Two big pieces of news broke this week. The T20 World Cup got its official postponement, announced by the ICC, and the IPL grabbed the window in the cricket schedule and confirmed that it would go forward this year, just not in India. England, meanwhile, levelled the second Test against West Indies, setting up an exciting final decider. Here's your catch-up on the week.
ICC postpones T20 World Cup due to Covid-19 pandemic
After weeks of telegraphing and foreshadowing, the tournament has been pushed back a year to October-November 2021, and the 2021 edition to 2022.
IPL 2020 to start on September 19, final on November 8 or 10
And sliding neatly into the vacant spot left by the T20 World Cup, the IPL announced that it will now be held in the UAE. The governing council is yet to chalk out the final details and approve the schedule as it waits for the Indian government's go-ahead.
England surge to 113-run victory as Ben Stokes turns on the style again
England square the series thanks to a final-day team effort, led by Stokes, who incidentally beat Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, to the top spot in the Test allrounders rankings. George Dobell calls him "the man for all sessions", the one who provides the answers with bat and ball whenever England are facing questions.
Jofra Archer cleared to play in third Test after fine and written warning
The fast bowler faced a disciplinary hearing that found no wilful intent on his part after an unauthorised home trip. Archer, in turn, spoke out about the racist abuse he received on social media for his lapse in judgement.
3TC - what worked, what didn't, and the AB de Villiers question
South Africa cricket made a return this week after four months with a one-off, three-team cricket match. As a format, does the experiment have a future? Maybe, our observers say. During the game, South Africa's white cricketers also took a knee in solidarity with their black team-mates, putting up a united front against racism.
How about Indra Nooyi as ICC's next chairperson?
Cricket needs a leader who can remain above the ICC's usual politicking and lobbying to guide the game towards a new future, and might Nooyi not be the best person for the job, having already headed Pepsi and been an independent member on the ICC board, ask Osman Samiuddin and Nagraj Gollapudi.
Come to think of it: Was Shaun Pollock as good as Imran Khan?
Saurabh Somani says it may sound preposterous, but we should be rating the South African allrounder a lot higher than we do.
It's time the DRS got an overhaul
Ian Chappell doesn't agree that umpiring decisions should be in players' hands and says the Decision Review System should not be part of cricket's tactical battles.
Mitchell Santner: 'I'm working on disguising my carrom ball a bit better'
The New Zealand spinner talks to Deivarayan Muthu about his recent success in white-ball cricket, the IPL, and working to get back into the Test side.
Can MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga go on till the 2021 T20 World Cup?
MS Dhoni, Lasith Malinga, Chris Gayle, along with others like AB de Villiers and Shoaib Malik, are close to the end of their careers. Will they make it to the now-postponed tournament?
Best XI: Mumbai local
Wasim Jaffer picks an all-time Mumbai Ranji Trophy XI from among the players he watched and played with.
Cricketbaazi: Shakib Al Hasan: 'I admit I've made mistakes, I want to move forward now'
The Bangladesh allrounder speaks to Deep Dasgupta about shouldering responsibility at a young age, and about hoping everyone learns from the mistakes that he made.