Hashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill father

first_imgHashim Amla to miss South Africa vs Sri Lanka ODIs to be with his ill fatherHashim Amla has asked for permission to miss the last one-day international against Sri Lanka on compassionate grounds in order to be with his ailing father.advertisement Reuters Port ElizabethMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 18:25 IST Hashim Amla cited family reasons for missing the final two ODIs vs Sri Lanka. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla pulled out of the final two ODIs between South Africa and Sri LankaSouth Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Amla’s father is critically illAmla had been rested for the first three ODIs, all of which South Africa wonVeteran batsman Hashim Amla has pulled out of the South African One-Day International squad to play Sri Lanka for family reasons, granting a reprieve for opener Reeza Hendricks who had been dropped for the final two matches of the series.”Hashim has asked to be excused from the last two ODIs of the current series on compassionate grounds since his father is critically ill,” Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.Hendricks played as an opener in the first three games of the series, all won by South Africa, but managed scores of only 1, 29 and 4, dealing a blow to his chances of making the squad for the World Cup in England and Wales starting in late May.The experienced Amla, 35, is seen as a certainty to travel to the global showpiece tournament, but had been rested for the start of the series to allow Hendricks to stake his claim.Amla was rested after a poor Test series last month amid growing speculation his international career is coming to an end.The fourth ODI will be played in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.”Experience is always a key factor in major tournaments such as the World Cup,” said selection panel convener Linda Zondi.”We will use the final two matches in the ODI series to continue to examine all the options that are available to us as far as the World Cup squad is concerned.”South Africa face hosts England in the opening game of the World Cup at The Oval in London on May 30.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow South Africa vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

UN chief condemns killing of blue helmets in DR Congo as violence

His spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, said on Thursday that one Tanzanian and six Malawian ‘blue helmets’ were killed during joint operations carried out by the UN stabilization mission and the Government’s forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) armed group in the east of the country, North Kivu’s Beni territory.“Initial reports indicate that ten additional peacekeepers were wounded and another one is missing,” said Mr. Dujarric.  The Secretary-General expressed his deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the peacekeepers’ families and the Malawian and Tanzanian Governments and their people.He also wished a prompt recovery to the wounded and conveyed his strong support to the Malawian and Tanzanian contingents, which continue to protect local populations against attacks of the ADF and other armed groups.According to news reports, MONUSCO, as the UN Mission in the country is known, and FARDC have been conducting a joint military operation as the ADF is spreading terror in the country’s east, threatening hopes for trouble-free elections on 23 December.The Secretary-General called on all armed groups to stop their destabilizing activities that continue to add to the population’s suffering and further complicate the Ebola response. “He calls on them to disarm immediately,” stressed his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General encourages the Congolese authorities to continue taking the necessary measures to apprehend and bring to justice the perpetrators of attacks against civilians, national security forces and peacekeepers in the DRC,” concluded Mr. Dujarric.Press statement from the Security Council praises blue helmets’ braveryIn a Press statement, the UN Security Council expressed its strong support for the Malawian and Tanzanian contingents, which council members said  “continue to operate in an exceptionally difficult environment to protect local populations against the attacks of the ADF and other armed groups.”The statement “praised the bravery of the peacekeepers engaged in this joint Operation and paid tribute to those killed in action, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of peace and stability in the DRC, and to their comrades wounded during this operation.”They condemned “all armed groups” active in the DRC: “They further reiterated their demand that all armed groups cease immediately all forms of violence, immediately and permanently disband and lay down their arms.” read more