18 days ago​Bournemouth winger Brooks could return in November – Giggs

first_img​Bournemouth winger Brooks could return in November – Giggsby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWales boss Ryan Gigga believes that David Brooks is at least a month away from fitness.The 22-year-old Bournemouth star is suffering from ankle ligament damage.Welsh fans were hoping he could be back sooner, but it appears that Brooks could miss the remainder of his country’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.Giggs told BBC Sport: “Even if he was fit, he has been out a long time.”His return is looking around November.”Now whether that’s back playing or back actually training, I’m not too sure. It’s a bit of a difficult one because he was still in a boot in the last camp.”Even if he was fit he has been out a long time. Even if he’s on the bench or fit for Bournemouth the week before, it will be difficult to pick him because he’s been out for so long.”We will see, you never know, there’s still time yet.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

4 days agoMourinho praises Man Utd PR: Solskjaer has perfect job

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Mourinho praises Man Utd PR: Solskjaer has perfect jobby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJose Mourinho has praised Manchester United for their PR leading into Sunday’s draw with Liverpool.The former United manager believes the club were able to deflect the pressure on boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”Manchester United did a good job in public relations during the week before the match to try to create a positive atmosphere for the game. And I think they did very well. From what I understand the goal is the future,” Mourinho said.”I will try to find a job like what Solskjaer currently has, which at heart is constantly talking about the future and how you are protected in the present. I think it’s a great situation. He has a three-year contract and it’s all about the future and about young players. The results are important but I think it is amazing to have the opportunity to do that in a giant club like Manchester United.” last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Was Back At It With The Photobombing At The NBA Finals Last Night

first_imgUrban Meyer shows excitement during the cavaliers game.Urban Meyer CavsOutside of coaching college football, photobombing is probably Urban Meyer’s best skill. He’s great at it. And the 50-year-old coach – perhaps unintentionally – was at it again last night at the Cleveland-Golden State NBA Finals game. Urban is #ALLinCLE. @OSUCoachMeyer @cavs (photo via @GavinRBlair) pic.twitter.com/A6I5kSNjev— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) June 10, 2015Urban Meyer, photo-bomber extraordinaire, strikes again. http://t.co/pWDCl6SI2A pic.twitter.com/4HVe0yEiXD— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 10, 2015When you thought your conversation was private but you get put on blast… pic.twitter.com/EF9sWIsCxA— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 10, 2015Photobombing is getting a little dated, but when you’re a national championship-winning head coach, you can do whatever you want.last_img read more

Photos: Syracuse Will Wear Awesome “Pearl” Warm-Up Shirts Tonight

first_imgPearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.last_img read more

Pochettino: I want to spend 20 years at Tottenham!

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says he would like to spend 20 years as Tottenham manager amid reports linking him with the Manchester United job.Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in 2014 and has since turned the club into Premier League title contenders.Under his leadership, Spurs have claimed three top-three finishes in his four years in charge, with the north London club just two points behind second-placed Manchester City in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentine has been strongly linked with the permanent post at Old Trafford, but Pochettino says he’s focused on his job at Tottenham in both the short and long term.”I hope, or I wish, to be here 20 years, and decide to leave or to finish my career here,” Pochettino said.”I am so focused here, and want to help the club to achieve what the club want to be in history.”He added: “It would be fantastic. I am so happy to be here. I am so happy to work in that pressure. Why not?”The former Espanyol boss signed a new five-year contract at Spurs last summer, but has been linked with both Real Madrid and United in recent months.Santiago Solari replaced Julen Lopetegui just a few weeks into the Spanish Liga campaign, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken over for Jose Mourinho for the rest of the Premier League season.Madrid’s 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad has piled the pressure on Solari, however, with the Champions League holders now 10 points behind Barcelona in the title race in Spain.And while Pochettino’s name continues to be mentioned as a possible option for United and Madrid, he  says he hopes to replicate the longevity of former rival Arsene Wenger, who remained boss of Arsenal for 22 years.”But I don’t know because I need to ask [Wenger] one day, if I have the possibility, if he is happy in the way that he finished,” Pochettino said. “What I saw from my point of view, it was so unfair how the people treated him.”Spurs return to action against Chelsea on Tuesday as they contest the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.last_img read more

Watch: Rich Eisen Loses Bet, Dresses In Buckeye Gear

first_imgRich Eisen putting on an Ohio State jersey after losing a bet.The Rich Eisen Show/ YouTubeRich Eisen lost a bet, and had to pay up by dressing in Ohio State gear.Michigan graduate, and current NFL Network host, Rich Eisen lost a bet to IndyCar racer Graham Rahal. Eisen is a big fan of the Wolverines, obviously, given he went to Michigan. Rahal did not attend Ohio State, but according to Eleven Warriors, he grew up in the Columbus area, and worships the Buckeyes.As any self-respecting fan would, the pair made a bet when their respective teams faced off last weekend. Ohio State won the game in double overtime, and thus, Eisen lost the bet. His consequence? Don some Ohio State gear and give the “O-H,” of course.Eisen clearly needs a little help from Ohio State fans as to the mechanics of throwing up to old “O-H.” Perhaps Eisen didn’t know Ohio State won the past four meetings between the two teams, but now he surely knows its five in a row.At least he’s a good sport.last_img read more

Did The Refs Miss A Huge Call At The End Of The Orange Bowl?

