ICC World Cup: St Kilda practice venue gets locked down

The International Cricket Council is known for not doing enough to promote the game across the globe. That explains why the World Cup has just 14 teams and from those too, there are just eight prominent playing nations.

Glenn Maxwell attempts a switch-hit against England. Pic/Getty Images
Glenn Maxwell attempts a switch-hit against England. Pic/Getty Images 

However, one would've expected them to leave no stone unturned in promoting the quadrennial tournament. But that's not necessarily the case.

Yesterday, the scheduled South African team's practice session at the Junction Oval here in St Kilda got cancelled. While that's acceptable, it was unfair to see ICC-accredited mediapersons being turned away from the gate of the venue itself.

"It's a lockdown, mate. No one can get in here. It's a directive from the organisers," said the security guard.

While it could also mean that the LOC (Local Organising Committee) here in Victoria is responsible for the directive, one wonders what the over-the-top security and utter secrecy about the interiors of the Junction Oval is all about given the ground is not even one of the venues for the World Cup.

Glenn's reverse-hit in golf
Glenn Maxwell is known for his all-round ability in cricket. But not even the organisers of an event here at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course on Monday, would have known that he has an extraordinary ability in golf too.

Invited to share centrestage with teen sensation Minjee Lee to promote this week's women's Australian Open, Maxwell first hit some fabulous drives right-handed and then, changed hands, almost like he does instantly for his famed switch-hits in cricket.

He hit some long and stylish left-handed drives much to the amazement of the organisers and handful of spectators alike.

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