League Notes: Fourteen Nations In WSBC Launch New French-Speaking Body
Fourteen national federations of the World Baseball Softball Confederation have created the Francophone Association of Baseball Softball (AFBS) to promote the sport in French-speaking territories. It will be headquartered in Paris. The federations are Belgium, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Estonia, France, Lithuania, Ghana, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Togo and Tunisia (WBSC). ... Centrally contracted Pakistan cricket players "will receive a 25 per cent increase in their monthly retainers and higher match fees." The Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday awarded deals to 31 players. The PCB said that "it had enhanced the monthly fees by 25 per cent at all levels and had also increased test match fees by the same amount" (REUTERS, 6/5). ... The management committee that is presently running the Pakistan Cricket Board on "ad-hoc basis, is expected to be given a four-month extension" by PM Nawaz Sharif. The four-month tenure of the committee will end on Monday, but a "reliable source close to the board" said that the inter provincial coordination "had already prepared and sent a summary to the Prime Minister for approval" (PAKISTAN TODAY, 6/4). ... The German Football League (DFL) "has launched a tender for the design, implementation and operation of a secondary ticketing platform." The contract on offer "covers an initial three-year term, beginning with the '15-16 season" (BERLINER MORGENPOST, 6/3). ... Australian national rugby team captain Stephen Moore "might not believe in booze 'bans,' but no-booze 'agreements' are another matter." The Wallabies "have agreed with team management they will drink alcohol only after their games in the three-Test series against France, on game night only." The Australian Rugby Union "is drawing up a wide-ranging document," entitled Wallaby Tour Guidelines, that "will canvass an array of behavioural, dress and other requirements for touring Test squads." A curfew "is also understood to be on the agenda" (CANBERRA TIMES, 6/5).