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16 years after NatWest Series heroics, Mohammad Kaif retires

first_imgMohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket on Friday, on the 16th anniversary of the historic NatWest Series win.On July 13 2002, Kaif played an unbeaten knock of 87 as India chased down an imposing total of 326 to beat England by two wickets in the NatWest Series final.The 37-year-old took to Twitter to announce his decision, almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting.”I’m calling it a day and announcing my retirement from all first-class cricket. It made sense to do so on July 13. Each of our professional lives is defined by one moment more than any other, 16 years ago today, July 13 2002, was that moment for me, at the NatWest Series Final at Lord’s. It seems apt to bid goodbye on this day,” wrote Kaif.When I started playing Cricket,the dream was to play in the India Cap one day.Have been very fortunate to step on to the field & represent my country on 190 days of my life. Today is an apt day for me to announce my retirement from all competetive Cricket. Thank you everyone pic.twitter.com/HzKZDWgXBoMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India. He was a part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in South Africa. Along with Yuvraj Singh, Kaif was among the stars to emerge from the U-19 India stable after leading the Colts to a maiden Junior World Cup triumph in 2000.advertisementKaif, who has won the Ranji Trophy for UP, last played first class cricket for Chattisgarh.Kaif will always be remembered as being one of the finest fielders that India has ever produced.You’ve chosen the best day to announce your retirement, @MohammadKaif. Those memories are still fresh in our minds. May Lord bless you with more and more success, just like the one at Lord’s back in 2002. My best wishes to you always. pic.twitter.com/4vMeVKjyfySachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018Congratulations on a fantastic career Kaif. You can be very proud of your efforts and my best wishes to you and your familyVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 13, 2018Well done on ur career bhaisaab @MohammadKaif you were the one who changed the mind set of the fielding in Indian cricket.even though I would have liked u to stay slightly behind on d 30yard circle bT I knew u had d best intention;) Wish you all d luck for ur future endeavoursIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 13, 201813-07-02 a new era of Indian power cricket began.13-07-18 the hero of that game retires.Thanks @MohammadKaif for being a great friend and a loyal lover of this game which connects us all.Wishing you all the happiness and success in life ahead.Good luck.Bhai shab pic.twitter.com/UvQke0lYamHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 13, 2018During the five years that he was an India regular, it was his electric reflexes inside the 30 yard circle, especially the cover region, that made him special.Along with Yuvraj Singh at point, Kaif formed the backbone of Indian fielding during the time Sourav Ganguly led the Indian cricketing renaissance. One of the fittest cricketers of his time, a batting average of 32 in 125 ODIs, with only two hundreds, don’t tell the story of Kaif’s fighting abilities coming at No 6 or 7 with only few deliveries to play.In his 13 Test appearances, Kaif logged 2753 runs at an average of 32.01, including two hundreds and 17 half-centuries.An apt day to make this announcement pic.twitter.com/F97vuKaoKAMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 13, 2018Apart from his Lord’s knock, Kaif’s hundred against Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy 2002 will also remain in memory as he lifted the team from the dumps after the top order found itself back in the pavilion for less than 100 on the board.However, issues with his technique made him vulnerable against top quality pacers, something that was exposed thoroughly during the 2006 tour of South Africa.He never played for India again but remained a quality player in domestic cricket leading UP for many years.He finished with 7581 first class runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches.Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected hindi commentator.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

