National Herald Tribune : 2020-09-02

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From: Tafheem Printers Pakistan’s batting coach Younis Khan has urged limited-overs skipper Babar Azam to stamp his authority on the field. While speaking in a press conference on Monday, Khan said that Azam should not be afraid of making his own decisions. "It can get difficult for a captain when he is receiving so much advice and also suggestion­s on field as well. Whether the suggestion­s are coming from off the field or from inside the field, it’s meant for the betterment of the team,” said Khan. “My advice to Babar is that as a leader is to try and take your own decisions; He should not be afraid of taking his decisions eve if they are incorrect because you can always learn from those mistakes," he added. The Pakistan batting great also expressed his desire to continue as the team’s batting coach in the future. “If given the opportunit­y, I would like to continue as the batting coach of the team,” he said. He also heaped praise on wicketkeep­er-batsman Mohammad Rizwan for his performanc­es on the England tour so far. "Watching Rizwan was the happiest moment on tour because after long time, we saw a wicketkeep­er performing in England,” he said. Khan also stressed on the importance of bonding with players in the team, as far as coaching is concerned. "I've been working with all the boys on this tour in any way I can. I've even helped Mohammad Hafeez on his golf swing and Yasir Shah on his hairstyle. This way I can get close to the players and work on their weaknesses," he said. Pakistan’s tour of England will come to an end with final T20I of the series on Tuesday. MANCHESTER, September 1: Young Haider Ali became the first Pakistan batsman to score a half-century on debut in Twenty20 Internatio­nal cricket as Pakistan piled up a big total of 190 runs for the loss of four wickets here at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Veteran allrounder Mohammad Hafeez smashed an unbeaten 86 from 52 balls with four boundaries and six sixes. Haider, the 19-year-old middle-order batsman who made his debut today, scored 54 off 33 balls with five fours and two sixes. Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field. England, the 50-over world champions, were unchanged from the side that won by five wickets in Manchester on Sunday to go 1-0 up in a three-match series following Friday's no result washout. Pakistan made three changes, with Haider Ali given his internatio­nal debut, in place of Iftikhar Ahmed while former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed replaced wicketkeep­er Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz replaced Mohammad Amir after his fellow left-arm paceman suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's match. Speaking of Vaughn's performanc­e, Australian great Michael Vaughn said it looks like Pakistan has "a serious player" on their side. Tom Moody endorsed the view, saying: "First saw Haider Ali in South Africa in the U/19's WC. It was clear he was a special talent. Just love that he's been given the opportunit­y to shine today." "We had planned to bowl first but unfortunat­ely we lost the toss, we will try to post a good total," Pakistan captain Babar Azam told Sky Sports at the toss. "Haider Ali makes his debut today, then Sarfaraz Ahmed as wicketkeep­er and Wahab Riaz." Given England had chased down an imposing target of 196 on Sunday, with Morgan making a blistering 66, it was perhaps no surprise he decided to bat second. "It's a fresh pitch today, it looks a little bit drier than the first game that we played but it still looks good," he said. Agencies Marcus Rashford has formed a taskforce with some major food brands to help tackle hunger among children, the Manchester United and England forward said on Tuesday. Rashford had earned widespread praise after the 22-year-old successful­ly campaigned for school food vouchers to be provided over the summer holidays in Britain, revealing that he had relied on such support as a boy. Announcing the child food poverty group that includes Aldi, Asda, Tesco, Deliveroo, Sainsbury’s and Kellogg’s among others, Rashford wrote an open letter to parliament endorsing three policy recommenda­tions of the National Food Strategy. The points include the expansion of free school meals to children whose families are on universal credit, expansion of holiday provision to all children on free school meals, and increasing the value of Healthy Start vouchers. “I feel like at times people think they are being looked down on if they ask for help, and I think in this generation... that is something that should change,” Rashford told the BBC. “You should feel free if you want to ask for help... hold your head up high and, if you need help, go and get help. “...we had to think about the best way to do it, to think about how these families can eat long term and not have issues. We wanted to do it the best way... introduce the best people into our group, and see if using them (we) can push it even more.” Rashford had also helped to raise around 20 million pounds ($26.9 million) with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families during the Covid-19 pandemic.Rashford had also helped to raise around 20 million pounds ($26.9 million) with charity Fareshare UK to supply meals to struggling families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Novak Djokovic said his own "intensity" powered him into the second round of a crowdless US Open Monday as he started his bid for an 18th Grand Slam off with a straight-sets win. The Serbian superstar defeated unheralded Damir Dzumhur of BosniaHerz­egovina 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in just under two hours at an eerily quiet Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. The world number one took just 23 minutes to win the first set but labored to a narrow victory in the second before propelling himself into into round two with a convincing third. "I came out, played really well the first set. Second set I lost my focus, kind of got stressed out a couple times, screamed," he told reporters. "That's obviously still there, regardless of the empty stadium. But this is what I bring to the court. I bring a lot of intensity, energy. Sometimes my reactions may not be so positive, but I try to bounce back," he added. Midway through the second set a clearly agitated Djokovic shouted in the direction of the stands at members of his team. "Not the first time, probably not the last time," he said. "I was frustrated with my game, with some of the shots that I was playing at that time. Just I guess channeled it out in that way. Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq’s future hangs in the balance as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) looks set to take important decisions over the next few weeks. The PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan have returned to Pakistan, after spending their annual leaves in England, and will be looking into important matters that remained unaddresse­d during their absence. One such issue is Misbah’s dual role, especially after the team’s mediocre performanc­e during the ongoing tour of England. Pakistan lost the threematch Test series, one-nil, bearing in mind the fact that they lost the first Test from a winning position.The Men in Green are also one-nil down in the ongoing three-match Twenty20 Internatio­nal (T20I) series and would look to avoid a series defeat by winning the final match on Tuesday. Losing the T20I series is likely to result in more fingers pointing towards the already under-pressure Misbah. Misbah was given the dual role in September 2019 in all three formats on a three-year contract. It must be noted that Mani had tacitly given one-year ultimatum to Misbah, after the Men in Green’s disappoint­ing performanc­es with the former captain at the helm, back in December, 2019. "That's I guess not always the reaction that I want. As I said, that's kind of a game and kind of an intensity that I bring on the court. Sometimes these things happen." Djokovic was also irked by a serve-clock rule that appeared quicker than at last week's tournament at the same venue. "I was not aware of it. No one really brought it to my attention. The lack of communicat­ion is something that worries me once again," he moaned. "We've played in the certain tempo, got used to it during the Western & Southern tournament, which just ended two days ago. "Two days later we have a different rule that was just not communicat­ed to us. That's something that I found just not acceptable, not fair. But I guess I have to deal with it, and that's it." The absence of defending champion Rafael Nadal and Swiss legend Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows gives Djokovic a prime opportunit­y to gain ground on his rivals in the chase for the all-time men's Grand Slam singles title record. Djokovic currently has 17, behind Nadal on 19 and Federer on 20. The 33-year-old takes on Britain's Kyle Edmund in the second round at the US National Tennis Center. "He does have a really good serve and forehand, two really big weapons," Djokovic said of Edmund, ranked 44th in the world. "I have a lot of respect for him. He's a really hard worker, puts a lot of hours on and off the court into perfecting his game. "I think he does have the game and the potential to be in the top 20 without a doubt, where I expect him to be soon. So it's going to be a tough one," added the three-time US Open champion. the captain. There are also concerns over wicketkeep­er-batsman Mohammad Rizwan instructin­g bowlers in Pashto language, from behind the stumps, without consulting Azam. Sources have also revealed that many players in the side are currently playing for themselves rather than the team, inorder to cement their place in the squad. If Pakistan is not able to win the T20I series against England, it could also signal the end of careers for few of the senior players in the side. Pakistan team management has asked the senior members of the squad to avoid giving unsolicite­d advice to limited-overs captain Babar Azam. According to details, pressure on Azam had increased due to presence of ‘multiple captains’ in the side which was evident during Pakistan’s defeat at the hands of England in the second T20I on Sunday. At one point, during England’s run chase, four senior players were seen giving advice to Azam which caused more confusion rather than helping to appoint a permanent replacemen­t quickly. “We as a players’ advisory body have given them our opinion already. We want to proceed with the vision. We are glad that the associatio­n is listening to us but ultimately they must make a choice. But it is equally important that they know how we feel.” Louis van Gaal, who steered the Netherland­s to the World Cup semifinals in Brazil six years ago, expressed an interest in a possible return on a weekend television discussion programme, prompting questions to Van Dijk on Monday about his opinion of the former Manchester United manager's suitabilit­y. “I’ve never worked with him so I cannot really say much about it. I did not personally suggest his name. But he has done a lot for Dutch football and it is logical that the media are mentioning his name. I’m confident that the associatio­n will make the right choice,” Van Dijk responded. The Netherland­s team are disappoint­ed with their coach Ronald Koeman’s decision to leave for Barcelona but understand he could not turn down the offer, captain Virgil van Dijk said on Monday. “It was not a shock but we are all disappoint­ed because we have seen a tremendous coach depart. But it was his dream. We give him that. It is sad for us but we understand,” Van Dijk said of Koeman’s resignatio­n this month to take up a two-year contract with the Spanish club, where he was once a player. “The players don’t feel let down by Koeman, they only wish him the best,” the skipper added as the Netherland­s gathered for their two Nations League games in Amsterdam against Poland on Friday and Italy next Monday. Koeman had been a popular figure among the players and revived Dutch fortunes after failure to qualify for the 2016 European Championsh­ip and the 2018 World Cup. After Koeman took over, they reached the final of the last Nations League and secured a berth at Euro 2020, which has been postponed to next year. His former assistant Lodeweges is taking charge of the two games but Van Dijk, at a news conference, urged the Dutch football associatio­n Dwight National Herald Tribune, Wednesday, September 2, 2020

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