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South Africa batter Aiden Markram ruled out of remainder of T20I series against India | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: South Africa batter Aiden Markram was on Wednesday officially ruled out of the remaining two T20Is against India having already missed the first three games after testing positive for Covid-19 before the opening match in Delhi. Markram, who tested positive after the first couple of practice sessions, will not be able to return to the competitive arena post mandatory isolation period. "Proteas batsman, Aiden Markram, has been ruled out of the remainder of the Proteas' tour of India. He spent seven days in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 last week and will not be able to complete his return to play programme in time to take part in the remainder of the T20 series," a Cricket South Africa statement said. Wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, has made a marked impro...
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SA batter Zubayr Hamza suspended by ICC for doping violation

The ICC on Tuesday suspended South African batter Zubayr Hamza from all cricket-related activities for a period of nine months after he admitted to an anti-doping rule violation under the apex body’s anti-doping code. Hamza provided an out-of-competition sample on January 17, 2022 in Paarl, South Africa, in which the prohibited substance Furosemide – which is a specified substance in Section S5 of the 2022 WADA Prohibited List – was found. He admitted the violation and, having established no significant fault or negligence on his part, a nine-month period of ineligibility has been imposed, backdated to 22 March 2022, the date that Hamza accepted a provisional suspension. The effect of this suspension is that Hamza will be eligible to return to cricket on December 22, 2022.In addition, a...
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Charges against South Africa coach Mark Boucher withdrawn | Cricket News – Times of India

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday dropped all charges of gross misconduct, including racism, against national coach Mark Boucher, less than a week before he was to defend himself in a disciplinary hearing. Boucher, a former wicketkeeper batter, was charged with racist behaviour and also faced possible sacking from the coaching post, after he was accused by ex-South Africa teammate Paul Adams for singing a song which had racially derogatory wording in meetings after matches in their playing days. However, CSA said none of the charges were "sustainable" after Adams and former Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe decided not to testify at next week's hearings. The recent ruling in the Graeme Smith arbitration also fortified the conclusion that the charges against Boucher would be dismiss...
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CSA withdraws disciplinary, racism charges against Mark Boucher after Paul Adams declines to testify

Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Tuesday, has dropped all the disciplinary and racism charges against the men’s national team head coach Mark Boucher. The board said that there is no basis to sustain any of the disciplinary charges, including charges of racism against Boucher. Boucher was charged with the role he played in the alleged discrimination of Adams around 20 years ago, revealed at last year’s Social Justice and National Building (SJN) hearings. “The Board of CSA has therefore formally and unreservedly withdrawn all of the charges,” CSA said in an official release. The drama unfolded a day after Paul Adams confirmed that he would not testify in the hearing, which was to have started on Monday and could have led to Boucher’s dismissal. “Mr Adams recently announced that he had with...
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Veteran South African cricketer of Indian origin Hoosain Ayob dies at 81 | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa's Indian origin legendary fast bowler Hoosain Ayob has died following a prolonged illness, never having played for the country due to apartheid. He was 81. Ayob had been internationally recognised as one of the greatest players in the history of the country but wasn't allowed to represent it because of apartheid. He succumbed to a kidney ailment in a hospital on Saturday morning while visiting family in Port Elizabeth. The pacer had overcome many hurdles in his life, both personal and professional, which he documented in his 2020 book ‘Crossing Boundaries'. In the foreword of the book, celebrated cricketer Clive Lloyd wrote: "Hoosain's resilience and persistence in achieving excellence were exceptional." After the United Cricket Board (present day Cricket Sout...
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Sundar Raman owns 12.5 per cent in new SA T20 League; MI, CSK want to ‘know more’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sundar Raman, the all-powerful former COO of IPL, is understood to have acquired a 12.5 per cent stake in a company that will be helping Cricket South Africa re-launch its ambitious franchise-based T20 league. Raman, who was once the right-hand man of former IPL czar Lalit Modi and played a big role in conceptualising the cash-rich league back in 2008, was also N Srinivasan's (Modi's bete noire) trusted lieutenant later on as he was one of the most powerful persons among the paid employees of the BCCI. According to a report in 'Cricbuzz', a document headlined "MSL: Re-imagined" was presented at a special CSA members council meeting on April 25. In it, Raman is listed as holding a 12.5% share in the company unveiled on Friday as the vehicle to drive the establishment of the to...
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CSA announces new franchise-based T20 league

