Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun Pollock

first_imgFormer South African pace bowler Shaun Pollock feels it will be cruel to start judging the failure of the Indian batsmen, except Virat Kohli, after the Indian innings collapsed twice in the first Test against England.Except for Kohli, the top-order managed a paltry 99 runs in two innings.However, Pollock said it’s natural for the sub-continent players to struggle early in English conditions.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”I think always going to be a challenge for Indian batsmen to play outside the sub-continental conditions. It is something which happens with England and South African batsmen too when they come here(India),” Shaun Pollock told Mail Today from Bengaluru.ICC trolls Virat Kohli with mic drop tweet after India lose Edgbaston Test”Technically, we don’t grow up on it so we eventually struggle against spinners. And it takes some adjustment for players to get used to the conditions. So they should be given a few more opportunities.”MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSPollock seemed pleased with the quality of Indian bowling line-up and said once the top-order starts firing, then they can win the England series.1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”India has a very competitive bowling attack. They have a lot of spin and fast bowling options so all India needs is three or four of the batsmen to perform to have a strong chance of winning it.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeatadvertisement”The biggest challenge at the moment in Test cricket is to compete abroad. Most teams can win at home but it has been competitive away. That’s why India needs more than just Kohli to win matches away,” said Pollock, who is part of the Louis Philippe Celebrity Pro-Am Cup in Bengaluru.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeatPollock heaped praises on Kohli for his century in the first innings and was particularly impressed by the way he endured English pacer and World No 1 bowler James Anderson.”It was an impressive knock by Kohli. He played some great shots in those challenging conditions. Kohli fought hard against Jimmy Anderson and it is something you have to do in cricket sometimes, you have to fight through the hard period and once you do that, things become a bit easier.”His performance was particularly special after how people have been talking about his failure in England last time around and also during the one-dayers. It shows how he was keen to prove a point,” Pollock explained.Surprisingly, the South African legend is now an amateur golfer and is currently participating at the Louis Phillipe Cup in Bengaluru.”Golf has been a part of me for long. Even during my cricket days, I used to find time for teeing. I enjoy this sport because I can play it even in my 60’s,” Pollock concluded.last_img read more

2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown

first_imgI am pleased to once again address this Honourable House. Last year, as I gave my maiden presentation, I committed to do my best for the government and people of Jamaica, recognizing that I stand here, privileged to serve my constituents, as a result of the trust placed in me by the good people of East Central, St Catherine.It is also recognized, that I am privileged to serve my country, as a result of the confidence reposed in me by the Most Honourable Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, on the occasion of her appointing me as Minister of State in the capacity in which I make this contribution.[Watch the presentation LIVE]The Honourable Member from North West Saint Catherine often says, “an attitude of gratitude is a beatitude” and today Mr. Speaker, I record my gratitude to my Cabinet Minister and Queen’s Counsel of silken quality from that other place, Senator the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson QC, for his steady leadership of the Ministry and for allowing me the latitude as Minister of State to discharge the functions assigned to me.I must commend the support given to me by the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT). Their diligence and professionalism is admirable and a credit to the country and its national interests.None of this would be possible without my Maker and my King to whom my all I bring. Nor would it be possible without the support of my family, my support staff, my three (3) Councillors and the army of workers and warriors of the national movement founded September 13, 1938, of which I am proud to be a member.Constituency StewardshipSports: Vehicle for DevelopmentI wish to begin my contribution, to the Sectoral Debate by addressing my stewardship of the constituency of East Central Saint Catherine under the period of review.It is quite fitting and appropriate that recognition be given to the Naggo Head Primary School (whose Principal is here in the Gallery) on its stellar performance at the recently concluded Primary School Athletics Championship.This is their fifth consecutive hold on the title. Pretty soon, East Central Saint Catherine will have its own Usain Bolt or Veronica Campbell-Brown dominating global track and field. I take this opportunity to publicly commend the teachers, coaches, administrative staff, student athletes and parents on this historic feat.Consistent with my manifesto commitment to support sports as a vehicle for development, as Member of Parliament, I pledge to support the Naggo Head Sports programme for the upcoming academic year. I also commend the European Union for their assistance in this respect.[Download 2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown]I am pleased to advise that the process of upgrading sporting facilities in the Constituency has commenced in earnest. With the assistance of the Honourable Member from Central Westmoreland, our sports facilities have been upgraded through the Sugar Dependence Area Initiative, which comes under the purview of the Sugar Transformation Programme.The Lime Tree Grove Sports Complex now has a hard court for netball and basketball. The football field has been rehabilitated and a chain link fence has been installed.Additionally, a contract has been awarded for the construction of changing rooms, bleachers stands and a clubhouse. This represents a capital spend of $21,000,000.00 in the Constituency, providing employment and a positive outlet for young people when completed.We have received an expression of interest from the Government and people of New Zealand to upgrade the Hamilton Gardens Field in Gregory Park into a Cricket Oval, valued atUS$25,000.00. They did two (2) similar projects in the parish of Manchester. I wish to thank them for their interest in East Central St. Catherine.Consistent with my manifesto commitment to support sports as a vehicle for development, as Member of Parliament, I pledge to support the Naggo Head Sports programme for the upcoming academic year. I also commend the European Union for their assistance in this respect…READ MORE[Download 2013/2014: Sectoral Debate: Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Hon. Arnaldo Brown]last_img read more

NHF Provides $2.5 Million for Labour Day Work at Cumberland Road Health Centre

first_imgStory Highlights Renovation of the health facility, located in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is one of two national projects for Labour Day under the theme ‘Ramp it Up, Fix it Up’. The other is the installation of wheelchair ramps at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann. The National Health Fund (NHF) has provided $2.5 million for repair works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23.Renovation of the health facility, located in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, is one of two national projects for Labour Day under the theme ‘Ramp it Up, Fix it Up’. The other is the installation of wheelchair ramps at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann.The work to be undertaken at Cumberland Road Health Centre will include roof repairs, installation of partitions, bathroom fixtures and kitchen cupboards, painting, and general cleaning and beautification. Additional funds for the project will come from the Ministry of Health.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that the entity is pleased to support the national Labour Day project.“Public-sector patients should feel comfortable visiting public-sector healthcare facilities, and this project to refurbish the Cumberland Road Health Centre will be used as one of the activities to celebrate the NHF’s 15th anniversary, highlighting our commitment to improving the delivery of healthcare to all Jamaicans,” he said.The work to be carried out forms part of a more extensive project by the NHF to undertake repairs to a number of health facilities on scheduled community workdays to provide a more comfortable and safe environment for users.A total of thirteen (13) community workdays have so far been undertaken across four Regions under endorsement from the Regional Health Authorities. The work to be undertaken at Cumberland Road Health Centre will include roof repairs, installation of partitions, bathroom fixtures and kitchen cupboards, painting, and general cleaning and beautification. Additional funds for the project will come from the Ministry of Health. The National Health Fund (NHF) has provided $2.5 million for repair works at the Cumberland Road Health Centre on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23.last_img read more