Troubled champs Windies face in-form Pakistan

Troubled champs Windies face in-form Pakistan

Troubled champs Windies face in-form Pakistan

DUBAI – The West Indies will hope to forget their off-field turmoil and underline their status as World Twenty20 champions when they face buoyant Pakistan in a three-match series starting on Friday.

The supremely talented but troubled side have arrived in the United Arab Emirates after sacking coach Phil Simmons and without all-rounder Andre Russell, who is facing a doping hearing.

Match starts at 9:00 PM

The Windies are also missing flamboyant big-hitter Chris Gayle, who complains of injury problems and makes only sporadic appearances for his country.
Gayle also missed the West Indies’ one-run Twenty20 win over India in Florida last month, while Russell will front a hearing into claims he missed three drugs tests in a 12-month period, an offence which could trigger a two-year ban.
Carlos Brathwaite stunned England when he smashed Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes to clinch the West Indies’ second World T20 title in April.
Brathwaite will now captain the side in UAE while towering former fast bowler Joel ‘Big Bird’ Garner replaces Simmons, who repeatedly clashed with the West Indies board.

Brathwaite hopes his team will show their huge talent in the humid conditions in the United Arab Emirates, where they also trained ahead of the World Twenty20 in India.
“It wasn’t as hot early in the year, but, apparently, we’re smack dab in the middle of their summer, so it can get very, very hot,” said Brathwaite.
“It’s for the players to prepare well, manage themselves well off the field, rehydration-wise, get enough rest, and each and every one of us is a professional, and evidently performing well when the games come.

Brathwaite’s uncapped players — including wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, all-rounder Rovman Powell and fast bowler Kesrick Williams — will also want to fire against a dangerous Pakistan side.
The West Indies will rely heavily on their T20 specialist spinners Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, who shared five wickets to spark a 22-run win in a warm-up game on Tuesday.
Pakistan are also in good form, smashing hosts England by nine wickets in the only Twenty20 game of their tour in what was Sarfraz Ahmed’s first match as skipper.
Ahmed, who replaced Shahid Afridi following Pakistan’s first-round exit in the World Twenty20, hopes his team won’t be overawed by the champions.

“We didn’t think England were World Twenty20 finalists when we beat them at Manchester,” said Ahmed.
“We will do the same here, go out and play hard because the team which plays well on the ground wins a T20 match.

He added: “Even without Gayle and Russell, West Indies is strong and a T20 match is not won with big names only.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir joined the squad after his wedding on Tuesday and will spearhead a spin-cum-pace attack.
Opener Mohammad Hafeez and lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan are out through injury.
Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal will be in focus after being recalled following his axing on the England tour over disciplinary issues.
Umar smashed a fiery century in a national Twenty20 event to force his comeback.

The second match will follow at the same venue on Saturday with the third in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The teams will also play three one-day internationals and three Tests.

SQUADS (FROM):

PAKISTAN: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Rumman Raees, Umar Akmal, Saad Nasim

WEST INDIES: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.

Key Facts

Sohail Tavir needs three wickets to become the fourth Pakistan bowler, after Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, to reach 50 wickets in T20Is

Bravo is the second-highest wicket-taker in T20s this year with 63 scalps in 54 matches.
Russell tops the list with 68 wickets in 51 matches

Pakistan have lost seven out of 12 T20Is in 2016.
West Indies, meanwhile, have lost only one of eight T20Is this year.

 

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HEC shuts down 31 PhD, 26 MPhil programmes

HEC shuts down 31 PhD, 26 MPhil programmes

HEC shuts down 31 PhD, 26 MPhil programmes

ISLAMABAD: 

 

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has shut down 31 PhD and 26 MPhil programmes in a number of universities across the country for failing to meet the minimum quality criteria required by the higher education watchdog.

HEC chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmed, in a press conference, on Wednesday stated that the education commission’s Quality Assurance Agency swooped on institutes offering MS, MPhil and PhD programmes and restrained those found not meeting the quality yardstick.

Am I a qualified PhD if I paid someone else to write my thesis?

He also stated that work was underway for amendments to the HEC ordinance to empower the commission to penalise varsities, and those who were violating the rules and regulations.

Referring to the recent HEC visits to various public and private sector universities to assess quality of their programmes, he said that a total of 293 PhD programmes and 57 MPhil programmes of 171 universities had been reviewed. He revealed that 31 PhD and 26 MPhil programmes of different universities have been closed due to lack of fulfilment of minimum quality standards.

The chairperson said that HEC stopped further intake in 56 PhD and 10 MPhil programmes in various institutions for the same reason. “During the review process, HEC teams primarily assessed whether or not the universities were following the Act under which they are operating, are their statutory bodies in place, if they are abiding by structural guidelines, and if they are following a proper criteria for affiliations.”

Besides, according to the report, minor deficiencies were found in 21 MPhil programmes and some in 195 PhD programmes.

177 MPhil, PhD scholars fail to complete their degrees

The PhD programmes were closed of Iqra National University Peshawar, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Bahauddin Zakaraiya University Multan, Beaconhouse National University Lahore, National Defence University Islamabad and others.

