Cricket News Mickey Arthur recommends sacking of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, seeks two-year extension as coach: Reports

first_imgPakistan finished in the fifth position in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.Pakistan became the No.1 ranked side in T20Is. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Cricket Committee has begun the process of reviewing the team’s performance following the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan, reviewed team’s performances in the last three years, including the World Cup, where Pakistan could not qualify for the semifinals. According to a source, Arthur suggested to the members that Shahdab Khan should replace Sarfaraz as captain in the limited-over formats while Babar Azam should be given the reins of the Test side. The source added, “Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz’s captaincy skills to the members. I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results.”Arthur has been working as head coach with the Pakistan team since mid-2016. He has also applied for the position of head coach with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. Under him, Pakistan’s biggest gain was winning the ICC Champions Trophy two years back. The team became number one in ICC’s T20 rankings but performance in Test cricket dipped drastically while it remained inconsistent in One-day format. The contracts of Arthur and other support staff member will expire on August 15.Sources said Arthur, who made a presentation to the Committee on the team performances and selection decisions, is said to have left the members unimpressed with his arguments and explanations. “The members were not satisfied with his argument that after the 2017 Champions Trophy the fielding standards of the Pakistan team went down after the forced exit of fielding coach, Australian Steve Rixon. Arthur made a big deal out of Rixon’s sudden departure in August 2018 as he had issues with the PCB management over delayed payments,” according to reliable sources with the Pakistan Cricket Board.After Arthur’s presentation, the committee members discussed other options and one of the members suggested trying Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene but was informed that since he was working with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, the PCB would find it difficult to lure him with a better pay package.last_img read more

Syracuse football player file No. 2: Chris Slayton

first_img Related Stories Syracuse football position battle to watch, No. 1: Backup quarterbackSyracuse football preseason storylines, No. 1: How Syracuse adapts to Dino Babers’ spread offenseSyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 2: Defensive endSyracuse football preseason player file No. 3: Antwan CordySyracuse football position battle to watch, No. 3: Michael Lasker vs. Cody Conway Published on August 5, 2016 at 9:55 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Syracuse football training camp opens Saturday. The Daily Orange beat writers, Chris Libonati, Jon Mettus and Matt Schneidman, analyzed the top 10 preseason storylines and top 10 position battle heading into camp. Here are the final three of 10 player files in the series. Check out dailyorange.com and follow along here to countdown to camp.Chris SlaytonPosition: Defensive tackleYear: Redshirt sophomoreHt.: 6-4Wt.: 296Chris Slayton is the only returning defensive tackle from 2015 — he was just one of two on the roster. So it’s no surprise that he’s in line to be the starter at that spot in the coming season.He’s made a name for himself as one of the strongest players on the team and showed vast improvement prior to training camp last year, according to former defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMORE PRESEASON PLAYER FILES:No. 3: Antwan CordyNo. 4: Dontae StricklandNo. 5: Zaire FranklinNo. 6: Steve Ishmael Slayton played in all 12 games during the 2015 campaign, starting five of them. He finished with 22 tackles (14 solo) and was fourth on the team with six tackles for loss.He was a standout during the spring football game with six tackles, three for loss, and a sack.Slayton is the only returning defensive lineman to record a sack last year and the Tampa 2 will require even more disruption created by Slayton and the defensive line. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lakers fall to 0-5 after 112-106 loss to Suns

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Bryant hardly sounded apologetic either, noting that his teammates needed to match his energy level. “I was just being aggressive and playing with a lot of energy,” Bryant said. “It’s easy to look at the box score and say 37 shots. But you don’t see how hard I was working to get easy opportunities.”Hence, why Bryant played a season-high 44 minutes, which surpassed the Scott’s minute restriction that entailed playing between 30-40 minutes per game. But Scott increased Bryant’s playing time partly because the Lakers do not play until Sunday against Charlotte at Staples Center.“Whether I can shoulder the load consistently with these minutes, probably not,” Bryant said, “But every now and then, it will be necessary.”The Lakers sensed that urgency when Scott addressed his team during Tuesday’s morning shootaround, lamenting their league-worst defense. Before the game, Scott said, “We have to play this like it’s Game 7. We have to do that for the rest of the season.” Scott liked the effort. But it hardly made a difference in several areas. The Suns scored 58 points in the paint. The Lakers went scoreless in the final minute after Bryant’s 3-pointer reduced the deficit to 106-104. Phoenix boasted five double-digit scorers in Gerald Green (26 points), Markieff Thomas (23), Isiah Thomas (22), Goran Dragic (16) and Marcus Morris (12).“It’s more about getting the guys to understand and buy into what we need to do on a night-to-night basis,” Scott said. “Nobody puts more pressure on being prepared and having these guys prepared than I do.” center_img Even as everything crumbled around him in the first week of the Lakers’ NBA season, Kobe Bryant stayed patient and optimistic things would improve quickly.Bryant will still have to wait. The Lakers’ 112-106 loss on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center marked their fifth consecutive loss. Only the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers fared worse, starting with an 0-7 record before eventually finishing with a 19-63 mark. “We all need a win,” Bryant said, “The biggest thing for them to learn is to play relentless. I want them to play as relentlessly as I did and go after it.”Bryant sure did, posting a team-high 39 points and 14 in the final quarter. But Bryant’s scoring output came on a 14-of-37 clip. It took Bryant 46 shots to post a career-high 81 points nearly eight years ago. Lakers coach Byron Scott did not take issue with Bryant’s shot selection, saying he plays every game like it’s his last game. That’s what you want.”last_img read more