Callum Hudson-Odoi has been hailed as an “outstanding talent” by former Germany star Michael Ballack.Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi is a transfer target for Bayern Munich, as first revealed by Goal, with the Bundesliga champions’ sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming last week that talks remain ongoing between the clubs.The 18-year-old has earned 10 first-team appearances for the Blues this season but is yet to make a Premier League start and is reportedly tempted by the prospect of greater opportunities with Bayern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We’re talking about a player who just came recently from the youth level. He’s trying to achieve the step to the professional level in a top club,” Ballack told Omnisport.”This makes it a lot more difficult for a young player because the standard is very, very high. It’s hard to say whether the player is good enough for this demand or not. It’s a fact that he’s an outstanding talent.”Chelsea have to evaluate whether they want to keep him or maybe send him on loan. I think that’s the philosophy of all top teams – to educate young, top players and to give them the possibility to play.”It’s the most important thing during that young age, to play without losing the player. Bayern had their focus on Hudson-Odoi very early. We will see if the transfer is happening or not.”Ballack was a far more established performer when he swapped Bayer Leverkusen for Bayern in 2002, having inspired Germany’s run to that year’s World Cup final, and he is reluctant to impart any pearls of wisdom upon Hudson-Odoi.“I don’t have any advice for him. He has to see if he has a realistic chance at Chelsea in the first team or not,” he said.”[Recently] he was often part of it and showed his qualities. Is it the right time to go to another top club like Bayern? Every player has to decide this on his own. There’s no special recipe.”The success of 18-year-old England international Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund has been viewed, to a certain extent, as a motivation for Bayern’s interest in signing Hudson-Odoi.Arsenal’s 19-year-old forward Reiss Nelson has also impressed on loan at Hoffenheim this season and England manager Gareth Southgate welcomed the openness to such opportunities among his next generation.”I think Jadon and Reiss Nelson are the obvious ones who have trodden that path, there are some other young players who have done that and haven’t yet appeared in first-team football,” Southgate said, speaking courtesy of William Hill at a Football Writers Association dinner held in his honour in London on Sunday.”I think it’s good that the opportunity is there. Young people now in our country are less restricted in their decision making. They don’t view travelling the world in maybe the way we did when we were younger.”They’re more secure in themselves and they’re ready to go if it gives them an opportunity to play. For all young players, that opportunity to play first-team football is really important.”
To be a great freelancer, it’s not enough to just be a great designer, technologist, writer, etc. You also need to be a master negotiator!Over the next several weeks, we’ll be releasing a series of posts about negotiation and why many freelancers leave money on the table. Today, we’re talking about “the poker face.” The phrase is useful in talking about negotiations — but remember that contracts are anything but a game.Never say “um.”If the client asks you how much something is going to cost, or sends you a contract full of terms you don’t want to accept, this is not the time to be shy or hem and haw about it.Before you enter into negotiations, you should know:What terms you won’t negotiate onWhat terms would be nice, and you’d like to push onWhat terms would be nice, but you’re willing to give upThe cost of the project, in your time and opportunity costThe value of the project to the client, and based on this value and your cost, what you’d like to charge the clientThe price you won’t negotiate below, if you plan on negotiating on price at allThis means you need to sit down and really think this through before you enter the room or get on the telephone with your client. Just spending these few minutes to prepare and set down in writing your thoughts can make you more confident during your discussion.Leave emotions at the doorWhen you enter into discussions about the terms of a contract or the price, now is not the time to be:NervousDesperate for the gigEmbarrassed about your “high rate” (note the quotes; you’re probably already undercharging)Not confident in your ability to do the jobIf you feel any of these things, you need to sit down before going into a negotiation and really think these through. Any of these — with the exception of the first — you need to leave outside the door. Nervousness you may bring with you, you just shouldn’t show it.Give yourself a pep talkYou might think this is cheesy — and yeah, it is. But it works. Once you become a veteran freelancer, this will be irrelevant, but the first few times it’s essential.Before you enter into tricky bits with a client, just run through in your head or on paper exactly why you deserve the gig, why you deserve the money you’re asking for, and why you’re the best person for this gig. Flex your biceps in the mirror (kidding). How should a client be convinced of your greatness if you’re not?How to look confident if you’re still nervousBody language: Hold your head up high, make eye contact, don’t sit on the edge of your seat as if you’re in a job interview, don’t slouch, don’t give a sweaty palmed, flimsy handshake.Voice: Speak loudly, clearly, and slowly. Don’t be afraid to laugh and smile.Ask questions and listen: Remember that now is your time to make sure the client is a good fit for you, too. Let the client talk about what this project means and how important it is for the company. Not being afraid to ask questions and listening and asking follow-ups are all signs of confidence.Be honest: The most important tip of all. Some people think that having a “poker face” means that you’re lying. Think of it instead as showing your best business face, which may be different from your personality with your family, but is also a genuine part of who you are as a freelancer. If you don’t know something, don’t make it up, but also don’t say “Er…not sure.” Say, “Let me get back to you tomorrow about that. I’m going to do a little research/thinking/talking with X person and I want to give you a clear answer.”Compliment your client: But not in a creepy personal way. If you genuinely like work or projects the client has done in the past, compliment them. (Just beware not to pigeonhole yourself too much in case the person you’re talking to hated that project.)Don’t take the contract at face valueIf a client is the sending over a contract, read it carefully. It happens very often that a client will send over:An old contract they haven’t read, possibly that includes such terms as that you’ll send them the final deliverable on a floppy diskA contract their coworker drew up for another gig that they’ve barely read or don’t understandA contract drawn up by their lawyers that contains what is essentially a wish-list for the client (the lawyer was hired by them to protect them, after all), but they are both used to and willing to negotiate on.Note: even if your client has lawyers involved, it does not mean that you have no power to negotiate better terms! Get informed about contracts and stand your ground. Clients who are used to working with freelancers expect push-back.It is not about you vs. themUnlike poker, this is not a competition. This is not a game with a winner and a loser. The goal of negotiating is to reach mutually agreeable terms and leave you with the beginning of a great client-freelancer relationship.The process of negotiation makes the contract and the price fair for both parties. This is not like negotiating in the movies, will screaming lawyers watching out for the bottom line. (And if it is, run away fast.) This is about being clear, setting reasonable expectations, and listening.The negotiation process and the entire process of setting up a contract protects both you and your client. You’re both working in service of the project, and getting all the details worked out fairly in the beginning means your whole relationship can run more smoothly.Freelancers, what are your best negotiating tips?
Veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga says he will assess his future in international cricket after the current limited overs series against India, saying he will call it quits the moment his performance drops.Malinga took his 300th ODI wicket when he dismissed Virat Kohli in the fourth match, which the hosts lost by 168 runs to concede a 4-0 series lead last night.”I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is.”No matter how experienced I am if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next 3 or four months,” Malinga said.A day before the match, which the hosts lost by 168 runs, he had expressed hope of playing until the next World Cup. But based on his form lately, he admitted that the future is up for consideration.”I’ll see the number of games that I get. If not I’ll have to consider the state of my body, and what is expected of me. If I can’t deliver that, then I’ll happily retire.”The stand-in skipper has said that the 219-run partnership between Kohli and Rohit Sharma took the game away from them as they couldn’t counter their attacking hundreds.advertisement”Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma played really well. We didn’t consistently bowl a good line and length. I think on this kind of wicket our length is very crucial and we have to concentrate more on that. The first 30-40 runs Virat got very quickly,” Malinga said at the post-match press conference.The pace spearhead added, “I feel there was a bit of grass on the wicket and bowling first, we tried to swing the ball. Then we went for a bit of runs. It’s a learning process for the young players. We tried to swing the ball earlier, and that’s why we went fuller. But it didn t happen. That’s the game of cricket.”Kohli (131 runs off 96 balls) and Rohit (104 off 88) made merry on a batting beauty to guide India to 375 for five, the highest total posted by a visiting team in an ODI in Sri Lanka.”Today was a very hot day. I feel it’s hard for everyone to concentrate on long spells in that kind of heat. That’s why we realised that we needed to bowl short spells and get maximum from the player. Then they have good energy for 2-3 overs,” he added.Malinga absolved the Lankan batsmen from any blame once again, highlighting that they are still gaining in experience and it was the bowlers’ job to contain the scoring on a flat batting track.”We didn’t bowl well in this game. With the batsmen, we only had one experienced batsman Angelo Mathews. Others are young players, but they need time. They are still learning, I feel. I feel they don’t have much confidence to play their natural games, because the last couple of matches they lost and everyone wants to get runs.”That’s why they really concentrated on trying to get runs, I feel. They aren’t playing natural game. Everyone is waiting for a win,” he said.”In the last couple of matches we lost and they didn’t get much runs, they feel they have to score every single match. That’s why we can’t get their maximum in this period. I think maybe in the next couple of months they will work hard and get good mentality. I hope for Sri Lankan cricket they perform well,” he added.He talked about how this has been a trend since the loss to Zimbabwe at home, but again highlighted the inexperience in the side.”Since the last match of the Zimbabwe series, we couldn’t be successful across batting, bowling and fielding in the same match. In that match we only got about 200 and since then we haven’t been able to pass 250.”I think, personally, if we are playing at the international level, it’s when you get experience at that level that you understand how to handle difficult situations.A lot of our players are inexperienced at international level.”I think if we gave some chances to the young players here, we will get players who can play for a long time. If we can give them experience to the team that goes to the 2019 World Cup, then you will have players who have played 30-50 ODIs.advertisement”In previous teams, you had players who had played a 100 ODIs, or at least 50 ODIs. We need that. Every other team in the world has that experience in their XI. We need to get there.
