2020/2021 EPL start date too early for Chelsea — Lampard

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new English Premier League (EPL) season on September 12 is too early.The former England international said his players run the risk of sustaining injuries, given the short turnaround between campaigns. Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 tie on Saturday.Even if they fail to overcome the deficit, Lampard’s side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins.“I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern Munich,” Lampard said.“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern Munich – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.“Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern Munich, the 12th (September 12) feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.” Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro picked up injuries during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard fears other players could meet a similar fate.“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this. I will like to think the Premier League will look seriously at that,” he said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaEnglandFrank LampardPremier Leaguelast_img read more

Simmons’ vision did not ‘align’ with WICB’s – Muirhead

first_imgWICB chief executive officer Michael Muirhead has said there was no one specific reason for the termination of coach Phil Simmons’ contract, nor was it a sudden development.In a nutshell, Muirhead said, Simmons’ vision did not “align” with the strategic approach of the WICB and the divide widened over the past few months, reaching a point where a final decision had to be made.The decision to relieve Simmons of the job was taken by the board of directors at the quarterly WICB meeting last weekend in Dominica.It is understood the directors were asked to vote on the matter, but Muirhead would not reveal whether it was a unanimous decision to terminate Simmons’ contract. “It was the board’s decision. Let us leave it at that,” Muirhead told ESPNcricinfo.Asked whether it was his appraisal that eventually led to the decision, Muirhead did not reveal much. “I hired him, so therefore I have to release him but that is on the recommendation of the board,” he said.He did point out, though, that the WICB and Simmons had been deliberating on quite a few contentious issues behind the scenes. “The coach has an opinion and the board collectively had another opinion, and that had happened on more than one occasion.“It is a whole number of things over a period of time. I can’t say it was really one thing. There is no one thing that defines what may have taken place. I think things came to a climax when a decision needed to be made.”Simmons’ track record as West Indies coach was mixed. Appointed after last year’s World Cup, the high points of his tenure were West Indies’ draw at home against England last summer, and the World T20 win in India in April.Importantly, the players seemed to be on the same wavelength as Simmons. But Muirhead and the board of directors remained unconvinced.“Ultimately it is the performance of the team, and we want the team to perform the best it can do,” Muirhead said. “Was it (doing so) is a question that is still unanswered.”Technically, Muirhead was not Simmons’ boss. It was Richard Pybus, the WICB director of cricket. Simmons had mentioned in an interview that he and Pybus were not on the same page. “Relationship is a difficult word,” he had said of Pybus, soon after the World T20 triumph. “He communicates via emails but he has not spoken to me since the suspension. It’s sad because this is not about him or me, this is about West Indies cricket.”At last weekend’s meetings, the board discussed several reports including the ‘Cricket Report’ submitted by Pybus and the CEO’s report prepared by Muirhead. Pybus’ report was an overall review of cricket across the Caribbean, not limited to the West Indies teams and coaching staff.Reiterating the lack of alignment in strategies, Muirhead said: “It has been an ongoing thing where I think Phil, in all that he has said and done, he has not aligned … the relationships were breaking down. I think he himself had ideas for a different strategic approach, notwithstanding one already having been approved and adopted by the board. I don’t think he was aligned with that.”In a media release sent out on Tuesday, the WICB had pointed out it had identified “differences in culture” as one reason behind the friction between both parties. Muirhead elaborated: “The other thing was the work culture was a little different.“It was how we do business, how we execute things. It was an organisational culture. It was not the difference in ethnic culture as has been pointed out elsewhere.”Muirhead said he had had conversations with Simmons, and he had to intervene on quite a few occasions to resolve issues. The last time they had met was about two months ago, he said. When he called Simmons on Tuesday to reveal the board’s decision, he said the chat was “cordial” and not “hostile” in any way.Muirhead pointed out it was a “matter of coincidence” that the Simmons’ termination was announced the day the West Indies limited-overs squad left for the UAE to play Pakistan.“The sanctions and other things could not be discussed without the board meeting. We have board meetings every three months, where we discuss everything including the performance of the teams and the coaching staff.”(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Asian Para Games 2018: Sharad Kumar smashes continental record to claim gold in men’s high jump

first_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 11th October, 2018 19:48 IST Sharad, who hails from Bihar, suffered paralysis in his left leg at the age of two after being administered a spurious polio medicine at the local eradication drive. He has been a former world number one. WE RECOMMEND The silver was claimed by Rio Paralympic bronze-medallist Varun Bhati (1.82m) and the bronze went to the Rio gold-medallist Thangavelu Mariyappan (1.67m). Bhati’s jump was his season’s best effort. India took over the podium in men’s high jump T42/63 category, claiming all the medals up for grabs with defending champion Sharad Kumar smashing two records to snare a second successive gold in the Asian Para Games here on Thursday. Written By 1 year ago Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyers release statement denying rape allegations, says sex was ‘completely consensual’ LIVE TV In the men’s 400m race, Avnil Kumar clocked 52sec to fetch a bronze. The gold in this event was won by Iran’s Omid Zarifsanayei, who took 51.41sec to complete the race, while Thailand’s Songwut Lamsan. FOLLOW UScenter_img The 26-year-old world championships silver-medallist bettered the Asian as well as the Games record with a jump of 1.90m to claim the top honours. The T42/63 covers lower limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power and impaired range of movement. Kumar lost the silver to Lamsan by a fraction of a second. Medals tumbled in for India in other track-and-field events as well with Anandan Gunasekram claiming the men’s 400m silver in the T44, 62/64 classification, while Vinay Kumar settled for a bronze.In the T45/46/47 classification for men’s 400m, Sandeep Maan fetched a bronze medal. Jayanti Behera clinched the women’s 400m silver in the T45/46/47 classification. Both the classifications deal with the upper limb deficiencies and leg length difference.In the women’s 400m classification that deals with visual impairment (T12), Radha Venkatesh took the bronze medal. In swimming, India fetched a bronze with Swapnil Patil finishing third in the men’s 400m freestyle S10. The S10 category covers visual impairment. COMMENT 1 year ago IND Vs WI: BCCI Announces Squad For First Two ODIs; Rishabh Pant Gets Call-up, Virat Kohli Returns As Skipper India also logged a bronze in the men’s 400m T13 category with Avnil Kumar claiming the third position. The T13 classification deals with visual impairment. In javelin throw, Gurjar notched up his silver with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt. Gurjar trained for 22 days in Finland before the Games, an exercise that was backed by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Rinku recorded a personal best of 60.92m for the bronze, while the gold went to Sri Lanka’s Dinesh Herath who smashed the Games as well as the Asian record with a throw of 61.84m. However, it was disappointment for Jhajharia, a silver-winner in the in the last Asian Para Games in Incheon. The veteran 37-year-old, a Khel Ratna awardee and the greatest Paralympian from India, produced his season’s best throw of 59.17m but finished well outside the medal bracket. Press Trust Of India Last Updated: 11th October, 2018 20:13 IST Asian Para Games 2018: Sharad Kumar Smashes Continental Record To Claim Gold In Men’s High Jump Sharad Kumar smashed two records to snare a second successive gold in the Asian Para Games on Thursday. Earlier, Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category where two-time Paralympic gold-medallist Devendra Jhajharia finished fourth. In the same event, Rinku picked up a bronze medal to make it an India-dominated podium. The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement. 1 year ago Mansplaining on #Metoo? Why women don’t care anymorelast_img read more