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  1. Robin van Persie AMSTERDAM: Robin van Persie is in line for a recall to the Netherlands national team after an absence of almost two years. The Fenerbahce forward was named on Wednesday in a preliminary squad for two key World Cup qualifiers in the next fortnight. Ryan Babel and Eljero Elia have also been recalled as coach Dick Advocaat named 32 players for the important qualifier against Group A leaders France in Paris on Aug. 31 and then at home to Bulgaria in Amsterdam on Sept. 3. There is a first call-up for Ajax Amsterdam?s 20-year-old midfielder Donny van de Beek, who scored two in the early rounds of the Champions League over the last month. The 34-year-old van Persie, whose 50 goals in 101 internationals makes him the Netherlands´ top scorer, last played in a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic in the European Championship qualifier in October 2015. He scored an own goal and was later dropped by Advocaat?s predecessor Danny Blind. "I worked with him last season at Fenerbahce where he showed what he could do. Robin is a player we might still need but we?ll see in the next weeks how fit he is and if he is playing," Advocaat said in a statement released by the Dutch football association. "This is a preliminary squad so players can fall out or be included later." Besiktas striker Babel, 30, was last in the team in late 2011, while Elia, who also plays in Turkey, for Basaksehir, has not been in the team since 2012.Advocaat was named in May to try and resurrect the Dutch?s hopes of qualifying for the next World Cup in Russia as they sit third in their group with 10 points from six games, three behind joint leaders France and Sweden.
  2. OXFORD: Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday. Babbel and Cambridge English have jointly developed the test and will split revenue on what will be marketed as the "Babbel English Test", which will certify listening and reading comprehension skills in real-life, conversational situations. It tests users from level A1 (beginner) up to B2 (intermediate). Successful test takers will receive a certificate of achievement, which gives language students a way to attest to their English fluency level when applying for jobs, to use on their LinkedIn profiles, measure their preparation ahead of formal tests or simply judge their personal progress. For Cambridge English, whose tests set the standard for 5 million English-language candidates yearly in 100 countries, the deal marks its first major move into the smartphone-based language testing. "Babbel captures the adult self-motivated learners, which is a big part of the learning landscape. We haven't found a way of reaching them before. So we will get to them with this," Cambridge English Chief Executive Saul Nassé said. Berlin-based Babbel, founded a decade ago, offers mobile apps in 14 languages but derives half of its worldwide revenue from English-language apps, co-founder and chief strategy officer Thomas Holl said in an interview. "You could buy a book, you could go to language school, but it's just so much easier to download an app," he said. "We want to encourage people to use our apps then go on to testing." Cambridge English generates more than 200 million pounds in annual revenue, Nassé said. It works with the British Council on formal in-person exams that are widely used in countries from China to India to Latin America and with publishing partner Cambridge University Press on a range of testing materials. "Babbel is a stepping stone back to other Cambridge English products," the Cambridge English CEO said. Babbel claims to be the world's highest-grossing education app in terms of revenue, but as a privately owned startup does not disclose revenue for competitive reasons. However, it's more or less broken even in cash flow since 2011, Holl said. Those claims are borne out in Europe and the Americas by data from AppAnnie, a market research firm that tracks downloads and revenue from apps around the world. Babbel does not yet offer any apps for learning major Asian languages and is a correspondingly minor player in that region. Babbel.com and its related language-learning apps attracted more than 4 million monthly unique visitors worldwide in July, according to the web and mobile audience research firm SimilarWeb. Rivals include Duolingo, which offers free language learning and attracts 12 million monthly visitors, other free apps such as Memrise and Busuu, according to industry market research data, and dozens of more narrowly focused vocabulary builders, some free and others charging a few dollars or euros to download. Babbel said it will start by offering subscribers a bundle of English language learning for three months, integrated with regular testing, priced at 59 euros. In October, it will sell a standalone version of the Babbel English Test for 39 euros ($45.80).
  3. Continuing his fine run, Shikhar Dhawan notched up his sixth hundred during the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket stadium. The Delhi southpaw slammed a 123-ball 119 including 17 boundaries in India's first innings. Starting his innings briskly, Dhawan batted with intent as he thrashed the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. Thanks to his blazing knock, India romped to a mammoth total of 487 runs in the first innings. His 119 also made Dhawan the leading run-scorer in the series with 358 runs to his name. © Reuters With the social media buzzing, Dhawan's knock garnered plaudtis from all corners of the country. His teammate, too, took to Twitter and sent out a congratulatory message to the 31-year-old. Usually known as 'Gabbar' and 'Jatt Ji', Dhawan also got a new nickname from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Big daddy D got it right ð¤#daddyD top knock ðð@SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/aCxMns4rs5 — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 12, 2017 Hardik shared a boomerang video on the micro-blogging website and captioned it: "Big daddy D got it right". Big up yourself Daddy D ââ enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships. ð¾ #clapyourself pic.twitter.com/UVHsLNCqBo — K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 12, 2017 Apart from Hardik, Dhawan's opening partner Rahul also congratulated the marauding batsman for his latest feat. "Big up yourself Daddy D enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships," Rahul tweeted. Along with Dhawan, Rahul also played a tidy knock 85 runs including eight fours. Dominating the opposition bowlers, the two batsmen gave India a flying start of 188 runs. With a late onslaught from Hardik, India managed to post a healthy total against the hosts who were eventually bowled out for 135 in the first innings.
  4. 'Durban Qalandars' owner Fawad Rana addressing launch ceremony. Photo: T20 Global League twitter Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Lahore Qalandars? owner launched the Durban team of South Africa?s T20 Global League on Friday. Addressing the kickoff ceremony for ?Durban Qalandars?, Lahore Qalandars chairman Fawad Rana said he was delighted to be representing the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa?s new T20 competition, with the inaugural edition scheduled to be held later this year. ?There is no better opportunity to come and invest in this great country,? Rana said. He was accompanied by Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat and Durban Qalandars? marquee player Hashim Amla at the launching ceremony. Lorgat, speaking on the occasion, said the ?development of youth? lay at the centre of Rana brothers? vision. Qalandars, Zalmi owners buy teams in South Africa's T20 league This will provide a virtual competition between PSL and IPL teams, says Sameen Rana. ?We are proud to have the Qalandars represent us.. We share their values & vision of transformation,? said Fawzia Peer, Durban Deputy Mayor. Meanwhile, PSL franchise and 2017 champions Peshawar Zalmi own the rights of ?Benoni Zalmi?- another franchise of South Africa?s T20 league. Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, owner of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, will be running Cape Town's team while the owners of Delhi Daredevils own Johannesburg's team.
