Dhoni, who had taken a two-month sabbatical from the sport, is currently vacationing in the United States, after having served the Territorial Army for 15 days. It couldn't be ascertained whether the selectors spoke to Dhoni about his availability for the home series against South Africa. It was on expected lines because the some of the BCCI officials had indicated that Dhoni will not be picked for the T20I series against the Proteas. They said the powers that be wanted to give more opportunities to Rishabh Pant, currently the No 1 choice wicketkeeper batsmen across the format for India. The officials indicated that such a move was important because of the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next year. The younger of the Pandya brothers -- Hardik -- was back in the team after being rested to treat his minor niggles as part of the workload management programme. Hardik did not tour West Indies and in fact this will be his first competitive outing after the ICC World Cup 2019. The … [Read more...] about India vs South Africa T20Is: Hardik Pandya returns; Dhoni omitted
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DUBAI: In a protocol deviation, India's S Ravi today replaced Aleem Dar as the umpire for the fourth cricket one-dayer between India and South Africa in Chennai after the Pakistani official had to be withdrawn from the series owing to security concerns. As per the ICC norms, one neutral umpire is a must in any bilateral series but in the Chennai ODI, both the on-field officials will be from the host country. "Due to the close proximity of fixtures Sundaram Ravi, a member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, had previously been selected for the Pakistan versus England series, but will now stand in the fourth ODI between India and South Africa in Chennai on Thursday," the ICC said in a statement. The ICC said the move was necessitated by "exceptional circumstances" and both the BCCI and Cricket South Africa have agreed that two Indian umpires will stand in this game. "As a result, there are changes to the Pakistan-England series. Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel will be on the on-field … [Read more...] about Sundaram Ravi replaces Aleem Dar for 4th India-South Africa ODI
Email The Conversation Mirjam van der Mheen, Charitha Pattiaratchi and Erik van Sebille Posted April 17, 2019 11:53:00 Photo: What happens to 99 per cent of plastic waste that enters the ocean is still a mystery. (Supplied: Harriet Spark) Related Story: There's a soup of rubbish in the Pacific that's almost as big as Queensland Related Story: Plastic is spreading deadly diseases to coral reefs Related Story: Diver films wave of plastic pollution on scale 'never seen before' Related Story: Here are a few things you can do to help reduce plastic pollution Map: Australia Great stretches of our rubbish are known to form in areas of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such "garbage patch" has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean.Our research — published recently in Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans — looked at why that's the case, and what happens to the rubbish that gets dumped in this particular area.Every year, up to 15 million tonnes of … [Read more...] about There is no garbage patch in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where is the rubbish?
The teenage Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has appealed to the court of arbitration for sport against her indefinite ban from competition, imposed after she failed a controversial “gender test”. Chand, 18, was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games after the ruling, which disqualifies her from taking part in women’s competitions due to her elevated testosterone levels. However, campaigners have attacked the testing as unscientific and discriminatory, protesting that her raised levels are an entirely natural result of the condition hyperandrogenism. Chand’s appeal is the first to challenge the rules introduced by the International Association of Athletics Federations following the controversy around the treatment of South Africa’s Caster Semenya in 2009. Quoted in the New York Times, Chand said she would not bow to pressure from coaches to undergo treatment to change the testosterone level in her body. “I feel it is wrong to change your … [Read more...] about Indian sprinter Dutee Chand appeals against ban for failing ‘gender test’
Story highlights Zimbabwe demonetized its own currency in 2009 due to hyper-inflation The country's central bank issued 1 trillion, 10 trillion and 100 trillion dollar notes Zimbabwe recovered from excessively high inflation to -2.3% deflation (CNN)What do the U.S. dollar, South African rand, the British pound, Indian rupee, Japanese yen and Chinese yuan have in common? They are among the currencies being used in Zimbabwe as a solution to the country's problems with hyperinflation. Since 2009, Zimbabwe has used other currencies in lieu of its own, which it abandoned after hyperinflation of more than 5,000 percent made it essentially worthless. This system of using multiple currencies has led to a deflation rate of -2.3%, according to Zimbabwe's bank governor. "We changed to a multiple currency system to stabilize, and inflation went down to 0% and it was magic," said the Zimbabwe Reserve Bank Governor, John Mangudya. Read More Z$100,000,000,000,000 Zimbabwe used to … [Read more...] about The 100 trillion dollar bank note that is nearly worthless