Cricket news round-up – November 19: Emily Smith, Shahadat Hossain banned, Lynn creates history

Cricket news round-up – November 19: Emily Smith, Shahadat Hossain banned, Lynn creates history

Emily Smith Hobart Hurricanes WBBL 2019

Emily Smith of Hobart Hurricanes and Shahadat Hossain of Bangladesh have been banned for a year on disciplinary grounds; Chris Lynn slammed the highest score in T10 history; and Liam Livingstone has opted out of IPL 2020 to be part of the English domestic season.

Smith suspended for a year…

Hobart Hurricanes wicketkeeper Emily Smith has been banned for a year for posting a video from the restricted Player and Match Official Area, on Instagram. The video had revealed the Hurricanes’ playing XI for their match against Sydney Thunder at Burnie, on November 2.

Sean Carroll, CA’s head of integrity and security, told ESPNCricinfo:”At the time of posting the team line-up there was no intent to breach the Anti-Corruption Code, CA’s rigorous anti-corruption player education program means that players are well aware of their obligations under the Anti-Corruption Code and there is no excuse for breaches regardless of the reasons for information being disclosed.”

… as is Shahadat

Former Bangladesh cricketer Shahadat Hossain has been suspended for a year as well. Shahadat assaulted Arafat Sunny during a match at Khulna, between Dhaka Division and Khulna Division.

Shahadat pleaded guilty. In addition to the suspension (which also includes the ongoing match), he has also been fined BDT 50,000.

Lynn misses out on T10 hundred

Chris Lynn almost pulled off the unthinkable – that of reaching a hundred in a T10 match. Playing for Maratha Arabians against Team Abu Dhabi in the Abu Dhabi T10, Lynn batted through the 10 overs for his 91 not out, scored off only 30 balls. Lynn smashed 9 fours and 7 sixes.

The Arabians got to 138/2 before Mitchell McClenaghan (2-0-17-1) and Lasith Malinga (2-0-13-0) restricted Abu Dhabi to 114/3.

Lynn broke the previous T10 record of 87 not out, set by Alex Hales last year. Hales was also playing for Maratha Arabians, batting second against Delhi Bulls. The Bulls won with 5 balls to spare, which meant that Hales missed out on a full quota.

No Livingstone in IPL 2020

Liam Livingstone, who played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019, will not be part of the auctions for the 2020 edition. Lancashire may avail of his services throughout the entire duration of the County Championship and the Vitality Blast, though his stint for Birmingham Phoenix may lead to him being unable to play the One-Day Cup.

Livingstone explained the reasons behind this decision to ESPNCricinfo: “I have decided to put a renewed focus on First-Class cricket next summer. I am committed to improving my game in all formats and I still have hopes of playing Test cricket; the best way to achieve that is by impressing in Division One.”