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MS Dhoni unlikely to commentate in day-night Test vs Bangladesh

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni is unlikely to make his commentary debut in the Day-Night Test between India and Bangladesh, sources close to the former India captain told PTI.Host broadcaster Star Sports has sent a proposal to the BCCI on Dhoni commentating in the landmark game but the board is yet to respond.Dhoni, who has not played for India since the World Cup semifinal in July, remains a contracted player of the BCCI.”There is no way Dhoni can commentate,” a source close to the player told PTI when asked about the possibility of Dhoni being behind the mic during the pink ball Test from November 22-26 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.As per the existing constitution, Dhoni commentating would also amount to conflict of interest.Ever since that World Cup semifinal loss to New Zealand, Dhoni’s future has been a subject of intense speculation but the player himself has not spoken a word on it.The Indian team, as mentioned by chief selector MSK Prasad, seems to have moved on with Rishabh Pant becoming the number one choice in the shorter formats.Also Read | There will be changes in our approach: Rohit Sharma ahead of 2nd T20I vs BangladeshAlso Read | Star Sports plans for MS Dhoni to don commentators hat during day-night Testlast_img read more

Ramjattan admits govt using public funds for campaigning

Public Security Minister, Khemraj RamjattanFollowing concerns that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was misusing state resources for political purposes, a senior Government Minister has admitted that indeed taxpayers’ money is being used to fund its campaigning activities across the country.Second Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was on a live radio programme, “Straight Up”, on Thursday evening, when he was asked about the APNU/AFC coalition’s preparation for the impending elections.In response, Ramjattam explained that the coalition had already started its campaign through the ministerial outreaches across the country.“We had started our campaign in a sense. We were outreaching in all the areas, even having Cabinet in different areas, having lots of meetings on the weekends especially and carrying our Government projects and programmes for the people to see it themselves and promoting our accomplishments. And that is what part of the campaigning was all about during that time because there was always this 50-50 chance that we’re gonna lose it and indeed, we lost it,” Ramjattan, the newly elected AFC leader, stated.Since February, the coalition Administration rolled out its “ministerial outreach” programme under the slogan of “bringing Government to the people”.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.Government had come under heavy criticism over these outreaches but insisted that they were initiatives aimed at meeting and listening to the concerns of members of the public.In fact, former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had told reporters back in February that the outreaches are nothing but “normal Government business” in response to concerns that the coalition was campaigning with state funds.More recently, however, Harmon defended a move by his Administration to secure in excess of $300 million in supplementary funding from the National Assembly for more ministerial outreaches across the country.So far, the APNU/AFC Administration has held these exercises in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and more recently Region 7.Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan speaking at Bartica earlier this weekDespite claims that these events are not politically motivated, the outreach held in the mining town of Bartica earlier this week attracted much criticisms and concerns after several senior Government officials, including Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, spouted remarks about “war break”, “street protest” and “troubles” in a bid to push the conduct of house-to-house registration.This incident comes on the heels of a previous one whereby, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, during a hinterland outreach back in February, had told residents that he was there simiply to get to vote for the coalition Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t doing everything possible and having ‘tremendous results’ in reducing crime – Ramjattan tells National AssemblyMay 6, 2016In “Politics”Govt turns to international experts for help in crime fightOctober 30, 2016In “latest news”New gov’t will set up systems to detect corruption – NagamootooJuly 4, 2015In “Politics” read more