Australian skipper was concerned about his World Cup spot. Aaron Finch believes that his Test career is over. Australia will start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan. He further mentioned, “In the back of your mind you think: ‘there’s a World Cup not far away, as a captain of the side I could be left out’. Then you start putting unnecessary pressure on yourself to perform. (Recent good form) just re-assured me that I still am a pretty good player. You don’t lose your skill overnight.”Finch had led Australia to their first ever ODI series after 2009, despite being 2-0 down and then went on to whitewash Pakistan 5-0 in UAE. However, at home against India, Finch managed 26 runs in 3 matches, but in India, he made a 93 in the 3rd ODI in Ranchi and was later named Man of the Series against Pakistan.Finch has however admitted that his Test career is over after he managed just 97 runs in six innings against India and was then dropped for the 4th Tests and the next two Tests against Sri Lanka.“My chances to play Test cricket again have probably slipped away. I gave it everything I could, and I didn’t leave any stone unturned. The reality was, the Indian bowlers were better than me at the time. Looking back now, it’d be a lot easier to make that decision (to not go to every training session). It’s just unfortunate that I probably won’t get that chance again,” he signed off. New Delhi: The Australian Cricket Board named Aaron Finch has the captain for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. While Australia will go into the tournament to defend their World Cup title, the skipper admitted to being anxious about his place in the ODI squad for the mega ICC event, given his prolonged slump with the bat in 2019.Finch, who last month made two centuries and two scores in 90s against Pakistan in a five-match ODI series in the UAE, had a 21-innings run in limited-overs cricket, where he didn’t manage to hit a single fifty. He has now said that despite his late run-scoring feats, he felt that CA selectors might not pick him in the team, let alone being named the captain for the ICC World Cup 2019.“(I was feeling) huge anxiety based on a World Cup coming up, being captain of the side and not having the output I wanted,” he said. “I was getting really frustrated that, again, I was preparing and doing everything I thought I could to succeed but it just wasn’t happening. I don’t know why. It was probably just my own mindset, I was starting to think a bit negatively,” Finch was quoted as saying by Melbourne radio station SEN. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
“We have been having the stands filled up since the kick-off of the tournament on Tuesday despite the fact that it was on a working day. More importantly, I am happy CAF officials are impressed with the facilities, logistics and other things we have put in place for the success of the competition. I am sure that gradually everything will fall into place. I look forward to better things ahead as we progress in the tournament.“We also have a tourism package for the players and officials on Friday which is a match-free day. They will be taken on a bus tour and boat cruise across Lagos.”Tandoh noted that security measures put in place at the tournament venue has been very impressive. “So also is what the Medical Committee, the Ceremonial and Volunteers have been doing. In terms of the logistics, I think we have done very well and we are going to sustain this.He stressed that, to give the event a further boost in the area of entertainment, CAF has instructed a fusion of the Lagos entertainment group which presented the Eyo masquerade dance and others with the official cheer leaders from the Bahamas. They have asked that they rehearse and perform together for a better joint entertainment.Meanwhile, Super Sand Eagles started their campaign at the 2016 Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-2 win over Egypt in a tight contest on Tuesday.A goal from Sand Eagles captain Isiaka Olawale and Emeka Ogbonna’s double strike gave the hosts a win on the opening day of the tournament with Mohamed and Ahmed Abouserei scoring for Egypt.Olawale put Nigeria ahead before Ogbonna got the first of his two goals as Audu Adamu’s men look well on the way to a victory. But the Egyptians clawed their way back into the contest with goals from Mohamed and Abouserei.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Co-chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2016 CAF Beach Nations Cup, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, has disclosed that the goal behind Lagos State Government’s hosting of the tournament is to help the Nigerian Super Sand Eagles qualify for the 2017 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in the Bahamas.“We are not just hosting Africa, but will be out to help motivate and encourage the Nigerian team to pick the ticket to play in the Beach Soccer Mundial in the Bahamas in 2017.”Tandoh, a former secretary of the LOC for the 2012 National Sports Festival, Eko 2012, expressed his delight at the turn out of spectators at the continental soccer fiesta holding at the EKO Atlantic City, Victoria Island.He noted that as the competition progresses, the spectator stands will be filled to capacity.