  5. Ravindra Jadeja might have received a one-match ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC), but the Indian all-rounder continues to scale heights in international cricket. He was adjudged the Man of the Match in the second Test against Sri Lanka for his seven-wicket haul and an unbeaten knock of 70 runs. While the news of his suspension from the third Test surely left his fans disappointed, the Rockstar of Indian cricket apparently remained unperturbed by the ICC's decision. Rather he came up with an epic reply to liven up the Indian fans. pic.twitter.com/Qzxtn3cqrp — Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 7, 2017 "Hum sharif kya hue puri duniya hi badmash ho gayi," he wrote in response to his one-match ban on Twitter. But, despite his ban, Jadeja's exploits in the recent Test was good enough to propel him to the No. 1 spot in the latest list of Test all-rounders in the ICC rankings. The 28-year-old dethroned Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan to claim the top rank amongst all-rounders in the longest version of the game. © Reuters The top-ranked Test bowler currently has 438 points among the all-rounder while Shakib is placed second with 431 points. His personal milestone has garnered a lot of praise for the left-arm spinner who has undeniably become a pivotal member of the Indian side. Such has been his consistency that even captain Virat Kohli couldn't help but laud the 'Sword Master' for his recent achievements. Big Congratulations to our sword master Mr Jadeja for becoming the Number 1 test all rounder with @ashwinravi99. Well done Jaddu! @imjadejað — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 8, 2017 Taking to Twitter, Kohli said: "Big Congratulations to our sword master Mr Jadeja for becoming the Number 1 test all rounder with @ashwinravi99. Well done Jaddu!" As India prepares to whitewash the Sri Lankans in the third Test, Jadeja's absence will surely be missed. However, given the fact that India has already sealed the three-match series 2-0, Jadeja's ban will only allow young Kuldeep Yadav to hone his skills and impress the selectors.
  6. An eleven-time World Champion, eight-time Olympic gold medallist and the reigning world and Olympic champion in 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay, Usain St Leo Bolt is not only the fastest human on the planet, he is inarguably the greatest sprinter of all time. But, as all good things come to an end, Bolt's monumental career was also nearing its end as the Jamaican sprinter geared up for one last showdown at the IAAF World Championships in London. While legions of his fans including many celebrities were wishing the 30-year-old for his spectacular career, the England cricket team paid respects to Bolt in their own uncanny manner. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) shared a fun video on Twitter to find who their team's Usain Bolt was. The video features England captain Joe Root and all-rounder Moeen Ali locking horns in a 100-metre dash. Who is our Usain Bolt? @root66 or @MoeenAli? #London2017 #BOLTDOWN pic.twitter.com/33KHqOzWm8 — England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 5, 2017 The video of the two cricketers racing was shared on the social media on the same day as Bolt took part in the 100 metres race at the World Championships. But, while the England cricketers were seen enjoying their race, Bolt witnessed a different story altogether. Justin Gatlin ruined Bolt's farewell party when the 35-year-old American won the world 100-metres title, beating the Jamaican superstar into third and sparking a chorus of boos from a London crowd that was unhappy with his doping past. What was meant to be a glorious celebration of the departure of the sport's greatest showman quickly turned into a condemnation of its biggest pantomime villain as Gatlin, twice banned for drug offences, rolled back the years to win a second world title 12 years after his first and 13 after claiming Olympic 100 metres gold.
  7. Syrian basketball team players take part in a training session at a stadium decorated with portratis of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father Hafez al-Assad (top R). PHOTO: AFP 1 Damascus: Khalil Khoury dribbles a basketball deftly down the dilapidated gym where he and the rest of the Syrian national team train, passing it through his legs before a silky-smooth lay-up. Since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011, Khoury's team has seen its ranks dwindle and its options for training venues shrink. But it still practises and competes, including in the prestigious FIBA Asia Cup championship to held on August 17-27 in neighbouring Lebanon. Among the league's biggest challenges has been retaining talent, with players emigrating, doing their military service, or being injured or killed in the conflict. Serbian coach Ninad Karzis (C) talks to players during a training session of the Syrian basketball team in Damascus. PHOTO: AFP One tell-tale sign of the struggle is the unusually large age gap within the current lineup. "I'm the youngest player on the team," said 19-year-old Khoury, who moved directly onto the squad from the youth league. "My teammate Michael Madanly is about 20 years older than me," he told AFP during a break from practice at Al-Fayhaa sports centre in Damascus. "Some players have gone abroad and many others to do military service, so it's natural for players to stay on until they're older," said the small forward. "But it affects physical fitness, and it will show when we play with young teams." The head of Syria's Basketball Federation, Daniel Zoalkefl, said the national league has "lost more than 120 players" who have joined the exodus from their war-battered country. Jotting down the names of the 12 players attending practice, Zoalkefl said the sport also faces other challenges. With the constant power cuts that plague Syria, he has to find fuel for the generators to ensure Al-Fayhaa -- the Syrian capital's most famous gym -- can even keep the lights on. Mortars and migrating players The gym itself is run down and its air conditioners have been out of order for months, so training sessions are usually held at night when the mercury eases to more bearable levels. Government warplanes can be heard overhead on their way to or from raids on opposition-held areas near the capital. The thud of shells fired by rebels onto nearby neighbourhoods echo through the gym during practice. "A mortar hit right where I'm standing, and another one hit over there," said Zoalkefl as he scribbled comments on the training session in a small notebook. The conflict's eruption six years ago led to the suspension of Syria's national league, which was replaced by provincial leagues until 2015 when the national competition was restored. PHOTO: AFP "Dozens of shells have landed near the centre... Things aren't easy, but we've gotten used to it. That's war." The conflict's eruption six years ago led to the suspension of Syria's national league, which was replaced by provincial leagues until 2015 when the national competition was restored. On the court, power forward Anthony Bakar fired the ball back and forth with his teammates before dunking it, helped by his imposing 199 centimetre (six foot five) height. "The situation was very tough at the beginning of the crisis. The league was suspended for a year and every province was playing by itself," said the 24-year-old. Foreign players, who numbered about a dozen, quit and fled Syria. "It had negative consequences on the league's strength. It's not easy to convince a foreign player to stay and play in a country at war," Bakar said. 'I miss the crowds' The conflict has also made life more difficult for the league's coaches, who have found their options for training limited by the violence. "It's not just players who have emigrated, but coaches too. For those who stayed, it's hard to get out to a field to train because of the security situation," said Hadi Darwish, who became head coach in December. Going to training camps abroad is virtually impossible. "There's a sort of semi-siege. There are many countries that won't let us in, and visas are difficult to obtain and take lots of time," said Darwish. "Our challenge is to build something, to build a national team that is ready to compete and represent the country in the best way possible," said Nenad Krdzic, a Serbian coach. Among the league's biggest challenges has been retaining talent, with players emigrating, doing their military service, or being injured or killed in the conflict. PHOTO: AFP There were no spectators for the evening training session, just a handful of managers and league officials. Just before practice ended, the power cut. The back-up generator was broken, so coaches were forced to wind up training early. Shooting guard Majd Arbasha knelt down, exhausted and trying to catch his breath. He pines for the glory days of the sport. "I miss my friends. I miss the crowds and the packed halls," he said. "Basketball puts a smile on your face. But today it puts a lump in our throats."
