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India Halts Karachi-Bound Cargo Ship Over Alleged Nuclear Cargo

Mumbai: Indian authorities intercepted a ship bound for Karachi at Mumbai’s Nhava Sheva port suspecting it of carrying nuclear-related cargo for Pakistan’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, as reported by NDTV. The ship, named CMA CGM Attila and flagged in Malta, had departed from China en route to Karachi on January 23.

Customs officials in India inspected the shipment, which included a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine manufactured by an Italian company. This machine, operated by a computer, offers high levels of efficiency, consistency, and accuracy not achievable through manual methods.

NDTV claimed that a team from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) confirmed the potential use of the consignment by Pakistan in its nuclear program. According to experts cited by the Indian publication, the cargo could aid in manufacturing crucial components for Pakistan’s missile development efforts.

The action taken by officials at Nhava Sheva port was based on specific intelligence. Indian security officials later seized the consignment after halting its movement.

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According to NDTV’s report, the consignment’s documents listed the sender as “Shanghai JXE Global Logistics Co Ltd” and the recipient as “Pakistan Wings Pvt Ltd” in Sialkot. However, further investigation by security agencies revealed that the 22,180-kilogram cargo was actually shipped by Taiyuan Mining Import and Export Co Ltd and intended for Cosmos Engineering in Pakistan.

India defeat England by five wickets to clinch Test series

New Delhi: India secured a tense five-wicket win over England in the fourth Test, sealing the series with a commanding 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

In pursuit of a target of 192 runs, India initially looked comfortable at 84 without loss, but a sudden collapse saw them struggling at 120-5. However, a resilient partnership of 72 runs between Shubman Gill (52) and Dhruv Jurel (39) guided India to victory on the fourth day of the match.

Despite a spirited bowling performance from off-spinner Shoaib Bashir, who took 3-79 in the second innings to add to his five-wicket haul in the first innings, England couldn’t prevent India from clinching the series.

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The fifth and final Test is set to take place in Dharamsala starting from March 7th.

Virat Kohli to miss first two tests against England, here is why

In a surprising development, Indian cricket stalwart Virat Kohli has opted to withdraw from the first two tests against England, citing personal reasons, as confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday.

The 35-year-old batting maestro, with a remarkable record of nearly 9,000 runs in 113 test matches, has informed Captain Rohit Sharma, the team management, and the selectors about his decision.

In an official statement, the BCCI clarified, “Virat has spoken to Captain Rohit Sharma, the team management, and the selectors… certain personal situations demand his presence and undivided attention.”

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The board also urged the media and fans to respect Kohli’s privacy during this time and refrained from speculating on the nature of his personal reasons.

India is set to host England in a highly anticipated five-match series, commencing on Thursday in Hyderabad. The England squad arrived at the venue on Monday, and Kohli’s absence from the initial tests adds an unexpected twist to the series dynamics. The cricket community wishes Virat Kohli the privacy and support he needs during this period.

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Tata group secures IPL sponsorship rights for record $300 million

Indian conglomerate Tata Group has bagged the title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 2024-28 for a “record-breaking” $300 million, the league organisers said on Saturday.

Backed by celebrity franchise owners and featuring the best players in international cricket, IPL has become the world’s richest T20 tournament with an estimated brand value of $8.4 billion.

It has been a cash cow for the Indian cricket board (BCCI) with the 10-team league’s 2023-27 media rights fetching $6.2 billion.

Tata Group has been the title sponsor of both the men’s IPL and the Women’s Premier League, which took off last year.

“The unprecedented financial commitment reflects the immense scale and global impact of the IPL on the international sports stage,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

Some IPL franchise owners have gone on to buy teams in T20 leagues in the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, West Indies and the United States.

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With the IPL franchises offering lucrative multi-league contracts that most cricket boards cannot match, the Indian league’s growth may deepen concerns about players prioritising T20 leagues over international cricket.

“The record-breaking sum … is a testament to the immense value and appeal that the IPL holds in the world of sports,” league chairman Arun Singh Dhumal said.

“This unprecedented amount not only sets a new benchmark in the history of the league but also reaffirms the IPL’s position as a premier sporting event with global impact.”

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Dean Elgar’s Heroics Lead South Africa to Victory, Dashing India’s Series Hopes

CENTURION: India’s dream of securing their first-ever Test series win in South Africa was shattered within three days as they suffered an innings and 32 runs defeat at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday.

Despite a balanced start to the day, India slumped to 131 all-out in their second inning after conceding a 163-run first-inning lead. Dean Elgar’s remarkable innings of 185 and Marco Jansen’s unbeaten 84 turned the tide in favor of South Africa.

