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Cricket News Round-up September 14th

Here’s a round-up of some of the current major cricket news stories from the cricket world.

 

Boucher to coach MI Cape Town

Mark Boucher, who announced earlier this week that he would quit his role as South Africa head coach after the World Cup in Australia, has a new job.

He has been announced as head coach of MI Cape Town, one of the franchises in the newly launched SA T20, which will begin its inaugural season in January.

The new franchise are owned by Reliance Industries, which is the same group who owns the Indian T20 league franchise the Mumbai Indians and the UAE side MI Emirates.

There are already indications that Boucher’s new responsibilities could extend to those other franchise as well, an early indication of the symbiosis that can be expected by the Indian T20 franchise owners effectively taking control of the new league.

When he announced he was leaving the South African job, there was surprise in some quarters because it was widely agreed that he had done a good job in difficult circumstances.

In his resignation statement he indicated that he wanted to pursue new opportunities and now it is clear to what he was referring.

As a player, Boucher was one of the most successful wicket keepers in the history of international cricket.

 

Global roles for Jayawardene and Zaheer

It has been a busy few days for the Mumbai Indians.

In addition to the Boucher news, it has also been confirmed that Mahela Jayawardene and Zaheer Khan have been promoted to global roles with the organisation.

Jayawardene was head coach of MI in the 2022 Indian T20 league season, but he has now relinquished that role and taken up the position as the franchise’s global head of performance.

His job is going to be to oversee the coaching and scouting at all three teams the franchise currently owns, and he would also be involved with overall strategic planning and the creation of an over-arching high performance system and culture.

Meanwhile, Khan has been tasked with the responsibility for player development, building on existing talent identification and grooming processes.

 

Pakistan cricket shaken by more corruption allegations

Pakistan cricket has been rocked by more corruption allegations with the news that left-arm spinner has been suspended by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) for failing to report a corrupt approach.

That means that he is currently banned from all cricket activities until their Anti-Corruption Unit conducts a thorough investigation into the allegations against him.

Although Afridi has never played international cricket, he has had a decent domestic career. Part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa side, he has appeared in 35 First Class, 42 List A, and 65 T20 matches, and has 118 wickets to his name in first class cricket.

This is by no means the first time that Pakistan cricketers have found themselves embroiled in corruption allegations. Arguably, the most famous case was when three members of the Pakistan team were convicted of taking bribes from a bookmaker during a test against England at Lord’s in 2010.

Not only were the three banned from the sport for years, but they were also given prison sentences by the British courts.

 

Injuries force Australia to make changes ahead of India tour

Injuries have forced Australia to make changes for their squad ahead of their short tour of India.

They are expected to arrive in India later this week and the two teams will play three T20Is as part of the warm-up schedule ahead of next month’s World Cup.

The first match will be played next week in Mohali.

Opening bat David Warner had already been rested for the tour, but it has now been confirmed that they will have to do without Mitchell Starc, Mitch Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis as well.

Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams, and Sean Abbott have been named as their replacements.

None of the injuries are thought to be serious and all three should still be fit for the World Cup which Australia will begin as the defending champions.

However, given the travelling involved, the three matches against India covering just six days, and in three different cities, it has been decided that caution is the better part of valour at this stage.

 

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