ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Former West Indies fast bowler, Sir Curtly Ambrose, said Antiguan pacer Alzarri Joseph should be promoted to the senior set-up on the basis of his ability and not his age. Joseph picked up 13 wickets to help West Indies win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this month. The 19-year-old pacer grabbed three for 39 off 10 overs to inspire West Indies to a five-wicket win over India in the final. “I believe that age has nothing to do with if you are ready or not,” declared Ambrose. “Sachin Tendulkar, one of the greatest players ever, made his Test debut when he was 15 or 16-years-old, when I figured he should have been in school and look how turned out.” During the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Joseph delivered the fastest ball in the tournament at 91.5 mph and bowled consistently around the high 80s-90 mph. He removed the stumps in four of his 13 wickets, had three lbw decisions, while three of his victims were caught by wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach off tentative edges. “So what you are telling me is that if Alzarri is doing well at age 19, and we think he can get the job done, why wait until he is 22?,” asked Ambrose, who claimed 405 Test scalps in 98 matches and 205 wickets in 172 one-day internationals. “By then he may just lose focus or say, ‘I am fed up’.” The powerfully built, 6 ft 4in Joseph hit helmet and gloves with his pace and bounce in Bangladesh to unsettle batsmen and trigger prospects of a revival in West Indies fast bowling. He bowled with similar intensity to claim seven for 46 against Windward Islands last November. “Alzarri still has a lot to learn, he has pace, which is good, but I figure that whenever I go close enough to him to sit and talk about cricket I would let him know that pace is good because you can intimidate people,” said Ambrose. “But to be able to consistently put the ball in the right area is the key and the foundation to being a great fast bowler.” Joseph returns to regional action for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes when they take on Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Trinidad on Friday. – CMC
Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory However, the build-up to the game has been overshadowed by the turmoil surrounding Denmark, who play Wales on Sunday.The likes of Christian Eriksen and Kasper Schmeichel have been in a dispute with the Danish FA over commercial rights, appearance fees, and bonus and travel arrangements.When asked about the issue, O’Neill called on football’s European governing body to step in and protect the integrity of its competition because Wales would gain an advantage if they lined up against amateur and five-a-side players.O’Neill said: “Uefa probably will if that’s the case and it develops in the direction it looks to be going. explained The likes of Christian Eriksen are not expected to feature for Denmark this international break LISTEN NOW Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved 3 3 CHAMPIONS Go for glory ‘WEAPON’ Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto The Danish players row has slightly disrupted Wales’ preparations for their first two Nations League games know your limits showdown Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him my choice O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane will be looking for a result against the Euro 2016 semi-finalists Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League His starting XI included two futsal players – Christoffer Haagh in goal and Rasmus Johansson in midfield.Denmark legend Brian Laudrup was scheduled to be a pundit for the Slovakia game but reportedly pulled out due to his lack of knowledge of the players.Meanwhile, Ryan Giggs will take charge of his first competitive game as Wales manager tonight.Giggs insisted the Danish turmoil would not affect his players’ concentration but his staff have tried to get videos of the players unknown to them before this week. Latest UEFA Nations League News “I think they have to make some sort of statement about it. If it does develop like that, there will certainly be a degree of unfairness about it and I think everyone would accept that’s the case.“If they do not play the top players, you mentioned earlier about players playing from the lower divisions, it would give a massive advantage to the opposition.“It would reflect badly on the competition itself. I haven’t seen anything like that before. It’s pretty extraordinary.”Former Arsenal player John Jensen, who is Denmark’s temporary manager, had to ask some players their names and positions before their 3-0 defeat to Slovakia on Wednesday night. Martin O’Neill claims it would be unfair if Wales played a Denmark side consisting of futsal players, with the Republic of Ireland boss calling on UEFA to intervene to resolve the dispute.The Irish are in a group alongside the Danes and Wales and kick-off their Nations League campaign against Ryan Giggs’ men at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight. He said: “It’s not ideal [for the competition].“What sort of team we’ll face I don’t know. There’s still a bit of me that thinks they will sort it out. But every day it looks more unlikely.“They’re a top ten team so it’s strange especially because they did well in the World Cup and in the last few years their form has been brilliant.” 3
VANCOUVER – Fans of the Vancouver Canucks may be in for a surprise the next time they find themselves browsing the aisles of the high-end fashion world.Italian luxury designer Versace has released a sweatshirt with a symbol bearing a striking resemblance to the NHL hockey team’s so-called Flying Skate logo, which players wore from the late 1970s to the late 1990s.The Versace pullover is priced $1,525 on one retail website, and is described as having “a retro-nodding stone embellished logo patch.”Both logos use similar red, yellow and black colour schemes with slash marks running parallel to diagonal text, all superimposed on a circle background.A social media user pointed out the similarity on Wednesday, prompting a flood of online commentary.The Canucks and Versace could not immediately be reached for comment.