Selectors look at Iyer to solve Indias No 4 woes

first_imgMumbai: The Indian selectors — led by M.S.K. Prasad — finally decided to address the number four conundrum when they sat down to pick the squad for the West Indies tour on Sunday. After struggling through the World Cup without a fixed number four, the five wise men have decided to give Shreyas Iyer a go. Considered as one of the best batting units in the modern era, India failed to produce a number four batsman going into the 2019 World Cup and the tour of West Indies now provides the selectors the perfect opportunity to try and solve the issue with an eye on the 2023 World Cup. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryWhile the selectors decided to ignore Iyer for the World Cup, the ploy of experimenting at that position flopped. Coming into the Windies series, it was always going to be a competition between Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer for that position. Both the batsmen are currently in the West Indies with the India ‘A’ team and have been among runs. Interestingly, skipper Manish Pandey also hit a century in the series, but he is seen more as a number five or six than a number four in the batting line-up. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSpeaking on Gill’s exclusion, Prasad said: “He was given an opportunity when K.L. Rahul was out against New Zealand, he will have to wait for his turn.” Batting coach Sanjay Bangar came under the scanner for failing to produce a number four batsman ahead of the showpiece event despite being with the team for quite some time now. Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that the constant chopping and changing in the middle-order was something that had hurt the Indian team not just in the World Cup, but over the last couple of seasons. And for Bangar to not be able to find a solution is something that reflects poorly on the coach. “It was a constant struggle,” the official said. “While we are all supportive of the players and they had a good tournament with the exception of this bad day in office (in the semi-final against New Zealand), the support staff’s processes and decision-making will surely be scrutinised thoroughly prior to any decision being taken about their future. “The batting coach must have answers for the number 4 question since it is obvious that it was the team management that was asking for certain players to be included.” The Windies tour will provide Prasad and team a chance to try out youngsters in pivotal positions and ensure that the foundation laid is strong with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.last_img read more

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Renault Appoints New Boss Middle East and Africa

Rabat – It was announced this week that Fabrice Cambolive will become Renault’s CEO for Africa, the Middle East and India (AMI).This news is of importance to Morocco, where Renault has two factories, one in Tangier and the other in Casablanca. The plant in Tangier is the region’s largest and is expected to produce 400,000 vehicles annually. Moreover in 2016, Renault invested USD 1 billion in the country to create an “industry ecosystem” which would increase local production of components. Morocco’s industry minister Moulay Hafid El Alamy revealed to Reuters that this investment would create MAD 20 billion in revenue.Morocco’s car industry creates 5% of the nation’s GDP and was last year heralded by the Financial Times as one of the country’s “big success stories”. The Kingdom has ranked amongst the top three places to invest in Africa between 2013 and 2016, according to Quantum Global Research Lab’s Africa Investment Index. Additionally, unlike many nations nearby who suffered after the worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, Morocco was able to avoid a large decrease in foreign investments “partly by marketing itself as an export base for Europe, the Middle East and Africa”.Renault controls 38.5% of the market in North Africa and the AMI region generates Renault’s second highest amount of sales; in 2016 almost 500,000 Renault vehicles were sold. read more

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