Sunday, January 22, 2017
Authors Posts by SAMUEL DEBBARMA



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On Wednesday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced that Pakistan will tour the Caribbean for playing Twenty20 International (T20Is), One-Day International (ODIs) and Two Tests in April-May. The Asian country hasn’t visited the Caribbean since 2013 after they defeat West Indies 3-1 in ODIs and won both the T20Is.

Pakistan is going to start their tour by playing a pair of T20Is at Sabina Park on 31st March and 2nd April, respectively. And they are also ready to play their three ODIS at Guyana National Stadium on 7, 9, 11 April.

The guests will play a three-day training match at Trelawny in Jamaica, which will start on 15th April. The first Test series of three-match will start on 22nd April at Sabina Park, the second Test will start on 30th April which will take part at Kensington Oval in Barbados, and the final game will play at Windsor Park in Dominica on 10th May.pakistan

The previous year, Pakistan had defeated both match T20Is and ODIs against West Indies at 3-1 in the United Arab Emirates. They also overcame the visitors 2-1 in the Test series. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) manager of operations said that “To improve its ranking. Any series against Pakistan always poses an interesting contest for the West Indies.”

Pakistan recently ranked in the eighth position in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) ODI ranking with 89 points, whereas, West Indies ranked just at three points behind them with 86 points.


Only the top eight teams at the stop date of September 1, 2017, are assured to take part for the upcoming ICC World Cup which will be held in the year 2019. So, if West Indies or Pakistan not succeeds to get direct entry, then they need to play in the ICC World Cup Qualifier slated to held in the year 2018 in Bangladesh.


Friday, March 31 – 1st T20 – Queen’s Park Oval

Sunday, April 2 – 2nd T20 – Queen’s Park Oval

Friday, April 7 – 1st ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Sunday, April 9 – 2nd ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Tuesday, April 11 – 3rd ODI – Guyana National Stadium

Saturday, April 15 – 3-Day Match – Trelawny Stadium

Friday, April 22 – 1st Test – Sabina Park

Sunday, April 30 – 2nd Test – Kensington Oval

Wednesday, May 10 – 3rd Test – Windsor Park

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Argentina professional footballer Lionel Messi statue has broken in half, with the upper body, arms and head in Buenos Aires. The statue was unveiled in June soon after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile.

The statue was placed on the Paseo de la Gloria walkway overlooking the River Plate was cut off at the waist leaving only the lower body and a ball.

The City Hall said that they do not know who was responsible for the motive for the damage.


As per the reports, the city culture Secretariat said on Tuesday that “It was the victim of an act of vandalism. The city government is already working on repairs.”

Horacio Rodriguez Larreta unveiled the 29-years-old statue in a bid to convince Messi to overturn his decision to retire from the international duty and next to his shocking defeat to Chile in the Copa America.

The Barcelona forward, who has returned to the international duty for World Cup qualifiers in September, is extensively loved by his homeland.


He does, but, have his critics, particularly those who are critical of his performances for Argentina, who have missed three major finals in two years, as well as in 2014 World Cup.

The walkway has statues of Argentine sports greats including racing driver Juan Manuel Fangio, NBA basketball star Manu Ginobili, golfer Roberto de Vicenzo and tennis players Guillermo Vilas and Gabriela Sabatini.

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On Monday, Portuguese professional football player, Cristiano Ronaldo said that he doesn’t see himself “becoming a coach” after picking up the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Speaking to FIFA following the presentation of the inaugural, Cristiano Ronaldo awarded as the top male player in football, he also won the Ballon d’Or at the end of 2016, admitted he couldn’t rule anything out.

As per the reports, Ronaldo gave the statement to FIFA’s official website “Very difficult…never say never. I don’t know what will happen in the future but at this moment I don’t see myself becoming a coach.”


Ronaldo’s stellar 2016 also included a Champions League and Club World Cup name with Real Madrid, and also winning the 2016 Euro with Portugal.

The 31-years-old cheered his team on from the seat in the final after leaving the match early with an injury. Those situations felt against France in the final were very hard to handle. Ronaldo said that despite appearances were lots of nervous after exiting in the 25th minute of his team’s 1-0 extra-time win.

