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Cricket for some, not for all - where does the women's game stand?
As top-level women's cricket resumes this week, what's the state of the game among the major nations after six months of Covid-19 hiatus?

South Africa opens borders but international sport remains locked down
Domestic cricket could resume behind closed doors but the MSL could be in serious doubt

CSA, SASCOC at impasse over forensic report disclosure disagreement
SASCOC will take further action against the cricket board if the full report is not made available to them

AB de Villiers sees his younger self in Josh Philippe
"I watched him play for the Sydney Sixers. He takes the new ball on, he is a very talented player"

CSA distances itself from Independent director Kula-Ameyaw after tweet against Momentum
The Tweet appeared to remind Momentum of the money CSA has invested in it and raised questions about its transformation record

South Africa loses ODI sponsor Momentum
The financial services company will continue to sponsor the women's national team until 2023

Crisis in South Africa: No clarity on task team details after CSA-SASCOC meeting
Government body also wants cricket board to make public the forensic report used to sack Thabang Moroe as CEO

Incumbent Linda Zondi not on shortlist to be South Africa's convener of selectors
Among the new convener's most pressing early task will be to appoint a new men's Test captain

South Africa Olympics body to ICC: Our intervention is not government interference
SASCOC has offered to meet with the ICC to provide assurance of its independence

Explainer - What South Africa's cricket crisis is all about
With the CSA board asked to step aside, South African cricket has hit rock bottom. What went wrong?

SASCOC to appoint task team to investigate CSA imminently
Will be done without input from CSA's Members Council, after a meeting between the two did not go ahead

ICC likely to approach CSA for clarification on crisis, says legal expert Becker
CSA, meanwhile, is seeking legal advice on whether SASCOC had the authority to intervene in the manner it did

South Africa Olympic body instructs CSA board, executive to step aside
CSA, as of Thursday evening, is no longer operational and is under investigation

Neil McKenzie appointed South Africa's high performance batting consultant
CSA has also made fresh appointments for bowling lead, academy lead and U-19 coach

Jonty Rhodes signs up as Sweden's head coach
Back home in South Africa, Rhodes says the administrative chaos is affecting the side's on-field performances

Dillon du Preez to be assistant coach for South Africa women
Appointment of white ex-cricketer comes after CSA announced affirmative action policy for consultants

Faf du Plessis on AB de Villiers' retirement: 'The friend in me trumped the captain in me'
"The last year was tough, because I carried a lot of what was going through the team on my shoulders"

Racism in cricket - Tabraiz Shamsi says South Africa 'stronger' after chats at culture camp
Says he has not personally experienced issues within the team, and distances team from CSA's administrative chaos

Mignon du Preez excited for WBBL return with Melbourne Stars after 'crazy' year
Lucy Cripps and Sophie Day have also signed with the Stars for this season's tournament

ICC sent complaint alleging government interference in South African cricket
The grievance comes from the South African Institute for Race Relations, which seeks to remove quotas entirely

South Africa players demand CSA action before 'the game we love may be irreparably damaged'
Thirty players, including captains de Kock and van Niekerk, are worried this may be the last chance to save SA cricket

CSA will apply affirmative action while hiring consultants
While the directive is not set in stone, it will be used to test whether people of colour are provided with opportunities

Lungi Ngidi: 'Everyone being on the same page puts us in a good position'
Issues of race should not have a divisive effect on the SA team, says fast bowler

AB de Villiers back to keeping in RCB nets; Jonty Rhodes overcomes quarantine 'hurdle'
South African duo happy to be joining their respective sides after a strict five-month lockdown in their country

CSA to consider reparations to players discriminated against in the past
Ntini, Kirsten, Klusener among nine former players who will be ambassadors of the project

Quinton de Kock happy with results of South Africa culture camp
White-ball captain got to interact with fringe players and was greatly impressed by them

Thabang Moroe fired as Cricket South Africa CEO
According to a statement from the board, he was dismissed for "acts of serious misconduct."

Cameron Delport eyes South Africa T20 World Cup spot amid visa uncertainty
When the UK's transition period with European Union ends on December 31, Kolpak registrations will be voided

South Africa's culture camp yields three new pillars: respect, belonging, empathy
The "Protea Fire" brand, cultivated under Graeme Smith in 2010, has been put on pause

Jacques Kallis, Zaheer Abbas and Lisa Sthalekar enter ICC's Hall of Fame
They become the fourth South African, sixth Pakistani and fifth Australian woman respectively to join the elite list

ECB chairman Colin Graves says ICC can 'recut the pot'
Adds a fresh finance model needed to keep all countries 'sustantainable'

Two South Africa men's players test positive for Covid-19
CSA conducted tests on 50 players and support staff members