  8. A screengrab of the scuffle between Geo News team and hospital staff. LAHORE: Young Doctors Association (YDA) members and Jinnah Hospital?s staff on Saturday assaulted a Geo News team covering the association?s strike. YDA members attacked Geo News? cameraman Muhammad Rehan with a steel rod, tugged at reporter Naveen Ali?s dupatta, and hurled abuses at the two after identifying them as Geo News employees. Patients bear the brunt as YDA strike enters fifth day 'Young doctors' are protesting against the ?Dr Mubashir, Dr Adnan Khokhar, and AMS security in-charge refused to listen to us when we tried to explain that we were only covering the protest,? Ali told Geo News. ?The security in-charge issued orders to throw us out of the premises following which the guards manhandled us.? Mobile phones and the camera of the reporting team were damaged after they were confiscated by the hospital?s security guards and YDA members. The YDA strike entered its fifth day on Saturday, with doctors boycotting public hospitals across Punjab to press the government to accept their demands.
  9. <p>The Indian men's cricket team has been infamous for grabbing eyeballs and stealing the limelight from their female counterparts. But, that's not the case - at least for now. A splendid show from the Indian women's cricket team in the ICC World Cup ensured that Mithali Raj & Co. got their fair share of accolades and praise in a male-dominated sport.</p> <p>Despite missing out on a rare chance of recording their maiden World Cup title triumph, the Indian women's team returned back to a rousing welcome from all corners of the country. There was praise from celebrities and adequate coverage from the media and suddenly, the names of Indian women cricketers are no longer restricted to confines of their friends and acquaintances.</p> <p>Such was the extent of their dominating World Cup campaign that the Indian PM Narendra Modi hosted a grand felicitation ceremony for the Mithali brigade. The Indian PM couldn't help but shower praise on the women's team for making the country proud. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Twitter Guns Down Shobhaa De After Her 'Statutory Warning' For The Indian Women's Cricket Team" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/twitter-guns-down-shobhaa-de-after-her-statutory-warning-for-the-indian-womens-cricket-team-740x400-1-1501681679.jpg" alt="Twitter Guns Down Shobhaa De After Her 'Statutory Warning' For The Indian Women's Cricket Team" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/twitter-guns-down-shobhaa-de-after-her-statutory-warning-for-the-indian-womens-cricket-team-740x400-1-1501681679.jpg" />© Twitter/narendramodi</p> <p>Apart from the praise, the exploits of the Indian women's team also attracted a lot of gifts, cash rewards, lucrative jobs, promotions and sponsorship opportunities - something they've been deprived of for a long time now. After lurking in the shadows of their male counterparts, it was high time the Indian women got their hard-earned due.</p> <p>But, there are few people who've probably mastered the art of ruining the moment with their illogical and uncalled for comments. Columnist Shobhaa De is probably one of them.</p> <p>The 69-year-old novelist, who has a knack of inviting trouble with her comments, once again did what she does best: irk the masses. While everyone was lauding the Women in Blue, the veteran columnist took to Twitter and expressed her concern for the Indian team.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Oh Lord! Please protect our amazing women cricketers from crass commercialisation and greed that has ruined most of our Boys in Blue.</p> — Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) <a href="https://twitter.com/DeShobhaa/status/892370126670057473">August 1, 2017</a> <p>"Oh Lord! Please protect our amazing women cricketers from crass commercialisation and greed that has ruined most of our Boys in Blue," she tweeted.</p> <p>While her views and understanding of cricket is comical itself, De probably outdid herself by claiming that male cricketers in India have been ruined because of greed. The Virat Kohli brigade is currently ranked No. 1 in Tests, No. 3 in ODIs and No. 5 in T20Is. The team managed to reach there with adequate hardwork and dedication. And, cricketers acting in commercials for money have got nothing to do with their exploits on the field.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Twitter Guns Down Shobhaa De After Her 'Statutory Warning' For The Indian Women's Cricket Team" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/twitter-guns-down-shobhaa-de-after-her-statutory-warning-for-the-indian-womens-cricket-team-740x400-2-1501681737.jpg" alt="Twitter Guns Down Shobhaa De After Her 'Statutory Warning' For The Indian Women's Cricket Team" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/twitter-guns-down-shobhaa-de-after-her-statutory-warning-for-the-indian-womens-cricket-team-740x400-2-1501681737.jpg" />© Reuters</p> <p>The Indian captain is a prime example. The Delhi lad rose through the ranks in Indian cricket and is currently one of the biggest names in the game. He does commercials and promotions just like any other sportsman. But, he has never let that affect his game. Not only he continues to get better with his skills, Kohli also has numerous charities where he gives back to society.</p> <p>Clearly, cynics like Shobhaa De can never understand that, which is why they usually end up making an utter fool of themselves on social media.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Why should the women not benefit from their stardom?</p> — Tushar (@TusharG) <a href="https://twitter.com/TusharG/status/892373493458771968">August 1, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Thats below the belt madam. You can be appreciative of women without pulling the men down</p> — Tanzeem Mohammed (@Tanzeem13) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tanzeem13/status/892372503913476100">August 1, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You are right Mr <a href="https://twitter.com/TusharG">@TusharG</a>.Mr Sachin Tendulkar managed a commercial-professional life balance for so many years.Why not the women.</p> — Rajinder Raina (@rraina1481) <a href="https://twitter.com/rraina1481/status/892374192091406336">August 1, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Our mens team is ranked higher than womwns team. We've won every trophy since last Nov except CT. Only thing which is ruined is her career</p> — S (@UtdSoham) <a href="https://twitter.com/UtdSoham/status/892620870577008641">August 2, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Oh Lord! Please protect out women cricketers from uselsss and workless page 3 columnists</p> — Twittterly (@Twittterly) <a href="https://twitter.com/Twittterly/status/892375712824410112">August 1, 2017</a> <p></p>
  10. KANO: More than 50 people were killed in a Boko Haram attack on an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria earlier this week, military, medical and humanitarian sources told AFP on Thursday. "The death toll keeps mounting," said one source involved in dealing with the aftermath of Tuesday´s attack near Magumeri, adding: "Now we have more than 50 and... more bodies are coming in." Details of the ambush, which was initially thought to be a kidnapping attempt, have been slow to emerge, as the military strictly controls access to Borno state, which has been the epicentre of Boko Haram violence. Telecommunications and other infrastructure have been severely damaged or destroyed in the conflict, which has left at least 20,000 dead and more than 2.6 million homeless since 2009. The military said on Wednesday that 10 people were killed in the attack, which targeted a team from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and geologists from the University of Maiduguri. But an aid agency worker in Magumeri, which is 50 kilometres (32 miles) northwest of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, said: "As at 7:00 pm (1800 GMT) yesterday (Wednesday), 47 bodies were recovered from the bushes around Magumeri. "Eleven of them were badly burned in the attack. They were burned alive in their vehicle, which was stuck in a trench. "We buried them here because they couldn´t be taken to Maiduguri. "This evening (Thursday), six more bodies were recovered, including one soldier, and many more could be recovered because search and rescue teams are all over the place." A medical source at the Nigerian Army 7th Division headquarters at Maimalari barracks in Maiduguri said: "So far we have 18 dead soldiers. Ten were brought yesterday and eight more today." At the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), a medical worker said: "We have 19 bodies at the moment of civilians. Fifteen of them were vigilantes (civilian militia) and four were staff from the university. "They have been taken for burial." The head of the academic staff union at the University of Maiduguri, Dani Mamman, confirmed they had received four bodies and said two of them were academics. "We got the impression our staff on the team were rescued because that was what the military spokesman said yesterday," he added. "But we were shocked when we were given four dead bodies. This means it wasn´t a rescue. "We still have other staff that are yet to be accounted for."