first_imgThe referees missed a call in the Orange Bowl here.@mshamburger1/TwitterThis play will be talked about forever.Late in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Orange Bowl, it looked like a Florida State defender got a great jump on a snap. Or, perhaps, he jumped offside.That’s the debate that raged on the internet after Florida State’s 33-32 win over Michigan. Twitter exploded with controversy as FSU’s Demarcus Walker toes the line between making a great play and being offside.Here’s the play. It’s Michigan’s final offensive play of the contest:pic.twitter.com/tX1KQjQj4M— Michael Shamburger (@mshamburger1) December 31, 2016The refs did not call offside on the play. Demarcus Walker beat the guard and had a free rush at Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight–who was forced into an errant pass.Speight missed his target with the throw, and the ball was intercepted by Carlos Becker.So, was Walker offside? Would it have mattered in the end?These questions can be debated forever, yet the outcome remains the same.last_img read more

Report: Senegal 2 Tanzania 0

first_imgSenegal kicked off their campaign in the 2019 African Cup of Nations with a 2-0 victory over Tanzania in Cairo on Sunday.Goals from Inter Milan forward Keita Balde and a second half stunner from Keprin Diatta handed Aliou Cisse’s men the three points against Emmanuel Amuneke’s side.Aishi Manula started in goal for the Taifa Stars, with Kelvin Yondani and Gadiel Michael leading the defence while captain Mbwana Samatta spearheaded the attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Aliou Cisse started Keita Balde, Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang in attack and could have been rewarded after a fine combination in the seventh minute.Badou Ndiaye beat his marker and played Niang through on goal, but the Rennes forward missed the target from close range.Relief came to Senegal, who dominated the first half, when Idrissa Gueye set up Balde in the 28th minute and he fired past goalkeeper Aishi Manula for the opener.Senegal had a chance to double their lead through Niang but the forward missed the chance and just before the half-time break, another opportunity fell to Gueye, but he too failed to hit the target.The second half continued in a similar fashion with Senegal dominating the early proceedings and could have doubled their lead through Keprin Diatta, but his header was saved by Manula.Tanzania seemed to regain their confidence in the second half and gradually grew into the game but failed to seriously threaten Senegal’s defence.Diatta made amends for his earlier miss when he fired in a stunning strike from 18 yards to seal the victory for the West Africans, and was duly named the Man of the match.Emmanuel Amuneke’s men will hope to bounce back from the defeat in their next outing against Kenya in Group C, while Senegal will tackle Algeria on Thursday.  read morelast_img read more

Vegas Ranks College Football’s Top 25 Teams After Week 1

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Today is the day for all of the new polls following Week 1. The Coaches and AP Top 25 rankings have been released.This afternoon, Phil Steele released his Vegas power ratings on ESPN. They are a little different than your typical rankings.Steele combines his power ratings with the ratings from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, Will Harris of ESPN and Bruce Marshall of the Gold Sheet. The resulting rankings are the final product.“These ratings are less about a team’s record and more about the overall talent that each team possesses, reflecting which team would be favored if meeting at a neutral site,” Steele wrote.”Here’s the top 10 according to Steele’s formula:AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOhio StateOklahomaAuburnWashingtonWisconsinNotre DameMichiganAs you can see, these definitely look different than other polls. Washington is still at No. 7 and Michigan remains at No. 10 after Week 1 losses.You can view the rest of the Vegas top 25 here.last_img read more

Another Former Star College Football QB Has Joined The AAF

first_imgA general view of Sanford stadium during a Georgia Bulldogs game.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 19: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats on November 19, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Alliance of American Football just gained another former college football star. Longtime Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is reportedly headed to the AAF. He’s the latest former star quarterback to join the new league.Murray joins former Penn State star Christian Hackenberg and Wisconsin standout Scott Tolzien. The former Georgia star spent four years in the NFL with various teams – most recently with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.Murray, 28, is currently the SEC career touchdown leader after he passed the Manning brothers and former Bulldogs star Matt Stafford.Now, he joins the Alliance of American Football.Former UGA QB Aaron Murray has signed a player contract with The Atlanta Legends pic.twitter.com/JNe3vnyebx— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) November 20, 2018The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Murray out of Georgia in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft. He played for the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and Rams before leaving the NFL to pursue a career in broadcasting.After spending time with CBS Sports, Murray is leaving the booth for the field yet again.He’ll play for the Atlanta Legends. The AAF season kicks off on February after the Super Bowl.last_img read more

Minnesota Knocked Off Wisconsin For The First Time Since 2003

first_imgMinnesota scores a touchdown against Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 24: Mohamed Ibrahim #24 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)College football fans may not know this, but Wisconsin vs. Minnesota is actually the sport’s most-played rivalry game in history. For the last 14 years, however, it hasn’t been all that competitive. Wisconsin had won 14 contests in a row.Saturday, however, the tables finally turned. Minnesota, in search of its sixth win of the season, got a huge performance from Mohamed Ibrahim, who rushed for 121 yards and touchdown on 26 carries. The Golden Gophers both knocked off their hated rival for the first time in 15 years and qualified for a bowl game.Minnesota had not held Paul Bunyan’s Axe since 2003.The game wasn’t all that close, either. Minnesota won, 37-14, getting some payback for last year’s 31-0 defeat.Oh, and speaking of Minnesota, PJ Fleck and the Gophers are going to take Paul Bunyan’s Axe AND will be bowl eligible.— Kevin McGuire (@KevinOnCFB) November 24, 2018Paul Bunyan’s Axe is finally back home in Minnesota where it belongs! Great game Gophers! ⁦@IndignantMN⁩ #minnvswisc pic.twitter.com/nVvg5rnO4q— Kip Fontaine (@kip_fontaine) November 24, 2018After Minnesota’s win, the all-time series is now tied again. The two squads are 60-60-8 against each other.Wisconsin, after the loss, finishes the season with a 7-5 record. The Badgers will be a bowl team, but it will still be considered a disappointing season.For Minnesota, it’s a huge step forward in P.J. Fleck’s second year. In two years, he has an 11-13 record thus far.last_img read more

