Timid officiating has allowed a generation of `chuckers` to flourish in international cricket and the current crackdown on bowlers with illegal actions has arrived two decades late, according to former test umpire Darrell Hair.
The most coveted prize in cricket, the World Cup trophy is scheduled to arrive at Lord`s on Sunday and it will be welcomed by England ODI vice-captain Eoin Morgan along with representatives of ECB, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the ICC.
The ICC Annual Conference week will begin in Melbourne on June 24 with the Associate and Affiliate Members` meeting at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and will conclude with the IDI Board meeting on June 28.
The cricket bat used by Australian sporting legend Don Bradman to launch his Test career has been put up for auction and is expected to fetch up to Australian dollars 145,000.
Bradman, who retired with a yet-to-be-topped Test batting average of 99.94, used the bat to open his Test career in the 1928 series against England.
Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan could be in line for a test debut pending the fitness of all-rounder Shane Watson after being named in Australia`s 14-man squad for the fifth and final Ashes test in Sydney.
Australia captain Michael Clarke was left to thank his bowlers and centurion Chris Rogers for the hosts` escape in the fourth Ashes test on Sunday, having risked his team`s winning streak by opting to bowl first after winning the toss.
Kevin Pietersen played a cautious out-of-character innings and lived a charmed life as English wickets clattered around him on an attritional opening day of the dead-rubber fourth Ashes Test against Australia Thursday.
England wicketkeeper Matt Prior is reportedly facing a fight to keep his spot for the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ( MCG) with team director Andy Flower contemplating replacing Prior with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, who has averaged 30.2 from 12 Tests.
Sports fans appear to have taken Melbourne Cricket Ground`s (MCG) status as an Ashes venue quite literally last month by smuggling in the mortal remains of loved ones to scatter on its turf during an open day.