The International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor for three-and-a-half years for delay in reporting a corrupt approach with regards to spot fixing. Recently, Taylor released a detailed statement in which he admitted to not immediately reporting a corrupt approach by an Indian businessman in October 2019. Taylor claimed that he was blackmailed after he consumed cocaine during that meeting and delayed reporting the approach fearing for his safety.
The last international cricket match before the game took a break due to Coronavirus was played behind closed doors -- Australia vs New Zealand at the SCG. When the game resumes, it is highly likely that for a few months matches will be played indoors. However, former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor recently conceded that the match played in front of an empty stadium felt more like a warm-up game than a proper international fixture. The game was played on March 15 after which subsequent cricketing activities have been put on hold.
ICC Rankings released on Wednesday following the conclusion of the Bengaluru and Perth Tests. Ravindra Jadeja achieved a career-best ranking of 13th, jumping eight places in the latest ICC Test bowlers rankings.
The way India struggled in the Test series in Australia and, more pertinently in the tri-series that followed, who would have imagined that they would go into the final league game against Zimbabwe at Auckland
Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe by 90 runs at Harare in the Second ODI to level the 3-match series. Mohammad Hafeez scripted the victory for the visitor with a 6th ODI ton while Junaid Khan and other bowlers ripped through the Zimbabwean batting line-up on a flat surface.