The duo shared a crucial 111-run sixth-wicket partnership, propelling South Africa from an overnight 256 for five to a commanding total of 408 all-out. Virat Kohli fought with an aggressive 76, but the rest of the Indian batting lineup collapsed against South Africa’s fast bowlers on a lively pitch.

Kagiso Rabada set the tone, taking two crucial wickets, including dismissing Rohit Sharma for a duck. Rabada, who had impressive figures of five for 59 in the first inning, ended the match with a brilliant diving catch at long-on to dismiss Kohli.

Left-arm fast bowler Nandre Burger, in his debut Test, completed an outstanding performance, taking four for 33, and securing match figures of seven for 83.

Dean Elgar, in his final Test on his home ground, was named the Man of the Match. Elgar announced his retirement from international cricket after the second Test.

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“It was pretty special for me,” said Elgar. “It (the pitch) was pretty juicy. You’ve got to keep it nice and simple when batting in tests. Focus on the ball, play straight, and play late.”

India’s hopes now rest on the second Test in Cape Town, but a series win is no longer possible, with the best outcome being a draw. The defeat highlights the challenging conditions faced by India’s batting lineup against the formidable South African bowling attack on a lively pitch.

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Pakistan will host the Davis Cup match after tribunal rejects India’s appeal over security concerns.

“Pakistan has every right to host the tie,” Davis Cup Committee decides

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting India’s appeal against the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Davis Cup Committee’s (DCC) decision, the Chair of the Independent Tribunal said the Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and India will be held in Pakistan.

The 15-member DCC earlier accepted the Pakistan Tennis Federation’s (PTF) arguments, making it clear that Pakistan has every right to host the tie to be held in the first week of February in Islamabad.

On appeal of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) against the decision, an independent tribunal was formed. The tribunal upheld the ITF decision saying since there was no solid reason for not playing the match in Pakistan, hence, the Pakistan-India Davis Cup tie will be held on February 4, 2024, in Islamabad.

Judge David Casserly (Sports Resolution UK) rejected AITA’s appeal against the committee’s decision to allot the tie to Pakistan.

After going through all the relevant documents submitted by both parties — ITF Committee/Pakistan Tennis Federation and AITA, the Tribunal upheld the decision maintaining that all the reasons quoted by the AITA (such as raising Pakistan’s general elections and law and order issues) seeking a neutral venue held no worth

“The DCC’s decision to hold the tie in Pakistan has solid grounds and it is pertinent on all the nations to visit the venue (country) selected by the DCC for the Davis Cup ties,” the Tribunal said.

It is the first time that Pakistan has defeated India’s point of view on an international forum twice in a couple of months.

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It was the DCC that rejected India’s concern, allotting the tie to Pakistan and then came the turn of the Chair of Independent Tribunal which upheld the DCC/PTF stance, rejecting AITA concerns altogether.

The tribunal also took feedback from the security consultant before reaching the decision. It directed the Indian federation to send its team for the tie, failing which the tie will be awarded to Pakistan.

“There is no such situation in Pakistan where an Indian team cannot travel and participate in the Davis Cup tie.

Pakistan has hosted some important Davis Cup ties just recently in a successful manner so there is no solid grounds as to why Pakistan cannot host the tie against India in a befitting manner.

Maintaining law and order is the sole responsibility of the host nation. Indian team should rest assured that required security measures will be in order for their travel and participation,” the committee opined.

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The PTF, in its presentation to DCC and later to the Tribunal, maintained that the tie is planned in the safest possible environments and AITA’s concerns have no basis.

The presentation also highlighted recent sports exchanges between the two countries, including India’s baseball, kabaddi and bridge teams’ visits to Pakistan.

After going through the presentation, the ITF DCC decided the case in favour of Pakistan, directing the AITA to send their team for the tie, failing which the tie will be awarded to Pakistan.

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Three Indian soldiers killed in IIOJK gunfight

‘Troops sustained three fatal and three non-fatal casualties,’ says Indian Army spokesperson

Three soldiers were killed in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) during a gun battle in the disputed Himalayan territory, the army said Thursday.

Two army vehicles were conducting an operation in Rajouri district south of Srinagar, the occupied region’s biggest city, when they were fired upon by separatists, a defence spokesperson told AFP.

“Troops sustained three fatal and three non-fatal casualties,” the spokesperson added.

Army operations were continuing in the area and further details of the incident were “being ascertained”, they said.

