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World’s biggest cricket stadium takes shape in India – CNA

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AHMEDABAD, India: The world’s biggest cricket stadium, with space for 110,000 spectators, is taking shape in India and is likely to host its first international match early next year.

The new stadium in Ahmedabad, built at a cost of about US$100 million, will seat more fans than Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate around 100,000 spectators.

According to reports, the Sardar Patel stadium is expected to host its first match in March with an exhibition game between an Asia XI and a World XI as the inaugural game.

The stadium will have more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Its construction began in January 2017.

It will overtake Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, currently India’s biggest stadium with a capacity of 66,000 – down from 100,000 after a major rebuilding project.

India, the world’s top-ranked Test team, has more than a dozen stadiums capable of holding international cricket matches. Test matches, however, often attract sparse crowds.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Stockton to field three sets of brothers – Newcastle Herald

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Police: 13 Killed in Road Accident in Southwestern Pakistan – The New York Times

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QUETTA, Pakistan — A minibus packed passengers collided with a pickup truck carrying gasoline in southwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 13 people.

According to police, the pickup truck was carrying fuel smuggled from neighboring Iran in plastic containers. The minibus caught fire in the collision, which took place in Kan Mehtarzai, a town about 75 kilometers (50 miles) north of Quetta, the capital of impoverished Baluchistan province.

It was unclear what caused the accident; police were investigating.

Road accidents are common in Pakistan where traffic laws are poorly enforced.

The country’s southwestern Baluchistan province lies on a key smuggling route. It borders Iran, from where smuggling contraband fuel is common due to significant difference in fuel prices in the two countries. In January, 27 people were killed in Baluchistan in a collision between a bus and an oil tanker.

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Worshipping Sachin, Yashasvi made it from tents to India dressing room – Hindustan Times

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Seventeen-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal has been making the headlines ever since he became the youngest batsman to score a double-hundred in List A cricket. At 17 years and 292 days, Mumbai opener Yashasvi scored 203 runs during the Vijay Hazare Trophy match between Mumbai and Jharkhand in October.

His performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy led to his selection in the India squad that will travel to South Africa for the Under-19 World Cup slated to be played next year in South Africa.

However, things didn’t come easily for the young prodigy. Hailing from a small village of Badohi near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Yashasvi had to go through a lot of hardships on his way to make a place in the Indian dressing room.

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From living in tents with no electricity and toilets to selling pani puris in the streets of Mumbai to make his ends meet, the 17-year-old had to struggle a lot.

“I love cricket and playing the sport gives me immense joy and pleasure. I used to watch Sachin Sir bat and from that time onwards, I wanted to be in Mumbai and represent Mumbai,” Yashasvi told ICC.

“When I came here (Mumbai) with my father, I used to visit Azad Maidan. I loved playing cricket there. I started practicing at Azad Maidan but my father said: Let’s go back home (Uttar Pradesh). But I said: I will stay here and play for Mumbai.”

His father being a shopkeeper didn’t have that much money to stay in India’s business capital and decided to go back to Uttar Pradesh. But Yashasvi didn’t as his focus was only on to play cricket and follow his idol – Sachin Tendulkar.

“I took all my stuff and came to Azad Maidan. At that time, a match was happening and Pappu Sir told me that I performed in that match, there would be a tent for me to stay in.”

“I played that match and I performed really well. As a result, I got to live in the tent. But it wasn’t easy for me to live in the tent as there was no light and no toilet.

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“During the summers, it used to be very hot and during the rainy season, water would find its way into the tent. It wasn’t easy for me to stay there but the only thing running in my mind was to play cricket,” he added while elaborating about his hardships.

“During those times, I didn’t get much support from my family on the monetary front. So, I used to sell pani puris in the evening and earn some money.”

Like every other kid, Yashasvi too felt embarrassed when his fellow mates used to come to eat pani puris at the shop he worked.

“It was an embarrassing situation for me when the players with whom I used to play with, would come to have pani puris at the shop where worked in.”

“I used to feel so bad because I would score a century in the morning and in the evenings, I used to sell pani puris. It didn’t matter whether it was a small job or not, that job itself was important for me. Yet, my only focus was on cricket,” he added.

However, his life took a drastic turn when he met Jwala Sir, who advised him not to think about other things but to focus just on cricket.

“I was tired of doing all this. I didn’t know what to do. One day, I was practicing at Azad Maidan, Jwala Sir saw me. He asked me what I was doing here. After that my whole life changed.

“I didn’t have money to buy food and I didn’t have a place to stay. However, Sir told me just to focus on cricket and then he would take care of everything else.

“I got selected to play for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2019. I went for the match and created the record of being the youngest to score a double hundred in List A cricket,” he added.

For the Mumbai opener, this is just a start and his focus is on following the process and not to think about the result as it would come “on its own”.

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World’s biggest cricket stadium takes shape in India – FRANCE 24

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The world’s biggest cricket stadium, with space for 110,000 spectators, is taking shape in India and is likely to host its first international match early next year.

The new stadium in Ahmedabad, built at a cost of around $100 million, will seat more fans than Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Ground which can accommodate around 100,000 spectators.

According to reports, the Sardar Patel stadium is expected to host its first match in March with an exhibition game between an Asia XI and a World XI as the inaugural game.

The stadium will have more than 70 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a clubhouse and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Its construction began in January 2017.

It will overtake Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, currently India’s biggest stadium with a capacity of 66,000 — down from 100,000 after a major rebuilding project.

India, the world’s top-ranked Test team, has more than a dozen stadiums capable of holding international cricket matches. Test matches, however, often attract sparse crowds.

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Bad light halts play in Pakistan’s stop-start Test homecoming – DAWN.com

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Bad light halted play in Rawalpindi on Friday as conditions continued to play havoc with Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade, against Sri Lanka.

