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Cricket Australia Snares Major New Sponsor Despite Scandal

PTI |May 23, 2018, 12:06 PM IST
Cricket Australia Snares Major New Sponsor Despite Scandal

Sydney: Cricket Australia signed a four-year deal with a new shirt sponsor today, seemingly unperturbed by the ball-tampering scandal that badly damaged the sport's reputation.

Alinta Energy will become the principal partner of the men's team in all three formats of the game, securing branding rights to have its name on shirts for all international cricket played in Australia.

They replace Qantas Airways, although the national carrier remains a key sponsor and will continue to be the shirt partner for overseas tours.

No value was put on the new deal, which follows the tampering scandal in South Africa this year that led to bans for then captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft.

In the fallout, fund manager Magellan tore up its contract as naming rights sponsor for Australia's domestic Tests while several companies withdrew their partnerships with the three players.

Alinta chief Jeff Dimery said Australian cricket was "an institution that will continue to engage and inspire us" "We're proud to be backing the sport from the community to elite level for the next four years," he added.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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