England to change permit rules
AUCKLAND — Johannesburgborn Grant Elliott dedicated New Zealand’s thrilling four-wicket win to long-suffering Kiwi fans after his undefeated 84 steered the Black Caps into a first Cricket World Cup final after six previous semi-final losses.
Elliott, who turned 36 last weekend, hit a six off the penultimate ball to take New Zealand into Sunday’s final in Melbourne where they will face either Australia or defending champions India.
“It is great. I don’t think this win is for myself, or the team, it is for everyone here. The support has been amazing,” said Elliott, who smashed Dale Steyn into the stands for the match-clinching six.
“We just wanted to take it as deep as we could. Corey Anderson (58) batted well and we timed the innings to perfection.
“When you have 40,000 fans screaming at you every ball, it has been an absolute pleasure playing at Eden Park and playing in front of the home crowd.
“We have had a good run, this is the first final we have been in and we will approach it as any other match.”
Skipper Brendon Mccullum made a 26-ball 59 to also help the Black Caps to their rain-adjusted target of 298 after South Africa had made 281 for five batting first in a match reduced to 43 overs per side.
For South Africa, Faf du Plessis made 82, captain AB de Villiers was not out 65, while David Miller smashed an 18-ball 49.But the rain came at the worst possible time as they were well-set at 216 for three in the 38th over when play was halted for two hours.
“These boys, I am so proud of them. A lesser team would have laid down today. To see Grant come in and be as calm as he was... we’ve given ourselves a chance of the big prize,” said McCullum.
“Credit to South Africa; they gave as good as they got. I feel for them at the moment. But our boys were outstanding. And it was a great semi-final.”
De Villiers was distraught as South Africa, who’ve yet to reach a World Cup final, once again came up short.
“It’s really painful but we have no regrets. We left it all out on the field. We had opportunities and it will take us a long time to get over this,” he said.
“All the best to New Zealand - they played a great game.”— AFP LONDON — Foot Football Association chairperson Greg Dyke has unveiled a plan to encourage Premier Leag League clubs to unearth their own homegrown stars by making it harder for foreign playe players to secure work permits.
Stricter rules,rule approved by the home office last Friday Friday, will come into force from 1 May and int intend to reduce the number of non-europ non-european Union players, who are seen as b blocking the way for English youngstersyoungs to breakthrough into Premier LeagueLe teams.
Only 35 percent of those currently playing in the top flight are English and Dyke wants that figure to rise to around 40 percent in the next five years.
Dyke a also wants to persuade the Premier L League to drop the number of non-ho non-home grown players allowed in a 25-m 25-man squad from 17 to 13 and to adju adjust the definition of ‘ home grown’ so t that players only qualify if they are r registered for three years prior to turningtu 18, rather than 21.
Howeve However, Premier League clubs are under understood to have serious reservations about both changes to the home g grown players rule, including whether there would be legal implications. But Dyke plans to use the example of Tottenh Tottenham’s young striker Harry Kane, who has scoredsco 29 goals in all competitions this season to earn a first call-up to the England squad for their forthcoming matches.
“We will go round (the clubs) and try to convince them. We will ask: ‘ Are you sure you haven’t got a Harry Kane playing in your youth side?’,” Dyke said on Monday.
“It must help negotiations, mustn’t it? Suddenly an English kid who was out on loan at four different places, who was touch and go to get a game in the first team, is suddenly the top scorer in English football.
“It’s great news. How many more Harry Kanes are there out there, who just can’t get a game?”
The new work permit rules, which apply across the Football League as well, will see prospective non-eu players given points for various criteria including the agreed transfer fee and wages, international caps, and the level of league and club they are joining from.
The player must be an international from a country ranked in FIFA’S top 50, rather than the top 70 as it is currently, and the number of caps required will be staggered depending on the country’s status.
“The Premier League has already embraced the idea of Home Grown Player requirements, but the current rules are not having the desired impact,” Dyke said.
“These proposed changes will encourage clubs to play the genuine home-grown talent that is being developed through their and other academies.”
Grant Elliott picks up Dale Steyn after hitting the seamer for six in the penultimate ball of tuesday’s semi whose win took new Zealand the final on Sunday