Airtel Rising Stars receives Sh12m boost

first_img0Shares0000Director of Quality Assurance and Standards Jared Obiero (left) and Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi (right) during the launch of official launch of ARS 2016 at Upper Hill School.NAIROBI, Kenya, June 29 – The sixth edition of the Airtel Rising Stars received Sh12m sponsorship ahead of the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA)Team 2B Games that kicks-off July 6 across the regions.Title sponsors Airtel Kenya in conjunction with KSSSA launched the event on Wednesday in the competition that brings together thousands of boys and girls from different schools in the country. As the norm, the tournament will be conducted in eight regions which include Metropolitan, Northern region, Aberdare, Coastal region, Nzoia region, Mau , Lake region and Highlands.The regional finals will be held across the eight regions from July 6-17 while the national finals will be hosted in Kisumu from August 1-6.The Airtel Rising Stars program is designed to provide a structured platform for scouts and coaches tap into a vast pool of upcoming talent as well as build strong feeder systems for local leagues and national teams.“The Youth are important to us and we believe in providing them with tools that will not only empower them, but give them a platform to contribute positively to the development of this Country. Our biggest dream for the Airtel Rising Stars is not only to raise players who will be marketable locally but also internationally,”Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said.Saint Johns Winnie Achieng in action against Kwale in a past Airtel Rising Stars.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.The competition has over the years churned out exciting talent, the likes of Gor Mahia defender Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma, Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga and Harambee Starlets dribbler Mwanahalima Adam ‘Dogo’.On his part, the Director of Quality Assurance and Standards Jared Obiero called on local clubs and football authorities to seek ways and means to support the talent that continues to be identified through the annual games.Passenga Boys from Aberdare region and Wiyeta Girls from Nzoia region are last year’s national champions.Passenga beat Metropolitan’s Laiser Hill 1-0 in hard-fought boys’ final while Wiyeta edged out Kobala Girls from Lake Region 1-0 in the girls’ final.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Teacher accused of sex with student

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – A 40-year-old woman who teaches in a private home schooling group was arrested Thursday for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy she’s been teaching, the LAPD said Friday. Van Nuys area detectives arrested Meredith Johnson Vincent of Van Nuys about 3 p.m., the department said in a news release. The District Attorney’s Office said it has filed 14 felony counts of child molestation against Vincent, consisting of seven counts of sodomy of a person under 16, four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and three counts of sending harmful matter. Her bail was set at $550,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives are asking the public’s help to identify any other victims that may have had contact with Vincent, who is married and has three children. Anyone with information or victims is requested to contact Van Nuys Area Sexual Assault Unit at (818) 374-0090. After hours and on weekends, please phone the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL (529-3855). last_img read more

Tottenham manager Pochettino ready to play wonderkids against Barcelona

first_img REPLY Kyle Walker-Peters played the final stages against Leicester and could now face Barcelona in a huge Champions League clash. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ He said: “I think he’s ready to play. All the players that we have in the squad, the younger ones like Oliver Skipp or Troy Parrott, who was involved today for the first time, it’s because they’re involved in the first team during days, during weeks, during months, and it’s only to give the possibility to play. shining BEST OF MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Football Stories 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he is prepared to play his wonderkids against Barcelona in their vital Champions League match on Tuesday.Kyle Walker-Peters, 21, played the last 12 minutes against Leicester City after an injury to Serge Aurier in Saturday night’s 2-0 win. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED Oliver Skipp was a late substitute against Southampton and is highly-rated. huge blow With Kieran Trippier also a fitness concern, a reporter asked Pochettino whether he would be ready to play the youngster at Camp Nou.The Argentine, who took 16-year-old strike starlet Troy Parrott as part of his travelling squad for the Premier League match against the Foxes and gave 18-year-old Oliver Skipp a top flight debut against Southampton, insisted all three kids would be able to do battle with the Spanish giants if called upon. no dice “I don’t doubt and I am not worried about players who are injured or don’t perform in their best, because we have another who can replace them. I promise we are going to win or lose with one or another.”last_img read more

‘Chelsea will struggle for top six this season – Leicester will finish above them’

