Ireland name squad for ODI & tri-series
Ireland have announced their squad for the one-off ODI against England on May 3 and for the first half of their tri-series involving Bangladesh and West Indies.
William Porterfield will once again lead the side, while the 14-man squad includes two players yet to make their ODI debuts in Lorcan Tucker and Josh Little.
“We have been delighted to watch the continued improvement of Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker – both of whom will now be in the running to make their debuts in one-day international cricket,” said Andrew White, Ireland’s chair of national men’s selectors.
Squad: William Porterfield (c), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson.
Czech international killed after Turkish bus crash
Czech international Josef Sural has died of injuries sustained in a minibus crash while returning with teammates from a match in southern Turkey, his Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor said on Monday.
The club’s chairman said the accident occurred after both the drivers on the bus fell asleep.
“Czech player Josef Sural who was seriously injured after an accident involving a private minibus carrying seven of our footballers after an away game at Kayseri could not be saved despite all of the hospital’s efforts,” the club said on Twitter.
The six other players were injured but not seriously in the crash, close to the southern town of Alanya, state news agency Anadolu said.
Bayern, Dortmund exchange title race war of words
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was involved in a war of words with Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke this weekend as a thrilling Bundesliga title race took another unexpected turn.
Reigning champions Bayern remain on course to wrap up a seventh successive title, but missed the chance to pull clear of Dortmund as both sides dropped points this weekend.
Ahead of Saturday’s derby with Schalke, Dortmund CEO Watzke claimed that “70 percent of Germans” wanted his club to win the title, and that hardly anybody would turn up to celebrate if Bayern were crowned champions.
“When they celebrate in the (Munich central square) Marienplatz, there will be about 3000 people and maybe 1500 tourists there.”
“In Dortmund, the title celebration is another thing entirely.”
Watzke’s side promptly lost 4-2 to rivals Schalke, giving Bayern the chance to pull four points clear on Sunday, and Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic couldn’t resist a sarcastic response.
“Maybe we will invite Mr Watzke to our title celebration, then he will see that there are many thousands of people there,” he told Sky on Sunday.