Mo Salah ‘must rest’, says Egypt coach

Mohamed Salah controls the ball during the UEFA Champions league Group E football match between Liverpool and Salzburg at Anfield in Liverpool on October 2, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 03 October 2019

Mo Salah ‘must rest’, says Egypt coach

  • Salah scored twice on Wednesday as holders Liverpool defeated Salzburg 4-3 at home in the Champions League group stage
  • Egypt begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Kenya in November

CAIRO: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah "must rest" and will miss Egypt's friendly against Botswana on October 14, national team coach Hossam El Badry said Thursday.
The announcement came days after Salah raised eyebrows by changing his Twitter bio to say he only played for Liverpool, removing any mention of his affiliation to Egypt.
Salah finished fourth in the balloting for the FIFA best player award last week, with two of Egypt's votes rejected by football's governing body after they were signed in capital letters.
El Badry said he spoke to Salah following a report from the national team doctor on the fitness of the squad's overseas-based players.
"I agreed with him that it is in his best interests and those of the national team that he rests," El Badry told local channel MBC Masr.
"He won't be with us at the training camp for Botswana, but God willing, he will be with us for the official matches."
Salah scored twice on Wednesday as holders Liverpool defeated Salzburg 4-3 at home in the Champions League group stage.
Salah and the Egyptian FA have butted heads before several times, most prominently when a photo of him was plastered on the squad's plane ahead of the 2018 World Cup, causing sponsorship problems for the star.
El Badry will take charge of his first match as Egypt coach against Botswana following his appointment last month.
Egypt begin their qualifying campaign for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations at home to Kenya in November.


Cricket umpiring ‘extremely challenging’ in high-tech era, says Taufel

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Cricket umpiring ‘extremely challenging’ in high-tech era, says Taufel

  • Players can challenge umpires' calls using the Decision Review System
  • Cricket's embrace of technology has been echoed by other sports including tennis

New Delhi: Umpiring cricket matches has become increasingly difficult because of the technology now monitoring play, according to former top match official Simon Taufel.
With dozens of cameras and other technology ready to expose mistakes, the pressure is on the officials who make the crucial calls, said the 48-year-old Australian.
“It can be extremely challenging obviously, if it would be easy everyone would be doing it. It’s all about learning through mistakes,” Taufel told AFP in an interview.
Players can challenge umpires’ calls using the Decision Review System, which employs slow-motion replays, ball-tracking technology, audio sensors — the ‘Snickometer’ — and even heat-sensing, known as Hot Spot, to check whether the ball hit the bat.
Cricket’s embrace of technology has been echoed by other sports including tennis, rugby and football, where match officials have also found themselves under growing scrutiny.
“When you compete with those 30-odd cameras, the ball-tracker, Snicko, Hot Spot, the three experts in the commentary position, there are times when you don’t deliver perfection,” said Taufel, who stood in his first Test when he was only 29.
“But that’s part of life. Roger Federer loses the odd match, Tiger Woods misses the odd fairway, these things do happen but if you have paid the price you might as well get the learning and benefit out of it.”
Known for his accuracy and extreme fitness, Taufel maintained immense respect from players up to his retirement from the international game in 2012.
He was named umpire of the year for five straight seasons between 2004 to 2008 by the International Cricket Council.
Taufel become an umpire performance and training manager with the ICC at the age of 41 and has recently authored a book, “Finding the Gaps.”
“I ask people to focus on the process, don’t go for the outcome other people are looking for. People are going to judge you anyway, so give them ‘you’,” he said.


Taufel made headlines after the World Cup final in July, when he pointed out that England should have been awarded five runs and not six from a freak deflection in their last regulation over — an umpiring mistake which otherwise went unnoticed.
The hosts went on to win by the barest of margins, on overall boundaries scored, after they were level with New Zealand after 50 overs and an extra ‘super over’.
Taufel’s most vivid memory is a moment that shook the cricketing world in 2009, when he was on a bus in Lahore that was attacked by extremists targeting the Sri Lanka team.
But he hopes cricket makes a full return to Pakistan, which has largely been shunned by touring teams since the attack but which is awaiting a two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in December.
“Never say never. Things change. There is no country in the world that is immune to bad things happening,” said Taufel, who was born in the Sydney suburb of St. Leonards.
“I do hope that cricket spreads to more parts of the world and even though it was a traumatic experience in Pakistan, I sincerely hope that we see international cricket played there again.”
Among other innovations in cricket, India is set to experiment with a separate no-ball umpire in the Indian Premier League after some controversial incidents in this year’s edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
Taufel said he is in favor of experiments in the game but warned the authorities against making hasty changes.
“I would encourage people to not necessarily make emotional reactions because of one or two incidents,” said Taufel.
“And make sure that we are making change that is adding value rather than searching for perfection that we really know doesn’t exist.”