Eng­land to change per­mit rules

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

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.”

— AFP

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

Harry Kane

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