South Africa go ahead with T20 league plans

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Cricket South Africa on Saturday decided to go ahead with a new Twenty20 league but did not reveal details about teams or players.

In a statement issued after the board’s annual meeting, CSA said the league will be played from November 9 to December 16. It will include six teams who will play 30 home and away matches followed by one eliminator match and a final, AFP reported.

The statement said details, including venues, would be announced shortly.

According to reports, the league will feature city-based teams which will differ from the six franchises currently playing in South Africa‘s domestic circuit.

The much-publicised eight-team Global T20 league, which was to be played during the same period last year, was cancelled after CSA failed to find a sponsor or a broadcaster.

The GLobal T20 fiasco led to chief executive Haroon Lorgat being fired with CSA forced to pay compensation to 144 local and international players who had been signed. At least four of the eight private owners who joined the league have indicated they may take legal action against the board.

Despite losing an estimated $14 million following the cancellation of the Global T20 league, CSA reported a profit of almost $23 million after a year in which South Africa hosted India and Australia.

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Asia Cup 2018: Where and when to watch matches in the UAE

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The Asia Cup begins in the UAE on September 15 with Hong Kong qualifying for the tournament at the expense of UAE and joining India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the fight for Asian supremacy.

All eyes will be on the India-Pakistan match but there are other equally exciting matches in the tournament which will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Below is the schedule for the tournament. All matches will be shown on OSN Sports CricketHD in the UAE.

ASIA CUP 2018:

Saturday, September 15

15:30 Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Sunday, September 16

15:30 Pakistan v Hong Kong, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Monday, September 17

15:30 Sri Lanka v Afghanistan, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, September 18

15:30 India v Hong Kong, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Wednesday, September 19

15:30 India v Pakistan, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Thursday, September 20

15:30 Bangladesh v Afghanistan, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Friday, September 21

15:30 Super Four, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

15:30 Super Four, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sunday, September 23

15:30 Super Four, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

15:30 Super Four, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, September 25

15:30 Super Four, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Wednesday, September 26 

15:30 Super Four, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Friday, September 28 

15:30 Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Tickets for the tournament start at Dh35 and are on sale on dubai.platinumlist.net and all UAE Exchange outlets.

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Will the ICC grant ODI status for Hong Kong at the Asia Cup in UAE?

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Will history repeat itself: Hong Kong was granted ODI status for the 2004 and 2008 editions

After Hong Kong defeated the UAE to qualify for the Asia Cup, the Associate side will be the only non-ODI nation that will be featuring in the main stage.

Hong Kong lost their ODI status when they finished behind Nepal, Scotland and the UAE in the World Cup Qualifiers in March. The three latter nations along with Netherlands secured ODI status until 2022.

That means when Hong Kong play India and Pakistan in Dubai on September 16 and 18, those matches will be classed as List A games unless the ICC grant them temporary ODI status just like they did in the 2004 and 2008 editions.

With the tournament beginning in Dubai on September 15, the ICC will have to make a decision quickly.

Just hours after Hong Kong beat the UAE by two wickets, there was already support for the sport’s governing body to allow ODI status for the minnows.

Former Australian batsman Dean Jones took to Twitter while Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien also gave his view that the sport’s governing body should give the green light.

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