The fighting comes just days after India’s top court upheld a 2019 decision by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to revoke the limited autonomy of the Muslim-majority occupied territory.

Separatist groups have waged an insurgency in IIOJK since 1989, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.

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The conflict has left tens of thousands of civilians, soldiers and freedom fighters dead.

Last month, five Indian soldiers and two suspected separatists were killed in the region.

Food inflation is still an issue for the world’s poorest and developing countries

November saw an 18-year high in Nigerian inflation, while India saw greater expansion in cereal and vegetable prices

The vast majority of people worldwide, including those in Pakistan, have been impacted by inflation, but the thing that worries them the most is the rising cost of food. This is in addition to rising fuel, power, and gas prices.

Meanwhile, rising food costs are maintaining and escalating overall inflation, signaling that rate cuts are unlikely anytime soon and that the monetary tightening that has been recommended by leading financial institutions and central banks will continue.

As a result, interest rates in Pakistan and other developing countries will continue to remain at historically high levels. These are the poorest countries that are most negatively impacted by this trend, which also includes currency devaluation and higher import costs as a result of rising commodity prices on the world market.

As a result, they will never be able to break free from the vicious cycle of rising interest rates and inflation.

It is important to keep in mind that the majority of people living in developing and impoverished countries belong to low-income groups. Their already extremely low nutrition intake and living standards are made worse by their declining purchasing power, which is robbing them of one of their most fundamental rights: food.

The largest economy in Africa saw a worsening cost-of-living crisis in November, when Nigeria’s annual inflation increased for the eleventh consecutive month to the highest level in eighteen years. This increased pressure on the central bank to address the rise.

November consumer inflation increased to 28.20 percent from 27.33 percent in October, according to data released on Friday by the National Bureau of Statistics.

According to official data, Nigerians have not seen inflation this high since August 2005.

The World Bank issued a warning to Nigeria on December 13 about the need to control inflation. The central bank was also given instructions to tighten monetary policy, increase market confidence in free foreign exchange pricing, and gradually stop making so-called “ways and means” advances to the government.

According to the statistics bureau, increases in the prices of food and non-alcoholic drinks were the main cause of annual inflation in November.

The majority of Nigeria’s inflation is attributed to food inflation, which increased to 32.84 percent in November from 31.52 percent in October.

The depreciation of the naira, rising fuel and food prices, logistics expenses, and an expansion of the money supply, according to analysts, are some of the main causes of Nigeria’s inflation.

Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, has seen double-digit inflation since 2016, which has eaten away at incomes and savings even though the central bank raised interest rates at its most recent meeting to levels not seen in almost 20 years.

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At its most recent monetary policy meeting in July, the central bank decided against raising interest rates by as much as 25 basis points as anticipated, stating that a moderate increase would better stabilize inflation expectations while still promoting investment.

According to a previous report, rising food prices in November caused India’s retail inflation to increase at its quickest rate in three months, which increased expectations that the central bank would not lower interest rates anytime soon.

November saw an increase in annual retail inflation from 4.87 percent to 5.55 percent. This, however, fell short of the 5.70 percent rate that an economist polled by Reuters had predicted.

Food inflation increased from 6.61 percent in October to 8.70 percent in November, making up almost half of the total consumer price basket.

Four economists estimated November’s core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, to be between 4.05 and 4.2 percent, up from 4.20 to 4.28 percent in October. Core inflation statistics are not made public by the Indian government.

India has taken several actions to curb price increases since the July inflation spike of more than 7 percent. Certain exports of rice, wheat, sugar, and onions have been prohibited. To control food inflation, the government has stated that it will implement additional policies.

India’s economy grew by an astounding 7.7 percent in the first half of the year.

Thamashi De Silva of Capital Economics stated, “We believe that the RBI will only begin easing policy in the second half of 2024 due to elevated food prices and strong economic growth.”

What’s Article 370? What does it mean when it comes to Kashmir?

The Supreme Court supports the elimination of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy, which is controlled by India, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India’s Supreme Court has upheld Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s 2019 decision to abolish Kashmir’s special status, which granted it some autonomy, dealing a serious blow to Kashmiri political groups.

Despite being partially governed by both India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947, the contested Himalayan territory is fully claimed.

Since then, it has been the subject of three of the four battles between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

On a petition submitted by individuals and organizations in Kashmir, the court proceedings commenced in August.

Ahead of the May general elections, the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to receive a major boost from the result.

The BJP’s 2019 decision fulfilled its campaign pledge to repeal Article 370, which gave the disputed Himalayan territory special status.

