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Recent Match Report – Tasmania vs New South Wales, Australian Domestic One-Day Competition, 21st Match

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Tasmania 9 for 251 (Wright 104, Faulkner 49, Hatcher 3-46) beat New South Wales 131 (Sangha 23, Bird 6-25) by 120 runs

New South Wales ended their torrid one-day cup season with yet another loss, and their first wooden-spoon finish in 11 years, as Tasmania’s Macalister Wright and Jackson Bird consigned them to a 120-run defeat in Hobart.

Wright put up a Man-of-the-Match performance, scoring a 118-ball 104 to take the hosts to 9 for 251 before Bird ended any hopes of an NSW win by razing through them to finish with career-best figures of 6 for 25.

Tasmania had lost their top three batsmen inside six overs with just 16 runs on the board, the damage caused by the Blues’ quicks Liam Hatcher and Harry Conway. Wright, playing only his fifth List A game, helped Tasmania recover, getting his first runs punching Hatcher through extra cover for a boundary.

He scored steadily even as wickets kept falling at the other end and brought up his half-century off 63 balls. James Faulkner joined him and the duo added 109 for the sixth wicket, guiding Tasmania past 200. Wright brought up his maiden List A century off 114 balls and in the process, the 21-year old became the second-youngest Tasmanian after Tim Paine to score a domestic one-day cup ton. He displayed a wide range of strokes, mostly targeting the area behind square, during his knock. An impetus from the No. 8 Nathan Ellis – a 20-ball 25 – further helped Tasmania to a competitive total.

In reply, NSW openers Daniel Hughes and debutant Hayden Kerr were off to a positive start but Bird removed the duo in a span of 12 deliveries. He further dented them with a double-strike in the 11th over, removing Matthew Gilkes for 11 and Jack Edwards for a first-ball duck. From the other end, Simon Milenko dismissed Moises Henriques to leave the visitors reeling at 5 for 55.

A brief 31-run stand – the highest in NSW’s innings – between Jason Sangha and captain Peter Nevill also saw its end when Riley Meredith struck to remove the former, while Bird returned to get his five-for with Nevill’s wicket. He went on to record the second-best figures for Tasmania in the competition, behind Gurinder Sandhu’s 7 for 56 last season, as Nathan McAndrew edged one to the wicketkeeper to become Bird’s sixth victim. The last two wickets failed to put up any resistance as NSW folded for 131 in 32.3 overs.



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Naseem Shah, 14-year-old Mohammad Shahzad in Pakistan Under-19 World Cup squad

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Pakistan have named at least four allrounders, including the 14-year-old Mohammad Shahzad, in their 15-man squad for the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa early next year. The in-form Rohail Nazir will continue to led the side, while 16-year-old quick Naseem Shah, who recently made his Test debut in Australia, also featured in the squad.

“We have planned extensively and tried our best to form a fine team,” Saleem Jaffar, the Pakistan junior team head coach, said at a press conference in Lahore. “Probables selected for the World Cup will give both coach and captain full options to form a balanced side. I hope this team will go good. But whoever is left out shouldn’t be disheartened because they are on a path that will take them to the professional cricket and this isn’t the end of world.”

Shahzad, a batting allrounder from Southern Punjab, caught the selectors’ eye at the ongoing Under-16 domestic tournament, where he scored 175 runs in two games and picked up six wickets.

“Shahzad is a good package; [he can] bat in the opening slot and bowl at medium pace, so we are also eyeing to tap someone who can be a good prospect in future like [Abdul] Razzaq,” Jaffar said. “This is the cricket that actually take players forward. He is young on the Under-16 circuit and has done really well recently. For us, winning is equally important but at the same time we are also giving them an international feel. This Under-19 circuit is an exciting cricket and such players are the future.”

Aside from Shahzad, the allrounders’ contingent comprises Abbas Afridi, Fahad Munir and Qasim Akram, who made it to the squad on the back of his impressive returns of 296 runs and three wickets and 260 runs and 15 wickets in the PCB Under-19 one-day and three-day tournaments respectively. Akram also made a mark at the recent Emerging Under-19 Asia Cup, and the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka, where he scored 77 and 124 runs respectively.

Three out of the 28 probables – Ammad Butt Jr, Akhtar Shah and Saim Ayub – were not considered for selection because of injuries.

The 2020 Under-19 World Cup will be held from January 17, in South Africa. Pakistan, the 2004 and 2006 champions and three-time runners-up, are slotted in Group C along with Bangladesh, Scotland and Zimbabwe in the 16-team competition. They will kick off their campaign against Scotland on January 19 in Potchefstroom.



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South Africa lose title sponsor as freefall continues

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South Africa’s men’s team will lose their major sponsor, Standard Bank, who have opted not to renew their deal when it expires on April 30, 2020. This ends an association with cricket that dates back to 1998. Standard Bank sponsored South African cricket between 1998 and 2011, when it ended its sports associations with both cricket and football. The company then returned to cricket in 2016 and signed a four-year deal with Cricket South Africa (CSA) which is understood to be to the tune of R400 million (approx. US$ 27.3 million). Currently, they are only the title sponsor for the men’s team and their withdrawal is a direct result of administrative and governance problems at CSA which Standard Bank believes is tarnishing its reputation.

“Standard Bank is committed to upholding the highest levels of leadership, integrity and governance. In light of recent developments at CSA, which are a culmination of long-standing problems which have damaged Standard Bank’s reputation, it has decided not to renew its partnership with CSA,” Thulani Sibeko, Standard Bank Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer said in a statement released on Friday morning.

Cricket South Africa’s protracted problems, which include a court battle against the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA), projected financial losses of at least R654 million (approx. US$44.7 million) in the next four-year cycle, and the suspension of six staff members – three of whom were given notice of their suspension on Thursday – came to a head last weekend when five journalists’ accreditation was revoked during the Mzansi Super League (MSL).

On Monday, CSA CEO Thabang Moroe confirmed CSA made the decision because they did not approve of the way these reporters were writing about the organisation. That same day, Standard Bank expressed its “grave concerns,” about the situation at CSA and demanded a meeting with CSA to “know about developments within CSA, especially those that relate to governance and conduct.”

Sources told ESPNcricinfo that Standard Bank had been severe on CSA officials at the meeting and demanded they “clean up their act”. On Tuesday, Standard Bank issued a statement expressing its satisfaction that the meeting was “productive” and that they were left with the assurance that CSA would “urgently take the South African public into its confidence about the state of governance at the cricket administrative body”. It also said CSA had agreed to “urgently implement remedial actions to address stakeholder concerns, including the unacceptable manner in which it treated members of the media”.

However, just three days later, Standard Bank has confirmed it will not renew the sponsorship deal. Between Tuesday and Friday, three independent directors, Professor Shirley Zinn, Iqbal Khan and Dawn Makhobo, have resigned from the CSA board, and there have been calls from all quarters for the CEO and President, Chris Nenzani to step down.

Among the chorus has been former UCB managing director Ali Bacher, who was involved in mediating an agreement between Moroe and Graeme Smith, which would have seen Smith become director of cricket on October 1. Critiques have also emerged from development sponsors The Willowton Group and, last night, the Gauteng Cricket Board, the biggest provincial affiliate of CSA. In addition to the voices of dissent, CSA also faces allegations of credit card abuse from Khan, and a second commercial rights dispute with South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) in as many months.

Now, CSA has also lost its only major team sponsor after deals with Sunfoil and Momentum ended last year.



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Crisis in South African cricket – full coverage

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