Gavaskar questions Kohlis position as skipper post WC debacle


first_imgNew Delhi: Following India’s World Cup exit in the semi-finals, legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has questioned why Virat Kohli has automatically continued in his position as skipper even though his appointed ended with the showpiece event in England and Wales. The former India skipper feels that there should have been a formal meeting to re-appoint Kohli. “That they selected the team for West Indies without first having a meeting to select the captain brings up the question of whether Virat Kohli is the captain of the team at his or the selection committee’s pleasure,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “To the best of our knowledge his (Kohli’s) appointment was till the World Cup. After that, it was incumbent on the selectors to meet even if it was for five minutes for his reappointment,” he added. However, the M.S.K Prasad led selection committee named Kohli as captain of the team across all the three formats for the Windies tour that starts with T20Is. Further, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has stated that they will not review the performance of the team in the showpiece event and only the manager’s report will be looked into. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Gavaskar also went ahead and questioned the way Kohli is getting his choice of team. “Speaking of lame ducks, the Indian selection committee appears to be one. After the reappointment, he (captain) gets invited to the meeting for his views on the selecting the players for the team. By bypassing the procedure, the message that goes out is that while the players like Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik get dropped after below expectation performance, the captain continues despite much below par expectations where the team did not even reach the finals,” Gavaskar said. Certain sections in the BCCI have also been vocal that spliting the captaincy could be a way forward for the Indian team as they now look to plan for the 2023 World Cup.last_img read more

How the Edmonton Fringe revolutionized Canadian theatre


first_imgAdvertisement It is almost impossible to believe, but this August will mark the 35th birthday of Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Festival. Which makes for the perfect moment to reflect on this incredible, awe-inspiring annual event, one which has had an undeniably huge impact on Canadian theatre. The event, based on Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, has inspired sixteen Fringe festivals across Canada and many more in the United States. As critic Liz Nicholls told The Walrus in 2012, the festival is “the most strange and seductive thing Edmonton has ever produced… its most contagious export.”The Festival has helped to create new audiences for Canadian theatre, and has provided fertile ground for new and upcoming artists, many of who have since made profound contributions to our national theatre. And it began, oddly enough, as a result of an oil bust and some government cuts. In 1982, the Northern Lights Theatre Company was told their funding would be halved. The summer festival organizers said there was no way they could put on their productions at half the budget, so abandoned that effort, and asked Brian Paisley, then head of Edmonton’s Chinook Theatre, if he had any ideas.At the time, the Chinook offices were located in the basement of the Princess Cinema on Whyte Avenue, and Paisley took a walk around the block to brainstorm. “I thought to myself, ‘What a sleazy neighbourhood this is,’” he recalls. “Then the idea came to me.” Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Which Sports AllStar Game Is The Most Ridiculous


