Hashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill father

first_imgHashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill fatherHashim Amla has asked for permission to miss the last one-day international against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds in order to be with his ailing father.advertisement Reuters Port ElizabethMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 18:25 IST Hashim Amla cited family reasons for missing the final two ODIs vs Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla pulled out of the final two ODIs between South Africa and Sri LankaSouth Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Amla’s father is critically illAmla had been rested for the first three ODIs, all of which South Africa wonVeteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series.”Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.Hendricks played as an opener in the first three games of the series, all won by South Africa, but managed scores of only 1, 29 and 4, dealing a blow to his chances of making the squad for the World Cup in England and Wales starting in late May.The experienced Amla, 35, is seen as a certainty to travel to the global showpiece tournament, but had been rested for the start of the series to allow Hendricks to stake his claim.Amla was rested after a poor Test series last month amid growing speculation his international career is coming to an end.The fourth ODI will be played in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.”Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup,” said selection panel convener Linda Zondi.”We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned.”South Africa face hosts England in the opening game of the World Cup at The Oval in London on May 30.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow South Africa vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

Aaron Craft LaQuinton Ross join NBA Summer League

Senior guard Aaron Craft attempts a layup during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night might have come and gone without an Ohio State player being selected, something that last happened in 2006, but two former Buckeyes are already taking the next steps toward their NBA dreams.Forward LaQuinton Ross and guard Aaron Craft have each agreed to take part in the 2014 NBA Summer League – Ross with the Los Angeles Lakers and Craft with both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors, according to multiple reports.The NBA Summer League is scheduled to take place in Orlando from July 5 to 11 and in Las Vegas from July 11 to 21, allowing players such as Craft to take part in both leagues for separate teams.While Ross and Craft were invited to play in the NBA Summer League, the mere invitation does not guarantee them a contract for any NBA team. Rather, it will give each player a further chance to show off their skills against other rookies and undrafted free agents in an attempt to earn a contract with an NBA team heading into training camp.According to the NBA Summer League website, both the Orlando and Las Vegas leagues will be televised on NBA TV, starting July 5. read more