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  1. Does anyone still have hope that we all could travel to watch World Cup next year if Covid-19 ends?
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  5. 'Mindset over physical preparation' for the allrounder as he makes a match-winning 96 File photo: Shakib Al Hasan made a 109-ball 96 in the second ODI There is something maddening about playing against Shakib Al Hasan in a high-pressure game. He gives you nothing. No reactions. No window into his thoughts. No hope. Shakib's stony façade is his first line of defense, and then the rest of him works in calculative movements. His unbeaten 96 against Zimbabwe in the second ODI had all those qualities. There's calmness on the outside, and deep wells of belief in his own ability on the inside. Combining the two, he reads the opposition - a batter, bowler or fielder - better than most around him. Shakib's ability to transfer pressure back onto the opponent is subtle, but effective. For example, whenever he completes one, two or three runs, he always pretends that he could have had more. Fielders end up rushing, panicking, making mistakes. Same for a bowler. Shakib, meanwhile, attacks and then retreats. He attacks and then retreats and then wins. Zimbabwe may have thought that they had the second ODI in the bag when Bangladesh were 173 for 7 in the 39th over, chasing 241 runs. Shakib was unbeaten on 63, and Mohammad Saifuddin was the last recognised batter. Shakib soaked up and deflected so much of the pressure that his batting partner was obligated to support the match-winner. After finishing the chase with a finely cut boundary in the final over, Shakib said he needed to make some mental adjustments ahead of this game. It was a rare peek into a man known for being utterly inscrutable. "I think the mindset is more important than physical preparation at this level," Shakib said. "I think I was thinking too much. I stopped doing it before this game, and a few things helped me get back my focus. I want to hold on to this focus. After playing for so long, I don't have a lot of technical problems. I think if I can win the mental game within myself, I can score runs regularly." Shakib said he had to struggle for runs in the first half of his innings, particularly on a slow pitch and with team-mates falling quickly at the other end. "It was a different wicket. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat, so one had to play shots to get the runs. There had to be a lot of adjustment as a batsman. "I took my time but I wouldn't have done much more as wickets were falling regularly at the other end. Credit goes to Saifuddin for finishing the game with me. Shakib said that his only message to Afif Hossain and Saifuddin was to stick around with him till the end. "Even when I was batting with Afif, all I was telling him was that we batsmen should be around till the 45th over. At that stage, scoring 30 runs in the last two overs becomes possible in this day and age. "We wanted to take the game close. We never talked about needing 60-70 runs, which should be chased quickly. Run-a-ball chasing in ODI cricket is now very much possible," he said.
  6. Zambia, which was suspended in 2019, is no longer a member, while Russia has been suspended The ICC now comprises 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates The ICC has announced that Mongolia, Tajikistan and Switzerland will be its newest members during the 78th Annual General Meeting. Mongolia and Tajikistan are the 22nd and 23rd members of the Asia region, while Switzerland is Europe's 35th Member, with the ICC now comprising 106 Members in total, including 94 Associates. Meanwhile, Zambia, which was suspended at the ICC AGM in 2019, is no longer a member due to continued non-compliance with ICC Membership Criteria. Russia too has been suspended and, according to a release, has until the time of the next ICC AGM to demonstrate compliance or risk having its membership terminated. "We are delighted to be welcoming three new Members into the ICC family, which reflects the growth and potential of the global game," William Glenwright, ICC general manager for development, said. "All three applications demonstrated an impressive commitment to growing the game - particularly amongst women and youth - and we look forward to assisting them in achieving their potential. "As cricket activity begins to emerge from the pandemic, we are at an exciting stage of cricket's growth with ambitious plans and projects to deliver in partnership with our Members to not only navigate the impact of Covid-19 but to also help achieve transformative growth for the sport globally." The Mongolian Cricket Association (MCA) was established in 2007. The sport was officially accepted into the National Youth Games in 2019. According to an ICC release, women account for 39% of all participants playing school cricket. In addition, Mongolia is due to host the International Youth Green Games in September 2021 where cricket has been selected as one of the participating sports. Cricket Switzerland (CS), which was inaugurated as an association in 2014, currently comprises 33 active clubs. They organise three domestic men's competitions and compete regularly in Central European tournaments. The Tajikistan Cricket Federation, which was officially formed in 2011 with the support of the Ministry of Sports and Olympic Committee, has led the development of infrastructure and the building of a domestic cricket structure focusing on women and junior cricket.
  7. The first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25. It is understood that the Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh T20I schedule was changed to address logistical issues The final leg of Bangladesh's tour of Zimbabwe will take place sooner than expected with both boards agreeing to bring the T20I series forward by a few days. The original schedule had the three matches set for July 23, 25 and 27 but that has now been changed so that the first game will be held on July 22, the second on July 23 and the final one on July 25. A press release from Zimbabwe Cricket on Monday said these changes were made to accommodate the challenges that the broadcast production company was facing. Bangladesh have dominated this tour, winning the only Test by 220 runs and are on the verge of blanking Zimbabwe 3-0 in the one-day series that's followed. The visitors might well consider the T20I series to be the most crucial part of the tour given that a World Cup is coming up in October. Bangladesh have these three T20Is against Zimbabwe, then five more against Australia in August, a further five against New Zealand in September and finally three matches against England in October to firm up their plans for the global tournament coming up in three months' time. Zimbabwe may not have such big-picture concerns, having not qualified for this year's T20 World Cup, but they will be eager for some silverware.
