Pakistan captain Babar Azam and opener Imam-ul-Haq have been ruled out of the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand starting Saturday, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Monday. In Babar’s absence, Mohammad Rizwan will captain the Pakistan side at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.
Babar had fractured his right thumb a day after Imam had fractured his left thumb during training sessions in Queenstown last week. Both are yet to return to nets with the team’s medical staff closely monitoring their progress.
Decision on their participation in the second Test, which commences in Christchurch from January 3, will be made closer to the time, a PCB statement read.
Pakistan have already lost the ongoing three-match T20I series with a game left to be played on Tuesday.
“Although it will be nearly two weeks to Babar’s injury when the first Test starts, it will be hard on him and the team to play him without any net sessions. I remain confident and optimistic that other players will rise to the occasion in Mount Maunganui and use the opportunity to rise to the occasion and put the disappointment of the T20I series behind them,” said Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq.
Meanwhile, the PCB selection committee has named prolific domestic run-scorer Imran Butt in the 17-player Test squad.
24-year-old Imran scored 191 runs in the three ongoing four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches before joining the New Zealand-bound tour party. He had topped batting charts in the 2019-20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with 934 runs at an average of over 62 with four centuries and three half-centuries.
Also returning to the Pakistan Test side are Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.
They will replace Abdullah Shafiq, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan, Usman Qadir and Wahab Riaz who will now join Pakistan Shaheens for five T20 matches against the local and New Zealand XI sides.
Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez will not be in action on the New Zealand tour after the Napier T20I. Imad will travel to Australia to join Melbourne Renegades in the BBL, while Mohammad Hafeez will return to Pakistan.
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DJOKOVIC BEATS KOKKINAKIS; SANIA CRASHES OUT IN FIRST ROUND
The six-time champion Novak Djokovic produced a masterclass on the grass court on Wednesday at Wimbledon, where the top seed breezed to a second-round victory against Thanasi Kokkinakis.
Djokovic took just two hours to defeat the Australian 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 to extend his winning streak at SW19 to 23 matches. One game was enough for the six-time champion to click into top gear on Wednesday against Kokkinakis. Djokovic broke the Australian in the second game and didn’t look back.
On day three of Wimbledon, the home favourite crashed out of the tournament as Andy Murray suffered second-round exits on Centre Court. Murray featured in the late match but was met by the ruthless power of John Isner, who served his way to a 6-4 7-6 6-7 6-4 victory in over three hours.
On the other hand, the fifth seed Carlos Alcaraz defeated Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-4, 7-6(0), 6-3 to reach the third round at the grass-court major for the first time.
Playing her in last Wimbledon, veteran Indian tennis star Sania Mirza suffered a heartbreak as she along with her partner and Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic made a first-round exit from the women’s doubles event at the All England Club on Thursday. The Indo-Czech pair which was seeded sixth and one of the favourites squandered a set lead to lose to Polish-Brazilian duo of Magdalena Frech and Beatroz Haddad Maia 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Saina, 35, who is on her final swansong, though still has a chance as she and Mate Pavic of Croatia will compete in the mixed doubles and will take on Natela Dzalamidze and David Vega Hernandez in the first round.
Bumrah to lead India in fifth Test, Pant named deputy
India team skipper Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the rescheduled fifth Test against England to be played from Friday as he is affected by Covid-19.
Rohit underwent a rapid antigen test Test on Thursday morning and tested positive for Covid-19. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jasprit Bumrah as captain for the upcoming Test and Rishabh Pant as his deputy.
The fifth and final Test against India will take place from July 1 onwards in Edgbaston. The rescheduled match is a part of last year’s five-match Test series that had to be delayed after the fourth Test due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. India lead the series 2-1.
India are on the brink of securing their first Test series victory in England since 2007. However, they face an England side riding high on momentum under the new leadership of coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.
They swept New Zealand – the reigning ICC World Test Championship winners – 3-0 at home. India will only have played one warm-up match against Leicestershire heading into the Test. England have adopted a high-risk, high-reward strategy under McCullum and Stokes, a move that helped them secure convincing victories against New Zealand.
India’s Test squad: Jasprit Bumrah (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain) (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Mayank Agarwal.
England has also announced the playing XI for the fifth Test.
England Men’s Team v India: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Sam Billings (w), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, and James Anderson.