Karachi, Sep 13 (PTI) The ICC Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson feels that the World XIs tour to Pakistan ushers a new beginning for international cricket to return to the country. “The World XI tour will send out a positive message to the world cricket community that the security situation in Pakistan has improved and satisfactory,” Richardson said at a news conference in Lahore. The World XI led by the South African captain Faf du Plessis played their first T20 International yesterday against Pakistan before a packed Gaddafi Stadium. The tour has been backed by the International Cricket Council, which has borne expenses for the visit of security experts to Pakistan to finalise the security arrangements for the series. Richardson made it clear that if everything went according to plan, ICC could plan future events in Pakistan. “Pakistan is an unavoidable part of the international cricket community and the Pakistani people are very passionate about the game. The ICC is very serious about reviving international cricket in the country and we are happy the first step has been taken with the World XI tour,” he said. The ICC official said security issue is not just confined to Pakistan but is a global concern. “There are security concerns in other sports as well in the world. We decided to support this tour after a very positive report by Giles Clarke,” he said. Clarke heads the ICCs special task force on Pakistan cricket and has been given a royal treatment while visiting Lahore with the World XI squad. The ICC official, however, made it clear that restoration of international cricket in Pakistan would be a slow process as tours by ICC member nations would all be linked to the prevailing security situation in the country. “It is a step by step process and will take time. But the first step has been taken with this tour,” he said. He said if Pakistan Super League matches are held in Pakistan it would help in boosting the confidence of the international cricket community about the security situation in the country. PTI Cor CM CMadvertisement
Fourth-placed Liverpool were stung by a 1-0 defeat at Premier League basement side Swansea City who withstood a second-half onslaught to secure the points after taking the lead through defender Alfie Mawson at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.Swansea went ahead five minutes before the break when an attempt to clear by Liverpool’s 75 million pounds ($104.88 million) defender Virgil Van Dijk landed at the feet of Mawson who swept the ball home for his sixth league goal this season.Van Dijk, playing in his first league game since signing from Southampton, had earlier flashed over a header from a first-half corner, while Mohamed Salah blazed the Dutch defender’s lofted pass over the bar on the half-hour mark.Liverpool upped the tempo in the second half, dominating possession and attacking from all angles, and Roberto Firmino saw his late header come back off the post, but Swansea managed to hold on for only their fifth league win of the season.Liverpool had not lost in 18 games, having just ended the unbeaten league record of runaway leaders Manchester City, but they fluffed their lines in the face of some stout defending.The loss leaves the Reds on 47 points, three behind Chelsea and six off Manchester United, with Tottenham Hotspur two points outside the top four after a draw at Southampton on Sunday.Manchester City lead the way with 65 points from 24 games.SWANSEA FORMULA”I told my players: Liverpool is a strong team. Like a Formula 1 car,” Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal told Sky Sports after a win that took his side level on 20 points with second-bottom West Bromwich Albion and three off the safety zone.advertisement”If you put that F1 car in the 4pm London traffic, the F1 car will not drive very fast. That’s exactly what we had to do. Let them play in a way they don’t like.”The plan seemed to work as the visitors struggled to find a way through the Swansea defence in the first half. Van Dijk looked composed but a lack of movement in front of him limited his options as he brought the ball out of defence.Mawson’s goal lit a fire under the Liverpool attack and they surged forward after the break, notching 17 of their total 21 attempts on goal in the second period.
Revitalised 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.Making a mockery of the 21st seeding she landed after a miserable 2017, the former world number one outplayed Keys in almost every facet of the 51-minute match to seal a semi-final date with Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova.”I was just playing my game, I was not thinking a lot about winners or errors, I was staying in the moment and trying to play every single point,” a beaming Kerber said on Rod Laver Arena.”I just went out and played like I’ve been playing all week. Just playing my game and enjoying it. I’m just happy to get through and be here in the semis.”In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year’s U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.Keys started the match with three unforced errors and a netted backhand to lose her first service game and barely 15 minutes were on the clock before the German had another break in the bank and a 4-0 lead.The 22-year-old tried charging the net in a desperate attempt to kickstart her game but a brilliant backhand pass from Kerber brought up two set points and the stanza was hers in 22 minutes when the 17th seed sent a forehand long.advertisementThe American briefly came to life to hold for 3-1 in the second set and then unleashed a couple of bombs to put the set back on serve on a Kerber error after a lengthy rally.A 21st unforced error from the racket of Keys gave Kerber the break straight back, however, and the 30-year-old sealed her place in the last four with a third of the set when the American netted a backhand.It has been quite a return to form for Kerber in Australia this year after she broke a 27-tournament title drought going back to her 2016 U.S. Open triumph in the Sydney International warm-up.Kerber, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week, is now guaranteed to return to the top 10 in the rankings even if she goes no further at Melbourne Park.”I’m really enjoying my tennis, I’m really enjoying being on court,” she added.”I am just happy actually.”(Source: Reuters)
From making traditional suits look so chic as Tina in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to the way she sported short dresses in Hadh Kar Di Aapne–Rani Mukerji was a total fashionista, back in the days. But over the years, the actress has lost her taste in class-apart fashion. Her recent look is a case in point.Recently, the actress graced a promotional event for her upcoming film, Hichki, and left us baffled with her choice of a green-white dress. While we have seen Rani sport really strange and primitive-looking outfits before, this Red Valentino number tops them all. Rani Mukerji sports green-white number. Photo: Yogen ShahAlso Read: Rani Mukerji’s black outfit is the reason you should never get too experimentalThe round-neck, crochet dress had a symmetrical pattern all over, which made it look like a sweater dress, but not a pretty one.Also Read: Rani Mukerji’s sublime, traditional attire is all the guidance you need for Diwali dressingThe parrot-green, shift dress would’ve looked just fine, had it not been for the tacky-looking frill on it. The white, crochet frill is what pulled down the look of the outfit completely. The frill details made the actress look like a chandelier, and we’re not exaggerating. Rani Mukerji sports green-white number. Photo: Yogen ShahJust like the dress, her choice of a pair of white pumps didn’t really work for the look, because of how mismatched they were. A pair of casual, white sneakers would have been a better choice of shoes there, Rani.advertisementShe finished the look with soft makeup, and a simple hairdo–the only aspect of her look that we actually like.We wonder if we’ll ever have your stunning public appearances back, Rani.