Besides, as per the report, there were host of issues pertaining to governance in the varsities which included not holding selection boards, meeting of academic council, approval of admission policy etc from the statutory bodies etc.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2016.

If you use Yahoo Mail or any of its services, you need to do this now

If you use Yahoo Mail or any of its services, you need to do this now

If you use Yahoo Mail or any of its services, you need to do this now

 

After Yahoo confirmed on Thursday of a massive data breach that affected at least 500 million user accounts, Yahoo users need to act now.

According to a long investigation, leaked account information may have included names, email addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, hashed password, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. If your password was not leaked, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change it.

Potentially affected users are likely to be notified by Yahoo. However, it is advisable for all Yahoo users to take the following steps for added security.

Update your Yahoo accounts

This goes without saying, affected users need to update their accounts. Yahoo has invalidated unencrypted security questions of those users it believes have been affected, but everyone should go and change their password, especially if it hasn’t been updated since 2014.

Yahoo says at least 500m accounts hacked in 2014

Change passwords, security questions that match your Yahoo’s passwords and security questions

People tend to keep the same password and security questions for multiple accounts/services. If you are one of them, take this opportunity to do what you should have done a long time ago — go to those accounts and change passwords and security questions. Try not keeping similar passwords for multiple devices as it’s a hackers’ lottery if they find a user with similar passwords.

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Falcao out of hospital after ‘rugby tackle’

Falcao out of hospital after ‘rugby tackle’

 

MONACO: 

Striker Radamel Falcao left hospital on Thursday after staying overnight for a head injury caused by what his Monaco coach branded a “rugby tackle” in the 4-0 Ligue 1 defeat to Nice.

Falcao took a heavy knock to the head when he was caught in a sandwich between goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale and defender Paul Baysse on Wednesday.

The Colombian international had been chasing a bouncing ball which Cardinale punched clear from just inside his area.

Balotelli brace helps send Nice top of Ligue 1

Falcao, 30, did not reappear for the second half and was later taken to a Monte Carlo hospital for scans on his head and chest.

A member of Monaco’s medical staff told AFP that the scans had shown “no problems”.

Falcao, who rose to fame at Atletico Madrid, may still miss this Saturday’s Ligue 1 clash with Angers but should return to face Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Monaco beat Spurs in front of record crowd at Wembley

Even so, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was left fuming.

“In most places in Europe that’s a red card,” he said.

“Referees should make sure that in these kind of situations there is proper punishment. It was like a rugby tackle.”

Rooney dismisses outside criticism

Rooney dismisses outside criticism

Rooney dismisses outside criticism

 

MANCHESTER: 

Underfire Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney said on Thursday he shuts his ears to criticism of his performances coming from outside the club.

The 30-year-old England skipper — who came in for particular criticism after United lost three successive games last week — told MUTV he is used to having his form scrutinised and he will just get on and work hard.

However, former top level players such as Alan Shearer have suggested United manager Jose Mourinho should think of dropping Rooney.

Man Utd, Man City set up League Cup showdown

“I think I’ve had that my whole career — a little bit more of late, I think, but that’s football,” said Rooney.

“I listen to my coaches and my team-mates, the people around me, and I don’t really listen to what a lot of people out there are saying because a lot of it is rubbish.

“I have to focus, work hard, of course, and I’ve done that throughout my career. I’ve worked hard and tried to do my best for the team.”

Despite United winning their first three league games, Rooney’s lacklustre displays meant his place was already under scrutiny.

Clueless Rooney biggest problem for struggling Mourinho

With United having since lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord, in the Europa League, and Watford, the calls for him to be dropped are getting louder.

Rooney was rested for last Thursday’s trip to Feyenoord, but he has started all of United’s other games under Mourinho.

As has been the case for much of his career, debate continues to rage about Rooney’s best position.

Mourinho slams football ‘Einsteins’

Never quite a true number nine, but not a classic number 10 either, Rooney was deployed in central midfield by Roy Hodgson during England’s calamitous Euro 2016 campaign.

Rooney has said he is open to the idea of moving into midfield as his career progresses but he told MUTV that Mourinho was not of a mind to change his present role.

“I’ve done that (played in different positions) throughout my career,” he said. “I feel I can play in all positions but I think the manager has made it clear either I’ll play up front or in the number 10 (role) and that’s where he sees me playing.”

Omani hockey team thanks Pakistan for the hospitality

Omani hockey team thanks Pakistan for the hospitality

Omani hockey team thanks Pakistan for the hospitality

KARACHI: 

The recent visit of Oman’s U18 hockey team to Pakistan for a four-test series ended the host nation’s eight-year-long wait for international hockey on home soil.

And while the visitors were beaten 3-0 in the series, their manager Mohammad Abdullah alBatrani was happy Oman played their part in the revival of the sport in a country which was once a top hockey nation and produced elite talent for fun.

“We are glad that we brought back international hockey to a country that has produced so many great hockey players. We were also thrilled about seeing a country that is among the pioneers of the game and has proved the very best [in the past],” alBatrani told The Express Tribune prior to both the teams’ departure for Dhaka to participate in the Boys U18 Asia Cup that begins on September 24.

