Sarfaraz Ahmed retained as Pakistan captain, Babar Azam named vice-captain for Sri Lanka series

first_imgSarfaraz Ahmed retained as Pakistan captain, Babar Azam named vice-captain for Sri Lanka seriesBabar Azam has been named as vice-captain for Pakistan for the home series against Sri Lanka, which will be held from 27 September to 9 October whereas Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as captain.advertisement India Today Web Desk KarachiSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 19:36 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as Pakistan captain for Sri Lanka series. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed has retained Pakistan captaincy for limited overs home series against Sri LankaBabar Azam has been named as vice-captainSri Lanka tour of Pakistan is in jeopardy after the SLC board was warned over terrorist threatsSarfaraz Ahmed has been retained as Pakistan captain while Babar Azam has been named as vice-captain for three ODI and three T20I home series against Sri Lanka, following recommendations made by Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and the PCB Cricket Committee.PCB chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed the appointments. Azam had previously captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He has been a regular member of the senior side since 2015.In April 2016, Sarfaraz was appointed Pakistan captain for the T20Is before being elevated as ODI captain in early 2017. He was then named captain across all formats following the 2017 tour of the West Indies. To date, Sarfaraz has captained Pakistan in 13 Tests, 48 ODIs and 34 T20Is, winning four, 26 and 29 matches respectively.Babar Azam is ranked 16th in Tests, third in ODIs and No.1 in T20Is, and has previously captained Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012. He had also featured in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2010 before breaking into international cricket in 2015 and since has been a regular feature of the side in all formats.Sarfaraz Ahmed said: “I feel humbled and honoured to have been awarded extension to my captaincy term. I have enjoyed captaining the Pakistan cricket team and look forward to improve my leadership qualities under the new set-up of Misbah-ul-Haq who also has a proven record as captain.”I have played most of my cricket under Misbah and we know each other pretty well. I think we will make a good combination, which will contribute to improved performances of the side across all formats.advertisement”I am aware we have not done justice to our potential in ODIs, which has disappointed us as well as our fans. I am hopeful we will be able to turn things around in the coming season and in this relation, I remain committed to stepping up to the challenge with my performances and captaincy.”I have complete faith in my team, which has time and again shown the talent, class and charisma it possesses. The only thing missing has been consistency, which Misbah and I would like to focus and improve across all departments of the game. I assure all our fans we will not leave any stone unturned in our preparations for the forthcoming assignments and will do our best to translate these preparations into solid performances.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Babar Azam Nextlast_img read more

Poverty unemployment worsen in Israelioccupied Arab territories – UN report

“Again, the worsening situation since the end of 2005 urgently requires every effort of the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli Government and the international community to achieve decent work for women and men in the occupied territories,” the annual International Labour Organization (ILO) report says. “The development of a viable Palestinian economy must be a priority.”While the economy rebounded moderately after a very sharp dip, 4 out of every 10 Palestinians were living under the official poverty line of less than $2.10 a day. The absolute number of the poor has risen from 600,000 in 1999 to 1.6 million in 2005. Open unemployment reached 23.5 per cent. Counting people who were employed prior to the start of the Palestinian uprising in 2000 but are neither employed nor actively seeking work, ILO estimates the jobless rate at 40.7 per cent. Moreover, every employed person supports an additional 5 persons. The report is based on missions sent to the occupied territories, Israel and Syria earlier this year and covers the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights.Barriers to mobility for persons, goods and services within the West Bank and between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank worsened in the latter half of 2005 and early 2006, it says.Lifting those barriers, together with a viable trade regime with Israel and the world, are the two most important and pressing prerequisites to alleviate the crisis and promote decent work. Israel’s pullout from Gaza, an important event, has created potential for economic and social recovery but this is hampered by continuing difficulties for Palestinian exporters, the report adds. As in previous years, it identifies discrimination against Arabs in favour of Israeli settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan as an ongoing concern. Referring to an increase in violence, with casualties on both sides, the report concludes that, “security in all its aspects – physical, social and economic – in Israel, on the one hand, cannot be separated from the same security needs of the Palestinian people living in the occupied territories, on the other.” read more