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October 20, 2019

We keep making same mistakes again and again du Plessis

first_imgLondon: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis feels the group stage exit from the ongoing World Cup is the lowest point of his career as captain. On Sunday, South Africa were handed a crushing 49-run defeat by Pakistan in their crucial World Cup tie at the Lord’s in London, thus ruling out their chances of making it to the semis. The Proteas have now lost their five out of the seven games they have played at the ongoing tournament and are only above Afghanistan – the only side they have beaten – in the points table. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev “Yes, definitely (it is the lowest point). I’m a very proud player and captain, and playing for South Africa means a lot for me, and the fact that the results we’re dishing out at the moment – you know, it’s really, really tough, and borderline. Today, it’s a little bit embarrassing. We’re trying but it’s just not good enough. Obviously I’m human as well, so it will keep chipping at me,” ESPNcricinfo quoted a dejected du Plessis as saying at the post-match press conference. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships “It’s important that the coach, myself, the senior players, are the guys that needs to front up to this challenge. That’s when your players need you the most. So right now, I need to be there for the other players as well.” It is for the first time since the disastrous 2003 World Cup campaign that South Africa have failed to go past the first round of the showpiece event. Against Pakistan, their pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi didn’t seem to be at their absolute best. It was only veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir who came out with all the energy and intensity in an otherwise lack-lustre performance from the Proteas bowlers and conceded a difficult total of 308. Chasing 309, the Proteas batter once again failed to come out with a good performance as none of the batsmen, barring du Plessis — who scored 63 off 79 balls — could muster the courage to stay long at the wicket. The South African team kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and was restricted to 259/9 in their allotted 50 overs. “You know, I feel we keep making the same mistakes over and over again,” said du Plessis. “Probably started off with the bowling. Our bowling has been the one thing that’s been working this tournament, and today, a well-below-par performance, probably bar Immy (Imran Tahir), who was exceptional once again. “But the rest of the guys, probably, you know, five-out-of-ten performance with the ball, 30 runs too many [given away] and the same thing with the bat once again. We’re starting our innings losing wickets again and then we build something nicely, get a partnership going, and then wicket and then wicket,” he added. During the presser, the 32-year-old also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to keep him fresh for the showpiece event. “I don’t think we’ll ever have a perfect answer for that because he’s probably biting on too much,” du Plessis said when asked about Rabada’s workload. “But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players. “I mean, I spoke about it before the IPL even started, that it’s important that we try and find space to rest our three-format players, because they play all the formats all the time, and then IPL. “So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” he added. In 2019, Rabada has till now bowled 303 overs in all competitions, 47 of which came at the IPL. During the IPL, he scalped 25 wickets at 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals. However, the 24-year-old picked up a back injury at the back-end of the tournament and was eventually withdrawn by Cricket South Africa as a precautionary measure. Rabada, expected to lead the Proteas pace battery in absence of Dale Steyn, proved ineffective in the disastrous World Cup campaign of the Proteas. In six innings at the World Cup so far, he has returned only six wickets at an average of 50.83, which is way too higher than his ODI career average of 27.74. South Africa will now play against Sri Lanka on June 28, which will be followed by their last game of the tournament against Australia on July 6.last_img read more

October 2, 2019

Ahead of new General Assembly session Ban stresses global cooperation to tackle

“This is a crucial period for global cooperation. Syria is the biggest peace, security and humanitarian challenge we face. Let us be clear: the use of chemical weapons in Syria is only the tip of the iceberg,” Mr. Ban told reporters in New York. “Next week, as world leaders gather here, I will make a strong appeal to Member States for action now.”Mr. Ban said that at next week’s General Assembly annual debate, which will be attended by some 130 Heads of State as well as foreign ministers, he would call on world leaders to “uphold their political and moral responsibilities to serve, to listen, to invest, to respond to the rising and justifiable demands of people across the world for lives of freedom and prosperity.”“We have a full agenda. But the events of the past days have shown once again the power of the United Nations to uncover the facts – to resolve differences – to help avoid bloodshed and forge consensus for peace and progress,” he said. “We must harness that spirit for action to address our immediate crises and achieve our longer-term goals.”Mr. Ban said that issues that will require urgent attention include climate change, boosting efforts to accelerate the achievement of the MDGs and the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda.“The situation in Afghanistan, Egypt, Mali and the Central African Republic will also be high on the agenda, as we assess new approaches we are taking in peacekeeping, diplomacy and support for countries in transition.” The Middle East diplomatic Quartet – comprised of the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – will also meet for the first time in more than a year to support the resumed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. In addition, the General Assembly will this year hold a high-level session on disabilities and development, and Mr. Ban stressed the importance of taking the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities – who make up 15 per cent of the global population – into account. “The next week or two will bring many opportunities for common progress. But success will depend on ever deeper levels of cooperation – and contributions from our partners,” Mr. Ban said. “I will meet with as many world leaders as I can. I am determined to pack a lot into these encounters. We have much to discuss.”Responding to questions about the crisis in Syria, the Secretary-General said he was encouraged by the framework agreement reached between United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on dealing with Syria’s chemical weapons. “I hope that that spirit of very friendly negotiations on the basis of good rapport, according to their expressions, will really help forge unity among the Security Council and address all these issues on an urgent basis by adopting a Security Council resolution, which can really be […] enforceable,” he continued, adding that the agreement should be translated into action as “there is not much time to lose.” Indeed, it is sad that the international community has been unable to help the Syrian people to enjoy their genuine freedom and peace during the last two-and-a-half years. The findings by Dr. Åke Sellström’s regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria on 21 August are “indisputable and overwhelming” and based on scientific facts. “Therefore, we must not take the “business as usual” [approach]. I sincerely hope that Russia and the United States demonstrate their leadership at this time, particularly the countries of the permanent members of the Security Council,” Mr. Ban said. He went on to say that he hoped the Council took action quickly because, “while we welcome the belated accession by the Syrian Government to the Chemical Weapons Convention, there are many obligations [which] must be implemented.” read more