Oklahoma Star Player Reportedly ‘In Tears’ On The Sideline

first_imgOklahoma and Texas play in the Big 12 championship gameARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 01: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns throws against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)One of the top wide receivers in the entire country left his game on Saturday afternoon with an apparent injury. Oklahoma star Marquise “Hollywood” Brown suffered an apparent injury and was forced to leave the Sooners game against Texas.The Big 12 title game has been a back-and-forth thus far. Oklahoma took a 30-27 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter.Despite taking the lead, Oklahoma received some bad news on the scoring drive. Brown, who leads the Sooners in receiving this season, was reportedly on the sideline “in tears” as a trainer worked on his injury.Marquise Brown is in tears on the sideline. A trainer is working on him, but it looked like OU president Jim Gallogly was the one consoling him.— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) December 1, 2018Brown was carted off the field and into the locker room – though an injury designation has not been provided by the university at this time. It’s a tough blow for the Sooners who are hoping to land a spot in the College Football Playoff.Stay tuned for the latest injury news.UPDATE: A new report suggest Brown left the game with a foot injury.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated Releases Its Top 25 Ahead Of The 2019 College Football Season

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Tuesday morning, Sports Illustrated released its college football preview issue, and four major quarterbacks landed the cover – Oregon’s Justin Herbert, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Now, we’re getting a look at the publication’s preseason rankings.Most outlets, including the actual Coaches’ Poll, are going with defending national champion Clemson as the No. 1 team in the country to start the 2019 season. SI is not. Alabama, which lost to the Tigers in the title game a year ago, opens at No. 1.Clemson, as you’d imagine, is No. 2. Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas round out the top five. The Longhorns are ranked a bit higher here than elsewhere.Here’s the top 10. If you’re interested in the full top 25, head over to SI to check it out: AlabamaClemsonGeorgiaOklahomaTexasOhio StateNotre DameLSUOregonFloridaMichigan comes in at No. 11. The Wolverines are ranked in the top five in most of the other polls heading into the season.The back end of the rankings is loaded with Big Ten teams, including Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska.College football fans – do they have it right? Should Alabama actually be the No. 1 team in the country heading into the season despite what happened last January?last_img read more

Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters win

first_img Next Watch how an insect scared Naomi Osaka during Australian Open quarters winAustralian Open 2019: Naomi Osaka was chased by a bug on the court and she ran around like a scared kid. The 20-year-old however showed no signs of nerves against Elina Svitolina and advanced to the semis.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:39 IST Naomi Osaka was bugged by an insect during her Australian Open quarters win over Elina Svitolina.HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka was scared of an insect during her Australian Open quarter-finalOsaka thrashed Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 to reach her semis in MelbourneOsaka will take on Karolina Pliskova on ThursdayNaomi Osaka is a Grand Slam champion but a little insect can also scare her. Osaka was against her idol and one of the greatest tennis players of all time Serena Williams in the final of the US Open 2018 but that did not deter her at all. An insect at the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, however, made Osaka run around.Osaka dominated Elina Svitolina in her 6-4, 6-1 quarter-final victory in the Melbourne Park but right after taking a 5-0 lead in the second set, Osaka was chased by a bee and not Svitolina’s play but that scared Naomi Osaka.As soon as Osaka won a point to make it 5-0, she began running away towards the net while looking back. Even after running away, the bee followed her and Osaka was seen waving it away with a disgusted look at her face.Osaka was so troubled by the bug that she even asked the chair umpire to check the back of her shirt if the insect was still there while going towards her courtside chair.Apart from that, there was hardly any blemish for Osaka as she comfortably won in an hour and 12 minutes. Osaka did not celebrate much after winning. It was a subdued celebration out of respect for a hampered opponent and a sign that her work here was far from done.”I already know that to be here is something that a lot of people want, and I know that a few months ago I would have given anything to be in the semifinals of a slam,” Osaka said. “But it’s this weird feeling of, like, you want to do the next big thing.advertisement”And especially now that I won a Grand Slam, I feel like I want to win another one, and I’m so close and I just want to keep going.”OSAKA’S GOAL FOR QUARTER-FINAL — ‘NOT GETTING ANGRY’Osaka was immensely praised after her US Open victory – not only for defeating Serena Williams but also for the composure and calmness she showed during all the drama that unfolded on the court.It was an epic night where Serena had one of the biggest meltdowns of her career. She received three code violations that day – one for racquet abuse, second for on-court coaching and the third for calling the chair umpire Carlos Ramos a “thief”.While Serena and Ramos had an absolute fall-out and the 23-time Grand Slam champion kept screaming and shouting, Osaka was a vision of calmness on the other side. She didn’t let any of that affect her and did her job.Post US Open though, Osaka has been expressive on court and she has shown a lot of emotions. From tears at the US Open ceremony to scolding herself and throwing racquet in frustration of not playing well in tournaments post that, Osaka has been out there. All of this has prompted the 21-year-old to work on keeping a check on her emotions. Naomi Osaka worked on the mental aspect of tennis ahead of Australian Open. (Reuters Photo)”This is something that I have been working on a lot… trying to get deeper in tournaments more consistently. I think I have been able to do that,” Osaka said. “For me right now I just try to keep looking forward. So I’m not really satisfied – like, I am happy that I’m here, but at the same time, I want to keep going. There is more matches to win.””Yeah I mean I tried to be consistent or as consistent as I can,” Osaka said. “She’s a really great player and kind of unfortunate she got injured… but playing against her injured was still really tough.”For me today I just had one goal and it was to try as hard as I can and not get angry. I didn’t do that too well in the last two rounds so I’m really happy.”I feel right now most people know me for U.S. Open, right? And during U.S. Open, I didn’t show any emotions most of the time. But then after that, I did show a lot of emotions. I got upset and then I threw my racket or stuff like that. I don’t really want to do that. I feel I play better when I’m calm.”When I’m not calm, it just makes my life harder… there is an inner peace I can tap into sometimes during my matches, and it’s kind of hard to get to but once I’m there it’s really easy. Not easy, but nothing can really bother me.advertisement”So that’s just something I’m trying to learn how to do consistently.”Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | I didn’t choke on match points, Pliskova played her best tennis: Serena WilliamsAlso Read | I had to warm up 4 times: Naomi Osaka tells Kei Nishikori. Video goes viralFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris Gayle

