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BBL 2021-22 – Plans for DRS in Big Bash on hold amid logistical challenges

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All three innovations from last season will remain with the addition of the new timed-out warning to batters

It will be at least another season until the DRS is introduced to the BBL, after logistical issues caused by the pandemic put paid to attempts to bring the system to this year’s competition following criticism of the number of errors that could have been overturned last summer.

There had been a strong push to bring the review system – or at least a version of it – into the tournament, but while Cricket Australia remains confident of hosting a full edition, the ongoing challenges of international travel into Australia and then movement around the country were a key factor in not being able to pull it off.

With multiple sets of equipment and operators needed – there will be DRS used during the men’s Ashes at the same time as the BBL – the technology and the technicians would have had to be sourced from the UK and New Zealand. Anyone entering Australia still needs to quarantine for 14 days (although in some cases that will shortly be reduced to seven days) while there remain heavy restrictions on movement between states.

“The providers have said that the BBL is probably one of the most complex competitions in the world given the number of games, states and venues across multiple broadcasters,” Alistair Dobson, the general manager of Big Bash Leagues, told ESPNcricinfo.

“While there was the potential to bring it in during a normal year, all the additional challenges have meant it’s not going to be possible this season which is disappointing in a way, but whatever we bring we want to make sure it’s reliable and the integrity of the competition can be maintained. We got to the point where we couldn’t guarantee every game or enough games that would make it appropriate.”

Bringing the DRS to the BBL is still an ambition – although it remains to be seen whether it is the full package – but while CA did consider if there were alternatives this year, to avoid the situation where those watching on TV can see when clear errors are made, the TV umpire will only be used for the traditional suite of decisions.

There is also a concern about the length of BBL games. A new playing condition will be introduced, as reported by ESPNcricinfo last week, which will also come into the WBBL, where a batter will be penalised if they are not ready to take guard after 75 seconds, giving the bowler a chance to target an unguarded set of stumps. Adding the review system is seen as another potential source of delays.

“The important thing is being really clear on what you are trying to solve,” Dobson said. “There are still options that are there but we have to be really clear that we aren’t opening up any challenges or issues if we go down that path.”

On the need to keep the games to the intended timeframe, Dobson added: “Reducing the length of games has been a focus for us and there’s a range of ways we’ve explored and it will remain a focus for the next couple of seasons.

“While batters aren’t taking an exorbitant about of time, it’s about finding little ways to shave time off the game. Everyone will know there’s a limit and we think that will help. It’s not designed to catch batters out and would probably be surprised if it was used, that said it would be a pretty entertaining piece of TV.”

The three innovations brought into the BBL last season – Power Surge, X-Factor and Bash Boost – will be retained. Of the three, the Surge, the last two overs of the powerplay that can be taken by the batting side from the 11th over onwards, was generally viewed as the most successful. Dobson said there had been discussion about implementing some or all in the WBBL but felt they were not needed.

On the BBL itself, CA is continuing to work towards staging the competition as scheduled although as with the WBBL border restrictions loom as a hurdle with states reaching the 80% vaccination target at varying stages. Western Australia’s strict stance to states with Covid cases, which is also threatening the Perth Ashes Test, could be especially problematic for a home-and-away tournament.

“We are optimistic teams will be able to play in front of their home crowds,” Dobson said.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Under-19 World Cup – Captain Yash Dhull and five others test positive for Covid-19 and miss India match against Ireland

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Shaik Rasheed, Aaradhya Yadav, Vasu Vats, Manav Parakh and Siddarth Yadav are the others to have tested positive

An unnamed BCCI official told PTI, “Three Indian players had tested positive yesterday and were already isolated. In the morning before match our captain and vice-captain also tested positive in Rapid Antigen Test which is not conclusive. So they, as precautionary measure, were pulled out. The players included skipper Yash Dhull and his deputy Shaikh Rasheed. We only had 11 available players and six isolated.”

Nishant Sindhu was named captain of the team for the match in the absence of the captain and his deputy.
India, who won their first match, against South Africa, by 45 runs, next play Uganda on Saturday, January 22.

As such, the Indian team has five travelling reserves: Rishit Reddy, Uday Saharan, Ansh Gosai, Amrit Raj Upadhyay and PM Singh Rathore.

The tournament playing conditions state that if a match cannot be held on schedule [or is abandoned on the day of the match] because of Covid-19-related reasons, the event technical committee will try to find a way to reschedule the game, but the rescheduling will only be done “within reason and without unreasonably impacting on the participating teams or on the staging of other matches”.

At the Under-19 World Cup, the bubbles are being managed in such a way that the wellbeing of the young players – both physical and mental – is taken care of. The ICC is taking cognisance of the fact that it is a long tournament, added with the fact that the young players have not been in such situations before. There will also be mental-health professionals available to the teams as it was during the men’s T20 World Cup last year.



