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Recent Match Report – Zim Women vs Bdesh Wmn 1st ODI 2021/22

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Visitors chased down the paltry total in Bulawayo with more than 39 overs to spare

Bangladesh lost both openers Murshida Khatun and Sharmin Akhter early in the paltry run chase, with Esther Mbofana and Precious Marange managing a wicket each. But that proved to be too little a resistance considering the score to defend, as Fargana Hoque and Rumana Ahmed ensured their side crossed the line without any further damage and with more than 39 overs to spare.

Earlier, only Marange managed to get into double figures for the hosts, as they lost their last five wickets for only eight runs.

Alam, who took 3 for 18, had done the early damage, with all three of her wickets coming inside the first 11 overs, by which time Zimbabwe were already 20 for 4. The other wicket, of opener Modester Mupachikwa, had gone to Salma, who joined hands with Nahida to polish off the middle and the lower orders.

Zimbabwe’s highest partnership came for the sixth wicket, when Loreen Tshuma and Marange added 13 before Nahida got Tshuma for her first wicket.

Nahida eventually finished with 3 for 2 while Salma eventually ended with figures of 3 for 6, as Bangladesh wrapped Zimbabwe up in less than 24 overs.

The second ODI of the series, deemed a preparatory assignment for both teams ahead of the 2022 ODI World Cup global qualifier scheduled for later this month, will be played at the same ground on Saturday.



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County news – Lancashire reveal plans for new permanent second county venue

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Facility near Preston to be training base and reserve venue when Old Trafford is unavailable

Lancashire plan to build a new training facility in Farington, near Preston, which will host men’s and women’s first-team games to address a “pressing” need for a second permanent home ground.

The club revealed their plans in conjunction with Lancashire County Council on Wednesday which, subject to public consultation and planning development, would see a new, year-round facility build in Central Lancashire featuring two full-sized pitches and training facilities including nets, a pavilion, a gym and hospitality space.

Lancashire said in a press release that the facility would become a “centre of excellence” for women’s cricket in the North-West and would host “a number of men’s and women’s competitive matches each year when Emirates Old Trafford is unavailable”, as well as providing a training base.

While Lancashire clarified that they will continue to use their outgrounds at Liverpool, Southport, Blackpool and Sedbergh School, Andy Anson, the club’s chairman, said that the growing number of fixtures and other events – including regular rock concerts – staged at Old Trafford had created a need for another home venue.

“We’re thrilled to be working with Lancashire County Council on this project as we aim to grow the game of cricket in all its forms, from elite right through to recreational club cricket, together across the county,” Anson said.

“With the number of international and domestic matches, as well as other events being held at Emirates Old Trafford, the need for a second ground has become pressing. It’s something that we’ve been working on for a while and the new development will provide fantastic elite facilities for both our men’s and women’s side and can also be used for recreational cricket and the wider community.”

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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The Ashes 2021-22 – Joe Root says ‘Ashes will define my captaincy’

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Captain’s head-to-head with rival Pat Cummins could be major factor as Gabba Test looms

Captain Joe Root says England’s squad can win the big moments to secure an Ashes win in Australia and that he’d be foolish not to understand this series will define him.

Set for a third tour and second as captain – his first was his first overseas tour as skipper – Root will walk onto the Gabba on Wednesday as the world’s top-ranked Test batsmen in rare form.

His 1455 runs in 12 matches at an average of 66 are already the fourth-most by an English batter in a calendar year, while he’s poised to overtake Alastair Cook as the country’s most-capped skipper in Sydney’s fourth Test.

But he’s yet to score a Test hundred in Australia and England, regularly humbled in Australian conditions for the past 30 years, are chasing their first Ashes series win away from home in a decade.

The rise of Pat Cummins to captaincy for Australia adds another element, with the pair’s head-to-head battle looming as a key factor.

“Absolutely it is, you look at how hard it has been for English captains and English teams over the years,” Root, who led a team that lost 4-0 in Australia’s last home Ashes series, said.

