Pakistan appoint new T20 skipper

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Anfield stadium evacuated after ‘incident’ on Tuesday afternoon

first_img Anfield 1 Liverpool’s Anfield stadium has been evacuated as a precaution after an “incident” at the ground, the club have announced.It has been reported that the evacuation was ordered after two men went missing inside the stadium.The two men were reported to have done so at 1.30pm, and Merseyside Police were called to the stadium at 3.05pm as a consequence.“There is an incident at Anfield stadium, and as a precautionary measure the facility has been evacuated,” said a club spokesman.“Our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone at the ground. The emergency services are aware of the situation.”last_img

Celtic track World Cup ace, Rangers’ defender bid, Man United starlet to Hearts?

first_imgAberdeen have slapped a £10million price tag on Scotland centre-back Scott McKenna, who is wanted by English Championship clubs Hull City and Swansea City. (Daily Record)Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has suffered a blow with Celtic target John McGinn, 23, reportedly keen to leave Easter Road to join the Premiership champions. (The Herald)The Hoops are ready to offer Mikey Johnston to Hibs on loan to seal a deal for the Scotland midfielder McGinn, having had an improved bid of £2million rejected. (Daily Record)The Edinburgh club aren’t the only side interested in 19-year-old winger Johnston, with Aberdeen and St Mirren also keeping tabs on his situation at Celtic Park. (Daily Record)Meanwhile, it is claimed St Mirren are already in talks with the Bhoys over the loan signing of Johnston. (Scottish Sun) REVEALED Celtic and Newcastle are keeping tabs on Uruguay’s World Cup star Giorgian De Arrascaeta. Several European clubs are said to be interested in the Cruzeiro playmaker after he helped steer his country to the quarter-finals in Russia. The 24-year-old is reportedly valued at £18million. (The Sun)Liverpool and Newcastle have joined Celtic in the chase for young Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, after the 16-year-old impressed in a trial with the Parkhead club. (The Scotsman)Rangers have seen an improved bid of £3million for Millwall defender Jake Cooper rejected by the English Championship side, who insist the 23-year-old is not for sale. (The Scotsman)Gers boss Steven Gerrard is already plotting a third bid for Cooper, but will turn his attention to Blackpool’s Curtis Tilt should Millwall refuse to do business. (Scottish Sun)Celtic want to tie Dedryck Boyata down to a new deal and are planning new contract with the Belgium international as soon as he returns from his post-World Cup break. (Daily Record) Hearts are hoping to bring Manchester United left-back Demetri Mitchell back to the club on loan this summer, but will have to wait after the 21-year-old flew out for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour of the United States. (Daily Record) 3 RANKED LIVING THE DREAM Hearts target Demetri Mitchell is currently in the USA with Manchester United St Mirren have also targeted Rangers right-back Lee Hodson, who has been told he is surplus to requirements at Ibrox. (Scottish Sun)The Buddies could also land former Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes on a free transfer, although the 29-year-old is also wanted by Shamrock Rovers. (Scottish Sun)Rotherham United defender Dominic Ball is set to return to Aberdeen for a second loan spell this season. (Scottish Sun) IN DEMAND Here’s a round-up of all the big Scottish football stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online… 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Hibernian’s Scotland international John McGinn is wanted by Celtic Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets LATEST moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest transfer gossip on talkSPORT.com The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more