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Cricket Australia  cut 40 jobs as part of post-Covid-19 restructure

first_img…Former England batsman Graeme Hick, Australia’s national team batting coach since 2016, is among those to have been made redundantCRICKET Australia has announced a series of measures designed to offset the cost of the coronavirus pandemic, including 40 job cuts.The financial implications of the global crisis are believed to be less severe than first feared. Kevin Roberts, who resigned as the national governing body’s chief executive on Tuesday, had initially suggested that the organisation could run out of money by August. In April, the majority of staff were placed on furlough leave on reduced pay, retaining just a skeleton staff.Even so, however, Cricket Australia is looking to reduce its costs by AUD40m (£22m) by cutting administrative, travel and marketing costs, as well as reducing management pay and bonuses and restructuring plans for some representative and junior national age-group teams.“Throughout Covid-19, the need to work closely with the cricket community and to move quickly as circumstances have changed has never been more important,” said Earl Eddings, Cricket Australia chairman.“With increasing clarity about the impact of Covid-19, we have managed the financial impact on our organisation, our people, our partners and players. There will still be painful decisions for some parts of our organisation, but we have worked hard to carefully develop plans to protect our investment in community cricket and high-performance cricket, while ensuring the game’s financial sustainability.“We recognise that this is a difficult time for Cricket Australia employees, particularly for those staff members affected by these redundancies and their families.However, our responsibility is clear: to navigate a path for cricket through this period of uncertainty and disruption to ensure we come out the other side sustainable in the short term and prosperous in the long term.”Former England batsman Graeme Hick, Australia’s national team batting coach since 2016, is among those to have been made redundant. The number of those departing is thought to be smaller than originally expected – a result of an improved outlook around Covid-19.Eddings did confirm, though, that the country’s major domestic competitions – Sheffield Shield, Marsh Cup, Women’s National Cricket League, Big Bash and Women’s Big Bash – will continue in their current formats.Australia A tours have been paused for the next year, while there will be no Cricket Australia XI fixtures. The Fox Cricket National Premier Cricket T20 and Toyota Second XI competitions have also been shelved for next season.Australia remain hopeful that India will travel for a tour which would include a four-match Test series.On Tuesday, however, Eddings admitted that the prospect of this year’s T20 World Cup going ahead as planned in the country was unlikely.“While it hasn’t been formally called off this year, or postponed, trying to get 16 countries into Australia in the current world, where most countries are still going through Covid-19 spiking, I think it’s unrealistic, or it’s going to be very, very difficult,” he said.Interim chief executive Nick Hockley added: “We are confident that our actions today, along with support of the board, states and territories, fans and partners, are the right steps to ensure we can manage the continued uncertainty while doing all we can to deliver on the domestic and international program.“With cost savings at the tail end of FY20 and a clear FY21 plan, Cricket hopes to be able to avoid further changes post Covid-19.“This is a difficult day for cricket. But by pulling together and with more positive signs for the upcoming summer, the Australian Cricket family can emerge from this pandemic stronger for it.”(The Cricketer)last_img read more

Anderson gets last laugh over WKU’s Kelly

first_imgOne grew up in Port Wing, Wis., and the other in Louisville, Ky. One was the Big Ten’s leading scorer; the other was the Sun Belt’s leading scorer. Both are juniors. Both played in the Kohl Center last night. Neither disappointed.Although Wisconsin’s Jolene Anderson plays guard and Western Kentucky’s Crystal Kelly plays forward, these two squared off in Wednesday night’s WNIT semifinal game. Anderson finished with 26 points, only to be outmatched by Kelly’s game-high 28. But it was Anderson’s Wisconsin squad that came away with the victory, 79-72.After defeating Kelly’s Western Kentucky, head coach Lisa Stone’s Wisconsin team has played the nation’s top two leading scorers, defeating both of them. Kelly sits second in the nation in scoring behind Western Michigan’s Carrie Moore.”I didn’t know that,” Stone said of playing against the nation’s leading scorers. “Both Crystal and Carrie are formidable foes.” “It’s amazing to go up against All-Americans,” Anderson added. “We can learn a lot from great players like that. Our team takes great pride in playing against great players.”Anderson started the game off hitting her first two shots but missed her next six. She didn’t hit a three-point field goal until 15:20 remaining in the second half. Nevertheless, she finished 8-of-21 from the field, 4-of-12 from beyond the arc, and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.Western Kentucky head coach Mary Taylor Cowles had nothing but praise for Wisconsin’s No. 41.”[Anderson’s] phenomenal,” Cowles said. “She can score in a variety of ways. I know she played on the USA basketball team. It shows that she’s put in extra time. She may not be a vocal leader, but she leads by example.”Anderson was not the only one who led by example Wednesday night.Kelly scored at will around the basket all night, and if it weren’t for a few unkind bounces off the iron early in the game, she easily could have topped the 30-point plateau.”Crystal Kelly is the real deal,” Stone said.”[Kelly’s] one of the best post players we’ve faced in this entire year,” Stone added. “She’s very crafty on the blocks, she can step away, and she’s going to be a great pro player some day.”The Louisville native finished 10-of-22 from the field, was 8-of-10 from the line and added four assists and three steals for good measure. Kelly’s numbers were enough to be named to the WNIT’s all-tournament already, but unfortunately for her, the Hilltoppers’ season is over.Still, as Kelly and the rest West Kentucky’s nucleus of players returns next season, Cowles believes WKU — as well as UW — will improve greatly next season. “These three young ladies in particular (Kelly, Brianne Brown and Dominique Duck) are returning in our program along with four others,” Cowles said. “So I’m very, very excited about what I think this kind of momentum in this postseason can do for us in the future.”Anderson, on the other hand, is eight points shy of tying a WNIT record for most scored in a single tournament with 116.However, the points don’t mean as much as the outcome of the game to Anderson.”It won’t mean anything without a W,” Anderson said.last_img read more

Kenyan football admin Swaleh dead in Ethiopia plane crash

first_img0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa confirmed the sad news in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. Photo/TwitterNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Hussein Swaleh, a former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) General Secretary is among the 32 Kenyans who died in the early morning Ethiopian Airline plane crash on Sunday.FKF President Nick Mwendwa confirmed the sad news in a tweet on Sunday afternoon, “Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again.”Sad day for football. You were doing what you loved most. Fare thee well my chairman. Until we meet again. pic.twitter.com/WnOh4c3Pxh— Nick Mwendwa (@Nmwendwa) March 10, 2019Swaleh was connecting to Nairobi from Alexandria, Egypt where he was the match commissioner in Friday night’s CAF Champions League clash pitting Ismaily and Congolese giants TP Mazembe at the Borg el Aram Stadium.“According to the itinerary, that was supposed to have been his flight and the general assumption is that he boarded it. We will have to wait for the full manifest from Ethiopian Airlines on who was on board the airplane for us to officially confirm,” a source told Capital Sport on Sunday.The former Secretary General now turned CAF accredited match commissioner had travelled with the other referees from Cairo and they are reported to have landed safely at the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa from where all would board planes to their respective countries.The Ethiopian Airline plane ET 302 had been scheduled to arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10:30am Sunday morning but according to a statement released by the airline, it lost contact just six minutes after it took off.It was later officially reported that all 157 on board the plane died on the crash with eye witnesses telling the BBC that the plane which crashed 62km away from the Capital Addis exploded loudly and was engulfed in flames.Photos emanating from the crush scene show an apocalyptic image of a plane wreckage burnt to ashes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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