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Melbourne Renegades boss will no longer report to Stars boss

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Cricket Victoria has advertised for a new general manager for the T20 team with incumbent David Lever understood to be in the running

A correction has been made to one of the more baffling team structures in the Big Bash League, with Cricket Victoria advertising for a new general manager of the Melbourne Renegades who will report directly to the state association’s chief executive, Andrew Ingleton.

This decision, revealed when the job was advertised, ends a period in which the Renegades’ incumbent general manager, David Lever, was reporting to CV’s head of commercial, Nick Cummins, who also happened to be working as the general manager of the Melbourne Stars.

Lever’s role had emerged after Cummins was initially placed in charge of both the Stars and the Renegades for the 2019-20 season prior to the onset of Covid-19, another model that created more problems than it solved. Ingleton and the CV board will hope this is a case of third time lucky, after the state had abolished the two independent boards of the Stars and Renegades and also dispensed with their chief executives, Clint Cooper and Stuart Coventry, in 2019.

The situation where the general manager of one of Melbourne’s BBL clubs was reporting to the manager of another rather underlined the perception of the Renegades as subservient to the Stars in decision-making, while also creating a host of potential conflicts in a sport that has enough of them without their structural enforcement.

After a grim season for both the men’s and women’s Renegades teams, the two head coaching positions are also vacant, after Michael Klinger left the men’s program for a managerial role with Cricket NSW and the women’s coach Lachlan Stevens elected to return home to Queensland after some years based in Melbourne.

Lever, who was being quoted as general manager of the Renegades as recently as last week when he announced the re-signing of the wicketkeeper batsman Sam Harper, is understood to be a candidate for the new, more elevated role.

“Based in CV’s Head Office in St Kilda, and reporting to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) this position will play a key role within CV by providing operational and strategic support across the Melbourne Renegades business model,” the job advertisement states.

“The General Manager Melbourne Renegades will be a key driver in further developing the Melbourne Renegades to lead the competition in terms of viewership, attendance, membership and commercial support. Critical to this role will be your demonstrated ability to maximise performance in all aspects of the club, on and off the field.”

Aims for the job include to “provide strategic direction and day to day leadership for the Melbourne Renegades”, to “motivate, lead and inspire the full time and seasonal staff of Melbourne Renegades to achieve success”, and to “lead the club positively in all operational aspects to deliver optimal outcomes”.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @danbrettig



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Recent Match Report – Derbyshire vs Lancashire North Group 2021

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Derbyshire slip to opening-day defeat as Livingstone marries judgement to his talent

Lancashire 171 for 4 (Livingstone 94*) beat Derbyshire 168 for 7 (Reece 59, Parkinson 3-28) by six wickets

A few white-tailed sea eagles were reintroduced to the Isle of Wight recently and a similarly admirable project has resulted in the globally endangered large blue butterfly successfully breeding on Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire. We should not expect too much of these initiatives, though; your chances of having glimpsed either of these natural wonders over the last few years are still slight. But until today such prospects were far greater than the likelihood of your having seen Joseph Charles Buttler playing cricket for Lancashire.
Buttler (Jossicus ipiellicus) last turned out in his county’s scarlet plumage for their Vitality Blast semi-final against Worcestershire on September 15, 2018 yet the view that he is a Lancashire cricketer in name only will be countered this week and next when he plays six T20 matches for the Lightning. The venues are far away from Somerset, his Heimat, but at least they will allow Buttler to reconnect for a week or so with domestic cricket.
To judge from the reaction when Buttler came out to bat at Emirates Old Trafford this afternoon he will be made very welcome. The cheer that greeted his arrival was exceeded in volume only a few times this afternoon and one of those occasions saluted the searing straight-drive played by Liam Livingstone that ended the game in Lancashire’s favour by six wickets with three balls to spare.



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Match Preview – West Indies vs South Africa, South Africa tour of West Indies 2021, 1st Test

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It’s an opportunity for both South Africa and West Indies to find form and test out combinations

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West Indies and South Africa meet so seldomly that they may wonder if the other still plays international cricket and they are about to find out they do, and quite similarly. While their encounters of old were largely dominated by a South Africa side on the up against a West Indian outfit on the decline – and their last one in the Caribbean was in 2010, at the same time as South Africa was hosting the football World Cup – those roles have just about reversed. That means this series has all the ingredients to be among the most closely competed contests going around.

Both are teams in transition albeit from different directions. South Africa enter this series from as low a spot on the ICC rankings as they have ever been at No. 7, and West Indies, from a position of progress. They sit at No.6. From their mid-table places, they both maintain they are eyeing the top spot and this is step one. It’s actually not.



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Eng vs NZ 2021 – England to reaffirm commitment to ‘improve society through sport’ before Edgbaston Test

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Players will participate in another ‘moment of unity’ as ECB investigate unsavoury social media histories

England will reaffirm their commitment to making cricket a more representative and inclusive sport by wearing anti-discrimination t-shirts in another ‘moment of unity’ on the morning of the second Test at Edgbaston.

The move comes at the end of a troubling week for the sport which saw Ollie Robinson suspended from international cricket pending an investigation into offensive tweets he sent as a teenager and further players’ social media histories come under scrutiny.
The ECB released a statement on Tuesday evening confirming it would take “relevant and appropriate action” and that its board would “discuss how we deal with issues over historical social media material in a timely and appropriate manner”, following the unearthing of other unsavoury posts from players in the national set-up, including members of the current Test squad.
Robinson’s suspension has dominated the front pages of British newspapers as well as back, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson confirming his agreement that the measure was “over the top” following an intervention from Oliver Dowden, the minister for digital, culture, media and sport.
Joe Root, England’s captain, admitted in his pre-match press conference on Wednseaday that it had been an “uncomfortable week” for his team and that they had “made mistakes”, but reiterated his intentions to “improve society through the sport”.

“Look at what we set out to do at the start of the summer: we started the [Lord’s Test] with a moment of unity and wearing those anti-discrimination t-shirts and that is the current feeling within our dressing room and something that we’re very committed to. Moving forward as a side that is something we want to do: we want to make positive change in our sport [and] we want to make it a better place.

“Of course, there’s been some uncomfortable things [that have] come to light over the past week and we have to own that and we have to accept that, but ultimately as a side, we have to keep trying to find ways of bettering our game and bettering society through cricket.

“We will continue to wear those shirts and continue to keep finding ways to educate ourselves as players and as a group, and we will continue to find ways of bettering our sport and ways to action that, this summer and beyond. That’s very much how I feel and how the group feels.



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