The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor for three-and-a-half years for delay in reporting a corrupt approach with regards to spot fixing. Recently, Taylor released a detailed statement in which he admitted to not immediately reporting a corrupt approach by an Indian businessman in October 2019. Taylor claimed that he was blackmailed after he consumed cocaine during that meeting and delayed reporting the approach fearing for his safety.
The ECB has written to the ICC, requesting them ask them to start the adjudication process for the Old Trafford Test. The fifth and final Test of the series between India and England did not go ahead after visitors decided to not take part in the match after COVID-19 their camp. While the series currently stands 2-1 in India’s favour, a decision is yet to be taken over whether the final Test stands cancelled or will be considered forfeited by India.
On expected lines, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed this year's ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deferment means there will be two back-to-back T20 World Cups in 2021 and 2022 followed by the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023.
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani has pulled out of the race for ICC chief, according to a Mumbai Mirror report. The development means that current BCCI President Sourav Ganguly stands a greater chance of grabbing the post in case he contests the elections.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the International Cricket Council (ICC), stating that their batsmen-friendly rules have been responsible for finishing cricket in the last 10 years.
Ball-tampering has been considered one of cricket’s constant problem giver over the years. There have been mixed views on the issue -- while some consider it a bane on the game, many former great bowlers have admitted to working on the ball in some way or the other in their effort to make the cherry talk.
It's safe to say 2019 has been an exceptional year for cricket. The status of the world’s most beloved summer sport reached new heights this year thanks to some unforgettable events showcasing the game’s excitement and skill.