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ICC rankings – Travis Head, Kagiso Rabada, Virat Kohli, Keegan Petersen, Rishabh Pant move up in Test tables

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Andy McBrine moves inside top ten for ODI bowlers after starring role in Ireland’s series win over West Indies

Travis Head, who missed the fourth Ashes Test because of Covid-19, hit 101 in the first innings of the final Test in Hobart, and that helped him continue his spectacular rise in the ICC Test rankings for batters, as he got to the joint-fifth spot in the latest update.
Head’s previous best ranking was tenth, which he reached after scoring 152 in the first Test in Brisbane. Marnus Labuschagne remained the top-ranked batter, having scored 44 and 5 in the final Test, followed by Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Steven Smith, with Head and Rohit Sharma tied at fifth. Smith, in fact, lost a position, slipping below Williamson after a duck and a 27 in Hobart.
Somewhat lower down in the tables, Cameron Green is now at joint 66th – up 23 places – among batters after scoring 74 and 23, and at 62nd – up 13 places – among bowlers, after his four wickets in Hobart. Scott Boland, meanwhile, followed up his spectacular debut in Melbourne with seven wickets in Sydney and four in Hobart, to finish the series at 43rd position among bowlers.
For England, there was good news for some of their bowlers after the 4-0 series defeat. Stuart Broad has moved up two places to 12th position after picking up six wickets in the final Test, Ollie Robinson has gone up one place to 24th, and Mark Wood is up seven places to 31st after a match haul of nine wickets.
The Test series between South Africa and India also ended this week, going 2-1 in favour of the home side. Keegan Petersen shot up 68 places to 33rd after match-winning scores of 72 and 82 in Cape Town. He had started the series at No. 158.
Fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi also moved up. Rabada was up two places to third after picking up seven wickets in the final Test, and Ngidi was up six places to 21st after picking up four wickets in the match.
For India, Virat Kohli has moved up two places to seventh after scores of 79 and 29 in his last match as Test captain, while Rishabh Pant‘s century in the second innings lifted him ten places to 14th. Jasprit Bumrah‘s six wickets in the match kept him at No. 10 on the bowlers’ table.
Ireland’s 2-1 ODI series win was one of the highlights of the week gone by, and the star of the show for them was Andy McBrine. He was on song with bat and ball, scoring 34*, 35 and 59, and returning 2 for 52, 4 for 36 and 4 for 28. As a result, the offspinner gained 17 slots in the bowlers’ rankings to get to No. 10.
In the Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe ODI series, which is locked at 1-1 after two games, Sean Williams has moved up eight places to 40th after scores of 100 and 40, and Charith Asalanka has risen 16 places to No. 52 after innings of 71 and 23.



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Babar Azam, Nat Sciver named captains of ICC’s men’s and women’s T20I teams of the year

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Five England players make it to women’s T20I team of the year; three South Africans, two Australians in the men’s list

Pakistan’s Babar Azam and England’s Nat Sciver have been named captains of the ICC T20I teams of 2021 in the men’s and women’s category respectively.
Babar was prolific in the format throughout the year. Apart from finishing as the top scorer in the T20 World Cup, he made 939 runs in 29 matches with one century and nine half-centuries. The men’s list has two more Pakistan players – opener Mohammad Rizwan, who made 326 runs in 29 matches at a strike rate of 134.89 and fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who picked up 23 wickets in 21 matches at an economy of 7.86.
Jos Buttler has been named as the other opener and is the only England player in the XI. There are three names from South Africa – batter Aiden Markram, who scored 570 runs in 18 matches with six half-centuries last year, middle-order batter David Miller, who scored 377 runs at 149.60 strike rate, and left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi, who picked 36 wickets at an economy of 5.72.
Allrounder Mitchell Marsh, the hero of the T20 World Cup final, has been slotted in at No. 5. He made 627 runs in 21 matches in 2021 at an average of 36.88. He also chipped in with eight wickets. Josh Hazlewood, who also played a key role in the campaign, is the only other Australian in the XI.
The other bowling options in the men’s team are Sri Lanka legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Bangladesh quick Mustafizur Rahman. Hasaranga had a breakthrough year in the format, finishing with 36 wickets in 20 matches at 11.63, while also contributing handy runs from the lower middle-order. He is currently the No.1-ranked bowler in the format. Mustafizur, meanwhile, bagged 28 wickets in 20 matches at an average of 17.39.

The experienced Sciver made an impact with her all-round performances, finishing the year with 153 runs and 10 wickets at an average of 20.20. Beaumont and Wyatt enjoyed scoring runs together at the top of the order, with the former amassing 303 runs at an average of 33.66 and the latter making 252 at 31.50. Jones impressed with her power-hitting ability, accumulating a total of 151 runs at a strike-rate of 142.45, while Ecclestone picked up 11 wickets in nine matches, at a superb average of 17.18.

Smriti Mandhana is the other opener and the only Indian on either list. With 255 runs at an average of 31.87, she was her country’s highest scorer in the format in 2021.
Ireland’s Gaby Lewis, who scored 325 runs at an average of 40.62, also made the team. The 20-year-old became the first Ireland women’s player to score a T20I century, with her knock of 105* against Germany in the European qualifiers.
Three experienced South African players also made it to the women’s XI – Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail. Wolvaardt aggregated 161 runs in eight matches at an average of 53.66, Kapp scored 100 runs in six games and picked up eight wickets, while Ismail bagged 11 wickets at an average of 13.00.
Zimbabwe’s Loryn Phiri was also named as one of the bowlers in the XI. The 23-year old offspinner claimed 16 wickets in nine games, including best figures of 5 for 6 against Botswana in Africa qualifiers.



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