:Article from: MCC web site.
Journalist: PTG editor.
Published: Wednesday, 24 June 2015.The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the Guardians of the Laws of Cricket, has released a third set of animated videos as part of a long-term program designed to help explain "some of the frequently misunderstood areas of the Laws". The new videos, which bring to fifteen the total released to date are aimed primarily at beginners or casual observers rather than experienced umpires or scorers and have been voiced over in English, Hindi and Urdu, and cover five subjects: 'Bye and Leg Bye'; 'Dead Ball'; 'Fair Catch'; ‘Runners'; and ‘Stumped'.
British humourist Stephen Fry and former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja have again provided the narration for the English and Urdu versions of the new videos, while those in Hindi feature the voice of Bollywood actor and cricket enthusiast Saif Ali Khan. The initial five videos released eighteen months ago covered: ‘LBW’; 'No Balls’; ‘Wides’; 'Boundary catching’; and 'Running out the non-striker’ (PTG 1200-5775, 2 October 2013). The second last August were: 'The wicket is down'; 'Obstructing the field'; 'Batsman out of his ground'; 'Damaging the pitch'; and 'Hit the ball twice’ (PTG 1410-6809, 9 August 2014).
Videos will be updated to the training section of this website over the coming weeks.
:Article from: Fairfax Media.
Journalist: Chris Barrett.
Published: Thursday, 25 June 2015.
Greg Dyer, the president of the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) or player’s union, says it is not only New Zealand players who have had misgivings about featuring in the first day-night Test this summer, with their Australian counterparts also having doubts amid a belief it is being rushed in too hastily. Confirmation of the day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand, likely to be held in Adelaide, is imminent - there are plans for it to be announced next week - but while Cricket Australia (CA) are eager to pioneer the concept and widen the audience of the five-day game, it has come with opposition from players.
The New Zealanders have made the most noise, with 17 of 20 top Black Caps players against playing in a pink-ball Test according to a recent survey by their union (PTG 1573-7561, 22 June 2015), and some Australian players, while less outspoken about their thoughts, are also far from convinced. Veteran opener Chris Rogers, who is colour blind so wouldn't play in the day-night Test even if he wasn't retiring after the Ashes (PTG 1431-6921, 21 September 2014), said in London on Tuesday that there remained uncertainty among Australian players about facing a pink ball at night. There are other players who share the New Zealanders' view about it being a "gimmicky" addition to the game (PTG 1575-7570, 24 June 2015).
Dyer, the most senior players' union official, said while the ACA supported the concept in principle as an avenue to make Test cricket more appealing in countries where it is struggling, there was a concern it was being introduced too soon and without enough trials. "We're very happy to see initiatives around the marketing of the sport and the introduction of larger audiences and trying to develop the game in that way”, Dyer said. "But let's make sure it's all absolutely tried and tested and is going to provide full integrity to Test cricket. We're keen to be convinced”.
Despite claims by ‘Kookaburra', the manufacturer of the pink ball that it is Test-match ready (PTG 1569-7545, 17 June 2015), the ACA continues to have concerns around player safety and how the ball is impacted by the different conditions of playing at night. They want players to become more familiar with the ball and its characteristics before it's used in a Test match.
According to Rogers: "There is a still a little bit of uncertainty [in the Australian camp] I think”. "I don't think a lot of guys have had experience with it. I mean I don't think Michael Clarke has actually played in a pink-ball game so I'd say probably uncertainty is the biggest word. But we all know this is the way of the future so you have to embrace it. That's a given. If it works that would be fantastic so we'll have to see how that pans out. "It's still going to be very difficult I think for people like myself with vision difficulties. I don't think it's ideal but if it's the way of the future then, like I said, you have to embrace it”.
Australian captain Clarke has been a known sceptic of the idea (PTG 1346-6506, 5 May 2014), but while there are doubts the players appear resigned to the fact that they are simply passengers on this particular journey, with CA full steam ahead in their desire to make the day-night Test a reality this summer (PTG 1574-7563, 23 June 2015). They have only been waiting for an official answer from their would-be partner in the project, New Zealand Cricket (PTG 1568-7544, 16 June 2015
Article from: Association of Cricket Officials.
