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ICC Annual Awards: Ellyse Perry Wins Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award

The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry as the winner of Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year. The 29-year-old has also been named as ICC Women’s ODI Player of Year.

About Ellyse Perry

The Australian star Ellyse Perry won Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for the 2nd time in three years. She became the first-ever winner of the award in 2017. She has been the standout performer in 2019 across formats, with three hundreds, including one in Ashes Test. She also became 1st player to complete 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in T20I cricket. She currently averages 73.50 from 12 ODIs in 2019, where she has also taken 21 wickets, including a national record 7/22.

2019 Winners

Ellyse Perry (Australia)- Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year

Ellyse Perry (Australia)- ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year

Alyssa Healy (Australia, wicketkeeper-bat) – ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year. She was named as T20I Cricketer of the Year for the second year running.

Chanida Sutthiruang (Thailand) – ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year. She helped her country qualify for their first-ever ICC World Cup.

Indian Players: Indian opener Smriti Mandhana was named in both ODI and T20 teams of this year. Along with Smiriti, Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav were also named in ODI team of the year and all-rounder Deepti Sharma in T20 side.

Australian Meg Lanning was chosen as captain of both ODI and T20 team.

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Sri Lanka becomes first South Asian nation to criminalise match-fixing related offences

Sri Lanka has become first South Asian nation to criminalise several offences related to match-fixing. The move comes after Sri Lankan parliament passed of a bill related to it labelled as “Prevention of Offences Related to Sports”. Sri Lanka’s Sports Ministry worked closely with International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) during the process of drafting bill.

Key Highlights of Bill

The newest legislation covers all sports. As per it if a person is found guilty of committing an offence related to corruption in sports, then he may find himself jailed for a term up to 10 years and will also be required to pay other fines.

The bill criminalises ‘acts of omission’, which includes failure to report corrupt approaches. This means that, Sri Lankan cricketers who are approached by corruptors will now have to report these approaches not only to ICC’s ACU, but also to a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) appointed by Sri Lankan government.

The legislation not only punishes any person related to a sport who is directly involved in fixing, but also those who provide inside information.

The bill also introduces jail term for- curators who prepare surfaces to suit betting operators or match officials who deliberately misapply rules for money, if found guilty.

It is also now illegal for former players and others involved in sports to provide corrupt figures access to current players.

What led to the Legislation?

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been under investigation by International Cricket Council’s ACU since 2017. Former cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya was charged under ICC Code and accordingly handed a two-year ban. Recently, Shakib Al Hasan all-rounder of Bangladesh was also handed a two-year ban, with 1 year being suspended for not reporting a suspected match-fixing offer to ICC’s ACU.

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