The Supreme Court ruled that Jammu and Kashmir should be given the same statehood as other Indian states, meaning that it should not have any rights to independent autonomy, “as soon as possible.”

The Supreme Court’s five-judge constitutional bench decided that the region’s special status had been a “temporary provision” and that its removal in 2019 was permissible under the constitution.

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Chief Justice DY Chandrachud stated, “Article 370 was an interim arrangement due to war conditions in the state,” alluding to the Indian Constitution’s clause granting special status following the Hindu ruler of Muslim-majority Kashmir’s 1947 acceptance to join India.

Kashmir was granted permission by India to keep its own constitution, flag, and penal code as part of the Instrument of Accession.

Prior to 1953, when New Delhi imprisoned Sheikh Abdullah, the prime minister of Kashmir, and eliminated the position in what it claimed were attempts to integrate the Muslim-majority area with the rest of India, Kashmir had its own president and prime minister.

The core of India and Pakistan’s hostility for more than 75 years has been Kashmir.

Kashmir was given internal administrative autonomy when Article 370 went into effect in October 1949. This meant that Kashmir could enact its own laws in any area other than finance, defense, foreign affairs, and communications.

The area under Indian administration created a distinct flag and constitution, and it forbade outsiders from claiming property rights there.

A 1954 amendment to Article 370, known as Article 35A, gave state legislators the authority to guarantee particular rights and benefits for state permanent residents.

Article 35A was eliminated along with Article 370, allowing non-Kashmiris to purchase real estate in the area and igniting concerns that India is attempting to manipulate a “demographic shift” in the Muslim-majority area.

In 2019, the Modi administration further divided Kashmir into two areas, to be administered directly from New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir in the west and Ladakh in the east. Article 370 of the constitution, the criminal code, and the flag of Kashmir were all lost.

Since then, there have been no regional elections in the two regions; however, on September 30, 2020, the Supreme Court mandated local legislative elections in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Asian Games: Pakistan outclass India to clinch fifth spot in volleyball

Pakistan downed India by 3-0 in men’s volleyball match on Tuesday to clinch fifth place in the competition at the ongoing 19th Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.

The national team defeated the traditional rivals in straight sets, maintaining a scoreline of victory as 25-21, 25-20 and 25-23.

Pakistan dominated proceedings throughout the match and registered a comprehensive victory over India.

This is the first time in 33 years that the side secured a spot in the top five since 1990.

Earlier, in a thrilling quarter-final match, Qatar emerged victorious against Pakistan.

The clash saw the 51st-ranked Pakistan team going up against the 17th-ranked Qatar side.

The match began with Pakistan displaying a strong performance right from the first set.

At one point, Pakistan held a five-point lead, but Qatar mounted a remarkable comeback, overcoming deficits of 20-15 and 24-22 to snatch the first set from Pakistan. However, Qatar was unable to maintain their momentum.

In the third set, Pakistan dominated Qatar right from the start. Unfortunately for Pakistan, in the fourth set, Qatar didn’t leave any room for a comeback and clinched the victory. The final score of Qatar’s triumph over Pakistan stood at 24-26, 19-25, 25-23, and 18-25.

Remember, the Men in Green beat South Korea 3-0 to reach the quarter-final with the scores of 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21.

Pakistan also cemented their place in the top six teams with their win over South Korea.

This was when the side reached the top six for the first time since the 1994 Asian Games.

Earlier, Pakistan topped group B by registering remarkable wins over considerably weak Chinese Taipei and Mongolia sides.

The Green Shirts beat Chinese Taipei in straight sets, 25-18, 25-20, 25-19.

Meanwhile, against Mongolia, their winning scores were 25-17, 25-19 and 25-20.

Pakistan’s biggest achievement in the Asian Games volleyball history is their third-place finish in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. In the last Asian Games held in Indonesia in 2018, Pakistan finished eighth.

India halts visa services for Canadians citing security threats

Tensions between India and Canada have flared as India suspends visa services for Canadian citizens, intensifying a diplomatic dispute following Canada’s allegations that India may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist on Canadian soil.

BLS International, the agency responsible for processing Indian visa applications in Canada, delivered a letter to Indian stock exchanges on Thursday, formally declaring the suspension of visa services “till further notice” due to operational reasons, effective from September 21, 2023.

Previously, BLS International had posted on its website that India had suspended visa services for Canadians starting on Thursday, citing information from the Indian mission. The notice briefly disappeared on Thursday before resurfacing without explanation.

