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England vs Pakistan: Richard Kettleborough spoken to by ACU officials over smartwatch




The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officials of the International Cricket Council (ICC) have spoken to Richard Kettleborough, who is one of the two on-field umpires currently officiating in the ongoing second Test between England and Pakistan, after he came out to the field wearing a smartwatch.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Kettleborough on Friday was seen wearing the watch during the first session on Day Two of the Test match being played at the Ageas Bowl. After realising his mistake, the umpire though immediately took off his watch and reported the incident to the ACU, which considered the incident a minor violation of the regulations, the report further said.

The ACU officials then spoke to Kettleborough and reminded him of his obligations under the Player and Match Officials Area Regulations (PMOA).

This is not the first time that such an incident has happened in a cricket match. Earlier in 2018, Pakistan’s players were spoken to by officials after taking the field wearing smartwatches during the Lord’s Test.

Players and officials are obliged to hand over their phones (and any other transmitting devices) to anti-corruption officials ahead of the start of play.

At Stumps on Day Two, Pakistan were 223/9 with Mohammad Rizwan and Naseem Khan batting on 60 and 1 respectively.


South Africa have Windies on the mat after Quinton de Kock ton




South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock hit an unbeaten 141 to hand his team a strong first-innings lead on the second day of the first Test against West Indies who, with just six second-innings wickets remaining, are still 143 runs adrift and look set for an innings defeat.

Pace bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje took two wickets each as they reduced West Indies to 82 for four at stumps on second day after de Kock’s 170-ball knock had taken Proteas to 322 in first innings. West Indies had been dismissed for 97 in first innings on the first day.

The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman hammered seven sixes and 12 fours in his knock after half of the Proteas side was back in the pavilion with just 162 on the scoreboard.

The 28-year-old from Johannesburg had walked in after the fall of third wicket. Although none of his fellow batsmen could script a partnership with him, he found company in all-rounder Wiaam Mulder as the two added 53 runs for the sixth wicket.

After Mulder, Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada were dismissed in quick succession, de Kock added 79 for the ninth wicket with Nortje (7 off 29). He farmed the strike and went for the big hits. Aiden Markram, who made 60 on the first day, and Rassie van der Dussen, with 46, were the next highest scorers.

The 79 runs for the ninth wicket came in just over 12 overs.

Jason Holder, with four for 75, was the most successful bowler for the Caribbean side.

Windies were then reduced to 51 for four before Roston Chase (21 off 71) and Jermaine Blackwood (10 off 27) stemmed the rot with an unbeaten 31-run partnership in 12.2 overs.

Brief scores: West Indies 97 all out and 82/4 vs South Africa 322 all out in 96.5 overs (Q de Kock 141 not out, A Markram 60, R van der Dussen 46, J Holder 4/75, J Seales 3/75)

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David Warner and Marcus Stoinis pull out of The Hundred




Australian cricketers David Warner and Marcus Stoinis have pulled out of The Hundred dealing a blow to the tournament organised by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

The Hundred will run from July 21 to August 21 and was expected to attract a number of stars from across the world.

Warner and Stoinis were contracted by Southern Brave franchise for 100,000 and 80,000 pounds respectively.

“It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus, but the realities of Covid mean there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome,” the ECB told ESPNcricinfo through a statement.

“Replacement overseas players will be signed by Southern Brave, and we look forward to the Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer.”

Both Warner and Stoinis are part of the 23-member preliminary Australia squad picked for the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh. It is likely that the duo, along with Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, will skip the national assignments as they look to spend time with their families after having spent a lot of time bio-secure environment over the past few months.

Cricket Australia had already added six more players to the preliminary squad expecting withdrawals.

New Zealand woman cricketer Sophie Devine too has made herself unavailable for it.

Sophie, who was picked by Birmingham Phoenix and was replaced at the franchise by world No. 1 woman T20 batter Shafali Verma, has already taken some time off from international cricket.

She had withdrawn from a couple of T20Is and the ODI series against Australia in April.

The all-rounder will return to the Kiwi squad for the three-match T20I series in England in September.

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West Indies’s Nkrumah Bonner suffers blow to his head, out of first Test




West Indies No. 3 batsman Nkrumah Bonner suffered concussion after a sharp bouncer from South Africa pacer Anrich Nortje hit his helmet leading to Keiran Powell taking field as like-for-like replacement on the first day of the first Test.

Bonner, who top-edged the first ball he faced off Nortje as he attempted a hook but deflected the ball onto his helmet, continued batting on Thursday despite getting hit before he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada for 10.

The 32-year-old right-handed batsman did not appear on the field when the South Africans batted.

“Nkrumah Bonner is currently concussed after receiving a blow to his helmet in the 1st innings — Kieran Powell replaces him in the field #WIvSA,” Windies cricket confirmed on its Twitter handle.

Bonner, who has played four Test matches and scored a century and two half-centuries in his career, will play no further part in the ongoing Test which is a big blow for the host side after it was bowled out for 97 in first innings.

Former West Indies captain Richie Richardson is the match referee for the ongoing Test match.

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