Recently, Australia’s Ellyse Perry was named the women’s cricketer of the decade by the International Cricket Council. In addition to this honor, Perry was also acclaimed as the ICC’s One Day International female player of the decade. Steve Smith won the men’s Test player of the decade award, and Indian captain Virat Kohli got the award for overall men’s player of the decade. Kohli was given the One Day International men’s’ player of the decade award, and Afghani spinner Rashid Khan took the T20 equivalent.
Ellyse Perry Dominated the Decade With Her Score and Performance
Australian star Ellyse Perry was hailed as the dominant female cricket player for the past decade because of her incredible scores and achievements. The ICC looked at the time frame from 2011 to 2020, during which Perry took 213 wickets and scored 4,349 runs in all international formats. Hailing from New South Wales, she also managed to win the T20 World Cup four times in that period. Moreover, she is a member of Australia’s triumphant 2013 ODI World Cup team.
In an interview, Ellyse Perry said she felt incredibly honored to receive such recognition, especially given how many other players performed great in the game for the past ten years. Thinking back to when she started, she remarked that it had been both an amazing experience and a privilege to play for her country and to do something that she absolutely loves.
Ellyse Perry Said Cricket Had Gone a Long Way In the Past Decade
Perry spoke about the developments in cricket during the past ten years. She said it had been an amazing thing to be a part of and that the game had progressed significantly in the last decade, especially for women’s cricket. She also noted that considerable development had occurred in all formats of the game and across every part of the world.
Steve Smith managed to get the men’s Test player award for scoring 7,040 Test runs, featuring 28 half-centuries and 26 centuries in the time frame. Kohli, who is a skipper from India, got the overall men’s award for his score of 20,396 runs in the time frame, including 66 tons and 94 half-centuries.
Olympics Ban ‘Black Lives Matter’ Apparel and Political Demonstrations
It’s official — pandemic-related restrictions won’t be the only ones during the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The IOC made a final decision regarding athlete protests and political messages through sports apparel. The decision came after the committee did a survey among the competitors that showed they were in favor of keeping the ban in action. Those who decide to do a political demonstration will likely suffer punishment, says the IOC.
“Black Lives Matter” Slogans Won’t Be Allowed at the Olympics
The IOC also shared that slogans related to the “Black Lives Matter” movement are banned, and athletes can’t use them on their apparel at all Olympic venues. The committee did, however, allow using the words “solidarity,” “peace,” “respect,” “equality,” and “inclusion” on t-shirts. The survey that helped the committee make that decision included more than 3,500 athletes, 70% of whom agreed that the Olympics wasn’t a place for competitors to demonstrate their views. What would happen to those who break the new rules, however, is still uncertain. The IOC said that rule violations would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the IOC, the International Federation, and the athlete’s National Olympic Committee.
A Curious Situation
Just a day after the IOC confirmed it would not lift its long-standing ban on political demonstration, an activist group in Germany called Athleten Deutschland and the World Players Association, pledged to offer legal support to athletes who decide to participate in social justice or political protests at the Tokyo Olympics.
The so-called Rule 50 stipulates that players cannot demonstrate while they’re on the field of play, inside the Olympic Village, at the medal podium, and all other official Olympic ceremonies. If players are to protest outside Olympic venues, the IOC warns this should happen in accordance with local legislation and regulation. So, whether we will witness a new wave of demonstrations and protests is yet to be revealed.