  11. SC bench also summoned chief secretary Sindh over the matter. Photo: file KARACHI: About 12,000 police officers have ?suspicious? records, according to an inquiry team report, which was presented to the Supreme Court?s Karachi Registry on Wednesday. The report was compiled by an inquiry committee, headed by AIG Rana Sanaullah Abbasi, in a case pertaining to taking action against police officers involved in criminal activities. The bench also summoned chief secretary Sindh over the matter. During court proceedings, Justice Sajjad Shah remarked ?why isn?t action being taken against police high ups?? He added, ?Do you think we are unaware of all that goes in Sindh police?? After this, the court ruled that it is unfair that only junior officers are investigated for involvement in different crimes and not senior officers. Later, the court proceedings were postponed for a while. On July 6, the SC had expressed anger over inaction against high-ups in the Sindh Police who have been involved in illegal activities in Karachi. During the hearing, the inquiry committee, constituted by the Supreme Court, submitted an interim report over the matter, but the report did not have material over any action taken against high-ups in the police department. Justice Maqbool Baqar said there is a strong grouping in the Sindh Police. He added this impression should be eradicated by carrying out indiscriminate action instead of picking and choosing. Therefore, the court ordered the committee to carry out action against all the corrupt employees, including officials of the rank of deputy inspector general, of the department and sought a report within two weeks. While taking suo motu notice against cases the Supreme Court had found out police officials being involved in murders, robberies and extortion cases. FIRs were also registered against the accused, but they continued to enjoy their positions in the department. Therefore, the SC had constituted the inquiry committee to take action against such officials.
  12. <p>After winning billions of hearts at home for their sublime performance in the ICC World Cup, the Indian women's cricket team returned to a rousing welcome after landing in Mumbai in the morning.</p> <p>The crowd at the Mumbai Airport could be seen cheering 'India, India', with the kin of the cricketers waiting with eager eyes for their daughters to arrive. Eight players including Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami, Sushma Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut and Deepti Sharma landed in India early morning, whereas the rest of the players will join later in the day.</p> <p>In what arguably turned out to be their best-ever World Cup campaign, the Mithali Raj brigade won four games on the trot, matching the likes of defending champions Australia in the league stage.</p> <p>The Indian women began their campaign with a 35-run win over England and then followed it up with a seven-wicket rout of the West Indies. Against arch-rivals Pakistan, the Indian team looked a bit shaky in the batting department before the bowlers turned it around to keep their winning streak going following a 95-run win.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WATCH?src=hash">#WATCH</a>: Indian Women's cricket team arrived in Mumbai in early morning hours to a rousing welcome by the fans cheering the team. <a href="https://t.co/2Lyjkfe8KO">pic.twitter.com/2Lyjkfe8KO</a></p> — ANI (@ANI_news) <a href="https://twitter.com/ANI_news/status/890036842329890816">July 26, 2017</a> <p>The Indian women further improved their streak after beating Sri Lanka by 16 runs. With four wins in as many matches, the Mithali Raj side was en route to the knockout stage of the tournament before two consecutive losses (against South Africa and Australia) gave them a scare.</p> <p>With their back against the wall, India found themselves in a do-or-die situation when they locked horns with New Zealand. And, just when the situation demanded, the Indian side raised their game to ensure the Kiwis could only muster 79 runs in their chase of 266 runs.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is just the kind of breakthrough tournament that women's cricket in India needed. Must be a great feeling for <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Raj03">@M_Raj03</a></p> — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) <a href="https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha/status/888110127546384384">July 20, 2017</a> <p>Thanks to their triumph over the Black Caps, India managed to seal their berth for the semi-finals. But, they were up against the mighty Australians who were tipped to successfully defend their title. However, just like the previous games, the Indian women's team went from strength to strength and achieved the impossible.</p> <p>Riding on the breathtaking knock of 171 runs by Harmanpreet Kaur, India managed to post an imposing total of 281 runs in a rain-curtailed tie. While reaching the total surely needed some effort, Australia - bolstered with a strong batting line-up - was probably expected to come out on top.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Commiserations to India but their World Cup efforts will transcend this result. This competition has changed women's cricket forever. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWC17?src=hash">#WWC17</a></p> — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/fwildecricket/status/889165479348236288">July 23, 2017</a> <p>After Harmanpreet's batting heroics, it was time for the Indian bowlers to shine as they bowled out the Aussies for 245 runs. A 36-run win brought an end to Australia's title defence and propelled the Indian team to the World Cup final for only the second time in the history of the women's tournament.</p> <p>Riding on an emphatic triumph over the Australians, hosts England were the final hurdle for Mithali Raj's team in their quest for their maiden World Cup title. And, once again, India gave their fans some hope after restricting the English side to a mere 228 runs.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">When you lose the battle but win the war! <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Raj03">@M_Raj03</a> and Team you have changed the face of women's cricket in India. <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCIWomen">@BCCIWomen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWC17?src=hash">#WWC17</a></p> — Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) <a href="https://twitter.com/DipaKarmakar/status/889357768385335296">July 24, 2017</a> <p>At the end of the first-half of the game, a target of 229 runs didn't really look threatening for the Indian team, given the form of their batswomen. India appeared to be in control of the run-chase with Punam Raut and Harmanpreet both scoring vital fifties.</p> <p>However, a magical spell from Anya Shrubsole turned the tide in favour of the hosts. And, the sensational run of the Indian women's cricket team finally ended with a heart-breaking nine-run loss in the summit clash.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This team has woken us all up to women's cricket in india. Great game girls. Almost had it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/proud?src=hash">#proud</a></p> — Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) <a href="https://twitter.com/shahidkapoor/status/889170438034796544">July 23, 2017</a> <p>While England won their first-ever ICC tournament, the daring Indian women won over the fans and cricket fraternity with their spectacular show. More importantly, their exploits in the ICC spectacle has now given women's cricket the right kind of recognition in India.</p> <p></p>
