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Chris Morris to join Hampshire for Vitality Blast

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South Africa allrounder Chris Morris will join Hampshire for this year’s Vitality Blast.

The 32-year-old Morris was this week called into South Africa’s World Cup squad as a replacement for fast bowler Anrich Nortje, who was ruled out of the tournament because of a fractured thumb.

Morris will join Hampshire at the end of his World Cup commitments and will be available for the entire Blast season.

A fierce right-arm seamer and destructive middle-order hitter, Morris has made 63 appearances so far for his national side since his debut in a T20I against New Zealand in 2012. He averages 20.50 with the ball in T20Is with a strike rate of 130.39 with the bat.

Playing domestically for the Titans, Morris has also featured in several franchise competitions around the world, including the IPL and CPL, and he played for Surrey in the 2016 Blast.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Hampshire for the Vitality Blast,” Morris said. “It’s an exciting tournament and it’s an exciting summer coming up – I can’t wait to get there and play at the Ageas Bowl and express what I can do.”

Hampshire director of cricket, Giles White said: “We were delighted when Chris agreed early on to join us for the season. He’s a dynamic batsman in the middle-order and a handful with the ball both up front and at the death, so he’s a great fit for us and hopefully he’ll make a big difference this summer.”

Hampshire begin their quest to reach an eighth T20 finals day in 10 years on July 19 when they host Sussex.



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Recent Match Report – Nigeria vs Oman, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, 23rd Match, Group B

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Oman 72 for 3 (Jatinder 48, Runsewe 1-4) beat Nigeria 71 (Ajekun 16, Kaleem 4-14, Bilal 3-7) by seven wickets

Thirty seven-year-old Aamir Kaleem took 4 for 14 in his four overs to shoot out Nigeria for 71 and set up Oman’s third win in the T20 World Cup qualifier in the UAE.

Bilal Khan(3 for 7) was also among the wickets as Oman dismissed Nigeria in 19.5 overs. Opener Jatinder Singh then hit 48 off 22 balls, helping his side knock off the target in seven overs.

After batting first, Nigeria had a quiet start in the Powerplay, reaching 22 for 1. They moved to 34 for 1 in the eighth over before losing 9 for 37. Opener Daniel Ajekun was the only Nigeria batsman to pass 15; No. 3 Sulaimon Runsewe’s 14 was the second-highest score in the first innings

In response, Jatinder cracked nine fours and six before he was dismissed in the last over of the Powerplay. At that point, Oman needed just six runs from 85 balls. Fittingly, it was Kaleem who was at the end, Oman winning by seven wickets and 78 balls to spare.



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Recent Match Report – Bermuda vs Namibia, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier, 22nd Match, Group A

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Namibia 111 for 4 (Davin 37, Baard 27) beat Bermuda 106 for 9 (Bascome 37, Scholtz 3-17) by six wickets

Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus justified his decision to send Bermuda in after six of their top seven fell for single digits. This eventually helped set up a six-wicket win at ICC Academy Oval 2 on Wednesday.

Jan Frylinck struck off the second ball as Kamau Leverock holed out to mid-off. Bermuda’s other big fish Delray Rawlins was reeled in before the Powerplay, top-edging a slog off Christi Viljoen to wicketkeeper Zane Green. When Terryn Fray was out playing a loose drive to mid-off, Bermuda were rocked at 23 for 3 inside six overs.

Left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz then capitalized on the early work done by the medium pacers to rip apart the middle order. He struck with his very first ball, as Janeiro Tucker was deceived in flight to be stumped. Three balls later, he had Deunte Darrell trapped in front for 2 before inducing a drive by Malachi Jones to long-off, rounding off his haul at 48 for 7.

Stand-in captain Rodney Trott was out to leave them 50 for 7. But Okera Bascome, dropped down to No. 8 from his usual opener’s role, shepherded the tail as Bermuda rallied to score 56 for the final two wickets.