This development follows India’s stern travel advisory issued the previous day, urging its citizens in Canada to exercise caution and vigilance due to “politically condoned hate crimes.” The advisory also highlighted threats targeting Indian diplomats and segments of the Indian community opposing anti-India agendas, particularly mentioning Indian students.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement regarding “credible allegations” of a potential link between “agents of the government of India” and the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh Canadian citizen who was fatally shot by masked assailants in June.

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India has vehemently denied these allegations, deeming them “absurd and motivated” and insisting that Canada has provided no specific evidence to substantiate Indian involvement.

India’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, highlighted that India had shared specific evidence of criminal activities by individuals on Canadian soil but had seen no action taken by Canadian authorities. In response to Trudeau’s statement, both India and Canada have expelled senior diplomats, straining their relations and raising concerns of an awkward rift between significant US partners.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a vocal advocate for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland that would encompass parts of India’s Punjab state, was gunned down outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, in June. The Khalistan movement is outlawed in India and regarded as a national security threat.

Nijjar’s name appeared on India’s list of UAPA terrorists, and in 2020, the Indian National Investigation Agency accused him of attempting to radicalise the Sikh community worldwide in favour of Khalistan.

The assassination of Nijjar deeply affected Canada’s Sikh community, one of the largest outside India, with over 770,000 Sikh members. Canadian authorities have not arrested any suspects in connection with his murder but have been actively investigating the case.

Canada says it suspects India involved in Sikh leader murder

Canada said on Monday that it was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in British Columbia in June, dealing a further blow to diplomatic ties between the countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in an emergency statement to the House of Commons that any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen was “an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty”.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a Sikh temple on June 18 in Surrey, a Vancouver suburb with a large Sikh population. Nijjar supported a Sikh homeland in the form of an independent Khalistani state and was designated by India as a “terrorist” in July 2020.

“Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India” and Nijjar’s death, Trudeau said.

He said he had raised the murder directly with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in New Delhi last week, and urged the government of India to “cooperate with Canada to get to the bottom of this matter”.

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“Canada has declared its deep concerns to the top intelligence and security officials of the Indian government. Last week at the G20 I brought them personally and directly to Prime Minister Modi in no uncertain terms,” he said.

Canada also expelled India’s top intelligence agent in the country on Monday, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said, without providing details. The Indian high commission in Ottawa did not respond to requests for comment.

Trudeau’s comments mark a significant escalation in tensions between Canada and the world’s largest democracy, with New Delhi unhappy over Sikh separatist activity in Canada.

Modi conveyed his strong concerns to Trudeau at the G20 summit over recent demonstrations in Canada by Sikhs calling for an independent state.

India crushes Sri Lanka to win Asia Cup 2023

India on Sunday clinched Asia Cup 2023 title as Men in Blue thrashed Sri Lanka, winning the match with 263 balls to spare.

Defending Champions Sri Lanka remained in a grim situation as the team was all out for the lowest total in ODI cricket, bundling out for a mere 50 against India in the Asia Cup 2023 final.

The co-hosts were returned to the pavilion with its second-lowest ODI total during the main event of a transcontinental event being played at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The game was marred by the rain initially, but fans were not aware that Indian bowlers would create a storm in the Colombo capital. Siraj swept through the top lion of Lankan batters as he got 6 wickets in 7 overs. Hardik Pandya got 3 scalps and Sri Lankan team is all out on just 50 runs.

A sensational Mohammed Siraj spell knocked the stuffing out of Dasun Shanaka’s side which opted to bat first after winning the toss. Sri Lanka folded for 50 in just 15.2 overs.

The total was the lowest ever in men’s Asia Cup ODIs, surpassing the previous record held by Bangladesh (87 all out v Pakistan in 2000).

Right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah started off with a wicket in first over and then Mohammed Siraj came down hard on Lankan lineup by taking five wickets.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the Asia Cup final today at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Asia Cup Co-hosts Sri Lanka did not start the tournament as favourites in the presence of then top-ranked ODI team Pakistan and a strong Indian team, but have managed to make the most of playing at home.

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Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by two wickets in the Super 4 stage to set up a meeting with India in the final.

Bangladesh beat India by 6 runs in the last league match of the Super 4 round on Friday. Indian opener Shubman Gill, who had not scored a century since January, was India’s top-scorer against Bangladesh.

India managed to beat Sri Lanka in the Super 4 game by 41 runs. It was Sri Lanka’s three spinners who bagged all the Indian wickets with breakout star Dunith Wellalage removing five of India’s six top-order batters.

Despite the home team’s spin threat, India will be encouraged by the form of their top-order batters, three of whom have scored centuries in the last two matches.