Cricket South Africa on Friday announced a new six-team franchise based T20 league, to be played in January next year. The league is set to comprise six privately owned franchises playing each other in a double round before the top three sides move to the play-off stages. Thirty-three matches will be played over three to four weeks. Like the Indian Premier League, the tournament will allow up to four international players to feature in the playing XIs of each team. NEW EVENT ALERT 🚨 CSA and @SuperSportTV are proud to announce the formation of a dynamic new T20 competition 😁 6️⃣ privately-owned franchises🗓️ January 2023 Read more 🔗 https://t.co/IowJFF49Ye#BePartOfIt pic.twitter.com/LjjrPD4Tp3 — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) April 29, 2022 The date of the auction, fixtures and deta...
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CSA announces new franchise-based T20 league | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa on Friday announced a new six-team franchise based T20 league, to be played in January next year. The league is set to comprise six privately owned franchises playing each other in a double round before the top three sides move to the play-off stages. Thirty-three matches will be played over three to four weeks. Like the Indian Premier League, the tournament will allow up to four international players to feature in the playing XIs of each team. The date of the auction, fixtures and details will be announced at a later date. The first edition of the competition will be played in January 2023, immediately after South Africa's tour to Australia. The first month of the year will then become the window for the league. "We are excited by the formation of som...
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Graeme Smith given clean chit on racism allegations by independent panel

Graeme Smith, former Cricket South Africa (CSA) Director of Cricket has been cleared by two independent arbitrators of racism allegations against him, which emanated from CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) process. Smith and current head coach Mark Boucher were among a number of CSA employees implicated in “tentative findings” made by the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman last year into alleged discrimination within the sport’s national governing organisation in the past. Boucher has been accused of racism by former team mate Paul Adams and of sidelining his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe. He denies both allegations and will face a CSA disciplinary hearing on charges of gross misconduct next month. Former CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith has been cleared ...
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South Africa confirm T20 tour of India | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa have confirmed a five-match Twenty20 International tour of India in June, a warm-up for both sides ahead of the World Cup in Australia in October and November. South Africa will take on their hosts in the tour opener in Delhi on June 9, before further matches in Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot and Bengaluru, ending on June 19. "It is a massive white-ball season for our team, with an ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Australia later this year and the (50-over) World Cup taking place in India next year," Cricket South Africa CEO Pholetsi Moseki said in a statement on Saturday. "It goes without saying that game time is vital for our team as they look to get their combinations right." Tour itinerary:June 9: 1st T20I in Delhi June 12: 2nd T20I in Cuttack June 14: 3rd T20I in Vizag June 17: 4th ...
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SA replaces two Covid infected players in 2nd Test against Bangladesh, first time in international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

GQEBERHA: In a first instance of Covid-19 substitution in international cricket, South Africa's Sarel Erwee and Wiaan Mulder were replaced by Khaya Zondo and Glenton Stuurman in the playing eleven of the second Test against Bangladesh after testing positive for the virus on Monday. Erwee and Mulder were tested on Monday morning, the fourth day of the Test, and returned positive results. "Khaya Zondo will make his Test debut on Day 4 of the 2nd #BetwayTest against Bangladesh after Sarel Erwee and Wiaan Mulder tested positive for Covid-19," a Cricket South Africa tweet said. "The pair replaced with Zondo and Glenton Stuurman." Khaya Zondo will make his Test debut on Day 4 of the 2nd #BetwayTest against Bangladesh after Sarel Erwee and Wiaan… https://t.co/edO8ZhfzIS— Cricket South Africa (...
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South Africa coach Mark Boucher admits off-field issues ‘tough’ | Cricket News – Times of India

GQEBERHA (South Africa): South African cricket head coach Mark Boucher admitted on Monday that the reality of an impending disciplinary hearing had been difficult for him to handle. Boucher faces charges related to racial discrimination which could result in his dismissal by Cricket South Africa. He will attend a hearing chaired by a senior advocate next month. "It's been tough," said Boucher after South Africa completed a 2-0 Test series win against Bangladesh at St George's Park in Gqeberha on Monday. "I've really enjoyed coaching the guys, the cricketing side of things. We've got a really tight unit together and I've enjoyed being around the guys and seeing the development in their cricket. "Outside that, I can't say I've enjoyed it. That's being honest. I don't think anyone in my si...
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South African Test cricketer Zubayr Hamza suspended after positive drugs test | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: South African cricketer Zubayr Hamza has agreed to a voluntary suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance, Cricket South Africa announced on Wednesday. Hamza, 26, has played in six Test matches and one one-day international. According to a CSA statement, Hamza tested positive for the substance Furosemide following an International Cricket Council anti-doping test on January 17. Furosemide is a diuretic, prescribed to treat hypertension and reduce swelling caused by fluid build-up in the body. It is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list because of concerns that it may mask other drugs. "Zubayr is not disputing the positive test, is cooperating fully with the ICC and has agreed to a voluntary suspension commencing immediately whilst written submissi...
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Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal return to Bangladesh squad for South Africa Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

