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Pakistan asks ICC to regulate growth of T20 leagues

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(Last Updated On: July 16, 2022)

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Saturday that it has asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to devise a way to regulate the growth of lucrative Twenty20 leagues with rising concerns about its impact on the sport’s calendar.

This comes amid concerns that franchise cricket is likely to dominate the busy international calendar, which also includes ICC events like the World Cups in all formats.

“The growth of franchise cricket is impacting the already-crammed international cricket calendar,” PCB chief executive Faisal Hasnain said in a statement.

“The PCB is concerned about this development and wants the ICC to formulate a strategy on this issue. We have sent a proposal to the ICC, which they have added to their meeting agenda. Two other boards have also conveyed their apprehensions to the ICC on this matter and urged the ICC to create a working group to debate on the expansion of franchise-based T20 leagues.”

The ICC has already accepted the new reality, with chairman Greg Barclay saying last month “there’s not a lot we can do” about T20 leagues dominating the calendar.

The Indian cricket board meanwhile is negotiating an extended 10-week window for its popular IPL after having sold the annual T20 tournament’s 2023-2027 media rights for a staggering $6.2 billion last month.

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Rashid Khan returns home, officially introduced as AWCC’s brand ambassador

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(Last Updated On: May 19, 2024)

Afghanistan’s cricket superstar Rashid Khan  was officially introduced Saturday  as brand ambassador for Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC).

Rashid Khan returned to the country after several years at the official invitation of AWCC.

Aliullah Sarwari, CEO of AWCC, said at a ceremony in Kabul to mark the event that his company strives to ensure all citizens have access to high-quality telecommunications and internet services in the farthest and most remote areas of Afghanistan.

Sarwari added that high-quality telecommunication services, new technology, creating employment and access to the internet for all citizens in the farthest parts of the country are among the most important objectives of this company.

He also stated that the appointment of Rashid Khan as the brand ambassador for AWCC was made from a commercial and spiritual perspective.

Rashid Khan, meanwhile, said it is the first time that he has been chosen as an ambassador and that he will try to serve the people and the country in the same way that he shines on the cricket field.

“I am happy and proud that I have been selected as a brand ambassador of Afghan Wireless for the first time,” said Rashid Khan.

Rashid Khan, the captain of Afghanistan national cricket team, has returned to the country after four years for the T20 games, and he was warmly welcomed by the people.

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T20 World Cup warm-up match schedule released, Afghanistan to face Oman and Scotland

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2024)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed the much-anticipated warm-up match schedule for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024. These preparatory games will take place from Monday, May 27 to Saturday, June 1, across various venues in the USA and the West Indies.

Venues and teams

The 16 warm-up matches will be hosted at the following locations:

  • Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

A total of 17 teams will participate in these matches, including South Africa, which will conduct an intra-squad game on May 29 in Florida. These matches will not carry official T20 international status, allowing teams the flexibility to field all members of their 15-player squads.

 

Schedule highlights

Unlike previous editions, teams now have the option to play up to two warm-up matches based on their arrival time.

Afghanistan will participate in two warm-up game, set for May 29 against Oman and May 31 against Scotland. Meanwhile, Pakistan and England will not engage in any warm-up fixtures as they will be engaging in a bilateral T20I series, which concludes on May 30.

The Afghanistan national cricket team departed Kabul on Thursday for the UAE to begin their T20 World Cup journey, which will be hosted by the U.S.

Afghanistan Cricket Board said some players participating in the IPL will join the team in the UAE.

It added that those whose IPL matches are still ongoing will join their teammates in the West Indies.

T20 World Cup Warm-up fixtures

Monday, May 27

  • Canada vs. Nepal, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Oman vs. Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Namibia vs. Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Tuesday, May 28

  • Sri Lanka vs. Netherlands, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Bangladesh vs. USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Australia vs. Namibia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Wednesday, May 29

  • South Africa intra-squad, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Afghanistan vs. Oman, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

Thursday, May 30

  • Nepal vs. USA, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Scotland vs. Uganda, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Netherlands vs. Canada, Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium, Texas
  • Namibia vs. Papua New Guinea, Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad and Tobago
  • West Indies vs. Australia, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago

 

Friday, May 31

  • Ireland vs. Sri Lanka, Broward County Stadium, Florida
  • Scotland vs. Afghanistan, Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Saturday, June 1
  • Bangladesh vs. India, Venue TBC, USA
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Mawj Sahil-Khurasan Faryab 2-0; Khurasan Faryab-Aino Mina 2-0 in ACL matches

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2024)

Mawj Sahil beat Khurasan Faryab 2-0 in the 53rd match of Afghanistan Champions League (ACL) in Kabul on Thursday.

In the 54th match of the day, Attack Energy team defeated Aino Mina 2-0.

Friday’s matches will see Istiqlal Kabul take on Abu Muslim Farah at 1pm, while Khadim FC play against Sorkh Poshan Khafi at 3:30pm.

The matches are broadcast live on Ariana Television.

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