AMA to select 1st, Tanduay 2nd in PBA D-League Draft

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PBA IMAGESFailing to advance to the semifinals in both conferences last season, AMA Online Education has the rights to the first overall pick in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Dec. 20 at PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.AMA head coach Mark Herrera had already bared the Titans are eyeing Jeron Teng as the top selection.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH READ: Teng set to be top pick by AMA in PBA D-League DraftThe 22-year-old Teng is coming off a memorable fifth year with La Salle where he led the Green Archers to the UAAP Season 79 championship and was also named Finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliFoundation Cup runner-up Tanduay will select second, followed by Racal, Aspirants’ Cup bridesmaid Cafe France and Wangs Basketball.There will also be a lottery come draft day for newcomers Cignal, Jose Rizal University, Manuel L. Quezon University, and Province of Batangas to decide their placing in the draft order. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modescenter_img We are young As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise MOST READ As a guest team, Blustar Malaysia will be ineligible to pick in the draft proceedings.There are 113 local and 15 Fil-foreigners eligible to be selected in the draft.The 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup kicks off on January 19 next year.ADVERTISEMENT Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports NBA: Westbrook’s streak stopped, Warriors rebound from loss Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine View commentslast_img read more

McNamara sympathises with Thompson after resignation

first_imgFormer Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara says he feels some sympathy for Stephen Thompson after the chairman decided to hand in his resignation.The businessman became one of the biggest stories on transfer deadline day last week when he announced he would be stepping down from his role at the end of the season.Thompson took over the position when his father Eddie passed away in October 2008.He will continue to be the club’s majority shareholder and owner but will no longer sit on the board of directors. McNamara left his role in September 2015 but his predecessor Mixu Paatelainen was unable to turn results around with them suffering relegation to the Championship at the end of the season. It came after a year-and-a-half of poor performances with many fans looking to the sale of key players, including Gary Mackay-Steven, Stuart Armstrong and Nadir Ciftci to Celtic, being one of the catalysts.While McNamara acknowledges there were some tough times towards the end of his tenure, he admits he is proud to see so many of his former players continue to build their careers.“It’s a good club and I enjoyed most of my time there,” he continued. “I did my best while I was there and had some great football players.“I take great pride in seeing them all playing now, the likes of Andy [Robertson] playing at Liverpool. There were so many good moments there despite it being a difficult time.” McNamara, who worked under Thompson from 2013 until 2015, understands he is not a popular figure amongst some sections of the Dundee United support but says he has had a difficult time recently. “Obviously there’s a lot of change, with managers and everything else,” he said.“I’ve got a bit of sympathy for him, he’s stepping down and he’s taken a lot of stick. But I think he inherited a lot of problems when he took over as chairman there. “It’s difficult for me to speak about them but I obviously wish them all the best. They shouldn’t be in the Championship, they’re a top flight club and hopefully they get back up this season.”last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: July 16, 2018

first_imgBOPIS fraud is up 250% in 1 year: Can retailers protect their profits without losing customers?As “buy online pickup in store,” or BOPIS, grows in popularity for consumers, it is also becoming an enticing platform for fraudsters. Retailers are facing a new set of challenges with click-and-collect services that many are not prepared to handle. Although it is hard to compare the rates of fraud in BOPIS to other channels, it is apparent that such fraud is on the rise, according to Riskified’s senior fraud analyst, Emilie Grunzweig. “Just a year or two ago we would have told merchants that BOPIS sales were extremely safe,” Grunzweig told FierceRetail. “They had a fraud rate a fraction of regular e-commerce orders. That’s no longer the case. We’re seeing effective rates of fraud in BOPIS for some of our merchants that are 250% higher than they were in the last year.” Grunzweig points out that this pattern is not new to e-commerce. Typically, as a product, category or method of fulfillment becomes popular with consumers, merchants move to fill it. And simultaneously, fraudsters move to take advantage of it.BOPIS fraud is similar to any other e-commerce fraud as in the fraudsters use a stolen credit card, place an order online, pick up the goods at a store, then keep the items or resell them for profit. “In all cases, the issue is that the merchant receives a fraudster’s order, fulfills that order and— when the order is charged back as fraudulent—loses the revenue and the goods,” she said. As with any type of online fraud, it’s hard to verify a BOPIS shopper. “BOPIS fraud is particularly difficult because it removes data points that merchants often rely on for verification,” Grunzweig said. For example, a delivery order with a different billing address from a shipping address could be a red flag for a merchant, but BOPIS orders don’t have shipping addresses.So what can retailers do to protect themselves from BOPIS fraud? 
Grunzweig says that this is where the balancing act comes in. On one hand, merchants can require more information online, or check IDs or verify credit cards in store, but that can take away from the customer experience. And this added friction not only affects that customer but also the merchants, as verification requires more employees, creates a line in the store, etc. “A high-friction route may deter some fraud, but it comes at significant cost,” Grunzweig said. “We strongly believe that the best approach here is to implement really smart fraud prevention for the online order.- Sponsor – Good systems will look at the shopper’s patterns—including prior purchases, behavior on site and links across other orders—and prevent the fraud before the order is placed. This way, merchants are much better equipped to protect their bottom line while providing their shoppers with a great experience and differentiating themselves from online-only retailers.” Moving forward, Grunzweig does not see any signs of BOPIS fraud slowing down, at least until a new platform becomes popular. So putting the necessary fraud protection in place is critical in order for brick-and-mortar retailers to continue to offer this platform in a competitive environment.“Consumers choose BOPIS so that they can get their stuff quickly, easily, and on their own terms. If merchants go so far toward fraud prevention that they ruin the experience, then they’ve lost their differentiator. We recommend letting technology do the work to provide a great customer experience that’s safe for the merchant,” she added.   [Source: FierceRetail]Rutgers football players being investigated for fraudulent credit card useSeveral Rutgers football players are under investigation for fraudulent use of credit cards, USA Today Network New Jersey confirmed on Friday afternoon. The probe is being conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department and could involve as many as eight players. The names. USA Today Network New Jersey confirmed, are being withheld because no one has been charged. NJ Advance Media first reported the credit card probe on Thursday.A Rutgers spokesperson would not go into specifics on Friday afternoon, saying, “We will have no comment until after the investigation is concluded.”    The potential credit fraud news comes a day after defensive back K.J. Gray and linebacker Brendan DeVera were dismissed for an unspecified violation of team rules. Both were expected to see key roles this fall. Gray, having played 20 games across his first two seasons, was expected to start at free safety. DeVera played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2017 and was a threat to crack the two-deep at linebacker last fall. On Wednesday, both players acknowledged on Twitter they had been released from their scholarships and were free to transfer.    [Source: Hattiesburg American]Police search for family accused of shoplifting from shoe storeSan Luis Obispo police in California are asking the public for help identifying an apparent family of shoplifters who allegedly stole merchandise from Designer Shoe Warehouse. Chief Deanna Cantrell posted on Twitter Friday that a woman entered the shoe store at 243 Madonna Road, selected items and placed them by the entrance door. A man then entered the store and stole the items, according to the tweet. A pair of young children appears next to the woman in photos posted by the police chief. The family was last seen driving away in a blue Ford Expedition. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.   [Source: KSBY6 News]Dog rescued from hot car while owner was in jail for shopliftingA Good Samaritan has helped rescue a dog left in a hot car after its owner was arrested in Auburn Maine. The Sun Journal reports 37-year-old Season Bartley, of Poland, had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting with her fiancé Saturday at a Walmart in Auburn. Police say a Good Samaritan called 911 the next day when she saw Bartley’s dog in the car alone. The temperature inside the car had been 103 degrees. The dog had been taken to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston. Bartley picked the dog up after she was released on bail. Auburn Deputy Police Chief Jason Moen says Bartley was taken to jail by the department’s canine officer but “still didn’t think to mention it.” Bartley didn’t return a request for comment Wednesday.   [Source: KRDO News]Sporting goods store rehires manager who tackled gun theft suspectDean Crouch has been rehired as a manager at the Tallahassee, Florida, location of Academy Sports + Outdoors after being fired earlier this week. Crouch spoke to the head of the Texas-based outdoors store Friday and has been reemployed, according to his attorney.  “I am pleased to report that the head of Academy Sports + Outdoors stores spoke with Mr. Crouch and offered him his job back and Mr. Crouch accepted,” his attorney Ryan Hobbs said. A company spokeswoman confirmed Crouch’s reemployment.Earlier in the week a spokesperson said he was fired in accordance with corporate policy after he tackled a suspect who was attempting to run from the store with a .40-caliber handgun and several boxes of ammunition. The suspect, Jason White, threatened to shoot people with the stolen gun, according to police. He was connected to the theft of two more handguns from a Tallahassee pawn shop. Crouch’s firing drew national attention with many admonishing Academy’s actions and lauding the 32-year-old as a hero who was fired for doing the right thing.   [Source: WFMY2 News]Sales promotion was so successful, it failedBuild-a-Bear’s one day sale was so successful it was shut down — in some places, just hours after it began. “We have closed lines in our U.S. and Canada stores.” The tweet read “**Urgent Alert: 
Per local authorities, we cannot accept additional Guests at our locations due to crowd safety concerns. We have closed lines in our stores. We understand some Guests are disappointed and we will reach out directly as soon as possible.” The message went out about 11:30 a.m. EDT.Before the stores opened in the U.S., the long lines caused the company to publish a notice on social media that it would limit the number of people who could take advantage of the deal due to safety concerns. When the deal was announced Monday, parents were overjoyed at the opportunity to walk in and pick out a plush toy for the cost of their child’s age.  (A typical bear costs between $10-$25 plus the cost of accessories.). That excitement turned to disappointment Thursday as eager children were turned away.Lines stretched outside Build-a-Bear stores with parents reporting waiting up to six hours to buy a plush toy, according to some social media reports. Build-a-Bear representatives told All the Moms that the response to the promotion was  “overwhelming and unprecedented.”  “The response to our Pay Your Age Day event has been overwhelming and unprecedented in our 21-year history, and the safety of our Guests and associates is our top priority.” The company said it is “working to address the situation” and “will reach out directly to our valued guests as soon as possible.”To earn the “Pay Your Age” promotion, adults had to enroll in the free Build-a-Bear Bonus Club rewards program and provide an email address. Build-a-Bear is expected to contact customers through their email.    [Source: All The Moms] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Five people charged with trafficking $73M in counterfeit Air Jordans

