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World T20 qualifiers: Shahzad, Suri steer UAE past Hong Kong for second win – Gulf News

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UAE players in jubilation after the fall of a Hong Kong wicket en route their win in World T20 qualifiers on Monday. Image Credit: Courtesy: ICC

Abu Dhabi: Rameez Shahzad and Chirag Suri steered UAE to their second win in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Shahzad cracked 54 runs while opener Suri remained unconquered on 44 to guide the UAE to an impressive eight-wicket win with 29 balls to spare after restricting Hong Kong to 116 for seven in 20 overs.

Electing to bat, Hong Kong openers Nizakat Khan and Ahsan Abbasi put on 40 runs in seven overs when UAE skipper Ahmad Raza had Abbasi caught and bowled for 18. Captain Aizaz Khan and Kinchit Shah took the score to 93 in 15.4 when Ahmad picked his second wicket by forcing Khan to hit high to Shahzad at deep mid-wicket for 19. Hong Kong reached the 100-run mark in 16.5 overs but Raza ran out Shah for 30. Rohan Mustafa then trapped Haroon Arshad and Scott McKechnie in the last over to restrict Hong Kong.

UAE openers Chirag Suri and Mustafa put on 20 runs in 3.3 over when Mustafa was caught in the covers by covers for 10 by Ehsan Khan off Kyle Christie. No.3 Shahzad began by hitting Shah for a six over long on and in the first 10 overs, UAE reached 61 for one. In the 11th over, Shehzad hit Waqas Barkat for a six and boundary off successive balls while Suri too hit Aizaz for a six over mid-wicket to take full control of the match.

In another development, Ashfaq Ahmed became the fourth UAE cricketer suspended as part of an anti-corruption investigation.

Ahmed opened the batting in their first two matches at the ongoing qualifying tournament. He scored four as UAE lost to Oman on Friday and three as they beat Ireland on Saturday.

“Further to the ongoing investigations led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, Emirates Cricket Board has today provisionally suspended Ashfaq Ahmed with immediate effect,” the Emirates Cricket Board said in a statement.

They added that “no formal charges have been laid against the player, and the Board will wait for the conclusion of proceedings before making any further comment.”

Last Wednesday, captain Mohammed Naveed, batsman Shaiman Anwar and right-arm pace bowler Qadeer Ahmed were charged with corruption by the International Cricket Council. The three players face a total of 12 counts of breaching the governing body’s anti-corruption rules.

A fourth individual, Mehardeep Chhayakar, was charged for refusing to cooperate with the ICC.

In the only match held in the morning at the ICC Academy in Dubai, Scotland recorded an exciting four-run win over Papua New Guinea (PNG). Scotland won the toss and elected to bat first and posted 146 for six in 20 overs. Skipper and opener Kyle Coetzer topscored with 54 runs while wicketkeeper Matthew Cross hit an unbeaten 40 off 23 balls.

Chasing the total, PNG kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Left-arm spinner Hamsa Tahir took vital wickets to check their run flow and returned with figures of three for 24 in four overs. PNG’s Norman Vanua pulled his team closer to the target with a quick 33 off 18 balls but his effort went in vain.

In another match at the ICC Academy ground, Kenya defended a modest total of 138 for 5 (thanks to Dhiren Gondaria’s unbeaten 85) when they restricted Bermuda to 93 in 18.5 overs to win by 45 runs. Kenya’s Collins Obuya picked four wickets for 27 runs to destroy Bermuda.

At the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi, Ireland snapped Oman’s victory run with a 35-run victory. Ireland scored 183 for three through Gareth Delany’s 89 runs. Oman could muster only 148 for nine despite Khawar Ali’s knock of 50.

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Bangladesh will come, they will sort out issue: Sourav Ganguly – Times of India

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KOLKATA: The Bangladesh cricketers went on strike on Monday, saying that they wouldn’t take part in any cricket activity until their demands are addressed by their board. While their strike does put a question mark on their upcoming tour of India, BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly is confident that the players will sort the issue with the board and the series won’t be affected.

“It is their internal matter, but they will sort out, they will come,” Ganguly smiled, when asked if there was any threat to the series.

Asked if he would be speaking to the Bangladesh Cricket Board in capacity of BCCI president, Ganguly said it is an internal matter. “It is their internal matter. I speak to the BCB, but this doesn’t come under me,” he explained.

