Texas places Konecranes order

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ICC considers radical plan to curb power of Twenty20 and save Test cricket

first_imgTHE International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to consider a series of radical proposals, designed to stem the talent drain caused by domestic Twenty20 and protect the sport from being cannibalised at all levels.Cricket is at a crossroads and there is a growing acceptance among its administrators that the primacy of internationals – Test cricket in particular – is being diminished by the proliferation of short-form tournaments that, if unchecked, could cause irreversible damage.To that end, the chief executives of the full member national boards will come together at the next ICC meeting in Kolkata in April to debate a discussion paper on the possible future landscape for domestic Twenty20 cricket within the world game, and recommendations that include:• Restricting players under 32 to three domestic T20 leagues per year• Regional T20 windows that leave six months of the year clear for international cricket from 2023 onwards• All leagues to pay 20% of a player’s contract value to their home board as mandatory compensation• Capping the number of overseas players in each domestic T20 league• Standardised conditions that guarantee player welfare and paymentThis push to bring in greater global regulation for Twenty20 is being led by West Indies – the ICC full member most affected by the Twenty20 player exodus over the past decade – and is understood to have had input and support from England and Australia.The global players’ union, FICA, will welcome the elements that provide its members with greater security.India could well be persuaded by some or all of the proposals too, given it does not allow its cricketers to feature in overseas T20 competitions and its Indian Premier League already pays the 20% compensation figure for players it imports; the IPL’s status as the outright market leader, by virtue of its £1.97B broadcast deal, would likely be consolidated.Indeed, the intention is not to diminish the established T20 leagues but to ensure a balance is struck that means both domestic and international cricket can coexist and thrive when the ICC introduces Test and ODI leagues from 2019.It stems from a fear that, unless the governing body brings in tougher rules that guarantee league revenues go back into player development rather than to private owners, the grassroots of the sport could wither.West Indies, for example, estimate that for every junior cricketer who reaches international level, around $1M has been invested. But once they get there, a number (of them) disappear into the domestic leagues – of which five fall during the traditional Caribbean season from October to March.The result has left a trail of bad blood between players and their board and though two World T20 titles have come during this time, the West Indies 50-over men’s team are playing qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup while some of their biggest names compete in the Pakistan Super League.West Indies have been a lone voice of protest but other major nations are beginning to wake up to the challenge as more and more players become globetrotting guns for hire, diluting the competitions and national teams they leave behind.Compensation paid by T20 leagues to a player’s country of origin fluctuates greatly and is not mandatory. Making it so and standardised to 20% a player’s value (paid by the tournament) would ensure money is put directly back into the systems that developed them.By limiting the number of ICC-accredited Twenty20 leagues that cricketers under 32 can play in each year – one at home and two abroad is a suggested formula – it is believed a balance can be struck that sees workloads managed and cricketers less torn between international and domestic careers.Perhaps the toughest proposal to get over the line – and one already seen as unlikely until 2023 – is regional windows for Twenty20 leagues.The idea is for the map to be split up into three zones – Asia, Europe/Americas and Africa/Pacific – and restrict each to two-month blocks in April/May, mid-July/mid-September, December/January respectively.T20 GraphicThis would allow international cricket to breathe during the remaining six months. It would also see the likes of the IPL going up against the Pakistan Super League and the Bangladesh Premier League in the Asian block, for example, and cooperative TV scheduling would be required. (The Guardian)last_img read more

Utah Utes football notebook: Team gets extra motivation

first_img Related The University of Utah football team has been listed as 16 1/2-point underdogs against TCU this week, and perhaps that is a good thing for the Utes.”You can spin that any way you want,” said coach Kyle Whittingham at Monday’s press conference. “They deserve the respect they are getting now. But I’m sure we’ll discuss that as a team.”Defensive back Brandon Burton believes being such big underdogs will be a motivating factor for the Utes this week.”That will be a motivation for the guys, definitely,” he said. “Coach Whitt will probably bring it up in meetings.”Whittingham also reminded everyone that the Utes are still the Mountain West Conference champions.”We’re the defending champ,” he said. “The championship trophy is in this building and somebody’s got to take that away from us.”Later, as the players were running their usual Monday wind sprints after practice, they were reminded of that as a loudspeaker blasted the rap song by Jadakiss. It was called “The Champ is Here.”SPECIAL GAME: The Utes aren’t treating this week’s game against TCU like any other.Besides the rap music during sprints, the scout team players wore purple jerseys instead of the usual yellow ones, complete with the correct numbers of the opposing players.The scout team quarterback was wearing No. 14 like Andy Dalton, a running back was 24 like Joseph Turner, etc. The last time the Utes did that was before last year’s Sugar Bowl game when the scout team wore Crimson-colored jerseys.”Every game is a big game, but this one has more implications as far as sole possession of first place in the conference,” said Whittingham. “Whoever wins has the inside track.”NOT THAT SPECIAL: However, Whittingham didn’t want to talk about the national implications of Saturday’s game, such as whether a win will put the Utes back in the hunt for a BCS bowl berth.”We don’t pay any attention to that,” he said. “It’s out of our control. Whether I cared a great deal about it, or didn’t care at all, would have no bearing.”There is a lot of fanfare attached to the game, but once the ball is in the air, that stuff no longer becomes a factor because we’re so focused on the job at hand.”MORE TEXAS GUYS: Compared to TCU’s 102 players from Texas, Utah’s 12 Texas players don’t seem like much. But Whittingham said he’d like to double that amount over the next couple of years.The Ute coach said his team will continue to recruit Texas hard, and he expects to have 20 to 25 Texas players within two years.It would help if the Utes could schedule some games against Texas teams, but so far the Utes aren’t having much luck besides their annual games with TCU.”We’ve explored scheduling a lot of teams from Texas without a great deal of luck,” Whittingham said.INJURY REPORT: Defensive tackle Kenape Eliapo may be out for the season because of an issue related to his eyes. Backup linebacker Matt Martinez is out for a couple of weeks with a strained quad.Defensive tackle Lei Talamaivao is full strength after sitting out three games with a broken fibula.UTE NOTES: Saturday night’s game (5:30 MST) is already sold out. It will be the first sellout at TCU since 2006 … Despite only getting 67 yards in his first three games, Eddie Wide has moved up to No. 2 in the MWC and No. 34 in the nation in rushing with 89.9 yards per game … David Reed ranks 18th in the nation in receiving yards per game (91.0) and 24th in receptions per game (6.44) … Besides quarterback Jordan Wynn, three other true freshmen have played for the Utes this year — offensive lineman Sam Brenner (nine games), defensive back Victor Spikes (six games) and defensive back Chase Maires (four games) … The Utes rank 13th in the nation in passing defense and 18th in total defense and are tied for 15th in scoring defense at 16.4 points per game … TCU ranks No. 3 in total defense, No. 4 in passing defense, No. 5 in scoring defense and No. 7 in passing defense.e-mail: [email protected] U. hopes to keep clickinglast_img read more