  8. Tabraiz Shamsi four-for fashions comfortable South Africa win in maiden T20I against Ireland Kagiso Rabada's 17 runs off the final over dragged his side to 165 Tabraiz Shamsi bagged four wickets in a T20I for the second time this year South Africa dominated Ireland in the first T20I meeting between the two teams despite a performance that would need some polishing with both bat and ball. Their top scorer Aiden Markram made 39 and there were two partnerships in the 30s, but they were reduced to 115 for 5 at one stage and appeared in danger of missing out on a score around 160. Offspinner Simi Singh and left-armer Josh Little were particularly successful in keeping South Africa relatively quiet, but the rest of the attack conceded at least nine runs an over each. However, a strong finish by South Africa's lower order took them to a competitive total. And even if the visitors were not entirely happy with their score, they had reason to be because Ireland did not look like an outfit that could come close in the chase, despite South Africa's inability to eventually bowl them out. The hosts were 38 for 4 after the powerplay, before Tabraiz Shamsi, the top-ranked bowler in the format, had even been introduced. Shamsi took four wickets for the second time in his career - also the second time in 2021 - to become the year's leading wicket-taker in the format so far. He tossed the ball up to bowl Singh, broke through Shane Getkate's defences with a wrong 'un, had Mark Adair caught on the long-off boundary and had Harry Tector stumped, as he came down the track to a googly. George Linde provided good support at the start and in the middle of the innings, but South Africa drifted towards the end with Ireland's last pair putting on 44, their highest of the innings. Openers out? No problem, we have some more Ireland would have been relieved to see the back of Quinton de Kock after he had faced only nine balls. He did some damage when he hit Barry McCarthy over long-on for the first six of the South African innings and Mark Adair for back-to-back boundaries, before mistiming a drive to mid-off to depart in the third over. But South Africa had another opener in reserve. de Kock's ODI partner Janneman Malan was in at No.3 and did not get going at all before he hit Adair to Singh at mid-on. Enter a fourth opening batter in Markram, who outlasted Temba Bavuma after the captain under-edged a reverse-sweep, and also starred in the two highest partnerships of the innings. Markam and Rassie van der Dussen put on 35 for the fourth wicket before Markram and David Miller shared 36 for the fifth, and South Africa had a solid foundation to build on. They seem to have identified Markram as someone who can move around the order, and though it leaves no room for Kyle Verreynne or Heinrich Klaasen, it allows them to play all their openers in the same XI. Kagiso Rabada hit 17 off the final over, including four boundaries Rabada, the batter South Africa's coach Mark Boucher has repeatedly said he believes Kagiso Rabada is selling himself short when it comes to his batting, and Rabada seems to have taken the thought seriously. He showed his potential and his finishing skills by giving South Africa the most profitable over of the innings, which also happened to be the last one. Rabada had faced just three balls and scored two singles before Adair delivered the final six balls, but had seen enough to know what he needed to do. He dispatched a low full-toss through the covers for four, then cleared the front leg to send a full ball through midwicket, after which he drove Adair down the ground and finally pulled a slow ball to deep square leg for a quartet of fours. Doubtless Rabada had a full house of boundaries on his mind, but he was beaten by lack of pace as he tried to heave the fifth one away and finished with a single. He scored 17 off the last over, and was unbeaten on 19 off nine balls to stake a claim for a spot higher in the order. No score for O'Brien Things are not getting any easier for Ireland's headline batter. Kevin O'Brien has played six international matches this year and has managed just 27 runs, and followed up his no score against Netherlands last month - in what turned out to be his final ODI - with a duck again today. He was rooted to the crease when he chipped the first legal delivery he faced back to Rabada for a simple catch. O'Brien's dismissal was South Africa's second wicket in seven balls after Paul Stirling was bowled by Linde the ball after hitting the first delivery of the innings for six. At that stage, Ireland were 7 for 2 with both openers gone. Drop, drop, catch South Africa's fielding standards have not been at their highest on this trip. They dropped four catches in the second ODI to lose to Ireland for the first time, and two again in the powerplay today, though they were of little consequence. First de Kock made significant ground to try and pouch the top edge off Tector's attempted scoop off the penultimate ball of Lizaad Williams' first over, but the chance popped out of his hands as his elbows hit the floor. The batters had crossed and Williams had a chance to dismiss Andy Balbirnie with his next ball when the Irish captain smacked the ball to Malan at backward point. Malan dived full stretch to his right but could not hold on. Balbirnie didn't last much longer, though. After Lungi Ngidi removed George Dockrell with the first ball of his first over, he had Balbirnie caught behind with the first ball of his second. Thus, Williams was the only bowler to go wicketless.
  9. Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali star as spinners help England to series-levelling win Stand-in captain leads way with bat before Moeen, Rashid and Parkinson share five wickets Jos Buttler acknowledges his half-century England's spinners combined to secure a series-levelling victory in the second T20I of the series against Pakistan in Leeds. Adil Rashid, Matt Parkinson and Moeen Ali claimed five wickets for 87 runs in their 11 overs combined as England defended a total of 200 to secure a 45-run win. It means the series will be decided in the third and final game to be played at Emirates Old Trafford on Tuesday. For much of the afternoon, this was a pitch that looked full of runs. Certainly seamers gained little joy from it, with England's total of 200 appearing little better than par when Pakistan's openers started their chase by plundering 43 from their first five overs. But England's spinners gained a surprising amount of assistance from the surface. Sohaib Maqsood and Azam Khan were both stumped off Rashid and Parkinson respectively, while Fakhar Zaman was bowled by a beauty from Moeen, which gripped, turned and took his off stump. With Mohammad Rizwan hitting a full toss back at Rashid and Mohammad Hafeez mishitting to the leg-side boundary, Pakistan lost 5 for 34 in six overs in the middle of their innings, which effectively defined the game. On a surface on which seamers experienced little other than heartache - Chris Jordan bowled only one over in the Pakistan innings - it was a performance that showed the depth and versatility of England's bowling attack and will, perhaps, provide some encouragement ahead of the T20 World Cup on the slow, dry wickets of the UAE Earlier, a high-quality half-century from Jos Buttler helped England to a competitive total of 200 on another decent batting track. Buttler had not played a game since sustaining a calf injury during the victory over Sri Lanka in Cardiff almost a month ago, but you would never have known it to watch him. Timing the ball beautifully, Buttler produced a series of conventional - if unusually sweetly hit - strokes off front and back foot, as well as scooping Mohammad Hasnain for a six over fine leg. Although nobody went on to make an especially large individual score, Player of the Match Moeen Ali's 36 from 16 balls followed by Liam Livingstone's 38 from 23 ensured the innings retained momentum and England ended the 14th over with 150 on the board. While the innings fell away a little from that point - England subsided from 137-3 to 200 all-out, managing only 10 from the final two overs of their innings - it proved more than enough as Pakistan's batters struggled against the spin. What next for Morgan? As a key character in the revolution that took England from world chumps to World Champs, Eoin Morgan's reputation is assured. He remains a figure of huge authority within the England set-up, too, and will probably remain once after his playing days are over. But his decision to leave himself out for this match was intriguing. While he had indicated ahead of the first game of this series that England intended to use it to take a look at different combinations and options, the fact is he has reached 30 only twice in his 17 most-recent international innings. And in his last 15 T20Is, he is averaging 12.10 at a strike-rate of 124.74. None of this means his place in the side is in immediate doubt. Batting in the middle order is notoriously tough in T20 cricket and England have very few contenders for the spot. Morgan has a vast amount of credit in the bank. But, given the competition for places among England batters - the likes of Alex Hales, Joe Root and Tom Banton are among those currently unable to break into the side and Ben is Stokes currently out as he continues his rehabilitation from a finger injury - and Jos Buttler's presence a natural replacement as captain, that is a run of form that is bound to start raising concerns. Moeen Ali played an aggressive cameo Imad's contribution At first glance, Imad Wasim's figures of 2 for 37 don't look especially pretty. He conceded almost 10 an over, after all, and was struck for three sixes. At one stage in his first over, he had bowled only three legitimate deliveries and already conceded 11 runs; he could have been forgiven for thinking he was in for a rough afternoon. But he also claimed two important wickets. And, despite bowling two overs in the Powerplay, delivered 11 dot balls. Nobody in the game bowled more. On another flat surface with relatively short boundaries, it was an impressive contribution and, on another day, those early wickets of Jason Roy and Dawid Malan could have proved decisive. Tailing off One of the characteristics of England's limited-overs cricket in recent years has been their commitment to the positive approach. This has routinely seen the lower-middle order continue to attack even if the top order have been blown away with batters as good as Adil Rashid (who has 10 first-class centuries) sometimes coming in as low as No. 11. Might that be changing a little? While there is no obvious alteration in England's approach - they continue to attack all the way down the order - there are, perhaps, one or two questions about the depth of their batting. In this side, for example, Tom Curran came in at No. 7 (he had only batted as high in one previous T20I) and Rashid came in at No. 9. It meant the top order didn't have quite the same safety net as before and might, in time, result in them playing slightly more careful cricket. This was not England's first choice side, of course. The likes of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes might well come into the side ahead of the T20 World Cup. But the fact that they were bowled out in successive matches for the first time in their T20I history - albeit having made 200 on each occasion - was a reminder, perhaps, about the value of such batting depth. Eyes on Livingstone So vital a player has Liam Livingstone suddenly become in this side, that even his dismissals are entertaining. Having just hit a vast six - the ball disappeared over the top of the new stand which borders the rugby ground; as big a hit as most have seen - he was run out when an attempted scoop somehow found its way to square leg. And while Haris Rauf had knocked off one bail with his elbow before completing the run-out, the other one remained in place to ensure the stumps could still be broken. The groan that went round the ground suggested that Livingstone has quickly become something of a crowd favourite - a remarkable thing for a Lancashire man in Leeds.
  10. Dhawan, Kishan, Shaw lead Sri Lanka rout after Kuldeep, Chahal shine India galloped to a seven-wicket win in the first ODI in Colombo with 80 balls to spare Prithvi Shaw played gloriously through the offside, debutant Ishan Kishan lit up the stadium with a thumping fifty on his birthday, and Shikhar Dhawan saw the chase through from start to finish, as India's second string served Sri Lanka a walloping first up. Chasing the hosts' half-decent (but far from daunting) 262 for 9, India galloped home with 80 balls and seven wickets remaining. Long passages in their innings were more a celebration of their batting depth and fearlessness than a serious contest; Sri Lanka's bowlers were unable to contain them no matter which field or angle of attack they employed. Sri Lanka's batters, in contrast, had been constricted by the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Krunal Pandya, who took grip of the middle overs and struck frequently to prevent any partnerships from prospering for long. Chahal and Kuldeep took two wickets apiece - their early strikes instrumental in reducing Sri Lanka to 89 for 3, before Krunal's miserly left-arm spin kept the run rate in check. Sri Lanka's batters occasionally found the boundary through this period, but were largely unable to keep the runs flowing in between the big shots - a reflection of their own limitations, as well as the quality of the bowling. Six batters got themselves past 20, but only Chamika Karunaratne breached 40, with his late explosion. As a team, they played out 159 dot balls. Although Kishan would hit a half-century and Dhawan top-scored with 86 not out off 95, it was Shaw's innings that was the most manic of the evening, setting the tone for India's thundering victory. He punched Dushmantha Chameera through the offside twice in the first over with sublime timing to get India moving rapidly, then hit majestic boundaries off Isuru Udana at the other end. He hit three successive fours in the arc between point and cover in the fourth over, each one seemingly more glorious than the last. When Shaw got out for 43 off 24, Kishan ensured India's scoring rate - which was over 10 at the time - would not slow down. Facing his first ball in ODI cricket, he ran down the track at Dhananjaya de Silva and launched him over his head for six, then creamed the next ball through cover point for four. In de Silva's next over, he pummelled three successive boundaries. Later in his innings, after the powerplay had ended, Charith Asalanka's offspin would be punished as well. It was with a one-bounce four off Asalanka that Kishan reached his fifty, off the 33rd ball he faced. He would eventually be out for 59 off 42, edging Lakshan Sandakan behind. Prithvi Shaw was named Player of the Match Dhawan's innings was stately in comparison. When India reached 50 in the fifth over, he was on seven. When they went past 100 in the 13th over, he was on 16. In fact, Dhawan hit only one boundary off his first 57 balls, choosing instead to turn the strike over, and look for safe runs into the outfield. It was only in the company of Manish Pandey, who made a sedate start relatively speaking, that Dhawan took it upon himself to begin looking for boundaries. When he hit the winning run in the 37th over, he had six fours and a six to his name. Earlier, Sri Lanka had made a decent start, getting to 49 for no loss after nine overs, before Avishka Fernando spooned Chahal's very first ball to short cover, and Sri Lanka's problems began. Batters made confident starts, but rotated the strike poorly, and were out looking for boundaries on what they knew was a good pitch to bat, and on which they would need a score of close to 300 to seriously challenge India. After Chahal provided the initial brekathrough, Yadav claimed the next two wickets - debutant Bhanuka Rajapaksa edging him high into the infield as he attempted to slog against the turn, before Minod Bhanuka, who had compiled a patient 27, edged to slip. Krunal's only wicket was an important one - that of de Silva, who holed out to long-off. Partly because of their frequent loss of wickets, Sri Lanka were poorly placed for the slog overs. They lost two wickets in quick succession as they approached the 40th over, and would soon lose Dasun Shanaka as well, after he made 39 off 50 in his first innings as captain. His dismissal would leave them 205 for 7 in the 44th over. No. 8 Karunaratne, though, worked himself gradually into the innings alongside Isuru Udana, with whom he shared a boundary-less 17-run stand, before exploding in the company of No. 10 Dushmantha Chameera, in the last two overs. Chameera struck a four and six off successive Hardik Pandya deliveries in the penultimate over, before Karunaratne hit two sixes - including a helicopter shot over deep midwicket - and a four off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 50th. Sri Lanka reaped 32 runs off the last 12 balls. Once India got going, that final fillip seemed a lot less impressive.
  11. Shakib Al Hasan's 96*, Shoriful Islam's four-for give Bangladesh the series in tight finish A 69-run unbeaten stand between Shakib and Saifuddin saw Bangladesh through in a three-wicket win File photo: Shoriful Islam's four-for restricted Zimbabwe to 240 Shakib Al Hasan put on a masterclass with his unbeaten 96 in a nervy chase against Zimbabwe, that ended up with a three-wicket win for Bangladesh in Harare. It clinched the series for the visitors in a contest that was closer than it looked on TV due to the lack of fans at the Harare Sports Club. Shakib endured two batting collapses at the other end but kept his nerve during the 69-run unbroken eighth-wicket stand with Mohammad Saifuddin. They got together with the score on 173 for 7 in the 39th over, focusing only on risk-free ones and twos, and the odd three. The home side were on the other end of the nerves scale: substitute Milton Shumba missed an easy run-out chance with Saifuddin stranded at the non-striker's end, while Regis Chakabva and Richard Ngarava dropped difficult catches. Bangladesh only scored three boundaries in the last 19 overs of their innings, but it was enough to turn the game on its head. Their effort neutralised all the good work done by Wessley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza, who put on a superb all-round show. Both took a wicket each in their tight spells, having already taken superb catches at point, and rescued their side with a 63-run sixth-wicket stand. This was only Shakib's second fifty this year, but it came just a day after he had taken a five-wicket haul in Bangladesh's 155-run win in the first ODI of the series. Saifuddin too proved his worth as a lower-order batter, not with his big hits, but by keeping his head in Bangladesh's first win in a chase since the 2019 World Cup. They got off to a boundary-heavy start, as captain Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das struck four boundaries each during their 39-run opening stand. Luke Jongwe ended the partnership by getting Iqbal to cut the ball, only for Raza to take a superb catch at backward point. The visitors slipped to 74 for 4 in the next eight overs when Richard Ngarava got one to hurry on Das who popped a catch to mid-on. Jongwe struck again when Mohammad Mithun cut one to point where Madhevere dived to his left to take the catch. Mosaddek Hossain was the fourth wicket - the most unnecessary one of the lot - when he tried to sneak a bye after Shakib left a Ngarava wide. Wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva struck with his underarm roll, as Bangladesh fell into further trouble. But as has happened quite regularly this year, Mahmudullah came to the rescue after four wickets were down cheaply. This time too, he added 55 runs for the fifth wicket with Shakib, having struck three fours in his 26. But Blessing Muzarabani got him caught behind off the first ball of his second spell, before Mehidy Hasan Miraz, curiously given a promotion above Afif Hossain, fell to a half-hearted slog-sweep against Madhevere. Afif himself got stumped off Raza, a point from which it seemed Bangladesh wouldn't turn the tide, but Saifuddin and Shakib had other plans in their mind. Earlier, Zimbabwe's batters couldn't convert their starts after captain Brendan Taylor said at the toss that he decided to bat first to put less pressure on his young batters. Madhevere's 56, and his stand with Raza - the latter making a comeback after a shoulder surgery - lifted them to the 200-plus score. But it was Taylor's dismissal in the 25th over that gave Bangladesh the edge. Zimbabwe did bat the full quota of 50 overs, but it was clear that Madhevere, Dion Myers and Raza had to be mindful of keeping wickets intact. Madhevere struck five fours and a six in his 56 off 63 balls. Taylor made 46 while Chakabva, Myers and Raza got out in the thirties, and quite predictably, there was very little contribution from their bottom four batters. Once again, Zimbabwe couldn't quite take advantage of being in good positions in the match, and Bangladesh showed their experience despite getting into difficult positions themselves.
  12. Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl says "there is no reason to sell" Danny Ings but the striker entering the final year of his contract without a new deal in place is "not a perfect situation". The 28-year-old's contract is due to expire in June 2022 and he has rejected a new four-year deal at the club. Ings has scored 41 Premier League goals in three years at Saints after joining from Liverpool. "We need this player, we want him to play for us," said Hasenhuttl. "But I think it's never helpful to go into the last season with one year left - this is what I think he should know." Speaking to BBC Radio Solent sports editor Adam Blackmore, the Austrian added: "Messages like he doesn't accept our contract, he doesn't want to extend his contract, doesn't help nobody - not him, not us. I don't know who sent these messages, it's not coming from our side, definitely not. "We have no interest in blaming the player or finding that he's not feeling good here at this club, no interest in not helping perform the best he can for us. It's his position and if it's like this, it would be a pity." Listen to the full Hasenhuttl interview here Ings initially joined Saints on loan from Liverpool before making the move permanent in July 2019 for £20m. He suffered two major knee injuries in his three years at Anfield but regained his form on the south coast, scoring 22 Premier League goals in 2019-20 and 12 last season. Having been in Gareth Southgate's England squad for matches in September and October 2020, Ings' chances of making the squad for Euro 2020 were hindered by a succession of niggling problems, including a positive Covid test.
  13. Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move to AC Milan for an undisclosed fee after three years at Stamford Bridge. The France forward joined Chelsea from Arsenal for £18m in January 2018. The 34-year-old thanked Chelsea on Twitter for the "special memories", saying he's "starting a new journey with a light and happy heart". He wrote: "Our victories in the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League have been magnificent." Giroud added: "To all the Blues, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to the whole club, a huge thank you for these special moments." Giroud brilliance gives Chelsea lead in 2018 FA Cup semi-final He scored 11 goals in 31 appearances for European champions Chelsea last season but only made eight Premier League starts. Chelsea signed Germany forwards Kai Havertz and Timo Werner last summer, which meant Giroud had reduced game time in the 2020-21 league season. The striker scored 39 goals in 119 appearances for the Blues in total, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup. The World Cup winner, who also won three FA Cups with Arsenal, came off the bench in France's Euro 2020 defeat against Switzerland in the last 16. AC Milan finished 12 points behind rivals Inter Milan, who won Serie A, last season.
