Emirates Cricket Board deny giving approval to proposed 90-Ninety Bash at Sharjah

Waseem Ahmed 29/08/2019
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Chairman of Bukhatir Group Abdul Rahman Bukhatir (c), Salman Iqbal president ARY Digital Network (r), and Imran Chaudhry.

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) have come out to deny claims that it has officially sanctioned or approved the new 90-Ninety Bash tournament proposed to start in Sharjah from 2020.

The new 90-ball format was announced earlier this week by UAE-based Century Events and Sports FZC with the official press release stating that the new tournament will be held under the auspices of the ECB.

However, the ECB has refuted the claims in an official statement released on Thursday.

“It has come to the attention of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that a new tournament is proposed for play in 2020,” the statement read.

“ECB confirms they have not sanctioned nor approved any new tournaments for the 2019/2020 season at this time.”

The latest 90-ball format is the brainchild of Abdul Rahman Bukhatir (chairman of the Bukhatir Group), Salman Iqbal (founder and president of ARY Digital Network and owner of Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings) and Imran Chaudhry (managing director of the Cinergie Group of companies).

“The proposed 90-Ninety format will be shorter than Twenty20, with the aim of making every contest sharp, edgy and action-packed, while retaining the importance of cricket skills at the core of its success,” the tournament’s official press release had stated.

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Chairman of Bukhatir Group Abdul Rahman Bukhatir (c), Salman Iqbal president ARY Digital Network (r), and Imran Chaudhry.

You have T20, T10 and The Hundred. Now get ready for 90-ball cricket.

If you though cricket has already seen its fair share of  innovative formats, UAE-based Century Events and Sports FZC have come up with a brand new one in the form of 90-Ninety Bash which will be held in Sharjah from 2020. The inaugural edition will be held under the auspices of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), according to the tournament’s press release.

The format is the brainchild of Abdul Rahman Bukhatir (chairman of the Bukhatir Group), Salman Iqbal (founder and president of ARY Digital Network and owner of Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings) and Imran Chaudhry (managing director of the Cinergie Group of companies).

According to the tournament’s press release: “The proposed 90-Ninety format will be shorter than Twenty20, with the aim of making every contest sharp, edgy and action-packed, while retaining the importance of cricket skills at the core of its success.”

The release added that even with Pakistan cricket expected to gradually return to its home base, fans in the UAE can look forward to regular dose of high-quality cricket.

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James Anderson steps up Ashes return with extended workout for Lancashire second XI

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Anderson is getting closer to an Ashes return for England.

James Anderson bowled 20 overs for Lancashire’s Second XI on the first day of their friendly at Chester Boughton Hall as he attempted to prove his fitness for the fourth Ashes Test.

The 37-year-old is recovering from a calf injury which cut short his involvement in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston and ruled him out of the next two Tests at Lord’s and Headingley.

Anderson, who returned in a friendly against a Leicestershire side last week, started the match in Chester with a wicketless six-over burst against a Durham Second XI.

England’s all-time leading wicket-taker suffered a calf injury while in County Championship action for Lancashire against Durham at Sedbergh School in June.

His fitness was in doubt for the first Test and he managed just four overs on the first morning at Edgbaston, before leaving the field and being sidelined for the rest of the match.

England were said to be keen for Anderson to prove his fitness ahead of any potential return, with this specially-arranged friendly at Chester probably his last opportunity ahead of the fourth Test at Old Trafford which begins on September 4.

Anderson appeared to come through the first morning of the four-day match unscathed against a strong Durham side, which featured Championship regulars including captain Ned Eckersley, Cameron Steel, Jack Burnham and Chris Rushworth.

There was even more encouragement from his second spell, which began with two overs before lunch and continued for a further seven overs after the interval.

He also claimed the first wicket of the match during those overs, bowling Durham opener Angus Robson for 51.

Anderson had figures of one for 16 from his first 15 overs, which appeared would be the extent of his work for the day but he returned to the attack to take the second new ball.

In all Anderson claimed one for 38 from his 20 overs, as Durham closed on 288 for four, and appeared to show no sign of injury.

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