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December 6, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes faces hearing despite court acquittal

LONDON: Ben Stokes will on Wednesday head to an internal English cricket hearing into a brawl outside a nightclub last year that cost him his Ashes place with a glowing reference from England coach Trevor Bayliss. Star all-rounder Stokes was acquitted of a criminal charge of affray at a trial in August following the incident in Bristol, southwest England 8

November 30, 2018 12:00 AM Jofra Archer could play for England at World Cup

LONDON: Jofra Archer could be set to play for England in the both the World Cup and the Ashes next year, after the ECB announced a change to its eligibility criteria - from seven years to three - following its board meeting at Lord’s on Wednesday. Archer, 23, was born and raised in Barbados, and represented West Indies at Under-19 level. However, he has been on Sussex’s 7

October 18, 2018 12:00 AM UAE to play Australia in one-off T20

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will take on Australia in a one-off Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi on Monday, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday. The contest, which has been granted official status by the ICC, will serve as a warm-up for the visiting Australians ahead of their three-match T20 series against Pakistan which begins 8

October 14, 2018 12:00 AM Draghi points to asset repricing

NUSA DUA, Indonesia: European Central Bank policy is working as intended and the biggest risks to the policy outlook are a sharp repricing of assets or a sudden rise in interest rates, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Saturday. He said that specific risks include lingering stability issues in the banking sector or a surprising increase in inflation 18

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Ireland to play Test at Lord’s next year

LONDON: England’s historic first Test match against Ireland will be played at Lord’s next July.Ireland made their Test debut against Pakistan at Malahide in May and in 2019 they will head to London for a four-day match against England at the home of cricket from July 24-27. It will be the first ever meeting between the two local rivals in the game’s 5

July 20, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan to tour England ahead of World Cup

LAHORE: Pakistan cricket team will tour England ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 for a Twenty20 International and five One-day Internationals (ODI). The World Cup will be played in England from May 30, 2019. The series, scheduled to be played from May 5 to May 19, will provide Pakistan an opportunity to acclimatise ahead of the World Cup. The English 3

June 30, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes returns to England ODI squad for India series

LONDON: England’s talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named in the squad for the three-match One-day International series with India after missing the 5-0 whitewash of Australia with a hamstring injury. The 27-year-old New Zealand-born star has not played since he suffered the injury in the lead-up to the second Test against Pakistan in June, but is due to play for Durham 5

June 28, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan to continue playing home games in UAE

LAHORE: Pakistan will continue playing its international ‘home’ games in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at reduced costs, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said after reaching an agreement with its Emirati counterpart. Pakistan has been hosting most of its international matches in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah since the 2009 attack on Sri Lankan team. Uncertainty 25

June 19, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes and Woakes to miss rest of Australia ODI series

LONDON: Talismanic England all-rounder Ben Stokes and paceman Chris Woakes will miss the remainder of the One-day International series with Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Monday. Stokes’ hamstring injury — which he suffered in the lead-up to the second Test with Pakistan — the ECB says is progressing well and are hopeful 4

May 22, 2018 12:00 AM ECB’s 100-ball plan ‘blatantly for TV’, says Swann

LONDON: The ECB’s proposed 100-ball format has been cooked up to fit the TV schedules, according to former England spinner Graeme Swann, and not because cricket doesn’t appeal to a younger audience, as chairman Colin Graves has said. “It will be exactly the same as T20 cricket if they get the world’s best players in it,” Swann said on ESPNcricinfo’s 9