  14. Manchester United are expected to make a formal offer for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, 28, this week, but are not prepared to meet the £50m price tag for a player who has one year left on his contract. (Daily Mail) France international Varane is in high demand, with Chelsea considering joining United and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign the centre-back. (Marca - in Spanish) Manchester United have also been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid's Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior, 21, as the Spanish side try to raise funds before making a move for Paris St-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe. (Mirror) Harry Kane's England team-mates believe the 27-year-old may not attend Tottenham pre-season training in a bid to force a move to Manchester City this summer. (The Telegraph - subscription required) Tottenham want to sign Roma attacking midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 25, although it is unclear whether or not the Italy international would be keen on a move to England. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness) Fenerbahce are in talks with West Ham over a £2m deal for the Hammers' 31-year-old Ukrainian winger Andriy Yarmolenko. (Football Insider) England midfielder Jordan Henderson, 31, is set to sign a new deal with Liverpool. The Reds captain's current deal at Anfield runs until 2023. (Mirror) Brazilian left-back Alex Telles has played down talk that he could leave Manchester United this summer by saying it is "a pleasure to be at" Old Trafford. The 28-year-old, who joined United from Porto last year, has been linked with Roma and Inter Milan. (Goal) What the PL can learn from VAR at Euro 2020 What the Premier League can learn from VAR at Euro 2020 - by former referee Lee Probert Romelu Lukaku's agent Federico Pastorello has assured Inter Milan fans that the Belgian striker, 28, will not leave the San Siro this summer despite financial issues at the Serie A champions. (FCInterNews - in Italian) Mauro Icardi is open to leaving Paris St-Germain for Juventus this summer. The Argentine striker, 28, spent seven years in Serie A with Inter Milan before joining the French side in 2019. (Footmercato - in French) Juventus have also expressed interest in re-signing Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who has struggled for game time since joining Barcelona from the Italian giants in 2020. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish) Liverpool may have to move quickly if they are to beat Borussia Dortmund to the signing of PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen. In order to buy the 22-year-old, Jurgen Klopp would first have to offload fringe players from the squad. (Daily Express) Crystal Palace are set to beat Leeds in the race to sign Peterborough's Portuguese forward Adler Nascimento, 16, who also previously attracted interest from Wolves and Brighton. (Daily Mail) Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has passed a medical before the 34-year-old Bosnian's proposed move to Everton. (Talksport) Brexit could help Manchester United land 30-year-old Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Tripper, as La Liga regulations surrounding British players have recently expired. (Daily Express) While Brexit might boost United's transfer hopes, Gareth Bale, 32, faces an uncertain future after his loan spell at Tottenham ended, as Real Madrid are only permitted to have three non-European Union players in their squad in line with La Liga regulations. (Mirror) Were Trippier to join United, Atletico Madrid will move for Norwich and England Under-21 full-back Max Aarons, who may cost the Spanish champions about £25m. (Mirror) Barcelona midfielder Riqui Puig has rejected several offers with the 21-year-old Spaniard determined to stay and fight for his place at the Nou Camp under Ronald Koeman. (Sport - in Spanish)
  15. Argentina completed a series victory over a depleted Wales side with a convincing victory in Cardiff. Following last weekend's 20-20 draw, the Pumas took advantage of a sloppy Wales display to win the second Test at the Principality Stadium. Wales opened the scoring through Owen Lane but Argentina responded with tries from wing Matias Moroni, scrum-half Tomas Cubelli and flanker Pablo Matera. Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez kicked 18 points to punish Wales indiscipline. As it happened and reaction: Pumas seal series against Wales Wales coach Wayne Pivac had said he was without 27 players for this final game of the season because of injuries and British and Irish Lions commitments in South Africa. This defeat came against an almost full-strength Argentina side that beat New Zealand and drew twice with Australia in late 2020. Pivac had stated this was a chance to develop players before the 2023 World Cup in France given the first team was unavailable and he would have learned some valuable lessons from the two Tests against Argentina. In searing sunshine, the Pumas dominated the aerial battle, had scrummaging superiority, employed a simple-yet-effective powerful, ball-carrying game plan and simply made fewer errors than their opponents. Wales made made seven changes from their first Test line-up, with Cardiff half-backs Tomos Williams and Jarrod Evans included after impressing off the bench last week. Ospreys prop Gareth Thomas made his first start, while Cardiff flanker Josh Turnbull began his first Wales match in seven years. Argentina made two changes, with centre Santiago Chocobares and wing Bautista Delguy starting as they reshuffled their backline following last week's red card for full-back Juan Cruz Mallia. Sanchez missed an early penalty and picked up a head injury after the TMO ruled the Argentina fly-half had collided with the leg of Nick Tompkins, rather than an attempted Lane tackle. Cardiff wing Lane then finished expertly for the opening try before Argentina responded with a powerful burst from wing Moroni, which Sanchez converted. Scarlets wing Tom Rogers had been given his second cap after replacing Jonah Holmes but he endured a difficult opening quarter with a series of mistakes, while full-back Hallam Amos also spilled possession on a couple of occasions. Wales were hampered by unforced errors and indiscipline as they continually gave Argentina attractive opportunities. The hosts' generosity almost laid the platform for an early Cubelli try, but the scrum-half knocked on with the try line begging under pressure from a Jonathan Davies tackle. Sanchez extended the lead with a penalty, before a potential Pumas try was disallowed by the early whistle of English referee Luke Pearce. That merely delayed events, with Cubelli finally securing his try, which Sanchez converted. Wales responded with an Evans penalty but Argentina held a deserved nine-point lead at the interval.
  16. Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle for the £50m transfer of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White. White was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate's England Euro 2020 squad. It completes a meteoric rise for the 23-year-old, who was released by Southampton as a youngster before being signed by Brighton. He went on a number of loans from the Seagulls, including to Leeds' Championship title-winning side in 2019-20. White's performances for Leeds attracted the attention of many leading clubs and prompted Brighton to secure him on a new four-year contract last summer. That deal put the Seagulls in a strong negotiating position this summer and it is understood they rejected two bids from the Gunners before agreement was finally reached amid interest from other Premier League clubs. White is on holiday so the transfer, including his medical, will not be completed until he returns. The transfer comes as Arsenal part ways with Brazil defender David Luiz after his contract expired. The Gunners have also signed 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £8m this summer.