Journalist: Mark Williams (MCC).
Published: Monday, 22 June 2015.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are launching an ‘App' on the Laws of Cricket to coincide with the Lord’s Ashes Test next month. It is intended that its content will include the 'Spirit of Cricket', the Laws of Cricket and Appendices in full, explanations of some of the more complicated Laws, Laws in Action, Laws related articles and in particular, a quiz on the Laws which will involve multiple choice questions, with three or more possible answers.
Initially it is intended that there will be three questions on each Law: one elementary, one intermediate and one advanced. It is also intended that these questions will be changed and updated from time to time. MCC are offering members of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) the chance to submit potential questions on the Laws, together with between three and five possible multiple choice answers. These will be stored in a question bank from which future questions will be drawn.
This is an opportunity for members to have a go at examining the Laws, thinking carefully about them and understanding common misconceptions on the Laws when submitting ‘incorrect’ options for the multiple choice answers. Members should submit their proposed questions to the ACO in the first instance, who will collate, edit and forward to MCC in due course.
Article from: ICC press release.
Journalist: Not stated.
Published: Friday, 19 June 2015.
PTG listing: 7,555.
Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni have been fined fifty and seventy per cent of their match fees respectively after being found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Code of Conduct during the first Bangladesh-India One-Day International of the series in Mirpur on Thursday. The two players were found to have breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during an International Match”.
The incident happened in the 25th over of India’s innings when Dhoni made a physical contact with debutant Mustafizur Rahman while running a single. Following the contact, the left-arm fast bowler left the field and Nasir Hossain bowled the remaining four deliveries to complete the over. Both the players pleaded not guilty to the charge and as such, a hearing was held on Friday morning by match referee Andy Pycroft in which television footage was used. Apart from the match officials, both the players and their managers attended the hearing.
Explaining his decision Pycroft said: “In the hearing, Dhoni defended the charge on the basis that the bowler was on the wrong line and realising that he couldn’t avoid the collision, he used his hand and arm to push him away as he went through to ‘minimise the impact’". “However, my assessment was that Dhoni deliberately pushed and shouldered Mustafizur, which was inappropriate”. "Even if there was a narrow gap between the runner (Suresh Raina) and the bowler, an experienced Dhoni should have tried to avoid the collision as cricket is a non-contact sport and the players are expected to avoid physical contact at all times”. "On this basis, I fined Dhoni three-quarters of his match fee”.
Having initially pleaded not guilty to the offence, upon being faced with the evidence during the hearing and upon questioning, Mustafizur admitted his guilt and accepted the proposed sanction. Pycroft said: “Mustafizur was fined fifty per cent of his match fee after he admitted that that his actions in not getting out of the batsman’s way were inappropriate and he should have done more to avoid the contact"
The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Enamul Haque, as well as third umpire Anisur Rahman and fourth umpire Masudur Rahman. Under ICC regulations all Level Two breaches carry a minimum penalty of a minimum fine of fifty per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two (2) Suspension Points.
The awards night was a great success with our special guest Rob Dunbar and his wife Tracey in attandance. Rob the newly appointed State Umpire Manager and Coach for Queensland Crictet spoke of his past cricketing highlights, umpire appointments, and of interest to all the future for umpires in regional Queensland.
This was only surpassed, by the evenings awards and our own were in the lime light.
Umpire of the Year: Jim Thompson was unable to accept his award personally as at the time he was in Tasmania competing in the Wood chopping events. Jim is a fierce competitor. Good luck Jim.
Doug Pearce Perpetual Shield: John Dighton - a tireless worker for the association.
Greg Hamblin Perpetual Trophy: John Baldwin. - a stella first year on field.
PR Award: Murray Hobbs : This award is a very contested one by all umpires, it is the chosen ones that succeed.
A big thank you to Kiri Turk who took photos for the presentation night and supplied those that appear in the Gallery.
Please note that meetings will continue throughout the off season- keep an eye on your facebook. The Regional Umpires Training weekend will be on the 1st and 2nd of August and we have confirmation that Damien Mealey (Past National Panel Umpire) and one of our past members Ben Farrell (State Panel Umpire) will be in attendance. Umpires from Mackay through to Cairns will be attending and it is well worth your involvement.