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Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Dale Steyn

 

Shamsi in, Dale Steyn left out

JOHANNESBURG (AP):

South Africa called up uncapped left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi for next month's triangular limited-overs series in the Caribbean and rested fast bowler Dale Steyn amid concerns over his workload.

Shamsi was the only new player in the one-day international squad announced yesterday, although pace-bowling all-rounder Wayne Parnell was recalled for the first time in more than a year.

Head selector Linda Zondi said Steyn was rested for the triangular series against West Indies and Australia to keep him fresh for the test season. South Africa, who lost their No. 1 ranking in Tests with a home loss to England in January, have series against New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka this year.

Batsman Faf du Plessis was in the ODI squad for the Caribbean despite sustaining a broken finger in the IPL. Du Plessis had surgery on the broken left ring finger this week and should be ready for South Africa's second game of the triangular series against Australia on June 7, team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.

Pakistan pick Arthur

ISLAMABAD (AP):

Mickey Arthur replaced Waqar Younis as head coach of the Pakistan cricket team yesterday.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the 47-year-old Arthur, a South African who has previously coached his country's national team and Australia, will take up his new assignment at the end of the month.

Younis stepped down last month after Pakistan won only one of its four group matches at the World Twenty20 in India.

Arthur was among four foreign coaches shortlisted by a panel including former captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja. He will be the fourth foreigner to coach Pakistan after Richard Pybus, Goeff Lawson and the late Bob Woolmer.

Arthur played 110 first-class matches for South Africa before coaching his national team in between 2005-10.

Footballer dies after collapse at match

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP):

Dinamo Bucharest player Patrick Ekeng died after he collapsed during a match in the Romanian capital yesterday, doctors said. He was 26.

Cristian Pandrea, a spokesman for the Floreasca Emeregency Hospital, said doctors tried for an hour to resuscitate the Cameroon midfielder but failed. He said the cause of death was not known.

The home match between Dinamo and Viitorul Constanta was at 3-3 and being broadcast live when midfielder Ekeng fell to the ground in the 69th minute, seven minutes after he went on as a substitute. Local media said he had a heart attack.

Ekeng was immediately taken to the hospital, where dozens of fans gathered outside.

Players and staff could be seen crying as events unfolded. Some went with him to the hospital.

He has played for Spanish club Cordoba CF, Swiss club Lausanne, and French club Le Mans. He moved to Dinamo in 2015.

Ekeng is survived by a wife and daughter who are in Paris. Prosport.ro, an online sports publication reported he was due to fly to Paris after the Romanian Cup final on Tuesday between Dinamo and CFR Cluj.