  13. <p>After being overlooked for Team India's coaching job last year, Ravi Shastri is once again in the fray to clinch the top job following a controversial fall-out between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble led to the latter's resignation just days after their ICC Champions Trophy loss to Pakistan in the final.</p> <p>Shastri, who lost the job to Kumble in 2016, is believed to be a front-runner in the list of high-profile applicants for the coaching job. The cricketer-turned-commentator was the Indian team director between 2014 and 2016 wherein he led the Men in Blue to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Ravi Shastri For Team India Coach? Twitter Has Its Own Prediction For Virat Kohli's 'Stooge'" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/ravi-shastri-for-team-india-coach-twitter-has-its-own-prediction-for-virat-kohli-s-stooge-1-1501049277.jpg" alt="Ravi Shastri For Team India Coach? Twitter Has Its Own Prediction For Virat Kohli's 'Stooge'" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/ravi-shastri-for-team-india-coach-twitter-has-its-own-prediction-for-virat-kohli-s-stooge-1-1501049277.jpg" />© BCCL</p> <p>But, despite his efforts and the backing of Kohli, Shastri lost the battle to Kumble who had managed to impress the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprised of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. However, exactly one year later, the Indian team saw Kumble stepping down from his responsibilities as coach, citing differences with Kohli as the main reason.</p> <p>Following Kumble's resignation, Shastri was not among the individuals including the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput who had applied for the post of India's head coach when the BCCI had issued the first release. </p> <p>And, with recent reports of Shastri's application for the high-profile job, the former Indian cricketer is once again considered a top candidate due to his good rapport with the Indian captain.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Ravi Shastri For Team India Coach? Twitter Has Its Own Prediction For Virat Kohli's 'Stooge'" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/ravi-shastri-for-team-india-coach-twitter-has-its-own-prediction-for-virat-kohli-s-stooge-2-1501049301.jpg" alt="Ravi Shastri For Team India Coach? Twitter Has Its Own Prediction For Virat Kohli's 'Stooge'" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Jul/ravi-shastri-for-team-india-coach-twitter-has-its-own-prediction-for-virat-kohli-s-stooge-2-1501049301.jpg" />© BCCL</p> <p>During Shastri's tenure as Team Director, India won the Test series in Sri Lanka after a gap of 22 years and also outplayed South Africa 3-0 in a four-match Test series before winning the Asia Cup.</p> <p>Whether Shastri will turn out to be the best bet for India or not, social media is already buzzing with the news of his application. And, fans have their own theory about the success of Shastri as India's new coach.</p> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Circumstances are nt incidental bt created <br />Ravi Shastri made to apply for the Head Coach.Well planned startegy & implemented by u knw who!ð¤</p> — Ayush Kush (@ayushk7) <a href="https://twitter.com/ayushk7/status/879665752445472768">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">It would be funny if Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar reject Ravi Shastri's bid for coaching the Indian cricket team, again.</p> — Nachiket Deuskar (@PartTimeBowler) <a href="https://twitter.com/PartTimeBowler/status/879676585456025601">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Hands up if you are surprised by Ravi Shastri applying for head coach? <a href="https://t.co/5GTuEap0wM">pic.twitter.com/5GTuEap0wM</a></p> — Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) <a href="https://twitter.com/vinayakkm/status/879675435772018688">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ravi Shastri to apply for Head Coach Indian cricket team.<br />If selected, it will be a big victory for Cricket Commentary!</p> — Sash (@sashbv) <a href="https://twitter.com/sashbv/status/879677174147563521">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">If this means Ravi Shastri won't be doing commentary anymore, then Sanjay Manjrekar and Rameez Raja should also apply to be India's coach.</p> — Tanvi (@sinpulsive) <a href="https://twitter.com/sinpulsive/status/879675983690969088">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So it was this Shakuni Mama "Ravi Shastri" behind all this drama to dislodge Gentleman Kumble from Job of Coach. Bad Management by BCCI.ð</p> — Totlani Krishan (@kktotlani) <a href="https://twitter.com/kktotlani/status/879677956800495616">June 27, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Just worried that all this done to draft in Ravi Shastri as coach.. if yes then dis sets a wrong precedence <a href="https://twitter.com/sanjaymanjrekar">@sanjaymanjrekar</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/bhogleharsha">@bhogleharsha</a></p> — AD (@ayushdeep) <a href="https://twitter.com/ayushdeep/status/877569555752550400">June 21, 2017</a> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AnilKumble?src=hash">#AnilKumble</a>, Ravi Shastri is one who started all this when he was head coach, feud between Dhoni and Kohli and <a href="https://twitter.com/msdhoni">@msdhoni</a> had to step down.</p> — Monish Ojha (@ojhamonish) <a href="https://twitter.com/ojhamonish/status/877715729570713600">June 22, 2017</a> <p></p>
  14. Don Ingabire (L), 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17 ? members of a teenage robotics team from the African nation of Burundi, reported missing after taking part in an international competition and later spotted crossing the United States border into Canada ? are seen in pictures released by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, US, July 20, 2017. Metropolitan Police Department/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: Two members of a teenage robotics team from Burundi who went missing after a competition in Washington last week have been located and are safe, the city's Metropolitan Police Department said on Tuesday. The teens, Don Ingabire, 16, and Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, were spotted last week crossing the border into Canada. The Metropolitan Police Department would not say on Tuesday where or when they were found, citing department procedures for missing persons. "The others are still missing, so the case is still under investigation," police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said. Four boys and two girls from the African nation were last seen on July 18 after the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge concluded. Organisers have said the disappearance may have been "self-initiated" because the students' hotel keys were left in a chaperone's bag while their clothes were taken. Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after US contest: police The four males and two females were last seen late Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended Police have said they did not suspect foul play. The Burundian embassies in Ottawa and Washington said they were unaware on Tuesday that two of the students had been found. The other missing Burundians have been identified as Nice Munezero, 17; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Richard Irakoze, 18; and Aristide Irambona, 18. High school students from more than 150 countries took part in the FIRST Global competition. An all-girl squad from Afghanistan drew worldwide attention when President Donald Trump intervened after they were denied US visas. Burundi has long been plagued by civil war and other violence. Fighting has killed at least 700 people and forced 400,000 from their homes since April 2015.
