South African Lategan wins Dakar fifth stage, Al-Attiyah maintains lead

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Two years have passed since the coronavirus epidemic ravaged our world and disrupted our lives. Professional cricket’s dependence on international tournaments and long game times has had obvious consequences. Tournaments were canceled or disrupted, switched to other locations, positive testing of the players, reduced attendances and restricted travel. Organisers suffered cuts in revenue and bio-bubbles. There have also been mental health problems.

Is cricket able to cope with these impacts? After the initial shock and lockdowns, administrators responded to the COVID-19 challenges — and the varying policies adopted by national governments — with what seems to have been a strategy that “the show must go on.” Some will argue that there was no other option. Failure to play at a professional level would result in a loss of broadcasting revenues, which would threaten the existence of the game at these levels. The England and Wales Cricket Board was certain to follow this strategy. The ECB’s new tournament The Hundred was an early victim of the pandemic. It was due to launch in 2020, but it was delayed until 2021,. The Hundred will continue to be played this year. The ECB’s accounts for the year ending Jan. 31, 2021, reported a loss of $22.6 million (PS16.7 million), compared with a profit of $9.1 million in the previous year. While overall income decreased by 10 percentage, administrative costs increased by 16%. These numbers were affected by the establishment of bio-secure bubbles that allowed international cricket to continue in summer 2020, with visits from Australia, Pakistan, Ireland and the West Indies. These were willing to take part in exchange for reciprocal behavior teams. This was especially true for Pakistan, whose authorities were furious at the late decision of the ECB to withdraw both men and women’s teams scheduled for October last. Australia’s stubborn approach to insisting on the Ashes series be continued may not have been motivated by feelings of reciprocity but more with the desperate need to ensure that broadcasting and spectator revenue streams (estimated to be around (200million million Australian Dollars) were realized. may be grateful for England’s support, its attitude toward Pakistan could have long-lasting negative effects. Ironically, even though other countries have been hitting hard by the pandemic, India’s Board of Control for Cricket has seen its finances improve. The Indian Premier League has been responsible for an increasing percentage of BCCI revenues, at least 70%. This trend will be exacerbated by the addition of two additional franchises in 2022. The IPL was transferred to the UAE by both 2020 as well as 2021. This resulted in a reduction of both revenues and costs. In the year ending March 2021., less people generated more income. This was 21 percent lower than in previous years. However, there were only three venues that were within close proximity to each other, as opposed to at least eight in India. The 63 drop in expenditure led to a substantial increase in funds and an 10% rise in net worth. Additionally, 2020, saw a quarter increase in viewership as this was the only way Indian fans could see the matches. Fans and the BCCI will be hoping that the switch to the UAE for the IPL will not lead to a permanent change. The venues and administrative bodies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah benefitted not only from the IPL but, along with Oman, they hosted the T20 World Cup between mid-October and mid-November last year when it became clear that the original host nation , India, was badly affected by COVID-19. It is not known whether the switch had any adverse effects on the Indian team’s performance, as it was deprived of its fanatical support. This will allow for another tournament winner. It is not yet known if the UAE switch has resulted in an increase in support for cricket in the region. It would be in line with the recently released Strategy for Global Growth by the International Cricket Council, which has as its central goals protect, grow and strengthen. Unfortunately, tournaments in a variety of emerging countries have been canceled and ICC one day international World Cuping events have been disrupted for both women’s and men’s cricket. This is one example of the negative effects that this has on the Thailand women’s team. It was eligible to compete in the World Cup qualifying tournament held in Zimbabwe between Dec. 21, and Dec. 5 2021.. Three places were up for grabs by nine teams to join five that had qualified to compete in the finals in New Zealand, March 2022.. Thailand was topping its group when the tournament was abandoned because of the outbreak of the omicron of COVID-19. The ICC decided that rescheduling was impossible and announced that Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies would progress. This announcement was based on a ranking system that excluded Thailand, which had not been granted ODI status. This meant that Thailand was unable to participate in the ICC Women’s Championship which would have given them nine series and additional funding. This decision raises the question of how Thailand and other countries can attain a level that is appropriate for their playing performances. There has been doubt about the integrity of the ICC’s wish to increase female participation. Although mental health issues in cricket were not well-known until recently, they have been more prominently highlighted as bio-bubbles have had an impact on players and staff. Although the longer-term effects of bio-bubbles are not known, it is likely that they influenced some players’ decision to retire earlier than anticipated. The show continues to be a success and all the major-ticket events have been able to generate their returns. Indian dominance and the rise of short-format cricket are continuing. The sideshows of new cricket and their aspirations have been the hardest hit by cancellation and abandonment, as Thailand and Ireland have shown in recent.
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