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE BELIEF IN YOURSELF: P.V. SINDHU
Star India shuttler P.V. Sindhu registered a stunning comeback win against Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan to reach the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open tournament on Thursday. In an exclusive conversation with The Daily Guardian she gave insights about her game and credits to her parents. Excerpts Q: Your biggest opponents are also your good friends. You have great friendship on tour. Your take? A: Yeah, definitely it is very important to have friendship off court because on courts you always have a rivalry against each other. But off court you ought to have good relations with different players of different countries. It is always nice to have that good friendship and good relationship otherwise amongst the players. Q: You are training with Coach Park Tae-Sang since late, what is the difference between the coaching styles of foreign coaches and Indian coaches? A: I think nothing much difference, what I would say that each player and each coach has different style of play, has a different mindset. So, you need to understand the player accordingly and make sure you give them what is required, you make them do if they are lacking in skill, lacking in endurance or actually coach should understand the player what is he doing, what mistakes is he committing and what is she or he is lacking in and that is how accordingly you will train the players. As I mentioned earlier that every coach has different skill, unique techniques. Q: What would you be if not a badminton player? A: When I was really young I thought of becoming a doctor, but now as I grew up I feel that I am better as a badminton player. Q. How do you relax on your off days? A. Generally, we always keep travelling for our tournaments, but on Sundays when I am at home and when its my off I just go relax, go for a massage, spend time with my nephew or play with my dog. That’s my off days and way of relaxing. Q. How do you motivate yourself in between the game? A. Motivate I would say, when you are in between of the match and you are fighting you always have to think this way that it’s still not over until it’s over because you know you have worked so hard for it, you have come so far and when you are playing a match you have to be focused. It’s very important to have believe in yourself. That is what I do and it keeps me going. Q. What is Sindhu according to Sindhu and what lessons would Sindhu like to give to Jr. Sindhus? A. Well, I know that who I am and where I am, it’s really not so easy to reach here, I have worked so hard and come so far. So, to my junior Sindhu I would say that you need to be more patient and you need to be more consistent. I have learnt a lot of lessons in my career so far, I just need to believe in myself and the same I will teach the junior Sindhu. Q. Apart from physical strength you are known to be mentally strong. A. Well, it is very important to be both physically and mentally strong because that’s what keeps you going. If you are physically strong and not mentally strong I think it does not work and vice versa, so you have to make sure that both are equally important. Definitely, I would say they are my best friends, my physical and mental strength. Q. Role of parents raising a champion kid. Sacrifices are not often acknowledged. Your views. A. Yeah, my parents really supported me a lot, because of them I am here today, they both used to work in wild ways and because of me they had to give up work, so to make sure that they shift nearby to the academy and I can save time for myself, my sports rather than wasting time in commuting. By the time I come back, I am really tired, and my mom is ready with the food, there are lot of other sacrifices and I am really lucky to have parents like them. And themselves being the sports persons really helped me a lot. I am really lucky. Q. Recently we saw your “kachcha badam” reel. your fans went gaga on the social media, they went crazy watching your moves on the same. so your fans including me are waiting for the next viral reel of yours, which would be your next pick in the song? A. Thank you so much! I really don’t know…it could be any song, any reel it could be. So please wait, it’s a surprise (giggles). PS: If you are unversed, Sindhu has immense love for making trending reels and does not stay behind when it comes to following one. She had previously shared a reel on another viral song Kacha Badam.
TEAM MANAGEMENT AND SELECTORS MADE A BIG MISTAKE
Ahead of Test against England from July 1 the difficulties of Team India are not ending. Earlier due to injury KL Rahul was unavailable for the test, and now Indian captain and opening batsman Rohit Sharma became Covid positive before the match. So now Rohit has also been ruled out of fifth test. After that, now the question arises who will replace Rohit to open the innings? However, the Indian team management has send Mayank Agarwal, to England as a replacement for Rohit. But the matter of concern is that Mayank has not got enough opportunity to practice like the other Indian players present in this tour. According to me sending Mayank Agarwal to England with enough match practice could impose more difficulties for Team India. This can be termed as a blunder by the team management and the selectors as they failed to include a replacement after KL Rahul was ruled out and only two openers Rohit Sharma and Shubham Gill were sent with the Indian team.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma, I would suggest Cheteshwar Pujara to open the batting with Shubman Gill. He is a better option than Mayank Agarwal. Hanuma Vihari at number three, Virat Kohli at number four, and Shreyas Iyer at number five would be the right choice. In the last few months, Pujara has scored a lot of runs in county cricket and his defence is also very strong so together with Shubman Gill, he can handle the opening innings well. Hanuma Vihari was sent at number three in the last test match against Sri Lanka, and he scored a half-century.
Now the situation has become such that Team India has no other option but to try a new opener and anyway India has no shortage of young players, and these players are waiting when they get an opportunity to prove their talent. The only thing that goes in favour of Mayank Agarwal is that he is the regular opener for the team. Of course, there will be pressure on him but this pressure is going to be on him as well as India’s top order as to how they give India a good start, as the Indian team will have to put a score of more than 350 on the board in the first innings.
The writer has been a national selector apart from being a former wicket-keeper batsman.
Battle of the Australian Gambling Giants Shines A Light On Off-Shore Business
Regardless of where you are in the world, there’s likely to be a problem with how businesses are taxed. By that, we refer to the argument that some companies doing business in a particular country can escape the tax burden placed on others by way of the fact they are ‘headquartered’ in another. Naturally, these cases are most likely to involve tech companies, and plenty of newspaper articles have appeared detailing the tax payments of Big Tech behemoths like Amazon, Google and Facebook.
But one of the most interesting areas for this idea of offshoring is played out among internet gambling companies. And in Australia, a blazing row has broken out between those online entities and the incumbent ‘onshore’ companies over how they are taxed and how they contribute to the Australian economy. While Australia has been in the headlines for its fight with Facebook over tax payments, the issue over gambling companies is arguably the more interesting case, as it highlights the complexity of modern digital businesses and how governments have been slow to react to changes in the industry.
