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Tammy Beaumont hails new era for women’s cricket in England

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This time last year, England’s women’s cricketers were making the best of a bad situation – working through training programmes in makeshift home gyms and backyard nets, enjoying the prospect of doing something “normal” at the weekends, like going for country walks.

But the novelty quickly wore off and the situation turned increasingly bleak. What was meant to be the best year, building on a surge in energy produced by the T20 World Cup and looking towards a new regional structure and elite domestic competition in the Hundred, looked dangerously like being a year bereft of any women’s cricket in England.

The ECB then made the best of a bad situation, cobbling together a five-match T20I series between England and West Indies and devising the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, the 50-over women’s domestic competition which proved to be a hit with players, coaches and loyal fans.

Now that the domestic women’s season is set to look as close to “normal” as possible within government guidelines as the nation emerges from lockdown, it feels like the dawn of a new era for England batter Tammy Beaumont.



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The Hundred – Lord’s clamps down on alcohol at the Hundred for family-friendly atmosphere

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General public banned from bringing in bottles and cans, and restrictions at bars in ground

Members of the public will not be allowed to bring alcohol into Lord’s for the rest of the Hundred in an attempt to create a family-friendly atmosphere following feedback from the first two matchdays at the ground.

According to MCC’s ground regulations, fans are allowed to bring in “small quantities of alcohol” – either a bottle of wine or champagne, two cans or bottles of beer or cider, or two cans of premixed aperitifs – to games at Lord’s.

But that right has been waived for the rest of the tournament, starting with Sunday’s fixtures between London Spirit and Southern Brave – though MCC members will still be allowed to bring alcohol into the ground. A cap of two alcoholic drinks per transaction has also been introduced, and all public bars will close at the start of the run chase in the men’s match.

Ticket-holders for Thursday night’s fixtures against Trent Rockets were told via email that “following feedback from last night’s match, we have agreed to change some of the policies around alcohol at Lord’s”.

“The Hundred is a tournament designed for families and children and we hope these measures will allow everyone who comes to the Home of Cricket to feel welcome, safe and have a great day out,” the email said. “Cricket is a game for all and we want the next generation of cricket fans to love and be inspired by the sport.”

MCC has already stripped back its stringent dress code within the pavilion during Hundred matchdays, removing the stipulation for members and their guests to wear collared shirts, jackets or blazers, tailored trousers and formal shoes.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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PCB vs BCCI over Kashmir Premier League

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The Pakistan board has expressed displeasure at reports that its Indian counterpart is trying to prevent players from joining the tournament

The PCB has expressed its displeasure over reports that the BCCI called ICC Full Members in a bid to prevent retired players from those countries from appearing in the Kashmir Premier League (KPL), a new T20 tournament set to take place in Pakistan in August. The PCB said it was a breach of “international norms and the spirit of the gentleman’s game by interfering in internal affairs of cricket boards.”

The PCB was reacting to a tweet from Herschelle Gibbs – who is expected to play in the league – who said: “Completely unnecessary of the BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the KPL20. Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous.”

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Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent





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Sri Lanka allrounder Isuru Udana retires from international cricket

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He will continue to play domestic cricket, and will be available for franchise tournaments

Allrounder Isuru Udana has announced his retirement from international cricket, conveying his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket through a letter on Friday.

Udana, 33, will continue to play domestic cricket, and will be available for franchise tournaments, starting with the CPL, starting in late August. A desire to spend more time with family is understood to be a factor in his decision.

“Cricket was, is and always will be my greatest love and I have always given my 100% both on and off the field, respecting and upholding the spirit of cricket and national pride always,” he said in a statement. “However, I believe the time has come, for me to retire from international cricket in order to make way for the next generation of players.”



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