Team news

India: Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav are expected to return to the side after being rested for the match against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka: A hamstring injury has forced Maheesh Theekshana out of the match and the off-spinning all-rounder could be replaced by leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha.

Asia Cup 2023: India beat Sri Lanka by 41 runs in Super Four match

Spinners Dinuth wellalage and Charith Asalanka showed magic with the ball as Sri Lanka restricted India to 213 from 49.1 overs in Super Four match of ongoing Asia Cup 2023 at Colombo on Tuesday.

But it was not enough for the defending champions who faltered against Indian bowlers. And, India won the match by 41 runs.

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma took a strong start as he made 53 off 48. However, the visitors suffered early losses after Shubman Gill (19) and Virat Kohil (3) were dismissed by Wellalage.

Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul and Axar Patel made 33, 39 and 26, respectively. However, no other player could cross the 10 runs mark.

Sri Lanka’s young sensation wellalage finished with a maiden five-for while Asalanka took four wickets. Maheesh Theekshana took one wicket.

Earlier, India won the toss and decided to bat first.

Rohit Sharma XI displayed their A-game on Monday, cruising to a record 228-run win over Pakistan in high octane game in the Asia Cup, which was marred by showers.

Reclaiming the dominance in today’s game, India stand with 2 points and an impressive net run rate of +4.560. Sri Lanka will try their best to thwart any mishap.

Indian openers including Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, and Kuldeep Yadav fired a salvo with their bat, eyeing to secure a spot in the Asia Cup final.

Colombo Weather Today: The MET department is predicting at least 60 percent chance of rain at the R. Premadasa ahead of toss in the India vs Sri Lanka match on Tuesday.

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Rain threat looms

Sri Lankan Met Office predicted 60 percent chance of showers in the afternoon when the India vs Sri Lanka match gets underway.

Downpour will reportedly come down to around 40 percent by evening while there is no provision for a Reserve Day for this Super 4, unlike Pakistan-India’s game.

If we look back, the Lankan Lion are on a 13-match winning streak in a one-day format, the second-best in history.

India vs Sri Lanka Squads

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul(w), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Suryakumar Yadav, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma.

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kusal Perera, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan, Dushan Hemantha.

 

Zaka Ashraf hopes BCCI officials’ visit will help improve ties between Pakistan, India boards

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf on Monday met the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) President Roger Binny and vice-president Rajeev Shukla and expressed hope that the visit will contribute towards establishing affable relations between the two boards.

PCB Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf received the four-member Indian delegation who is visiting Pakistan on a two-day official trip to Pakistan in response to PCB’s invitation in relation to the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 which is being hosted by Pakistan.

The delegation will attend Asia Cup 2023 matches in Pakistan scheduled on September 5 and 6.

Speaking to the media, BCCI President Roger Binny said: “It’s good to visit Pakistan after 2005”.

“We will watch Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka match tomorrow,” he added.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Rajeev Shukla accentuated that the delegation is visiting Pakistan in response to the invitation conveyed to them by PCB.

“We have a long rich history”, said Shukla on the relations between BCCI and PCB.

Thanking the Indian delegation for their visit, PCB’s Ashraf expressed hope that the visit will act as a stepping stone in improving relations between the two cricketing boards.

Ashraf also hoped that such visits might also lead to affable relations between the two countries.

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It is pertinent to know that the BCCI delegation is likely to spectate Pakistan’s Super 4 stage match, scheduled on September 6 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Indian dignitaries will also attend a dinner at the Governor’s House today.

PCB asks ACC to shift the venue for India-Pak clash

It is to be noted that PCB’s Zaka Ashraf reached out to Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) Jay Shah over the possibility of shifting the venue for the Pak-India clash amid bad weather as the first match between arch-rivals on Saturday, was washed out due to heavy downpour.

Expressing his reservations regarding the unpredictable climate of the tropical island, Ashraf told the ACC President about the likelihood of more rain in Sri Lanka as well as favourable weather in Pakistan for the tournament to continue without any hindrances.

In response, Shah has reassured PCB that the possibility of shifting the venue will duly be considered.

A decision regarding the transfer is expected in the next 24 to 36 hours, as per the sources, with Pakistan expressing its concerns over the situation impacting the game.

Sources say that the transfer of matches will be considered in the emergency meeting of the ACC, as more rain forecast has been made regarding the Sri Lankan capital

Pak vs Ind: Pakistan through to Super 4s after rain washes out thrilling contest

The Pakistan versus India thriller was washed out as the rain continued to pour since the innings break, preventing Pakistan from starting a run-chase in the much-awaited Asia Cup 2023 clash on Saturday.

