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UK: Police confirm Leicester venue licence breach as Makhadzi fails … – New

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  • Angry fans in near-stampede at venue entrance as security struggled for control 
  • South Africa’s Makhadzi and Uganda’s Nwagi fail to make it to the stage
  • ‘Apology’ show organised for next day and scheduled for 2pm only started after 8pm

THERE was a heavy police presence at the Ramgarhia Community Centre in Leicester Sunday morning as an unexplained fire alarm aborted the JamAfro music festival which featured Zimbabwean stars Alick Macheso, Sulumani Chimbetu Botswana’s Vee Mampeezy, South Africa’s Makhaadzi as well as Ugandan Winnie “Nakanwagi” Nwagi.

Makhaadzi and Nwagi failed to make it to the stage altogether with the organisers arranging a free “apology” show for Sunday afternoon which only started around 8pm, despite being scheduled for 2pm.

Mampeezy was in the middle of his set when the fire alarm went off just after 3am on what turned out to be a night to forget for many music fans due to the chaotic organisation and a near-stampede at the entrance to the hall as security struggled to control the crowds.

While security fought back angry fans still trying to get into the hall as late as midnight, inside tempers were also flaring over Makhadzi’s delayed performance with Sulumani Chimbetu on stage for nearly two hours while Macheso’s set lasted more than an hour.

Fans were then told to leave the hall around 4 am after the fire alarm was triggered before Nwagi and Makhadzi took to the stage.


In a response to local media inquiries seen by, Leicester police said the show was brought to an end due to a breach of the venue’s licencing conditions.

“Following information regarding an event at a premises in Ulverscroft Road, Leicester, on Saturday evening, officers engaged with staff at the premises during the evening to remind staff of the licensing conditions in place and to help ensure these conditions were being followed,” said media relations officer Narinder Punia.

These licensing conditions were breached during the early hours of Sunday morning. Officers liaised with staff at this time allowing music to be played later in order to try to help prevent disorder and to help keep people safe.

“At 3.44am on Sunday, police did receive a report of a fight at the premises. When officers attended, no fight was taking place and people were leaving the area. One male reported being assaulted and had suffered minor injuries.”

Organisers, JamAfro, apologised for the Makhadzi no-show, blaming venue owners for the licence breach.

“Jamafro wishes to apologise to those people who attended the Jamafro Music Festival in Leicester hoping to see Makhadzi perform. Makhadzi was brought to the venue ready for her performance as the last act after Vee Mampeezy,” the organisers said in a statement.

“However the police had to stop the show citing the venue license that requires them to close at 2am. We had booked the venue from 6pm to 4am . Upon showing the police our contract we were allowed to carry on for another hour.

“At that moment Vee Mampeezy was in the middle of his performance. By the time he finished it was not possible for Makhadzi to get on stage as the police were back to order us to stop.

“The venue owners admitted and apologised to us as they gave us a time they knew very well they don’t have a license to carry on to that time.”

Makhadzi also apologised to her fans promising to make it up to them at a free family show arranged by the organisers Sunday afternoon.

The free ‘apology show’ which was also supposed to feature Vee Mampeezy, Macheso, and Sulumani Chimebtu was scheduled to start at 1400 hours at a cricket club in Nottingham.

However, Mampeezy, who was the first set, only went on stage after 2000 hours.


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Veteran UAE pacer Zahoor Khan banks on reverse swing in Zimbabwe – Gulf News


Zahoor Khan has been one of the main bowlers for UAE during the World Cup Playoffs in Namibia.
Image Credit: Source: ECB Twitter

Dubai: Veteran UAE pacer Zahoor Khan is looking forward to the ICC World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe as the conditions will be ideal for him to use his main weapon, reverse swing.

The 34-year-old pacer, a death-over specialist in the Twenty20 internationals, has been one of the main factors for UAE finishing second in the World Cup Qualifier Playoff table in Namibia on Wednesday and rightfully cement their team a place in the 10-team ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe in June.