  15. The Indian women's cricket team, under Mithali Raj, has gone out all guns blazing to get the World Cup home. As they battle it out against England in London, the country stands behind them cheering. Although the mania is not as crazy as it is for women, we're glad things are changing albeit slowly. Actor Akshay Kumar has been cheering for the team and is now attending the match in London. #WomenInBlue we are rooting for you! #WWC17Final #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/8wVCE9iIO2 — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 23, 2017 The actor was busy shooting in Leeds and headed straight to London to attend the match. A visibly excited Akshay tweeted this while on the train from Leeds to London: This is how excited I am, never in my life have I run for a train barefoot to make it in time for a match!! Come on #WomenInBlue #WWC17Final pic.twitter.com/hYFhTrP6eZ — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 23, 2017 That's the kind of excitement we need! Come on India, let our #WomenInBlue feel the support of a billion fans! #Proud #WWC17 @StarSportsIndia — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 23, 2017 He has been rooting for our Women in Blue on Twitter: Big day for women and sports tomorrow. Join me on #StarSports as I cheer the #WomenInBlue live from the stadium. #WorldCupFinals — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 22, 2017 Other actors are not far behind: To the Women in Blue for the WWC17 Finals. You make us the most proud. All the best & have a great game. Love to the Ladies. — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 23, 2017 Our #WomenInBlue have strived hard and reached the #WWC17Final! All the best to the @BCCIWomen for today's match. 👍 pic.twitter.com/b8UAfH0aBY — Hrithik Roshan (@iHrithik) July 23, 2017 Word!!! C'mon girls!!! Full power!! Jai Hind!🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 #BleedBlue #WWCFinal https://t.co/ZXKmnvgxdI — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) July 23, 2017 Judwaa 2 stars @Varun_dvn and @taapsee share their 'twin' messages for the #WomenInBlue! Watch Cricket Live tomorrow at 2 PM on Star Sports! pic.twitter.com/KzAqh8GLVb — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) July 22, 2017 Wishing our #WomenInBlue all the best for the #WWC17Final! We are all cheering for you! Messages of support from my 100MB family! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/i7BIWEx1W3 — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 23, 2017 Go Women in Blue! India is proud of you!
  16. ‘Baahubali' is a magnum opus created by SS Rajamouli that wasn't just loved by the Indian audience but was applauded globally as well. It's superb success and box office collection has set some high benchmarks for upcoming films. From incredible visuals, amazing plot to stunning acting by Prabas and Rana Daggubati, ‘Baahubali' is a film that has created a legacy. ‘Baahubali' is tapping into various ventures. From coming up with Baahubali clothing, toys to animated series, the franchise has grown immensely popular. And in order to keep the legacy alive, ‘Baahubali' now also has a boxing team at Super Boxing League. Owned by Rana Daggubati and co-owned by Sunil Shetty the team is called the Baahubali boxers. (C) Twitter About the team, Rana said to a leading daily, “I am very excited to co-own and also be the face of the team. Its name truly aligns with the key attributes of a boxer ­ strong arms, bravery and energy. I am hopeful that my team will give their best to the league.” Keep the ‘Baahubali' buzz alive, Rana is all set to make ‘Baahubali' even a bigger brand. On the work front, Rana will soon be seen in ‘Nene Raju Nene Mantri' and ‘Madai Thiranthu'. And we are excited to see him in an all new avatar.
  17. First it was Mithali Raj making headlines everywhere, and then it was Smriti Mandhana's turn. Now, Harmanpreet Kaur has proved that she can't be ignored. Scoring 171 runs in just 115 balls in the semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup against Australia, making India reach the final of the historic tournament. © Twitter With 20 boundaries and 7 sixes in her innings and strike rate of nearly 150, she was just unstoppable. Her performance was so incredible that if it hadn't rained, she was well on her way to break Rohit Sharma's historic 264 score. © Twitter This exceptional performance obviously grabbed social media's attention, including the best cricketers in the country. Congratulations for her brilliant performance started pouring in on Twitter, and legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev had nothing but praise her and the whole team. Filled with pride seeing @BCCIWomen perform like this.Congratulations on the great victory. Unforgettable knock by @ImHarmanpreet — Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) July 20, 2017 An Innings of a lifetime , Harmanpreet Kaur . What wonderful clean hitting. More than 60% of India's runs. Fan ! Over to the Bowlers now. pic.twitter.com/xZlIB2SW4x — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 20, 2017 Raging performance by @ImHarmanpreet 🔥way to go.. #Girlpower 👊#IndvsAus #WWC17 — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 20, 2017 Right! it's been a Harmanpreet Kaur show today @cricketworldcup. What a knock champ.Outstanding 171* of 115 balls @BCCIWomen @ImHarmanpreet — Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) July 20, 2017 What an innings by @ImHarmanpreet and a brilliant effort by the bowlers also so far.. #INDvAUS @BCCIWomen #ICCWomensWorldCup2017 — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 20, 2017 171 of 115 balls ! @ImHarmanpreet unbelievable knock you don't see that everyday in any form of cricket congratulations @BCCIWomen rock on — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 20, 2017 Brilliant finish by the #WomenInBlue! The pic says it all! Here we come Lord's! My best wishes for the final against England #AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/WPNLsLFhuE — sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 20, 2017
  18. PTI Chairman Imran Khan - File photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday summoned a meeting of party leaders and his legal team to discuss the Supreme Court reserving its judgment in the Panama Papers case. According to sources, the meeting will discuss the expected judgment of the apex court in the Panama Papers case. SC reserves judgment in Panama Papers case Bench observed it will proceed strictly in accordance with the law Earlier, the Supreme Court while reserving its judgment in the Panama Papers case observed that matters related to the prime minister?s disqualification would be evaluated. During the hearing the bench also directed for the confidential Volume X of the JIT report to be made available to the premier?s counsel. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is also chairing a meeting which is being attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, federal ministers, advisers and the legal team.
