CHORRERA- Barbados were sent packing from the 2013 CONACAF Under-17 football championships after losing 2-0 to hosts Panama last night.
Ervin Zorrilla scored two goals – once in each half – to lift the home team to a win over Barbados that saw them into the quarterfinals.The victory gave Los Canaleros (1-0-1, four points) the Group A title as idle Jamaica (0-0-2, two) also qualified for the knockout round. Barbados (0-1-1, one) were eliminated from the competition.
In the first game of the doubleheader at Estadio Agustin Muquita Sanchez, Canada draw Costa Rica with 1-1, in a Group B encounter, to reach the quarterfinals as well.
KARACHI – Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi said today that he was targeting the 2015 World Cup after returning to the Pakistan side, but vowed to quit if he became a burden on the team.
The 33-year-old was left out of the squad for the one-day series against India in December before staging a comeback for the tour of South Africa, but his woeful run of form has continued.
Afridi’s 88 in the third one-dayer in Johannesburg was his first half-century in the past 12 months and he has also struggled with his leg-breaks, failing to take a single wicket in his last six matches.
Despite the slide in performance, Afridi, who has scored 7,201 runs and taken 348 wickets in 354 ODIs, said he was still hopeful he could make the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
DELHI – Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says Virender Sehwag is unlikely to play for India again and the opener will “sadly fade away” after playing a bit of Indian T20 League.
Sehwag was dropped for the last two Tests against Australia in the recent series and was also excluded from the list of 30 probables for the Champions Trophy.
“I don’t think he’ll play again. I think it’s because India have gone the right way. It took a little while to come around to it. They’ve given youth a chance,” Boycott said on the weekly show Bowl at Boycs.
In eight Test matches since April 2012, he has managed to score just 408 runs at an average of 31.38, with highest being 117. In the six ODIs, in the same period, he scored 183 runs at an average of 30.5 and was dropped for the ODI series against England.
His last ODI century was the double hundred against the West Indies in December 2011.Boycott said India have done the right thing by blooding youngsters in the national side.
He added Sehwag was one of the best batsmen of the last 20 years and lack of a defensive technique was his only shortcoming.