T10 cricket! Can we take it?

first_imgThere were only Test matches once. Then came One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of 60 overs each, which got reduced to 50 overs (the form that we see it in today). After several decades of one-day cricket, came another format which captured the imagination of the cricket globe – T20!The ICC World T20, the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League – T20 cricket is hot property today.And now, nearly 11 years after the first edition of IPL took cricket by storm, comes the T10 format.Just 10 overs of cricket for each team – it does not sound too appealing, I mean how much of cricket are you actually going to even see in that less time? But isn’t this what everybody thought of T20 back in time.T10 has the same ingredients as T20 cricket – Imagine this! 6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs – this is how Afghanistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad gave a fiery start to the second edition of the T20 league in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Who can now say that T10 will never catch up and won’t find takers?TERBULENT TAKE OFF…”You can take it to the moon, to the Amazon jungles,” Rameez Raja tells T10 league CEO, Colonel Arvinder Singh in commentary in typical self-aggrandizement of the league. Col. Singh signs off with a sheepish thank you.Singh, who has previously served as CEO of Kings X1 Punjab and Gujarat Lions in the IPL, knows that things were not so rosy only a month ago. He took over the T10 league responsibilities in October with the credibility of the experimental 10 overs league at stake following resignation of some management members and then title sponsors under investigation for Ponzi schemes.advertisementRiding on the back of ICC sanction, insiders who flirted with the idea of a four-day T10 league last year say, it turned out to be nothing better than a celebrity league. One account says there was also an instance when the team that reached the ground early was allowed to play before the scheduled match, with the other teams waiting for their turn.”There were a lot of things that did not appear in line with how they should be in a professional league. We have now tried to change a lot of them this time,” Col. Singh says.This second edition of the 12-day league worked under structures including the supervision of the ICC anti-corruption unit and attracted participation from some of the best T20 cricketers around the world. A lot of established power hitters from Shahid Afridi to Chris Gayle and Alex Hales did their gig.NEW BALLS PLEASE…’New balls please’ most commonly heard at Wimbledon, came into fashion in cricket too. Two or three balls a day being dispatched out of the Sharjah cricket stadium became so common, Danny Morrison had a field day with the mike. Michael Slater who has now switched to India-Australia Test commentary was giving Morrison a complex in Sharjah, screaming out as loud as he could. In a format where runs, wickets, nothing seemed in excess, the commentators too choose to use hyperbole liberally.Morrison and Rameez Raja later switched to New Zealand vs Pakistan Test broadcast, unsurprisingly watched by a few hundred spectators. But even the T10 league took time for spectators to warm up to the action. In the first week, the slam dam cricket buzz was nowhere enough to fill the 15,000 capacity Sharjah cricket stadium.By the second week of the 12-day league though, there were packed houses as the popular Pakhtoon franchise led by Shahid Afridi, a big draw with the Emirates based Pakistani crowd, got going.T10 ENHANCES T20 SKILLS…Easy to dismiss and fashionable to malign, T10 is yet to be taken seriously by pundits and seasoned cricket viewers. Some who have just begun to live with and enjoy T20 action, more than a decade after its inception, fail to buy the radical 10 overs concept. “It’s a valid question. But that’s what people said about T20 cricket too. I have been with IPL for all these years and I can tell you that people don’t have time any more. I was speaking to some players and they were saying, T20 cricket too becomes predictable between 7th and 16th over. All the IPL stars are playing here,” the league CEO says.Former Australian all rounder Shane Watson argues 10 overs action will help cricketers enhance their T20 skills. “Every ball is an event from bowling point of view. As a batsman too, you can’t get your eye in. It’s a great challenge and it’s only going to improve T20 skills because people realize what’s really possible now,” he observes.advertisementThe obvious argument also going for T10 is its length. 10 overs a side packaged over a period of 90 minutes a’ la football is seen by many as cricket’s window to Olympics. Former India pacer Zaheer Khan who too rolled his arm over advocates this school of thought. “With only 10 overs, there is that much less time and more pressure on batsmen to go quicker and bowler to innovate. You can create pressure on opposition by only having one or two big players in the side too. It’s a very fast format and if you want to globalise the sport, T10 can be most useful,” he opines.It’s unusual for a bowler to back a format that leaves no room for seam, swing and reverse swing. But Zaheer argues, a good bowler will still find a way. “You have to find the right mindset to create an impact even in this format. A good bowler will always have value,” he says.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy makes a telling statement why bowlers should stay engaged. “Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments. That’s true of T10 as well,” he says.One of the tricks that T10 encourages and is already best employed by smart T20 captains is match ups; of using the right batsmen against weak bowlers and vice versa. In the T10 league for instance, in form batsmen like Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow often took advantage against retired or off-colour bowlers.CAN T10 EAT INTO ODI PIE?The most seasoned of IPL coaches Stephan Fleming and Daniel Vettori worked as coaches in the league and took notes. “Stephan Fleming was telling me 10 overs cricket may not affect Test cricket but might affect ODI cricket over a period of time,” former India physio John Gloster said.Fleming’s views hold strength. With the history and character of Test cricket so well defined, result oriented Test contests still find takers. A lot of cricketers who have played T10 cricket say it will boost T20 cricket skills. But with even multiple rule changes failing to keep viewers engaged through a 50-overs contest, ODI games could come under pressure if T10 takes root.Many bowlers are not enjoying the 10 overs blitz though. With a maximum of 2 overs to bowl against batsmen in overdrive mode, the long acquired skills of setting up a wicket become ill-suited to the format.Former India pacer RP Singh shares the bowlers’s sentiment. “I remember when someone hit you for a six in Test cricket, you would remember it for the rest of the year. Here you are hit for a six off the first ball so there is an acceptance that people come for entertainment. If you are hit for 20 runs in an over; as a bowler you think… at least I didn’t go for 25.”SUSCEPTIBLE TO CORRUPTIONFive years back the biggest blot on the most successful IPL brand was the spot-fixing scandal that eventually saw BCCI administration being handed over to court-appointed administrators.advertisementWith short format leagues easy prey for trouble makers, T10 cricket played in UAE with its tainted history could be susceptible.Speaking about the anti-corruption measures adopted during the competition, chairman of T10 league Shaji-ul Mulk said, “We outsourced the entire ICC anti-corruption unit and there was a ICC integrity officer with each team. We want to make it a league where corruption can be checked at every step.”One instance of a corrupt approach from an outsider to a member of a franchise support staff did take place during the league. It was reported on time and handled by the anti-corruption unit.Also Read | Corrupt approach reported in T10 League in United Arab EmiratesAlso Read | Watch what happens when Rashid Khan tries to emulate MS Dhoni’s helicopter shotlast_img read more

