The Australian cricket team(AP)
The Australian cricket team(AP)

Australian PM rebuffs Cricket Australia over Jan 26 plans

Three Twenty20 matches in Australia's Big Bash League are scheduled for Jan. 26, and Cricket Australia's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Committee recommended the day simply be referred to as January 26 instead of Australia Day.
AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 07:33 AM IST

Cricket Australia has run afoul of the country’s prime minister for refusing to refer to the national holiday in the marketing of three matches on Jan. 26 after a recommendation from its Indigenous advisory committee.

Australia Day is held annually on Jan. 26, the anniversary of the day in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of 11 British ships carrying convicts into Botany Bay in what is now Sydney.

Citizenship ceremonies, parades, festivals and barbecues are held in cities and towns around the country on the date, but there are also protests and demonstrations.

Many in Australia’s Indigenous community refer to it as “Invasion Day,” and the start of persecution and hardships at the hands of colonizers and later federal and state governments. There's been public debate over finding an alternative date to celebrate the national holiday.

Three Twenty20 matches in Australia's Big Bash League are scheduled for Jan. 26, and Cricket Australia's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Advisory Committee recommended the day simply be referred to as January 26 instead of Australia Day.

“A bit more focus on cricket and a little less focus on politics would be my message to Cricket Australia,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a radio station Thursday in Rockhampton, central Queensland state. “I think that’s pretty ordinary.”

On Jan. 26, one match is scheduled for Adelaide Oval and the other two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Three BBL teams will also wear Indigenous-design jerseys in matches on or leading up to the day. A barefoot circle, welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people will take place before some games.

“They thought it was pretty important to not remove cultural elements we have celebrated all season on a day like that,” Cricket Australia’s diversity and inclusion manager Adam Cassidy told Australian Associated Press.

Sydney Thunder pace bowler Brendan Doggett, who has Indigenous heritage, is firmly behind the plans for Jan. 26.

“I hate conflict. So I am of the opinion if we can all merge forward together that’s ideal,” Doggett said. “The way we’re going to do that is by starting conversations and talking about it and acknowledging the history of what’s happened.”


This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
Ravichandran Ashwin(BCCI/Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin(BCCI/Twitter)

'I am a cricket lover who actually went on to become a cricketer': R Ashwin

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 09:33 PM IST
After the completion of the third Test, Ashwin had a one-on-one session with fielding coach R Sridhar inside the dressing room. The veteran off-spinner revealed that he is a 'cricket lover’ who ‘accidentally became a cricketer’.
Close
The International Cricket Council (ICC) logo at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro/FIle Photo(REUTERS)
The International Cricket Council (ICC) logo at the ICC headquarters in Dubai, October 31, 2010. REUTERS/Nikhil Monteiro/FIle Photo(REUTERS)

ICC Board Meet: BCCI opposes ICC's EOI policy for global meets

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:41 PM IST
During an ICC board meet on Thursday, the BCCI made it clear that they are completely against the idea of the global body issuing EOI and demanding money from any potential hosting nation.
Close
Women's cricket team - File photo(Getty Images)
Women's cricket team - File photo(Getty Images)

Women's cricket season to start with 50-over tournament from March 11

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:34 PM IST
The tournament will be held across six venues -- Surat, Rajkot, Jaipur, Indore, Chennai and Bengaluru.
Close
File phot of Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.(HT Archives)
File phot of Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.(HT Archives)

Delhi to host Vijay Hazare knockouts from March 7

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:20 PM IST
The matches will be organised at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and the Palam Ground.
Close
India's R Ashwin(AP)
India's R Ashwin(AP)

Accuracy added to variation, Ashwin's magic potion

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 08:04 PM IST
India have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead against England in the four-Test series; Ashwin leads the list of wicket-takers with 24 scalps in three Tests at 15.7 and has entered the elite club of bowlers with 400 Test wickets.
Close
File image of Nasser Hussain(Getty Images)
File image of Nasser Hussain(Getty Images)

'It was not an 81 all out pitch, England batters looked like startled rabbits'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 07:41 PM IST
Agreeing that the pitch in Ahmedabad for the India vs England third Test match was a difficult one to bat on, former England captain Nasser Hussain said it was certainly not one in which you get bowled out for 81.
Close
Virat Kohli makes special appearance Hardik Pandya-Axar Patel interview(Video screengrab)
Virat Kohli makes special appearance Hardik Pandya-Axar Patel interview(Video screengrab)

Kohli makes cameo in Gujrati during Hardik Pandya-Axar Patel interview: WATCH

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 10:18 PM IST
Indian captain Virat Kohli made a cameo during the conversation and applauded Axar’s performance in Gujarati.
Close
File image of a cricket bat and ball.(Getty Images)
File image of a cricket bat and ball.(Getty Images)

Tamil Nadu ends Jharkhand's winning streak with 67-run win

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:49 PM IST
Jharkhand is on top of the standings with 12 points, followed by Punjab, Andhra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh with eight points. Vidarbha lies in last place with 4 points.
Close
File photo of Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya(Twitter)
File photo of Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya(Twitter)

Baroda continue winning streak, beat Chhattisgarh

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:41 PM IST
Opting to bat, Baroda rode on Pandya's hundred and Sheth's big-hitting to post 332/6 after a top-order failure, and then restricted the opposition to 319/9 to record their fourth win on the trot.
Close
Devdutt Padikkal(Twitter)
Devdutt Padikkal(Twitter)

Padikkal cracks second successive ton as Karnataka thrash Kerala

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Chasing Kerala's 278, Karnataka cantered home with 27 balls to spare with the Royal Challengers Bangalore opener hitting 13 fours and two sixes in an unbeaten knock of 126 from 138 balls.
Close
Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from criccket
Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from criccket

ICC reacts after Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from cricket

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:29 PM IST
  • “India’s 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup winner Yusuf Pathan announces his retirement from all forms of cricket,” tweeted ICC after Pathan made the announcement on Twitter.
Close
Yusuf Pathan: File Photo(Twitter)
Yusuf Pathan: File Photo(Twitter)

Yusuf Pathan's top 5 knocks that will always be cherished by cricket fans

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:01 PM IST
As all-rounder Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, let's have a look at his top five knocks.
Close
Yusuf Pathan poses with the 2011 ICC World Cup trophy(Twitter/ICC)
Yusuf Pathan poses with the 2011 ICC World Cup trophy(Twitter/ICC)

Yusuf Pathan, 2011 World Cup & 2007 WT20 winner, announces retirement

UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:54 PM IST
  • Pathan made a name for himself in the Indian Premier League while playing for franchises like Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, before having a successful stint with the national team.
Close
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden (L), Indian Cricket Team (R)(HT Collage)
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden (L), Indian Cricket Team (R)(HT Collage)

'This is a mark of all the great teams in history': Matthew Hayden

PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 04:26 PM IST
In an interaction with the news agency PTI, Hayden asserted that the Indian side has the ability to win games both at home and overseas.
Close
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)
IPL Trophy(IPL / Twitter)

BCCI looking at multiple cities to host IPL 2021: Report

ANI
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 03:37 PM IST
While the BCCI is keen to take the most successful domestic league to as many fans as possible, the board is also clear that the bio-bubble restrictions will be made keeping the safety of the players in mind.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP