Babar Azam Creates New Record, Surpasses Virat Kohli As The Longest At The Top Of The ICC T20I Rankings In Terms Of Days

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Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, can claim to have held the top spot among T20I batters for the longest period of time after maintaining it on the most recent MRF Tyres ICC T20 batting rankings.

The No. 1 T20I batter ranking belonged to India’s star Virat Kohli for a total of 1,013 days during his ten-year rule, in the last decade but Babar has now exceeded this total after a protracted reign.

The Pakistani captain recently expressed a desire to compete for the top spot in all three formats. He is currently the No. 1 batter in T20Is and ODIs.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Harry Tector And Deepak Hooda Too Gain Huge In ICC T20 International Rankings

Ishan Kishan of India dropped one spot within the top 10 to rank seventh among batters in the most recent T20I rankings, which were made public by the ICC on Wednesday.

Harry Tector, a promising young batsman from Ireland, climbs a huge 55 slots to 66th after a strong series against India, while Deepak Hooda soars 414 spots to tie for 104th worldwide.

Deepak Hooda. PC- Getty
Deepak Hooda. (Photo: Getty)

Daryl Mitchell And Tom Blundell Gain Significantly In The Test Rankings

Following the conclusion of England’s home series against New Zealand, there is significant movement behind top-ranked Test batter Joe Root.

Player of the series against England, Daryl Mitchell moved up four ranks to the 12th  place, while fellow Kiwi Tom Blundell moved up eleven spots.

Babar Azam Creates New Record, Surpasses Virat Kohli As The Longest At The Top Of The ICC T20I Rankings In Terms Of Days
Daryl Mitchell PC- Twitter

Jonny Bairstow, another member of Root’s England squad, also stands out after climbing 20 spots to take 21st place among Test batters.

On the most recent rankings for bowlers, New Zealand’s workhorse Neil Wagner falls one spot to 10th, with England’s Stuart Broad and Jack Leach rising to 13 spots and 25 spots, respectively.

Following a dismal second Test against the West Indies, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan slides to third place on the all-rounder rankings.  After winning Player of the Match against Bangladesh, Kyle Mayers of West Indies moves up three spots to 8th place in the all-rounder rankings.

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PCB To Challenge BCCI’s Proposed Extended Window For IPL At ICC Conference

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to challenge the proposal of their counterpart Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to expand the window for the Indian Premier League (IPL) for a two and-a-half-month period.

After bagging a lucrative deal of the IPL media rights for the next cycle (2023-2027) for a whopping sum of INR 48,390 crore, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed the number of matches are likely to increase in the cash-rich league in future.

From the next FTP cycle, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” Shah had told news agency PTI.

IPL 2022, BCCI, Jay Shah, Sourav Ganguly
IPL 2022, BCCI, Jay Shah, Sourav Ganguly. (Photo: IPL)

Will give my views on this issue at the ICC conference: PCB chairman Ramiz Raja

Reacting to Shah’s comments on increasing the number of fixtures and extending the duration of the league, PCB chairman Ramiz Raja said he will highlight the point in the next ICC conference. The former Pakistan cricketer also said if required they will challenge the decision.

There has been no announcement or decision as yet on the IPL window being increased. I will give my views on this issue at the ICC conference,” Raja said during a media conference in Lahore on Friday.

Ramiz Raja
PCB president Ramiz Raja. Credits: PCB

“My point is clear: if there is any development in world cricket that means we are being short-changed, we will challenge it in a very forceful manner and put our point across strongly in the ICC,” he added.

How did BCCI earn INR 48,390 crore from new IPL Media Rights?

For the first time in the history of IPL, the BCCI had divided the media rights for the cash-rich league into four different categories: A) TV Rights for the Indian subcontinent B) Digital Rights C) 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double-headers, 4 play-off fixtures) D) Rest of the World.

Disney Star, who bought the rights for both TV and digital in the last cycle for a sum of INR 16,347.50  crore, retained the television rights for the Indian sub-continent with a figure of INR 23,575 crore. Viacom18, the new entrant in the market, secured the digital rights for INR 20,500 crore and also bagged the deal of the non-exclusive package C of 18 games for INR 2991 crore.

In Package D, which includes TV and digital rights for the rest of the world, Viacom18 secured the territories of Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom (UK) while Times Internet won the Middle East and North Africa regions and the US.

The package for A and B is comprised of 410 games across five seasons with 74 each in the first two years (2023-2024) followed by 84 in the next two seasons (2025-2026) and the IPL 2024 could include 94 matches.

Also Read: This Is Not About Quality At All, It Is Business Totally – Rashid Latif On IPL Media Rights

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The Allegations Came From BCCI’s Side – Ex Pakistan Umpire Asad Rauf On Match-Fixing Allegations In IPL 2013

Asad Rauf

Former Pakistan umpire Asad Rauf explained the reason behind leaving cricket after he was accused by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case.

Rauf stood in 170 international games – 49 Tests, 98 One-Day Internationals and 23 T20Is – between 2000 and 2013 in his career as a match official. He was part of the elite panel of ICC umpires.

Asad Rauf
Asad Rauf. Image: Twitter

Once I leave something I leave it completely: Asad Rauf on umpiring

Rauf currently runs two shops – second-hand for clothing and shoes and another one for crockeries – at the Landa Bazar in Lahore. The 66-year-old lost interest in match umpiring since his name was involved during the 2013 IPL match-fixing controversy.

Rauf was found guilty by BCCI’s disciplinary committee of corrupt practices and bringing the game to disrepute. The former Pakistani umpire was accused of accepting expensive gifts from bookies.

“No, I’ve umpired in so many games all my life, there’s no one left to see now.
I haven’t been in touch with the game since 2013, because once I leave something I leave it completely,” Rauf told Paktv.tv.

Asad Rauf
Asad Rauf. Image: Twitter

“I have spent my best time in IPL, apart from these issues that came later on. I had nothing to do with these issues, the allegations came from the BCCI’s side and they took the decision on me themselves,” Rauf said on the allegations of spot-fixing against him.

Asad Rauf denies allegations of sexually exploiting a model

Rauf was also accused of sexually exploiting a Mumbai-based model in 2012. The girl claimed that she had an affair with the then Pakistan umpire, who promised to tie the knot with her but later changed his decision. Rauf had denied those allegations 10 years ago and reiterated his stand on the matter when asked about it.

Even after the allegations from the girl, I had umpired in the IPL next season,” he said.

Apart from umpiring in cricket matches, Rauf also played at the domestic level in Pakistan cricket. He represented Lahore, National Bank of India and Pakistan Railways in 71 first-class and 40 List A matches from 1977 to 1992.

Also Read: How Virender Sehwag Once Lured Asad Rauf to Give Him Not Out Despite Nicking the Delivery

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