Addressing the media in Dhaka, senior players like Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, who were all present at the press conference, clearly said they will be off cricketing activities till the time their demands are not fulfilled.

National cricketers gathered at the BCB Academy ground to put forward an 11-point demand and announced that they have gone on a strike and will boycott all cricket-related activities.

Bangladesh are slated to play three T20 matches and a two-match Test series in India in November with the first T20I slated to begin on November 3 in Delhi.

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India to build solar, wind farms along Pakistan border – CNA

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MUMBAI: India plans to build a string of renewable energy projects along its sun-baked, wind-whipped western border, officials said Monday (Oct 21), as New Delhi continues an ambitious programme to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Mired in an economic slowdown, the government has tripled spending over the last three years as part of its push to cut down the use of oil and coal.

“We are studying land feasibility and have identified projects worth 30 gigawatt capacity for Gujarat and 25 gigawatt capacity for Rajasthan,” Anand Kumar, new and renewable energy secretary, told AFP.

The government had zeroed in on barren desert areas in a bid to avoid using agricultural land, he said, adding the sunny and windy region was ideally suited to renewable energy facilities.

Work on the projects would begin roughly 18 months after approval from the defence ministry and following land feasibility studies, he said.

“These projects will help reduce India’s carbon footprint and adhere to promises made at the 2015 Paris agreement,” Kumar said.

India currently harnesses 23 percent of its total power from renewable sources, including solar and wind.

R.K. Singh, minister for power and renewable energy, told parliament in July that India’s capacity had crossed 80 gigawatts and was on track to reach 175 gigawatts in three years’ time, as pledged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

However, private investment in the renewable sector remains low, and the government has found securing land for projects difficult.

Renewable energy projects are not feasible in agricultural or forest lands, said Amit Bhandari of Mumbai-based think tank Gateway House.

“Since most of these western border areas are wastelands or semi-desert, they are perfect for setting up these projects,” he told AFP.

Meanwhile, investment in fossil fuel-based energy sources continues to rise in the South Asian nation, with both French energy giant Total and Saudi Arabia’s Aramco buying stakes in Indian companies.

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Cricket-Bangladesh players go on strike, tour of India in jeopardy – National Post

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Bangladesh’s cricketers will be on an indefinite strike until a list of demands are met by the country’s cricket board (BCB), skipper Shakib Al Hasan said on Monday, putting next month’s tour of India in doubt.

Players released a list of demands and the boycott has affected the ongoing National Cricket League, Bangladesh’s first class cricket competition, and the national training camp ahead of the tour.

The tour of India, which starts on Nov. 3, includes three Twenty20 internationals and two test matches. Bangladesh announced a 15-man T20 squad last week with Shakib set to lead the side.

“From the National Cricket League to first-class (cricket), national team preparations, internationals… everything is included,” Shakib told a news conference in Dhaka.

“Apart from the Under-19s and the other age-group teams, all first-class and national teams are included. When the demands are met, normal service will resume.

“All of us want cricket to improve. Some of us will play for another 10 years, some for four to five years. We want to create a good environment for the players who will come after us, so Bangladesh cricket can move forward.”

According to ESPNcricinfo https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27893508/bangladesh-players-announce-boycott-plan-india-tour-threat, demands include reversing the board’s decision to scrap the franchise-based model in the Bangladesh Premier League (a T20 tournament) and removing the salary cap in the Dhaka Premier League (a 50-over competition).

Higher match fees for first class cricketers was also on their list of demands.

A BCB spokesman told Reuters the board would not make a statement until they were formally presented with the list of demands.

Shakib said the women’s team were not part of the boycott but that they were welcome to join them if they also had issues that needed to be addressed.

“We haven’t been able to include the women cricketers here, because it was done in a rush,” Shakib added. “If they have any demands, they are most welcome to join us.

“I’m sure they have grievances too. If they come to us and join us, we will be able to put forward their demands too.” (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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Bermuda Cricket Social Media & Mobile Graphics – Bernews

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As Bermuda’s cricket team is taking part in the prestigious ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier in Dubai you can show of support to the players by using these social media cover graphics in order to liven up your profile.

Many of the graphics also come in sizes suitable for Twitter and mobile phone wallpaper screens, giving you even more opportunities to show off your island pride!