However, a successful first innings by Pakistan steered the national side into the Super 4s, despite not having to bat due to persistent showers.

The start of the second innings was delayed as it rained heavily for the third time in the Pallekele at the innings break. India were bowled out for 266 after Pakistan pacers’ quick dismissals brought the side back into the game in the

Earlier, India chose to bat first but lost four wickets just in 15 overs as Pakistani seamers ripped through the top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to the dugout.

However, India recovered from the early damage brought on by Pakistan pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Rauf, who each dismissed key batters of the arch-rivals.

After a threatening partnership between Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan, the pacers struck again and gave three consecutive blows to the Men in Green. The lethal bowling spell brought the team back into the game at a crucial point.

Shaheen and Rauf each picked three wickets, while the last three dismissals Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah came from Naseem Shah.

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Earlier, much to the disappointment of cricket fans everywhere, a rain spell played spoilsport twice during the India-Pakistan match.

The high-octane match promises to be a thrilling battle between the Pakistani pacers and Indian batters.

However, the fears that rain may disrupt the game materialised as the match was halted first in the fourth over, with India already having made 15 runs.

The match was interrupted, once again, when India was 51-3 during the 11th over.

However, the game was resumed soon after.

It must be noted that Pakistan began their Asia Cup 2023 campaign on a high with a massive 238-run win over Nepal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, this is India’s first match in the tournament.

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first, and Indian Captain Rohit Sharma said: “There is a bit of weather around but we cannot think about it too much.”

“Embrace the challenge, embrace the situation. We had a six-day camp in Bangalore where we worked on our skills,” Sharma said.

“The Asia Cup is a quality tournament with quality teams. At the end of the day, we need to think about what we can do here.

“Since the last ODI series we played in the West Indies, we have got a few additions: Shreyas and Bumrah are back. Shardul is there. Hardik, of course. And Shardul is there. And two spinners in Kuldeep and Jadeja.”

Babar, on the other hand, said: “To be honest, we also wanted to bat first.”

“We have played a lot of cricket here in the last one and a half month, so we know the conditions.”

India have the upper hand against Pakistan with seven wins in 13 Asia Cup (ODI) matches. Meanwhile, Pakistan have won five with one match ending in no result.

Pakistan have also lost four of the last five matches against India in the Asia Cup, with their last win coming in Mirpur in 2014.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice captain) Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pak vs Ind: India set 267-run target after bowlers bring Pakistan back in game

India handed a 267-run target before being bowled out by Pakistan on Saturday, as the bowlers bring the national side back in the most awaited Asia Cup 2023 clash being played in Kandy.

Earlier, Pakistan regained momentum as the pacers gave three consecutive blows to the arch-rivals.

After Pakistani pacers dismissed four key batters early on Saturday, the Indian middle-order fought back and managed to score above 130 by the 27th over.

However, the Pakistan pacers struck again and gave three consecutive blows to the Men in Green. The lethal bowling spell brought the team back into the game at a crucial point.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf each picked three wickets, while the last two dismissals Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav came from Naseem Shah.

Earlier, much to the disappointment of cricket fans everywhere, a rain spell played spoilsport twice during the India-Pakistan match.

The star seamers of Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf, ripped through the Indian top-order after Rohit Sharma decided to bat first. However, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya keep the scorecard ticking for their side.

The high-octane match promises to be a thrilling battle between the Pakistani pacers and Indian batters.

However, the fears that rain may disrupt the game materialised as the match was halted first in the fourth over, with India already having made 15 runs.

The match was interrupted, once again, when India were 51-3 during the 11th over.

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However, the game was resumed soon after.

It must be noted that Pakistan began their Asia Cup 2023 campaign on a high note with a massive 238-run win over Nepal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, this is India’s first match in the tournament.

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first, and Indian captain Rohit Sharma said: “There is a bit of weather around but we cannot think about it too much.”

“Embrace the challenge, embrace the situation. We had a six-day camp in Bangalore where we worked on our skills,” Sharma said.

“The Asia Cup is a quality tournament with quality teams. At the end of the day, we need to think about what we can do here.

“Since the last ODI series we played in the West Indies, we have got a few additions: Shreyas and Bumrah are back. Shardul is there. Hardik, of course. And Shardul is there. And two spinners in Kuldeep and Jadeja.”

Babar, on the other hand, said: “To be honest, we also wanted to bat first.”

“We have played a lot of cricket here in the last one and a half month, so we know the conditions.”

