Finch to captain Australia for Pakistan T20s in Dubai

In this file photo, Australia’s captain Aaron Finch walks off the pitch after losing his wicket during the third match played between Australia and hosts Zimbabwe as part of a T20 tri-series which includes Pakistan at Harare Sports Club, on July 3, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 05 October 2018

Finch to captain Australia for Pakistan T20s in Dubai

  • Finch was among five debutants selected for the two-Test series before the short series
  • The three fixtures will be held in Dubai on October 24, 26 and 28

SYDNEY: Aaron Finch was Friday named Australia’s skipper for the upcoming T20 series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, with Mitch Marsh and Alex Carey chosen as his vice-captains.
Finch, who captained Australia in the recent T20s in Zimbabwe, was among five debutants selected for the two-Test series before the short series.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with his impact on the Test squad over here in the UAE,” coach Justin Langer said in a statement.
“We know he’s an exceptional player, and he’s arguably the most in-form T20 player in the world at the moment.”
Langer said batsman Chris Lynn and bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile were returning from injury after getting back in form.
“Lynn’s... had an outstanding campaign in the JLT Cup to date and reminded us how explosive and powerful a cricketer he can be,” he added.
Rising stars Adam Zampa and Ben McDermott were also named in the squad after impressing in recent tournaments.
The three fixtures will be held in Dubai on October 24, 26 and 28.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Darcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Mitch Starc, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.


England cricket players donate, take pay cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

Updated 05 April 2020

England cricket players donate, take pay cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the season will not start before May 28
  • ECB’s centrally contracted women players to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June

LONDON: England’s centrally contracted male cricketers will donate £500,000 ($613,000) to the Board and charities while their women’s team counterparts have volunteered a three-month pay cut amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the players’ association (PCA) said.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the season will not start before May 28 and speculation has been mounting over how their leading players would respond to the situation.

“Following a meeting today of all of the England men’s centrally contracted cricketers, the players have agreed to make an initial donation of £0.5 million to the ECB and to selected good causes ...” the Professional Cricketers’ Association said in a statement.

“This contribution is the equivalent of all of the England centrally contracted players taking a 20 percent reduction in their monthly retainers for the next three months.

“The players will continue to discuss with the ECB the challenging situation faced by the game and society as a whole and will consider how best to support the ECB and both the cricketing and wider community going forward.”

The ECB’s centrally contracted women players have volunteered to take a salary reduction for the months of April, May and June in line with their coaches and support staff.

England women’s captain Heather Knight said: “All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate to take a pay cut in line with what our support staff are taking.

“We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can.

“We will be discussing with the ECB further ways we can help the game in the coming weeks,” added Knight, who has signed up with the National Health Service (NHS) as a volunteer.

The ECB has announced a 61 million pounds aid package to help the local game withstand the financial impact of the pandemic.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is currently auctioning the shirt he wore in England’s 2019 World Cup final victory to raise funds for efforts to fight the coronavirus.