PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has asked how Prime Minister Imran Khan could possibly talk about Kashmir when he was responsible for “the funeral of democracy in the country”.
He said someone who was stealing people’s human rights couldn’t possibly give Gilgit Baltistan rights. He was addressing a press conference in Skardu on Sunday.
He also wants the government to stop doing the opposition’s job. He wants the PTI to get out of the ‘opposition mindset’ and act like it is in government. If the government is going to do the opposition’s job then who’s left to do the government’s, asked the PPP chief. Bilawal has been in the region for the past couple of days to address rallies and meet residents.
The PPP is a federal-level party, not a fascist party, he said, taking a jab at the PTI. The MNA called out Prime Minster Imran Khan for “taking a U-turn on his promises” and vowed they would all stand together to snatch their rights.
He said the Modi government had turned issue into a flashpoint. He questioned why members of the Indian National Congress including Rahul Gandhi were barred from entering the valley.
New Zealand’s legbreak-bowling allrounder Amelia Kerr has signed with Brisbane Heat for the upcoming season of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL). She joins Australia’s Beth Mooney, Delissa Kimmince and Jess Jonassen as the players with international experience in the Heat squad.
Kerr, 18, has already played 29 ODIs and 24 T20Is. In June 2018, she hit a double-century and claimed a five-for in the same ODI, against Ireland. Among the records she broke that day was Belinda Clark’s 21-year-old record of the highest individual score in women’s ODIs, as well as becoming the youngest player – male or female – to score a double-century across formats in international cricket.
Kerr said she was excited to be a part of the WBBL. “I’ve watched it regularly at home and was seriously impressed at the way the Heat won the title last year,” she said. “A lot of the White Ferns players have had the chance to play in the WBBL and I know it is highly regarded around the world. Now I have the chance to play and I’m confident it’s going to be a great experience.”
Heat coach Ashley Noffke was equally excited to secure Kerr’s services. “Anyone who has followed cricket would be aware that Amelia is a pretty special talent,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed having her with the Queensland Fire squad this week and she demonstrated quite quickly how focused and determined she is.”
The WBBL is scheduled to begin on October 18. The Heat are the defending champions, having beaten Sydney Sixers by three wickets in the final last season.
Dhoni had reached the Rajasthan capital to attend an event amid rousing reception from fans at the airport.
Security personnel had to labour hard to get Dhoni to his car as the crowd outside the airport was massive. In the video, the Ranchi lad is seen pleading with a fan to make way for him.
Dhoni is currently on a two-month break from cricket and the veteran, who holds an honorary position of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army, had made himself unavailable for the ongoing India tour of West Indies to serve the Army in August.
Islamabad: Pakistan is committed to completing the Kartarpur Corridor project for Sikh pilgrims ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak — the founder of the religion — despite tensions with India, a senior aide to the Pakistani Prime Minister said on Sunday.
The Kartarpur Corridor will connect Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur (also known as Kartarpur Sahib) with the Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak.
Special Assistant to Pakistan Prime Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan in a series of tweets said that Kartarpur is a sacred place for Sikhs and is the perfect example of interfaith harmony.
She dismissed reports that Pakistan had stalled work on the corridor due to fresh strain in ties with India.
Awan said irrespective of India-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s doors are open to Sikh pilgrims visiting the Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.
In the world of growing extremism and intolerance, the Kartarpur Corridor spreads the message of respect and tolerance, she was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan.
Awan said the white colour in the Pakistani flag represents minorities and it is as dear to the government as the green is.
She said the corridor would be inaugurated in November this year as per the schedule and terms of reference finalised with India.
Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after New Delhi revoked Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories on August 5. Reacting to India’s move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi.
Pakistan is building the corridor from the Indian border to the Kartarpur Sahib while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak up to the border will be constructed by India.
I’ve seen some remarkable cricket moments in my life but that is the best I’ve seen in over 50 years. @benstokes38 saved the Ashes and gave a magical inspirational innings. Even better than his World Cup performance. Well done @ECB_cricket
Is English cricket really interested in finding the next Alastair Cook or Geoffrey Boycott? Administrators talk a good game when they say Test cricket is the pinnacle, but we know they are not telling the truth because it does not make enough money for them.
Please stop saying it is the pinnacle and treating it like dirt because the result is we lose Test series to Australia at home.
This team should be playing better but the problems run deeper than the 11 guys at Headingley. Are we really focusing our next generation on being Test players or are we just saying Test cricket…
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Saturday said the army was fully prepared to thwart any Indian misadventure and aggression.