first_img 3 Nicholas Pooran (PNJ) N. Pooran (PNJ) not out Match Ended covers AB de Villiers (BLR) de Villiers (BLR) 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 0 Mayank Agarwal M. Agarwal c Yuzvendra Chahal b Marcus Stoinis not out 21 166.66 covers 9 fine Leg (20.0) 82 (44) 1 fine Leg Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) Mid Wicket 0 Point Mid off Mid Wicket fine Leg B 46 (28) Punjab PNJ 0 3 4 Mid on All batsmen are considered right handed Navdeep Saini (BLR) N. Saini (BLR) view more view less 7.33 fine Leg 42 fine Leg 6.5 Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) and Rod Tucker (AUS) vs 164.28 Point Mid off 28 Mid Wicket 4s 0 Square Leg 3 4 Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Point 230 0 0 Mid off – 182/6 ( R. Ashwin 19.2 Overs) , Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal Umesh Yadav (BLR) U. Yadav (BLR) 1 Mid on 25 Bangalore BLR advertisement All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Square Leg 1 8.25 c AB de Villiers b Navdeep Saini Point 6 Match Ended fine Leg 202/4 35 Point m 2 13 Scorecard o Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Square Leg 1 0 Ravichandran Ashwin (c) R. Ashwin (c) c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav All batsmen are considered right handed 36 India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 25, 2019UPDATED: April 25, 2019 08:38 IST Chris Gayle has already scored 444 runs in IPL 2019 (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSChris Gayle has scored 444 runs in 10 matches for Kings XI Punjab in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueGayle was named in the West Indies squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup on WednesdayChris Gayle said he was getting better with age and added there was no need to fear himChris Gayle is in scary mood and form in the 2019 Indian Premier League. He debuted for Kings XI Punjab in 2018 and made an immediate impression with a blistering hundred against Sunrisers Hyderabad – he finished last season with 368 runs from 11 matches.In the 2019 IPL, Chris Gayle has been more destructive. He has played 10 matches so far this summer and he has already crossed the 400-run mark (444 runs so far) for the first time since 2015 when he smashed 491 runs. This year, his average is at its highest since 2013 and his strike rate at its highest since 2012.MS Dhoni was thankful to Harbhajan Singh after he snared the dangerous Chris Gayle early in the innings. One of the wiliest captains in the game, Dhoni said he knew an off-spinner stood the best chance of getting Gayle out early.It’s no secret: opposition bowlers and captains are scared of Chris Gayle. If the West Indian superstar gets going, he can do some serious damage. But Gayle said, wait for it, there’s no reason to fear him.By the way, Chris Gayle was confident he would be part of West Indies’ World Cup side – he indeed was named in the squad not long after the interview. Gayle said he is looking forward to the tournament. Given his form against England in the ODI series at home, it will be shocking if they leave Gayle out.”Nothing new for everyone to fear me. But hey, I am not scary okay? So there’s no need to fear the Universe Boss,” Chris Gayle told India Today. “I am normal like everyone else. I may hit a few sixes more than anyone else but at the same time, it takes only 1 ball to get Universe Boss out. The World Cup is a big thing for the entire world to see their own nations do well in the World Cup and I am looking forward to it as well.advertisement”I will definitely be a part of the West Indies side of the World Cup. I will be fit and ready and really looking forward to it. A lot of talks have been around that teams should be wary of the West Indies based on what has actually happened in the ODI series vs England at home. Once the team is selected and we can come together as a group, I am sure we can do some damage in the World Cup.Chris Gayle had earlier said this would be his last World Cup but during the interview, he said it was possible he would play longer when (not if) West Indies win the World Cup.Chris Gayle is nearly 40 but he is still one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. During the 2019 IPL., he became the fastest to 4000 runs in the IPL and the first man to hit 300 sixes in the history of the Indian Premier League.”Maybe I am getting better with age. One of my best ODI performances came against England. Maybe I am beginning to peak at 39,” Chris Gayle said.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Chris GayleFollow Universe BossFollow KXIPFollow Kings XI Punjab 22 Bangalore BLR 2 2 Square Leg Mid off Super Over third Man 2 3 13.5 Ankit Rajpoot A. Rajpoot 0 0 S/R Square Leg c AB de Villiers b Navdeep Saini 0 Mid on 1 Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 42 commentary Point 185/7 third Man Mid Wicket 27 Chris Gayle C. Gayle c AB de Villiers b Umesh Yadav David Miller D. Miller c AB de Villiers b Navdeep Saini covers third Man 100 24 third Man Bangalore Square Leg 185/7 0 2 46 w Toss: PNJ elected to field r Mid on Mid Wicket 202/4 nb Fall of Wickets c Parthiv Patel b Umesh Yadav covers Square Leg c AB de Villiers b Umesh Yadav Bangalore Bowling BLR Bowling 300 3/36 (4) 4 33 Mid off Mid off Mid Wicket 42/1 ( C. Gayle 3.2 Overs) , 2/33 (4) 1 Mid off wd All batsmen are considered right handed Punjab Mid Wicket covers All batsmen are considered right handed 7 view full scorecard 96 Square Leg R 0 covers All batsmen are considered right handed (20.0) Nicholas Pooran (wk) N. Pooran (wk) c AB de Villiers b Navdeep Saini fine Leg Mid Wicket 21 0 Washington Sundar W. Sundar 50 third Man 0 Extras: 4 runs (B: 0, LB: 0, WD: 4, NB: 0, P: 0) 0 Lokesh Rahul L. Rahul c Tim Southee b Moeen Ali Bangalore beat Punjab by 17 runs Mid on 101/2 ( M. Agarwal 9.1 Overs) , 0 Moeen Ali M. Ali Navdeep Saini N. Saini third Man 182/7 ( H. Viljoen 19.3 Overs) , 1 Mid on Umesh Yadav U. Yadav 0 fine Leg 2 Mandeep Singh M. Singh not out 155.55 Tim Southee T. Southee covers Punjab batting PNJ batting (20.0) Point 0 Marcus Stoinis M. Stoinis (20.0) 1 4 0 e/r covers 5 third Man 176/5 ( N. Pooran 19 Overs) , 10.5 185/7 c Yuzvendra Chahal b Marcus Stoinis 33 2 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Mid on 0 (20.0) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Indian Premier League, 2019 27 105/3 ( L. Rahul 10.1 Overs) , Series Status: Player Of The Match: AB de Villiers Mohammed Shami M. Shami Murugan Ashwin M. Ashwin not out 4 5 Punjab PNJ c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav graphs 23 IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris GayleIPL 2019: Chris Gayle said there was no need to fear him because he hits more sixes than other players. In an interview with India Today, Gayle said he was getting better with age. 0 Mid off 6s Hardus Viljoen H. Viljoen c Parthiv Patel b Umesh Yadav 10 173/4 ( D. 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Zimbabwe pull out of T20 tri-series in Bangladesh

