1 Arda Turan had to wait until January to make his debut for Barca Chelsea are planning to flex their financial muscles by bidding for Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, claim reports in Spain.Turan only signed for the Catalans from Atletico Madrid last summer but was forced to wait until January to make his debut due to the club’s transfer ban. He has since made 20 appearances, scoring twice.His late availability made it difficult for the Turkish international to displace either Sergio Busquets or Ivan Rakitic at the heart of Barca’s midfield.Arsenal have been linked with a summer swoop for Turan in recent weeks but now, according to Sport, Chelsea are also keen on the 29-year-old and are prepared to enter a bidding war with their London rivals.The Blaugrana are thought to be reluctant to sell Turan so soon after landing him and want to give him a full season to try and force his way into the starting team before making any decision on his future.However, Turan is understood to be wary of the prospect of another season sitting on the bench and is eager to listen to offers from other clubs this summer.
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider head-to-head statistics ahead of net run rate at major international tournaments in the future. Arthur pointed out Pakistan would have been in World CUp 2019 semi-finals had it been for head-to-head records as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men had beaten England and New Zealand who have qualified for the semi-finals.Pakistan finished their World Cup 2019 campaign on the 5th spot of the 10-team points table after a convincing win over Asian rivals in their final group-stage match at Lord’s on Friday.Pakistan had an outside chance to qualify for the semi-final but they needed to beat Bangladesh by a record margin — in excess of at least 311 runs due to the difference in net run rate between Pakistan and fourth-placed New Zealand. In fact, Pakistan’s chances would have ended even before a ball was bowled on Friday had they lost the toss.Pakistan and New Zealand eventually finished with 11 points but the Black Caps reached the semi-final due to their better net run rate. The ICC has been considering net run rate as their primary tie-breaker before the equation goes to head-to-head. Had it been head-to-head stats, Pakistan would have reached the semi-final ahead of New Zealand as Sarfaraz’s men thrashed Kane Williamson’s side in their group-stage meeting in Edgbaston on June 26.Speaking after Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh, head coach Mickey Arthur pointed out that the dressing room wasn’t upbeat despite finishing with 11 points.”I would have liked the ICC to consider head to head because tonight we would be in the semi-final. It is disappointing, and it just goes back to our first game [a heavy defeat] against the West Indie,” Mickey Arthur said.advertisementThe Pakistan coach added: “And we had an opportunity to beat Australia, and we didn’t take that. Those are the two nightmares I’m going to have.”What the system has done to us is that after one very poor game, you really battle to recover again. So it’s a very disappointed dressing room, no congratulations going on because we haven’t qualified. Congratulations to the four who have, I think they’ve played the best cricket so far and may the best team win.”But it is nice for us to sit here and know we’ve beaten two of those teams [England and New Zealand] which shows we’re not a mile off in terms of ourselves as a cricket team.” Getting 400 was a bit of a pipe dream: Mickey ArthurMeanwhile, Mickey Arthur also said Pakistan had discussed posting a total in excess of 400 against Bangladesh to pull off a miracle but conceded that they had to reassess their plans due to the slowish nature of the Lord’s pitch on Friday.”I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a discussion. But I think that was something that we could only assess once we did something right. The first 10 overs were going to be quite crucial. You can’t just walk in there and go ‘I think we’re going to get 400’. Getting 400 is a platform. You need to get a good base, and you need to move,” Mickey Arthur added.”The message we got from Fakhar [Zaman] when he came back in the change room was it was slow. Balls going into the wicket were quite tough. We realised that getting the average score, I think, is 270 over the tournament. I mean, getting 400 was a bit of a pipe dream. And then we realised we just wanted to win and we wanted to win well.”Also Read | Babar Azam breaks a 27-year-old World Cup record for PakistanAlso Read | Shoaib Malik retires from ODI after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign endsAlso See:
Bhopal: Former Union minister Aslam Sher Khan, who had offered to take over as Congress president after the Lok Sabha rout, has said nearly 12 crore voters did repose their faith in the party in the polls, and it can catch up with the BJP if it started afresh. The task was tough but not impossible, he said, speaking to PTI earlier this week. “Despite losing in the general elections, nearly 12 crore voters reposed faith in the party while 23 crore voted for the BJP. We have to start afresh instead of sitting idle and the challenge is to bridge this gap in the next five-ten years,” the former India hockey player said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “Though it is a major challenge, it is not a herculean task if the party decides to start afresh and reach out to people with a new vigour and strategy,” Khan said. If the Congress worked hard, it can convert these 12 crore votes into 25 crore, he said. “It is not a daunting task. Congress is not a fiefdom of few people, it is a group of people and by joining hands with like-minded parties, it can still turn the tables on the BJP,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The party should be and is in a position to provide “ideological option” to the people of the country on the basis of its secular credentials, he said. Earlier, Khan had suggested that Kamal Nath should float a parallel outfit to unseat the BJP from power in Madhya Pradesh. Though Nath did not take that advice, the Congress defeated the BJP in the 2018 Assembly polls and Nath became the chief minister. After the Lok Sabha debacle, Khan had offered to take the reins of the Grand Old Party for two years, promising to transform it by injecting team spirit. In a letter to Rahul Gandhi, then Congress president, on May 27, Khan, who scored a goal to ensure gold medal for India in the 1975 Hockey World Cup, had said he was ready to become party chief, citing his experience as “international hockey player and later as a politician”.