Milk Tea Alliance: Thai and Hong Kong activists on fight for democracy

first_imgIn recent months, Thailand has seen waves of youth-led protests looking very much like the ones seen in Hong Kong in 2019.From hand signals to flashmobs, Thai pro-democracy activists are deploying tactics learnt from Hong Kong demonstrations. Meanwhile, Hong Kongers are organising online campaigns to support and boost awareness of the Thai protests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – They are part of a unique Asian youth movement called the Milk Tea Alliance, which also includes Taiwanese supporters.Two prominent protesters – Joshua Wong from Hong Kong and Akkarasorn Opilan from Thailand – tell us how both sides are helping each other, and what this generation of Asian youth activists hopes to achieve.- Advertisement –last_img read more

James Anderson fined for heated exchange with Virat Kohli during Oval Test

first_imgJames Anderson has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for his involvement in a heated exchange with umpire Kumar Dharmasena and India captain Virat Kohli on Day 2 of the fifth Test at The Oval.The England fast bowler was found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an International Match”.In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of the fast bowler, for whom it was the first offence since the introduction of the revised Code in September 2016.READ – Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated exchange during Oval TestThe incident happened in the 29th over of India’s innings when Anderson snatched his cap and jumper from umpire Kumar Dharmasena and then spoke to him in an aggressive manner following an unsuccessful LBW review against Virat Kohli. Anderson admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Andy Pycroft of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.The charges were levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Joel Wilson, third umpire Bruce Oxenford, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, and fourth umpire Tim Robinson.Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.advertisementAnderson, who dismissed Kohli four times during India’s tour of England in 2014, is yet to dismiss the India captain in the series. Something which could have led to the unruly behaviour on the part of Anderson.Including the delivery on which the appeal was made, Anderson had bowled 254 deliveries to Kohli in the series without dismissing him even once.Meanwhile, Kohli who scored a mere 134 runs in the 10 innings in the 2014, has improved his record in the country drastically.In the four matches of the ongoing series ahead of The Oval Test, Kohli had scored 544 runs at an average of 68.Anderson, however, took two wickets immediately after failing to dismiss the India captain. He removed Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya in the space of two overs. Anderson is now heading the list of bowlers with most wickets against India in Test cricket. He went past Muttiah Muralitharan (105 wickets) after picking Pujara’s wicket.At the time of publishing this article, India were 109/4, 223 runs behind England’s 1st innings total of 332.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul in focus as India play Australia in final series before World Cup

first_imgIndian team will be aiming to lock in the last couple of available slots in their England-bound World Cup squad, when they square off with familiar foes Australia in a limited overs series starting with the first T20 here Sunday.The seven-match series comprising two T20 Internationals and five ODIs against a struggling Australian side, will be India’s last international assignment before the mega event starting May 30 in England and Wales.With all but two places sealed, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will also treat these two T20 games as an extended audition for the World Cup hopefuls, who are still on the waiting list.Skipper Kohli is back after a well-deserved three-week break and will be keeping a keen eye on the likes of Rishabh Pant and Vijay Shankar, two players who are strongly tipped to make the elite list.Having edged out Dinesh Karthik in the ODI side in the race to the World Cup, Pant will get a few more chances to make a strong case for himself.For Vijay Shankar, it will be a great opportunity to make his case even stronger in the absence of Hardik Pandya, who is out with his recurring lower back injury.MOOD in the camp before the 1st T20I against Australia in Vizag #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @Paytm (@BCCI) February 23, 2019Shankar has shown that he could be explosive with the bat and the question will be how effective he can be with the ball.advertisementNo one more than Dinesh Karthik will be more keen to make a statement as these two games will effectively be his last chance as he has already been dropped from the ODIs against Australia.The Tamil Nadu veteran drew a lot of flak after he refused a single when Krunal Pandya was on a rampage at the other end in the series deciding T20 game against New Zealand which India lost by 4 runs.With the return of India’s no 1 pacer Jasprit Bumrah, the bowling department that distinctly lacked sting against New Zealand, will be bolstered.Bumrah is two shy of his personal tally of 50 wickets in T20I cricket, an achievement only in possession of the discarded Ravichandran Ashwin.While rookie leg-break bowler Mayank Markande is in the squad, India in all likelihood will go with the tested pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Krunal Pandya, who have done reasonably well for the home team in recent times.However the shortest format is exactly not the one where where India have been very consistent. A recent 1-2 series defeat against New Zealand is a testimony.India may be ahead 11-6 on head-to-head in T20s but they have drawn 1-1 their last two series against Australia — at home (2017) and away (2018) — with rain playing spoilsport.It was way back in 2016 when India under MS Dhoni last won against Australia, a 3-0 clean sweep Down Under as this time Kohli’s men will look to settle the scores with a 2-0 .But more than that the series will be a dress rehearsal for the World Cup as Kohli would look like to make a final assessment before heading to World Cup in May.Kohli will look to straightway be back among the runs after a sterling 2018 where he ended the year with an astounding 2735 runs from 38 matches across formats.He scored 1202 runs in ODIs at a jaw-dropping average of 133.55 in 14 innings and the fact that he converted his scores into six hundreds and three fifties speaks volumes of his batsmanship.Kohli averages 61 from 13 T20I innings against Australia with five half-centuries in those games.The Aaron Finch-led side may not have played T20Is since their last series against India three months back, but they are fresh from their extended Big Bash League with six players including the skipper featuring in the all-Melbourne final on February 17.Player of the Tournament D’Arcy Short played 15 BBL games this season for Hobart Hurricanes scoring 637 runs at 53.08 average (140.61 strike rate).He was followed by competition leading wicket-taker Kane Richardson who topped the bowling aggregate with 24 at 17.70 (economy rate 7.75).The dynamic left-handed opener Short will look to correct his stats on the turning pitches and relaunch his career giving them a good start.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande.Australia: Aaron Finch (c), D’Arcy Short, Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.advertisementMatch starts: 7pm IST.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s advice to World Cup-bound Indian team: Don’t pick up bad habits in IPLAlso Read | Couple of more ODIs before World Cup would have been more ideal and logical: Virat KohliAlso Read | Am all ready and excited for Cricket World Cup: Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decidelast_img read more