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Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh make Vijay Hazare Trophy semis; Mumbai out – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Rain ended Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign on Monday as Chhattisgarh made it to the semi-finals on the basis of more wins against their quarterfinal opponents in the league phase.

Tamil Nadu also reached the semi-finals on the basis of more wins than Punjab in the league stage after their quarter-final game was cut short by rain.

Tamil Nadu had won nine out of nine matches in Group C, while Chhattisgarh emerged victorious in five out of eight games in Group A. Mumbai won four.

While Tamil Nadu will take on Gujarat in the semifinals on Wednesday, hosts Karnataka will clash with Chhattisgarh on the same day.

In pursuit of a revised target of 195 from 39 overs, Mumbai were cruising at 95 for no loss in 11.3 overs with young Yashasvi Jaiswal batting on 60 (38 balls, 5 fours, 5 sixes) and Aditya Tare on 31.

However, the skies opened up and the match was abandoned, ending Mumbai’s topsy-turvy campaign.

As per rules, Mumbai needed to bat a minimum of 20 overs to get a result in this game. But as the game was abandoned, Chhattisgarh qualified.

Put into bat at the Alur cricket stadium III, Mumbai bowlers did well to restrict Chhattisgarh to 190 for six in 45.4 overs, when play was halted due to rain.

Experienced medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni sent Chhattisgarh opener Jiwanjyot Singh Chauhan (0) back after he edged to keeper Tare.

Shardul Thakur got rid of Shashank Chandrakar to leave Chhattisgarh in trouble at 3 for 2.

Ashutosh Pratap Singh (27), who came in at one drop, was unable to convert his start as Chhattisgarh slipped to 40 for 3.

Skipper Harpreet Singh Bhatia (83) and Amandeep Khare (59 not out) led the recovery with a 135-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Bhatia hit four boundaries and as many sixes in his 108-ball knock, while Khare hit four fours and a six.

However, when it looked like the duo was taking the game away from Mumbai, all-rounder Shubham Ranjane dismissed Bhatia and Chhattisgarh.

But their splendid bowling effort eventually went in vain.

In the other last eight game, Punjab restricted Tamil Nadu to 174 for six in 39 overs when rain stopped play. Tamil Nadu had a shaky start after openers Murali Vijay (22) and Abhinav Mukund (17) failed to convert starts.

But the in-form Baba Aparajith came up with a patient 76-ball 56 (2 fours, 2 sixes) to pull his side out of trouble. He lacked support as all-rounder Vijay Shankar (13) and skipper Dinesh Karthik (11) didn’t last long enough.

Thanks to Washingston Sundar’s unbeaten 35 off 39 balls, Tamil Nadu breached the 170-run mark.

Punjab were 52 for two in 12.2 overs, having lost opener Abhishek Sharma (6) and Anmolpreet Singh (9) when rain stopped play. The game was eventually called off.

Brief scores:
Chhattisgarh 190 for 6 in 45.4 overs (Harpreet Singh Bhatia 83, Amandeep Khare 59 not out, Dhawal Kulkarni 2 for 9) vs
Mumbai 95 for no loss in 11.3 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 60 not out, Aditya Tare 31 not out).
Tamil Nadu 174 for 6 in 39 overs (Baba Aparajith 56, Washington Sundar 35 not out, Gurkeerat Singh 2 for 25) versus Punjab 52 for 2 in 12.2 overs.

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In Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s Warning to Pakistan on Infiltration Attempt, a China Example – News18

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Leh: The Indian Army has given a befitting reply to Pakistan on attempts to infiltrate and such actions will continue if the latter doesn’t stop such acts, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.

He said this during a function held here for the inauguration of 1400-ft Col Chewang Rinchen bridge in eastern Ladakh over the Shyok river, the highest-altitude permanent bridge in the country.

In his address, he also asserted that after abrogation of sections of Article 370 and Article 35A, the Ladakh region will now only “draw friends” and “leave no scope for enemies”. “However, our neighbour Pakistan… Our armed forces have never been offensive on the Pakistani side. We have never done the first firing,” Singh said.

“But, by supporting terror activities, attempts have been made from the other side to destabilise, weaken and compromise the integrity of India,” he said. And, Indian armed forces have given a “befitting reply” to them, he said.

Singh said India has good relations with China and the latter spoke nothing regarding Kashmir during meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and considers Kashmir as an internal issue of India.

