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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

April 29, 2018 12:00 AM Will oil prices finally give teeth to inflation’s bite?

LONDON: The year 2018 was supposed to be the year inflation bared its teeth, finally emerging after years of unprecedented stimulus in a booming global economy. The Fed is well down the path of normalizing policy, with other central banks about to follow. And right on cue, the prices of oil and other commodities are accelerating sharply. But the latest 13

April 20, 2018 12:00 AM ECB plans new 100-balls-a-side tournament

LONDON: The England and Wales Cricket Board has proposed a 100-balls-a-side format for a new domestic competition that will start in 2020. It had been thought that the eight team men’s and women’s competitions, due to involve city-based sides rather than the traditional 18 first-class counties, would have a standard 20-overs per side format.But English 14

March 22, 2018 12:00 AM ECB to allow replacements for concussed players

LONDON: Teams across all four professional domestic cricket competitions in England will be allowed to replace concussed players during matches, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Wednesday after it approved rule changes for the new season. The incoming player, who will be allowed to bat and bowl, must be deemed a “like for like” replacement 4

March 17, 2018 12:00 AM England spinner Crane out of NZ Tests with back fracture

WELLINGTON: England leg-spinner Mason Crane has been ruled out of the rest of the tour of New Zealand and will miss the two Tests with a stress fracture of his back, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said. The 21-year-old Crane, who made his debut in the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney in January, felt discomfort in his back earlier this week and had two scans 4

February 21, 2018 12:00 AM Bayliss calls for assistant Farbrace to get coaching role

WELLINGTON: England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to consider hiring a specialist coach for their Twenty20 team and nominated his assistant Paul Farbrace for the role. Bayliss, who said last month that he will not lead England beyond his current deal until 2019, reckons a coaching position for the shortest format 12

February 15, 2018 12:00 AM WI to face World XI in Lord’s charity Twenty20 match

LONDON: The West Indies will face a Rest of the World XI in a lone Twenty20 match at Lord’s to raise funds for Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by recent hurricanes. The reigning World Twenty20 champions will face the World XI on May 31 in a match that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.Both James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Dominica’s Windsor 3

February 1, 2018 12:00 AM Ball recalled for T20 tri-series

LONDON: Pacer Jake Ball has been added to England’s squad for the upcoming T20I tri-series against Australia and New Zealand as cover for seamer Liam Plunkett, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday (January 31). Plunkett is still recovering from a hamstring injury that he picked up in the third one-dayer in Sydney and is a doubtful 9

January 19, 2018 12:00 AM Stokes court date clashes with T20 return

LONDON: Ben Stokes’s return to international cricket could be further delayed as he faces having to be in court the day he was due to play a T20 match in New Zealand, police revealed on Thursday. The talismanic 26-year-old has been included in the squad to play a triangular T20 tournament being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in February but according 7

January 12, 2018 12:00 AM French credit growth worries ECB

Frankfurt: Members of the European Central Bank´s governing council are concerned that rising private-sector borrowing in France could threaten financial stability, minutes from a December meeting published Thursday showed. "It was remarked that loan growth in the euro area´s second largest economy had seen rather buoyant expansion," according to the minutes 15