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Mushfiqur Rahim and, Kathryn voted ICC players of the month

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Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and Scotland all-rounder Kathryn Bryce have been voted as players of the month for May, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Monday.

Rahim, who won the ICC men’s player of the month award, played one Test and three ODIs against Sri Lanka in the month of May where he helped Bangladesh win their first ODI series against Sri Lanka by scoring 125 in the second game.

“Even after 15 years at the highest level, Mushfiqur has not lost his appetite for run-making. He was at his imperious best in the one-day series at home against Sri Lanka, a picture of consistency with the highlight being 125 in the second match which helped his side secure a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series,” said VVS Laxman as an ICC Voting Academy representative.

“What made his feat even more notable was that it was Bangladesh’s first-ever ODI series triumph against the 1996 World Cup champions. To shore up the middle-order and don the wicket-keeping gloves speaks volumes of his fitness and skills,” added Laxman.

Woman cricketer Kathryn is the first player from Scotland — male or female — to make it to top 10 of batting or bowling lists in the ICC player rankings released recently.

The right-handed Kathryn played four T20 Internationals against Ireland in which she scored 96 runs and took five wickets with an economy rate of 4.76 in May.

“Kathryn’s all-round game came through in a series that her team lost. She batted with flair and bowled well too and deserved to be the [woman] player of the month for May,” said Ramiz Raja as an ICC Voting Academy representative.

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Was racially stereotyped by South African teammates: Paul Adams

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Former South African spinner Paul Adams has told Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Social Justice and Nation-Building hearings that racial stereotyping was rampant during his playing days and that he was called by several names, including ‘brown s***’ by fellow teammates.

The left-arm spinner, whose ‘frog in a blender’ action became his trademark, took 134 wickets in 45 Tests and announced his retirement in 2008.

Appearing before the Social Justice and Nation-Building hearings, Adams, who was the only player of colour in the playing XI when he made his Test debut, said, “I was called brown s*** when I was playing. It often used to be a song when we won a game and we were in fines’ meetings. They would sing, ‘brown s*** in the ring, tra la la la laa’.

Adams said his girlfriend, whom he married later, once told him to oppose it.

“When you are playing for your country, when you have had that victory, you don’t make sense of it, you brush it off, but it’s blatantly racist. Some people will say unconscious bias and they weren’t aware but this is why we are here — to change that,” Adams told ESPNcricinfo.

Adams said the media in his country too was racially biased.

“When I burst on the scene, I was very different: my action, I was very different from the norm, from how I looked, the music I played and even how I spoke. But one thing stood out for me, which was how some parts of the media described my bowling action.

“It would be described as ‘stealing hubcaps off moving cars’ and I found it derogatory. Was it because I was born in the Cape Flats? Is it always that Cape Coloureds are referred to as gangsters and thieves? It’s a form of racial stereotyping,” he added.

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Temba Bavuma reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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South African captain Temba Bavuma was on Friday reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide, Dublin on July 19.

Bavuma was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match”.

In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Bavuma, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.

The incident occurred in the sixth over of South Africa’s innings, when Bavuma used an audible obscenity on being adjudged caught behind.

“Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing,” the ICC said.

On-field umpires Alan Neill and Mark Hawthorne, third umpire Rolland Black and fourth official Paul Reynolds levelled the charge.

Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned

Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

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India field 5 ODI debutants for first time in over 40 years

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India on Friday fielded five debutants in a One-day International (ODI) for the first time in over 40 years. Sanju Samson, Nitish Rana, Chetan Sakariya, Krishnappa Gowtham and Rahul Chahar got their ODI caps at the R Premadasa Stadium in the inconsequential third ODI against Sri Lanka.

The Indians have already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs and coach Rahul Dravid decided to experiment in the final match.

While wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar have already represented India in the T20 format, batsman Rana, spin-bowling all-rounder Gowtham and left-arm seamer Sakariya are playing for India for the first time in any format.

The last time the Indian team featured these many first-timers was back in December, 1980 against Australia in Melbourne.

Kirti Azad, Sandeep Patil, Roger Binny, Dilip Doshi and Tirumalai Srinivasan were given their ODI caps on December 6, 1980 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Since there was no T20 cricket back then, it was the first time all five had donned India colours in international cricket.

Quite unsurprisingly, Indians lost that match by 66 runs after folding for just 142 in response to 208/9 made by Australia.

Despite the massive loss in that match, India took back a few positives.

Sandeep Patil, who was one of the debutants, earned the man-of-the-match award scoring 64 off 70 deliveries.

All-rounders Azad and Binny as well as Patil were part of the squad that lifted the 1983 World Cup trophy.

Left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi too played plenty of cricket for India, representing the country in 33 Tests and 15 ODIs.

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