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Why can’t the ICC elect a new chairman?

Why can’t the ICC elect a new chairman?

Aug 11, 2020 Nagraj Gollapudi Close News editor, ESPNcricinfo Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo Osman Samiuddin Close Senior editor, ESPNcricinfo Osman spent the first half of his life pretending he discovered reverse swing with a tennis ball half-covered with electrical tape. The second half of his life was spent trying, and failing, to find spiritual fulfillment in the world of Pakistani advertising and marketing. The third half of his life will be devoted to convincing people that he did discover reverse swing. And occasionally writing about cricket. And learning mathematics. Nearly a month-and-a-half after Shashank Manohar stepped down and the ICC said it would have the process to appoint his successor ready, the organisation's website's still has Manohar...
Simon Harmer: Brexit set to end South Africa-born spinner’s England hopes

Simon Harmer: Brexit set to end South Africa-born spinner’s England hopes

Simon Harmer helped Essex win the County Championship in 2017 and 2019Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer feels his hopes of playing for England are over, after changes to the Kolpak rules. The Pretoria-born 31-year-old has played in five Tests for South Africa but had hoped to qualify to play for England through county cricket. South Africans have qualified for England as non-overseas players under the Kolpak ruling since 2004. But Brexit has seen the England & Wales Cricket Board change its guidance. Asked if he believed his England ambitions were over, Harmer replied: “I think so. "With the Kolpak ruling changing, as far as I know with clarity, the Kolpaks will fall away at the end of the year when England leaves the EU and therefore the door closes. “I have explored trying to get on...
Fawad Alam’s Pakistan comeback was ugly but earned after decade of graft | Andy Bull

Fawad Alam’s Pakistan comeback was ugly but earned after decade of graft | Andy Bull

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. Fawad Alam’s innings in the second Test probably wasn’t one of them – unless, that is, you happen to have a particularly black sense of humour. Poor Fawad won the last of his Test caps in November 2009. Ten years, eight months, 17 days and 8,348 first-class runs later he was finally back, walking out to the middle at the Rose Bowl with his team 117 for four, Stuart Broad bowling at one end, Chris Woakes the other. He blocked one ball, left the next, played and missed the third, and then he was dismissed, lbw, by the fourth. The umpire, Richard Kettleborough, gave him not out, so he nearly survived it. Back at the beginning of his Test career, he really would have done, since he made his debut before the decision review system was...