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Shane Warne and Symonds mock Labuschagne on air, broadcaster apologises

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Kayo Sports, a streaming arm of Cricket Australia’s broadcast partners Fox Sports, was forced to apologise after commentators and former Australia players Shane Warne and Andrew Symonds made derogatory remarks about batsman Marnus Labuschagne.

Kayo said that Warne and Symonds, who were preparing to commentate on a Big Bash League (BBL) match between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades, were unaware that the stream had gone live.

“Our stream started early and caught some unacceptable comments. On behalf of @kayosports and the commentary team, we unreservedly apologise,” Kayo tweeted.

The conversations started with Warne suggesting that Labuschagne should be handed the ball during India’s second innings on Friday after which Symonds mockingly suggested Labuschagne had ADD, presumed to be attention deficit disorder.

“Give Marnus a bowl,” Warne said. “Do something, that or his ADD,” Symonds then said which drew laughter from Warne who replied: “Jesus, it’s annoying. ‘No!!!’ [imitating Labuschagne batting] Just f***** bat properly.”

Symonds then said: “You’ll have to give him the hogpile, mate, if you keep that s*** up, we’re gonna squash your guts out of your a***.”

Warne had during the first Test in December been criticised for referring to India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara by the nickname ‘Steve’ that was used for the latter by teammates at Yorkshire during Pujara’s stint with the team in County cricket. Former Yorkshire players and employees led by former captain Azeem Rafiq had said, while filing a legal complaint against the team for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of race, that the nickname was used for every person of colour.

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Mushfiqur Rahim suffers hairline fracture ahead of Zimbabwe tour

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Bangladesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has sustained a hairline fracture on his left index finger, which could affect his prospects of touring Zimbabwe in July.

Bangladesh are scheduled to play a one-off Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in Zimbabwe, but there is some uncertainty over the tour as the country has halted all sporting activity because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Rahim, who plays for Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League T20 tournament, sustained the fracture during his team’s match against Gazi Group Cricketers on Monday.

“We did a CT scan on Mushfiq’s hand, which has come up with a hairline fracture on his left index finger,” Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) chief physician, Debashish Chowdhury, told ESPNcricinfo.

“We have asked him to take a break of one week, but we are hopeful that the recovery won’t take too long, since it is a hairline fracture. We will review the injury after one week, and then we can determine what to do next,” he added.

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PCB, batting coach Younis Khan part ways ahead of crucial series

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and national men’s team batting coach Younis Khan on Tuesday “mutually” parted ways, seven months after the former batsman had accepted a two-year contract.

Younis was appointed in November 2020 until the 2022 ICC men’s T20 World Cup.

The development means that the 43-year-old former Pakistan captain will not travel with the squad for the England and West Indies series.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Tuesday, “It is sad to lose an expert of the stature and experience of Younis Khan. Following a series of discussions, we both have reluctantly but mutually and amicably agreed that it was time to move in different directions.

“I want to thank Younis Khan for his contributions during his short stint as the Pakistan men’s national cricket team’s batting coach and hope he will remain available to assist the PCB by sharing his vast knowledge with the emerging cricketers.”

The Pakistan men’s squad will travel to England without a batting coach, while the decision to appoint Younis Khan’s replacement for the West Indies tour will be made in “due course”.

The team will be in England from June 25 till July 20 for three ODIs and three T20Is, while the West Indies tour will be from July 21 till August 24 where the teams will play five T20Is and two Tests.

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WTC final: Fifth day’s play starts after rain delay

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The fifth day’s play of the World Test Championship final here at the Hampshire Bowl started after an hour-long delay due to rain. Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah bowled the first over of the day. It was also the first over in over 40 hours as the entire fourth day’s play was washed out.

Besides the fourth day, the first day was also washed out. The second and the third days were affected by bad light.

New Zealand were 102/2 after the end of Bumrah’s over. Kane Williamson (12) and Ross Taylor (0) were at the crease.

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