Bascome seized on the short ball to pull Viljoen for four and six before he was finally bowled with a full delivery for 37 in the 16th. Derrick Brangman added an unbeaten 23 off 21 balls to stretch the innings to the full 20 overs.

In reply, Niko Davin made light work of the chase. He started by driving Jones for a straight six in the opening over. Then he drove two more over long-off, and another over midwicket off Derrick Brangman’s left-arm spin in the second to bolt to 33 off 9 balls. He finally fell in the third, top-edging a slock off Leverock to cover.

Leverock stood n Namibia’s march to the target. Two balls after claiming Davin, he snared JP Kotze for a golden duck with a short ball feathered down the leg side. In his third over, he claimed Craig Williams at backward point to a fine catch from Fray to make it 65 for 3 after seven overs. But he didn’t get much support from the other end.

Bermuda are still mathematically alive for the playoff stage, but need to beat both Scotland and Netherlands in their remaining matches and have other results go their way. Namibia face Kenya and Singapore in their remaining two matches and wins in both would virtually guarantee their place in the playoff stage.



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Guha, Limaye reject BCCI compensation for CoA job

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Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye, former members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), have declined to receive payments for their services, as approved by the highest court on Tuesday. Guha even went as far as saying his “conscience” would never allow him to accept the money.

The CoA was formed in January 2017 to oversee administrative reforms in the BCCI as per the recommendations of the Lodha committee. Guha, an eminent historian, and Limaye, currently managing director and chief executive officer of National Stock Exchange, were part of a four-person panel also consisting of Vinod Rai (former Comptroller & Auditor General of India) and former India woman’s captain Diana Edulji.

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On Tuesday, the court accepted the CoA’s request to be discharged after it was understood that former India captain Sourav Ganguly would take charge as president of the new administration.

As per the compensation package approved for the members by the court, each CoA member would get INR 10 lakhs per month (14,100 USD approx) in 2017, INR 11 lakhs per month (15,500 USD) in 2018 and INR 12 lakhs per month (16,900 USD) in 2019. The court also instructed the BCCI to release payments within two days of CoA demitting office.

Accordingly, Guha stood to earn INR 40 lakhs (56,400 USD) for his four-month tenure while Limaye was to take home INR 70 lakhs (98,600 USD) for his seven-month term that ended in July 2017. However, both Guha and Limaye had made it clear as early as the first CoA meeting that they would not take any money for their services.

“I had mentioned in the first meeting of CoA when it was formed that I would not be taking any compensation,” Limaye told ESPNcricinfo.

Guha, though, was astonished to receive an email on Tuesday from BCCI’s chief financial officer Santosh Rangnekar. “I must say I was surprised and even shocked by its contents,” Guha said in his e-mail, accessed by ESPNcricinfo. “I absolutely refuse to accept this payment I have not asked for. My conscience cannot permit it.”

It is understood that Edulji had mentioned during that first meeting that she would want to be paid. Therefore, Rai suggested that they be paid INR 1 lakhs (1400 USD) per sitting subject to the court approval. As per the compensation package, both Rai and Edulji will now get INR 3.7 crore (521,000 USD) each.

Throughout its tenure, the CoA was mired with controversies. Four months into the job, in June 2017, Guha resigned citing “my thoughts and views are adjacent to, and sometimes at odds with, the direction the committee is taking as a whole.”

In his resignation letter Guha was forthright, pointing out the pervasive conflict of interest culture in Indian cricket, the superstar culture afforded to players while ignoring the domestic cricketers who don’t participate in the IPL.

A month later, in July, Limaye, too, stepped down from the CoA, as he was taking over the new role at NSE. The CoA functioned as a two-person panel until the court appointed Ravi Thodge, a retired lieutenant general of the Indian Army, as the third member this February. As per the compensation package, Thodge would earn INR 1.08 crores (152,000 USD).

All INR-USD conversions are approximate and based on values on October 23, 2019



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