All-star games occupy a weird place in today’s sports universe. Once upon a time, they served the semi-important function of showcasing great players for fans who seldom — if ever — got to see them play. These exhibitions used to hold some level of romantic appeal for fans. But now, we can watch every player play every game if we want, and with so much money at stake every time a player risks injury by stepping onto the field or court, these showcases seem absurd. By 2019, the all-star game has become a kind of awkward relic that still provides entertainment but whose raison d’être recedes further into history with every passing year.One way we’ve kept the all-star concept alive is through the addition of countless gimmicks, the most high-profile of which is currently the NBA’s schoolyard-style draft. (This year’s was held last Thursday.) There are also various skill competitions around the festivities, too, which often transcend the game. But beyond novel framing devices, the games themselves have also developed into bizarre offshoots of the competitive versions of their respective sports. Depending on how difficult it is to play a given sport at reduced speed and effort with minimal contact, its all-star game may bear little resemblance to the “real” game as experienced in its day-to-day existence.So which sport changes the most when converted to an all-star format? One simple way to measure this is to look at how the scores of the all-star games change, as compared with the ordinary averages from the leagues during their regular seasons. And since 2000 — excluding NHL All-Star Games since 2016, when the league adopted a 3-on-3 format that makes regular-season comparisons impossible — no sport saw more of a difference in scoring between all-star and regular-season games than hockey. National Hockey League*5.5018.45+235.6% Per-Game Scoring Avg. Major League Baseball9.128.16-10.5 National Football League43.6865.37+49.6 *Excluding NHL All-Star Games since 2016, when the league adopted a 3-on-3 tournament format.Source: Sports-Reference.com LeagueRegular SeasonAll-Star GamePct. Change Which game is warped most by its all-stars?Change in total per-game scoring average between all-star games and the regular season by league, 2000-2018 National Basketball Association197.80285.74+44.5 An ordinary hockey game averages about 2.75 goals per team, give or take yearly scoring variations. But the NHL All-Star Game this century has seen such un-hockey-like scores as 11-10, 12-11, 14-12 and 17-12 (!). All told, before it finally abandoned any pretense of attempting a regulation hockey game, the All-Star Game saw a 236 percent increase in scoring compared with the regular-season NHL average, easily the largest change of any “big four” North American sport.The NBA All-Star Game and the NFL’s Pro Bowl both see a very similar increase in scoring compared with the regular season, with each sitting between a 45 and 50 percent boost. Neither game is known for its tough defense, and for the NFL, that is particularly logical — unless Sean Taylor was involved (RIP), hard hits are not encouraged in the Pro Bowl, and defenses are hamstrung by playing at less than full effort or aggressiveness. The NBA has less of an excuse, since contact is much less fundamental to gameplay, but the All-Star Game has always prioritized flashy offense over lockdown defense — or any defense for that matter. This even manifests in the way players are selected — when doing research for my All-Star Draft simulator, I found that a player’s points-per-game average was by far the statistic most correlated with historical All-Star voting. It makes sense that when a bunch of offensive-minded players get together on the court, defense goes out the window.But that is definitely not true in the league many hail for having the best all-star game — Major League Baseball. MLB is the only one of the big four whose All-Star scoring rate actually decreases relative to regular-season games. With 4.08 runs per team, per All-Star Game since 2000, the stars put 11 percent fewer runs on the board during their big showcase.That wasn’t always the case: From 2000 through 2007, the stars scored 4 percent more runs than in an ordinary game. But from 2008 through 2017, All-Star scoring fell with an incredible 30 percent decrease relative to the regular season — perhaps not coincidentally as bullpens accelerated their takeover of modern baseball and All-Star managers began deploying more and more of their pitchers in extra-short stints. If the NHL needs to nudge its All-Star offense/defense mix more toward the defensive side of the puck, baseball has had the opposite problem, with even the game’s greatest hitters struggling to produce runs against what is essentially a supercharged procession of Hall of Fame-caliber relievers.Baseball’s offense did bust out of its All-Star slump last season with 14 total runs — the most combined in the midsummer classic since 2002’s ill-fated 7-7 tie in Milwaukee. But in the big picture, baseball also still maintains a level of relative normalcy in its All-Star Games not seen in the other major sports. The NHL embraced the crazy scoring and took on an entirely different format; the NFL and NBA continue to play a version of their games that is normal in only the most superficial sense. All the while, we’ll continue to wonder whether we need all-star games in the modern sports landscape, but we’ll watch them anyway — partly out of nostalgia, partly out of entertainment and partly because it still beats anything else we’d probably be doing on a Sunday night in mid-February. From ABC News: read more

Forgetting process helps us adapt to new surroundings


first_imgForgetting can be the result of an active deletion process in the brain rather than a failure to remember —a mechanism that helps us adapt our behaviour according to the surroundings, says a new study. The findings could point towards new ways of tackling memory loss associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.“Our study looks at the biological processes that happen in the brain when we forget something,” said Oliver Hardt from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “The next step is to work out why some memories survive whilst others are erased. If we can understand how these memories are protected, it could one day lead to new therapies that stop or slow pathological memory loss,” Hardt said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings were published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study conducted in rats could also help scientists to understand why some unwanted memories are so long-lasting such as those of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders.Memories are maintained by chemical signalling between brain cells that rely on specialised receptors called AMPA receptors. The more AMPA receptors are on the surface where brain cells connect, the stronger the memory.last_img read more