“We are alive to threat from Eastern Border linked to ongoing situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir, and fully prepared to thwart any misadventure or aggression,” he said while addressing formation officers and troops at formation headquarters in Gilgit, according to an Inter Services Public Relations press release.
The Army Chief appreciated the state of readiness and morale of troops despite challenges of weather, terrain and the enemy at the highest battlefield of the world.
Earlier, intensifying his criticism of India following the revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he would no longer seek a dialogue with New Delhi and raised the threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
A COMMENTATOR has the ability to bring any sport to life with their use of language, descriptive skills, analysis, energy and even a sense of humour.
After former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath was dismissed in an international match, the late Australian commentator Richie Benaud, regarded as one of the best ever, said, “And Glenn McGrath dismissed for two, just 98 runs short of his century.”
The English quartet of John Arlott, Brian Johnston, Henry Blofeld and Tony Greig are also highly rated among the best cricket commentators.
Tony Cozier and Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira are legendary West Indies commentators who have paved a way for other regional commentators such as Michael Holding, Ian Bishop, Fazeer Mohammed, Jeffrey Dujon and Daren Ganga. Barbadian Donna Symmonds broke down barriers when she became the first woman to cover Test cricket in the West Indies during the series between West Indies and Pakistan in 1988. Women are now heard regularly during matches with Isa Guha and Alison Mitchell (England), Melanie Jones and Lisa Sthalekar (Australia), and Anjum Chopra (India) among those commentating in major tournaments.
Indian sports commentator Ravi Chaturvedi, 82, has written 23 books and his 24th will focus on the art of commentary called Cricket Commentary and Commentators sponsored by Trinity Mirror. Some of his previous books are Millennium’s Greatest Indian Cricketers, The Complete Book of West Indies-India Test Cricket and World Cup Cricket. His latest book is already complete and is expected to be available in the coming months. The cover of the book has images of Benaud, Arlott, Cozier and Chaturvedi and features commentators from all corners of the world.
Chaturvedi, on his seventh visit to TT, spoke to Newsday about the art of commentary during the third One Day International between West Indies and India at the Queen’s Park Oval, earlier this month.
Chaturvedi, a former Zoology lecturer at Delhi University in India, says commentators should have certain abilities to reach the top of their profession.
“The prerequisite for a commentator is to have played a game at some level because if you have played at club level, college level (or) any level of cricket you know the intricacies, the inside out of the game (and) you will be able to understand.
“The other important thing is he should have the language. He must be able to play with the language and the words.”
Chaturvedi first came to TT in 1976 and was amazed by the energy of the crowd.
In the match between West Indies and India, Chris Gayle played one of his many destructive innings and with the rain around Chaturvedi said it was an opportunity to use creative descriptions. “Today we talked about Chris Gayle so I said…’It is a Gayle storm.’ You should be able to play with the words because that makes it interesting.”
Chaturvedi says having a unique voice can also help your appeal as a commentator. “Then you should have the voice, you do need a voice because as long as you don’t have the voice you would not be able to charm the listeners.”
The Indian author, who started commentating in 1961, encouraged commentators to study the history of cricket.
Chaturvedi, who said Benaud and Arlott are among the best commentators, gave his opinion on some of the best West Indian commentators. “I will put Tony Cozier in the same category (as those men). He was very high, very intelligent, good voice of course (with) the West Indian accent – sing song style.”
Chaturvedi, who has respect for multi-sport commentator Dave Lamy, gave his thoughts on TT’s current crop of commentators.
“Among the younger lot who I am hearing these days there are two whom I like. One is Fazeer Mohammed, I am quite impressed with Fazeer. In the last few years Fazeer is an established commentator in the Caribbean who is liked not only by me. I have talked to a cross section of people here…he is very knowledgeable, he is unbiased, his comments are very crisp.
“The last few years when I have been coming here there is a young journalist who has been emerging here. His voice, his expression, his command of the language…Vinode Mamchan is also coming up very well.”
MUMBAI: Test cricket can be pleasing to the eye if it is played on good pitches, batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Sunday, terming the 22-yard strip the longest format’s “heart” and key to its revival.
To support his point, Tendulkar cited, as example, the surface used for the Ashes Test at Lord’s last week, which saw a fierce contest between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer.
“The heart of Test cricket is the kind of surface that you play on. If you provide good pitches, cricket cannot be boring, cricket cannot be damp, and (there will always) be those exciting moments, exciting bowling spells, great batting and that is what people want to see,” Tendulkar said.
He was speaking on the sidelines of Mumbai Half Marathon.
