In what will surely be a massive blow to almost no one, the Russian Sports Ministry has once again ruled that Cricket is not an official sport.
The Russian ‘registry of sports’ list determines which sports are deemed to have official status and therefore eligible to receive government funding.
The list contains sports the like of model plane flying, footgolf, ice stock sport and korfball – yet still no cricket despite it widely being considered the world’s second most popular sport in terms of viewership and participation.
The memo attached to cricket written by Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov on Monday July 15 said: “Refuse recognition of cricket as a sport.” (as translated by TheMoscowTimes)
One group that the announcement will come as a shock to is the official Russian national cricket team who gained associate status in 2017.
The wait for the first ever ‘play stopped due to frozen pitch’ will have to go on.
Smith underwent a “precautionary scan” of his neck that thankfully had not revealed any structural damage.
“I think it was important that we bounced back strongly after Edgbaston and I think we’ve certainly done that.”
Jofra Archer has changed the mood if not the scoreline.
Steve Smith out, Marnus Labuschagne in.
Woakes enjoyed Archer v Smith just as much as the rest of us.
The marquee might read England v Australia, but we all know it’s Steve Smith v Jofra Archer
Thankfully, Smith appears to have suffered no lasting damage.
Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Click to see Steve Smith’s ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ impression.