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Terrifying moment bat-wielding thugs attack players at charity cricket match – VIDEO

Thugs could be seen swinging their cricket bats at rival players. Shocking footage of the incident shows a group of players engaged in an animated discussion close to the edge of the pitch, before a topless thug sprints towards them swinging willow. Two more hooligans – one still wearing his pads – are then seen exchanging blows, as the screams of onlookers ring out across the ground.

The violence erupted at the end of a game at Mote Park Cricket Club in Maidstone on Sunday at a chair fundraiser.

Shehzad Akram, who helped with the running of the event, said: “We tried our best for charity and these lunatics just spoiled it.

“At the end of the day, we were having the final match and it was the last couple of overs when some guys came on the pitch and attacked a few of the players.

“I don’t know what the main reason was behind it, but there were some troublemakers in the ground.

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“They started fighting with their bats and hitting people.

“I was far away from it, but by the time I got near, they were still fighting and swearing at each other.”

Mr Akram says police arrived at the ground after the fight broke out at about 7pm.

Paramedics were also called to tend to those who sustained injuries.

On social media on Monday, The Mote Cricket Club said: “The Mote CC would like to distance ourselves from any events that took place at our club yesterday.

“We do not oversee and are not responsible for behaviour of any of those who commercially rent our ground.

“We do not condone these events, and are saddened and disappointed in the organisers and those involved with the incident.”

A Kent Police spokesman told KentOnline: “We were called at around 6.50pm on Sunday regarding a disturbance at a sportsground in Willow Way, Maidstone.

“Officers attended and spoke to those who were present at the scene.

“There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries are continuing into the incident.”

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Robinson cleared for return to cricket

Last Updated: 03/07/21 10:28am

England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson is free to resume playing cricket
after being deemed to have served his suspension following an investigation into historical racist and sexist tweets.

The Cricket Discipline Commission announced he has been handed an eight-match ban, five of which are suspended for two years, for “a number of offensive tweets” between 2012 and 2014.

However, the panel has taken into account Robinson’s suspension from the England team and two Vitality Blast matches, leaving Robinson free to play immediately, although he was also fined £3,200.

The 27-year-old had admitted breaching two ECB directives in relation to a number of offensive tweets posted when he was aged between 18 and 20.

The tweets came to light on June 2, the opening day of Robinson’s first Test match for England.

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England cricket team slammed for not taking the knee and told to follow Southgate's lead

But Holding says the England cricket team, who suspended bowler Ollie Robinson pending an investigation last week following the discovery of historic tweets of an offensive nature, are not supporting the Black Lives Matter message.

“What this England [cricket] team are doing now with this ‘moment of unity’, that is not supporting Black Lives Matter.

“What you are doing there is, when I say, ‘black lives matter’, you are telling me ‘all lives matter’.

“I’m very disappointed with people saying BLM is Marxist, they wouldn’t even know what Marxism is or what it stood for – but they tell you that because they are trying to pull down Black Lives Matter.

“I’m never going to talk about any political movement. I care about the three words: Black Lives Matter.”

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Indian Premier League indefinitely suspended by cricket chiefs as country’s Covid-19 crisis worsens

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been indefinitely suspended after three teams announced confirmed Covid-19 infections among players as the country posted a seven-day average of more than 375,000 cases of the virus.

Sunrisers Hyderabad player Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday, prompting the country’s cricket chiefs to announce the suspension of the league after similar instances at the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings in recent days.

The spate of infections has led to concerns that the Covid bio-bubble has disintegrated in Ahmedabad and Delhi – two of the cities hosting the Twenty20 tournament, prompting the decision to pull the plug on the competition.

The IPL postponement reflects the worsening crisis in the country, with more than 20 million cases now reported since the start of the pandemic and deaths now numbering more than 220,000 in the country of 1.4 billion people, leading to concerns that India’s healthcare system stands on the verge of total collapse.

Several English players compete in the IPL, including limited overs captain Eoin Morgan, who turns out for the Kolkata Knight Riders. The England Cricket Board (ECB) say that they are awaiting information from the IPL on potentially repatriating their players.

A statement from the IPL said that it will endeavor to return overseas players to their home countries.

English broadcaster Piers Morgan backed the move on social media, writing that it was the “right decision” in what proved to be a divisive comment.

Wrong decision, Piers. At least the tournament gave them some hope in these awful times,” responded one. “Now they have nothing.”

An Indian citizen disagreed, writing that the country’s cricket officials eventually made the correct call.

In India, we think it might be the right decision taken very, very late,” they wrote on Twitter.

It is thought that the genesis of some of the infections can be traced to Knight Riders players who were granted permission to leave the bio-bubble to receive treatment for injuries in hospital via the IPL’s so-called ‘green channel’. 