After day three’s first session was washed out by wet weather, only 27 minutes of play was possible before the players walked off with just 5.2 overs bowled.

On Thursday, rain and poor light kept the teams off the field for all but 83 minutes.

For Pakistan, 16-year-old paceman Naseem Shah (2-83) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (2-58) were the most successful bowlers.

The conditions have put a dampener on the long awaited return to Test cricket in Pakistan, following the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus that left eight people dead and several players and officials wounded.

But despite the poor weather and no play, schoolchildren were thrilled when Pakistan players went to the fence to take selfies with them.

“I am over the moon as I had a selfie with (batsman) Babar Azam and my wish has come true,” said Amna Ansari, a school student from Islamabad

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India slams Pakistan, says footprint of every major act of terrorism passes through this country – Economic Times

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UNITED NATIONS: Hitting out at Pakistan, India has said the footprint of every major act of international terrorism passes through this country where terrorists are trained’ in safe havens to take innocent lives.

India’s remarks came after Pakistan raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and made references to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the UN General Assembly.

“Spirit of cooperation is the crux of the culture of peace. This agenda should not be misused and trivialized for political propaganda. We need to be particularly cautious when the fox is guarding the henhouse,” First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Paulomi Tripathi said on Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly debate on ‘Culture of Peace’.

Tripathi was responding to remarks made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Munir Akram, who focussed a majority of his speech on India and its internal matters, including Jammu and Kashmir, the abrogation of Article 370, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the National Register of Citizens and the Supreme Court’s Ayodha verdict.

“Attempts by one delegation to misuse this agenda hardly comes as a matter of surprise for those of who have witnessed their many attempts to masquerade as the champions of culture of peace. They besmirch the spirit of cooperation by spinning false narratives for political gains, Tripathi said.

Strongly hitting back at Pakistan, Tripathi said “in reality footprint of every major act of international terrorism passes through this country. Terrorists are trained in their safe havens to take innocent lives. Children and youth are given guns instead of books, women are oppressed and minorities are persecuted.”

She said “virulent terror emanating from this territory” threaten to destabilise peace globally.

“Yet, with pathological obsession this delegation makes veiled baseless allegations on internal situations of other countries,” she said.

Asserting that India’s position on such allegations is well known, Tripathi said it firmly rejects these baseless allegations.

“The international community has not paid attention to such deceitful propaganda for coveting territory. We are confident that this would be the case in future as well.”

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15 killed as fire engulfs passenger bus in SW Pakistan – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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Photo taken with a mobile phone shows a burnt van at the accident site in Zhob, Pakistan’s southwest province of Balochistan, Dec. 13, 2019. At least 15 people were killed and one other was injured when fire engulfed a passenger bus following its head-on collision with a van in Zhob district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Friday, a local official said. (Str/Xinhua)

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — At least 15 people were killed and one other was injured when fire engulfed a passenger bus following its head-on collision with a van in Zhob district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Friday, a local official said.

The incident happened in the wee hours of the morning when the van’s driver lost control of the vehicle and hit into the bus coming from the opposite direction in Kan Mehtarzai area of the district located northeast of provincial capital Quetta, Abdullah Kakkar who is in-charge at the station of paramilitary troops Levies in Kan Mehtarzai told Xinhua.

The van was carrying smuggled Iranian oil and fire erupted in it as soon as it hit the bus. The big fire also engulfed the bus and reduced both vehicles into ashes before rescue teams managed to arrive, he said.

The 44-seater bus carrying 14 people including the driver was on its way to Quetta from Dera Ghazi Khan district of neighboring Punjab province, while there were two people aboard the van including the driver and its helper, the official added.

Both people on the van and 13 people on the bus were burnt beyond recognition while one of the passengers saved his life by jumping off the vehicle but received serious injuries.

The injured man has been shifted to a nearby hospital, while the investigation regarding the van driver and smuggled oil is being made.

The bodies have been shifted to Zhob hospital and will be identified and handed over to relatives after DNA test.

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1st LD: 15 killed as fire engulfs passenger bus in SW Pakistan – Xinhua | English.news.cn – Xinhua

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PAKISTAN-ZHOB-ACCIDENT

Photo taken with a mobile phone shows a burnt van at the accident site in Zhob, Pakistan’s southwest province of Balochistan, Dec. 13, 2019. At least 15 people were killed and one other was injured when fire engulfed a passenger bus following its head-on collision with a van in Zhob district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Friday, a local official said. (Str/Xinhua)

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) — At least 15 people were killed and one other was injured when fire engulfed a passenger bus following its head-on collision with a van in Zhob district of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Friday, a local official said.

The incident happened in the wee hours of the morning when the van’s driver lost control of the vehicle and hit into the bus coming from the opposite direction in Kan Mehtarzai area of the district located northeast of provincial capital Quetta, Abdullah Kakkar who is in-charge at the station of paramilitary troops Levies in Kan Mehtarzai told Xinhua.

The van was carrying smuggled Iranian oil and fire erupted in it as soon as it hit the bus. The big fire also engulfed the bus and reduced both vehicles into ashes before rescue teams managed to arrive, he said.

The 44-seater bus carrying 14 people including the driver was on its way to Quetta from Dera Ghazi Khan district of neighboring Punjab province, while there were two people aboard the van including the driver and its helper, the official added.

Both people on the van and 13 people on the bus were burnt beyond recognition while one of the passengers saved his life by jumping off the vehicle but received serious injuries.

The injured man has been shifted to a nearby hospital, while the investigation regarding the van driver and smuggled oil is being made.

The bodies have been shifted to Zhob hospital and will be identified and handed over to relatives after DNA test.

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Newcastle District Cricket Association: Wallsend pick up Van Kemenade for summer – Newcastle Herald

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