MS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay Jagdale

first_imgMS Dhoni mature enough to take decision on retirement: Sanjay JagdaleSanjay Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, has said that Dhoni is mature enough to take decision on his retirement. He also added that the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman.advertisement Press Trust of India IndoreJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 19, 2019 18:15 IST India’s M.S. Dhoni walks back after getting dismissed during the 1st Semi-final match (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSThe selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, said Sanjay JadgaleJagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erredKeeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity, said JagdaleAmid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating retirement, former national selector Sanjay Jagdale Friday said the M S K Prasad-led selection panel should find out what was going on in the veteran wicket-keeper’s mind about his future.However, Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, asserted that Dhoni was mature enough to take a call on his retirement from limited overs cricket.The 38-year-old 2011 Word Cup-winning captain, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion when the national selection committee meets in Mumbai Sunday to pick up squads for the West Indies series starting next month.”Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale told PTI.There is intense speculation that the Jharkhand player, who opted out of Test cricket in 2014, is mulling retirement even though he himself has remained tight-lipped about his future plans.Thus, Dhoni’s selection or omission for the West Indies tour would be an indicator of things to come in the future.”Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, added Jagdale (68), a former office-bearer of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.”The selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, he said.advertisementDhoni was criticised for slow batting during the World Cup, where India’s campaign ended in the semi-finals, but Jagdale, a former first-class player, defended the ex-captain, saying he played as per the situation.”Dhoni played in the World Cup as per the team’s requirement. In the semi-final also he was batting as per the same strategy but unfortunately he got run out at a crucial moment (in the game), he said.Jagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erred.”It is not expected from a 38-year-old player to play with the same energy and vigour that he displayed in his prime days.Taking a dig at those criticising Dhoni, Jagdale said, “Even those players are criticising him who have not played well in their career. However, only true players know Dhoni’s worth.”However, Jagdale said keeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity.”Before the World Cup, Pant should have been included in the ODI team alongside Dhoni as Pant could have learned from him,” said Jagdale.Pant (21) was not in the World Cup squad, but was called as a replacement for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.Read more | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow former BCCI secretaryFollow Dhoni retirementlast_img read more

Greece and its creditor countries must run obstacle course before deal is

by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 13, 2015 11:08 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greece and its creditor countries must run obstacle course before deal is sealed FRANKFURT – Greece’s bailout deal isn’t a deal — yet.It only becomes one if Greece meets tough conditions, like quickly passing a slew of far-reaching economic reforms, cuts and privatizations.After the Greek government dismayed creditors by repealing some economic measures and dragging its feet in negotiations, key lender states led by Germany took a hard line: Reforms first. Money afterward.Whether the deal will then steer the Greek economy back to health and help it lower its debt remains uncertain.“Doubts and concerns in our view outweigh optimism and euphoria,” wrote Carsten Brzeski, chief economist at ING-DiBa in Frankfurt. “It starts with the fact that there actually is no deal, yet. It’s a declaration of intent.”He recommended “that the champagne bottles should still remain in the fridge for a while.”Here’s a look at Greece’s situation.___WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR GREECE?Under the deal struck with creditors during an all-night meeting in Brussels, the Greek parliament must approve by Wednesday key reforms. They include VAT tax increases and pension cuts, and safeguarding the full independence of Greece’s statistics service, which at the start of the crisis in 2009 was found to have woefully misstated the country’s finances for years.More reforms have to be passed by July 20, including a new civil code that should streamline legal proceedings and lower business costs.___WILL THAT HELP GREEK BANKS REOPEN?That’s the intent.Greece’s banks have been closed since the European Central Bank refused two weeks ago to allow them to draw more emergency credit. Once the legislation passes and Greece gets closer to financial rescue, the ECB may decide to permit more credit. It could do that anytime it can say a bailout deal is in the offing, but may wait until Thursday’s meeting of its governing council — the day after the first Greek vote.An increase in credit could enable the Greek banks to reopen and perhaps increase their withdrawal limit of 60 euros per day.But analysts say some kind of limit on cash withdrawals and transfers will likely stay in place for months.The closed banks have made normal commerce impossible and worsened the recession. Getting them open again is a top priority if the Greece economy is to recover.___AFTER THAT, WILL GREECE GET ITS BAILOUT?Not yet. Germany’s parliament must also approve the start of negotiations, which officials said could happen Friday. Austria and France will also hold votes on the preliminary agreement.___WHAT HAPPENS WHEN NEGOTIATIONS START?Once Greece passes the reform laws, the institutions monitoring its finances — the European Union’s executive Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank — will get a mandate to start talks. The Greeks will have to make more reforms, such as opening up closed professions, easing worker protections in labour law, and privatizing the national electricity grid.They will also have to transfer government-owned businesses and assets into an independent privatization fund that will sell them off.And the eurozone says that’s just to get the talks started. At the end of the process, national parliaments have to sign off in Germany, Estonia, the Netherland, Finland, Austria and Slovakia. Only then can Greece tap the money from the bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism.___HOW FAST CAN GREECE GET THE MONEY?The creditors acknowledge that time is short and that a full bailout deal worth between 82 billion euros and 86 billion euros over three years must be struck quickly.Greece needs 7 billion euros by July 20 to cover its bills and debt repayments, and an additional 5 billion euros by mid-August. It’s already in arrears on a 1.5 billion euro payment to another important creditor, the IMF, and needs to clear that before it can get more IMF loan money.Eurozone countries were discussing whether to help Greece meet these obligations with a short-term bridge loan.___WILL THAT STABILIZE GREECE?Even after it gets any loans, the country faces more uncertainty as its economy will be in bad shape. Whether the reforms will help get the economy going, and how fast, is not clear. Some economists think Greece’s debts are too big to repay.Meanwhile, the tough reforms attached to the loans could force the current left-wing Greek government from office.The bailout deal will face opposition in the ranks of deputies belonging to Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras’ Syriza group. Tsipras will likely have to resort to opposition votes to get the painful spending cuts and economic changes through. That could cost him his government majority in Greece’s parliamentary system, and a new coalition and prime minister could soon be in place, analysts say.The country’s labour minister said Monday that the country could see new elections by the end of the year.So hold on. It’s not a deal until it’s a deal. read more