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Wayne Parnell loses Cobras contract after decision to go Kolpak

The Cape Cobras have discontinued the contract of South Africa pace bowler Wayne Parnell with immediate effect. Parnell, 29, signed a Kolpak deal with Worcestershire last week, having just been part of the county's Vitality T20 Blast success. That decision effectively brought his international career to an end, and his unavailability for national selection has now prompted the...

Raza, ZC mend contractual differences

Sikandar Raza has been added to the Zimbabwe squads travelling to Bangladesh next month for three ODIs and two Tests.Raza lost his central contract last month, amid a dispute with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC), who claimed that the allrounder had breached the conditions of his previous agreement with the board, and had seemingly missed out on selection for Zimbabwe's...

Pakistan’s spinner-free squad for Australia tour game raises eyebrows

The Pakistan A squad due to face Australia in a four-day game that starts on Saturday will not feature any spinners. Given the series proper will in all likelihood have spinners playing a huge part, it was a squad that raised eyebrows. ESPNcricinfo understands it stems from a desire to deny Australia game time against quality spin ahead...

CSA relaunch T20 league in partnership with state-owned broadcaster SABC

Cricket South Africa's relaunched T20 tournament will be broadcast exclusively on the terrestrial, state-owned broadcaster SABC, and has been named the "T20 Cricket League". CSA and the SABC have announced a joint partnership for the new league, giving the SABC exclusive official broadcast rights for the Sub-Saharan region."This is a landmark moment for cricket in South Africa," CSA...

Colin Graves pulls out of Surrey trophy presentation

Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, was forced to abandon plans to present the County Championship trophy after a tense meeting with the chairmen of the first-class counties.Graves was hoping to present Surrey with the trophy after the meeting at The Oval. Instead Jim Wood, a non-executive director on the ECB board, was charged with making the presentation as...

South Africa’s GLT20 – A timeline of events

Rumbling along for more than 18 months, Cricket South Africa's (CSA) attempt at a global, franchise-based Twenty20 tournament has become one of the costliest and most convoluted issues in the organisation's history. From the original launch, through a player draft for a league that never happened, expensive payouts, boardroom fallouts and reshuffles, legal wrangles and a second attempt,...

Mohammad Amir dropped for two-Test series against Australia

Mohammad Amir will not be part of the side that takes on Australia in two Test matches next month. The 26-year-old, who has missed just one Test since his comeback to international cricket in 2016, appears to have paid the price for his poor ODI form in the recent Asia Cup, resulting in his exclusion from the 17-member...

Rabada, Ngidi will appreciate the competition – Steyn

A reinvigorated Dale Steyn is relishing the challenge of fighting his way back into contention for a spot in South Africa's travelling party for next year's World Cup. First, though, he'll have to nail down his place in their starting XI in a summer of ODIs against Zimbabwe, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka."I'm feeling really good," said Steyn...

Ryan ten Doeschate denies Surrey historic win as Essex squeeze home by one wicket

Essex 477 for 8 dec (Westley 134, Harmer 102*, Vijay 80, Wheater 68*) and 134 for 9 (ten Doeschate 53*, Morkel 4-28) beat Surrey 67 (Porter 4-26, Cook 4-27) and 541 (Roy 128, Pope 114, Stoneman 86, Jacks 53, Coles 5-123) by one wicketScorecardAmid extraordinary scenes at the Kia Oval, Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate's superb 53 not...

ECB resistant to counties’ wish for Blast increase

There could be more conflict in county cricket after it emerged that the ECB executive is resisting calls from the first-class counties to increase the number of T20 Blast games played each season.ESPNcricinfo reported in August that several county chairmen were arguing for an increase in the number of matches from 14 to 16 from the start of...