More money for Tests could bring back stars, says Holder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder believes parity in earnings will motivate players to focus more on international cricket instead of solely on the lucrative Twenty20 format.Holder was responding to claims by England star Kevin Pietersen that the game’s biggest stars, especially those from West Indies, were being lost to international cricket because of the lure of T20s.Pietersen, a former Test star who now peddles his talents on the T20 circuit, said that the International Cricket Council needed to intervene to ensure that there were competitive financial incentives available to players in international cricket.”I think it’s possibly a way to keep [Test cricket] alive. Obviously, we’re in a situation where the money isn’t great for us at the moment, and we’ve been in numerous battles for that, but that’s beyond our control at this present time,” Holder told reporters yesterday.”At the end of the day, hopefully, somewhere along the line we can have an increase in pay and be paid a little bit better than at the moment.”Pietersen was echoing sentiments similar to those of West Indies’ chief selector Clive Lloyd, who said on Friday that the money on offer on the global T20 circuit had resulted in several Caribbean players opting out of Test cricket.West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, and AndrÈ Russell are all campaigning in the Big Bash League, while an inexperienced Caribbean side has been locked in a three-Test series with Australia.Holder said priority needed to be placed on international cricket and believed players would take this option once there was some balance, financially, with T20s.”I think we need to strike a balance, and I’m not knocking T20 cricket because I love T20 cricket myself, but we just need to find a way where the country comes first and then we are flexible in terms of allowing people to make money outside of international cricket,” the 24-year-old said.”I don’t think we should be playing hardball and deny people from going and playing, but there has to be a situation where we make international cricket our first priority. I think once we get to that stage, the players will buy in.”last_img read more

Erik Karlsson will need to shake off the rust in playoffs

first_imgSAN JOSE — A seemingly-meaningless game of shinny produced what could end up being two valuable points if the Sharks eventually go where they’re trying to go this spring.The Sharks finished the 2018-19 season with 101 points by beating the Colorado Avalanche at SAP Center on Saturday, a win that allowed them to pass the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins in the standings.As a result, the Sharks finished second in the Western Conference, giving the …last_img read more

Mandela’s letter to Obama

first_imgNelson Mandela (Image: 46664 Arctic)Dear Mister President,We are greatly honoured to join the millions around the globe congratulating you on taking office as the President of the United States of America. We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world.Your election to this high office has inspired people as few other events in recent times have done. Amidst all of the human progress made over the last century the world in which we live remains one of great divisions, conflict, inequality, poverty and injustice. Amongst many around the world a sense of hopelessness had set in as so many problems remain unresolved and seemingly incapable of being resolved. You, Mister President, have brought a new voice of hope that these problems can be addressed and that we can in fact change the world and make of it a better place.We are in some ways reminded today of the excitement and enthusiasm in our own country at the time of our transition to democracy. People, not only in our country but around the world, were inspired to believe that through common human effort injustice can be overcome and that together a better life for all can be achieved.Your Presidency brings hope of new beginnings in the relations between nations, that the challenges we all face, be they economic, the environment, or in combating poverty or the search for peace, will be addressed with a new spirit of openness and accommodation.There is a special excitement on our continent today, Mister President, in the knowledge that you have such strong personal ties with Africa. We share in that excitement and pride.We are aware that the expectations of what your Presidency will achieve are high and that the demands on you will be great. We therefore once more wish you and your family strength and fortitude in the challenging days and years that lie ahead.You will always be in our affection as a young man who dared to dream and to pursue that dream. We wish you well.SincerelySigned N R Mandelalast_img read more

Patiala House: Will it be a Patiala peg for Akshay Kumar?

first_imgAkshay Kumar, the highest tax payer in Bollywood, is trying hard to retain the top slot as in the recent past none of his films have worked wonders at box-office.Now, Akshay is leaving no stone unturned to make his upcoming film Patiala House a success. From appearing on reality shows to giving 5-minute appearances in local shopping malls, Akshay is doing everything to make Patiala House a hit.As per the promotion strategy, Akshay along with the star cast of Patiala House is reaching out to the mass audience. The film is being heavily promoted in North especially Punjab and Haryana. Even the premiere of the film is being held in Patiala.Akshay Kumar reinvented himself and became a comedy-action hero by delivering hits like Hera Pheri, Namastey London, Heyy Babyy and Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Singh Is Kinng.But his charm couldn’t work for long. Just after Singh Is Kinng, Akshay did Chandni Chowk to China with Warner Brothers in 2009. The film also starred Deepika Padukone. Somehow the film didn’t get the affection of viewers.After Chandni Chowk to China, back to back films like 8 x 10 Tasveer, Kambakkht Ishq, Blue and Priyadarshan’s De Dana Dan failed on Box-Office in 2009. Even his hot chemistry with Katrina couldn’t do much for De Dana Dan.In 2010, Akshay appeared in Sajid Khan’s multi-starrer Housefull that according to reports garnered the second-highest opening weekend collection of all time.Akshay was also seen in Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha, which turned out to be an average grosser. His much-hyped film with Aishwarya Rai Action Replay was a box-office dud.advertisementNow, it is to be seen if Akshay succeeds in making Patiala House a commercial hit. We wish him luck!last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I’d be Fraudiola without my players!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he’d be nothing without his players.Guardiola was speaking in defence of his squad after Saturday’s shock loss to Norwich City.”They gave me all the prestige I have in England, when the first season when it was Fraud Guardiola, Fraudiola,” he said.”This kind of game here in England – it’s not possible to play because you need to have tackles and you have to play like that – these players gave me the prestige that I have.”And now all around the world people say how good a manager I am – it’s for them, not for me.” last_img read more

Nebraska OL Coach On What He Looks For In Offensive Linemen, “Best Guys That Are Tough A**holes”

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Mike Cavanaugh, Nebraska’s offensive line coach who came to Lincoln with former Oregon State coach Mike Riley, knows what he wants to see in his current-and-future Husker players. He, obviously, wants players with talent and ability. But he wants to see something else, too. Cavanaugh wants his offensive linemen to be “tough a**holes.” Mike Cavanaugh on building his offensive line: “We are going to get the five best guys that are tough a** holes.” #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) March 19, 2015That has to be music to Nebraska fans’ ears, who are used to watching a tough-as-nails offensive line dominate the line of scrimmage. Nebraska opens its 2015 season Sept. 5 against BYU.last_img read more

Andre is more of a forward player than me – Idrissa

first_imgSenegalese Idrissa Gana Gueye says his side’s football games are not about him but about assisting the team secure victory that they actually really need.He adds that Andre is more of a forward player than him and plans to play a little bit further back this season.Everton will face Liverpool on Sunday looking to win Jurgen Klopp’s side after their scoreless away match with Chelsea.Speaking to the club’s official website, Gana said:“It’s not about me, it’s about the team,”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I just try to help the team, to do my job on the pitch… I like playing football, tackling, giving the ball.”“For me, if I go into a tackle and don’t win the ball, then it is a bad tackle. Every time I go into a challenge, I am trying to win the ball back for one of my teammates and to help my team. Sometimes I don’t realise how many tackles I have made in a game.”“I have to play a little bit further back this season because Andre is more of a forward player than me. Sometimes I have to control the game and allow him to decide when to go forward and when to stay. But it is a good balance playing with Andre.”“He is a very good player. We try to help each other and that is one of the reasons why it is working so well.”“But these things start on the training ground. Players who are currently on the bench help us a lot because they are not giving up and train hard every week. They make it tough for us to be picked and they are why we are good at the weekend.”last_img read more