first_img Asian News International HarareJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 10:32 IST Zimbabwe was suspended from international cricket on Thursday because of government interference (AP)HIGHLIGHTSZimbabwe was scheduled to travel to Bangladesh to play T20 tri-series in SeptemberICC has suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect citing governmentWe would like to see our teams playing again as soon as possible, Zimbabwe Cricket said in a statementZimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced that the team will not travel to Bangladesh for the T20 tri-series.”To exacerbate the matter, ZC will not be able to stage first domestic competitions nor to fulfill its Future Tours Programme (FTP) and other international obligations, including the tour to Bangladesh for a T20 triangular series that also includes Afghanistan in September,” ZC said in a statement on Saturday.The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday suspended ZC with immediate effect for failing to fulfill their obligation of ensuring that there is no government interference in its administration.Zimbabwe was scheduled to travel to Bangladesh to play T20 tri-series in September that includes Afghanistan and the home side.”In all this, players and staff are bearing the brunt of the standoff and they might be forced to go for months or forever without their salaries and match fees,” the statement added.”We would like to see our teams playing again as soon as possible and the ZC board is ready to cooperate with the SRC and other stakeholders to get Zimbabwe back to operating within the confines of the ICC statutes again,” the statement said.Read more | We can’t afford to hang on to the World Cup win: James Anderson advises England teammates ahead of AshesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Zimbabwe CricketFollow T20 tri-seriesFollow ICCFollow International Cricket Council (ICC) Zimbabwe pull out of T20 tri-series in BangladeshThe International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for failing to fulfill their commitment of ensuring that there is no government interference in the sport’s administration.advertisementlast_img read more

