Sporting Digest: Cricket

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The Northamptonshire pair of David Sales and Graeme Swann have been nominated for the Cricket Writers' Club's Young Cricketer Of The Year Award. Chris Read, the England wicketkeeper, and Surrey's fast bowler Alex Tudor are also included among the nominees alongside the Lancashire batsman Mark Chilton.

The West Indies will tour Bangladesh in October to play a three-day match and two one-day internationals.

Ross Emerson, the Australian umpire who caused controversy when he no- balled the Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan during a triangular one-day tournament in January, says many players around the world believe he throws the ball. "I was told by a member of the Australian team that if a secret poll was taken of cricketers around the world, it would be 100 per cent in support of the idea that he throws." Australia are to tour to Sri Lanka later this month.