  19. Oppo Mobile in Punjab has been facing a few difficulties as an entire service team decided to quit after one of the Chinese employees “disrespected India” and hurled a derogatory comment. The comment that was passed after a salary hike was demanded by the team. The Chinese Oppo Employee was heard saying “Indians are beggars.” The Oppo Service Team Punjab decided to resign and was forwarded to all major dealers and distributors. Speaking to Indian Express, Arun Sharma said “We are looking who has done this and will initiate suitable action. “We are not authorised to speak on such matters,” he said. © YouTube OPPO mobiles issued a formal statement to the same publication stating “We at OPPO India are aware of the recent report related to our Punjab Service team on July 15 and it had been resolved on July 16. The whole issue was due to the miscommunication between the two parties. The service team was upset over the manager being asked to tender his resignation because of inadequate work performance after several formal warnings for the same. But later, a consensus was reached and the concerned service team is continuing to work with us. OPPO has deep respect for India, its culture and our employees. We will try our best to avoid misunderstandings due to any form of miscommunication in the future.” The resignation letter dated July 15, 2017, read: “We are OPPO Service Team Punjab & here we are resigning whole service team because our HODs is making pressure to our Service Manager Mr Arun Sharma to resign, & by wrong pressure. He (name of HOD yet to be identified) always disrespect our India Country & our culture. As per him we Indian only work for Money, & we are not having any dignity & self-respect. He always makes us unnecessary penalty & wrong commitment. He makes us work till late night & if we miss any report he creates penalty. When some employee asks for salary increment, he says Indian are beggars always asking for money. There are a lot of other reasons too, but this kind of hitlership is not accepted any stage of private sector. So kindly accept our resignation." The resignation letter was shared on Twitter too: @ZeeNews oppo ki badsaluki ke khilaf Punjab oppo service team ka resign pic.twitter.com/Fetj7qgaWP — Mohit Bhandial (@mbhandial) July 16, 2017 © Reuters Similar instances have occurred at OPPO facilities in the recent past. In March 2017, OPPO's Noida Sector 63 assembly unit was shut down as it was reported that the Indian flag was disrespected by the company after sacking an employee. The Chinese employee had allegedly discarded the Indian flag in the trash can after tearing the flag. Source: Indian Express
  20. Members of a teenage robotics team from the African nation of Burundi ? reported missing after taking part in an international competition ? are seen in pictures released by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, US, July 20, 2017. Metropolitan Police Department/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON: Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday. The four males and two females were last seen late Tuesday afternoon when the robotics contest ended at the FIRST Global Challenge, police said. Authorities issued missing persons' photographs of the six on Wednesday. Two of the Burundians ? Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, and 16-year-old Don Ingabire ? were spotted crossing the United States border into Canada, District of Columbia police spokeswoman Margarita Mikhaylova said. "We don't have any indication of foul play and we're continuing to investigate this case," she said. Police said they did not have information about how they were spotted or the nature of the border crossing. Canada's Border Services Agency said it could neither confirm nor deny that the pair entered Canada. Teams of teenage students from more than 150 countries took part in the competition, which was designed to encourage careers in math and technology. An all-girl squad from Afghanistan drew worldwide media attention when President Donald Trump intervened after they were denied US visas. Burundi has long been plagued by civil war and other violence. Fighting has killed at least 700 people and forced 400,000 from their homes since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would run for a third term in office. The Burundi Embassy in Washington said by email that it did not know about the robotics contest or if a Burundian team was attending. Competition organiser FIRST Global said in a statement that its president, Joe Sestak, made the first call to police about the missing competitors. The non-profit group learned on Tuesday night that the Burundi team's adult mentor had been unable to find them, it said. The keys to the students' rooms at Trinity Washington University were left in the mentor's bag and their clothes had been taken from the rooms, the organisation said. "The security of the students is of paramount importance to FIRST Global," the statement said. It added that FIRST Global had provided safe transport to university dormitories and students were always supposed to be under the supervision of their mentor. The other missing Burundians were named as Nice Munezero, 17; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17; Richard Irakoze, 18; and Aristide Irambona, 18. Police said the students had one-year visas.
  21. LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has issued a statement clarifying the transport arrangements for the women?s team following its return from the ICC Women?s World Cup, in response to the controversy created by a viral video of a player heading home on a motorbike with her father. ?The PCB wishes to clarify that as per the usual practice all logistical arrangements were made for the national women?s team on their arrival from England, Monday June 17. There was a bus ready to take the players to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and from there to their homes if needed,? the board said in a statement on Thursday. ?Officials from the Women?s Wing were present to facilitate the players and management, some of the players though opted to return home through their own transport with their families after seeking due permission from the team manager. The PCB regrets news items in certain sections of print and electronic media that erroneously claimed that there were no arrangements made for players? return from the airport,? the statement read. Pakistan women's team player seen on a bike after returning home from the World Cup Some reports in the media had claimed there were no PCB officials present at the airport to receive the players, nor were there any transport arrangements for them upon their arrival in Lahore after a woeful campaign in the World Cup. A video of a player from the team had also gone viral on social media, showing her returning home with her father on a motorbike. Pakistan lost all seven of their matches in the Women's World Cup currently underway in England, ending up last on the points table.
  22. Sana Mir ISLAMABAD: Sana Mir is likely to lose captaincy as well as her place in the team after Pakistan's woeful performance in the ICC Women?s World Cup in England. "She (Sana) failed to lead Pakistan in a proper way. Her own performance too was not satisfactory. The board is likely to take a decision next week about her future role in the team," a source in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told APP on Monday. The national women?s team ended its disappointing World Cup campaign on Saturday when it suffered a 15-run defeat at the hands of fellow struggling Sri Lankans. Overall this was their seventh straight defeat in the prestigious event. Thus the Sana Mir-led side also finished as the only outfit in the tournament to taste defeat in all the fixtures they played. Pakistan women?s team arrived back home early Monday. The source said that all-rounder Bismah Maroof is likely to be the next choice for the board to lead the national team. Bismah Maroof "As per my information, Sana will lose both captaincy and her place in the team. Bismah will be handed over reigns of team's stewardship. She is a seasoned player and over the years has evolved into a dependable player," he said. The 25-year-old Bismah, who is Pakistan's second-most experienced player in ODIs after Sana, was ruled out of the Women's World Cup due to a hand injury in Pakistan's match against England early in the tournament. She was replaced by all-rounder Iram Javed. The source said women team's coach Sabih Azhar is also likely to lose his job. "The team displayed a poor show in all the areas under him. He was not appointed coach on permanent basis. And during his short stint with the team he failed to impress," he added. The source said that the board was considering appointing a new coach for the women?s team from National Cricket Academy's coaches.
