England's Michael Vaughan and Jade Dernbach engage in Twitter war over IPL

David Cooper 15/05/2018
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Former England captain Michael Vaughan and ex-international all-rounder Jade Dernbach got into a heated argument on social media over the IPL with Dernbach accusing Vaughan of ‘plugging’ the IPL and that county cricket is not high on his priority list.

The war of words started over a video where Michael Vaughan praised the IPL for giving Under 19 cricketers an opportunity to test themselves against the best in the world. Vaughan had bemoaned earlier as well about the absence of U19 cricketers at higher levels of the game in England.

Dernbach, who played 24 ODIs and 34 T20s for England, accused Vaughan of going overboard with his appreciation of the IPL, insisting English cricket is fair and competitive.

Vaughan had given his views to an online publication in India that attracted some counter views from Dernbach. Things escalated quickly on Twitter with Dernbach finally snapping, saying: “Keep plugging the IPL Michael clearly county cricket and our young players development is not top of your priorities list.”

Vaughan replied: “Passionately care about our system .. Love the fact you are all of a sudden promoting the 4 day game .. wished we had more like you .. I am sure you wouldn’t be interested in an IPL deal at all.”

The entire exchange on Twitter is below.

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Indian pacer Varun Aaron picks up six wickets as Leicestershire win first county match in 19 attempts

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Aaron finished with six wickets against Glamorgan. Image: Leicestershire/Twitter.

India fast bowler Varun Aaron finished with six wickets in the match as Leicestershire secured a dramatic three-run victory over Glamorgan to claim their their first County Championship win in 19 attempts.

Aaron picked up 4-65 in the first innings before finishing with 2-66 in the second to help seal victory.

South African quick Marchant de Lange’s stunning 46-ball 90 had put the visitors on course for victory, but he was caught at long-on going for the winning runs as Ben Raine’s fourth wicket took Leicestershire over the line.

The game looked done and dusted after Glamorgan, needing 251 to win, subsided to 139-8.

But De Lange had other ideas, hitting eight sixes and putting on 56 with Timm van der Gugten for the ninth wicket and then 52 with last man Michael Hogan.

However, he undid all his good work when he hit a full toss from Raine high to long on where Callum Parkinson held the catch on the boundary.

The morning session had seen Leicestershire, who resumed their second innings on 119 for two, struggle from the start, losing four wickets while adding just 23 runs to their score.

Hogan had Colin Ackermann caught at first slip, before producing a superb delivery to the left-handed Mark Cosgrove which straightened from around the wicket to find the edge of the bat.

Ateeq Javid was lbw to a Hogan inswinger before Neil Dexter edged behind driving. Glamorgan’s fielding was playing a huge part in keeping up the pressure on the Leicestershire batsman, with Kiran Carlson outstanding, and when Lewis Hill was bowled off the inside edge as he attempted to force a Van der Gugten delivery through point, it looked as though Glamorgan would be chasing less than 200 to win.

Raine, however, adopted an aggressive approach that paid off as he hit two sixes on his way to 65, before holing out to deep square-leg.

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English counties exploiting players, PCA claims professional stars being paid below minimum wage

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The Professional Cricketers’ Association has claimed a dozen county players are being paid or offered terms below the national minimum wage.

Many of the game’s top stars, including several England internationals, are currently earning highly lucrative sums playing in the Indian Premier League.

But the PCA says it has discovered at least six unnamed counties using unapproved employment contracts in the past 12 months, with nine professional players being paid below the national minimum wage and three others offered similar terms.

The national minimum wage in the United Kingdom stands at £7.83 for anybody over 25, £7.38 for those aged between 21 and 24 and £5.90 for 18 to 20-year-olds.

PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell said: “We need to make sure we protect the players’ rights to a fair contract and it seems to me that some players are being exploited by their counties.

“It is easy for players and in particular those just making their way in the game to feel under pressure to sign deals below minimum wage.

Daryl Mitchell

In frame: Daryl Mitchell

“They can be influenced that if they do not sign then their dream of playing professionally will be over.

“This is an area we are working really hard on to put right and we have achieved some positive results so far.

“However, this should not be an issue within professional cricket and we are fighting to stamp out unapproved contracts within the game.”

The PCA, the players’ representative body for first-class cricketers in this country, says it will work with the England and Wales Cricket Board “to ensure this is not the case in the county game going forward”.

Mitchell added: “The standard contract was negotiated and agreed to ensure certain minimum terms are adhered to including minimum salary levels.

“We are also concerned about the potential impact on insurance provision and other basic employment rights if counties are not using the approved contracts.”

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