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Hasan Ali – Management changes ‘should not have happened’ before T20 World Cup

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Pakistan fast bowler also said he expected low-scoring games in the UAE

Hasan Ali has said a change in management ahead of the T20 World Cup wasn’t ideal, though he is looking forward to working with new bowling consultant Vernon Philander. In the first public comments by a current player since the removal of Pakistan’s last coaching team of Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis, Hasan praised Waqar and “all the work I have done with him”.

“[Philander] hasn’t played much T20 cricket but no doubt he was a great bowler and brought in a lot of success for his South Africa,” Hasan told the media in a virtual session from Lahore. “He knows about bowling and I hope the work we do with him will be helpful for us. As far as Viki [Waqar] bhai is concerned, I’ve said before it shouldn’t happen that management changes before such a mega event but obviously, it’s not in our hands. I admire Waqar Younis and all the work I have done with him. I really enjoyed my time with him but unfortunately he isn’t here and we have to move on. We will move on and try to give our best.”



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Men’s T20 World Cup 2021

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The left-arm spinner has a long association with Langer and said the coach has “100 percent” backing

Ashton Agar would be “absolutely shattered” if subjected to the sort of public critique directed at Justin Langer, adding he is full of respect for Australia’s coach and his unwavering values.

Player unease about Langer and his approach ignited intense speculation about the future of the former Test opener, who is contracted until mid-2022.

Langer’s posting of a motivational message on LinkedIn made headlines this week but the issue hit its crescendo in August, when Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley publicly backed Langer to remain coach for the Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes.

Hockley, CA chairman Earl Eddings and on-field leaders Tim Paine, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins even met to discuss “the elephant in the room”.

Langer and Australia’s T20 World Cup squad will assemble later this week ahead of their tournament-opener against South Africa on October 23.

Agar, a long-time mentee of Langer at both domestic and international level, said he and team-mates know the head coach is listening to feedback and will do “whatever he can to suit the needs of the team”.



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Pay increase for Australia’s female domestic players as part of funding boost

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Meg Lanning: “Cricket has shown that when you properly invest in female sport, the results follow and everyone benefits”

Australia’s domestic female players have been given a significant pay increase on the eve of the new WBBL season with an extra A$1.2 million of funding.

That will see an additional A$800,000 invested in WNCL retainers and $A400,000 for the WBBL which relates to a 22% and 14% increase respectively for the two tournaments.

“This is another incredibly important step in driving gender equity in our game. Our players have made enormous sacrifices the last 18 months,” Nick Hockley, the Cricket Australia CEO, said. “We pride ourselves over results to really lead the charge about driving equality cricket and particularly investing in the growth as cricket as a sport for women and girls.

“There’s still a really big gap compared to their male counterparts but certainly we want to ensure to keep striving to make it an incredible full-time career. This week’s announcement is about pritoritising closing the gap and further demonstrating that we are the leading sport in terms of pay domestically across Australia women team sports and we’ll continue to invest in that way.”

The WBBL has moved to its own standalone window in the October-November period and this year will be fully broadcast on TV for the first time. Last year the Women’s T20 World Cup, the last major global event that took place before the pandemic, saw the final played in front of more than 86,000 people at the MCG.



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PSL franchises accept PCB’s offer of new financial model

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This development brings to an end a long-running stand-off between the board and the franchises

The PCB and the PSL franchises have agreed on a new financial model for the league, bringing to an end a long-running stand-off which, at times, has threatened the existence of the league as it stands. The PCB had presented a final offer of a new model at last month’s PSL governing council meeting, which included giving the six franchises a greater share of the central revenue pool, financial relief for the Covid-hit seasons five and six, as well as fixing a USD dollar-Pakistan rupee exchange rate for all future payments.



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