Japan inaugurated a new facility on the weekend, with Kaizuka City the first designated cricket venue in the Osaka Prefecture.
The synthetic pitch venue was procured through an innovative proposal from the Japan Cricket Association (JCA), using a designated emergency gathering space as a location for the game. Fourth in the JCA’s ‘City of Cricket’ strategy for building the sport, Kaizuka will serve as a hub for all regional cricket in Western Japan, with the aim of revitalising the city with increased visitors.
The venue was officially opened at a ceremony on Sunday, with dignitaries including Kaizuka mayor Tatsuo Fujihara in attendance, before the final of the Kansai Regional Cup showcased the sport to an enthusiastic audience. Kobe Hawks won the day, downing Royal Osaka Tigers in the last over of a see-sawing chase with a six dispatched into the crowd at backward square. Both teams progress to next weekend’s Japan Cup finals, where 12 teams from across Japan’s 8 regions will do battle for the national title.
Brazil and France leap up world rankings
The MRF Tyres ICC Women’s T20I Team Rankings update has been released, with Brazil and France making the biggest jumps as they both entered the top 30 for the first time. Brazil’s undefeated triumph at last year’s South American Championships helped them gain 11 places to 27th on the list, while Emmanuelle Brelivet’s team is up 10 at No.30 following their victory in the European Quadrangular Series.
The highest-ranked Associate remains T20 World Cup stars Thailand, who stay put at 11th place, ahead of Full Member Zimbabwe. Other positive movers in the Associate world were Samoa, who moved to 16th (within a single place of regional rivals PNG), Germany, who cracked the top 25 for the first time, and the USA who climbed four spots to 31st. The rankings boost comes with a renewed focus on the American women’s setup, with talent identification camps taking place in the Bay Area and Seattle over the next two weekends.
Bermuda’s David Hemp to coach Pakistan women
Elsewhere in the women’s game, Pakistan have appointed Bermuda’s David Hemp to the position of women’s coach. Born in Hamilton, the long-serving Glamorgan batter also played 130 matches across the three formats for his home country over a decade between 2006 and 2015. Since ending his international career, he has pursued coaching in Australia with appointments to the Melbourne Stars WBBL side and Victorian women’s team.
ICYMI: Pakistan Women have a new head coach.— ICC (@ICC) October 2, 2020
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Wedding bells in the Ugandan cricket family
Uganda’s cricket community has celebrated some joyful personal news this week, as Leila Namaganda of the women’s national side married former men’s player and current Cricket Uganda CEO Martin Ondeko at a ceremony on Saturday.
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