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South Africa sports minister issues another ultimatum to CSA

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Nathi Mthethwa has threatened intervention if CSA cannot adopt a memorandum of incorporation (MOI) that promotes good governance

South Africa’s sports’ minister Nathi Mthethwa has issued a second ultimatum in six months to CSA’s Members’ Council and threatened intervention into the body if it cannot adopt a memorandum of incorporation (MOI) that promotes good governance in cricket.

Mthethwa’s action comes after the Members’ Council – the highest-decision making body at CSA, made up of the 14 provincial presidents – rejected the interim board’s proposal for a majority independent board last week thus making the drawing up of an acceptable MOI impossible. Mthethwa met with the Members’ Council and interim board on Tuesday evening and has given the Members’ Council until April 6 to come to an agreement with the interim board or face ministerial action intended to support the country’s cricketers.



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SL vs Ind T20I series

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The two, as well as Krunal Pandya, will stay back in Sri Lanka for the time being

Senior legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and spin-bowling allrounder K Gowtham have both tested positive for Covid-19 while on tour in Sri Lanka. The two were part of the group of eight players who had earlier been identified as immediate contacts of allrounder Krunal Pandya, who had tested positive on July 27.
Chahal and Gowtham, along with Krunal, will have to stay back in Colombo for the time being, while the other six players – Krunal’s brother Hardik, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan – are expected to leave for India later today. The rest of the Indian travelling contingent will return to India earlier in the day.
ESPNcricinfo has learned that Chahal and Gowtham tested positive on Friday. Incidentally, they had both tested negative along with the other six players on Thursday, the day of India’s final match of the tour.

While Krunal was moved to an isolation facility immediately after he tested positive in both the Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR tests on July 27, the remaining eight players were staying at the team hotel, but separated from the rest of the touring party.

According to the Sri Lankan government’s guidelines, anyone testing positive for the virus needs to isolate for at least ten days and then clear a fresh round of tests to be allowed to leave the country. Those identified as close contacts of the affected person must isolate for seven days and then clear the prescribed tests.

The development is bound to pose further hurdles for the pair of Shaw and Yadav, who were scheduled to fly out to England immediately after the Sri Lanka tour to link up with the India Test squad.

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Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo



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SL vs Ind 3rd T20I

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Coach credits inexperienced players for “spirit” and “enthusiasm” throughout 45 days in bio-bubble

After a seven-wicket thrashing in the third T20I which ended in a series loss for a severely-depleted India XI, India coach Rahul Dravid felt that all that was needed was for the young batters to adapt to tougher pitches, also pointing to the unique set of circumstances that led to a very inexperienced batting line-up taking the field for the last two T20Is.

“This was a really young team. All of us have had our struggles playing quality bowling, whether it’s spin or pace,” Dravid said at the post-match press conference. “Early on in our careers, we’ve all had those struggles and we’ve all had to fight our way through that. None of us have been perfect when we started, whether it’s my generation or any generation for that matter. It needs experience.

“You need time, you need to blood young players with experienced players so that they have that cushion. Obviously, over the last couple of games, we didn’t have that cushion. Most of the guys who played, other than Shikhar [Dhawan], were really young. That’s not going to happen very often.”



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It is unclear yet if the two UK-bound players – Shaw and Suryakumar – will come back to India or fly directly to UK

The Indian cricket contingent left the Sri Lankan shores on Friday after completing a six-match white-ball series but allrounder Krunal Pandya remained in mandatory isolation to recover from Covid-19.
However, it couldn’t be confirmed whether the two UK-bound players – Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw – are leaving from Sri Lanka itself or will be coming back to India on a charter plane with the rest of the squad before flying off again.
India lost the T20I series 1-2 after several players of the squad had to be isolated owing to Krunal’s infection.



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