Press Association The final of the showpiece event in Qatar is to be on Sunday, December 18 – a decision which will allow traditional Boxing Day club matches to take place in Britain and avoid the fierce heat of June and July. It will be a shortened tournament over 28 days instead of the usual 32, starting on November 21. December 18 is also Qatar’s national day. “You need clarity and then you can prepare towards that,” Martinez said. “But I always felt that once it was given to Qatar it was going to be a winter World Cup. “When all the talk is about wanting the World Cup in different continents and different countries, and when the hosts are going to be Qatar, it’s only normal that it’s going to be played in the winter. “That’s going to affect two or three seasons around that date, but we need to adapt and make it a big football celebration like the World Cup’s supposed to be.” Hull manager Steve Bruce thinks a World Cup late in the year is a sensible move in such a hot climate, but took the chance to push for a winter break. He said: “We’ve got plenty of time to adapt. I’ve always said in this country we need a break, we should copy everyone else. When you see other teams come back there’s a freshness about them because of the winter break. “We’ve got plenty of time to put the schedule in. Once FIFA picked Qatar there was only one solution and they’ve picked the sensible one.” West Brom manager Tony Pulis agreed. “Whichever way you try to cook it they have worked it to suit the country at the best possible time. They have moved everything around to suit them, full stop,” he said. “They are the governing body and, irrespective of what you do say and don’t say, there might be loads of people unhappy with it, but they have got it through and it’s been agreed. “Everyone has to get on with it. What will be the situation in England, is everything is going to have to be reorganised and revamped? That’s going to be interesting.” However, Pellegrini is concerned how Premier League games, which would usually be scheduled for November and December, will be caught up later in the season and the impact of doing so on the next domestic campaign. “I think it is difficult to stop all the European leagues in that month, especially in our league at this moment, and not play football here in November and December,” Pellegrini said. “When you recover those amount of games what will happen in the next season, when you finish late, how many days the national squad will need their players? “I don’t think it is easy. It is a big task.” Swansea manager Garry Monk echoed Pellegrini’s thoughts, but conceded that teams would just have to “get on with it”. “It will be strange having a two-month break in the middle of the season. I’m not sure how that’s going to work and I’d have to see the exact lay-out of it, but I don’t think it’s a great thing,” he said. “It’s beyond the powers of Swansea City, but I can’t imagine too many teams are happy with it. But it sounds as if we’re just going to have to get on with it.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez conceded the tournament moving to November would need plenty of adaptation, but he always expected a World Cup in Qatar to be held over the winter. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has questioned the long-term effects of holding the 2022 World Cup in the winter.
April 24, 2020 Associated Press England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Pro League field hockey season extended The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021.