Pakistan recall Akmal, Shafiq for Windies ODIs

first_imgPAKISTAN have recalled batsmen Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies in the UAE.Fast bowlers Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali have also been included in the 16-member squad. Sami Aslam and Umar Gul, who were in the squad for the England ODIs, have been excluded, while Mohammad Hafeez will miss the series due to an injury.Both Shafiq and Akmal last played in the format in 2015. While Shafiq’s previous match came in October 2015 against Zimbabwe in Harare, Akmal has not been part of an ODI XI since the 2015 World Cup.Shafiq was picked after a strong showing in the recent National T20 Cup. He was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 310 at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 139.01. Akmal was recently recalled to the T20I side after assuring the PCB that there would not be any further issues with his conduct. He had been left out of the training camp in May, before the England tour, due to disciplinary reasons.Hafeez has been rested after suffering a calf injury. Earlier, a similar injury had forced him out of the England series after the first ODI. The injury also kept him out of the T20I series against West Indies. Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali will fulfill the top-order responsibilities. Azhar’s captaincy will also be under scrutiny in the series, following the 4-1 series defeat to England earlier this month.Sohail, who has played 12 ODIs between 2008 and 2015, with the last one during the 2015 World Cup, was picked in place of Gul who had a disappointing series against England. Gul took 3 for 23 against Ireland but had a tougher time in the ODIs against England. He took three wickets in as many matches at an average of 54.The squad also includes a specialist spinner in Yasir Shah and three spin-bowling allrounders – Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik.The first and second ODIs will be played in Sharjah on September 30 and October 2 respectively, with the third match scheduled for October 5 in Abu Dhabi. Both teams will be looking to improve their rankings. West Indies are currently eighth on the ICC ODI Championship table with 94 points, while Pakistan are ninth on 86 pointsPakistan ODI squadAzhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Gattuso’s Job on Line after Loss to Betis

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso accepts his job should be debated after they produced a “terrible, embarrassing performance” against Real Betis.Milan are 12th in Serie A after a 1-0 injury-time defeat by Inter Milan and followed that with a 2-1 Europa League home defeat to the Spanish side.“It’s only right that my position is under discussion,” Gattuso, 40, said. “It’s difficult for a coach to sleep after a performance like this, one of the worst.”Gattuso, a former midfielder with Milan and Italy, has been in charge of the club – who have not won a major trophy in seven years – since November 2017.Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport said his job was not in immediate danger, but that Milan’s next three games are crucial.“I’m worried, disappointed and angry, especially with myself,” he said. “I do not think about my situation, I’m thinking about how to solve this problem.“I’m the first person responsible for this situation; I’m bound by the results. I train a great club and it is right for me to take responsibility.“I have to understand who has the right mentality. In some moments we applied nothing which we had prepared. There is too much fear of making mistakes.“It’s not a question of formations – the team has lost its identity. This performance baffles me. Probably my staff and I were not clear enough, otherwise, we cannot explain this performance. The defeat does not hurt as much as the performance.“We did not play as AC Milan do. Right now what leaves me more worried is the fragility and the mentality. We must understand why the light suddenly turned off.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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When is the Masters in 2020? New dates, TV schedule & other details for rescheduled major

first_imgMORE: New dates for golf majors in 2020Silver lining: We still have a chance to watch the revered tournament, which was merely postponed instead of canceled, a la the British Open. And the beautiful backdrop of the Augusta National Golf Club will remain the same, albeit in fall colors in lieu of the traditional spring.Here are the updated dates, schedule and details for the 2020 Masters Tournament:When is The Masters in 2020?Date: Nov. 12-15Location: Augusta National Golf ClubThe Masters was forced to forgo its usual spring date and will instead take place from Nov. 12 through 15. Apart from the change in dates and scenery, not much will change for the 2020 Masters: It will still take place at the historic Augusta National Golf Club, and will still draw millions of viewers as one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.Masters TV schedule 2020TV channel: ESPN, CBS, fuboTVLivestream: WatchESPN, CBS All Access, fuboTVThe Masters will continue to be broadcast by ESPN (early round coverage) and CBS. Program scheduling remains to be determined.MORE: Tiger Woods’ timeline at The Masters2020 golf majors scheduleThere exists one notable difference with The Masters in 2020, and it relates to the other golf majors on the schedule. Instead of serving as the first major of the season, it will now act as the final one of the season. The PGA Championship will take place Aug. 6-9, followed by the U.S. Open on Sept. 17-20. The British Open might have taken The Masters’ position as the final major of the season, had the R&A not outright canceled the event entirely for 2020. Golf fans will have to wait a little longer this year to experience “a tradition unlike any other.”The Masters Tournament, originally slated to take place April 9-12 as the first major of the 2019-20 PGA Tour, will now take place much, much later in the season as the third and final major championship of the season. The change in date was necessitated, of course, by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic: The Augusta National Golf Club announced the decision on March 13 as the sports world rushed to adjust to the coronavirus. MajorDateLocationPGA ChampionshipAug. 6-9TPC Harding Park (San Francisco)U.S. OpenSept. 17-20Winged Foot Golf Club (Westchester County, N.Y.)The MastersNov. 12-15Augusta National Golf Club (Augusta, Ga.)British OpenCanceledN/AWhy was The Masters postponed?The Masters was the first of golf’s four majors to postpone its event. That decision came on March 13, as soon as it became apparent the coronavirus pandemic would have a significant impact not only on the U.S. sports world, but society at large.Said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club: “Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date.”We will continue to work with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the City of Augusta and all other local authorities. We are grateful to all of these entities for their exceptional efforts and guidance.”last_img read more

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