Tendulkar felt the duel between Archer and Smith, which included a nasty bouncer that felled the Australian ace, got viewers hooked and made Test cricket thrilling to watch.
“Smith got injured unfortunately, that was a big blow to him but Test cricket was exciting when Jofra Archer challenged him, it suddenly became exciting and the focus shifted to Test cricket.
He added: “At Lord’s they lost almost a day and half, but the Test match got exciting even on the last day when England picked those wickets and Australia had to survive. Test cricket suddenly became exciting and that is how it should be.”
After the ODI World Cup, teams have turned their focus on the maiden World Test Championships, which started with Australia taking on England in the Ashes.
“People almost kind of forgot that four-five weeks ago, there was World Cup being played in England, nobody is talking about that, everyone is talking about Test cricket,” the legendary batsman said.
Tendulkar, who has played 200 Tests and amassed 15921 runs, emphasised the need to prepare “interesting tracks” to revive interest in the longest format.
“I think Test cricket is going to revive if we produce interesting tracks, but if the tracks are flat and dead then Test cricket is going to find its challenges.
“I know this Test World Championship has been announced but even to have this World Championship, you got to make cricket interesting, just by having another championship, cricket is not going to get interesting,” he said.
Tendulkar, who is the highest run-getter in Test cricket, stressed on the art of leaving and defending the ball while heaping praise on Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne, who came in to the team after Smith was ruled out.
“I have been watching a little bit of Ashes and I thought someone like Marnus Labuschagne has left the ball brilliantly, which is something that you don’t get to see in Test cricket.
“Normally you tend to glide those balls to third man and pick a single. But the kind of surfaces they are playing on, if you steer the ball you go to the dressing room.
“You need to leave those balls or defend solidly. And the guys who have not been able to do that, they have been watching the game from the dressing room,” he said.
Meanwhile, on the half-marathon, Tendulkar said that it has grown in numbers over the years.
“The response has been incredible, when we started there were 6,000 participants and today we ahave 20,000 which is a huge number. This movement has gathered momentum.
“The combination of physical fitness and mental fitness is important. Once you have that balance the results follow, that is what our target is.”
Should MS Dhoni quit international cricket?  |  Photo Credit: IANS
Sourav Ganguly has given his take on MS Dhoni’s future in international cricket
MS Dhoni is currently on a break from cricket having taken a two-month sabbatical
Dhoni’s future remains subject of intense speculations
Veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni is in the final phase of his illustrious international career. Dhoni was expected to hang his boots after India’s exit from the recently-concluded ICC World Cup 2019, however, the 38-year-old has remained tight-lipped on his future with the Indian team. He is currently on a two-month sabbatical from cricket and recently came back after spending 15 days with Indian Army in Jammu & Kashmir.
Dhoni, who holds an honorary Lieutenant rank in the Territorial Army, trained with his battalion in Kashmir from July 31st to August 15th. During his stint, Dhoni learnt about weaponry and warfare from the troops. He did guard and patroling duties during his stint and also paid a visit to Leh, Ladakh where he reportedly hoisted the tri-colour on Independence Day. Dhoni returned from Kashmir on August 16th and was recently spotted in Jaipur.
While Dhoni continues to enjoy his break away from cricket, the speculations regarding his future have failed to die down. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was recently asked if he felt Dhoni ‘s time is up in international cricket and if the veteran wicket-keeper, who is also the most successful captain of the Indian team, should consider quitting the game.
Giving his two cents on Dhoni’s future, Ganguly reckoned that it will depend on the team management how they want to handle the situation. The former Indian captain, under whom Dhoni made his international debut, also stated that Rishabh Pant has slotted in well in the team and it will depend on how selectors view the future.
“To be honest, I don’t know. It depends on the way the team management thinks, the way the selectors think. Obviously, Dhoni is not young anymore, so this decision comes in everybody’s life at some stage or the other. So, we will have to wait and see for another three or four months to understand where it goes,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in an interview.
“Obviously, Rishabh (Pant) is in. He plays well. (But in the end), it all depends on the mindset of the selectors and what they think. It’s about whether they want to look at the future. Only time will tell,” he added.
Dhoni became only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to play 350 ODIs during the World Cup where he was constantly under the scanner for his sluggish batting. Dhoni’s steady approach and waning hitting prowess saw him earn a lot of flak from the fans and experts alike. Nonetheless, he was the top-scoring middle-order batsman for India with 273 runs from eight games at an average above 45 and strike rate of 87.78.
Pant is currently India’s first-choice wicket-keeper across formats in the ongoing series against West Indies after Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour.