Cricket Current Affairs - 2019

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Former NZ cricket captain Martin Crowe passes away

Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe passed away in Auckland, New Zealand after a long battle with cancer. He was 53 and was suffering from lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

Crowe was widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s best ever batsman and had represented the country from the early 1980s until his retirement in 1996.

About Martin Crowe

  • Born on 22 September 1962 in Auckland, New Zealand. He was the son of a first-class cricketer Dave Crowe.
  • In his cricket career, he had played 77 Test matches, 143 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 247 First-class matches. He was right-handed batsman.
  • Test Career: He had played 77 matches and had scored 5444 runs at an average of 5.36. It comprised of 17 centuries and 18 fifties and his highest score was of 299 runs.
  • ODI Career: He had played 143 matches and scored 4704 runs at an average of 38.55. It comprised of 4 centuries and 34 fifties and highest score was     107* runs.
  • He was captain of New Zealand team from 1990 to 1994 including 16 Test matches.
  • He retired in 1996 due to knee injury. Later he went on to become a television commentator and author.
  • He was named one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985. He was also player of the tournament in the 1992 World Cup after scoring 456 runs in 9 matches.
  • He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in March, 2015
  • His autobiography: “Raw”.

South African spinner Aaron Phangiso suspended over illegal bowling action

International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended South Africa left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso from bowling in Domestic cricket for suspect bowling action.

He was suspended after ICC’s Panel of Human Movement Specialists found that his bowling deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations.

The tests were conducted after he was reported for suspect action in February 2015 by an ICC accredited laboratory at the University of Pretoria’s High-Performance Centre.

So far, Phangiso has played 16 one-day internationals (ODIs) and 9 T20s for South Africa.