first_imgAnd former Arsenal winger Groves – winner of two First Division titles and an FA Cup with the Gunners – said Chelsea’s performance doesn’t bode well for the rest of their campaign.He even believes Leicester will finish above them in the Premier League table!Speaking to talkSPORT host Natalie Sawyer on Monday, he said: “When Frank got the job, I thought the mix was wrong with a young inexperienced team and a young inexperienced management team as well. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ AFP or licensors Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty 2 on target center_img deals BIG PRESENTS UP TOP stalemate Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error 2 LATEST Perry Groves believes Chelsea are in for a tough season under Frank Lampard based on Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester.Lampard is still without a win as Blues boss after three games this season having been held to a draw by Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.In truth, though, Chelsea were fortunate to come away from the Stamford Bridge clash with a point as Leicester wasted a number of glorious chances to wrap up victory late on. LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES Joe Cole says Chelsea can build stability from the bottom like Man CityAs in last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, the London side started brightly against Leicester and took the lead through Mason Mount’s well-taken goal.But Rodgers’ side took control after the break, levelling when Wilfred Ndidi headed home from a corner – the midfielder making amends after his mistake led to Mount’s early strike.And the visitors would have won the game had they taken their chances, with James Maddison and Jamie Vardy going close to winning goals as the match wore on. Frank Lampard watched his Chelsea side claim a point against Leicester City at home Leicester will be disappointed they failed to take their chances and record a victory over Chelsea “I looked at Chelsea yesterday and they started really well but, in the second-half when Leicester started to dominate the game, Chelsea didn’t change at all.“Leicester are one of the teams who are looking to jump above Chelsea, and I know it’s very early and we’re talking two games into the season, but I looked at the game yesterday and I  thought – Leicester will finish above Chelsea without a shadow of a doubt.“I think Chelsea are going to finish outside the top six.“The Chelsea fans keep telling me they’re going to be patient with Frank and they will give him time, but this will test them. latest “I’ve even seen some Chelsea fans saying they’re going to play vibrant, attacking football and not only will they be top four this season, they’ll challenge Liverpool and Man City.“And you think, ‘woah chaps, calm down a little bit’.“You’ve only had 30 minutes, you need to manage games better, and this was against a Leicester team that dominated you in the second-half and they should have won the game.“Where are their goals going to come from? They’ve lost Eden Hazard, so are they going to spread their goals around? I don’t think they’ve got a player who is going to score over 12 goals.“From your front three or four you need 50 goals. If you look at Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal, their front three will get them 50 goals and I can see Leicester’s getting around 50 goals as well.“I can’t see that with Chelsea. I can’t see where the goals are.“Looking at yesterday’s evidence, I just think it’s going to be quite a difficult season for Chelsea.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Trooper Involved Shooting Near Park and Jefferson Streets in Jeffersonville

first_imgAn Indiana State Trooper from the Sellersburg Post was shot in the head Tuesday night by a Jeffersonville man.Oscar Kays, 79, Huston Drive, Jeffersonville, was arrested and in jail.Tuesday at approximately 7:05 pm, Trooper Morgenn Evans from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg made a traffic stop for a traffic infraction near the intersection of Park and Jefferson Streets in Jeffersonville.Kays of Jeffersonville was arrested for the shooting of an Indiana State Police officer.Indiana State Police Trooper Morgenn Evans was shot last night. The traffic stop involved a gray 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck being driven by Kays, 79, from Huston Drive in Jeffersonville.During the traffic stop Oscar Kays became combative and pulled a handgun and shot at Trooper Morgenn Evans.Trooper Evans was struck in the head but was able to return shots at Oscar Kays while he was fleeing the scene.Evans got back to his police car and gave chase a short distance but Oscar Kays was able to escape and returned to his home on Huston Drive where he was taken into custody by the Jeffersonville City Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Department.Trooper Morgenn Evans was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with non-life threatening injuries.Kays was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY with unknown injuries.At this time it is unknown if Trooper Morgenn Evans shots wounded Oscar Kays or if he was wounded by his own gun or debris from the shots fired.After his release from the University of Louisville Hospital Oscar Kays was charged with Attempted Murder of a Police Officer and incarcerated at the Clark County Jail.There will not be a press briefing tonight due to the fact no new information will be released.A press conference will held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 13th in the training room at the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg. No further information will be released until that time.Evans has been a trooper since October of 2016. His photo in uniform is attached to this release.last_img read more

