Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

Messi and co will compete against Brazil in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Argentina v Brazil: Saudi Arabia to host Latin America’s fiercest rivalry next month

  • The annual match between the two giants of South American football will be well attended by Saudi fans

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will host a four-team international football tournament in early October, featuring Brazil, Argentina, Saudi Arabia and a fourth team to be named shortly, Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of the Kingdom's General Sports Authority, announced on Friday.
The tournament will include the 2018 Superclasico de las Americas (Super Derby of the Americas) the annual friendly match that pits Brazil against Argentina.
The sports authority has successfully organized a variety of sports and recreational competitions and events, including signing an extensive 10-year contract to bring WWE shows to Saudi Arabia on an annual basis.
Other events include the Saudi Super Cup, recently held in London, and the King Salman International Chess Cup, and the Riyadh International Marathon.
 


Steve Smith and David Warner told they must prove themselves in IPL

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Steve Smith and David Warner told they must prove themselves in IPL

  • Ricky Ponting warns disgraced duo they can take nothing for granted when it comes to World Cup selection.
  • Cash rich IPL gets under way on Saturday.

LONDON: Disgraced Australian duo Steve Smith and David Warner have been told they have it all to prove as they return to top-level cricket.
The pair finished their year-long ban for ball-tampering this week and will play in the big-bucks Indian Premier League, which gets under way tomorrow.
The timing of the cash-rich Twenty20 circus is awkward, however, wrapping up less than three weeks before the start of the World Cup in England and Wales. It has long been assumed that both would walk back into the side, but former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has warned them they need to get runs in India if they are to get on the place to the 50-over global showpiece.
“Those guys have not played any high level cricket for a long time,” Ponting told the Times of India newspaper.
“They still have to prove they are the best players.
“If they don’t have a good IPL, then there will be a few more question marks regarding their names,” said Ponting, who is head coach IPL side Delhi Capitals.
The ban only included international and state-level games so both Smith and Warner were able to play in the Bangladesh Premier League but both soon bowed out because of elbow injuries, and now they are keen to get noticed again by Australia’s selectors.
The lucrative league kicks off with three-time winners and defending champions Chennai Super Kings, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, hosting Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
Warner will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad along with Afghan spin sensation Rashid Khan and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday.
Smith is likely to be in action for Rajasthan Royals, along with England’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, on Monday against Delhi Capitals.