Stating that the boundary differences with China are of perception, Singh said both nations share cordial relations and the issue has been handled with great maturity and responsibility.

“India shares cordial relations with China. There are perceptional differences between both the countries on the boundary issue, but the matter has been handled with great maturity and responsibly. Both the countries have not allowed the situation to escalate or go out of hand,” Singh said.

His statement came a day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat said three terror camps have been destroyed by Indian Army in retaliation to unprovoked ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side at Tangadhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Singh said, “If they do not stop infiltration, our armed forces will keep giving befitting replies until they (Pakistan) stop such activities.”

The bridge built by the Borders Road Organisation (BRO) between Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie, and roughly 45km from the Line of Actual Control with China, will reduce travel time by about half, officials said.

Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal and other senior officers were present on the occasion. The bridge has been named after the late Colonel Chewang Rinchen, a decorated officer of the Indian Army who hailed from Ladakh.

“I congratulate BRO for constructing a strategic bridge on road to DBO within 15 working months. BRO is in the forefront of development of the road communication in remote and most difficult areas,” Singh said after the inauguration of the bridge.

The bridge falls at the fag end of the recently completed road connecting Leh with the Karakoram Pass and will allow ease of troop movement to the Daulat Beg Oldi sector in eastern Ladakh. BRO Chief Engineer Nitin Sharma said the bridge was built in a record period of 15 working months after the foundation was laid in 2017.

“It was built with innovative micro pile technology used for the first time in Asia,” he said. The bridge is situated at a height of 14600 feet above sea level at 150th kilometer milestone on 260km-long Leh-BDO road, he said adding it can withstand 70 tonnes of load.

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Bangladesh’s cricket players to strike over wages, increased representation – The Japan Times

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Bangladesh’s cricket players have decided to go on strike, stating that they won’t take part in the sport until their 11 demands are met.

The players want an increased say in cricket matters and an improvement of domestic pay packages. They also urged for an improvement of pay packages for groundsmen, as well as more money for local coaches.

No age-level cricket players were included among those seeking the 11-point demands.

“We did not include under-19 team here as they are preparing for the World Cup. Everybody else is here and we know everybody is with us,” Bangladesh test captain Shakib Al Hasan said. “We are not going to be involved in cricket unless our demand is fulfilled.”

Hasan said the strike is for domestic and first-class cricket to international cricket.

“We could not include our women’s cricketers because this decision was taken suddenly and if they have any demands they can include it with us,” Hasan said. “I am sure they must have some demands and if they join us we can put it forward.”

Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chwodhury said they would discuss the matter.

“We have just been informed about the development through media. They (players) are yet to talk on this matter with us directly,” Chowdhury said. “We surely will take a decision on this matter. At this point, I can’t say anything on this.”

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May’s Bounty: The history behind Basingstoke’s loved cricket ground revealed – Basingstoke Gazette

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FOLLOWING the news that a brand new, state-of-the-art cricket club will be built at May’s Bounty, this week the Gazette is taking a look at the iconic ground’s history.

In February 2004, a fire at the Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club pavilion caused considerable damage to the interior of the building.

It has seen several alterations and additions during its lifetime, which goes back just over a century when it replaced a thatched pavilion on land that was then called “The Folly”.

The first recorded cricket match to be played in the Basingstoke area was in 1817, which probably was held on the Basingstoke Common or meadowland close by. In 1820, a Basingstoke team played against men from Alton.

In May 1840, the Basingstoke Gents Cricket Club was formed, and each member paid an entrance fee of five shillings (now 25p) plus one shilling (5p) a month. Practice was held every Monday from Easter until the end of September.

Basingstoke Gazette: An aerial view of Basingstoke in the 1960sAn aerial view of Basingstoke in the 1960s

The first game to be played on the Folly was in September 1855, against Newbury, and from then on it became the recognised place to play cricket in the town.

In May 1865, a special meeting, held at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Basingstoke, brought about a new cricket club in the town, as the previous one had been disbanded.

Various members were elected by the mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Edward White, and one of these was the brewery owner and local benefactor John May, who was made president of the club.

It was this gentleman who was to come to the club’s rescue in later years.

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The running of the club, with having to arrange the various fixtures and keeping the ground in good condition, brought about its financial problems in 1876.

