Off track: Australian involvement unlikely at Royal Ascot this year

Royal Ascot’s international scout is preparing for a carnival without Australian involvement. Racing’s biggest five-day carnival was preparing for one of its largest Australian assaults before the coronavirus shut down transport between countries. Royal Ascot concedes this year’s carnival is unlikely to feature Australian involvement.Credit:AP TJ Smith favourite Nature Strip headlined the Australian contingent expected […]

‘They’re all hurting’: Langer’s sympathy for old enemy as virus hits England head on

They are bitter rivals with Australia on the ground but Justin Langer says he feels great sympathy for English cricket as it faces the disastrous prospect of having its whole season wiped out by the shutdown of sport. The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced a £61 million ($124m) relief package to "keep the […]

Tom Harrison: ECB pledges £60m amid ‘biggest challenge in its history’

The England and Wales Cricket Board is facing the “biggest challenge in its history”, said chief executive Tom Harrison as he pledged £60m of support to counties and clubs. No cricket will be played in England until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 18 first-class counties will share £40m, with £20m […]

Cult hero saves fanatics from boredom

Cricket Australia would consider themselves very lucky at the moment. The COVID-19 outbreak impacted only a fraction of Australia’s home summer of cricket. Two one-day matches against New Zealand and four Sheffield Shield matches were the only significant casualties of the mass sporting exodus. NRL and AFL are in the midst of a financial catastrophe, […]

ECB preparing coronavirus crisis emergency package but are not considering player pay cuts

The England and Wales Cricket Board is preparing to unveil an emergency financial package to support the game during the costly delay to the season – but pay cuts for centrally contracted players are not being discussed. The postponement of the 2020 campaign is set to place a huge strain on the sport’s fragile finances, […]