  23. After the controversial fall out between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble led to the latter's resignation from the post of the head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri was touted to be the frontrunner for the top job amid adequate backing from the Indian captain himself. But, while Shastri was looked upon as a potential replacement for Kumble, other applicants like Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag, in particular, were expected to give him tough competition. And, as the selection process by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) got into motion, Sehwag had reportedly leapfrogged Shastri in the race for the top job. BCCL However, after a week of chaos and drama that ensued following interviews of the five candidates, the CAC - comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - surprisingly picked Shastri to call the shots in the Indian dressing room as head coach. So, what really happened to Sehwag? How did he missed the boat? Sehwag, a fan favourite, had Kohli's complete backing and would've been a frontrunner to grab the role if not for certain conditions. One of the five candidates to apply for the job, Sehwag's presentation during his personal meeting with the CAC was the third most impressive after Shastri and Moody. But, according to media reports, the Nawab of Najafgarh had initiated a lot of groundwork with the Indian camp before it eventually boiled down to the personal interview in Mumbai. Twitter/@IPL "After his stint as mentor of Kings XI Punjab, Viru was growing more confident by the day that he had the potential required to work at a higher level in a similar capacity. It was then that a senior BCCI official asked him to apply (for the role of India coach) if he could make up his mind," a senior official was quoted as saying by the TOI. Acting on the advice, Sehwag approached Kohli to get a feel of things. Since both Sehwag and Kohli rose through the ranks in the domestic circuit while playing for Delhi, the duo could've turned their familiarity with each other into a professional relationship. But it was not to be. Sehwag's proposal to bring along with him a team of support staff including physiotherapist Amit Tyagi and Kings XI Punjab assistant coach Mithun Manhas apparently turned out to be the deal-breaker. Reacting to his conditions, Kohli reportedly told Sehwag that he had reservations as there is a professional set-up in place where the onus is on the CAC to take those calls. BCCL It is here that Shastri managed to become the front-runner, considering he was willing to have a more inclusive approach as far as he, the skipper and the team members were concerned. "The CAC did a fair job in assessing all candidates and came with the best possible decision," the report quoted a source. "What went in Shastri's favour was also the fact that he understood the importance of the work ethic put in place by the existing support staff members who have worked with the team for close to three years," the source added. While Shastri will be busy formulating the policies to improve India's success in international cricket, Sehwag, who came so close to being the head coach, decided to to take a breather and went for a holiday in Canada. Chilling in Canada #traveldiaries A post shared by Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) on Jul 11, 2017 at 10:45pm PDT Ever since retiring from the game, Sehwag has kept his association by commentating on a few games. But most of the media attention that comes his way now is garnered through his activity on social media where he has carved a niche for himself with lovely wordplay, trolling others and bringing notice to societal issues.
  24. Pakistan beat India to win the ICC Champions Trophy on June 18 The International Cricket Council (ICC) responded to criticism levelled by an Indian citizen against the Pakistan cricket team in a post made on Facebook. The ICC on its Facebook page had posted regarding the Pakistan women teams match against the West Indies to which an Indian citizen (Rahul Jaswal) had written that the Pakistan team should not be invited to the World Cup because they do not deserve it. The ICC in response posted a picture of the Pakistan men?s cricket team winning the ICC Champions Trophy with the text: ?You mean these guys?? This response from the ICC became viral on social media and was appreciated by fans of the Pakistan cricket team. At the time this story was posted approximately 10,000 people had liked the response from the ICC. Geo.tv went through the Facebook profile of Rahul Jaswal which states that he is a student living in New Delhi, India and is originally from Shimla.
  25. After all the speculation and conjecture surrounding the appointment of team India's head coach, Ravi Shastri was finally confirmed as the new head honcho of the Indian cricket team on Tuesday. © BCCI After former coach Anil Kumble resigned, post India's ICC Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan, following an ‘indefensible' relationship with Kohli; the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) started the selection process for a new coach. The confirmation came late on Tuesday night after the CoA pressed the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendullkar and VVS Laxman, the urgent need to end the uncertainty over the next India coach. According to highly-placed PTI sources, former captain Ganguly had reservations about Shastri's appointment but was finally convinced by Tendulkar, who wanted the team's wish to be respected. When social media got wind of it, it did exactly what it's out there to do, i.e. make fun of the entire situation. Given the camaraderie that Kohli shares with Shastri, many Internet users suggested that the appointment process could have been influenced by the skipper's preferences, and some have even compared Kohli to Sonia Gandhi and Shastri to Manmohan Singh. While many congratulated him, several went after him and these tweets are certainly worth looking at: Team India Gets It's Manmohan Singh. Ravi Shastri Appointed As New Team India Head Coach. Boys Played Well To Keep Legend Anil Kumble Out. pic.twitter.com/FXQGy9MFYo — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) July 11, 2017 *CV* Tom Moody - Has coaching experience in Australia, Sri Lanka, SRH. Ravi Shastri - In good terms with the captain — Aakash (@PUNchayati) July 11, 2017 There were a few well-wishers too Ravi Shastri appointed coach of Indian cricket team for the 1st time. In his previous stints Cricket manager in 2007 Team director in 2014 — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 11, 2017 Congratulations @ImZaheer @RaviShastriOfc & #RahulDravid. Best wishes for a successful tenure with #TeamIndia @BCCI — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 11, 2017 But then again, the Internet loves trolling people. Look at the bright side. No more Ravi Shastri commentary :) — Praful Shankar (@ShankarPraful) July 11, 2017 #RaviShastri and #ViratKohli right now. Skipper and his boys should mount this coach without reservations. pic.twitter.com/apzJtbwiWJ — Newspauper (@ippusultan) July 11, 2017 And some of them are just so funny. Close enough for Virat Kohli !!#RaviShastri pic.twitter.com/rgbc9C9JOX — Boring... (@graphicalcomic) July 3, 2017 Getting to Know that Shastri has pipped Sehwag to become the new coach of India @1sInto2s @Kuptaan pic.twitter.com/a6T81m4mPM — Santosh (@SantaMentalist) July 11, 2017 Journalist: dada, what is team India's future under Ravi Shastri's coaching. Saurav Ganguly: pic.twitter.com/0m6LcfqC8X — Humor Ministry (@HumorMinistry) July 11, 2017 Congratulations, Ravi Shastri, The Coach pic.twitter.com/GkGIloerNb — Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) July 11, 2017