Big betting brands battle on Australian television
So, what exactly has happened in Australia? In brief, we have seen a television advert campaign by an entity called the Aussie Fair Play Coalition. This coalition, which represents established Australian bookmakers like Tabcorp and AHA, released a series of adverts that complained about international online betting companies taking money out of the Australian economy. The adverts were deliberatelyprovocative, showing ships containers with brands like Bet365, Neds, and Ladbrokes, and asking where is the money going?
While most citizens want businesses to pay their fair share of taxes, the argument is not as clear-cut as you might think. The body representing the online bookmakers – Responsible Wagering Australia – shot back, accusing Tabcorp of having “wagering monopolies” in some jurisdictions, including on the racetracks. The broader argument is that online bookmakers like Bet365 bring technology and innovation to the market, as well as a sense of nimbleness. Moreover, they argue that having more, let’s say, flexible tax arrangements give a better deal for the consumer, e.g., the person using Bet365 or another platform can, in theory, get access to better offers and (at times) betting odds.
Argument of better deals for consumers
As we mentioned, this is not just about gambling, per se. Seen in its wider context, it can be applied to almost any type of onshore business that is faced with a digital competitor. A bookseller might complain that the local taxes they pay are unfair compared to the percentage paid by Amazon, but the latter will argue that they are able to deliver a better service – cheaper books, wider selection – to the consumer. This argument, in some form or another, has been going on since the roll-out of the worldwide web in the 1990s.
The question, though, is where does the balance lie? It is all too simplistic to say that onshore and offshore entities should be taxed equally. Moreover, in the case of the Australian bookmakers, there are more complications. For instance, there is the financial support provided by onshore businesses like Tabcorp to the Australian racing. That ‘burden’, Tabcorp says, should be shared. But critics claim that those payments give Tabcorp access, such as on-track presence for big racing events, that is not possible for the online operators.
In the end, everyone will want a fair settlement. But it’s not always obvious where to draw the boundaries. Governments around the world are being continually faced with similar dilemmas. As the digital economy grows, finding an answer is going to be much more crucial.
Why Parents Should Watch Sports With Their Kids
Are you a big sports fan? There is a good chance that you enjoy watching one sport or another. Depending on your preferences, you may like hockey, soccer, football, or baseball. You can enjoy a handful of sports or watch them all. Nevertheless, you’ll find that watching sports alone can be boring and lonely. With this in mind, you should consider watching sports with your kids. Doing so will provide a handful of benefits. For instance, you’ll get to bond with your loved ones. You’ll also learn what these individuals like.
Within this guide, readers will learn more about the reasons parents should watch sports with their kids.
First, you should watch sports to begin bonding with your kids. You’ll find that this is very beneficial since you’ll want a meaningful relationship with your offspring. Although there are other ways to do this, many children love sports. If you like football and he enjoys football, you should watch the sport together. Watching together will give you a chance to bond and get to know one another. You’ll enjoy talking about the games and the teams in question.
Make this a weekend event. Get together with your children every weekend to bond with them and watch sports. It’ll pay dividends in the long run.
Killing Time Safely
A lot of people have too much time on the weekend. You likely fit into this category. You find yourselfbored on the weekend because you don’t have to work. If this is something you’re dealing with, you should consider watching sports with your loved ones. It’ll prove to be well worth it. Whether you’re going to watch at home or visit a bar, you’ll stay safe and have fun. It is often safer to watch sports than play them. Plus, you won’t have to worry about going to the track or stadium.
It is cheaper to stay at home and watch these games with your kids too.
Learning More About Them
Ultimately, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about your loved ones. You should figure out what they want and what they like. You’ll be glad that you did in the long run. Once you’ve found out that your son likes the New York Islanders, you can consider taking him to an Islanders game. Alternatively, he may like the New York Yankees. You’ll never know unless you spend more time with the individual in question. The good news is that watching sports together is a great way to learn more about your children.
While watching the game, you’ll find out which teams they like cheering for. You’ll also know which players they like the most. Use this to your advantage to bond with your children and take them to events that they’ll enjoy. During breaks, you can play สล็อตแตกง่าย together.
You should do your best to find similarities between yourself and your loved ones. If you can find things that you like and they like, you will have an easier time developing a deep relationship with these individuals. It is pertinent to use this to your benefit. Most people enjoy watching sports. Therefore, you should think about watching sports with your children. When you do, you’ll be able to find something that you can enjoy together. You can cheer for the same teams and watch the same sports.
Either way, your relationship will improve as you cheer for the same teams together.
You have to understand that people are competitive. If you aren’t, there is a good chance that you’re going to get passed by. Your children will struggle to get ahead unless they’re competitive. With this in mind, you should stress the importance of being competitive in everything they do. Whether they’re playing a sport or trying to get a job, your children need to be diligent and competitive. They have to prove that they’re the best person for the job. Watching sports together is an excellent way to encourage competitiveness.
Your children will do better in life if they’re competitive. Therefore, you should encourage them to try hard to impress people. Watching sports is a good way to show them the importance of being competitive and outdoing others.
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