Steyn to miss ODI series
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.