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first_img REWARDING CAREER DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Retired veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul believes his recent shabby treatment at the hands of selectors is a worrying sign for the younger generation of West Indies cricketers. The prolific 41-year-old was sacked last May ahead of Australia’s two-Test tour of the Caribbean, with selectors contending he had suffered a “rapid” decline in form. Chanderpaul said having not been given the opportunity to “retire properly” following a long career for West Indies, sent a negative message to up-and-coming players. “I wanted one last opportunity to play against Australia before signing off, but (I) can’t do anything about it. (I) just want to put that behind (me),” Chanderpaul said here. “I got the NOC to play in Masters Champions League (MCL) after retiring from international cricket. Having played for so long, I feel I should have been treated well. If a player (like me) is treated like that, then think how the younger generation will be treated.” He added: “Being treated like ordinary schoolboys. Nobody would come and say that you like so and so. You are always treated that way. These things will happen.” Chanderpaul enjoyed an illustrious 164-Test career, garnering 11,867 runs at an average of 51, with 30 centuries. His stellar record left him second on the all-time West Indies run-scorers list behind former batting star Brian Lara with 11,953 runs. He suffered a run of low scores, however, managing 91 runs in three Tests on the 2014-15 tour of South Africa and 92 runs in a similar three-Test series during England’s tour of the Caribbean last April. In the two series prior, he compiled 270 runs in two Tests against Bangladesh without being dismissed and averaged 48 in three Tests against touring New Zealand. Despite the dip in form, Chanderpaul believed he still had more Tests runs in him. “I thought I could have gone on for a while, given more series and retired properly,” the Guyanese explained. He added: “It’s been a great run throughout the two decades. I am thankful for all the opportunities I got. I enjoyed playing all the formats for that long.” Chanderpaul, who made his debut as a 19-year-old 22 years ago against England in his hometown Georgetown, said his career had been a rewarding one. “(It) probably could have been better in some areas, (but) my career has been great since I was a schoolkid. Then there were things you expect from certain people, but sometimes you have to put things behind and look ahead,” he noted. “I don’t know (if there are any regrets). I have always played the game with passion. I have enjoyed it. I don’t know if I have any regrets.” Chanderpaul is here to play in the inaugural MCL where he will turn out for Gemini Arabians. Lara is also participating in the tournament as captain of Leon Lions, with past stars such as Australian Adam Gilchrist, Muttiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis also involved. “It’s been great. All these guys from different parts of the world are here and most of them are legends, some really good players, and I am happy to play alongside them,” said Chanderpaul.last_img read more

first_imgIan Botham’s “Spirit of Cricket” lecture at the MCC seemed to have been delivered exactly the way he played his cricket. A truly remarkable natural sportsman and one of England’s greatest cricketers, the game for him was simple, carefree and straightforward. His talk was no different.There were a few pertinent issues that he brought up which were quite disturbing. His remarks that the Indian Premier League breeds gambling and match-fixing, and therefore should not exist, and that English cricketers should not have annual central contracts as they make a player less hungry for success, seem questionable. The IPL has proved to be one of the most coveted sporting properties in Asia.The following and popularity of Test cricket was on a steep decline, and fortunately, the limited-over game brought spectators back to the stadiums and money into the game. Botham’s sweeping statement against IPL, therefore, was most unwarranted.Ian Botham said that the Indian Premier League should be discontinued as it breeds gambling and match-fixing.Indian cricket and all stakeholders benefit enormously from it. The impact on the life of so many people attached to it is far greater than the importance that he gave to top cricketers playing it. Foreign cricketers are a very important ingredient in the success of the tournament, but their star power would not mean much without fans, followers, media and the franchises.The IPL has been a boon to so many Indian cricketers, as not only does it give them exposure to world-class health, fitness and training regimes, but also the opportunity to Botham barking up the wrong tree interact with some of the world’s leading cricketers. Gambling and match-fixing in sports has always been an issue and cricket is no different.advertisementOne has to bring in strict laws and systems to eradicate it, but greed has no sanity. The IPL cannot be blamed as being the sole reason for cricket gambling and match-fixing. The limited overs format is here to stay and rather than exiting it, ensuring a cleaner operation is a better solution. The annual pay package to cricketers is a wonderful system.Assurance of a minimum income insures a player against any eventuality. Earlier, most professional cricketers had to take up work during the off-season. Similarly in India, when the corporates decided to employ cricketers on contract without any perquisites given to normal employees, a contractual arrangement with the BCCI became extremely important for them. Being a short-term employment, performance was a necessity and so complacency as mentioned by Botham is not entirely true.England’s defeat in the One-Day Internationals against India and their lacklustre performance in recent World Cups must have played a significant role in Botham’s point of view. Although England was the originator of both the limited over formats, their present conservative and cautious approach has contributed to their shoddy results. Rather than target the IPL and cricketers’ earnings, the legendary all-rounder should concentrate on spending time cultivating aggressive English cricketers, like some of our past cricketers are doing in India.(The writer is a former Test cricketer)last_img read more