The 35-years-old stated that “It was complicated. I started the game, but I didn’t finish. I was very nervous. I remember that I was in the dressing room. Then I went outside. I think my behavior speaks for me really. I don’t really have anything to say.”

“The images don’t lie. People can see how nervous I was. But I think it was a glorious day for Portugal.”


When asked about his skill to control at the highest level of football after lots of years, he said “There’s no secret. It’s working strong and arduously. I’m playing for a team (Madrid) that gives me the possibility to be able to compete for these trophies. With Portugal also, I thought it was a sensational Euro.”

“I’ll return to saying again; it was a year of dreams – the collective performance, the individual performance, the team performance and the performance of the national team,” he added.

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On Monday, Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has announced that the signing of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli as new brand ambassador. The company has declared that it has now 1.2 cr customers in India.

The captain will quickly be seen in the upcoming promotion of Gionee, and it will also be actively concerned in a host of innovative marketing and customer experience plans. Kohli is going to join actor Alia Bhatt to help the brand touch new heights.

According to the sources, Country CEO and MD, Gionee India, Arvind R Vohra said that “With the two of the most loved icons in India, our motto of ‘Making Smiles’ is bound to create a new benchmark across billions of young hearts.”


Due to its two manufacturing units in the country, the company is planning for a 2.5-time growth this year. The Gionee company is going to establish 500 brand stores all over the country along with doubling their strength of trade representatives to 20,000.

The country CEO and MD Arvind.R Vohra of Gionee India said that “India is one of the fastest growing young economies in the world and Gionee takes immense pride in having India’s biggest youth icons Virat Kohli and Alia Bhatt as its brand endorsers.”


As per the reports, on the association, Captain Virat Kohli said “I play my game with dignity and passion and apply the same rule in choosing my partnerships. Gionee comes across as a brand that is fuelled by passion, determination and focuses on innovating and perform and with all of this have its heart in the right place by giving back to society.”

“Thus, I feel and believe that this association will go a long way. I am very excited to start this journey with Gionee.”

The Gionee company is banking on branding and targeted distribution to increase its share of the smartphone market. Vohra expects 7000 – 30,000 price segments to produce by 25-30 per cent.

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After the appointment as India’s limited overs captain, Virat Kohli said that having a player of the quality of MS Dhoni was a “win-win situation” for their team. Dhoni was at the helm for close to a decade, and yet since two years ago India’s World Cup semi-final loss against Australia in Sydney, his position in the batting order has been a point of high discuss and inspection.

Using his well-known finishing powers on the decrease, most spectators felt he was better off batting higher up the order, playing the sheet anchor’s position. Kohli recommended that he wanted his senior player to bat higher up the order. He thinks that by doing so, Dhoni will able to play free cricket and it will help him enjoy his game.


Recent captain of both ODI and T20I series of India’s, Kohli said to the BCCI.TV that “What I’m most happy about it that he’ll be able to play free cricket and express himself as the aggressive MS Dhoni we knew when he first came into the team.”

“As a player, responsibility can take that away from you. I think it’s time he enjoys his cricket because he has taken so much burden for the country.”

Just a week before starts ODI series against England, India’s comeback Yuvraj Singh yet spoke along with similar lines and re-emphasized what their captain said about MS Dhoni couple of days back.


Yuvraj approved that it will be like the old days when they played and started together. Singh said “It will be like the old days playing with him (Dhoni) when we had started. Obviously, I started much before him, but back then we were fearless when we used to play together. We can do the same this time, in the upcoming series against England.”

The 35-years-old all-rounder said about the right decision in stepping down as captain, “I think he (Dhoni) took a good decision in stepping down as captain, as he must have felt that it would give Kohli enough time to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup.”

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Australian leg-spin bowler and right-handed batsman Adam Zampa, who look at a place in the national cricket team for the four-Test tour to India, has exposed that World No. 1 Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin wants to keep the secrets of his skill under wraps.