first_imgIt’s gotta be the shoes! Except these weren’t THE shoes. Five people have been charged in New York with trafficking in counterfeit Nike Air Jordans, sneakers that, if authentic, would have been worth $73 million, according to the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations.

The counterfeit sneakers look like real Air Jordans in design and color but lack the logos that are registered trademarks, court records said.After the fakes arrived at the Port of Newark from China, they were taken to locations in Brooklyn and Queens where the logos were added and then distributed for sale, NYPD and HSI investigators said.

For the last two years the counterfeiting ring has shipped 42 containers full of these generic sneakers that would retail for $190 per pair, court records said.In the last eight months investigators inspected nearly 27,000 pairs of sneakers before charging Miyuki Suen, Jian Min Huang, Songhua Qu, Kin Lui Chen and Fangrang Qu with counterfeit trafficking conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods, police said.

”These five individuals are alleged to have been a part of a large scale counterfeiting scheme, importing nearly a half million pairs of knock-off Nike sneakers.- Sponsor – These counterfeiting networks can be both detrimental to our economy and threaten our national security, and HSI will continue to take every measure in investigating and dismantling these organizations,” ICE HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez said.

Each defendant faces a maximum potential sentence of 20 years in prison.“The five defendants in this case allegedly counterfeited over $70 million in fake Nike shoes and sold them to buyers on the U.S. market. I commend our law enforcement partners for helping to bring today’s charges, which send a clear message to would-be counterfeiters: ‘Just don’t do it,’” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.   [Source: ABC30 Action News] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Baldwin, Eagles stay focused on ultimate goal despite first loss

first_imgAfter 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads “Things like sweeps and undefeated seasons are things you dream about, but you got to leave them behind pretty quick. Even if we win today, we got to leave it behind because the golden apple that we’re after is still in front of us.”Baldwin also said the loss did nothing to affect the psyche of his players heading into its Final Four date with Far Eastern University on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“They’re fine and they understand. We talked about it before the game. We talked about it at halftime. In fact, at halftime, I told them the way we played in the first half, I hope we lose because we didn’t deserve the win the way we were playing,” said Baldwin, whose team committed 15 turnovers in the first half.“I think we solved that problem in the the third quarter. We rediscovered who we were but then again, in the fourth quarter, you got to give credit to La Salle’s energy, effort, defensive changes, and our foul trouble. We just could not overcome that.” Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo coach Tab Baldwin shrugged off his team’s failed bid to sweep the elimination phase of the UAAP Season 80 following a loss to La Salle on Sunday. “We need to put that in perspective. It would have been nice to have, but that’s it — it would have been nice. We still have to win the title. So now we just have a different route to try and do what we really wanna do,” Baldwin said after the Blue Eagles dropped a 79-76 decision to suffer their first setback of the season.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re really tough. We played them last year and they took the first game from us. I don’t have any doubts about our players’ mentality. We understand the importance of being ready for the next game and that’s not gonna change,” he said.“We’ve set that template, we’ve adhered to it all year long. We’re not gonna stray from that now. FEU is an outstanding basketball team and they’re absolutely worthy semifinalists and we’re gonna have a tough game with them.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ronaldo says he’s father of baby girl Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay As much as Baldwin credited La Salle for the way the defending champs performed in the crucial stretch, he couldn’t help but call out the officials for how they handled the game late.Isaac Go and Chibueze Ikeh were both saddled by foul trouble while Vince Tolentino fouled out with still 2:05 left to play, the same stretch when La Salle made its killer 10-0 run.“I thought we played really well. I thought we put ourselves in a great position to win the game, but again, La Salle was still there. They’re a great team. And again, the lineups that we had to put out there were different lineups that we played through most of the season, and they weren’t as effective and as efficient and they’re never going to be,” he said.“So you know, if we get into a situation in a huge environment like that, referees choose to put quality players on the bench with very, very soft calls, that’s what they get. They get a game of lesser quality than what the fans should get or what the TV audience should get. Fans in the audience should’ve seen Ikeh and George out on the floor more than they did today, and I think that’s a shame that they weren’t.”Moving on, Baldwin shifted his focus on the Tamaraws, whom the Blue Eagles should not take lightly.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Chappell was a man with double face, says Harbhajan