Bappi Lahiri, the man behind unforgettable Sridevi numbers like Naino Mein Sapna, told India Today that he was left “totally speechless” after the legendary actress’s untimely demise. Calling her a “lady superstar”, the composer also said that Sridevi’s death was a huge blow to Bollywood and offered his condolences to the Kapoor family.”Sri ke saath maine almost 25 films kiya. Unka jo style tha woh ekdum pakad leta tha audience ko. Sri ki jo adayein thi, kya dance tha! Jaisa western, waisa classical. Main industry mein 48 years se kaam kar raha hoon, maine aisa versatility kahin nahi dekha,” he said.Bappi Lahiri said that he would like to dedicate a song to her memory – “Chalte chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna, kabhi alvida na kehna…”Sridevi breathed her last in Dubai on Saturday night. While it was initially believed that she passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, after her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told the media that it was cardiac arrrest which claimed her life, Sridevi’s death certificate revealed her cause of death to be accidental drowning.The actress’s body was brought back to Mumbai last night. Sridevi’s fans will be able to pay their last respects today from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Celebration Sports Club in Lokhandwala, where her body will be kept. After that, her mortal remains will be taken to the Seva Samaj Crematorium in Vile Parle. Her funeral is to take place from 3.30pm to 5 pm today.PAY YOUR TRIBUTE TO SRIDEVI HEREALSO READ: Sridevi returns home. One last time.advertisementALSO READ: I saw Sridevi serving tea like an ordinary housewife, says Ram Gopal Varma on why he hated Boney KapoorALSO WATCH: Sridevi neither threw tantrums nor behaved like a big star, says Rishi Kapoor
In his autobiography — ‘A Century is Not Enough’, Sourav Ganguly has revealed what all he has gone through as a player, his life as a cricketer and more. In one such revelation, Ganguly, one of India’s best captains said he wished he had Dhoni in the 2003 World Cup team which ended as runners-up after losing the final against Australia in Johannesburg.”I had over the years constantly looked out for players who remain steady under pressure and possess the capability to change the course of the match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who came to my notice in 2004, was a natural progression of this thought. I was impressed with MS Dhoni from day one,” Ganguly wrote in his autobiography.”I wish I’d Dhoni in my 2003 World Cup team. I was told that when we were playing the 2003 World Cup final he was still a ticket collector with Indian Railways. Unbelievable! Today I am happy that my assessment was proven right. It is amazing how he broke through the ranks to become what he is today,” added Ganguly.Dhoni made his India debut under Ganguly in an ODI against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2004.Ganguly believed in giving chance to youngsters and he even gave up his batting positions to fit in a player. After a few poor performances, Dhoni was promoted to bat at No.3 and he proved his worth with a thunderous 148 against Pakistan and then a few months later blasted his way to 183 against Sri Lanka.Even in the Dhoni’s bipoic — MS Dhoni: The Untold Story — there is a mention how Ganguly backed Dhoni and the wicketkeeper-batsman was included in the Indian team.advertisementDhoni was later named as India captain for the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa. He guided a young Indian side to the title after India defeated Pakistan by five runs in the final.Almost four years later, Dhoni played one of the memorable knocks of his life scoring 91 not out off 78 balls as India created history by winning their second World Cup in 2011. Hosts India started the 2011 World Cup as favourites and suffered just one defeat as they set up a final date with Sri Lanka. An out-of-form Dhoni, who had scores of 31, 34, 19*, 12*, 22, 7 and 25, promoted himself ahead of an in-form Yuvraj Singh after India were reduced to 114 for 3 in 21.4 overs chasing a stiff 275 for victory.Dhoni had stitched together a match-winning 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Gautam Gambhir (97) and then was involved in an unbeaten 54-run stand with Yuvraj to guide India to their second World Cup triumph. (Don’t indulge in adventures in Pakistan: Pervez Musharraf once told Ganguly)In 2013, India started the ICC Champions Trophy as favourites in England in 2013. Dhoni guided his troops as India ended the tournament unbeaten.Dhoni is the only captain in cricket’s rich history to win all the ICC trophies.
With all the eyes fixed on the glittered Indian Super League (ISL), I-League decided to serve one of the most exciting finishes to a league to snatch away the attention. The ongoing 2017-18 season is set for a dramatic finale like never before, even the All India Football Federation (AIFF) wasn’t ready for such down to the wire stuff and had to reschedule the final round of fixtures to give all the contenders equal chance.On Thursday, the final day of the league, four contenders across three matches will vie for trophy. Minerva Punjab FC, Neroca FC, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are all in contention to lift the I-League trophy.Table toppers Minerva will take on ninth-placed Churchill Brothers, while Neroca will travel to Kolkata to face East Bengal. Mohun Bagan will face Gokulam Kerala at Kozhikode. All the matches will be played at 3 PM to ensure a level playing field.Here’s how the I-League table currently looks like. Photo Credit: AIFFWe look at possible scenarios that could decide the winner. Photo Credit: AIFFMinerva Punjab (32 points)Top of the table with 32 points, it’s advantage Minerva. The club only need a win on the final day to win their first I-League title. In case of a defeat or a draw, the Punjab side will have to depend on favourable results from other two matches. Photo Credit: AIFFNEROCA FC (31 points)In their debut season, the Manipur club must beat East Bengal on the final away from home to win the league title. And, they will have to hope that Minerva lose their game against Churchill Brothers. A draw will not be enough for NEROCA as they lost both their matches against Minerva this season and in case of a draw, Minerva will win the title, even if they lose their match against East Bengal.advertisement Photo Credit: AIFFMohun Bagan (30 points)The Kolkata club will face Gokulam on Thursday and it’s a must-win game for them to lift the title. But along with a victory they will also hope that Minerva lose their game and NEROCA either lose or earn a draw. Photo Credit: AIFFEast Bengal (30 points)Khalid Jamil’s side must beat NEROCA in their final game to win the league. But they will also need Minerva and Mohun Bagan to lose their games.ADDITIONAL SCENARIOIn one scenario three teams can end with 33 points – if Minerva draw their game against Churchill, Bagan beat Gokulam and East Bengal pick up a win against NEROCA. In such a case, Bagan will lift its second I-league trophy as cumulative points collected from four fixtures will be taken into account.Bagan has seven points with a double over East Bengal and a draw against Minerva. Minerva has picked up five points (win and draw against Bagan and another draw against East Bengal) whereas East Bengal has managed only four (win and a draw against Minerva).
Luke Ronchi’s 26-ball 52 helped Islamabad United beat Peshawar Zalmi by three wickets at the National Stadium in Karachi on Sunday and become Pakistan Super League champions for the second time.Opting to bat first, Peshawar Zalmi lost three wickets within the first six overs and were struggling at 38/3. Then, Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson got together to stitch a 52-run stand for the fourth wicket before Hussain Talat removed Jordan for a 26-ball 36.And that was the opening of the floodgates for Islamabad. They kept picking wickets at regular intervals to keep a check on the run flow. Dawson anchored the innings and finished with a 30-ball 33 before falling in the 17th over. However, Wahab Riaz walked in slogged the bowlers around take Peshawar’s score to a fightbale 148/9 from their 20 overs. He remained not out on 28 off 14 balls, hitting four boundaries and one six in the process.Shadab Khan was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up 3/25 from his four overs while Samit Patel and Hussain Talat picked up two wickets each.Coming into bat, Islamabad were off to a blinder. Ronchi and Sahibzada Farhan hammered the bowlers all around the park and it looked like the match is going to be over within 15 overs. Ronchi raced away to his fifty before falling to Chris Jordan in the ninth over but the damage was already done.50 comes up for Luke Ronchi!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/g4JUpRIIqfadvertisementPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018Umaid Asif rthen emoved Chadwick Walton soon after and captain Jean-Paul Duminy fell eight balls later and Islamabad were reduced to 102/3 from 96/0.All eyes were on Farhan to carry on and win the match but Riaz had other plans. The left-arm pacer got the wicket of the settled opener and sent him packing for 44 from 33 balls. And all of a sudden it was a tough ask for Patel and Shadab from there. But Patel and Shadab were soon sent packing by Hasan and their trouble deepened.But, Asif Ali came out bashed 26 off 6 balls to guide the 2016 champions past the finish line and lift their second title. Ali hit three sixes in his innings.Faheem Ashraf scores the match-winning six for Islamabad United!Watch ball by ball highlights at https://t.co/cOZwC5PSix#IUvPZ #HBLPSL #PSL2018 @_cricingif pic.twitter.com/u7GanoAfmgPakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) March 25, 2018
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after receiving the Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.Dhoni, who holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army, was dressed in uniform and marched up to the President when his name was called upon.PHOTOS: MS Dhoni, in full army uniform, receives Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath Kovind”An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds. Thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights,” Dhoni posted on social media.The Padma Bhushan – the third highest civillian honour – was presented to five people including Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani.April 2, 2011: Celebrating India’s World Cup triumph 7 years agoWhat made the award even more special was that exactly seven years ago Dhoni had hit that famous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to help India lift the ICC World Cup trophy at the Wankhede on April 2, 2011.Did you know that MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup final bat is the most expensive ever?Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 in the final as India chased down 275 against Sri Lanka to lift the World Cup after 28 years. The bat which the former India captain used in that match was auctioned and bought for 100,000 pounds (USD 161,295) by R K Global Shares & Securities Ltd (India), at MS Dhoni’s ‘East Meets West’ Charity Dinner in London on 18 July, 2011.advertisementTwo years later, Dhoni added another record to his books when India won the Champions Trophy in 2013. He became the only captain to win all ICC trophies (2007 World T20, 2011 ICC World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy).He decided to retire from Test cricket in 2014. In January 2017, Dhoni stepped down as captain of India’s shorter formats sides. However, he continues to remain an integral part of the ODI and T20I teams. His astute reading of the game is seen to be crucial to India’s chances in the 2019 World Cup.Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.Dhoni is India’s most successful cricket captain, Dhoni led India to two World Cup triumphs — in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 and the 2011 ICC ODI World Cup. India also won ICC Champions Trophy under him.It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.
