Two overseas players allowed in County Championship & One-Day Cup from 2021

first_imgTWO overseas players will be allowed in County Championship and One-Day Cup teams during the 2021 season.The change by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) comes following the decision to terminate Kolpak registrations at the end of this year.First-class counties are permitted to field two overseas players in the T20 Blast, but have been restricted to one in other competitions since 2007.The 2020 county season is scheduled to get under way on August 1.Many counties have cancelled deals for overseas players this season because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The ECB’s Performance Cricket Committee (PCC) made the recommendation to double the allowance to the ECB board, which has approved the changes.“There is an important balance to be struck to ensure the need for good foreign players in county cricket and providing opportunity for nine England-qualified players in each county team,” PCC chair Andrew Strauss said.“There are clearly long-established benefits for our domestic players to compete against and learn from the best players from across the world, in addition to providing high-quality domestic cricket for county members and fans to enjoy.“An increase in unqualified cricketers allows first-class counties to maintain that standard while also enabling them to plan and prepare for next summer.” AN END TO KOLPAK CONTRACTSKolpak deals have been used in English cricket since 2004, mainly for players from South Africa.However, they will not be allowed in the county game following Brexit, in line with the deal the United Kingdom secured with the European Union (EU).Kolpak contracts are named after Slovak handball player Marius Kolpak, who won a landmark case at the European Court of Justice in 2003.They allow sportsmen from countries with associate trade agreements with the EU, such as South Africa, Zimbabwe and Caribbean nations, to be afforded the same right to free movement as EU citizens.Kolpak players are not classed as overseas players by the ECB under the terms of their contracts, but they become ineligible to represent their country at international level. (BBC Spprt)last_img read more

Winning start for Bechem and Guan in play-offs

first_imgBechem United and Guan United picked up wins in their opening fixtures in the Division One play-offs for Premier League football on Wednesday.Four teams are involved in the Zone 1 competition with the side that finishes top after three rounds of matches qualifying for the elite division.Guan kicked off their promotion campaign with a 2-1 win against Yassin at the Essipong Stadium to go top of the standing.At the Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast, the clash of the former Premier League campaigners ended in favour of Bechem, who defeated local rivals B.A. United 1-0. The win leaves Bechem in second place behind Guan.All sides will be back in action on Saturday with the top of the table clash between Bechem and Guan coming at the Essipong Stadium.B.A Utd will battle Yassin at the Robert Mensah Stadium. Zone 1 – Match-day-1 – June 19Guan 2-1 Yassin – Essipong StadiumBechem 1-0 B.A Utd – Robert Mensah Stadiumlast_img read more

White celebrates new Year with second spot in Florida

first_img England international Josh White rang in 2013 by finishing runner-up in the 87th New Year Invitational in Florida. The 21 year old from the Chipstead club in Surrey carded a closing 67, equal best of the final round, to finish with a four-round aggregate of 280, four strokes behind the winner, Toni Hakula, who closed with 68. A member of the England squad for 2013, White returned rounds of 70, 73, 70 and 67 to finish two strokes ahead of Michael Miller and David Lee, who shared third spot on 282. Leading final scores: 276 T Hakula 73 65 70 68 280 J White 70 73 70 67 282 M Miller 73 69 70 70 282 D Lee 73 69 69 71 283 L McCoy 69 70 71 73 7 Jan 2013 White celebrates new Year with second spot in Florida last_img read more