Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the upcoming Quadrangular A series against Australia and South Africa due to a left hamstring injury.The 27-year-old Shankar, who plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic matches, is currently undergoing rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bengaluru.The senior selection committee has decided against naming any replacement for the all-rounder who was part of the India B squad in the Quadrangular series.”Vijay Shankar was part of the India B squad in the Quadrangular series. However the Senior Selection Committee has reached a consensus that there won’t be a replacement for Shankar in the India B squad,” acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said.The player, who appeared for Delhi Daredevil in the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), made his senior team T20I debut against Sri Lanka in March, this year.India are slated to play a Quadrangular A series against Australia and South Africa from August 17.(With inputs from ANI)
New Delhi: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes in the present era of T20 and ODIs, Test cricket should become more appealing to the new generation and must address some core issues. In order to add more excitement to the longest format of the game, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already come out with the concept of World Test Championship. The ongoing first edition of the World Test Championship will see the teams — Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies — fight for top honours across 71 Test matches in 27 series over the next two years, the winner of which will be crowned in 2021. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It is a no-brainer that Test cricket must jazz itself up to survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate entertainment options. I am a die-hard traditionalist, but Test cricket needs to appeal to the millennials. The core issues need to be addressed,” Gambhir wrote in his column for The Times of India. The cricketer-turned-politician, who represented India in 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is, also called on the ICC to standardise cricket ball used in Test matches. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later While SG balls are used in India, Dukes balls are used in England, Ireland and the West Indies while the rest of the countries use Kookabura balls. “I can understand the commercial compulsions of this but it is strange to be in a common competition with variable apparatus,” he said. “Maybe ICC can list out standard parameters for a cricket ball to be used in Test cricket and float a tender for the manufacturers. Whoever meets them at a desired cost can be the ‘bowling partner of the ICC’. A spinner like R. Ashwin will be thrilled if he gets a cricket ball with the healthy seam of SG, or Dukes,” he added.
OTTAWA – Canada will be dispatching an aviation task force to the troubled West African nation of Mali as part of a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a senior government official said Friday.The government source said the task force will be in Mali for up to 12 months and an official announcement on the deployment will be made Monday.It will be Canada’s first peacekeeping mission in Africa since the early 1990s when troops were sent to Rwanda and Somalia.Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising prompted soldiers to overthrow the country’s president. The power vacuum that was created led to an Islamic insurgency and a French-led war that ousted the jihadists from power in 2013.However, insurgents remain active and the UN has seen its multinational peacekeeping force in the region suffer more than 150 fatalities since its mission began in 2013.In terms of troop numbers, Canada is currently at a historic low for participation in peacekeeping missions. Canada had a total of 43 peacekeepers deployed around the world at the end of December, the most recent UN numbers indicate, down from 62 in November.The decline, largely the result of a reduction in the number of Canadian police officers deployed to Haiti, means Canada has fewer peacekeepers in the field than at any point since the 1950s.The deployment to Mali will help fulfil a pledge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made in November during a peacekeeping summit in Vancouver.The prime minister unveiled a package of measures, which include offering up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus their associated pilots and support personnel, as well as a 200-strong quick reaction force to the UN.Trudeau also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations around the world, which he emphasized as critical to bringing peace and stability to conflict-ridden areas.