We have to build a team for the T20 World Cup: MSK Prasad

first_imgWe have to build a team for the T20 World Cup: MSK PrasadChief selector MSK Prasad on Sunday unveiled the Indian squad for the full-fledged tour of West Indies, having chosen to blood a number of youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Navdeep Saini while also giving a chance to Deepak and Rahul Chahar to prove their credentials on the bigger stage.advertisement Rasesh Mandani MumbaiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 21:01 IST Virat Kohli will be leading a new-looking Indian team on the West Indies tour (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia’s Test, ODI and T20I sqauds for the West Indies tour were announced on SundayChief selector MSK Prasad fielded questions regarding the selection policies being followed in the past yearPrasad reiterated that BCCI has a clear vision for Team India’s future after the World Cup ousterEven while the dust is yet to settle after India’s semi-final exit in World Cup 2019, the focus has quickly shifted to the next world event the T20 World Cup which is fifteen months away.India being the game’s hotbed lives in World Cup cycles and the selectors know that well. The morning after an eventful press conference that kept the Chief selector busy answering questions on MS Dhoni’s future, MSK Prasad told India Today that they had their plans in place.”Our vision is very clear. We have to build a team for the World Cup. We have a core team ready and there are those who are on the fringe. We have to try out a few more players. Once we have tried enough players, four months before the World Cup, which is about twelve months from now, we will play with the main team. If there are 25 T20s maybe in 10-12 we will experiment,” he said.Exactly what the plan was for the World Cup 2019 too. But the middle order remained unsettled till the very end. “Definitely, there are lessons. One can learn from that,” Prasad said.But India’s surge in the game’s fastest format has been the slowest. They won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 when Indian cricket was still recovering from the sudden death of World Cup in West Indies did not see it coming. With anticipation raised in every subsequent World T20, India has continued to fall short of the finish line.advertisementThe 2007 win set the IPL up which grew from strength to strength but India’s T20 selection approach has only mirrored its ODI ways. Has the Prasad led selection committee, done any course correction this time?MS Dhoni by opting out made their task a lot easier. Dinesh Karthik has made umpteen comebacks but they seem to have looked past him now. CSK’s value pick Kedar Jadhav doesn’t find a place in India’s T20 mix. In come the likes of Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer – not exactly new faces but rewarded for scoring runs with the A team in West Indies.With Bumrah out and spin twins Kul-Cha not picked, there are new openings in the bowling department too. Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed and Deepak Chahar who missed the flight to England now get an opportunity to stake a claim for T20 World Cup 2020. Does Bumrah and Shami’s absence blunt India’s death overs resources? Prasad says he is “happy with the way Khaleel is shaping up”.Krunal Pandya who was drafted in India’s T20 squad this year should believe he is in for a long haul. Mayank Markande whose mysterious googlies in IPL earned him an India cap has lost his India spot after a solitary game to fellow Mumbai Indians leggie Rahul Chahar. Off spinning all-rounder, Washington Sundar too makes it to the West Indies bound T20 squad.With T20 action scheduled at home against South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe in the next six months, if Prasad’s T20 vision is to be believed, expect more rotation in the spin department. Shreyas Gopal and Axar Patel could get a look in too.The selectors may have missed a trick by ignoring the young bright Shubhman Gill. He looked comfortable at the top of the order too for KKR last year. Gill sent another reminder by delivering a Man of the series-winning show against West Indies A. “Shubhman Gill will be there. Fortunately, we have a lot of A tours so players can be eased into the main side,” he said.With Gill waiting in the wings, Shikhar Dhawan will need to keep clocking the runs at the pace T20 demands. Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson are yet to make their India T20 debuts but having taken down the best of world attacks in IPL, they should be in contention.India’s selectors have been criticized in the past for fast-tracking IPL performers into India squads. But this is one format where the IPL to India progression should be par for course. Prasad’s team’s vision statement for T20 2020 will be up for test too.Also Read | Have the selectors looked past MS Dhoni?Also Read | How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow MSK PrasadFollow T20 World Cup 2020last_img read more

Father figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla

first_imgFather figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim AmlaHashim Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 12:57 IST Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricketAmla scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the processHashim Amla respect! No words to describe, said former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.Social media has been flooded with tributes for South Africa great Hashim Amla following his announcement of retiring from all formats of the international game.Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.Former Proteas skipper AB de Villiers took to social media and said: “Unreal career Hashim Amla! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility and incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and certainly I’ve ever seen. Congrats on an amazing career.”Unreal career @amlahash ! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and https://t.co/LVxSIdeCoQAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 8, 2019Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar paid tribute to Amla and tweeted: “The great Hashim Amla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend and what a great human being and great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck.”The great #HashimAmla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend & what a great human being & great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck ..advertisementShoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 8, 2019″First time I played against Hashim Amla was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us, surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket. Happy retirement brother,” tweeted Irfan Pathan.First time I played against @amlahash was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand.showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us,surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket.Happy #retirement brother #amlaIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 8, 2019Former Proteas skipper Shaun Pollock tweeted: “Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international careerwhat an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done.”Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international career..what an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done..respect.. @amlahashShaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 8, 2019Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher had only one word to say, but it was more or less an apt summation of the man and his career. “Hashim Amla respect! No words to describe.”@amlahash respect! No words to describe. #Legendmark boucher (@markb46) August 8, 2019Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar pondered what a South African line-up without two of its all-time greats — Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla — would look like.”Wow two modern greats of the game have now retired first Dale Steyn and now Hashim Amla. Thoroughly enjoyed what they were able to do on the field. Going to take me some time to get use to the new South Africa team!””One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement,” wrote former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif.One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement @amlahash ! pic.twitter.com/sgNvCVazBhMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2019″The mighty Hashim Amla The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom, so much humility, always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you,” wrote current captain of the South African national team Faf du Plessis.The mighty # @amlahash … The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom , so much humility , always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you pic.twitter.com/ILwp12URERFaf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 9, 2019Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricket. In 124 Tests, Amla scored 9,282 runs at 46.41 with 28 centuries and 41 fifties.advertisementHis ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in the format, holding the South African record of 27 tons. He was also the quickest to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 ODI runs. In 181 ODIs, Amla collected 8,113 runs at 49.46 with 27 hundreds and 39 half-centuries.He also climbed to the top of the ICC rankings in both Tests and ODIs.Read more | South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricketAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow AmlaFollow South AfricaFollow Proteas batsmanlast_img read more

