Wahab Riaz takes indefinite break from red-ball cricket

first_imgLeft-arm Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has taken an indefinite break from red-ball cricket in order to focus on limited-overs formats.”After reviewing my past couple of years’ performances in red-ball cricket and the upcoming limited-overs cricket, I have decided to take time off from first-class cricket,” Riaz said in a statement released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday.After a lot of thinking and discussions with my family and board, I have decided to take a break from red-ball cricket and maintain my fitness and focus on the shorter format for my country. It was a tough decision and I appreciate my Board’s support and guidance during this timeWahab Riaz (@WahabViki) September 12, 2019He has conveyed his decision to the PCB while confirming that he has withdrawn from the upcoming Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the first-class competition in Pakistan.While he hasn’t ruled out his return to red-ball cricket in the future, the left-armer stressed that he would do so only if he’s convinced that he can perform.”During this period, I will like to focus on 50-over and 20-over cricket and continue to assess my fitness for the longer version of the game. At a stage I feel I cannot only return but also perform with the red-ball, I would make myself available,” he added.The 34-year-old last made a Test appearance against Australia in October 2018. Having made his Test debut in 2010, Riaz has featured in 27 Tests for Pakistan, grabbing 83 wickets.Also Read | Pakistan women’s tour of India could be cancelled: PCB officialAlso Read | PCB waiting for details from SLC on security threat on Lankan players: sourceadvertisementlast_img read more

East Timor UN mission chief calls for funds in final stretch before

“This budget is neither lavish, nor imprudent,” Sergio Vieira de Mello said of the requested $65 million for the coming fiscal year. “This is a budget born of compromise between the arguments of fiscal sustainability, economic good governance and aid dependency on the one hand; and the desperate needs of East Timor and its people on the other.”Warning that UNTAET anticipated a deficit of $20 million this year “just to keep the basic operations of government running,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said support to bridge that deficit was what he was asking of the donor community for 2001-02. “Budget support is not unusual in the early days of independence,” he added. “East Timor should be no exception.” The UNTAET chief said four priorities lay ahead for the UN administration: to consolidate the secure and stable environment that presently existed; to steer East Timor through the creation of democratic institutions and successful, peaceful elections; to put in place the building blocks for the management of public finances and policy making; and to establish the framework for a sustainable and effective government administration. In other news, UNTAET reported that a UN patrol had engaged in an exchange of fire today with a small, armed group of suspected ex-militia it had encountered “well inside East Timor,” 11 kilometres south of the village of Batugade. The UN peacekeepers from Australia were conducting a routine security patrol when they came upon the suspected militia, who fired up the patrol after being instructed to stop and put down their weapons. After the UN troops returned fire, the group withdrew. No peacekeepers or East Timorese civilians were injured. The Australian contingent has deployed troops into blocking positions around the incident location and is currently tracking the group in an attempt to apprehend and disarm its members, UNTAET said, noting that its peacekeepers would respond “swiftly and robustly to any threat to security in East Timor.” read more