World Cup 2019: Spirited Afghanistan look to shed underdogs tag

first_img Total runs in each powerplay 842 runs in boundries ENG Bowled – 21 AFG LBW – 4 Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are a spin-bowling unit the equal of any in the world and the latter is a genuine all-rounder with the second most runs for an Afghan in one-dayers.Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Shahzad and Asghar Afghan are their batting mainstays but in Hazratullah Zazai and Hashmatullah Shahidi they have promising young talents who might provide some fireworks.Whether that talent, under new leadership since last month, can cohere into a unit capable of taking on the more established nations in the game and reach their goal of a semi-final spot remains to be seen.Their first fixture against defending champions Australia in Bristol on June 1 should be a reasonable gauge of the progress they have made over the last four years.MAIDEN WINIn 2015, their World Cup debut, Afghanistan gave Sri Lanka a shock by dismissing both openers for a golden duck and recorded their maiden win against Scotland before being brought down to earth with a big bump by co-hosts Australia.advertisementDavid Warner scored 178 at the WACA as the Aussies racked up the biggest total in tournament history, 417 for six, for the biggest winning margin in World Cup history, 275 runs.That pretty much sealed Afghanistan’s exit but they have since beaten Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, played out a thrilling tie with a weakened India team and last year became the 12th test playing nation.Former West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons will guide them through this year’s tournament, having coached Ireland to wins over Pakistan, Bangladesh, England, West Indies and Zimbabwe at three World Cups.The Trinidadian is no stranger to board interference, having also previously coached Zimbabwe and West Indies in troubled times, but he is unlikely to have welcomed the surprise captaincy change effected last month.Gulbadin Naib replaced Asghar Afghan as skipper in a move that initially caused some public consternation from senior players.”I just have to get on with (making) sure the squad is preparing in the same way I wanted them to prepare barring the change,” Simmons told the Cricinfo website.”I am trying to make sure the captaincy change does not have an impact on our World Cup preparation.”Also Read | Unfancied Sri Lanka head to World Cup 2019 with hope for miracleAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Wives and family not allowed to travel with Pakistan playersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 World Cup 2019Follow AfghanistanFollow Australia Next 9 Matches Played SA WI Run Outs – 4 IND 4s-170 6s-27 SL 9 – Lost Reuters LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 29, 2019 17:04 IST AFGHANISTAN (Twitter)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan won last year’s World Cup Qualifier tournament by beating West IndiesOf their 23 ODIs against other World Cup sides, Afghanistan have won only 7Afghanistan begin their World Cup campaign against Australia on June 1Afghanistan’s cricketers have long been heralded as a beacon of hope for a nation torn apart by conflict but they have earned the right to be taken more seriously than a mere human interest story at their second World Cup.Having won last year’s World Cup Qualifier tournament by beating West Indies in the final, the Afghans will arrive in England looking to make the transition from plucky underdogs to knockout round contenders.It will be a tough task, not least because they have very little experience of the conditions in the host nation, but there is no doubt there is plenty of talent in their squad. Caught – 54 BAN 0 – WON AUS World Cup 2019: Spirited Afghanistan look to shed underdogs tagAfghanistan enter World Cup 2019 with just one win in the quadrennial tournament, which was in their debut campaign in 2015 but that was the time when they lacked match-winners like Rashid Khan.advertisement Total 50’s/100’s 6/0 PAK STUMPED – 4 Team Profile 87 Total Wickets NZ 1831 Total runs scoredlast_img read more

Gibson buys Louisiana environmental services firm for US445 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2012 4:07 pm MDT CALGARY – Gibson Energy Inc. (TSX:GEI) signed a deal Thursday to buy a Louisiana-based environmental and production services firm for US$445 million.Privately held Omni Energy Services Corp. is active in several major oil and natural gas liquids-rich formations across the United States.“Omni broadens Gibson’s footprint in most of the major U.S. liquids focused basins, provides the scale we believe is required to grow the environmental services business in North America, expands upon the Palko Environmental Ltd. acquisition in December of 2011 and adds new customers in the U.S.,” Gibson CEO Stewart Hanlon said.The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the month, will add nearly 1,100 employees to Gibson’s workforce.Gibson said the deal will take advantage of an industry trend toward greater environmental scrutiny of oil and gas drilling.“Omni comes with a strong management team, a significant growth profile and a substantial opportunity to expand the current Gibson suite of offerings to new geographies as well as to Omni’s current customers,” Hanlon said.Gibson also plans to increase its quarterly dividend by four per cent or a penny to 26 cents per share once the deal closes.In connection with the acquisition, Gibson is raising at least $350 million through a bought-deal financing. The subscription receipts, priced at $22.10 apiece, will be offered through a syndicate of investment dealers co-led by BMO Capital Markets and RBC Capital Markets.Gibson shares rose 11 cents to $22.74 in late afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday. Gibson buys Louisiana environmental services firm for US$445 million read more