The Super Kings subsequently returned positive tests which led to the postponement of their game scheduled for Wednesday, before league chiefs postponed the league as a whole.

The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in an emergency meeting, have unanimously decided to postpone IPL 2021 season with immediate effect,” the IPL announced.

The BCCI does not want to compromise on the safety of the players, support staff and the other participants involved in organising the IPL. This decision was taken keeping the safety, health and wellbeing of all the stakeholders in mind.

These are difficult times, especially in India, and while we have tried to bring in some positivity and cheer, it is imperative that the tournament is now suspended and everyone goes back to their families and loved ones in these trying times. 

The BCCI will do everything in its powers to arrange for the secure and safe passage of all the participants in IPL 2021.

The BCCI would like to thank all the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, franchises, sponsors, partners and all the service providers who have tried their best to organize IPL 2021, even in these extremely difficult times.”

The decision to postpone the IPL season will likely be met with approval in some quarters, as the decision to push on with the campaign was seen by many as unnecessary given India’s current Covid situation.

The repatriation of overseas players looks set to be an issue all to itself. More than 30 Australian players are involved in the IPL but the country’s Covid-19 laws prohibit entry to the country from India after a bill was passed on Saturday which shuts the borders to its own citizens if they have been in India for 14 days prior to entry.

Failure to observe the law can result in heavy fines and a prison sentence of five years.

The guidelines have proved to be unpopular with Australian citizens connected to the IPL, with one Australian commentator savaging the travel ban on social media.

If our government cared for the safety of Aussies, they would allow us to get home,” he wrote online. “It’s a disgrace.

“Blood on your hands PM [Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison]. How dare you treat us like this? How about you sort out the quarantine system?

“I had government permission to work on the IPL but I now have government neglect.”
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‘Stranded’ Aussie IPL cricket stars face jail & fines if they attempt to flee Covid-stricken India

Over 30 Australian cricket players, coaches and commentators remain in India after officials made it illegal for them to return home from the coronavirus-stricken Asian country in light of a controversial travel ban.

Aussie stars Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson managed to land in their homeland’s second-largest city Melbourne earlier this week after using a travel loophole via Doha which has now been closed.

The country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, commented that the route, plus others through Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and neighboring Singapore, have now been shut down to complete a total ban on all travel from India – which is currently reeling from a collapse of its public healthcare system to become one of the world’s most affected countries by Covid. 
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Going a step further to halt returns, the Australian government rolled out an emergency bill that sees anyone landing on their territory from the subcontinent nation – which recorded a record 400,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday – hit with a jail term of up to five years behind bars or fines able to reach US$ 51,000.

At present, 34 Australian cricket figures are “stranded” in India, according to the Daily Mail, where they are part of the hugely popular Premier League (IPL).

Among them are 12 players, including national team members Pat Cummins, David Warner and disgraced former captain Steve Smith, plus 11 coaches such as former legends Ricky Ponting, Simon Katich and David Hussey.

Two commentators are there as well, in addition to two umpires, five support staff, and a Kiwi commentator from New Zealand who resides in Australia.

Yet PM Morrison has insisted that they will receive no special treatment to be brought home.

“They have traveled there privately,” he said on Tuesday.

“This wasn’t part of an Australian tour. They’re under their own resources and they’ll be using those resources too, I’m sure, to see them return to Australia in accordance with their own arrangements.”

Separately, Cricket Australia released a statement which began declaring it would “assist where possible”.

“We will continue to liaise closely with the Australian government following today’s announcement that direct flights from India to Australia will be paused until 15 May, and monitor the situation between now and the tournament’s scheduled conclusion on 30 May,” it added.

But Karlie Andrews, girlfriend of Mumbai Indians star Chris Lynn, told the Daily Mail that she hoped the organization would put on a charter plane to get the group out of Asia.

“I know the IPL is doing everything they can to keep our players safe in their bubble,” Andrews said. 

“And I know all partners would obviously love to have their significant other home safe and well ASAP when the IPL is complete. 

“[But] hopefully [Chris] is home at the end of May. It is not ideal and I miss him heaps, but it won’t be forever and so I just have to hang in there,” she finished.
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Away from the cricket world, the move from Morrison has been dubbed “racist” and “disproportionate” by some compatriots. 

This is an outrageous response. Australians have a right of return to their own country,” remarked Elaine Pearson, who is the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia.

“Indian-Australians are seeing this as a racist policy because we are being treated different than people from other countries who have had similar waves of infection like the US, the UK and Europe,” an Australian surgeon with family in India, Neela Janakiramanan, said, as quoted by Reuters.

It is very hard to feel anything other than targeted as an ethnic group.”
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