2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsman

first_img2019 World Cup: India looking at Rishabh Pant as backup top-order batsman2019 Cricket World Cup: Rishabh Pant, who will play the last two one-dayers for India A against the England Lions, has been reportedly asked to bat higher up the order as will be seen as a backup top-order batsman at the showpiece event.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 10:30 IST Rishabh Pant scored 350 runs at 58.33, overtaking captain Virat Kohli’s tally in the four-Test series against Australia (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named in India A squad for the last two of a 5-match OD series vs England LionsRishabh Pant is not part of India squad for the upcoming ODI series in New ZealandPant is reportedly being looked at as backup top-order batsman in the lead up to the World CupRishabh Pant is gearing up for the upcoming five-match unofficial ODI series against a visiting England Lions side in Thiruvananthapuram from January 23. The young India wicketkeeper has been named in the India A squad for the last two ODIs with Ajinkya Rahane leading the side in the first three.Pant had a memorable tour of Australia where the wicketkeeper-batsman scored 350 runs aat 58.33, overtaking captain Virat Kohli’s tally in the four-Test series, which India won 2-1. However, in a move that helped raise quite a few eyebrows, the selection committee rested the 21-year-old for the ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.Despite Pant’s absence from two high-profile ODI series in the lead up to the World Cup, selection committee chairman, MSK Prasad had told India Today that Pant is definitely part of India’s World Cup plans. Head coach Ravi Shastri, while speaking to the news channel after India’s historic Test series win, also insisted the same and said Pant will have to work on his ability to finish games during his time away from the senior national team.As it turns out, the selection committee has now asked Pant to bat higher-up the order in the upcoming ODI series against England Lions, according to The Times of India. Notably, Pant had been batting in the middle-oder over the last one-and-a-half years as he is regarded as a potential replacement for MS Dhoni.However, the confusion surrounding the quantum of punishment and the comebacks of suspended duo Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul has prompted the selectors to prepare backup plans for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England.The likes of Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar had replaced Rahul and Hardik, who have been suspended pending an inquiry over the controversial comments they had made on Koffee With Karan, for the ODI series Down Under.With the likes of MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav finding form during India’s 2-1 win in Australia and Ambati Rayudu showing signs of decline in form, Pant and Rahane are being given a run in the unofficial ODI series at the top order.”Recently, Pant has been told by the team management to bat up the order and get used to the newer ball. If need be, Pant could come in as a reserve top order batsman. The selectors don’t want a situation where they don’t have a back-up ready. Anyway, Pant was given rest to come back fresh for the limited-overs season,” a source close to the selection committee was quoted as saying by the newspaper.Pant will be flying to New Zealand after playing the last two matches against England Lions. The wicketkeeper-batsman has been named in India’s 15-member squad for the T20I series against New Zealand, starting February 6.advertisementThe Squads:India A squad for 1st, 2nd & 3rd one-dayers: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Anmolpreet Singh, Rituraj Gaekwad, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Ishan Kishan (WK), Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Mayank Markande, Jayant Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.India A squad for 4th & 5th one-dayers: Ankit Bawne (C), Rituraj Gaekwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant (WK), Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.Also Read | Pujara hundreds, Pant banter and Dhoni 2.0: Recapping India’s historic Australia tourAlso Read | Cricket a special part of my life but not the most important thing: Virat KohliAlso Read | Wasim Akram in awe of Jasprit Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkersAlso See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow MS DhoniFollow Cricket World Cup 2019Follow India A vs England LionsFollow Ajinkya Rahanelast_img read more

Businessman William Black named chairman for national securities regulator

TORONTO – Nova Scotia businessman William Black has been named the chairman of the expert board of directors for the proposed national securities regulator.Black served as the president and CEO of Maritime Life from 1995 to 2004 and has served on a number of boards, including the Bank of Canada’s.He ran for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives in 2006, but lost to Rodney MacDonald, who later became premier.Canada is the only country in the G20 that does not have a national securities regulator, and Ottawa’s plans to implement one have been mired in delays.If it proceeds, the national regulator will be structured as a co-operative body that will be run by all of the participating provinces and territories, which currently include Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island and Yukon.The Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator would oversee stock markets by policing abuses and securities fraud. The agency would also administer a single set of regulations and would be funded through a single set of fees.Under the current system, regulation of the capital markets falls to each individual province or territory.Quebec has said it will go to court to challenge the constitutionality of creating a national regulator. The province has long argued that the Constitution sets out that the securities industry falls under provincial jurisdiction.Alberta has also opposed the notion of creating a federal regulator, although B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong says the election of an NDP government in the province may change the game.“We’ve barely begun conversations with the new government about this matter,” he said.“They are, of course, still fresh in office, so we’ll pursue the conversation. I’m hopeful. I have always made the case to my colleagues in Alberta that, done properly, this will have real benefits for Alberta.”The ministers involved in the initiative are hoping the agency will be fully operational in the fall of 2016.The Investment Industry Association of Canada said in a statement that it applauds the appointment of Black as the chairman of the regulator’s board of directors, calling him a “proven leader in the business community.”“Mr. Black has the requisite knowledge and experience in financial markets, has worked closely with the regulatory community and has a strong understanding of public policy,” the organization said.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2015 11:34 am MDT Last Updated Jul 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Businessman William Black named chairman for national securities regulator read more