  17. Tadej Pogacar is set to win his second Tour de France after finishing seventh in the penultimate stage time trial. Jumbo-Visma's Wout van Aert won stage 20, his second stage victory this year. Pogacar, 22, will officially win the yellow jersey after Sunday's final stage to Paris, when - by tradition - the leader is not challenged. Defending champion Pogacar, of UAE-Team Emirates, is five minutes 20 seconds ahead of Jumbo-Visma's Jonas Vingegaard in second. Ecuador's Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers will finish third, seven minutes three seconds down. "I'm super happy to finish - it went so fast," said Pogacar. "There was so much support on course, I was just enjoying every moment, though I was suffering as it was super hot. "I cannot describe it. I was going flat out but it was totally different to stage five [another time trial, won by Pogacar] where there was much more adrenaline. But today I did my best - I was prepared, but not as good in the legs. "I cannot compare - last year was something else. This year is just different." A hot day in the saddle The time trial took place on a hot day near Bordeaux and, for many tired riders, it showed. Former Tour winner Geraint Thomas, who sacrificed any chances of a potential overall win after a crash early in the three-week race, came home 37th. The Briton said: "Definitely been the hardest Tour I've done mentally. I enjoyed today - took it easy. "You've got to go all in. I had a good team around me. Don't get me wrong - there's been some dark times." Van Aert won the 30.8km time trial by 21 seconds over Demark's Kasper Asgreen of Deceuninck-Quick Step, with Vingegaard third, a further 11 seconds back. Vingegaard clawed back 15 seconds overall on Pogacar, but Carapaz lost one minute 12 seconds. The race ends on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday, when Britain's Mark Cavendish will have a chance to break the record for Tour de France stage wins he currently shares with Belgian legend Eddy Merckx by securing a 35th victory. How did Pogacar dominate the Tour? Pogacar's performances in the lead-up to the Tour were imperious, beating a string of in-form riders - several of them from Ineos, including Adam Yates at the UAE Tour in February. The first week of this race was a controversial, crash-strewn affair, with Pogacar the only leading man to stay out of trouble as rivals Roglic and Thomas crashed out of contention. There were early race attacks, hoping to upset his team, but, since his stage five time-trial victory, Pogacar has not looked back. Attacks against him in the mountains were few and far between, and when riders such as the surprising Vingegaard - riding for Jumbo-Visma - did venture off the front of the peloton, Pogacar would follow them - making a strong point that he could marshal most situations himself. Another Tour of toil for Ineos The sight of Carapaz on the podium in Paris is unlikely to deflect attention away from what will likely be viewed as a disappointing performance from Ineos Grenadiers, who produced the overall winner on seven occasions between 2012 and 2019. Like Michal Kwiatkowski's victory on stage 18 in 2020, it is scant consolation for a team widely believed to have the biggest budget in cycling. In their defence, team boss Sir Dave Brailsford can point to numerous high-profile victories this season. Egan Bernal triumphed at the first Grand Tour of the season - the Giro d'Italia - while Geraint Thomas (Tour de Romandie), Carapaz (Tour de Suisse) and Richie Porte (Criterium du Dauphine) have all enjoyed notable wins. However, the Tour remains a key barometer of success as the most prestigious race in cycling. And for the second year running barely anything has gone to plan during a period in which Pogacar's dominance has seemed absolute. Porte and Tao Geoghegan Hart's effectiveness was immediately impaired after they were caught in a crash on stage one, and 2018 champion Thomas - whose contract is due to expire at the end of the year - has struggled since dislocating his shoulder on stage three. Even Carapaz's attack on stage 17 - after brilliantly bluffing his way up the Col du Portet on the wheels of Vingegaard and the yellow jersey - fell flat as he conceded time to both at the summit finish. Speaking at the end of stage 20, Thomas said: "I am well up for the challenge and the fight with the boys. We are certainly up against it. He [Tadej Pogacar] is a talented guy but nobody is unbeatable."
  18. At the circuit where the Formula 1 World Championship started in 1950, the sport made a decisive break with tradition on Saturday - and the results were inconclusive. F1's first 'sprint' - a race on Saturday, one-third of the distance of a regular Grand Prix, to set the grid for Sunday's main event - ended with Max Verstappen winning from Lewis Hamilton. It extended the Dutchman's championship lead over the Briton by one point, and gave him the best opportunity to enlarge it further on Sunday. After watching the Red Bull driver control the race from the front after passing Hamilton's Mercedes off the start line, it is tempting to conclude that the 'sprint' had failed in one of its objectives, of adding extra jeopardy to the Grand Prix. Verstappen's Red Bull appeared the faster car - certainly Hamilton said he believed it was. If it turns out that way, putting Verstappen at the front for the start of the Grand Prix makes a close race on Sunday less likely rather than more so. But that conclusion would be premature. The overarching point of the 'sprint', which is being trialled at three races this year and could be introduced at more in 2022 if it is deemed a success, was to enhance the entire weekend. A first judgement on that will not be possible until Sunday evening at the earliest. This event, in front of 100,000 enthusiastic fans at a Silverstone bathing in gorgeous summer weather, was meant to be a trial, and F1 is planning research and surveys to establish reaction to it. The architect of the plan, though, felt he had already seen enough to justify its introduction on a permanent basis at more races next year. F1 managing director Ross Brawn said he was "very pleased" by what he had seen. "There was lots of action," Brawn said. "People are now understanding it's a complete weekend. We had a great day yesterday, we've had a great day today, and I'm sure we're going to have a great day tomorrow. So three days of action. And I don't believe we have diluted it at any stage; we've only added to to it. "We will go away and review everything, take some time, talk to the teams and drivers, discuss it with the FIA and see if there are things we can polish, but I don't think we should change anything fundamentally. I think the concept is good. "The terminology of the event is a little challenging. Some people call it sprint qualifying, some call it a sprint race, we need to tidy up things like that. There are things we need to evolve, but nothing major."
  19. British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says he expects a lively discussion about selection for the first Test with South Africa. The Lions ended their warm-up schedule with a comfortable 49-3 win over the Stormers on Saturday. Gatland says he thinks the toughest decisions will be made in "the back three and the loose forwards". "We will go through the process over the next 72 hours and there will be some robust debate," he added. The Lions begin their three-Test series with the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday 24 July, with Gatland expected to announce his side on Thursday. "There are going to be some tight calls with regards to the back three and the loose forwards, and how that mix is going to look," he added. Stormers v British and Irish Lions - as it happened "They are probably going to be the tightest calls, but we will make sure we look at the starting XV and also the impact off the bench as well. "We will sit down and have a look at the game and sit down with the medics. Then we will start thinking about those right combinations."
