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SBD Global/October 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Cricketers Take Aim At Scheduling Of Domestic Cricket, Request 50-Over Makeover

AUSTRALIAN cricketers have taken aim at the scheduling of domestic cricket and what they perceive to be a crackdown on minor violations of the code of conduct, including one incident where a player was fined for swearing in the dressing rooms.

Players met last week in Sydney to express their concerns with the falling standards of cricket in the country and to work out ways to address the issues.

There has been longstanding dissatisfaction with the amount of time devoted to the Big Bash, but those protests fell on deaf ears at Cricket Australia, with the tournament lengthened this year.

The players are also upset that with the World Cup due next year, the Ryobi one-day domestic competition has been cut back from 10 matches a season in 2011-12 to eight in 2012-13 and six this year.

- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/cricket/players-want-50-over-makeover/story-e6frg7rx-1226744077904#sthash.cMBLb8X9.dpuf

AUSTRALIAN cricketers have taken aim at the scheduling of domestic cricket and what they perceive to be a crackdown on minor violations of the code of conduct, including one incident where a player was fined for swearing in the dressing rooms.

Players met last week in Sydney to express their concerns with the falling standards of cricket in the country and to work out ways to address the issues.

There has been longstanding dissatisfaction with the amount of time devoted to the Big Bash, but those protests fell on deaf ears at Cricket Australia, with the tournament lengthened this year.

The players are also upset that with the World Cup due next year, the Ryobi one-day domestic competition has been cut back from 10 matches a season in 2011-12 to eight in 2012-13 and six this year.

- See more at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/cricket/players-want-50-over-makeover/story-e6frg7rx-1226744077904#sthash.cMBLb8X9.dpuf
Australian cricketers have "taken aim at the scheduling of domestic cricket and what they perceive to be a crackdown on minor violations of the code of conduct, including one incident where a player was fined for swearing in the dressing rooms," according to Peter Lalor of THE AUSTRALIAN. Players met last week in Sydney to "express their concerns with the falling standards of cricket in the country and to work out ways to address the issues." There has been "longstanding dissatisfaction" with the amount of time devoted to the Big Bash, but those protests "fell on deaf ears at Cricket Australia, with the tournament lengthened this year." The players are also "upset that with the World Cup due next year, the Ryobi one-day domestic competition has been cut back from 10 matches a season" in '11-12 to eight in '12-13 and six this year. Australian Cricketers' Association CEO Paul Marsh said that "he did not want to comment on the player meeting or the State of the Game report that they hope to present to Cricket Australia later this year, but confirmed there was a proposal to break the Ryobi Cup into two periods" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/22).

'STILL THE ONE': In Canberra, David Polkinghorne reported the Cricket World Cup's controlling body said the "50-over format is still the most popular form of the sport worldwide and it is confident fans will flock to the games" in '15 because "it's real." Canberra will host three games of the World Cup at a "revamped Manuka Oval featuring previous winners South Africa and the West Indies as well as Cinderella story Afghanistan." Int'l Cricket Council Cricket World Cup organizing committee CEO John Harnden was "confident of high interest in the tournament, despite the format's woes." Harnden said that playing for the World Cup "gave every game relevance." Harnden: "This is about the World Cup, this is about the prize everyone wants to win and 50-over cricket is still the most popular form of cricket on a global basis" (CANBERRA TIMES, 10/22).
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