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This week's highlights (Sep 14 - 20, 2015)

International Cricket | September 16, 2015

New Zealand Cricket CEO David White to take stand in Chris Cairns' perjury trial

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White will be called as a witness in Chris Cairns' perjury trial.

He will join Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum in testifying when Cairns' High Court trial for perjury starts on October 5 in London.

A New Zealand Cricket spokesman confirmed to Radio New Zealand White had been called to appear.

Source: Stuff.co.nz

International Cricket | September 15, 2015

Roshan Mahanama to step down at the end of the year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that Roshan Mahanama will step down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year.

Mahanama joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups and the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. He has made the decision to step down six months ahead of the expiry of his contract so that he can spend more time with his family and also focus on the development of his business activities in Sri Lanka.

Source: ICC

International Cricket | September 15, 2015

Australia include two new faces for Bangladesh Tests

With retirements and injuries piling up, Australia have selected two uncapped players into a new-look 15-man squad for two Tests in Bangladesh next month.

Andrew Fekete, a 30-year-old Tasmania fast bowler who has played 18 first-class matches, and 22-year-old West Australia opener Cameron Bancroft were drafted into the squad on Monday, while top-order batsmen Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, allrounder Glenn Maxwell and left-arm spinner Stephen O'Keefe were recalled.

Source: Khaleej Times

International Cricket | September 15, 2015

Former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close dies at age of 84

Former Yorkshire and England captain Brian Close has died at the age of 84.

Close became the youngest player ever to win a Test cap for England when he made his debut against New Zealand in 1949 as an 18-year-old.

Source: Dailymail

International Cricket | September 14, 2015

Players were quite shaken by blow to Morgan - Steven Smith

Australian captain Steven Smith revealed that his teammates were quite shaken after a bouncer from Mitchell Starc struck England captain Eoin Morgan on the helmet in the fifth One-day International at Old Trafford.

After the blow, Morgan was taken off the field by the medical staff and took no further part in the game with James Taylor taking over as captain.

At the post-match presentation, Taylor disclosed that Morgan is suffering from concussion resulting from the blow.

Source: Cricket World

International Cricket | September 14, 2015

Cricket ‘opportunity of lifetime’ for Chatburn pupils

A group of 14 lucky children from Year Six at Chatburn CE Primary School were chosen to provide the on field guard of honour at the one day international cricket match between England and Australia at The Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Source: The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

International Cricket | September 14, 2015

Ganguly insists Test cricket helps players develop real skills

Agartala, Sept. 14 : The one-day or T20 format may be very popular but the real cricket is playing Test matches that actually develop the real skill of a player, according to former Indian cricket captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Joint Secretary Sourav Ganguly.

He was addressing a packed Rabindra Centenary hall in Agartala during the annual prize giving ceremony of Tripura Cricket Association (TCA).

Source: V Cricket