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ICC named Manu Sawhney as new Chief Executive

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced Manu Sawhney’s appointment as its new Chief Executive Officer. Sawhney, the former CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports, will join the organization next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson in July following the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. The appointment was ratified by the ICC Board following a global search and appointment process led by ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar and the Nominations Committee. "I am delighted to confirm Manu's appointment today," Manohar said. "He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game. Our search produced a host of excellent candidates from around the world, but Manu stood out as the man to work with our Members and take cricket forward." Talking on his new role, Sawhney said he was joining ICC at a time when it had set itself an "ambitious growth strategy" and was looking forward to helping "propel the sport forward into a period of significant and sustained global growth in the coming years."

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D’Arcy Short’s 96 gives Hurricanes easy victory

An unbeaten 96 from opener D'Arcy Short and a four-wicket haul for Rilee Meredith kept Melbourne Stars pinned to the bottom of the Big Bash League table as Horbart Hurricanes walked to a comfortable 59-run victory.It also made Short the only player in the history of the BBL to have four scores in the 90s. His four sixes in the knock also took him to a half-century of sixes in the tournament – he became the second fastest to the mark after Chris Gayle. Hurricanes made a flying start after losing the toss as Matthew Wade and Short added 95 runs for the first wicket off 69 deliveries. Wade fell for a 38-ball 41, but Short resumed to pile on the runs. His 43-run stand with Jake Doran included the latter contributing just seven runs, while the next stand was worth 47 runs with Ben McDermott that pushed Hobart Hurricanes to 185 for 2 in 20 overs. Prior to this contest, there was a huge trend that favoured teams batting second at the MCG in Big Bash matches. However, someone forgot to tell Short and the Hurricanes this fact as the visitors cruised to victory after losing the toss and being sent in. You have to go back to New Years Day in 2017 (BBL|06) for the previous time the team batting first registered a victory at the MCG, with the team chasing having won 10 BBL matches on the trot until the Hurricanes prevailed tonight.

2019 will be a huge year for England - Buttler

The sight of Jos Buttler leaping up a steep flight of stairs at the Three Ws Oval here for extra fitness work at the end of a gruelling training session in the Barbados heat was somehow indicative of the huge climb ahead of England this year. Tuesday marks the start of the biggest year of the professional lives of those England cricketers who play in all formats, with the World Cup and Ashes to come this summer after a Caribbean tour that represents the hors d’oeuvre for a true cricketing 2019 feast. England, the No.1 side on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Rankings, have a good chance of lifting the World Cup trophy in home conditions. But with so much cricket happening ahead of that, Buttler stressed on finding the right "balance", in a year where England begin with a full tour of the West Indies. We feel lucky to be around at this time when these type of things are coming around because it is a huge opportunity and we all want to play a part in an exciting time for English cricket,’ said vice-captain Buttler.It’s a huge year but for us it’s a case of focusing on the here and now because we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves. We’re aware of how quickly things can change in cricket and you can come unstuck. England have still been playing football at the start of their training sessions here but Buttler accepted that might have to change because of new team director Ashley Giles belief the dangers of injury outweigh the benefits.It’s been a fun part of our warm-ups for a while and I really love football but I understand his point of view because it probably doesn’t make too much sense for us to warm up playing the game,’ added Buttler.If that’s his final decision then that’s it. I don't think the players would be too fussed.

AB de Villiers set to play in PSL

Former South Africa batsman AB de Villiers will play two matches in Lahore for Lahore Qalandars in the upcoming Pakistan Super League on March 9 and 10. De Villiers, who said he had "a role to play in helping international cricket return to Pakistan," will be one of the most high-profile cricketers to play in the country since the terror attack in Lahore in March 2009. International cricket in Pakistan has been on course for revival in recent times. Notably, a three-match T20I series between an ICC World XI and Pakistan in 2017 had helped spur the resumption of top-flight cricket in the country. The Windies, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe have all travelled to the country in recent times. "Due to prior family commitments, I will only be available till the last group stage game. I want to thank Lahore Qalandars for giving me an opportunity to represent them and I look forward to not only enjoying my time in the HBL PSL 2019 but also contributing in making it a stronger brand." The PCB expects that the visit of one of the most sought after batsmen in modern-day cricket will give credence to their stance that Pakistan can now host top-flight cricket and it remains "as safe and secure a country to play in as any other place in the world". Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, said: "We appreciate the decision of AB de Villiers and look forward to welcoming him to the home of Pakistan cricket. I am sure de Villiers's appearance will attract new fans, and more eyeballs will follow the PSL than ever before.The fourth edition of the PSL will begin on February 14 with the final on March 17. The last four league matches and the knock-out stage will be played in Pakistan, starting from March 7 in Karachi and Lahore.