first_imgQ: Your thoughts on what Sachin has said about Greg Chappell calling him a ring master, someone who destroyed the team’s harmony, was keen and intent on dropping on a lot of seniors.A. Absolutely right you know whatever Sachin has said. I stand by him. Because Greg Chappell was wanted to be a leader and he wanted to drop lots of the senior players and in fact he was the person who wanted to try his best to take the team to the next level, I mean not upwards, but definitely downwards and he was quite successful doing that and he was one person who created lot of insecurity among the players. It was not a happy unit. Those two years were probably one of the sad periods of time to play cricket for BCCI. He was not the right sort of person to work for Indian team and we have lot of time told this to various people, lot of people at the authority but since his contact was for two years and he made sure those two years he utilised a lot of people and put his views forward whatever he wanted to say about the individual and the team and he got away with lot of things what he was doing wrong and it was absolutely disgrace how he was operating in the system. He used not just the players but lot of the senior media people to write his columns, to say whatever he wanted to say about the individuals. Those two years were probably the worst period of my cricketing career.advertisementQ. You are saying that lot of players were actually told the BCCI and those in power about what Greg Chappell was doing and yet the BCCI didn’t take any step. A lot of the players actually went to BCCI, Sachin himself has written in the book that Greg shouldn’t even travel to the World Cup. You also told a lot of people in the BCCI. A. Lot of time we actually mentioned to lot of people who were in a way were powerful at that time and told them that we don’t need a guy like him who is just trashing Indian cricket. He is not helping Indian cricket to grow but he was definitely digging a hole for all of us to fall into. He was quiet successful with that but obviously we are glad that after he left, we reunited ourselves as players, as unit and we went on to play some serious lot of cricket and we played lot better than what we played under him and we won some major trophies after that. We won abroad lot of test matches, lot of one-day series, lot of big competitions like 2007-2008 20-20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup. The same bunch of guys who he was recommending through media to the officials, “these guys are cancer in the team bla bla” whatever you know he said about us, the same guys went on to win two World Cups which obviously feels great and of course he was the man with the double face. He was the man you can’t trust. Whatever he said, we never trusted him because we knew that everything he is saying is because he wants to show you a different face but he was leaking everything to the media and later whatever you are talking to him, everything was in the newspaper. Nothing was hidden. We are supposed to be one family. Once you are in one team and to protect each and everyone’s trust when you are in the team. We should work as a team, we should work as a family but it was a very sad family. It was a very bad period, very very bad phase for Indian cricket and we all seniors wanted to make sure that we take the team to next level, play well, lift lots of trophies and of course there are lot of people expecting us to do well but unfortunately the kind of pressure we were going through, we couldn’t do so.Q. Do you think that BCCI made a mistake by letting Greg Chappell continue despite the fact that such senior players as Sachin Tendulkar were not happy with them and most of the players were not happy with him. You complained to them as well. Shouldn’t the BCCI fire him earlier before his tenure got over?A. It would have been great if they would have fired him at that point of time. That would have made us to grow faster because he by then in first six months of his tenure has damaged a lot of things. People were not believing what exactly we were saying because they actually felt that probably we guys are making mistakes and we don’t like him because he projected himself that he is a strict master or guru and media made him so big that none of our Indian cricket have achieved what he has achieved which was untrue and we as players, we wanted to grow as players, as team, wanted to do well but things would have been better if he would have gone earlier. Whatever said and done, we were all relieved that he is going and once he is gone, you can see the results. In the same place we have reached different heights in cricket and in fact I would like to say that even when he was after Sourav, I was one guy who stood by Sourav and I put my career under threat by standing alone next to him but I am glad that people will realise that I was standing on the right side and we have not made any mistake but he was the guy who actually destroyed Indian cricket.advertisementQ. But in fact Sourav Ganguly spoke exclusively first to Headlines Today yesterday itself saying that he feels vindicated as well after Sachin Tendulakar coming out and backing what Sourav has said at that time as well. Greg has now come out saying today that Sachin’s claims are untrue. He is making his words against Sachin. Do you think Greg Chappell is blatantly lying about what Sachin has written in his book?A. He is a liar, big liar. He has been lying to all of us and the whole India by saying very very bad things about the players and saying lot of things which should not have come out. We had lot of things to say about him but we as family, as individual as team thought it was not right for all of us to say. Few things are kept very secretly. He wanted to make comments, stories, create those stories and give it to the