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Brendon McCullum facing BBL suspension

The Brisbane Heat BBL side have been fined $1,000 per player in the playing XI as a result of a slow over rate in their KFC BBL match against the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on 11 January 2017. This fine will be reduced to $500 per player, should the Brisbane Heat accept the penalty without appeal.

The Heat were found to be 6 minutes behind the scheduled time to complete their 20 overs, after allowances, which equated to being one over short.


Stephen O’Keefe withdrawn from Big Bash to prepare for Indian tour

The KFC Big Bash League Technical Committee has today approved a change to the Sydney Sixers squad. Stephen O’Keefe has been withdrawn from the remainder of the KFC BBL|06 season due to national commitments in order to provide ample preparation ahead of the Qantas Tour of India.

For this evenings match, O’Keefe will be replaced by Jordan Silk. The Sydney Sixers will announce their permanent replacement in due course.


Wellington Firebirds stun Central Stags to be crowned McDonald’s Super Smash champions

From without a point in their first four games, to 2017 McDonald’s Super Smash Champions. The Wellington Firebirds completed a remarkable season turnaround at Pukekura Park on Saturday, triumphing over the top-seeded Central Stags by 14 runs to claim the trophy.

Victors for the second time in three years, the Firebirds spoiled the hopes of a sellout Stags' home crowd, and took home the majority share of the $100,000 purse.


Dwayne Smith hails contribution of T20 cricket to player's careers

West Indies Twenty20 batting star Dwayne Smith has hailed the emergence of the game's shortest version, saying it has provided opportunities for those players without extended careers at international level.

The 33-year-old Barbadian played only 10 Tests and 105 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), but transformed himself into a much sought-after batsman on the global T20 circuit, where he has become a fixture in many of the domestic leagues.


Andre Russell picks up hamstring injury

All-rounder Andre Russell's participation in the Big Bash was in doubt after he suffered a hamstring injury in Sydney Thunders six-wicket victory over Melbourne Stars.

The 29-year-old chased a ball to third man during the Stars innings but pulled up metres before the boundary ropes, dropping to the ground and clutching his left hamstring on Wednesday.


Laxmipathy Balaji replaces Wasim Akram as KKR bowling coach

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) appointed former India pacer Laxmipathy Balaji as their bowling coach on Tuesday.

Balaji will replace Pakistan legend Wasim Akram who will miss the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 cricket tournament due to his other professional commitments and time constraints. Akram was appointed the KKR bowling coach in 2010 and has helped the franchise to two titles in 2012 and 2014.


Ponting XII seals thrilling win over Gilchrist XII in Big Bash curtain raiser

Ponting XII captain Will Sutherland held his nerve in a thrilling last over to secure victory off the penultimate ball against the Gilchrist XII in today’s Pathways BBL curtain-raiser at the SCG. Requiring 16 to win off the final six balls, Sutherland crashed three boundaries to lead his side to an upset victory.

The Ponting XII - comprising Australia’s best under-17s players - chased down the total of 3-165 set by the Gilchrist XII - which featured the country’s best under-19s.


Phil Simmons appointed Head Coach of St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots

The St. Kitts & Nevis (SKN) Patriots announced today that former West Indies Coach, Phil Simmons, will become the new head coach of the franchise for the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season.

"We are happy to announce that Phil Simmons is the new head coach of the SKN Patriots”, said Co-Owner & Principal, Uday Nayak. “We expect that Phil’s experience and local knowledge will help the Patriots achieve improved performances in our 2017 Hero CPL campaign, and will bring the ultimate success that our fans and sponsors deserve”. The Patriots owner described Simmons as “the right coaching choice at this very crucial time in the development of our Franchise.” 


Pietersen, Steyn, Johnson and Bailey not retained by respective IPL teams

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will go into the players' auction with the biggest purse among all the franchises, after they on Monday announced the list of cricketers retained for next year's tournament.

Punjab have the maximum money of Rs 23.35 crore for the auction among the eight teams. Their current squad strength is 18, according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) statement.


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