  20. Raul Jimenez made his long-awaited return from injury as Wolves fell to a 1-0 pre-season friendly defeat at League One side Crewe Alexandra. The Mexican striker, 30, had not played since he suffered a fractured skull at Arsenal on 29 November. Wearing protective headgear, Jimenez struck the bar with a free-kick before being replaced by Patrick Cutrone. Chris Long scored the winner at Gresty Road as Bruno Lage's reign as Wolves boss began in disappointing fashion. Jimenez was cleared to return in May, but Wolves decided not to risk him for the final game of the season against Manchester United.It was also decided he would miss the Olympic Games even though Mexico were keen to choose the former Benfica forward as an overage player. Elsewhere, Patrick Vieira enjoyed a winning start as Crystal Palace manager as Wilfried Zaha scored the only goal in their friendly at League Two Walsall. Former Arsenal midfielder Vieira, who previously managed Nice in France, replaced Roy Hodgson as Palace boss on a three-year contract. Neither of his two new signings, Michael Olise and Remi Matthews, were involved at the Banks's Stadium, although Nathaniel Clyne did feature for the first 45 minutes despite not yet signing an extension to his contract, which expired in the summer.
  21. Selected others: -5 S Lowry (Ire), P Casey (Eng), A Sullivan (Eng); -4 R MacIntyre (Sco), D Willett (Eng); -3 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), J Rose (Eng), A Rai (Eng), M Wallace (Eng); -1 R McIlroy (NI) Louis Oosthuizen saw his Open lead cut to one shot heading into the final day at Royal St George's but he remains in pole position for a second Claret Jug. The South African, winner in 2010, held a two-stroke advantage after setting a record-breaking pace through 36 holes but it briefly vanished on Saturday. Americans Jordan Spieth and Collin Morikawa closed in to make it a three-way tie before Oosthuizen birdied 17 and edged ahead at 12 under par. It sets up a thrilling final day. Morikawa is the 38-year-old world number 13's closest challenger at 11 under par after Spieth fell away with a back-to-back bogey finish that dropped him to nine under. American Scottie Scheffler and Canada's Corey Conners are four shots off the lead at eight under par. Scotland's Robert MacIntyre posted the round of the day, a superb five-under-par 65 that included a birdie-birdie finish as he reached four under for the week. He is one behind Ireland's defending champion Shane Lowry and leading English pair Paul Casey and Andy Sullivan, who all sit at five under par. Watch BBC Two highlights: Day three of The Open 'Questionable pins' trouble players Low scores were carded when the wind dropped on Friday and organisers responded by setting up tougher pin positions on day three at the Kent links track. That provided more of a test - with the course again bathed in sunshine and tickled by a light breeze - and challenged the field to hold their nerve around the greens. World number two Jon Rahm said they "may have been some of the hardest pin positions I have ever seen" after he shot a two-under 68 to move to seven under par. "You cannot tell on TV but they are almost always on top of a little hill," added the US Open champion. "It's a way of defending the golf course." And after his round Oosthuizen said: "The R&A put some pins out there that were questionable. It was tough and I'm glad I held it together." Jittery Oosthuizen holds on Oosthuizen showed no signs of nerves on the front nine as he carded seven pars and birdied seven and nine to reach 13 under, despite loud roars up ahead alerting him to the fact 2017 champion Spieth was beginning to make a move. At the same time 2020 US PGA Championship winner Morikawa was initially trending in the wrong direction, scrambling to save par from a bunker on the opening hole and continuing his jittery start with a bogey after again finding the sand at the second. The 24-year-old dropped to seven under par, four strokes adrift of Oosthuizen's lead, with a bogey at five before successive birdies at seven and eight and again on 13 and 14 saw him chisel out a gritty two-under 68 and finish on 11 under. "I don't have much experience on links golf and pretty much all the highlights in my head are from this week," said Morikawa. "Thankfully there are quite a few. "Hopefully we can just use that momentum from the first three days and bring it into the last 18. It's going to be a gruelling 18, but I look forward to it." Morikawa's birdie on the par-five 14th moved him into a three-way share of the lead on 11 under after Oosthuizen had bogeyed the par-three 11th and dropped another shot at 13. The South African, six times a runner-up at major championships since his victory at St Andrews 11 years ago, was beginning to look a little tense himself but saved par on 15 and a wry smile suggested he was back in the grove. Moments later, a pin-point tee shot at the par-three 16th set the platform for another birdie and Oosthuizen this time edged into a one-shot advantage that he will take into the final day at the Sandwich venue. "I was definitely not swinging freely," he said. "I was a little all over the place with iron shots. I felt like I kept the round together at the end there. "Finishing second isn't so great, so I will play my heart out and see if I can lift the Claret Jug again." Spieth goes cold at the finish Spieth's putter was proving as warm as the late afternoon sunshine when he sank two birdies in his opening four holes and recovered from a bogey at five with two more birdies to take a share of the lead for the first time in the third round. Even when he found trouble off the tee the three-time major winner was at his scrambling best, making a number of creative shots from the rough and around the edge of the green as he hit the turn in three-under 32 - a start only matched by Cameron Smith among those at the top of the field. Spieth, who dropped out of the world's top 50 last year, is looking to end a four-year wait for a major title after last being successful at Royal Birkdale in 2017. The American, now ranked 23rd in the world, birdied the 10th to reach 12 under par but that was cancelled out on the par-three 11th, though he regained a share of top spot as Oosthuizen stuttered on the back nine. A string of pars looked to be keeping Spieth in the hunt but he bogeyed the 17th and then missed a two-footer for par on the last to leave himself work to do if he is to end his major drought on Sunday. With up to 32,000 spectators allowed on site every day, thousands arrived early to follow a couple of big names in the morning groups, Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau. Northern Ireland's McIlroy posted five birdies on the front nine to reach four under but could not maintain that momentum and three bogeys following the turn pegged him back to one under par. American DeChambeau, who had a spat with his club manufacturer earlier this week after criticising his driver, is well off the pace at three over after a level-par 70.