SACA concerned South African cricket is falling apart
The players' body has warned of administrative 'dysfunctionality that threatens the existence of the game in our country'

Kugandrie Govender appointed acting CEO by Cricket South Africa
Govender is the first woman to take on the role of heading CSA

Leicestershire sign Gareth Delany for T20 Blast after losing services of Janneman Malan
South Africa opener Malan ruled out of county stint by travel restrictions

South Africa Women not to tour England in September 2020
CSA made the decision due to the travel restrictions currently in place for South African national teams

Graeme Smith 'shocked' after threats on supporting Black Lives Matter movement
The former captain also called on the government to assist with the growth of the game in SA

Graeme Smith: DLS method needs to be reviewed
SA's director of cricket feels the rain rule is at least two decades out of date, especially in T20s

CSA appoints Beresford Williams as acting president after Chris Nenzani's resignation
A more permanent appointment is expected at the board's annual general meeting on September 5

CSA's acting CEO Jacques Faul steps down
ESPNcricinfo understands that he chose to leave his post following a heated board meeting

Chris Nenzani steps down as Cricket South Africa president
Decision comes within hours of COO Naasei Appiah being sacked for "transgressions of a serious nature"

South Africa to hold culture camp for 32 players
Workshop announced in the aftermath of the BLM movement, will focus on the team's identity and environment and outline performance goals

Graeme Smith denies Thami Tsolekile's allegations of racial discrimination
"You probably saw nothing in that because maybe you see racism as a norm in this country" - Tsolekile rejoinder to Smith

Shabnim Ismail returns for another season at the Sydney Thunder
The pace bowler will provide experience and cutting edge to the attack

Simon Harmer closes door on England ambitions, but would welcome SA talks
Spinner cites change in Kolpak regulations for ending hopes of qualifying for England

CSA could review aspects of 2015-16 match-fixing investigation following Thami Tsolekile claims
The former wicketkeeper has alleged that there was racial discrimination in the investigation

2015-16 match-fixing: CSA names Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Craig Alexander as whistle-blowers
The board has also denied allegations of racism in the investigation

Kyle Abbott misses 2020 season amid travel difficulties
Hampshire seamer will return as overseas player in 2021

South Africa star Laura Wolvaardt signs for Adelaide Strikers
The 21-year-old impressed at the T20 World Cup earlier this year

Decision on Mzansi Super League 2020 expected by mid-August
CSA to look at status of international travel and sponsor interest and broadcast deal before deciding

FICA report: 76% of men's players surveyed are against four-day Tests
Also: more than half of the 277 players polled want more than 10 teams playing the World Cup

FICA finds players with pay issues from six T20 leagues, including BPL
Others on the list, including the GLT20 Canada, the Abu Dhabi T10 and the Euro T20 Slam, have attracted big-name players

IPL franchises await news on South Africa players' participation
There is a strict travel restriction in the country which has placed doubt on the players making their way to the UAE

Graeme Smith "aware and willing" to bring about change in wake of BLM
CSA's director of cricket commits to creating a more inclusive environment for the cricketers

South Africa's tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka postponed indefinitely
Graeme Smith says South Africa will look to resume playing sometime November onwards

Five South Africans to miss CPL after failing to confirm travel arrangements
Imran Tahir, who had stayed back in Pakistan after the PSL, will take part in the T20 tournament

Explainer: Men's ODI World Cup Super League
With a handful of days left for the ODI World Cup Super League, here's all you need to know about it

Cricket South Africa unveils plans to tackle racism in the sport
"We are determined to pull out all stops to ensure that healing takes place for those who have been wronged"

West Indies want to host South Africa between CPL and IPL, but is there a window?
Cricket South Africa is committed to letting its players go and participate in the IPL

AB de Villiers was in line for T20I return, says Quinton de Kock
South Africa's limited-overs captain says he "would have loved to have AB de Villiers"

Mark Boucher set for contract rejig with 2023 World Cup pushed back
South Africa's coach was hired on a deal that would keep him in place until the originally scheduled end of the tournament

Black Lives Matter - South Africa's cricket elite shows united face in moving Centurion tribute
Players take the knee, wear BLM armbands, sing Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika to make it a memorable day

Apartheid-era South African spinner Ismail 'Baboo' Ebrahim dies at 73
Left-arm spinner picked up 179 wickets in a 48-match first-class career in the 1970s and 80s

Live blog - Cricket returns to South Africa with 3TeamCricket
Live updates as AB de Villiers, Temba Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks' teams fight it out - all in one match

Black Lives Matter: Reeza Hendricks replaces Heinrich Klaasen as captain for 3TC game
Quinton de Kock opts out, replaced as Kites captain by Temba Bavuma

