Steyn to miss ODI se­ries

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA — Ney­mar would love to see Paul Pogba ( pic­tured) leave Ju­ven­tus and join him at Barcelona.

Pogba has be­come one of the most highly-rated tal­ents in Euro­pean foot­ball since leav­ing Manch­ester United for Italy three years ago.

The mid­fielder has been linked with a move back to Old Traf­ford, while Manch­ester City have also been touted as a pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tion for the 22-year-old.

Last week Barcelona de­clared their in­ter­est in the French­man, and Ney­mar is sure the player would be wel­comed with open arms if he de­cided to come to the Nou Camp.

“How he would fit, I don’t know - you would have to ask the coach - but he is a great player and we would open the gates for him,” the Barcelona for­ward said af­ter be­ing named as an am­bas­sador for Pok­erS­tars at a press con­fer­ence in Spain.

“He is a great star. He is still young, even younger than me. He is a player with such qual­ity, and that is al­ways wel­come.”

Any move for Pogba is com­pli­cated by the fact that Barcelona are cur­rently in the mid­dle of a trans­fer em­bargo.

FIFA handed down the pun­ish­ment to the Primera Di­vi­sion lead­ers last year af­ter be­ing found guilty of breaching rules on the trans­fer of play­ers aged un­der 18.

They would not be al­lowed to sign Pogba - or any other player - un­til Jan­uary 2016. — Sport­inglife CAPE TOWN — Dale Steyn has dropped heavy hints that he will miss the Proteas’ one-day in­ter­na­tional away se­ries against Bangladesh in early July ...but per­haps be there in a men­tor­ing ca­pac­ity for any less ex­pe­ri­enced quick­ies cho­sen.

The fast bowler turns 32 in late June, just ahead of those as­sign­ments, and if he does side­step the three-match ros­ter – South Africa’s first in the 50-overs for­mat since their heart­break­ing exit from the World Cup at the semi-fi­nal stage – it would be in keep­ing with the pre-cwc spec­u­la­tion that he will at the very least scale down his ODI in­volve­ment now.

Steyn not play­ing the se­ries might also open the door for the Proteas to blood an ex­cit­ing young speed­ster like Kag­iso Rabada, 19, who will prob­a­bly play in the Twenty20 por­tion of the tour any­way (he has three caps in that for­mat) but then fi­nally get a crack in the more ex­tended lim­ite­dovers en­vi­ron­ment.

The Pha­l­aborwa Ex­press would be back in na­tional colours, all go­ing well, for the two-test main event of the trip; the five-day game re­mains very much his forte and where his leg­end has over­whelm­ingly been forged.

In an in­ter­view with Wis­den In­dia on Mon­day, the Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad player in the IPL said: “I love play­ing Test cricket and I know that my days are num­bered with re­gards to how many Test matches I’m go­ing to have left, so I’d pre­fer to play a lot more Test cricket.”

Nev­er­the­less, he did not ap­pear to com­pletely pre­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of one fur­ther crack, in English con­di­tions in 2019, at break­ing South Africa’s World Cup jinx, even if he may also have been re­fer­ring to the more fre­quent op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented for ma­jor-tour­na­ment suc­cess via the ICC World Twenty20 route ev­ery two years.

“It might sound very cocky or naive of me, or self-cen­tred, but I want to win a World Cup for my coun­try, and they only come around once ev­ery four years.

“If you’re play­ing in the Twenty20 World Cup, luck­ily they come around ev­ery year (sic).

“So with due re­spect to places like Bangladesh or Zim­babwe, go­ing and play­ing three ODIS in Bangladesh does noth­ing for my con­fi­dence as op­posed to know­ing that I’m go­ing to a World Cup.

“At this stage of my ca­reer, I’d rather be sav­ing my­self to go and par­tic­i­pate in the ma­jor tour­na­ments, rather than wast­ing the few balls I have left in my ca­reer in a Bangladesh match.

“I’d rather go to Bangladesh to help and sup­port fu­ture South African bowlers, and use what is left of the 10,000 or 20,000 de­liv­er­ies that I have left in my body for the big tour­na­ment.

“That’s where I’m at per­son­ally. At the be­gin­ning of my ca­reer, I would have done ev­ery­thing; I would have gone ev­ery tour­na­ment and to ev­ery place. “But I’ve done it all now.” Steyn also says that he hasn’t had the time to di­gest yet the lat­est World Cup dis­ap­point­ment, given that he went straight into the IPL af­ter it.

“You have to find a mask and some kind of way to just cover that and deal with it later. When I get some time off is when I’ll sit down, empty out that World Cup bag and go through some emo­tions of that.

“Once I’m done deal­ing with that, I’ll move on to the next thing again. It hurts, but it’s life, man. I’ll un­pack­age that baby later and see where we went wrong. I’m re­ally not too fazed now; it’s gone, it’s done, it’s over.” —

Proteas’ fast bowler Dale steyn.

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