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  • Cricket News Are Zimbabwe cricketers ready to play for free?

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Barred from competing in any ICC event, Zimbabwe’s cricketers are willing to play “for free” to keep the game alive in the country, expressing their desperation to compete in the upcoming World Twenty20 Qualifiers. The ICC had recently banned Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on grounds of government interference.The women’s T20 qualifiers are slated to be held in August while the men’s qualifiers will be held in October.”We will play for free. As long as we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our next assignment is the qualifiers. We will play for free,” a senior squad member told ESPNcricinfo.Neither of the two senior national squads have been paid in the last two months, and the men were not paid match fees during their recent tour of Netherlands and Ireland.The suspension, though, does not bar them from competing in bilateral series and the ICC can even appoint match officials for bilateral series they host.However, without ICC funding, it will be difficult for them to host any series.According to the FTP, Zimbabwe are to host Afghanistan in August and the West Indies in October and November before travelling to India for a three-match T20 series in January 2020.Meanwhile, the interim committee running Zimbabwe Cricket has warned its employees to report for work on Thursday or face “legal and disciplinary” consequences.Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) directive is meant for all employees and primarily it is meant for ZC’s administrative and logistical staff.The captains of the men’s and women’s nationals teams recently wrote to Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry, expressing their interest to be allowed to play cricket again as soon as possible.What was the matter? The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 © and (d).“Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 © and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively,” the ICC said in a statement.As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting. last_img read more

  • UEFA recommendation European federations finish current season

    first_img(REUTERS) – UEFA on Tuesday gave a “strong recommendation” to European football federations to attempt to finish the current season once play is able to resume after the stoppage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The sport has been brought to a standstill by the outbreak with the Euro 2020 competition postponed until next year and both national leagues and continental club competitions on hold.UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has made it clear that it wants its member associations to complete their domestic seasons rather than abandon them. It also hopes to finish the Champions League and Europa League competitions.All 55 member associations took part in a video conference with UEFA officials on Tuesday and while no decisions on future planning are expected until Thursday’s Executive Committee meeting, there was no sign of a switch from the policy to aim to finish the current season.However, there was a softening in tone over eventual cases where league seasons may be cancelled — an outcome UEFA had been quick to oppose.“There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions, but some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed,” UEFA said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTThe governing body had previously said, in response to Belgium’s move to end their championship, that cutting seasons short “should really be the last resort after acknowledging that no calendar alternative would allow to conclude the season.”There has been speculation that UEFA is looking to hold the Champions League and Europa League finals in the last week of August but on Tuesday they said only that a “variety of calendar options were presented covering both national team and club competition matches.”last_img read more

  • Lakers, Clippers have much different priorities leading up to NBA trade deadline

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers are still drawing up a blueprint.For the Clippers, that means reportedly kicking the tires on a trade for New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert in which back-up point guard Darren Collison would head to New York.Shumpert is an athletic 6-foot-6 swingman who would boost the Clippers’ wing defense and provide coverage for the injured J.J. Redick.The problem is, the Knicks reportedly want the Clippers — and anyone else — to also take point guard Raymond Felton.And that could jeopardize any deal.Fate, meanwhile, has never been as unforgiving to the Lakers as it has the last three seasons. But with darkness at full pitch, the flickering light of an impact draft pick and free agent offers hope.Still, the aftereffects of the failed Paul/Howard plan still linger, which is why Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president Jim Buss intently weigh their options ahead of the trade deadline.Their objective is clear: Preserve their upcoming salary cap flexibility, accumulate future assets — preferably first-round draft picks — and if possible, shed enough salary to dip under the luxury cap threshold to avoid paying significant repeater tax penalties. To achieve this, they need to move Pau Gasol and his hefty price tag and flip players like Steve Blake, Jordan Hill or Kaman for draft picks. They took a first step Wednesday night, dealing Blake to Golden State. If they can also deal Hill and Kaman, or move Gasol, they could dip under the threshold.Gasol has been linked to the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats, but financial implications and the Lakers’ reluctance to give Gasol up without getting a high pick in return stand in the way of a deal.The Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were closing ground Wednesday afternoon on a trade for Hill, presumably for a draft pick and/or young player. Phoenix, Dallas and Cleveland are also interested in Hill.If the Lakers can find a home for Gasol and pick up additional picks for Hill or others, it would set them up nicely to add a couple of top prospects from a deep draft class and a premier free agent either this summer or next — although 2015 is looking more realistic.With LeBron James the longest of longshots, Carmelo Anthony lacking the championship pedigree the Lakers seek and every other free agent this summer significantly flawed, it might make more sense to pass on this year’s group in anticipation of the 2015 class, which will include Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook.That might not sit well with Lakers fans thirsty for an immediate championship run. And it will mean Kobe Bryant spending his second-to-last season mentoring a young team rather than competing for another ring.But in the grand scheme of things, it’s the best hope the Lakers have of assembling a championship-worthy team sooner rather than later.There is one way the Lakers can expedite the process, and it involves Love, the former UCLA star.Love’s L.A. roots have linked him to the Lakers almost from the day he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the consensus is he will circle back this way as a free agent in 2015.But that voyage will require incredible patience — and faith — by the Lakers and a willingness by the Timberwolves to let Love walk for nothing.A combination of Lakers impatience and Timberwolves reluctance might pave the way for a trade, a possibility that’s been speculated about over the last few days.If Love tells the Wolves he is leaving in 2015 for the Lakers, perhaps that motivates them to accept an offer of Gasol and the Lakers’ first-round pick for their 25-year-old All-Star.Lest they lose him for no compensation after next season.It’s a tantalizing thought, to be sure.But the Timberwolves believe they are building a talented team around Love — one he will decide to stick with rather than flee for the Lakers — so the chances of them dealing him are slim.For the Lakers, this deadline was never about getting better.Immediately, anyway.It’s all about getting under the tax threshold, accumulating draft picks and setting themselves up for the future. It figures Dwight Howard would be back in town on the eve of the NBA trade deadline. Who better, after all, than the Houston Rockets big man and one-time Lakers building block to provide a poignant reminder how volatile the business of framing the next great championship run can be?And how one team’s misfortune can be another club’s blessing.One minute the Lakers have Chris Paul in their grasp with the intention of pairing him with fellow All-Star Howard, the next they are 18-35 with players like Kendall Marshall and Jodie Meeks playing big minutes.center_img One second the Clippers are a pretty good young team with second-year forward Blake Griffin, the next they have Paul and Griffin alongside an entertaining supporting cast and the respected Doc Rivers calling the shots on the sideline and in the front office.With Paul and Howard, the Lakers are a top-three team in the Western Conference right now. Instead, they are teeing off on the back-nine of their worst season in years, the only redeeming aspect a potential top-five pick in the strongest draft in a decade and enough salary cap space next summer to sign a max free agent.With Paul, Griffin and Rivers, the Clippers have a legitimate chance to reach the Western Conference finals — if not beyond.And the current state of affairs for both teams could not be more pronounced than at the trade deadline. The Clippers are doing touch-ups.last_img read more

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