Australia to host Pakistan, New Zealand in tests in 2019-20

In this file photo, Pakistan’s batsmen Imam-ul-Haq, right, and Haris Sohail, second right, celebrate after winning the match as England’s Captain Joe Root looks on on the fourth day of the first international Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s cricket ground in London on May 27, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 07 May 2019

Australia to host Pakistan, New Zealand in tests in 2019-20

  • Cricket Australia will open its summer test season on November 21 in Brisbane
  • It will be Australia’s first Boxing Day test against New Zealand since 1987

MELBOURNE: Australia will return to the Gabba to open its test summer in a series against Pakistan that will count for points in the ICC’s Test Championship.
Cricket Australia on Tuesday released its 2019-2020 schedule which features two tests against Pakistan and three against New Zealand, with a day-night match in each series.
Australia will open its summer test season on Nov. 21 in Brisbane, where it is unbeaten in test matches since 1988, then play a day-night test in Adelaide from Nov. 29. The Gabba was left off the schedule in last season’s four-test series against India.
New Zealand plays Australia in the first test day-night test in Perth, beginning Dec. 12, before the traditional Melbourne Cricket Ground test starting Dec. 26 and the New Year’s test in Sydney.
It will be Australia’s first Boxing Day test against New Zealand since 1987 — a 32-year gap — and just the fourth time they’ve played a test at the famous venue.
Cricket Australia said it will honor its commitment to tour India for three one-day internationals in mid-January, which had caused a reshuffle of the home international schedule and pushed back the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series between the trans-Tasman neighbors.
New Zealand, which will wrap up its test series in Sydney beginning Jan. 3, will return to Australia for three ODIs on March 13 and 15 (both in Sydney) and March 20 in Hobart.
The test series will be preceded by Twenty20 internationals between Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan starting Oct. 27 in Adelaide.
The T20 World Cup will be hosted by Australia in October and November of 2020. 


Russian athletics champ blasts own sports authorities

Updated 11 December 2019

Russian athletics champ blasts own sports authorities

  • Lasitskene, a three-time world champion, has in the past been critical of Russia’s athletics federation

MOSCOW: Russian high jump world champion Maria Lasitskene on Tuesday accused her country’s own sports authorities of failing to protect athletes from the deepening doping crisis, in a rare public broadside at top officials.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday handed Russia a new, this time four-year, ban from top global sporting events, including the next summer and winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup, for tampering with laboratory data.

The ruling means Russian athletes cleared to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will do so under a neutral flag. But Lasitskene and some other Russian track and field athletes face additional obstacles to being cleared for competition.

“I’ve already missed one Olympics and one-and-a-half years of international competition,” Lasitskene wrote in an open letter addressed to Russia’s sports authorities.

“And it seems that’s not the end of it. So who ultimately is to blame? Who’s going to give me back what I’ve lost?” she wrote in the letter published on Russian sports media outlet Championat.Com.

Lasitskene, a three-time world champion, has in the past been critical of Russia’s athletics federation, which has been suspended for doping since 2015, and has been one of the few Russian athletes to voice her anger publicly.

World Athletics, the global body governing athletics, last month halted the reinstatement procedures for Russia’s athletics federation after its president and six others were provisionally suspended for serious breaches of anti-doping rules.

As a result of these fresh sanctions, World Athletics also said it was reviewing the process it has used in the past to clear some Russians, including Lasitskene, to compete internationally as neutrals.

“Why have we arrived at a situation when an athlete is supposed to be delighted about getting neutral status?” Lasitskene wrote.

“Was the Sports Ministry and Russian Olympic Committee really happy with the Russian athletics federation’s work?”

The president of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, on Monday dismissed the sanctions against Russia as inappropriate and excessive.