DHAKA: All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal returned as Bangladesh named an 18-man squad on Thursday for their two-match Test series against South Africa in March-April. Shakib skipped Bangladesh's previous Test series against New Zealand and reportedly asked for leave to play in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. But he went unsold in the IPL auction, paving his return to the Test side. Opening batsman and one-day captain Tamim has also returned after missing the home series against Pakistan in November and the New Zealand tour in January due to injury. Mohammad Naim was axed from the Test squad after he failed to impress in New Zealand, where Bangladesh recorded their maiden win over the Kiwis in the country in the first Test at Mount Maunganui. Bangladesh wi...
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South Africa skipper Dean Elgar gives backing to coach Mark Boucher | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: Test captain Dean Elgar says the team will show "support" for embattled coach Mark Boucher, who faces a Cricket South Africa disciplinary hearing on charges of gross misconduct in May. Boucher has been accused of racism by former team mate Paul Adams and of sidelining his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe. He denies both allegations. CSA had wanted the hearings to be held next month following the team's two-test series in New Zealand that starts on Feb. 17, but they have been postponed to the week of May 16 to allow players to testify at the request of Boucher's legal team. South Africa host Bangladesh for a test and One-Day International series from March 18. "Cricket comes first for us, irrespective of what our head coach is going through," Elgar told reporters ahead of the...
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South Africa vs New Zealand: Keegan Petersen to miss Test series due to COVID-19 | Cricket News – Times of India

South Africa batsman Keegan Petersen will miss the two-match Test series in New Zealand after testing positive for COVID-19, South Africa's cricket board (CSA) said on Wednesday. The 28-year-old, who was named player of the series in the 2-1 series win against India at home, will be replaced by Zubayr Hamza, who played his last Test over two years ago. "The number three batsman is well and asymptomatic. Cricket South Africa's (CSA) medical team will keep in close contact with him to ensure his physical and mental well-being," CSA said in a statement. In a move to minimise COVID-19 risk, both matches will take place at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, starting Feb. 17. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(argum...
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South Africa coach Mark Boucher’s racism hearing postponed until May | Cricket News – Times of India

Disciplinary proceedings against South Africa head coach Mark Boucher over charges of racism were postponed on Tuesday until May, after his lawyers requested current Proteas players be allowed to testify in his favour. Former spinner Paul Adams last year alleged he was subjected to racial discrimination and name-calling during his time with the national team, with Boucher later apologising "unreservedly for any offensive conduct, real or perceived". Adams played for South Africa between 1995 and 2004, during which Boucher was wicket-keeper. Advocate Terry Motau, chairing the inquiry set up by Cricket South Africa, said he had decided to postpone the hearing in light of the request from Boucher's legal team for current players to testify. Cricket South Africa had wanted it to be held fro...
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Your commitment has set an example: Graeme Smith thanks BCCI for successful South Africa tour | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts' ability to successfully stage matches amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has "set the example" for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday. “Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket's ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain time has set the example that a lot can ...
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ICC congratulates Marais Erasmus on reaching 100-ODI landmark | Cricket News – Times of India

PAARL (South Africa): The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated Marais Erasmus for officiating in 100 men's One Day Internationals as an on-field umpire. Erasmus, a member of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires, reached the landmark when he took the field in the first ODI between South Africa and India in Paarl on Wednesday. "Marais is a very consistent umpire with a fine temperament. It is no surprise that he has reached this milestone and I am sure he will continue to do well in the coming years,"Adrian Griffith, ICC Senior Manager - Umpires and Referees said as per an official ICC release. "I congratulate him on behalf of everyone at the ICC and wish him all the best for the future. He has served the game well and is a role model for many aspiring umpires the worl...
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Rabada released from South Africa squad on the eve of India ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's lead pacer Kagiso Rabada was on Tuesday released from the team for the three-match One-Day International series against India as part of its workload management. The series starts in Paarl on Wednesday. "Proteas seam bowler, Kagiso Rabada, has been released from the team for the Betway One-Day International (ODI) series against India due to high workloads over a sustained period of time and the need for him to recover prior the outbound Test series against New Zealand next month," Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement. The board said no replacement will be brought in for Rabada as there is an extended squad in place in the Bio-Secure Environment (BSE), but George Linde has been retained from the Test team as an extra spin-bowling option for the series....