Yes, we can

first_img Aasheesh Sharma August 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 13:37 IST PV SindhuAre we still a nation of underachievers in the global sports arena? At the turn of the millennium, one could have been allowed to harbour that thought. Not any longer. Not when a Saina Nehwal or PV Sindhu or Kidambi Srikanth trade killer shots with their Chinese counterparts, growling at them on crucial points.When the table tennis contingent headed for Tokyo 2020, which includes the irrepressible Manika Batra say that they have a good chance of winning a medal, it no longer sounds like hyperbole. If the last decade was all about champion pugilists and grapplers, the last few years have seen track and field icons surge ahead and grab the limelight. Think Neeraj Chopra, Hima Das and Dutee Chand. The moment, then, may be ripe to channel this optimism towards realising our real sporting potential. This is the sentiment running through a new anthology on Indian sport. Edited by Nandan Kamath and Aparna Ravichandran,Go! India’s Sporting Transformation includes essays by some of the brightest stars on India’s sporting marquee Pullela Gopichand, Abhinav Bindra and Rahul Dravid along with a few brilliant wordsmiths, senior sports journalists Rohit Brijnath, Sharda Ugra, Shivani Naik, Neeru Bhatia and Abhijeet Kulkarni, to name just a few. “At the highest level, our athletes no longer view themselves as also-rans,” says coeditor Aparna Ravichandran. “Pullela Gopichand speaks often of how Indian athletes used to be awed at meeting sporting greats at the Olympics, but now have evolved to become serious contenders…”This couldn’t have been possible without the unflinching selfbelief of a few trail-blazers. Sample Naik’s sublime take on Saina Nehwal’s work ethic: “Not all history is…a manic twisting of limbs and a moment’s power play. Some success in sport is like a slow-cooking, flavoursome stew. Badminton, for instanceIf sporting excellence is about turning up day after day, battling a new opponent and newer challenge across the net every morning you wake up, and finishing the last woman standing, Saina Nehwal will beat every other sportswoman from India hands downThey used to say Indians didn’t quite have the body the fast-twitch fibres, the calf muscles, the ripped core to lord over badminton. So Saina went out there and strung together a body of work.”advertisementApart from a few driven individuals, the creation of a national sporting culture involves the athlete support system working as one, the governance of sport, sponsorship and career progression for athletes, the availability and delivery of allied services and infrastructure, says Ravichandran. Still, at the end of the day, it may boil down to the can-do spirit, as Brijnath writes. “…[Abhinav] Bindra, with the heartbeat of a mortician and the single-mindedness of an assassin, wins India’s first individual Olympic gold in 2008, and it should be hung in a sports museum as ribboned proof. That Indians can. But to understand ‘can’, you’ve got to first meet can’t.’ Got to remember all those who tried who didn’t know better, those who lived in India before Google, when 400metre training schedules couldn’t just be downloaded from the Internet. And so Milkha Singh had to go and meet Charles Jenkins, the best 400metre runner in the world, at the 1956 Olympics and through an interpreter, in broken English, ask for his training schedule.”Sharda Ugra strikes a note of sanity as she punctures the flawed perception of sports as patriot games. “The Indian athlete has now emerged as the uber-patriot, the quasi soldier. And soldiers cannot be doubted or questioned. Which, of course, more than ever, requires that they must always be. It is a heady time to be listening to or telling stories about Indian sports because of its tumult and volume of activity. There are so many on their search of excellence, wanting to own a slice of history. As Indian sports grows …, this is a moment in sporting history that calls for a more measured recounting. As witnesses and storytellers, we must again recalibrate our lenses and re-examine our notions.”An anthology for the sports aficionado to read, and re-read.GO! INDIA’S SPORTING TRANSFORMATION Editors Nandan Kamath, Aparna Ravichandran, Penguin India; Rs 299Book excerpt By Rohit Brijnath :Can.A three-letter word. Has no great personality. Slang for toilet. Painted by Andy Warhol. Worth five points in Scrabble.Then you look again.’Can’ has muscle. It means to have the ability, the skill, the belief. It’s knowing ‘how to’. It’s having the ‘power to’.It’s worth more points than you can estimate in competition.advertisement’Can’ is what Abhinav Bindra, a straight-shooting species with a sense of irony, helps India with. He’s not the first one to dismantle barriers, because even in the 1920s and the 1930s, an army officer called Dhyan Chand and his buddies Leslie Hammond, Feroze Khan and Jaipal Singh Munda were telling the world that India could do some stickball magic.Athletes reflect the society they live in, and in those years, they too were daunted. They’d look at everyone else’s fancy equipment, gyms, facilities, coaches, trainers and tracksuits while eating a scientifically approved diet of McDonald’s burgers because it was the cheapest place to eat, and they would shrink inside. Confidence all curled up.How do you beat them if you don’t belong? If sport is played in the mind, then that’s also where suspicion of one’s own talent rests. Indians anyway weren’t conditioned then to voice their ambitions.No one wanted to look too big for the boots they didn’t even have. Well, not the nice ones their friends sometimes got from abroad.On the plane to England in 1996 for his first Test tour, Rahul Dravid was all freshly shaved enthusiasm, thinking about whether a series could be won, till a senior, carrying the wisdom of the practical, said: ‘Let’s try and win one Test’.Remember the Titans (2000) is a movie about the semi-miraculous, this was the real modest world of the Indian athlete. It’s not that Asian athletes couldn’t win medals at the Commonwealth Games, or score centuries at Lord’s, but they were understandably inhibited at crucial times.’In sport,’ explained Dravid, ‘the margins are so small that any inferiority is magnified under pressure. And so if things got tough, then we didn’t have enough history behind us to show we could do this.’…Awe needs a few visits to rub off. First time you go to Lord’s or Wimbledon, you can be stilled by history.All those boards, those statues, those names, that legend.Second time, you might recognise that even at Lord’s, the wickets are only 22 yards apart and the net at Wimbledon is the same height as the one in your club in Chennai. But once, says Gopichand, athletes hardly travelled, maybe two tournaments a year abroad, maybe four, and it was not enough to find the necessary comfort, to figure out the poster on your wall was no caped hero but just another nervous human.As he put it: ‘People idolised them so much, they couldn’t beat them.’ Why weren’t you intimidated, I asked Gopichand, the All England champion in 2001, and he replied: ‘I blindly believed I was going to win. I just didn’t like losing, it didn’t matter who it was. It was personal for me on the court.’These people are the path-clearers, the roadfinders, the courage-givers, the confidence-restorers. This is also who Bindra is. Bindra doesn’t gaze at his 2008 Olympic gold medal, and he’s not even quite sure where it is most of the time.advertisementBut the medal is really for India to look at, a representation of the journey he’s lived and endured for years. A medallion of proof.An Indian can.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Next Yes, we canA good anthology on India’s continuing quest for sporting gloryadvertisementlast_img read more