Rampura (Sangrur), Apr 12 (PTI) The Punjab government today distributed debt relief certificates worth Rs 485.69 crore to 73,748 farmers of six districts at a major event here. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal handed over debt waiver certificates to 14 farmers, as a token gesture, in the presence of his cabinet colleagues, Rural Development and Panchayats Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, PWD Minister Razia Sultana and Forests and Welfare Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot. Gurdaspur MP and PPCC president Sunil Jakhar, former Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur and former Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were also present at the event, which Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was forced to give a miss due to a last-minute glitch in his chopper. Following the change in plan, the Chief Minister tweeted his regrets at not being personally present on the occasion, and reiterated his personal commitment to upholding the interests of the farming community. While Bajwa announced a grant of Rs 25 lakh for the upgradation of Rampura Sports Stadium, Manpreet said the Chief Minister had personally directed him to examine all the demands raised by local MLA Vijay Inder Singla, including that for a Trauma Centre at Bhawanigarh Hospital and a Medical College for Sangrur. Farmers from the districts of Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Fatehgarh Sahib, SAS Nagar and Rupnagar were the beneficiaries in this phase of the implementation of the farm debt waiver scheme. Addressing the gathering, Manpreet Singh Badal lashed out at the Akali leadership for allegedly trying to tarnish the image of the Congress government through false propaganda after failing to do anything for the farmers during their 10-year rule. PTI CHS TR MRadvertisement
Basil Thampi bowled the most expensive four overs in the history of the Indian Premier League as Sunrisers Hyderabad went down by 14 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy in Benglauru.His horrendous bowling, along with some sloppy fielding helped RCB post 218/6 from their 20 overs in their do-or-die game. Ultimately, SRH slumped to their second straight defeat despite fifties from Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey.The Kerala pacer, who replaced Bhuvneshwar Kumar in this match, was hammered all over the park and returned with figures of 4/70 from his four overs. He bowled the 19th, 16th 13th and 8th over of the RCB innings and they went for 19, 14, 18 and 19 respectively.He gave away six maximums and five boundaries in his 24 balls on Thursday.Also read – IPL 2018, RCB Vs SRH: de Villiers, Moeen keep RCB play-offs hope aliveThe second most costliest four overs in an IPL match was bowled by Ishant Sharma, when he gave away 66 runs versus Chennai Super Kings in 2013. Umesh Yadav (65 vs RCB in 2013) and Sandeep Sharma (65 vs SRH in 2014) are just behind him.His was also the most expensive by an Indian bowler ever. Earlier, Sreenath Aravind conceded 69 for RCB in 2011. B Akhil conceded 67 for Karnataka in 2010 and Ishant had given away 66 versus CSK in 2013.Also read – Normal human beings don’t do that: Kohli on de Villiers catchHis forgetful bowling figures could be credited to some fearsome and powerful batting from AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali and then Colin de Grandhomme.De Villiers, who came out to bat at No. 3 on Thursday, hit the ground running from the word go.advertisementHe took on the bowlers and attacked everyone, who was thrown at him. His attacking innings allowed Virat Kohli to settle in but unfortunately the captain couldn’t carry on. But, that was not going to stop the South African in RCB’s penultimate league game of IPL 2018. De Villiers continued his attacking style of play and hit his 50 off 32 balls, with a boundary off Siddharth Kaul in the 12th over.Also read – Watch AB de Villiers fly like Superman to pull off a blinder vs SRHThe 34-year-old was joined by Moeen Ali, who after his initial struggles, started finding the middle of the bat with ease. Ali also brought up his maiden IPL fifty in the 13th over of Basil Thampi with a boundary through covers. But, that was not it. There was more to come. After the Englishman reached his fifty, he also joined in the bandwagon and started hammering the bowlers. But, his fireworks were constantly being overshadowed by ABD. His display of power and timing gave RCB hope that they can go past the 250-run mark at one point but he fell for a 39-ball 69 before falling to Rashid Khan in the 15th over. Thus, ended the exciting 107-run stand for the third wicket.Also read – AB de Villiers on Superman catch: Made it look better than it wasHe hit 12 fours and one six in his 39-ball innings. The Afghani struck again on the fourth ball off the over to send Moeen (65) back this time and RCB’s innings came to a stand-still. From 145/2, RCB were all of a sudden 149/4 in no time. But, Colin de Grandhomme (40) and Sarfaraz Khan (22) salvaged it and took RCB to 218/6 from their 20 overs.Chasing 219 to win, SRH started off positively and looked on course. Shikhar Dhawan and Alex Hales gave SRH a good start. Williamson (81) and Pandey (62*) followed suit but their efforts were not enough as SRH lost their fourth match in this year’s IPL.Also read – Teams don’t want RCB to win, we cherish that: Virat KohliSRH, who had already qualified for the play-offs prior to this game, will next face Kolkata Knight Riders at Hyderabad on Saturday.
May 22, 2018 was a momentous day for the women cricketers in India and around the world as they all came together for the Women’s T20 challenge ahead of the Indian Premier League Qualifier 1 on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.It was a happy occasion for all the 22 players involved including the 10 foreigners and they cherished their time on a hot day in Mumbai. But it looks like there is a bit of a problem between IPL Trailblazers captain Smriti Mandhana and the IPL Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. The duo are good friends and have played some brilliant innings for India but on Tuesday, Harman did something that Smriti didn’t like at all.Harmanpreet took a brilliant catch to dismiss her opposite number and that didn’t go down too well with Smriti it seems. After the match, the Mumbaikar said that she told Harmanpreet that she won’t play PlayStation with her because of holding on to the catch.”I told Harman 5 minutes back that I am not playing PlayStation with you for 7 days because you picked up the catch,” she joked.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS)To which, Harman said: “I think she’s already a little angry with me for taking that catch (laughs), but she’s a really good batsman and I’m glad I managed to grab that catch.””Smriti is a little weak against the off-spinners so I brought her on and thankfully it came off,” she added.Supernovas rode on a disciplined all-round effort to edge past Trailblazers by three wickets in a last-ball thriller.advertisementAfter restricting the Mandhana-led Trailblazers to a modest 129/6, Supernovas rode on a collective batting effort from the top order to overhaul the target on the last ball of the innings.Needing four runs in the last over, Pooja Vastrakar (2 not out) and Ellyse Perry (13 not out) held their nerves to take Supernovas over the line to win the match by three wickets.The very first one-off Women’s T20 challenge went down to the last over. What an experience this has been at Wankhede. Supernovas beat Trailblazers by 3 wickets. Smiles all around #IPLWomen pic.twitter.com/7WwnxEhAtu IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 22, 2018Speaking about the match, Mandhana said that she didn’t expect the match to go that long but Suzie Bates (New Zealand captain) helped her take decisions and it helped her.”I did not expect to take the match to the last ball but girls did well to take it to the final ball. We were about 10 runs short. Wicket was really slow but 145-150 would have been a good total to defend but in T20 cricket anything can be defended. Suzie helped me a lot in taking the decisions. We were discussing which bowler to bring on,” said the 21-year-old.The winning captain felt that the pitch was not an easy one to bat on, so she asked her batswoman to take less pressure and chase it down with caution.”Surprisingly, this surface was not that easy to bat on. Told the batsmen to not take too much pressure, no need to go for your shots, and go ball by ball. We are focused on our fielding and I think we are improving quite well day by day,” said Harmanpreet.
