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Need more fearless batters in domestic circuit for improved international show: Smriti Mandhana

first_imgNeed more fearless batters in domestic circuit for improved international show: Smriti MandhanaSmriti Mandhana, India’s youngest-ever T20I captain, feels there is huge in class between international cricket and domestic cricket.advertisement Press Trust of India GuwahatiMarch 8, 2019UPDATED: March 8, 2019 17:36 IST The India women’s cricket team are on a six-match winless streak in the T20 format (@BCCIWomen Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana recently became India’s youngest-ever captain in T20IsMandhana feels there is gulf in class between international and domestic cricketIndia are currently trailling 0-2 in the 3-match T20I series against EnglandThe Indian women’s cricket team’s stand-in T20 skipper Smriti Mandhana feels fearless batters have to step up in the domestic circuit for the side to improve at the international level and described the current gulf in quality as “huge”.The Indian women lost their sixth match on the trot in the T20 format after going down to England in the first two games of an ongoing series. The Women in Blue had lost an away series to New Zealand 0-3.In both the outings against England, whether chasing or batting first, India managed less than 120 runs.”There is a huge gap between international and domestic cricket. That gap needs to be lessened. The batters we get in domestic, they face very different bowling and fielding attack to international cricket,” Mandhana, the ICC’s Cricketer of the Year, said.”Our domestic circuit needs to step up. There should be a bit of fearlessness in domestic circuit because if you start playing fearless cricket in the domestic circuit, you are going to play the same way in international cricket,” she added.In the series against New Zealand last month, the Indian team struggled to breach the 140-run mark.”If you look at our domestic scores in T20s, it is generally around 110-120. I think we all need to go back, step up in our domestic circuit, and take those scores to 140-150.””That way, the batters will come with the mindset of playing a fearless brand of cricket. Fearless doesn’t mean careless. I think we need to play fearless,” Mandhana said.advertisementThe opener said Indian batters, including herself, fear getting out and need to select areas to hit the ball.”I think we need to leave that fear, including me. We need to select the areas where to hit. Our batters are not going out there and selecting the areas in terms of which balls to hit.””I think another major difference between other teams and our team is running between the wickets. We either play a dot ball or boundary. We will be looking to work on reducing the dot-ball percentage, taking more singles and rotating the strike.”Also Read | Danielle Wyatt, Katherine Brunt give England unbeatable lead in T20I series vs IndiaFor 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 byPTI Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow Indian women’s cricket teamFollow India vs Englandlast_img read more

DR of Congo UN panel proposes sanctions to stop illegal exploitation of

While a ban on the export of raw materials originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) would be counterproductive, punitive measures are still needed to curb the illegal exploitation of the country’s natural resources by criminal organizations and persons, according to a report by a group of United Nations experts released today.”Massive technical and financial assistance for the population would be required to offset the humanitarian impact of such restrictive measures,” an expert panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to investigate the illegal exploitation of natural resources and other forms of wealth of the DRC says in its report. Nevertheless, steps need to be taken against companies or individuals or the country risks encouraging a continuation, or even an increase, of exploitative and illegal activities.The report recommends that financial restrictions be placed on 29 companies based in Belgium, Rwanda, Uganda, DRC, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and a travel ban and financial restrictions imposed on 54 persons, including Augustin Katumba Mwanke, Minister of Presidency in the DRC, Kibassa Maliba, a former Minister of Mines, and Mwana Nanga Mawapanga, a DRC Ambassador in Harare.The list also includes the Speaker of Parliament in Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa Dambudzo, the DRC’s Minister of National Security, Dan Munyuza, and Dennis Numbi Kalume, the Minister of Planning and Reconstruction in the DRC.Noting that those involved in the illegal exploitation of natural resources did not have a strong incentive to alter the economic status quo, the report calls for “measures that address their fears of losing revenues.” Such measures could only be effective if they took place simultaneously with a political process and should monitored by a UN body that would report any violations to the Security Council.The report also calls for quick disbursement of aid to the DRC and other countries in the Great Lakes region involved in the conflict for reconstruction and rehabilitation programmes aimed at creating jobs, rebuilding infrastructure and improving conditions for local populations.A “fast-track programme” should be set up to retrain members of the countries’ security apparatus and regulatory bodies, such as the customs, immigration and revenue collection agencies, as well as a strengthening of institutions to end the impunity enjoyed by high-ranking officials and various levels of civil servants.The panel further proposes that measures be aimed at tying aid disbursements to Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zimbabwe to their compliance with the Lusaka peace accord and verifiable measures they have taken to halt the illegal exploitation of resources from the DRC. Recommending that non-compliance automatically trigger a reduction in assistance, the report says such cuts should apply to “institutional budget support, stabilization lending or project lending and not sector-specific allocations.” read more