Stories in this edition:
• Sri Lankan fined heavily for 'changing the condition of ball’ [PTG 2311-11670].
• Second Papua New Guinean makes ODI debut [PTG 2311-11671].
• Protest action leads to postponement of PCB T20 semis [PTG 2311-11671].
Sri Lankan fined heavily for 'changing the condition of ball’.
Sunday, 26 November 2017.
Sri Lanka all-rounder Dasun Shanaka has been fined three quarters of his match fee and given three disciplinary demerit points after being caught on television for what the International Cricket Council described as "picking up an area on the ball next to the seam several times” during the second Test against India in Nagpur.
The incident took place on Saturday, during the 50th over of India's innings during the second day of the match on Saturday. Umpires Joel Wilson, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong and Chettihody Shamshuddin brought it to the attention of match referee David Boon after the end of that day's play. Boon said via an ICC media release: "These are early days in Dasun's career and I am sure this sanction will ensure he is more careful when maintaining the condition of the ball in the future”.
Shanaka did not contest the charges laid against him by match officials. His demerit points record now stands at three and should he be handed one more within a 24-month period, he will be suspended for one Test or two One Day Internationals or two Twenty20 Internationals, whichever comes first.
Second Papua New Guinean makes ODI debut.
Sunday, 26 November 2017.
Papua New Guineau (PNG) umpire All Kapa made his One Day International in Dubai on Friday in the match between his national side and Scotland, a month after his countryman Lakani Oala debuted in the reverse fixture played in Port Moresby. Kapa, who debut at first class level last month, is to stand in a second such game starting on Wednesday in an Intercontinental Cup (IC) match between the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi. Oala made his first class debut in an IC game between PNG and Namibia in October last year.
Protest action leads to postponement of PCB T20 semis.
Saturday, 25 November 2017.
Both semi-final games in Pakistan’s National T20 Cup in Rawalpindi were postponed on Saturday because of a police crackdown on protesters staging a sit-in at a major city road interchange. With the situation deteriorating with each passing hour, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to put off the two fixtures for at least a day, the teams being confined to their hotels as roads leading to the Rawalpindi stadium had been blocked.
The stadium is situated in a central location in Rawalpindi, Islamabad's twin city, and the impact of the police operation disrupted life in both cities. As many as 8,500 police and paramilitary troops in riot gear were taking part in the operation by encircling the area. Protesters resisted fiercely, resulting in major disruptions, and all roads leading from Islamabad to Lahore and Karachi were closed off.
The National T20 Cup has faced several hindrances this year. Earlier, it had clashed with the World XI's trip. When it was rescheduled, its dates clashed with the Bangladesh Premier League and the now-postponed Global T20 League in South Africa. Even then, long lasting smog in Faisalabad and Multan meant it had to eventually be relocated to Rawalpindi.
The scheduling of the National T20 Cup created uncertainty on other fronts as well. In August, the board revoked the No-Objection Certificates of 13 players participating in the Caribbean Premier League and the English domestic season, asking them to return home and fulfill national and domestic commitments. However, a few days later, PCB chairman Najam Sethi said the National T20 Cup had been postponed and the players could return to their franchise sides and counties after undergoing fitness tests.