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BCCI gets ‘government assurances’ to provide Pakistan visas for T20 World Cup

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“However, whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear”

Pakistan’s cricket players will get visas to compete in the upcoming T20 World Cup in India this October, the BCCI’s apex council has been told by the booard secretary Jay Shah following “government assurances”.

Shah spoke to the council in a video conference meeting held on Friday, where it was also decided that the mega-event will be staged across nine venues, with Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the final. The other venues are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala and Lucknow.

“The visa issue of Pakistan cricket team has been sorted. However, whether the fans can travel across the border to watch matches is still not clear,” a council member told PTI.

“It will be decided in due course of time. However, we had promised ICC that it will be sorted. The secretary announced during the meeting.”

India and Pakistan have not played bilateral cricket for close to a decade now due to diplomatic tensions between the two countries; Pakistan last toured the country for a bilateral series in 2012.



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Vitality T20 Blast 2021 – D’Arcy Short joins Hampshire for Blast stint

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Opener’s availability may be impacted by Australia series in the Caribbean

Hampshire have announced D’Arcy Short, the Australia batter, as one of their overseas signings for the summer’s Vitality T20 Blast.

Short was earlier named in Australia’s preliminary squad to play ODIs and T20Is in the West Indies in July, and if he is selected for the final touring party, that could impact on his availability for the Blast. Hampshire hope to have him involved throughout the tournament.

Short, 30, has previously appeared in the Blast for Durham, as well as featuring in T20 leagues around the world, including the IPL. An aggressive opener, he averages 36.40 with a strike rate of 133.58 in T20, and also offers a handy bowling option with his left-arm wristspin.



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Eng vs NZ 2021 – Neil Wagner

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Says the opportunity to train with the Dukes ball even before leaving for England has been “quite beneficial”

New Zealand are not going to treat the two upcoming Tests against England as warm-ups for the World Test Championship final against India, fast bowler Neil Wagner has said. A majority of New Zealand’s Test contingent arrived in England on Sunday and Wagner was part of the second batch of players to leave Auckland on Monday.

“We’re not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups [for the WTC final],” Wagner told reporters at the Auckland airport before his departure. “I know for a fact we’re going to get out there and pride ourselves the way we’ve been playing Test cricket and we want to win Test matches for New Zealand.”

Wagner, the No. 3-ranked bowler in the ICC Test rankings, was among the Test players who got together in Lincoln for camps and training with the Dukes ball, which is used for Test matches in England, in the lead up to the tour. Wagner will be touring England as part of the New Zealand squad for the third time, although he played there only during the 2013 Test series, apart from his experience in the County Championship for Lancashire. Wagner said the opportunity to train with the Dukes ball even before leaving for England, unlike in the past, had been “quite beneficial”.



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Newlands ball-tampering scandal – Cameron Bancroft contacted by Cricket Australia integrity unit

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The problem CA has is they have tried to sweep it under the carpet and not come out with the full story, says Michael Clarke

Cricket Australia’s integrity unit has contacted Cameron Bancroft to ask whether he has anything to add to his recent comments suggesting wider knowledge of the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering plot.

Ben Oliver, Cricket Australia’s head of national teams, confirmed on Monday that the integrity unit, which is currently headed by Rebecca Murray, had reached out to Bancroft to see if he was willing to speak further about the affair that led to him being banned for nine months, while Steven Smith and David Warner were both suspended for a year.



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