first_imgJEFF Dujon, the former West Indies wicketkeeper, has said it would be a “terrible embarrassment” if West Indies were unable to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup.West Indies are currently jostling with Pakistan for the final automatic qualification spot in the one-day rankings ahead of the series in UAE, which starts tomorrow.If Pakistan can repeat their 3-0 scoreline from the T20 series in the ODIs, they will jump ahead of West Indies into eighth place.The cut-off for qualification is September 30, 2017, with the ODI nations who sit outside the top eight then joining the qualifying tournament which is currently scheduled to take place in Bangladesh.West Indies missed out on a place in next year’s Champions Trophy after being pipped for the final berth by Pakistan and Bangladesh.“It would be a terrible embarrassment for West Indies to not automatically qualify,” Dujon, who played in the 1983 and 1987 World Cups, told ESPNcricinfo. “It would be damaging for any team who have tasted what it’s like to be in the top echelon of world cricket.“As someone who played in a very successful era, it’s very embarrassing but it has to be an indication of exactly where we are at and something needs to be done. It hurts.“We can’t be fooled by the fact that we’ve just won two tournaments – the World T20 and the U-19 World Cup – the fact we are still struggling to qualify shows we shouldn’t get carried away with that.”On the eve of travelling to the UAE, Phil Simmons was sacked as coach – less than six months after West Indies won the World T20 – with the WICB citing “differences in culture and strategic approach.” Dujon does not believe a satisfactory explanation has been given for Simmons’ departure, despite the strained relationship he had with the board following comments about one-day selection last year.“The sacking of Phil Simmons was a surprise. I’m not sure we have the real reasons, reasons we were given were a bit sketchy,” he said during a visit to London for a Lord’s Taverners event honouring wicketkeepers.“It’s disappointing for me that we haven’t been able to find a settled situation in the coaching area which would give the team some direction. It’s a setback. Jason Holder as captain also still has a lot to prove so things are in a pretty unstable situation now.”Simmons’ last engagement was the Test series against India where, although West Indies lost 2-0, there were moments of encouragement, particularly with Roston Chase’s match-saving maiden Test century in Jamaica and the promising returns of young quicks Miguel Cummins and Alzarri Joseph.“The talent is still there, it’s a matter of who is going to work with them to help them develop,” Dujon said. “We are still in a situation where we are trying to solve the problem from the top down rather than the bottom.“A promising move recently is that it seems we are going to have more A-team tours which is vital for development. They are meaningful when you go and play in countries who are better than you, it gives you a better gauge of where you are at.That has to be the focus, as expensive as it may be, and hopefully we’ll have a better quality of player coming through to the top level in the next four or five years. Right now, some of the players who have come to the top level are not the complete article.”The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

first_imgUnited scored four goals, three from set-pieces, as Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba – with his first goal since his return from Juventus – all found the back of the net between the 22nd and 42nd minutes at Old Trafford.England skipper Rooney was limited to a few minutes off the bench but Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this country.”Leicester managed a brilliant consolation goal from halftime substitute Demarai Gray but that could not stop the Foxes shipping four goals for the second time in as many away league games after doing so at Liverpool a fortnight ago.“It’s not possible to concede three goals off corners, that means you are not concentrating,” said Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri.Sergio Aguero marked his return from a three-game ban for a wayward elbow as Manchester City won 3-1 away to Swansea – the second time in a week they had triumphed at the Liberty Stadium after their EFL Cup victory over the south Wales side.Aguero fired City into a ninth-minute lead but Swansea were level minutes later when Fernando Llorente lashed in a half-volley.City, however, regained the lead with an Aguero penalty in the 65th minute after Mike van der Hoorn fouled Kevin De Bruyne in the box. Raheem Sterling, using Aguero as a decoy, made it 3-1 in the 77th minute.“Sergio is quality,” said Guardiola. “His first step, second step in the box is so good and that is why he is one of the best strikers in the world but I want to help him improve his game.”Liverpool overpowered Hull City 5-1 after the Tigers spent much of the match a man down at Anfield, with the Reds 3-0 up inside 36 minutes.Adam Lallana put Liverpool ahead in the 17th minute and Hull then found themselves down a man when Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off after blocking Philippe Coutinho’s goal-bound shot with his arm. James Milner scored from the resulting penalty and Sadio Mane then made it 3-0.David Meyler pulled a goal back before Coutinho scored with a brilliant 25-yard strike. Milner scored his second penalty of the match after Daniel Sturridge was tripped by Andrew Robertson.South Korea’s Son Heung-Min scored twice inside the opening 23 minutes as Tottenham Hotspur, without injured England star Harry Kane, won 2-1 away to Middlesbrough, who pulled a goal back through Ben Gibson. Spurs are second, four points behind leaders City and a point ahead of Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton.Bournemouth ended Everton’s unbeaten start to the season with a 1-0 home win secured by Junior Stanislas’s superb shot into the top corner. At the Stadium of Light, Crystal Palace came from 2-0 down to beat Sunderland 3-2. Jermain Defoe seized on a mistake by Joe Ledley as he fired Sunderland into a 39th-minute lead and he then scored again on the hour mark.A minute later, Ledley atoned for his earlier error with a goal and James McArthur headed in an equaliser before Christian Benteke’s stoppage-time strike completed the south London club’s comeback and denied Sunderland a first league win of the season.Tony Pulis was unable to mark his 1 000th game as a manager with a win as his West Bromwich Albion side drew 1-1 away to former club Stoke City. Joe Allen put Stoke ahead in the 73rd minute before Salomon Rondon equalised deep into stoppage time.West Ham United play Southampton today and tomorrow sees Burnley at home to Watford.Pix: Alex Iwobi starred for Arsenal against Chelsea yesterday.jpgPREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS & FIXTURESMan United 4 – 1 LeicesterBournemouth 1 – 0 EvertonLiverpool 5 – 1 Hull CityMiddlesbrough 1 – 2 TottenhamStoke City 1 – 1 West BromSunderland 2 – 3 Crystal PalaceSwansea 1 – 3 Man CityArsenal 3 – 0 ChelseaWest Ham vs Southampton 4pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal overpowered London rivals Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium yesterday to mark Arsene Wenger’s 20th anniversary as Gunners boss in style. Earlier, Manchester United thrashed defending Premier League champions Leicester City 4-1 to vindicate manager Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Wayne Rooney while Manchester City maintained their perfect start with a 3-1 win at Swansea City.Arsenal scored twice in three minutes against a Chelsea defence missing injured captain John Terry with an ankle injury. The Gunners were 1-0 up in the 11th minute when Alexis Sanchez robbed centre-back Gary Cahill and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Minutes later it was 2-0 when Theo Walcott finished off a slick Arsenal passing move. Arsenal, who hadn’t beaten Chelsea in nine matches, were 3-0 up in the 40th minute when Mesut Ozil and Sanchez exchanged passes before the former volleyed home.last_img read more