Afghanistan can upset anyone, warns Simmons

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Newly-appointed West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has warned his charges of the threat posed by his former side Afghanistan, and says execution and consistency will be crucial to success in the upcoming series.West Indies arrived here this week for a six-match limited overs series – three Twenty20 Internationals and One-Day Internationals – but are aware that even though Afghanistan are one of the youngest international sides, they will be dangerous in familiar subcontinent conditions.“It’s a positive thing that I know much about the rivals but they are a young and energetic side who can upset anyone,” cautioned Simmons who stepped down as Afghanistan coach following the ICC World Cup back in July.Over the last many years, they have become quite a confident unit. They will be playing on home turf; it’s not going to be easy for us. We have to make sure we are ready for what comes to us while facing an aggressive opposition.“On both the occasions when Afghanistan beat West Indies, I was their coach, and this time I would like to see things in the reverse order. It would be important to see how the West Indies boys execute plans.”He added: “If we really need to come up in the ladder, we need to have a consistent showing in all the series. We have a new captain (Kieron Pollard) and let’s see what changes he wants to make for the good.”Simmons was named as West Indies coach earlier this coach, returning for his second stint in four years after the first one ended in acrimony.Under his guidance, the Caribbean side captured the T20 World Cup in 2016 but in his absence they have slumped to number 10 in the format – below the Afghanis now ranked eighth – and number nine in ODIs.Simmons, who has penned a four-year contract, said he hoped to see the return of a winning culture during his tenure.“It’s a big responsibility on my shoulders after three years and it is different too,” said Simmons, who played 26 Tests and 143 ODIs during his career.“I would love to start with what is necessary for now. As a coach I have a goal for myself and I want my team to be a consistent winning unit. West Indies should win more matches instead of losing more matches.”He added: “We have won the World Cup twice and finished runners-up once and now all the stakeholders need to work hard to get things right once again.“It’s about getting the balance right, discipline right. Once we have all this, we can hope for a turn-around in fortunes for West Indies cricket.”West Indies take on Afghanistan in the first ODI here next Wednesday.last_img read more

Carmelo Anthony rejected by USA Basketball in bid to join team for FIBA World Cup

first_img Gregg Popovich holds first Team USA practice ahead of World Cup: ‘All I care about is who’s here’ “I love Carmelo,” Colangelo told Sports Illustrated. “He made a great contribution. He was a very good international player. But for where we are and what we’re doing, that conceivably could have been a distraction. I understand why the request was made. He’s trying to reestablish himself. I think that has to be done in the [NBA].”Anthony, 35, has been a huge asset on national American teams in the past. He helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, then was instrumental in pushing the Americans to three consecutive gold medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016 in the Games. Related News De’Aaron Fox reportedly added to Team USA roster for FIBA World Cup training camp Celtics’ Marcus Smart out of Team USA camp ‘indefinitely’ with calf tightness Carmelo Anthony will be watching Team USA compete for its third consecutive FIBA World Cup title from the sidelines.According to USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo, Anthony requested to join the team through a representative, but Colangelo said the team was moving in a different direction. Anthony currently is a free agent after he was waived by the Bulls in February. He had signed a one-year contract with the Rockets last August, but Houston traded him to the Bulls at the end of January after he played just 10 games with the team.He started his NBA career with the Nuggets, and spent just more than seven seasons with Denver before he was traded to the Knicks in 2011. He remained in New York until 2017, when he was sent to the Thunder.Anthony then was traded to the Hawks, where he accepted a contract buyout and was placed on waivers in July 2018. He also was named the 2016 USA Basketball Co-Male Athlete of the Year.last_img read more

Just over a third of Cerro Gordo County absentee ballots for Tuesday’s primary not yet returned

first_imgMASON CITY — Cerro Gordo County election officials say just over a third of the absentee ballots for next Tuesday’s primary election have not been returned. County Auditor and Commissioner of Elections Adam Wedmore says as of Wednesday, 1972 of the 5378 absentee ballots requested in the county are outstanding. An absentee ballot that is hand delivered to the auditor’s office must be delivered by 9:00 PM on election night to be counted. A voter may personally deliver a voted absentee ballot to the office or designate another person to do so. A mailed absentee ballot received after Election Day must bear a legible postmark dated prior to Election Day and must be received in the county auditor’s office by noon on Monday June 8th. Voters should mail their voted absentee ballot early to ensure it is received on time and be aware that there’s no guarantee postmarks will be stamped onto mail. If you have any questions you can contact the county auditor’s office at 421-3041 or visit the county’s website cgcounty.org.last_img read more