West Indies unleash latest ‘Fab Four’ in England

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 302 total views,  2 views today “Past and present – Former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner in conversation with current captain Jason Holder. ©AFP” /> London (AFP) – West Indies are set to field their latest fast-bowling quartet during this week’s first Test against England in Southampton, with the likes of Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, captain Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph all vying to make an impact. The Caribbean has a long and proud history of producing top-class fast bowlers. AFP Sport looks back at some previous West Indies pace attacks…

India cricket captain Kohli faces conflict of interest probe

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 303 total views,  1 views today “India captain Virat Kohli faces an inquiry into a potential conflict of interest regarding two business ventures. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – India captain Virat Kohli faces an inquiry into a potential conflict of interest over his positions in two business ventures. DK Jain, ethics officer for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said late Sunday that a complaint by a state association member will be examined. Sanjeev Gupta, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, has alleged that Kohli’s various…

Ganguly credits fitness for India’s fast bowling rise

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 252 total views “Leading pace bowler: India’s Mohammed Shami. ©AFP” /> New Delhi (AFP) – India’s cricket chief Sourav Ganguly says improved fitness standards and a change in culture have led to the country developing one of the world’s best pace attacks. Spearheads Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are part of a battery of five formidable quick bowlers that have helped change India’s traditional reliance on spin bowling. “You know culture has changed in India that we can be good fast bowlers,” Ganguly said in a chat hosted on the Board…

‘Coronavirus can spread in air’: Over 200 scientists want WHO to recognise new risk

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 837 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, two scientists from Australia and the U.S. wrote that studies have shown “beyond any reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, talking and coughing in microdroplets small enough to remain…

Justin Trudeau turns down White House invitation amid pandemic

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 821 total views,  1 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned down a White House invitation to celebrate the new regional free trade agreement in Washington with U.S President Donald Trump and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Trump and López Obrador are due to meet Wednesday Washington, but Trudeau spokesperson Chantal Gagnon said Monday that while Canada wishes the U.S. and Mexico well, Trudeau won’t be there. “While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week…

Facebook, others, block govt requests on Hong Kong user data

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 822 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the impact of a new national security law enacted last week. Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they would freeze the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts.” The policy changes follow the roll out last week…

Maq Stars and Spartans share the spoils

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 12,218 total views,  3 views today DELRAY BEACH/FL – USA: Cricket action continued on Sunday at the Maq Cricket Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida with Maq Stars and Florida Spartans sharing the matches 1-1. They took part in the Maq T10 tournament that is ongoing as Cricket Council USA (CCUSA) continues their work of bringing cricket back to the people of America. In the first game, Maq Stars batted first and scored 75 for five off their 10 overs with the hard-hitting batsman Zishawn Qureshi top-scoring with 13. Also getting 13 was…

Africa starts opening airspace even as Covid-19 cases surge

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 293 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ As Covid-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A few tested positive. Then, between June 24 and 30, the country’s confirmed cases shot from 11 to 81. Now the Indian Ocean nation has delayed reopening for commercial flights for its lucrative tourism industry until August 1, if all goes well. African…

India-China ties in complex situation, says Beijing after Doval-Wang icebreaker

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 249 total views COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ China on Monday said the consensus reached with India to disengage troops at the border should be implemented as soon as possible, indicating cooling down of tension with India at the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC). India and China clashed earlier last month along the disputed border in Galwan Valley, resulting in death of 20 Indian soldiers and purported casualties of Chinese troops. Acknowledging that current bilateral ties were facing a “complex situation”, Beijing said both sides should adhere to the “to the strategic judgement that they do…

China arrests top Xi critic, plans crackdown on political foes

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 246 total views,  2 views today COURTESY BY: https://www.hindustantimes.com/ Beijing police arrested an outspoken critic of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday morning as his administration took steps to crack down on potential threats to the Communist Party stemming from the economic fallout of the pandemic. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University, was taken away by police from his house at a Beijing suburb, according to his friend, Geng Xiaonan, who said she got the information from his domestic helper, his wife and students. She said she believed Xu’s arrest was linked…