Pakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-HaqInzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, backs Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to end the long-standing losing streak against India in World Cups in the upcoming edition of the quadrennial tournament in England.advertisement Press Trust of India KarachiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 16:40 IST India will take on Pakistan in World Cup 2019 match on June 16 in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan kick off their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31Pakistan have remained winless in their last 11 ODIsPakistan have never won against India in a World Cup matchPakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident that the national team will break its six-match losing streak in the World Cup against India when it takes on the arch-rivals at the mega-event on June 16.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup match but the former Test captain feels that they can post a breakthrough victory against the neighbours this time around when the two teams meet at Manchester next month.”People take a Indo-Pak match very seriously and some even go on to say that ‘we will be happy even if only we can win against India during the World Cup’,” said Inzamam.”I’m hopeful that we will end our losing streak against India in World Cup matches,” he told a Pakistan Cricket website.The veteran of 120 Tests, however, said that the World Cup is not just about the match against India, and Pakistan have the potential to beat other sides as well”.Pakistan go into the World Cup having suffered 10 successive ODI defeats and were also beaten by Afghanistan in the warm-up match of the World Cup.Inzamam, who is under-fire in recent times for making late changes in the World Cup squad, spoke about the difficulties of selecting national team and the pressure that comes with it.”People think it is easy to jot down 14-15 players in order to form a squad but it’s nothing like that because there is a lot of pressure. For example it was very difficult for us to select fast-bowlers for the World Cup because there were a lot of good names around including the likes of (Mohammad) Amir, Junaid (Khan) and (Usman Khan) Shinwari,” said the 49-year-old.advertisementDefending the selections of pacers Mohammad Hasnain and Wahab Riaz, Inzamam said: “Like I said before pace of Hasnain, who can touch 150 kph, would add a new dimension to our bowling attack because the rest of the bowlers penetrate only around the 130-140 kph mark.”On threat posed by minnows like Afghanistan during the upcoming tournament, Inzamam said no team should be taken lightly in the World Cup.”I think we should not take any team lightly during the World Cup. Teams like Afghanistan can upset some of the bigger teams. Even if you play, for instance, against Afghanistan or England, you get the same value with two points.”He said it was important to get off to a good start in the World Cup.”Getting off to a good start is important and I think our team has the ability to do that.”Inzamam included Pakistan along side England, India and New Zealand in his list of four semifinalists.”I think England, as they are the number one side in the world, India, because of the balance of their side, New Zealand, as they have played good cricket in the build up to the event, and of course Pakistan will be my final four,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Watch: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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Inzamam-ul-HaqFollow PakistanFollow Indialast_img read more

Medical marijuana in public places

For years now it’s been illegal for people to light up in many public places across the province. But that’s about to change, as long as the person smoking has a doctor’s note. This means medical marijuana users can light up in restaurants, at work or on playgrounds.As long as they have a doctor’s prescription they’re exempt from the laws that prohibit cigarette smoking and e-cigarette vaping in most public places in Ontario. Dipika Damerla, the Associate Health Minister says these new regulations are about letting people who are very sick or in a lot of pain take their prescribed medication when they need to. But she says employers or restaurant owners could still ban them from smoking on the premises. “The employers and owners and proprietors have the ability to override this exemption.”Back in 2013 a Burlington bar owner won a lengthy and expensive legal battle against the Ontario Human Rights Commission after he told a former customer, who was a medical marijuana user, -that he couldn’t smoke on the patio. That customer claimed his rights had been violated. The human rights commission eventually dismissed the case. Theresa Kozak, the manager at The Tweed Patient Support Centre in Hamilton, says these new regulations are important. “The significance is pretty huge. It is putting cannibus on a separate level and giving it recognition as a medicine for what it is. It is basically saying that patients can medicate when and how they need to in public and not under the same restrictions as smoking cigarettes.”The Canadian Cancer Society warns that “people exposed to second-hand marijuana smoke may have many of the same health problems as people exposed to cigarette smoke, including an increased risk of cancer.” read more

Security Council should nurture Colombian consensus against return to violence top UN

The briefing from Carlos Ruiz Massieu took place less than a week after a car bombing outside the National Police Academy in the capital Bogotá, which left 21 dead and injured dozens. The attack was claimed by the National Liberation Army (the ELN), one of the remaining active armed opposition groups in Colombia.In total, more than 220,000 people were killed during the long-running conflict beginning in 1964, between Government security forces, and various armed opposition groups, chiefly the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia guerilla movement, or FARC, and drug traffickers.“In the swift rejection of the attack from across the political spectrum in Colombia, and in the marches held around the country this past Sunday, Colombians demonstrated their ever-broader consensus around the rejection of violence,” said Mr. Ruiz Massieu, who was appointed on 7 January to head the UN’s mission in the country mandated with verifying the implementation of the November 2016 peace agreement. “This consensus must continue to be nurtured,” he told the Security Council. Carlos Ruiz Massieu, Special Representative for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia visiting the Territorial Space for Reincorporation and Training located in Llano Grande, Dabeiba – Antioquia, Colombia (January 2019), by United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia/Liliana GaravitoImportant milestones for reconciliationSpecial Representative Ruiz Massieu went on to highlight some of the recent major achievements of the peace process, including the fact that the Government’s High-level Forum on Gender – responsible for implementation of the gender provisions of the peace agreement – met for the first time on 16 January.He also noted “an important milestone” with the inauguration in May 2018 of the ‘Truth Commission’, a body created to examine past human rights violations, including sexual violence, and to foster reconciliation over the next three years.Mr. Ruiz Massieu stressed that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace – the transitional body in charge of deciding responsiblity for crimes committed during the armed conflict and which started working a year ago – is currently examining five cases of “violent actions impacting no less than 32,000 victims”. “As this Council has itself insisted, it remains vitally important that the independence and autonomy of the Special Jurisdiction are respected and that it receives the support required to operate effectively,” stated the Special Representative.Reintegration and security: two major challenges aheadAmong the near-term challenges ahead, Mr. Ruiz Massieu cited the gaps remaining for the economic reintegration of former combatants, including members of the FARC. He said the various meetings he held in the field have “confirmed both the strong desire of former combatants to work and to find their place in society, as well as the uncertainty many still feel regarding their security, including their legal security, and economic future”.The 26 December 2018 quarterly report prepared by the UN verification mission for the UN Secretary-General, notes that efforts must be accelerated “to advance on the acquisition of land and to work on the development of markets for goods and services produced.”In another step forward for full political integration and reform, on 27 October the FARC party, now a democratic force, will take part for the first time in regional and local elections. Representative Ruiz Massieu noted that efforts are being made to guarantee their and every other party’s security and protection.In Colombia, the security situation remains fragile, as highlighted in the Secretary-General’s report. According to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), since the signing of the 2016 peace agreement, 163 killings of social leaders and human rights defenders have been verified and a total of 454 deaths reported. In the first week of January alone, seven leaders were killed and a total of 31 attacks reported. FARC members are also regularly the targets of attacks, a major challenge to national reconciliation.“The security of communities, leaders and FARC members are ultimately tied to the ability of the State to establish an integrated security and civilian presence in conflict-affected areas,” said Mr. Ruiz Massieu, as he welcomed the efforts made by the Colombian Government to address this issue.“I would like to stress that one of the messages I have heard consistently from Colombians during my first weeks on the ground, is how strongly they both welcome and expect the support and accompaniment of the international community as they seek to overcome the many challenges to consolidating peace,” he concluded. “The continued engagement and support of the Security Council will remain a vital pillar of Colombia’s peace process.”>>> Watch Special Representative Carlos Ruiz Massieu brief the Security Council: read more