India have the upper hand against Pakistan with seven wins in 13 Asia Cup (ODI) matches. Meanwhile, Pakistan have won five with one match ending in no result.

Pakistan have also lost four of the last five matches against India in the Asia Cup, with their last win coming in Mirpur in 2014.

Playing XI

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain) Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.

Rain likely to interrupt Pakistan vs India match at Asia Cup 2023

Due to the tense ties between the two nations, Pakistan and India only face off in ACC or ICC competitions. On September 2, when the bitter rivals square off in the Asia Cup 2023, Kandy will be the centre of attention.

However, it is very likely that rain will stop the eagerly awaited game.

Rain is predicted to fall in Kandy all week, and by the time the match begins at 3 PM local time, there is a 70% possibility that it may interfere with the match.

Meanwhile, 102.55mm of rain are expected on Saturday, according to World Weather Online.

The planned game may be delayed since rain is predicted for Friday and Saturday morning.

Since there will be constant showers from 7 a.m. local time until midnight, the game may also conclude in a tie.

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During the game, winds are also anticipated, which may have an impact on the playing field and ambiance.

The game’s temperature will range between 20 to 24 degrees Celsius.

The match between Pakistan and India is slated to take place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on September 2 (Saturday).

If both teams get through the group stages, they can play each other again in the Super Four stage even if the rain stops the game in progress.

ICC World Cup 2023: Govt allows Pakistan cricket team to travel to India

ISLAMABAD: The government has allowed Pakistan cricket team to travel to India for participating in the upcoming ICC Men’s World Cup 2023, scheduled for October 15, a private news channel reported on Sunday, quoting Foreign Office (FO).

In the statement, the Foreign Office (FO) said that the government has decided to send Pakistan cricket team to India for participating in the upcoming ICC World Cup as “it has consistently maintained that sports should not be mixed with politics”.

“Pakistan believes that the state of bilateral relations with India should not stand in the way of fulfilling its international sports-related obligations,” the statement noted.

It added that Pakistan’s decision shows its “constructive and responsible approach” vis-à-vis India’s intransigent attitude, as the latter had refused to send its cricket team to Pakistan for the Asia Cup.

However, the statement noted, Pakistan has deep concerns about the security of its cricket team. The government will convey its concerns to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Indian authorities

“We expect that full safety and security of Pakistan Cricket Team will be ensured during its visit to India,” it concluded.

Earlier it was reported that Pakistan would send a delegation comprising security high-ups to India to review the security arrangements ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The federal government will finalise the delegation members including high-ups from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and security institutions.

The security delegation will prepare a report after visiting India and the government will make a decision to allow Pakistan’s cricket team to travel to India afterwards.

Pakistan-India CWC clash

The Pakistan-India fixture in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad is one of the highly-anticipated contests but the game may be rescheduled due to security reasons.

The arch-rivals will clash on October 15. The date coincides with the first day of the Navratri festival. The joyous event is significantly celebrated in Gujrat state, which hosts the city.

The security agencies are reportedly concerned that managing the influx of fans and their safety may be problematic.

The officials raised their concerns with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which has acknowledged them. The governing body of the sport in the country is exploring different options for staging the match.

“We are mulling the options that we have, and a decision in this regard will be taken soon,” a BCCI official stated. “We have been told by the security agencies that a high-profile game like India vs. Pakistan, for which thousands of traveling fans are expected to reach Ahmedabad, should be avoided since they will be stretched because of Navratri.”

Another cross-border marriage: Indian man marries Pakistani woman online

Another cross-border marriage story has come to the fore of an Indian man and a Pakistani woman after, the love stories of Sachin-Seema Haider and Anju-Nasrullah created a lot of buzz on social media.

A bride from Pakistan’s Karachi and a groom from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur tied the knot online after the woman failed to obtain an Indian visa on time.

The special online Nikah took place on Wednesday in Jodhpur. All the rituals of Nikah were performed virtually and a Qazi solemnised the marriage and the bride present in Karachi said: “Qabool Hai”.

Arbaaz, the younger son of contractor Mohammad Afzal, who lives in Jodhpur, got married to a Pakistani woman, Ameena. The marriage was scheduled to take place in Karachi but due to visa-related issues, the nikah was done online.

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In this unique wedding, Arbaaz and Ameena’s family members performed online rituals. Both families were connected through video conference.

The groom’s father, Mohammad Afzal, said that the bride from Pakistan will soon visit Jodhpur. “The girls there and their families also want to get married in Jodhpur. We also have relatives there. Now, we will prepare for visa.