The 24-years-old Zampa, who shared in the dressing room with leg-spin bowler Ashwin and his national team captain Steve Smith during last year’s in (IPL) Indian Premier League for the Rising Pune Supergiants, he said that the Chennai off-spinner bowled only leg spin to Smith at the nets.


When asked by, he said “I think the way Ashwin bowled in the nets; you ask someone like Smithy (Smith) or guys that you can tell he’s going to come up against in international cricket. I think there was one net session to Smithy where he just bowled leggies for an hour.”

The Australian leg-spin bowler and right-handed batsman added that “I don’t think he (Ashwin) wants to give too much away.”

Adam has often compared with the famous former leg-spinner of the Indian team and new Indian coach Anil Kumble for bowling quicker through the air instead of relying on spin and guile, he said.


“I know a lot of people say ‘he doesn’t spin the ball enough’ and all that junk. I don’t really see a different it the ball goes under the bat, over the bat or next to the bat. People have a lot of criticism on that side of my game, but there are other ways of taking a wicket than being a big spinner of the ball,” he added.

“A lot of people have been talking about my first-class statistics and all those things, but if I was given the opportunity, the way I bowled in Sir Lanka particularly and I know it’s Twenty20 cricket but during the IPL, the respect I’ve gained from those countries and the players now I think I would suit that role.”

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Australia will have “no excuses” however to bat well, pick up 20 wickets and adjust to the conditions if they want to beat an in-form Indian team in their backyard in the upcoming Test series, says vice-captain, David Warner.

The Australians might be in high spirits having won last three Tests against Pakistan to win three-match series 3-0, however, will start to India next month having lost nine successive Test in Asia and with just one series win there since the late 1960s.


The 30-years-old vice-captain said that “So far us as a team to take some positives out of that … the challenge is to try and bat longer periods. We’re going to have to take 20 wickets to win the game, simple as that, and we’re going to have to adapt straight away. No excuses.”

He excerpts as saying by, “Whether it’s batting or bowling and taking catches in the field, we’ve got to be on from ball one and have a plan B if plan A doesn’t work.”

Although, it would be easier said than done as the Virat Kohli-led Indian team is victorious in their past 18 Tests at home and currently completed a 4-0 series win over England, including two victories by an innings.


Warner, however, they can take heart from England, who was able to show some fight with the bat during their recent series by posting 400 or more in three of the five Tests.

Warner said “We just saw the recent series with England and to be brutally honest they played very well. They batted deep; they got big runs on the board. India just got bigger runs on the board.”

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Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has expressed the death of veteran actor and theater personality Om Puri, by writing a special message for his loving and colleague friend, saying that he may remain with his “ever infectious smile.”

The 66-years-old veteran actor was found death at his residence on Friday morning. He suffered a cardiac attack. The Megastar wrote on his blog, “Om Puri, if in soul you be, may you remain with your ever infectious smile.”

The 74-years-old Bollywood star also shared that “death, that darkest moment of humanity.” He added, “Took away another soul into its boundless fold and left us all in disbelief.”


Om Puri called megastar as Big B; he said “a friend, an affable loving colleague and a dynamic talent.”

Amitabh, along with his son and actor Abhishek also presented in actor’s cremation, which took place at the Oshiwara Electrical crematorium. He said that the only thing he could do is to hold his “friend’s son in an embrace and transfer strength to him in his young world.”

Bachchan added that “‘Be strong’.. is all I can muster … what else can I say .. what else can anyone say .. they that have lost personally and in relation, shall bear the end, with greater sorrow .. who knows.”


The last cremation of actor Om Puri was carried out by his son Ishaan in the presence of his divorced wife Nandita Puri and close friends Ashoke Pandit and Anupam Khar as well as iconic filmmakers like Ketan Mehta, Govind Nihlani, Prakash Jha, actors Shakti Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Ranbir Shorey, Randeep Hooda, and Manoj Bajpayee, Farhan Akhtar, Sonu Nigam, Javed Akhtar and veterans Gulzar.



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Eden Garden, Kolkata: On Saturday, instant Indian death over specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited Indian Premier League (IPL) for big transformation as a death bowler...