LONDON (CMC):Former West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, has been appointed technical consultant to the Afghanistan national side.The 53-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals for West Indies, will assist current head coach Lalchand Rajput.”Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) management considers Simmons’ appointment a valuable step in players’ capacity development,” an ACB statement said. “His appointment will have a great impact on team performance.”Simmons was sacked as West Indies coach last September, five months after overseeing the side’s capture of an unprecedented second Twenty20 World Cup in India.He is a former Ireland head coach and spent six years in the role before leaving in 2015 to take charge of West Indies.The first assignment for Trinidadian Simmons will be to help oversee Afghanistan’s preparation for a series against Ireland in Greater Noida comprising five One-Day Internationals, three Twenty20s and a four-day ICC Intercontinental Cup fixture.Simmons will then face another of his former teams when the Afghans take on West Indies in five ODIs and three T20s in June in the Caribbean.
Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Mauricio Pochettino offered up a bizarre ‘cows and trains’ analogy ahead of Tottenham’s trip to Inter Milan.The Spurs boss was asked if he was feeling confident heading into the Champions League campaign and evoked memories of Eric Cantona’s famous speech about seagulls in 1995 with his response. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move silverware 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal possible standings Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t making much sense ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Inter Milan REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “But we need to work harder and be more competitive and improve. The last two defeats are so good but it is a wake-up call and we have to try and improve and we have time. It is only the start of the season.“We have to show our best and show we deserve to be a contender. We need to be consistent to be a contender.“It is important for them to see the reality if they are going to improve. And if we are going to be a contender then we need to improve a lot. A lot. If not we will be a good team, we will win some and lose some, but a contender is different.“In my mind if you want to be a contender you need to show much, much more. We won three games in a row and after went to Watford and Liverpool and were not capable to win, it is difficult to be considered a contender.”Spurs travelled to Milan without injured trio Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, while Pochettino has also chosen to surprisingly leave Kieran Trippier and Toby Alderweireld in London.On the pair’s omission, the Argentinian said: “It’s a technical decision. What does it mean? It’s a technical decision. You can look it up, find it in the dictionary. A technical decision. Tactical is on the pitch. “Yeah, maybe tactical is outside of the pitch too. But it’s technical decision, tactical decision, it’s a decision in the end.“You cannot bring 25 players. You can only play 11 players with seven on the bench. That is the reason.“You are clever enough to try to understand. This is my fifth season, I never punish players because you win or lose.“It’s the plan. The plan is keep them (in London) and use different players to play tomorrow.“There’s nothing behind the decision. It’s only that we’re going to play with different players tomorrow.“Like when you play with Toby or Kieran, it’s another player out. The best position is to play with different players.” Tottenham have lost successive matches 2-1 impact Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY REVEALED ADVICE Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Pochettino said: “Experience is experience but you need to apply it, plus the hunger, plus the motivation, plus being clever. If you are not clever it is not going to help you in the future.“It is like a cow that for every single day for 10 years doesn’t see the train cross at the same time and if you ask the cow what time the train is going to come, he is not going to have the right answer.“Football is the same, motivation, circumstance, many things in football are so important. If you show the same hunger, same motivation, if you fight in the right way, there are many things that can keep you in the same way as the experience.”Pochettino went on to insist his side cannot currently be considered realistic contenders for the Champions League – or any other competition – this season.Spurs have lost their last two Premier League games, to Watford and Liverpool, and the Argentinian says they must improve considerably to challenge for major honours.He said: “We are not realistic contenders in any single competition, that is my view.“If we show the same face as against Watford, it’s impossible to be a contender. If we show the face (we showed against) Liverpool, it will be so difficult.“If we show some of what we did against Manchester United then maybe yes. I explained after Old Trafford it was difficult to keep the feet on the grass and believe that the job was done. 2