Indian team coach most dispensable person in the squad, focus on playing XI instead: Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgEven as the wait continues for the appointment of Team India’s head coach, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the coach is the most dispensable person in the squad.The BCCI’s cricket advisory committee interviewed five candidates for the job and will name Anil Kumble’s successor soon. Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody were believed to be the frontrunners even before the interviews got underway in Mumbai.Manjrekar, one of the most outspoken commentators in the game, said the he did not understand the fuss around the coach, who was possibly the most dispensable person in the Indian squad. The focus, Manjrekar said, should be on the playing XI instead. Indian team coach is the most dispensable person in the squad, we should stop fussing about it, let’s fuss about playing XIs instead.- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017 Unlike coach, chairman of selectors has power to change destiny of Ind cricket but that appointment never gets such attention & importance.??- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2017WHY MANJREKAR COULD BE RIGHTAnil Kumble was forced to step down as coach following differences with India captain Virat Kohli. The legendary leg-spinner said Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. Kumble had by then led India to Test series wins over the West Indies, New Zealand, England, Australia and a one-off Test against Bangladesh. India also regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings during this time and reached the Champions Trophy final.But in a team filled with superstars and talented players like Kohli himself, the question that begs to be asked is: does the Indian team really need a coach who keeps the players under check or a manager who has the necessary man-management skills?advertisementKumble, it was said, was very strict with daily routines and training of the players. But Kohli and the players were not happy with Kumble’s overbearing and intimidating attitude in the dressing-room.Shastri, who had applied for the job last year as well but was overlooked by the CAC, is a favourite among the players and the captain. He was the team director from 2014 to 2016 and had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.It will be interesting to see who gets the nod for the job this time around.Shastri has great man-management skills and knows how to deal with the current crop of players while Moody is the most experienced of the lot, in terms of coaching. Sehwag shares a good rapport Kohli and has played with a few of the current players. It’s a three way race to the finish line with the announcement due very soon.last_img read more

Euronavs 1Q Profit Slashed

first_imgzoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav recorded a profit of USD 34.3 million in the first quarter of 2017, considerably lower from USD 113.5 million posted in the same period a year earlier.The drop comes despite improved freight rate performance compared to the second half of 2016. The average daily time charter equivalent rates (TCE) for the company’s very large crude carrier (VLCC) vessels stood at USD 41,147 and for Suezmaxes at USD 23,880 during the quarter.EBITDA for the period amounted to USD 101.3 million, lower from EBITDA of USD 176.4 million seen in the first quarter of 2015.“Q1 2017 was a confirmation of our thesis: short term challenges but a positive medium structure building for the tanker sector. Asset prices look to be bottoming out in our view confirmed by emerging buying interest from industrial players. However, short-term outlook retains a cautious tone with nearly a quarter of the large tanker order book scheduled for delivery during Q2 2017 and newbuilding contract activity picking up short-term albeit only in the VLCC sector,” Paddy Rodgers, CEO of Euronav, pointed out.The company said the ordering of tankers in the first quarter was disappointing because 15 new VLCCs have been ordered during the first quarter.According to the company, the biggest challenge facing the tanker market at present is the concentration of tanker deliveries. The first quarter saw 27 VLCC equivalents delivered to the global fleet – a number which will be repeated during the second quarter. Absorption of these new, un-vetted vessels will occur during a seasonally weak period and will provide a sustained challenge for tanker operators over the summer months.Otherwise, crude oil markets remain “close to balance” according to the most recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report. Consensus forecasts expect inventory levels to reduce toward more normalized levels during the rest of 2017.“Euronav retains substantial balance sheet capability and fixed income visibility to navigate through a period of lower freight rates and/or to take advantage of expansion opportunities. The duration of the challenging freight rate environment will be entirely dependent on the number of additional orders to build new ships that are not needed by the market,” Rodgers added.During the first quarter of the year, Euronav took delivery of two VLCC resales, Ardeche and Aquitaine from Hyundai Heavy Industries’ (HHI) Samho shipyard.last_img read more

Yukon couple accused of trying to kill cop snuggles during first court

first_imgAPTN National NewsWHITEHORSE–A Yukon RCMP detachment commander has been sent to Vancouver hospital for treatment after shots were fired during a police chase.RCMP Cpl. Kim MacKellar was injured while pursuing a vehicle near the small town of Haines Junction, which is about 160 kilometres west of Whitehorse.The RCMP says one or more shots were fired during the chase, but won’t reveal how MacKellar was injured, citing a court publication ban.Christopher Cornell, 29, and Jessica Johnson, 21, are charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and several other offences.The Whitehorse Star reported that Johnson and Cornell hugged and kissed during their first court appearance.Johnson also reportedly ran her fingers through Cornell’s hair and whispered in his ear, making Cornell smile.The two were eventually ordered separated by the Justice of the Peace.The RCMP officer, who is detachment commander in Haines Junction, was investigating a break-and-enter at Madley’s General Store Tuesday before he set off in pursuit of a vehicle.last_img read more