“It’s been something that doesn’t happen very often. Of course it will define my captaincy – I’m not naive enough to think that it won’t – but again, what a great opportunity.”

In his favour is the return of allrounder Ben Stokes, who showed form with bat and ball in last week’s warm-up game in an important first step back after a break from cricket since July.

Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad offer vast knowledge of Australian conditions for their pace battery that could include any of Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Ollie Robinson.

Stokes’ penchant for the big moment was on show at Headingley in 2019 while an exciting list of batters are waiting to follow his lead.

“Yeah, it has to be, absolutely it does,” Root said when asked if his side was ready to win the big moments. “You look at some of the players, some of the individuals, some of the performances guys have put in … the senior guys have done it time and time again.

“The junior guys have shown glimpses of what they can do and their potential. What better stage to really grab a series and make an announcement on the international stage. I’m an Ashes player and I want to live in the history of this great rivalry.
“That carrot is there for everyone.”

Root is yet to settle on his side, refusing to bite when asked if he would select an all-out pace attack for a Gabba green-top and leave out spinner Jack Leach.



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The Hundred 2022 – England stars to receive Hundred salary boost for 2022 tournament

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Increase in team purses from £800,000 to £1 million should help attact overseas stars too

England’s leading white-ball cricketers will earn up to £135,000 for their involvement in the Hundred next summer, following a 25% increase in salaries for the competition, ESPNcricinfo can reveal.

Men’s salaries were due to range from £30,000-£125,000 – with a £10,000 bonus for captains – in the inaugural year of the Hundred in 2020 but were cut by 20% following the competition’s postponement.
But according to regulations circulated to Hundred teams this week and seen by ESPNcricinfo, salary bands have reverted to their initial levels for the 2022 edition, meaning teams will have a purse of £1 million rather than last year’s £800,000. As a result, the country’s top limited-overs players including Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan and Liam Livingstone are in line for pay rises.
The ECB will also hope that the increase in earning potential helps to attract leading overseas players for the 2022 season after a raft of internationals including Glenn Maxwell, David Warner and Shaheen Shah Afridi withdrew from the first edition due to international travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Men’s teams will be allow to retain up to 10 players who were contracted for the 2021 season, including those who withdrew due to injury or Covid-related factors like Maxwell, Warner and Shaheen. The window for retentions opened at 9am on Wednesday morning and will run until mid-February, before the draft is held in March.

Changes in England’s central contracts system have not had a major impact on the draft process, despite the removal of public distinctions between players on Test, white-ball and all-format deals. Test players are due to be available for up to three group games before the start of the South Africa series in mid-August and potentially the knockout stages in the first weekend of September.
Four out of the 20 centrally-contracted players – Moeen, Morgan, Roy and Adil Rashid – are considered white-ball specialists, meaning that they will continue to be paid through the draft mechanism, while the remaining 16 will either be retained or reallocated through a central contract draft. Some players, including James Anderson and Stuart Broad, will be given dispensation to miss the competition and be designated ‘non-playing players’.

The order of picks in March’s draft will be the reverse of the final standings for the 2021 season, meaning London Spirit will pick first in the first round and defending champions Southern Brave will pick last. Each team will have one ‘right-to-match’ option available in which they can re-sign a player who was contracted for 2021, so long as they have a free spot at the salary band offered to them by another team.

Australia and New Zealand players are expected to prove popular, with the majority of other major international teams due to play series during the Hundred’s window. New Zealand are due to play three Tests in England in June before white-ball series in Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands in July and early August, while Australia have a window free between a tour of Sri Lanka and three early-season ODIs at home to Zimbabwe.

The wildcard draft will be held in July after the group stages of the T20 Blast, with each team picking one final squad member based on performances in that competition. As ESPNcricinfo revealed on Tuesday, the four-week window for the Hundred is due to start in early August, around two weeks later than in 2021.
Salaries for the women’s competition are also expected to increase after a record-breaking first season, with Tom Harrison, the ECB’s chief executive, promising “some good news” in August. The open-market system for retentions is expected to continue.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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