No more player tests, CSA certain of Covid-19-free 3TC
Players to be asked "symptom questions daily", but further testing "would be a waste of limited testing supplies"

Faf du Plessis on racism in South African cricket: 'All lives don't matter until black lives matter'
Pretorius, van der Dussen, Kapp and Nortje also express their support for BLM movement

Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris to miss 3TC carnival in Centurion
Thando Ntini, Gerald Coetzee and Bjorn Fortuin late additions for July 18 bash

Hashim Amla comes out in support of Black Lives Matter and Lungi Ngidi
Posts on Instagram of the "delusions" of those who believe in one race being superior to the other

Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs sign letter backing Lungi Ngidi's #BLM stance
Thirty-one players and five coaches have urged CSA to stand behind the movement

Ashwell Prince on Black Lives Matter: 'South Africa's system broken'
He cites 2005-06 incident in Australia, where South African players were racially abused

SACA says criticism of Lungi Ngidi's Black Lives Matter stance 'unfair'
Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar took issue with the fast bowler's sentiments

Black Lives Matter: South African cricketers mull fresh expression for 3TC game
The 3TC jerseys have already been made sans the logo

Hilton Moreeng reappointed as South Africa women's head coach
On a three-year contract, which includes the 2021 ODI World Cup and the 2022 T20 World Cup

Ngidi says South Africa must take BLM stand like the rest of the world
Fast bowler will bring up the cause when the team gets a chance to regroup

Quinton de Kock will wait for 'serious cricket' before hitting the nets
SA captain hasn't hit a single ball in three months, although he has kept his fitness up

Quinton de Kock, Laura Wolvaardt scoop up major CSA awards
The men's and women's cricketers of the year also got two other awards each

Cricket South Africa's 3TC competition rescheduled to July 18
The experimental format - featuring three teams in one game - will mark the return of cricket to the country in lockdown

CSA gets sports-ministry green light to resume training
The board has identified 44 men's players who will return to training in small groups, nearest to their franchise grounds

Mark Boucher not a 3TC shareholder, says CSA, considers legal action
South Africa's head coach only "involved in conceptualising 3TC", says Jacques Faul

Sports Minister slams CSA over transformation
Nathi Mthethwa wants more people of colour in leadership positions both in the board and in the team

South Africa's wait gets longer with 3TC competition delayed
The event was scheduled for June 27 but CSA awaits approval from the country's department of sport and department of health

Experimental three-team format to kick off South Africa's return to cricket
The one-off event is still pending approval from the country's sport's department

First part of CSA's forensic audit expected by Friday
The fate of the suspended CEO Thabang Moroe could hinge on the findings of the audit

Cricket South Africa terminates Clive Eksteen's contract
He was the former head of sales and sponsor relations

CSA reiterates suspension of CEO after Thabang Moroe tries to return to work
He couldn't enter the CSA office as all staff have been working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic

CSA exceeds transformation targets for 2018-19
The Eminent Persons Group report, however, noted still-prevalent inequalities, especially at school level

South African Cricketers' Association say CSA lacks will to conclude Thabang Moroe case
SACA CEO Breetzke terms the Covid-19 pandemic as a 'convenient excuse for the delay'

Coronavirus newsfile: NZC deputy CEO resigns as workforce is trimmed
A round-up of how the cricket community is reacting to the Covid-19 threat

Counties remain hopeful of two overseas players for 2021
Contractual status of Kolpak players uncertain due to Brexit and impact of Covid-19

South Africa cricketers could resume training next week after government nod
The country has moved to Level 3 of its lockdown, which allows non-contact training and matches to take place

Kagiso Rabada: My wicket celebrations stem from 'passion'
His send-offs have earned him suspensions, however, and he's looking for ways to express himself differently

2020 T20 World Cup prospects fade, as alternatives sought
A board official says hosting it this October would be 'too big a risk'

Is Sourav Ganguly eyeing ICC chairman position?
Graeme Smith backs Ganguly; CSA more cautious but open

CSA braces for just 'half a season' in 2020-21
The board wants to stage the MSL in front of an audience, which could mean the tournament is pushed back

South Africa and India plan for T20Is in end August
Series will happen in South Africa if government regulations on both sides allow it

Cricket's comeback from Covid-19: the state of the game
ESPNcricinfo's correspondents sum up the state of each Full Member nation

South Africa women and A-team tours to West Indies postponed amid pandemic
CSA and CWI still hopeful of arranging South Africa men's tour for later in the year

Vernon Philander's Kolpak deal at Somerset cancelled
Seamer had signed a two-year contract at the county

AB de Villiers: 'Virat Kohli is much deeper than just a cricket player'
In a chat with Pommie Mbangwa, he also weighed in on Kohli vs Smith and Kohli vs Tendulkar

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