WILD HILL HONEY OWNERS SAY THANKS TO SIOUXLAND

first_imgThe owners of a local honey company whose hives and bees were destroyed last week say they will return to business thanks to donations and help provided by many Siouxland residents.Justin and Tori Engelhardt of Wild Hill Honey posted a message on their Facebook page thanking those who contributed money through Go Fund Me pages.The couple says the donations combined with equipment they were able to salvage have met their needs.They say their wish is that this spirit of compassion will be used to help others now and so all fundraisers for Wild Hill Honey are now closed.Police are continuing their investigation into the vandalism where 50 bee hives and around a half million bees were destroyed.last_img read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

Happy Day for Turks and Caicos Southwest Airlines marks first flight

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 6, 2017 –  It could easily be described as the happiest moment for the Turks and Caicos, as a country, since hurricanes Irma and Maria when a #SouthwestAirlines 737 touched down at the #ProvidencialesInternationalAirport on Sunday afternoon for the first time.The inaugural flight, with 103 passengers aboard marked a significant milestone and the beginning of a long pursued relationship with America’s biggest airline company.Underscoring the significance of the freshly forged commute between Ft Lauderdale, Florida and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos were three events to mark the milestone.  A welcome reception held Saturday at #iHeartRadio and #SouthwestSoundstage in Miami, Florida where Turks and Caicos, the #DominicanRepublic and #CostaRica were all welcomed to South Florida and introduced as the three newest Caribbean/Latin America flights for the airline.A take off press conference held at the gate of flight 618, the Provo gate within the A terminal, a new Southwest Airlines wing of the #FtLauderdaleHollywoodInternationalAirport.  Conch shells, balloons, interviews, photographs, regional and Turks and Caicos media, and brief remarks punctuated the excitement where the first passenger turning in her boarding pass and entering the flight was Premier, Hon #SharleneRobinson – all smiles, all congratulatory and all thankful. The Premier said Southwest holding to the November 5 start of the flight is a true testament of their commitment and Turks and Caicos’ allure as a destination.  The nation’s leader explained that it would have been understandable had the airline company decided to postponed launch of the route given the seriousness of the September storms, but Southwest is now here and will run daily flights delivering to guests and islanders their no baggage fees and no change fees policies – she called it a happy day for the islands.Tourism Minister, Hon #RalphHiggs said the pursuit of Southwest started some seven years ago, when the airline was flying limited flights only in the US. More seriously, four years ago significant talks began and the deal was inked and now this leading carrier will broaden the options for travelers into the Turks and Caicos.#SteveGoldberg, Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality at #SouthwestAirlines agreed, and said there is a demand for the destination and Southwest is ready to deliver on a unique service; Goldberg also made this first flight in. #JohnSmith, CEO of the Airports Authority attributed the success of securing this airlift to tripartite teamwork; the Turks and Caicos Airports Authority, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board were all highly instrumental in making the Southwest connection happen. On board, prizes were given away with the help of the Junior Tourism Minister, #ZariahIngham and each passenger has a miniature TCI flag and gift from the tourist board as a keepsake and reminder that they were aboard the very first flight of Southwest airlines to this leading regional destination.And yes, there was water canon salute for the new Southwest flight as it taxied into the PIA. Related Items:#premiersharlenerobin, #providencialesinternationalairport, #southwestairlinesprovidenciales, #southwestairlinesturksandcaicos, #tciopenforbusiness, #tcistrong PDM Administration moving ahead with crack down on shanty construction NEOC UPDATE AFTER MARIA Recommended for you Editorial: Not decimated but badly bruisedlast_img read more

Spalletti on Coppa Italia and Benevento

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has revealed his ambitions to win the Coppa Italia ahead of their clash with Benevento.Spalletti’s men may set up a quarter-final clash with Lazio if they end up beating the underdogs but the former Roma man has called for caution ahead of the tie.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” the Coach told Inter TV and cited on Football Italia.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Inter don’t have home advantage either, because it will be played behind closed doors due to repeated racist chanting from their fans.“It’ll seem a lot more like a training ground exercise, as without the crowd there, we lose the passion and emotional strength this sport gives you.“It was right to send a strong message, but also to reflect on what can be done, because we end up penalising people who have nothing to do with these incidents.”With Inter out of the Champions League in the group stage, can the Coppa Italia be their best chance of silverware?“It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.”last_img read more

Homelessness in San Diego

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness FacebookTwitter January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Homelessness in San Diego KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAlthough many steps have been taken to try and improve the homeless issue in San Diego, it continues to be a topic of concern.KUSI was joined by founder of Homelessness News San Diego, Michael McConnell, with more on the problem the city is facing. Posted: January 9, 2018last_img read more