Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is still counting on Sri Lanka turning up for a limited-overs tour this month despite alleged terrorist threats.Sri Lanka Cricket said on Wednesday it was warned of a possible terrorist threat during the scheduled tour of Pakistan, and sought a reassessment of the security situation before the first of three one-day internationals on Sept. 27 in Karachi. There’s also three Twenty20s scheduled in Lahore from Oct. 5-9.”Inshallah (God willing) they will come, we should hope for the best,” Sarfaraz said on Friday in Karachi.”The Pakistan Cricket Board is trying its best and we should all pray that international cricket should come back to Pakistan.”Sarfaraz added the International Cricket Council and other national boards should come forward and support Pakistan more in its bid to revive international cricket.”The way PCB has worked over the last 10 years, it’s a tremendous effort,” he said.He also noted how quick Pakistan supported Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday bombings there by sending a junior team to tour.Major teams have avoided Pakistan since the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists in 2009. Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI in limited-overs matches amid intense security.Sarfaraz was confirmed as captain on Friday for both limited-overs series. Babar Azam was named as vice-captain and PCB chairman Ehsan Mani hinted the middle-order batsman could be Pakistan’s future captain in the shorter formats.”This is part of Babar’s gradual development as a future captain and in line with our strategy of introducing a succession plan across the board so that there are no gaps,” Mani said in a statement.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya trolled over latest Instagram postAlso see:
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: A cheerleader runs onto the field with an Ohio State Buckeyes flag prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)It seems like Ryan Day’s first duty as Ohio State head coach has been to raid the staffs of other Big Ten programs for assistant coaching hires.First, Day poached Greg Mattison and Al Washington from Michigan. Now, he’s added another staff member from a Big Ten East program.According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, Ohio State is hiring Maryland’s Matt Barnes as its new special teams coordinator and assistant secondary coach.Barnes has spent three the last three seasons as Maryland’s linebackers coach, and he added the responsibility of special teams coordinator in 2018.SOURCE: #OhioState is expected to hire #Maryland’s Matt Barnes as Buckeyes new special teams coordinator/assistant secondary coach.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2019Prior to Maryland, Barnes spent the 2015 season at Michigan. He was at Florida from 2012-14.Barnes began his coaching career at Delaware Valley College in 2009.Ohio State finished the 2018 season with a 13-1 record, a Big Ten title and a win in the Rose Bowl.
Nottingham: The International Cricket Council’s outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson has said that keeping a reserve day for every rain-affected World Cup match is practically impossible considering the length of the tournament. Two Sri Lanka games — against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Bristol have been abandoned without a ball being bowled. The other game between South Africa and West Indies in Southampton was called off after 7.3 overs, leading to calls for a reserve day. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up The game between Pakistan and Australia game at Taunton on Wednesday could also be affected by rain and likewise for Thursday’s match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge. The mega event, which began on May 30, concludes on July 14. “Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” Richardson said in a statement. Also Read – Griezmann all smiles at Barcelona: Lenglet As per Met department’s report, UK is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June. “This is extremely unseasonable weather. In the last couple of days we have experienced more than twice the average monthly rainfall for June which is usually the third driest month in the UK. In 2018, there was just 2 mm of rain in June but the last 24 hours alone has seen around 100mm fall in the south-east of England,” said the former South Africa wicketkeeper. He then went on to explain the impact a reserve day could have on the tournament. “It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials’ availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly the spectators who in some instances have travelled hours to be at the game. “There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either,” said Richardson. The abandoned matches could impact a team’s position on the points table during the business end of the tournament but having a reserve day for each match will require a significant increase in workforce from the current 1200 that is employed per game. “We have reserve days factored in for the knock-out stages, knowing that over the course of 45 group games we should play the large majority. When a match is affected by weather conditions, the venue team works closely with Match Officials and Ground Staff to ensure that we have the best possible opportunity to play cricket, even if it is a reduced overs game.” New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, when asked about rain affected games, said: “We want to play for two points. No player personally wants rained out games.” For Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes, the match being called off was indeed frustrating as they had real chance of a comprehensive victory over the below-par Lankans. “Very frustrating. We really targeted this sort of game as two points, and I know that Sri Lanka would have fought very hard and no pushovers at all. But we do see it as one point lost, and that’s disappointing, but realistically, what can we do about it? Absolutely nothing,” Rhodes said. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis was not complaining after the abandoned match against the West Indies as it helped his side get off the mark on the points table. “The horse is out of the shed if that’s the right wording. We wanted to play a full game today. I think it’s pretty obvious that when you play a team like the West Indies you want to play a full 100-over game. Just the make-up of their side. So it’s disappointing the fact we didn’t get a game,” du Plessis said.