media so that we people get the bad name. This is not a shocking kind of thing Greg Chappell is saying he didn’t offer this to Sachin, he didn’t do this or that or whatever. You can talk to each and every individual and what kind of a person he was, I am sure he is going to react to Sachin’s comment like that only that he never offered Sachin a captaincy. I don’t know what he offered to who and I am definitely I can tell you whatever Sachin is saying, he is saying the truth because Sachin is a guy who is very honest about what he says and he will never lie. We told him this is what he is doing, Greg is trying to destroy the team and whatsoever but he never opened his mouth and he never said anything. But now Sachin is saying everything which we knew it earlier and it’s great to see Sachin is coming out in his book and telling the whole world what exactly Greg Chappell was. That’s our problem. We make people from abroad, whoever comes in India, we feel that they will do the best job for India as coach but somewhere we need to realize that we have got enough talent, we have got enough people who can e coach, who can be with the team and take the team to a different level because I remember Lalchand Rajput was a coach of Indian cricket team and we won series in Australia and more than seven 20-20 World Cup which was probably the biggest series abroad and we are winning a lot of test matches now abroad. Robin Singh is one the guys who has really done very well as a coach, Lalchand Rajput and there are many more. We have produced so many great players within ourselves and they can do the job. Why do we need to hire people like Greg Chappell? Basically, we are telling the whole world that we do not have people but anyway coming to Greg Chappell, he was the man with two-faces. Now, he will protect himself by saying that Sachin is lying, Bhajji is laying and everyone else is lying and he is telling the truth. Q. Do you think that Greg Chappell should apologise? He has been very brazen despite the fact that he as you said that he took the Indian cricket downwards. There were so many problems, performances had hit rock bottom. The 2007 World Cup is a nightmare for most Indian fans. Do you think Greg Chappel must apologise not just for that but for also like today he has come out and called Sachin Tendulkar a liar? Do you think he should apologize to Sachin?advertisementA. We don’t need his apology. Whatever damage he has done at that point of time, it took us four years to bring it back. Because I think in 2007, we had such a great team and would have ended up winning the World Cup. Everybody was so ensure of their own place. There was so much of insecurity among the players. Nobody was believing each other and you didn’t know which player was going behind whom and taking to Greg Chappell. There was no trust in the team so damage has been done. Whether he says sorry or not, it’s not going to change anything but glad he not working within the team, with the team or with the cricket board anymore and I hope we keep him as far as possible that he should not even come close to the Indian cricket and we have a great Indian cricket team which is doing well. Without him, we will do much better and we apologize or not he is not the right guy.Q. How was Greg Chappell to you personally because there were instances where Sachin has mentioned in his book what he said to him and what he did to Sourav Ganguly and even an instance about him threatening almost a senior player like VVS Laxman. Can you share your personal experience with Greg Chappell? Did he do anything to unsettle you to anything untowards towards you?A. He knew that I am the main player of the team. In one of the games where I took five wickets for 11 runs, in one of the test matches in Jamaica on the first day itself but he never came up to me and said a word. But, other guys who had taken one or two wickets, he went to them and said well done to them and that shows he never liked me and somehow he got to know that I have read his mail, what he was writing about Sourav to BCCI at that point of time in Harare from where it started actually. I was the next to next one to go up and bat. I was next one sitting and watching this cricket while Sourav and other guys were batting inside and actually he just left his computer open and I just saw the whole mail what he was writing to lot of the mediaperson and to BCCI about Sourav and I went up to Sourav and told him I have seen it with my own eyes. I have read it and Sourav was quite shocked because Sourav felt he is the guy in Indian cricket and to take the team to next level but unfortunately it was other way around. He was actually destroying Sourav and Indian cricket and lot of other people of the team and he actually destroyed my confidence, every time I bowled well and never appreciated me and he was actually waiting for the chances to remove all of us and he wanted his way but it didn’t happened that way but he tried his best to do whatever he can but he did damage Indian cricket in a way where it took us a long time to recover and come back and start winning the game.Q. There is a mention about you as well in Sachin Tendulkar’s book. You must be excited to get your hands on that since Sachin is a huge role model of yours?A. Obviously it is going to be a very exciting book. All I can say that it’s coming from Sachin’s heart. He is one guy we always respected a lot and he is one guy we have all grown up playing cricket with him and we have learnt a lot and he is a very honest guy. All I can say is that it would be a very very good book, a very honest book and I wish this book will go a long way and people will actually know a lot of stories about Sachin, a lot of stories from him. It will all be true stories because we know that he is a man very very true and I stand by him.last_img read more