‘A special place to win’: Salford savour Wembley chance to cap rapid rise

first_imgAlexander was telephoned last summer by Chris Casper, Salford’s sporting director, about taking over and had “two or three meetings” with him and Gary Neville, who owns 10% of the club. Neville’s brother Phil, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs – the other members of the Class of 92 – all have an identical 10% share.Alexander had reservations about managing outside the Football League because his whole professional career had been spent inside it. Yet convinced by Casper and Neville – “the ambition they spoke about, I knew it wasn’t just words” – he took his third permanent No 1 position. Previously at Fleetwood Town for three years (2012-15) and at Scunthorpe United for two (2016-18), he has guided Salford to third place and a play-off berth.Last Saturday his team sealed passage to the final with a 4-3 penalty shootout win over Eastleigh following the semi-final second leg at the Peninsula. After the top scorer, Adam Rooney, missed their first spot-kick, the Salford-born captain, Liam Hogan, got the side back on track.“You’re half-excited because you know it’s your opportunity to contribute,” says the 30-year-old centre-back. “We scored the rest of ours and they missed two – our big lad in nets, Chris Neal, did the job for us. You feel relief when going through like that because you give every effort possible and you know in the space of five kicks you could be out.” Pinterest Share on Messenger Don’t blame Salford City for spending. Blame the archaic promotion system Facebook Twitter The Salford City co-owners Gary Neville, standing, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt were in the crowd for the semi-final second leg against Eastleigh. Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images Salford’s manager Graham Alexander says: ‘Playing at Wembley doesn’t happen every day so I’m not going to pretend it’s not a special occasion.’ Photograph: John Clifton/Action Images Share on Twitter Topics Pinterest “Keep possession, keep possession!” Graham Alexander is overseeing one of Salford City’s final training sessions before Saturday’s National League play-off final against AFC Fylde at Wembley. The rain lashes down on the Peninsula Stadium and a full-sided game being played at full pelt and Salford’s manager, the veteran of 1,023 matches in a 23-year five-club playing career, is in his element.“The joy I get is not just leading the team out at Wembley – it’s the everyday stuff,” says Alexander. “Waking up in the morning, knowing I’m going to work with great human beings, on a football pitch, in the crappy weather – just out there, working, changing things, improving players, trying to maximise their potential. Giving them the opportunities I was given by managers. That’s me. It’s what I do it for.” Salford City Yet the club has a warm, family feel. Hogan, a former Tranmere player, jokes with backroom staff about still living in Liverpool – “I’m planting the flag behind enemy lines,” says the Manchester United fan – but a fierce work ethic is also pivotal to the manager.“It’s something bigger than winning games of football,” says Alexander of his role. “It’s growing a fan-base, a structure, giving young players an opportunity to come through our system. It’s great to be in at this level to see the club grow.”Promotion to League Two would be Salford’s fourth in five years since the Class of 92 and Lim bought the club. All, apart from Scholes, are expected at Wembley and Alexander says of his relationship with the former United players: “Gary is the main contact I have – he’s at the games most weeks. The other guys drop in, or send messages of support at difficult times, which is great.” Share on Facebook features Now, the focus is on Dave Challinor’s Fylde, who finished fifth, four points behind Salford. Alexander’s men beat them 2-0 at Mill Farm in early September before losing Easter Monday’s return game 1-0.Hogan says: “I’d probably say the performance at Fylde was one of our best – everything came together: the work rate, the lads on the ball, the goals we took were brilliant. We sort of half blew them away at their place. When we played them here we’d been on the back of a big effort at Boreham Wood on Good Friday [a late 3-2 win] and it took a lot out of us. Anybody you’re going to face in the play-off who wants to go into the English Football League is going to be a tough game.”With the billionaire businessman Peter Lim owning Salford’s other 40%, the club has riches others in the National League cannot countenance. This can draw criticism. Last July Rooney, now 31, was signed from Aberdeen on a salary thought to be £4,000 a week and, if his 24 league goals illustrate why Neville and company made the outlay, he can be the prime focus of anti-Salford sentiment, drawing abuse from opposition supporters. Share on Pinterest Twitter Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Alexander will issue his players a clear message before they walk out at Wembley. “Come match day I’m pretty hands-off and let them prepare how they need to,” he says. “I feel we work hard enough from Monday to Friday, so match day is players’ day.“Playing at Wembley doesn’t happen every day, so I’m not going to pretend it’s not a special occasion. It’s a special place to win and a horrible place not to win. We’ve got to go there and relish it.” Share on WhatsApp Facebook The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Collaborative Approach to Deal with Mental Challenges

first_img The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, through its Psychological Services Unit, has been utilising a collaborative approach in treating with a range of psychological and other mental challenges, which often display as violent or destructive behaviours. The Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III, through its Psychological Services Unit, has been utilising a collaborative approach in treating with a range of psychological and other mental challenges, which often display as violent or destructive behaviours.Psychological Services Coordinator, Dr. Melva Spence, says the Unit partners with the Ministry of Health, the hospitals and the mental health clinic for psychiatric evaluations and care of persons who come through the Unit, as well as with the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) for substance misuse patients.They also partner with the Restorative Justice Unit, to allow specialists to help parties mediate conflicts that may arise as a result of psychological or emotional disorders.The Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), and particularly the organisation’s School Suspension Programme, is also used to help youngsters learn how to resolve negative encounters amicably.“Many times, students who are referred to us from schools, having had conflicts, we direct them to the DRF, so that they can get the kind of support they need,” Dr. Spence says.The CSJP III, meanwhile, through its case management programme, administers a series of assessments to persons, particularly youth, looking at a number of domains, including substance abuse, relationship issues, conflict with the law, and psychological challenges.“Out of that assessment, if they are flagged as having deficit in those areas, they are referred to the Unit for assistance, which will do further assessments with them as it relates to the area of need, and treat with them accordingly,” Dr. Spence notes.Various instruments are also utilised to identify specific psychological problems such as suicidal tendencies or anger issues.“Locally, there is a stigma relating to mental illness, so it is difficult to have persons return for scheduled sessions. However, we do what is called ‘Psycho Ed’ with them, meaning that we educate them and help them to understand [the cause of their problems],” she says.“A lot of psycho-educational counselling has to be done in order to get them to understand why they are experiencing these things, and that they can be helped,” Dr. Spence adds.She further noted that the Unit also seeks to include family and community members in the treatment programme as a holistic approach to the intervention.The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes.The Programme is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada (DFATD); and the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (DFID). The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. Story Highlights The CSJP III is a multifaceted crime- and violence-prevention initiative of the Ministry of National Security, which focuses on building community safety and security. The programme provides crime- and violence-prevention services to 50 vulnerable and volatile communities, spanning eight parishes. last_img read more

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