Australia

2:06 PM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Essex have announced that Peter Siddle‘s contract has been deferred to 2021 on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Siddle, 35, had been due to spend a third season as the club’s overseas player in the County Championship and the Royal London Cup, but following the postponement of the campaign and
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10:33 AM GMT New Zealand cricket, run on an annual revenue of about NZ$60 million a year (approx. US$35 million), confirmed it has not stood down a single employee during the coronavirus pandemic, as Australian cricket’s state association owners and player partners pleaded with CA for more financial information about the governing body’s self-declared cash
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2:04 AM GMT What’s the latest situation at Cricket Australia? The majority of staff, approximately 200, will be stood down next week on 20% of their salary or the equivalent of the Australian government’s JobKeeper payment of A$1500 per fortnight, which was introduced to help companies during the pandemic, until the end of the financial
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6:21 PM GMT Cricket has never faced a crisis quite like this. With much of the world still deep in Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns, administrators are facing an unprecedented situation. At some point in the near future, sport will resume but in what form, when and where exactly, no-one knows. On Thursday, the chief executives of
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10:11 AM GMT Australian cricket’s state association owners have successfully pushed back against a Cricket Australia proposal to cut their annual grants by 45% amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body has entered fresh talks with the states and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) to clarify its finances and assuage fears that it faced the
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12:53 PM GMT Simon Katich, the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, isn’t averse to the possibility of the IPL being held outside India. He also thinks it could suit his side if it were to be held in South Africa or Australia. “Whether it would be in Australia [or elsewhere], that’s an interesting topic
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11:32 AM GMT ESPNcricinfo staff Hampshire have moved to cancel the contract of Nathan Lyon, the Australia offspinner who had signed as an overseas player for the 2020 summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lyon, Australia’s third-highest Test wicket-taker, had been set to feature across a large part of the season – depending on international
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9:27 AM GMT Since time immemorial, April has been wedding season for Australia’s cricketers, after the end of the season and before winter’s chill takes full effect. This year, however, the tally of delayed weddings provides yet another measure of the toll of the COVID19 pandemic, as best-laid plans are put off indefinitely, or at
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