first_imgHaving been in the pipeline for a few months, Maurizio Sarri’s arrival came as a relief for the majority of Chelsea fans. While supporters appreciated the work and trophies Antonio Conte provided, there was a realisation – even before their victory in the FA Cup final – that his position had become untenable. Conte had lost the dressing room after a series of disagreements with the playing staff and Sarri had been identified as his successor some time ago.Sarri’s appointment represents a real departure from Conte’s more reactive approach and Chelsea fans can expect to see sweeping changes in playing style and formation – if not personnel. The delay in bringing in their man has hampered his chances of imparting his philosophy before the season begins, though the signing of former Napoli midfielder Jorginho will be a key step in that direction.The Italy international, Sarri’s brain on the pitch, will play a huge part as Chelsea try to adapt to a drastically different way of playing. Everything in Sarri’s Napoli system flowed through Jorginho. He has always been an excellent passer of the ball, but his distribution became even more important under Sarri. His passes per 90 minutes for Napoli shot up from 77.5 in the season before Sarri’s appointment to 110.9 following his arrival. The accuracy of those passes rose too, from 89.2% to 90.9%, and there is no question Sarri will try to build his team around his trusted midfield lieutenant. Ten players whose transfer values surged at the World Cup Read more Share via Email If Sarri were to bring in Higuaín and complete his puzzle, Chelsea could be a real force this season. Things are going to be very different at the Bridge and fans are understandably excited about the new direction. They will not be distracted by the lure of potential Champions League glory, which will give Sarri more time to concentrate on bouncing back in the league.It seems managing Chelsea is an Italian job nowadays. Their last three coaches from the peninsula have lifted major trophies in their first seasons – Carlo Ancelotti’s double in 2009-10, Roberto Di Matteo’s triumph in the Champions League in 2012, and Conte’s league title last May.Sarri offers the prospect of a brand of football the fans have not seen at Stamford Bridge, but his legacy will be judged on silverware and even that doesn’t offer job security at Chelsea. Combine the attacking football the board have craved for many years with trophies and Sarri could yet become the manager who leaves on his own terms. A switch to a 4-3-3 formation is in the offing, which will mean deserting the three-man defence that helped Chelsea win the league title under Conte. It remains to be seen how well the players will suit the new shape. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were ideal wing-backs in the old system, while Cesar Azpilicueta adapted to the role of a right-sided centre-back superbly, becoming the team’s most consistent performer. The Spaniard may revert to his old right-back position but that would strip the side of their most reliable centre-half.It’s little surprise that Sarri is shopping for an upgrade in central defence, then. His net has been cast almost exclusively in his homeland and even more specifically than that if Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is to be believed. The club’s outspoken owner says Sarri wanted to “take my whole team to England and dismantle it” and that he had to “lay down the law” to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia after approaches for a number of Napoli players.Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly was a target for Chelsea but De Laurentiis says he has rejected “a €100m bid from the Premier League”. Both Leonardo Bonucci of Milan and Daniele Rugani of Juventus are on Sarri’s wishlist as he looks for a defender who can play out from the back.Napoli passed teams to death at times last season. Their average of 676 short passes per game was second only to Manchester City (699) last season in Europe’s top five leagues. They would work opponents with a long period of possession before springing into incisive, often one-touch passing moves. This approach requires the right midfield. Jorginho will sit as the fulcrum of the side, meaning that N’Golo Kanté will probably take a No6 role, which could give him slightly more freedom to join attacking moves as he did so successfully at Leicester. Fitting the newly crowned World Cup winner into the side will be easy, but Tiemoue Bakayoko is probably too wasteful for Sarri’s liking. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Cesc Fàbregas may need to adapt his game to find a place in the side. He is very similar to Jorginho, so may be pushed into an advanced, creative role in the midfield three – if he has the legs for the job. Ross Barkley will be hoping to make that position his own as he attempts to relaunch his career at domestic and international level.If reports are to be believed, both Fabregas and Barkley could be competing with Sergej Milinković-Savić for the goalscoring midfielder role Marek Hamsik played so well for Napoli under Sarri. Milinković-Savić scored 12 goals from the left of a midfield three at Lazio last season. A triumvirate of Jorginho, Kanté and Milinkovic-Savic would give Sarri a true blend of physicality and creativity.Elsewhere, the club may need to replace goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois should he leave for Real Madrid. Eden Hazard and Willian have also been linked with moves to Spain, even though both forwards would fit into Sarri’s favoured front three formation very naturally. There could even be opportunities to experiment with