THE Cricket World Cup is nearly here and teams are already releasing their squads for the massive tournament. Here is all you need to know as the competition gets underway at the end of May. Cricket World Cup 2019 squads AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons has yet to announce his squad. AUTRALIA Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa BANGLADESH Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Abu Jayed, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Soumya Sarkar ENGLAND Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, … [Read more...] about Cricket World Cup 2019 squads: Pakistan leave out Amir, South Africa recall Amla, Sri Lanka appoint Karunaratne captain
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Patrick Karegeya, a former Rwandan spy Chief and top aide to President Paul Kagame, was strangled on New Year's Eve in 2013 after being invited to a glitzy five-star hotel in Johannesburg. His family and opposition colleagues have always blamed the murder on Rwandan intelligence acting on orders from Kagame – a claim he has vehemently denied. Up until now, prosecutors in South Africa have treated Karegeya's murder with caution, not least because of the possible diplomatic fallout it threatens with Rwanda. One police officer in charge of the investigation told the court on Thursday that the killers were "well-known." "Our investigations reveal that the identified suspects immediately fled South Africa after committing the crime," lieutenant-colonel Kwena Motlhamme told AFP. Direct links to Kigali The suspects are still in Rwanda today, which makes it “very difficult” to trace them, he said. According to police investigators, their "direct links" to the … [Read more...] about Justice for former Rwandan spy chief murdered in South Africa?
Kristian Rouz — South Africa is facing accelerating inflation, tepid retail sales, and disruptions in national infrastructure just weeks ahead of general elections on 8 May. While disgruntled voters might end up voting against the ruling party African National Congress (ANC), political change might be not enough to fix the Rainbow nation's ailing economy. CC0S Africa's Heroin Crisis Taking Toll on Economic Growth – ReportsAccording to a statement from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the nation's inflation rate is expected to overshoot the regulator's target of 4.5 per cent until at least 2021. At this point, some reports suggest inflation could be running closer to 6 per cent. Volatility in the FX rate of South Africa's national currency, the rand, has put upward pressure on the prices of imported goods over the past few months, meaning the Rainbow nation's households are … [Read more...] about South Africa’s Economy Faces Murky Outlook Ahead of General Elections
A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township. It is a constant and gnawing reminder of potential that has gone unrealised for 10 years. "It's like you go to school, you go to school... and then once you are qualified you sit with a whole stack of certificates that you can't actually use," 36-year-old Kgomotso Sebabi said. Armed with qualifications in wealth management, she migrated in 2008 from the small, central city of Kimberley to South Africa's financial hub, Johannesburg, in pursuit of opportunities. To date, the holder of two bachelor's degrees has failed to find a job in her field. She has since acquired three more post-graduate certificates in a bid to enhance her chances, but all she has managed to secure is a part-time job at a call centre. "Initially I wanted to see myself grow within the financial sector, maybe become a manager... a finance chief … [Read more...] about Unemployment takes heavy toll on South Africa’s young
South Africa’s shock Test series defeat against Sri Lanka came as a major jolt to a team which had become accustomed to dominating Test matches at home. The unheralded Sri Lankans exposed flaws in both South Africa’s top-order batting and their much-vaunted fast bowling attack in winning both Tests in a two-match series. Coach Ottis Gibson was asked after the second Test in Port Elizabeth whether South Africa’s policy of playing on pace-friendly pitches had affected the form and confidence of the home team’s batsmen, who struggled to totals of 235, 259, 222 and 128 against Sri Lanka. "No," he said. "We’ve got runs on these pitches before. We just haven’t batted well enough in this series." The reality, though, is that batting struggles have become a trend, with none of the current top six batsmen averaging above 40 since the start of 2018. Successive series wins against India, Australia and Pakistan were achieved when moderate totals proved enough … [Read more...] about Shock Sri Lanka loss major jolt for South Africa