  22. He is already Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in Tests and T20Is with 210 and 92 wickets This is not the first time Shakib has become Bangladesh's highest ODI wicket-taker Shakib Al Hasan became Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in ODIs when he dismissed Brendan Taylor as part of a five-for in the first ODI against Zimbabwe in Harare. Shakib overtook Mashrafe Mortaza's tally of 269 with a lovely ball that deceived the batter, and his sweep shot, to snag the top edge and end up in the hands of short fine leg. The left-arm spinning allrounder now has 274 wickets in 213 ODIs, to go along with his 6,474 runs as well. This is not the first time Shakib has become Bangladesh's highest ODI wicket-taker. He had reached that pinnacle in September 2016 only for Mortaza to go past him. But, with Mortaza playing his last ODI in March 2020 and looking unlikely to add to them, the record might just stay in Shakib's hands for a while. Mortaza had taken one wicket in two matches for Asia XI in the Afro-Asia Cup in 2007. That along with his 269 strikes for Bangladesh had made him the most successful Bangladeshi bowler in ODI history. But on Friday, Shakib took that record as well, finishing with match-winning figures of 9.5-3-30-5. Shakib returned to the Bangladesh team during this Sri Lanka series, after missing their ODIs and T20Is in New Zealand due to a thigh injury, and skipping the Tests in Sri Lanka last month due to his IPL commitment. He is already Bangladesh's highest wicket-taker in Tests and T20Is with 210 and 92 wickets, respectively. Shakib is also currently the sixth highest wicket-taker in T20s with 362 wickets. He is among only four allrounders to score more than 6,000 runs and take 250-plus wickets in ODIs. In T20s, he is one of only three people to have scored 5,000 runs, taken 300 wickets and picked up 50 catches.
  23. Former fast bowler says they were in part responsible for his exclusion from the XI at the 2007 World Cup Roger Telemachus claims he was supposed to have played the semi-final of the 2007 World Cup but didn't because of political pressure South African cricket was controlled by a clique of white players nicknamed "the big five," according to former fast bowler Roger Telemachus. Testifying at the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings, Telemachus explained how the moniker was coined at the 2007 World Cup, where he was part of the squad but did not play a game. "That is where the big five started. They control selection. They control everything. They used to go to the coach and say this is how we are going to play. This is where we gave the name to these players," Telemachus said. He did not name which players made up the clique but when asked to confirm its make-up, Telemachus said: "This is a group of white players." This is not the first time a clique has been mentioned in South African cricket. Herschelle Gibbs wrote about a group of players who controlled the national team in his autobiography in 2010 and the recent and turbulent overhaul of Cricket South Africa (CSA) also included references to a small set of players wielding all the power. Telemachus claimed the clique was partly responsible for his being reduced to a passenger at the World Cup 14 years ago, but he also indicated there was political interference. "A week before the semi-final I was told I will definitely be playing the semi-final. I asked the coach what was the reason and he said one of our fast bowlers has a niggle," Telemachus said. "But before that, Makhaya Ntini was out of form and the day before, apparently, they (team management) got an email from CSA that the ANC (African National Congress, South Africa's ruling party) are putting pressure on them because there are no black African cricketers in the team. "That is the reason why the coach came to me and said, 'Sorry, this is the story, unfortunately you can't play.' He showed me the mail. My question to them was why can't Roger Telemachus and Makhaya Ntini play together in the semi-final? No answers, nothing happened. I was left out. I called my family and told them I am going to play and they should watch out for me. And then I was told I wouldn't play. I almost got physical with that coach. The assistant coach had to stop me. I was furious, I was hurt." Incidentally, neither Telemachus nor Ntini played in that match against Australia, which South Africa lost by seven wickets. Ntini was dropped for the previous game against England and was not brought back into the team for the knockout match after struggling through the tournament. Telemachus had not played an ODI since September 2006, did not feature at the World Cup and never played again for South Africa. He claims he was given no explanation for why he was left out. "When I confronted them, they couldn't give me answers. Even when we returned from West Indies I never got answers." Asked how he thought the clique was formed, Telemachus said, "they were good friends off the cricket field, good friends on the cricket field, they had their social lives together, even when there weren't tours. That was how they hooked up and discussed things." While the SJN aims to provide a platform for those involved in cricket to recount historical incidents of racial discrimination, it is also looking at any continuing bias in the game today. Telemachus recently lost his position as coach of the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial union to the Dolphins coach Imraan Khan. This has been the norm since the dissolution of the franchise system last summer. Franchise coaches are taking over at most of the bigger provincial teams. The Dolphins used to have two feeder teams linked to them - Kwa-Zulu Natal Coastal and Kwa-Zulu Natal Inland. The Inland team has appointed Michael Smith, the former head coach of Martizburg College. Telemachus, who has a Level 4 coaching certificate, took aim at the process South African teams use to appoint a coach, which he said was not based on credentials. "The appointment of the national coach is unfair," he said. "The guy was never asked for an interview. He was appointed by the director of cricket (Graeme Smith). I've got no issues with Mark Boucher. I've got no issues with the guy who has been appointed KZN-Inland coach (Michael Smith). I have got issues with people who made these decisions." The SJN hearings are due to run for the next two weeks after which transformation ombudsman Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, will produce a report and recommendations to CSA.
  24. Uncapped batter Lahiru Udara and seam-bowling allrounder Ishan Jayaratne also named in 25-man squad Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was fined by SLC earlier this month for a breach of contract, has been named in the 25-member Sri Lanka squad for the rescheduled ODI and T20I series at home against India starting July 18. Uncapped batter Lahiru Udara and seam-bowling allrounder Ishan Jayaratne received call-ups in the absence of several high-profile players. Returning from injury, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha also featured in the squad, which was without four of the side's first-choice batters - Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera - who are unavailable owing to suspension or injury. Dasun Shanaka will lead the side, having replaced Perera, who has anyway been ruled out by a shoulder injury. Dhananjaya de Silva was named the vice-captain. Binura Fernando is not expected to be fit for the ODI series, but could play the T20Is. Minod Bhanuka is likely to be Perera's replacement as wicketkeeper. Although it is India who have arrived with a second-string squad - their Test players are on duty in England - Sri Lanka have the less experienced group of players to pick from, particularly given the absence of the suspended and injured players. de Silva has the most ODI caps, with 50. In comparison, India's captain Shikhar Dhawan has played 142 ODIs. Sri Lanka lost all three ODI series they have played this year, going down 3-0 to West Indies, 2-1 to Bangladesh, and 2-0 to England. In T20Is, they have lost 12 of their last 13 completed matches. Squad: Dasun Shanaka (capt), Dhananjaya DD Silva (vice-capt), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana
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