Hazard’s position. His Belgium team-mate Dries Mertens excelled under Sarri at Napoli when he moved into a central role, something that might also suit Hazard.That said, Sarri’s set-up still requires a striker, with Álvaro Morata struggling for form and Olivier Grioud already being touted as a departure. Gonzalo Higuaín would fit the bill, especially after Juventus signed Cristiano Ronaldo. Higuaín enjoyed remarkable success under Sarri in Naples. They had just one season together at the Stadio San Paolo but Higuaín was unstoppable in that 2015-16 campaign, breaking the Serie A goalscoring record with 36 goals in 35 appearances. A move to Turin followed and, despite scoring 40 goals in his two seasons with the Italian champions, another move would make sense for both clubs and the player. WhoScored? Read more Topics How Chelsea could line up this season. Photograph: WhoScored More historic Italian clubs go bust … while Juventus sign Cristiano Ronaldo Twitter Chelsea Facebook Maurizio Sarri Premier League Eden Hazard The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. • Follow WhoScored on Twitter and Facebook• Follow Martin Laurence on Twitter Pinterest Football tactics Share on Twitter Transfer window Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger features Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Icelandic Coast Guard The 1976-built cement carrier Fjordvik suffered a hull rupture after it ran aground on a breakwater at the entrance to the Helguvik harbour, Iceland, on November 3.The ship got stuck against the outer wall of the harbour with strong winds holding it firmly in place.Relevant authorities dispatched divers to assess the size of the hole and establish whether the carrier is leaking oil, local media reported.Additionally, reports indicate that there is seawater in the stricken vessel’s cargo hold. The authorities have launched efforts to pump out the ship’s fuel as a precaution.According to Icelandic Coast Guard, two helicopters were sent to the scene to evacuate 14 crewmembers and a pilot who were aboard the cement carrier.Iceland’s RÚV reported that Helguvik harbourmaster refused to allow Fjordvik to be towed into the harbour due to its risk of sinking and blocking access to ships delivering aviation fuel.At the time of the incident the ship was on its way from Denmark’s port of Aalborg to Helguvik Port, Iceland.World Maritime News Staff; Image/Video Courtesy: Icelandic Coast Guardlast_img read more

first_imgTheatre in India is almost 1000 years old. Though the various forms of theatre thrived in India over years, its presence on a global platform is negligible. Indian theatre needs to gain a global recognition in this field.Aiming to contribute to the growth and development of theatre in the country and across, National School of Drama has been organising Bharat Rang Mahotsav, International Theatre Festival of India. Started in the 1999, the festival is the largest theatre festival in Asia. The first edition of this fest featured only five plays which have increased to 200 in the 17th edition of the festival that started off in the Capital on February 1 at Kamani Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) & Civil Aviation Member inaugurated the event in the presence of eminent theatre and film personality Om Puri, Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society and Waman Kendre, Director NSD.War-themed play Ghazab Teri Adaa, directed by Waman Kendre, Director NSD, opened the festival. The play, set in an imaginary time and place, revolves around the never ending aspiration for an expansion of kingdom by the King. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix82 productions in 23 languages and performances by 125 groups which includes over 15 international performances will be the highlight of the theatre extravaganza. Themed with Breaking the Borders, the festival will see participation of countries like – USA, UK, Germany, China, France, Poland, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, among others. The festival will also travel to other parts of the country with plays being showcased in Agartala , Jabalpur , Aurangabad and Panaji. Kendre said, “The festival needs more promotion and projection. We aspire to make it bigger than the two largest theatre festivals – Edinburgh and Avignon.” Kendre also proposed a Theatre Olympics in India that would stage around 2000 national and international plays hosted by NSD.Om Puri, who was the special guest of the evening and also alumni of NSD unveiled the brochure of the festival. Recalling his days on the stage, the actor stated “I want to get back to the stage once again. Theatre keeps me high. I am grateful to NSD for making me what I am today.”The National-award-winning actor also stressed on making NSD the national face of drama of the country.  Puri noted,”Only Marathi and Bengali theatre are sustaining in the country besides a few. Compared to foreign countries, our theatre lacks stage craft. We have acting and direction potential but need to work on stage skills.” Ratan Thiyam pointed out the lack of funds for production in the country. He said, “There are many people who have given themselves completely to theatre but are economically suffering. Even I had to find out an alternative each time I headed for some production of according which I wished due to lack of funds.”Mahesh Sharma emphasised on the promotion, propagation and expansion of Indian form of theatre in the country and abroad. He noted, “I’m honoured to be present here among the talented artistes and theatre lovers. Indian theatre needs to be recognised on a global level which NSD can do. I will try to provide every possible help to NSD to make it the face of Indian drama.”The festival this year pays tribute to the veterans like Shambhu Mitra, Begum Akhtar and Veenapani Chawla. This will include performances, exhibitions, and lectures on the three artistes.A Theatre Bazaar is also organised in the festival. It is a complete package of cultural extravaganza with several other activities.last_img read more