The arrival of the Rev C H Lacon as president of the club brought about a revival of the club, and fundraising by various means brought in money to build a thatched timber pavilion on the southern side of the ground.

In September 1880, the cricket club was given notice to move off the land, as it was to be sold as building plots in connection with the Fairfields private housing estate. When John May heard about this notice he immediately contacted the people concerned and offered to buy the land for £1,800 to preserve it as a cricket ground.

The offer was accepted and 20 years later John May had the ground enlarged at his own expense. In 1901 he provided a new brick-built pavilion when the Basingstoke Cricket Club became the Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club.

Four years later the cricket ground was handed over to the trustees of “May’s Bounty”, a name by which the ground is still known today.

John May died in 1920, aged 83, having given a great deal of money and support to the club.

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Over the following years various additions and alterations were made to the club, such as a new scoreboard in 1949.

In 1950 the freehold of the ground was purchased for £450, which allowed the club to make further alterations.

Funds were raised for a rebuilding of the pavilion and in May 1964, Cllr John Peat, deputy mayor of Basingstoke, officially opened the converted building. Squash courts were added at the Bounty Road end of the land in 1977.

From 1966, the Hampshire cricket team played regularly at the Bounty and this event used to attract crowds of people to the ground, but it came to an end in recent years.

Nevertheless the club has many other matches to play throughout the year for its ardent fans.

There is no doubt that without John May’s earlier financial help – his “bounty” – the ground would have been holding houses now and not cricket matches.

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May’s Bounty: The history behind Basingstoke’s loved cricket ground – Basingstoke Gazette

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FOLLOWING the news that a brand new, state-of-the-art cricket club will be built at May’s Bounty, this week the Gazette is taking a look at the iconic ground’s history.

In February 2004, a fire at the Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club pavilion caused considerable damage to the interior of the building.

It has seen several alterations and additions during its lifetime, which goes back just over a century when it replaced a thatched pavilion on land that was then called “The Folly”.

The first recorded cricket match to be played in the Basingstoke area was in 1817, which probably was held on the Basingstoke Common or meadowland close by. In 1820, a Basingstoke team played against men from Alton.

In May 1840, the Basingstoke Gents Cricket Club was formed, and each member paid an entrance fee of five shillings (now 25p) plus one shilling (5p) a month. Practice was held every Monday from Easter until the end of September.

The first game to be played on the Folly was in September 1855, against Newbury, and from then on it became the recognised place to play cricket in the town.

In May 1865, a special meeting, held at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Basingstoke, brought about a new cricket club in the town, as the previous one had been disbanded.

Various members were elected by the mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Edward White, and one of these was the brewery owner and local benefactor John May, who was made president of the club.

It was this gentleman who was to come to the club’s rescue in later years.

The running of the club, with having to arrange the various fixtures and keeping the ground in good condition, brought about its financial problems in 1876.

The arrival of the Rev C H Lacon as president of the club brought about a revival of the club, and fundraising by various means brought in money to build a thatched timber pavilion on the southern side of the ground.

In September 1880, the cricket club was given notice to move off the land, as it was to be sold as building plots in connection with the Fairfields private housing estate. When John May heard about this notice he immediately contacted the people concerned and offered to buy the land for £1,800 to preserve it as a cricket ground.

The offer was accepted and 20 years later John May had the ground enlarged at his own expense. In 1901 he provided a new brick-built pavilion when the Basingstoke Cricket Club became the Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club.

Four years later the cricket ground was handed over to the trustees of “May’s Bounty”, a name by which the ground is still known today.

John May died in 1920, aged 83, having given a great deal of money and support to the club.

Over the following years various additions and alterations were made to the club, such as a new scoreboard in 1949.

In 1950 the freehold of the ground was purchased for £450, which allowed the club to make further alterations.

Funds were raised for a rebuilding of the pavilion and in May 1964, Cllr John Peat, deputy mayor of Basingstoke, officially opened the converted building. Squash courts were added at the Bounty Road end of the land in 1977.

From 1966, the Hampshire cricket team played regularly at the Bounty and this event used to attract crowds of people to the ground, but it came to an end in recent years.

Nevertheless the club has many other matches to play throughout the year for its ardent fans.

There is no doubt that without John May’s earlier financial help – his “bounty” – the ground would have been holding houses now and not cricket matches.

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