Jaipur, Jun 17 (PTI) Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot today took a dig at the ruling BJP leaders, saying they should take care of issues concerning peasants and common people rather than posing for fitness challenges. It is unfortunate that two farmers have committed suicide recently in Hadoti region and the “insensitive state BJP government” is responsible, he said. “From the prime minister to state leaders, all are accepting fitness challenges, but they should accept other challenges as well,” he said in a statement. He said that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje should accept a challenge to take measures to stop farmers’ suicide. Pilot said that hundreds of farmers have committed suicide in the state due to debt burden. Though the state government has announced loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000 for peasants in the election year, the amount is a drop in the ocean and the government has failed to arrange Rs 8,000 crore to waive loans. He claimed that nine farmers have committed suicide in the past month in Raje’s home turf Hadoti. Union Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had launched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit campaign in May, underlining the importance of staying fit. PTI AG SMNSMN
It looks like Rohit Sharma has cleared his Yo-Yo test.The ace Indian batsman was scheduled to take the necessary fitness test along with other members of the squad earlier in the week. However, it was deferred and Hitman finally took the Yo-Yo test Wednesday afternoon.Yo-yo test is the fitness test that is compulsory for all players to pass in order to get a place in the Indian national team.Considering the developing intensity of the game of cricket and the culture of fitness coming in the dressing room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have set their yo-yo parameter on 16.1.Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and a few other members selected for the tour of Ireland and England took the Yo-Yo test last week.Rayudu, who had returned to the Indian ODI side on the back of an impressive run in the 2018 IPL with 602 runs, was dropped after he failed the Yo-Yo test. He was replaced by Raina.Shami was also dropped from the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after he failed to clear his Yo-Yo test.Rohit had a poor season with Mumbai Indians but he posted a picture on Instagram looking fit and suggesting he might have cleared the test. He will be expected to play a crucial role for India in the limited-overs leg in England, who are in sensational form.advertisementOn Tuesday, England smashed their own record for the highest total in men’s ODIs – they hammered 481 against Australia before decimating the reigning world champions by 242 runs.
We finally have the complete lineup of all the 16 teams that have made it to the knockouts as the group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2018 came to an end on Thursday.The final day of the group stage saw Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 to top Group H while Japan lost to Poland 1-0 but still managed to go through to the next round on fair play.The final fixtures of the group matches saw Belgium beat England 1-0 to finish as Group G winners while Tunisia outclassed Panama 2-1 to end their campaign on a high.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full CoverageLet us first inform you about the 8 teams who managed to top their respective groups followed by the next best side:Group A – Uruguay, RussiaGroup B – Spain, PortugalGroup C – France, DenmarkGroup D – Croatia, ArgentinaGroup E – Brazil, SwitzerlandGroup F – Sweden, MexicoGroup G – Belgium, EnglandGroup H – Colombia, JapanThe biggest upset in the group stage was by far the exit of four-time champions Germany as they lost 2-0 against South Korea in Group F on Wednesday. It was also the sixth instance when the defending champions have been knocked out of the World Cup in the first stage.World Cup 2018: Heartbreak for Senegal, Tunisia sign off with a winMeanwhile, Senegal’s exit despite being on same points as Japan in Group H was also the first instance in World Cup history that a team had been eliminated by the amount of yellow cards they had accrued in the tournament.advertisementSenegal had only needed a point in their final Group H game to reach the next round, but defeat saw them miss out to Japan, who edged them for the runners-up spot by virtue of having a better disciplinary record. The Asian side ended in second position having picked up four yellow cards to Senegal’s six.So…#URUPOR #ESPRUS #FRAARG #CRODEN #BRAMEX #SWESUI #BELJPN #COLENGExcited? #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/Kll9X54wbOFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULE India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today Photo India Today PhotoTwo matches will take place in the round of 16 every day from June 30 to July 3 in the following order:June 30 – France vs Argentina (7.30pm IST) followed by Uruguay vs Portugal (11.30pm IST)July 1 – Spain vs Russia (7.30pm IST) followed by Croatia vs Denmark (11.30pm IST)July 2 – Brazil vs Mexico (7.30pm IST) followed by Belgium vs Japan (11.30pm IST)July 3 – Sweden vs Switzerland (7.30pm IST) followed by Colombia vs England (11.30pm IST)
This piece originally appeared on the World Bank Climate Change Blog.The Copenhagen Accord commits developed countries to collectively “provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching US$ 30 billion for the period 2010 – 2012.” This fast-start finance is critical to building trust among countries in the global climate regime and to lay the groundwork for the post-2012 climate finance architecture.In the six months since the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference, a number of developed countries have publicly announced their individual pledges to help meet this target. The World Resources Institute (WRI) tracks and monitors these so-called fast-start pledges.$30 Billion — But Is It New and Additional?According to our research, pledges put forward so far total US$ 31.32 billion. [[!!]Note:[/!!] This number has since been updated. Please see our new interactive table for the latest.] However, many questions remain regarding the nature of the pledged funds. Some of the funds have yet to go through national budget appropriations processes. A number of pledges are often restated or renamed commitments made in the past, but with some added resources. For example, Japan’s Hatoyama Initiative resembles the previously announced Japanese Cool Earth Partnership, and countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States are counting previous commitments to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) as part of their fast-start finance pledge.Since countries report in varying ways, the information provided is insufficient to determine whether these pledges can be considered “new and additional.” The use of the term “new and additional” in the international climate negotiations reflects the need to ensure (1) that there is an increase in overall ambition to respond to climate change, and accordingly, an increase in funds relative to allocations from previous years (i.e., ‘new’ funds) and (2) that delivery of climate funds does not result in the diversion of funds from other important objectives such as development (i.e., funds additional to development aid). To date, Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have yet to achieve consensus on a clear and specific definition of additionality that can be applied uniformly to developed country financial pledges. As a result, countries have proposed various methods for defining additionality of their fast-start finance.Developing a Common Reporting SystemTracking and monitoring climate finance is difficult in the absence of a common reporting system. Current reporting systems of the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the UNFCCC, and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee are decentralized. The UNFCCC can play a role in helping to revise current reporting guidelines, building on these existing reporting systems, and coordinating synergies to maximize efficiency of reporting and review. The immediate next step is to secure a decision at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico that mandates a relevant body under the Convention to formulate draft guidelines for reporting financial information in a comparable, transparent, complete, accurate and efficient way.Balanced Allocation Between Adaptation and MitigationThe Copenhagen Accord states that these fast-start funds should have a “balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation”. While there is no agreed-upon definition of what constitutes a “balanced allocation,” some countries specify the objectives of their fast-start funds. The European Union, for example, states that 63% of their EUR2.39 billion in 2010 will support mitigation while 37% will support adaptation. The portion of funding that will support REDD plus has been specified by several countries, particularly by those involved in the Paris-Oslo process. Obviously, many of the smaller, vulnerable countries such as Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries are concerned that the current balance is tilted towards mitigation, including REDD. The need for greater attention to adaptation fast-start funds should be addressed if we want a strong focus on building institutional and technical capacity in national-level decision-making processes that are inclusive, transparent, and accountable and ensure participation.Choosing the Channeling Institutions and MechanismsFinally, there is the issue of channeling institutions and mechanisms. As emphasized in my earlier blog post, the institutions chosen to govern the funds have implications for the effectiveness and perceived legitimacy of the overall climate finance architecture. Our summary of pledges indicates that a significant portion of the fast-start funds will flow through bilateral channels. As a matter of donors’ historical preferences, the primary multilateral channels of choice are the MDBs, the CIFs, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). However, civil society and developing countries’ are concerned over the effectiveness and approach to equity of these existing institutions. Those tasked with the governance of fast-start climate funds must ensure country ownership, strive for effective use of resources, and maximize impact while also ensuring funding for the most vulnerable countries and communities.
A trifecta of events in coming weeks may mark a profound shift for people and the planet. Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States marks a spiritual moment that brings an intense focus to the world’s neediest people. His arrival comes just as the new Sustainable Development Goals are about to be formalized. Then, in just three months, the world will likely unite around the first-ever global climate agreement in Paris.When we look back at this time, perhaps we’ll see this as the moment when previously unacknowledged connections became crystal clear: our moral responsibility to take care of the poor dovetails precisely with the need to care for our planet. Both, in turn, are part of our spiritual journey here on Earth.That’s the main theme of the pope’s message to the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and millions of others — to Roman Catholics and far beyond.The pope’s encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si, makes the case for “the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet” and speaks of the pope’s conviction that “everything in the world is connected.”“The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation,” Pope Francis says in the encyclical. At his White House speech on September 23, he built on this theme, speaking of our need to invest in our “common home”. Failure to protect God’s good creation for future generations is a sign of moral and social failure. In an earlier post, I describe these issues in more detail.The pope is addressing the UN just two days before the final approval of the SDGs and just 10 weeks before the Paris climate summit. Both the new SDGs and the growing momentum on climate change center on the idea that economic growth and environmental protection are inextricably linked; they are in essence two sides of a coin.The SDGs include 17 goals and 169 stretch targets for the period 2015-2030. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals they replace, they cover all countries, not just the developing world, and recognize that the old model of one-way assistance – following from developed governments to developing ones – has outlived its usefulness. All countries have responsibilities in this globalized world, and the private sector and civil society are recognized as a central part of progress.The SDGs seek to integrate economic, social and environmental issues. Thus, for example, they call for universal access to electricity for all by 2030, which will be enabled by a doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and a massive increase in renewable energy. They call for a new urban paradigm, in which people rather than automobiles will be the focus of investment, creating more compact, connected and resilient cities, which will in turn help address climate change and promote economic competitiveness. They call for a halving of food waste, which will improve food security for the poor, take pressure off forests and help close the carbon gap. They call for landscape restoration, which will bring carbon back down to Earth, in turn bringing improved agricultural yields, higher incomes for poor farmers, and greater resilience.These goals are naively optimistic. They will require a shift in the allocation of resources, rather than a massive injection of new financial resources. Many of these measures – such as a new approach to urbanization — will save trillions of dollars in investment over the next 15 years. Many others – energy, landscape restoration, etc. – will require increased up-front resources, but will pay for themselves quickly.If the SDGs were implemented fully, climate change would be largely solved, even though climate would not be the primary motivator. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate (of which the World Resources Institute in the managing partner), has shown that there is a path forward that will enable us to move from today’s high carbon/low efficiency world economy to tomorrow’s low carbon/high efficiency economy in a manner that promotes both societal and economic benefits.These ideas are slowly taking root, and the next few weeks are critical. We are on the verge of a great opportunity. And leaders of governments, corporations, cities, communities and religions have a historic opportunity to shift behavior and forge a better future.