Perfect conditions

“In Twenty20, I usually bowl in the death, between the 15th and 20th overs. During those matches I was not able to use my main weapon, the reverse swing, which generally happens after 20 overs. In Namibia, I was able to bring my weapon into the play in the 50-over matches and the conditions were also really conducive for reverse swing. Out of the 10 wickets I got in the World Cup Qualifier Playoff, eight of them were due to reverse swing, either bowled or LBW,” said Zahoor, who developed his game in Pakistan. “I have played in Zimbabwe earlier and I know the conditions well. I can expect a lot of reverse swing.”

Zahoor, who used to bowl around 45 overs in the four-day games, feels those spells have helped him to develop the required strength that has held him in good stead today. The pacer still savours the success the team achieved in Namibia, which also helped them retain their One Day International status.

Team unity

“We played in Namibia as one unit. Each and every player had the fire in them to take UAE qualify for Zimbabwe Qualifiers and also retain the ODI status. The entire team was motivated with the aim of winning the tournament. I am happy to be part of the winning squad,” he added.


Veteran UAE pacer is hoping that his experience of playing in varous franchise leagues will help him during the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.
Image Credit: Source: ECB Twitter

Franchise league experience

UAE will be meeting Sri Lanka in the World Cup Qualifiers opener in Zimbabwe and the pacer is ready for the challenge and expects his experience of playing in the Lanka Premier League will help him.

“I have been playing a lot of leagues including Lanka Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, T10 and UAE’s International League T20 (ILT20). So I will use those experience,” added Zahoor, who played under Kieron Pollard for MI Emirates in ILT20.

Mentor’s role

“I have been playing with some of the best for the last seven years and had a good relationship. It has helped me a lot and particularly Pollard knew my strength and used me to the best of my abilities. I would like to thank Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) for organising such a big league, which can benefit a lot of young players.”

Since making his debut in 2017 Zahoor has been the main bowler for UAE, but now as the senior bowlers he has assumed the role of a mentor to young UAE pacers, who will be facing West Indies in the three-match One Day Internationals in Sharjah from June 4.

“All the new bowlers — Sanchit Sharma, Matiullah, Muhammad Jawadullah and Sabir Ali — share a good rapport. They keep asking me about reverse swing and I share my knowledge with them,” he added.

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Winning against England would be high for Irish cricket, says Andrew Balbirnie ahead of the one-off Test match against England – News9 LIVE

Winning against England would be high for Irish cricket, says Andrew Balbirnie ahead of the one-off Test match against England

Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain, poses for a photo during a Ireland Net Session at Lord’s Cricket Ground (Photo Credit: Twitter @cricketireland)

They had beaten Pakistan, England, and the West Indies during the 2007, 2011, and 2015 ODI World Cups and had again defeated England during the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie has admitted that defeating England in a Test match “would be one of their best achievement” as they prepare to face the Ben Stokes-led team at Lords in a one-off Test which begins from June 1. The Irish cricket team has made an impressive reputation in white ball cricket recently.

They had beaten Pakistan, England, and the West Indies during the 2007, 2011, and 2015 ODI World Cups and had again defeated England during the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Ireland has played just six Test matches in their cricketing history and is still aiming for their first win in the longest format of the game.

They played their last Test match at Lords four years ago and got England all out at 85 and then lost to them by 143 runs as they got all out at 38 during the fourth innings of the match.

“It didn’t play out the way we wanted to but we got a glimpse into what would happen if we were to win a Test,” Balbirnie told reporters ahead of the one-off Test.

“And, I think if we were to beat England, it would easily be our best achievement in cricket in the game”, he added.

England has an upper edge as they have won 10 of their 12 last Test matches ever since Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum led charge of England’s Test team.

“We know that this England team is in a really good place leading to the Ashes,” said Balbournie.

Josh Little, who played for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023 will not be playing the one-off Test match against England as he has been given rest so that he can prepare for next month’s ODI World Cup qualifying tournament, which will be held in Zimbabwe.

Josh also didn’t play the Test matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka due to IPL 2023.

Richard Holdsworth, who is Ireland’s high-performance director, came in support of Josh Little in skipping playing the Test match at the Lords, which is considered a major landmark for most cricketers, but Holdsworth admitted that it was not “the most important event for Ireland cricket this year”.

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