Robert Mugabe polarises Zimbabwe even after death

first_img Reuters HarareSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 10:29 IST Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe, passed away on September 7 at 95. (Photo: Reuters)Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, with a fight over where he will be buried threatening to embarrass his successor and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government wants Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until the November 2017 coup that ousted him, buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against the white minority Rhodesian regime.But some of Mugabe’s relatives have pushed back against that plan. They share Mugabe’s bitterness at the way former allies including Mnangagwa conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.Mnangagwa has taken the threat to snub a burial at National Heroes Acre sufficiently seriously that he has dispatched a delegation to Singapore, where Mugabe died in a hospital on Friday, to negotiate with the family, government sources said.The body is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, adding time pressure to Mnangagwa, who is under fire over an economic crisis and clampdown on dissent that has drawn parallels with the worst excesses of the Mugabe era.Both men have blamed Western sanctions and accused the United States and Britain of driving opposition protests.”Mugabe has always been a controversial figure, in life as it is now in death,” said Eldred Masunungure, a politics professor at the University of Zimbabwe. “If the founding father of Zimbabwe wasn’t buried at National Heroes Acre, it would set a very bad precedent and tarnish the image of the head of state.”advertisementIn public, senior ZANU-PF officials express confidence that Mugabe will be buried at the monument on Sunday, after a state funeral in a sports stadium a day earlier. In private they say the feud with Mugabe’s family could have been handled better.One factor that could help Mnangagwa’s delegation, which is led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, is that Mugabe’s family is divided over where the former president should be laid to rest.Leo Mugabe, Mugabe’s nephew, is leading a group of relatives who want the former president to buried in his home village of Kutama, some 85 km (52 miles) from Harare, two relatives who have attended planning meetings for Mugabe’s burial said.That group is also backed by some members of the faction within ZANU-PF that is closely aligned with Mugabe’s wife Grace and wants to get back at Mnangagwa.Other family members, including Mike Bimha, who is from Grace’s side of the family, think it would be best to mend ties with Mnangagwa by burying Mugabe at National Heroes Acre, the relatives said.On Tuesday, a tour guide at the monument said he was sure Mugabe would be buried there. A place has been left next to his first wife Sally’s grave within the grandiose structure, which North Korean architects helped design soon after independence.DIVIDED LANDMugabe left behind an economy wrecked by hyperinflation, dollarisation and deeply entrenched corruption, and a raging political rivalry between the country’s two largest political parties, ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC.But many Zimbabweans also remember Mugabe as their country’s liberator from white minority rule and for broadening people’s access to education and land.Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy whose power base mainly lies in the military and security sectors, has tried to associate himself with the successes of the Mugabe era and distance himself from his ruinous economic legacy.He used his powers as president to confer national hero status – Zimbabwe’s highest honour – on Mugabe within hours of his death, making him eligible to be buried at National Heroes Acre, which sits atop a ridge overlooking Harare.Mugabe wielded those same powers to bestow or deny that privilege to dozens of his former comrades, so it would be highly incongruous for his family to refuse to bury him there. The influential war veterans, who broke with Mugabe in 2016 and played a key role in bringing Mnangagwa to power, think it would be an affront to the liberation movement if Mugabe is not buried at the shrine.”If Mugabe identifies with the sacrifices of the Zimbabwean people for whom he was president, he should go there,” chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters.’TROUBLED WATERS’Mnangagwa’s government has not yet released an official programme for Mugabe’s burial.But in a memo sent to embassies in Harare on Sunday it encouraged foreign heads of state to leave immediately after the funeral service wraps up on Saturday.Ibbo Mandaza, a political analyst who is writing a biography of Mugabe, said Mnangagwa was trying to avoid the possibility of a situation where heads of state would attend a burial service in Mugabe’s home district to which he was not invited.advertisement”That is the dilemma Mnangagwa faces, he can’t be sleeping well,” Mandaza said.A senior ZANU-PF politburo member, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said there were lessons to be learned.”Probably President Mnangagwa should have persuaded and cajoled comrade Mugabe’s family more to avoid this dispute spilling into the public and embarrassing him and the party,” the politburo member said. Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba could not be reached for comment.Yet analysts are not expecting the country’s opposition parties to be able to capitalise on the row, noting that cracks in the ruling party had opened and closed again previously.If Mnangagwa persuades Mugabe’s family to bury him at National Heroes Acre, he will be able to use the occasion to cement his position as the country’s pre-eminent politician, politics professor Masunungure said.”If Mnangagwa plays his cards well the departure of Mugabe is likely to consolidate his control.”ALSO READ | Robert Mugabe, controversial former Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95ALSO READ | Robert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial planALSO WATCH | China warns Hong Kong protesters of harsh consequencesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabe polarises Zimbabwe even after deathRobert Mugabe’s relatives have pushed back against incumbent president’s plan to burry him at a national monument. They share Mugabe’s bitterness at the way former allies conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.advertisement Nextlast_img read more