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Welcome to Monday’s live cricket blog!

The Sport360 team will have all the updates from the only T20 international between United Arab Emirates and Australia, as well as bringing you the latest news from the cricketing world.

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8:00 pm – Lamichhane set for Big bash League

Sandeep Lamichhane's star continues to rise.

Sandeep Lamichhane’s star continues to rise.

Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane has joined Melbourne Stars for the upcoming edition of Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).

According to reports, the Nepal star will play for the Stars in two separate stints. His first stint will run from December 10 to January 5 following which he will take part in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

For more, click here.

7:00 pm – Sri Lanka pick ambidextrous player

Sri Lanka selected ambidextrous cricketer Kamindu Mendis for the one-off T20 against England on Monday.

The hosts face the Englishmen in the T20 in Colombo on Saturday and are almost certain to field Mendis, who has already played against the opponents in a warm-up match in the ongoing tour.

More on it here.

6:30 pm – Aussies overpower UAE in one-off T20

D'Arcy Short.

D’Arcy Short.

D’Arcy Short scored his fourth T20 International half-century as his unbeaten 68 saw Australia claim a seven-wicket victory against the UAE on Monday.

Chasing 118 in Abu Dhabi, Short hit 68 from 53 deliveries including eight fours as the Australians reached their target in the 16th over.

Full report here.

2:30pm – UAE struggle after batting first in T20 with Australia

The Australian bowling attack spearheaded by Billy Stanlake has been too much to handle for the UAE.

However, having lost three quick wickets the hosts rallied, with Shaiman Anwar hitting a quick-fire 41 to make their innings more respectable.

Follow live here.

Out for a duck: Rohan Mustafa

Out for a duck: Rohan Mustafa

12pm – Players unaffected by “poorly prepared” corruption documentary according to the ECB.

The ECB has issued a statement regarding Al Jazeera’s corruption allegations, dismissing them as “poorly prepared”

The board maintained that the integrity of their players has not been compromised.

Read more here.

Eoin Morgan speaks with coach Trevor Bayliss

Eoin Morgan speaks with coach Trevor Bayliss

10am – Gayle, Ahmed guide Balkh Legends to inaugural APL crown

Teenaged leg-spinner Qais Ahmed and veteran opener Chris Gayle – who hit his fourth consecutive fifty -teamed up to hand Balkh Legends the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League title in Sharjah on Sunday with a four-wicket win.

Ahmed, 18, ripped the heart out of Kabul Zwanan’s batting as he picked up 5-18 from his four overs to restrict them to 132-9.

Read more on Balkh Legends’ win in our match report here.

Gayle scored his fourth straight fifty. Image: APL/Twitter.

Gayle scored his fourth straight fifty. Image: APL/Twitter.

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Out for a duck: Rohan Mustafa

Welcome to the only T20 international between UAE and Australia.

It is the first time the teams have met in an official T20 game with the tourists using the fixture as vital preparation for the three-match T20 series against Pakistan, beginning from Wednesday.

The hosts got off to a terrible start with Rohan Mustafa and Ashfaq Ahmed out inside the first two overs after Mustafa elected to bat first.

The UAE went on to lose wicket as regular intervals as the Aussies took control with Billy Stanlake and Nathan Coulter-Nile taking two wickets each. The UAE finished 117-6 with Shaiman Anwar top-scoring with 41.

The UAE made an instant impact with Amir Hayat removing opener Aaron Finch for one in the second over. Hayat struck again to remove Chris Lynn for 20 as the Australians brought up the 60-run mark in less than 10 overs.

Imran Haider got the UAE’s third wicket with Glenn Maxwell (18) but D’Arcy Short’s unbeaten half-century has put Australia closer to victory. Short finished unbeaten on 68 as Australia won by seven wickets.

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ECB says players are untarnished amid 'poorly prepared' corruption documentary

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Eoin Morgan speaks with coach Trevor Bayliss

The England and Wales cricket Board is adamant a new documentary alleging widespread corruption in the international game does not compromise the integrity of any England players, past or present.

The Al Jazeera network released ‘cricket’s Match Fixers: The Munawar Files’ on Sunday, during which it alleged to have uncovered evidence of 26 planned spot-fixes in 15 international matches – including seven involving England players.

The claims cover Test, one-day international and Twenty20 international matches from the early part of the decade and revolve around the manipulation of so-called ‘session betting’, where wagers are made on how many runs will be scored in a specified number of overs.

Al Jazeera also allege five of the matches involve players from Australia, with three concerning Pakistan, and aired a sequence which it says involves an England international – whose voice is distorted – on a call to an alleged match-fixer in 2011.

The ECB issued a strongly-worded response, in which it was critical of the Al Jazeera files it had been given access to, and said internal analysis had yielded no cause for concern.

“ECB takes its responsibilities on anti-corruption and preserving the integrity of cricket very seriously,” it read.

“Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration it has been properly assessed.

“Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former.”

The general manager of the International cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit, Alex Marshall, confirmed the body was already looking into the claims and appealed for the complete assistance of Al Jazeera, which has passed its files to Interpol.

“The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations,” said Marshall.

“We have made repeated efforts to engage with the broadcaster as it can play such a crucial part in the full and thorough investigation it has called for. However, I must refute the assertion that cricket does not take the issue of corruption seriously, we have more resources than ever before working to rid our sport of corruption.”
cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the organisation “takes a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game, and to suggest anything otherwise is unsubstantiated and incorrect”.

Sutherland added in a statement that CA’s integrity unit “have not identified any issues of corruption by any current or former player,” and that they were working with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit.

Meanwhile, on England’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka Jonny Bairstow is facing a battle to be fit for the start of next month’s Test series.

The wicketkeeper-batsman sustained ligament damage in his ankle while playing football on Friday and has been ruled out of Tuesday’s final one-day international and the subsequent Twenty20.

The ECB has said Bairstow will be “monitored and assessed on a daily basis” as preparations get under way for the first Test in Galle, which begins on November 6.

England have not yet made provision for cover, though Surrey gloveman Ben Foakes would be the obvious choice if Bairstow continues to struggle.

There are also no plans to shelve the popular football warm-up.

“It’s a big part of the way we are as a team,” said all-rounder Moeen Ali.

“It brings a lot of banter into the dressing room and we probably talk about the football more than the cricket sometimes.”

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