40th over of Sri Lanka’s chase, Thisara Perera smacked Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer for 17 runs. Sri Lanka suddenly needed to score at less than six an over to win the game, and for the first time, the situation was under their control. In the next over, Sikandar Raza gave away only three ...

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