Habib Public School’s hockey team wins big in Malaysia

“Although we lost the series, Pakistan showed us what real passion for the game looks like and our players learned many skills too,” he said. “As both the teams will stay together in Dhaka, the side-by-side trainings will help us even more.”

The Omani manager was also impressed with Pakistan’s hospitality and thanked the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) for making their trip safe. “The security arrangements were excellent. More importantly, we didn’t remain confined to our hotel but frequently went out and did a lot of sightseeing,” said alBatrani.

Pakistan down Oman 8-3 in dead rubber

“It is hoped that Pak-Oman hockey ties will grow further,” he said before adding, “Pakistan has always been very helpful for our hockey growth.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s U18 team, captained by Bahawalpur’s Junaid Manzoor and whose vice-captain is Lahore’s Moeen Shakeel, will face Chinese Taipei tomorrow, China on Sunday and Hong Kong on Tuesday as part of their Boys Asia Cup ties. The semi-finals will be played on September 29 and final on September 30.

Source:  Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2016.

 

Wenger plays down Mourinho ‘face break’ threat

Wenger plays down Mourinho ‘face break’ threat

LONDON: 

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Friday that he preferred to avoid a “destructive mode” as he played down claims that adversary Jose Mourinho had once wanted to “break his face”.

The Frenchman said that he is concentrating solely on the Gunners’ Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday and did not want to linger on the controversial quote, contained in a new biography of Manchester United boss Mourinho being serialised in the Daily Mailnewspaper.

Wenger, celebrating his 20th anniversary with the Gunners, clashed repeatedly with Mourinho when the Portuguese was in charge of London rivals Chelsea.

Xhaka’s time will come at Arsenal, says Wenger

According to the new biography, Mourinho allegedly once told the author, football journalist Rob Beasley, when discussing Wenger: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”

But Wenger, 66, keen not to add any fuel to the fire, told a news conference: “Look, I haven’t read the book and I certainly won’t read it.

“I cannot comment on that. I talk about football and that’s all I do. I’m not in a destructive mode, ever. I’m more constructive and I cannot comment on that because I’m focused on tomorrow’s game and how we want to play football.”

Mourinho slams football ‘Einsteins’

The Frenchman added: “What is amazing is that has nothing to do with our game tomorrow. I personally am just focused on doing my job well and respecting everybody else.

“I do not want to especially comment because we play Chelsea tomorrow. I have no personal problem with anybody, I respect everybody in our game and I don’t feel I comment a lot on other teams. Sometimes I just say what I think, but that is part of the way I am.”

Wenger added that the rivalry between Arsenal and Chelsea, where Antonio Conte is now in charge, was about more than his fractious relationship with Mourinho, who was sacked last season by Chelsea and took over at United this summer. “Honestly, for me it was always just a big game and an important game, and the personal rivalry that you suggest existed stronger before was never, in my head, a concern,” he added.

Asked if he would reveal his thoughts on Mourinho one day in an autobiography, Wenger replied: “I don’t know, I will maybe make a book one day, but I am not ready for that yet.”

Mourinho was due to hold his regular Friday press conference later in the day.

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Pak-Russia joint exercises to begin

Pak-Russia joint exercises to begin

Pak-Russia joint exercises to begin

Russian ground forces have arrived in Pakistan for Pak-Russia joint exercise, states ISPR on social media.

 

According to the latest post on social media ISPR has said, “A contingent of Russian ground forces arrived Pak for 1st ever Pak- Russian joint exercise (2 weeks) from 24 Sep to 10 Oct 2016.” These drills will be lasting for two weeks. This is for the first time in history that Pak-Russian military are holding joint exercises.

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Indian extremists threaten Pakistani artists

Indian extremists threaten Pakistani artists

Indian extremists threaten Pakistani artists

Extremists Indian organization, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) have threatened Pakistani artists working in India to leave the country in 48 hours, reported Waqt News.

The threat came directly from Amey Khokar of MNS Chitrapat Sena who gave a 48 hour ultimatum to Pakistani artists working in India to leave the country or to be forced to do so.

This comes at a time when tensions between the two countries have been running high with the Indian government blaming Pakistan for the Uri attack which killed 18 Indian soldiers, and Pakistan raising the issue of Indian brutalities in Kashmir.

Fawad Khan, Ali Zafar, Mawara and Rahat Fateh Ali are some of the actors named by the extremists.

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Sheikh Rashid files petition in SC seeking disqualification of PM

Sheikh Rashid files petition in SC seeking disqualification of PM

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Awami Muslim League (AML) Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has filed a petition in Supreme Court (SC), seeking disqualification of Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif.

The petition was filed today, the petitioner has taken plea that PM Nawaz Sharif has concealed his assets, due to which he does not fulfil article 62 and 63 of the constitution. Nawaz Sharif is not eligible to hold any public office, therefore, he should be declared as disqualified.

Talking to media men outside SC, Sheikh Rashid said “I myself will contest case against Nawaz Sharif. Only Nawaz Sharif has been made respondent in this case. We don’t want to pursue unconstitutional way. Therefore, “I have come to SC. Earlier we had gone to speaker and election commission.”

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