“It felt like I wasn’t there” – Harry Doherty after horror head clash

first_imgFinn Harps goalkeeper Harry Doherty says he felt like he ‘wasn’t there’ after being involved in a serious clash of heads on Monday evening.Goalkeeper Doherty collided with defender Packie Mailey during Monday’s game against Sligo Rovers.Play in the EA Sports Cup game was stopped for 25 minutes. While Mailey was able to walk back to the clubhouse, Doherty came off the worst and was put on an ambulance stretcher before being taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.The players were attended to by physios Colm O’Neill and Tommy Scanlon and Finn Harps club doctor Paul Armstrong.Doherty, who is a diabetic, drifted in and out of consciousness as he was treated on the pitch in front of around 400 concerned spectators.“I didn’t know what was going on,” Doherty, who was released from hospital, said. “I felt like I was there but, at the same time, it felt like I wasn’t there. I just kind of remember the physios and Ollie (Horgan, Harps manager) beside me asking me if I was alright.“It took me a while to realise what had happened. I was so groggy and dizzy I didn’t know how long I was down until they told me afterwards.”The sight of Finn Park steward Michael Gallagher pouring a bucket of water and sweeping blood from the pitch told the story of the severity of the incident.Horgan – who earlier in the game saw striker BJ Banda taken to hospital in an ambulance after suffering a knee injury – dashed from his position in the dugout to check on his players and appeared visibly distressed when he made his way back to his seat.Doherty remembers vividly the incident in the 69th minute of the game. He said: “I remember nearly all of what happened. I just ran out to clear the ball over the defence and it was outside the box so I went to head it. That’s when me and Packie just clashed heads.“I went down and felt very dizzy.“You have to take the positive out of something like that because it could have been way more serious. Thankfully we’ll both be ok now though.”Doherty received seven stitches to a head wound after being admitted to hospital. Mailey was patched up and released again on Monday night, but Doherty was kept in for further observation.“I have to rest up now and take it easy so I’ll not be able to rush back into anything,” the 21-year-old Cockhill man said.“I’m feeling okay no again. I’ll have a headache for a while and I’ll be a bit groggy at times. It’ll be a while before I feel myself again.“I want to say a huge thanks to the medics that were involved. They made sure I was looked after properly and everything was okay on the pitch before I was moved. I was lucky the medics were all nearby and able to attend to me quickly.”Just last month, Doherty had made his Harps debut when replacing the concussed Ciaran Gallagher in an away game against Bray Wanderers.Doherty, who was called up to the Irish Under-21 panel in February, said: “When I was in hospital, I was talking to Ciaran about that and how strange it was. That’s just football sometimes and the life of a goalkeeper!”“It felt like I wasn’t there” – Harry Doherty after horror head clash was last modified: April 26th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2017 EA Sports CupBJ BandaCockhillfinn harpsHarry DohertyOllie HorganPackie MaileySligo Roverslast_img read more

Sligo hosts Special Olympics swimming competition

first_imgSligo was the venue for the Category One Aquatics Regional Advancement event for Special Olympics Connaught on November 30th, 2016. 40 swimmers from 12 clubs across the region gathered at the Regional Sports Centre for a competition which gives local athletes a chance to progress and compete at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in 2018.Clubs from Sligo, Galway, Roscommon and Mayo were selected for the Category One Swimming Event for athletes to take to the water for events such as Kickboard, Walk, Assisted Swim and Unassisted Swim in distances of 10 and 15 metres.Special Olympics Connaught Regional Director Myra Merrick says: “These Regional Advancement events are a huge part of the Special Olympics four-year cycle. We’re in year two at present building towards the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019.  These regionals would be a bit like a provincial championship so athletes, coaches, supporters and everyone in the clubs are here to give it their all.”Local volunteers were on hand to assist with the running of the event including 15 students from Sligo Grammar School. Fort Hill College Lisburn also ran a bus of students from Northern Ireland to help out.Mayor of Sligo Cllr Marie Casserly attended and presented medals to participating athletes. “It’s great to be here and also to see our future leaders play their part. Volunteers are vital to organisations around the country and Special Olympics is no different. The fact that Sligo has won the title European Capital of Volunteering for 2017 is great for the region and great for the country and I’m looking forward to seeing how Special Olympics tie in with their calendar of events next year.Participating Athletes:SLIGO:Splashing Penguins Special Olympics Club (Sligo): Helena Cunningham, John Martin Golden, Clare Madden, Mary McGowan, Joan Milmoe, Bernadette Moroney, Geraldine MorrisonWESTMEATH:Athlone Special Olympics Club: Rian Caulwell, Sean Caulwell, James Delaney, Mia McMahonGalaxy Special Olympics Club: Patrick Dobson, Thomas Dunne, Marie Kelly, Kieran McNally.St. Hilda’s Special School (Athlone): Alan Fitzsimon, Mark Flynn, Seanie Ganly, Daniel Smollen.ROSCOMMON:St. Michael’s Special School (Castlerea): Martina Duffy, Matthew Egan, Orin Eamon Cannon, Zara Quinn, Ella Shaw.GALWAY:Team South Galway: Timothy Cunningham, Kevin O’Halloran, Stephen O’HalloranSkylark Centre Athenry: Siobhan Dooley, Ciara Jocelyn HeneghanSt. Joseph’s Special School (Newcastle): Tom CampbellMAYO:St. Dymphna’s Special School (Ballina, Mayo): Richard Corcoran, Ben O’MalleyPrimrose Hill Day Centre (Mayo): Valentine Hughes, John Paul Prendergast, Michael WardSt. Peter’s National School: Alfred Awogboro, Brandon Matthew Murray, Fiona RigneyBallyhaunis Training Centre: David Donnelly, Padraig PrendergastSligo Grammar School Volunteers: Saffron Koopmans, Juno Ellison, Brian West, Grace Burke, Sarah Lindsay, Jack O’Gorman, Thomas Guckian, Bernat Moros, Mikaela Connolly McGowan, Onorian Yeung, James Gimena, Annie Spearman, Nina Ndu Nwogu, William Moore, Matthew Harte.Fort Hill College Lisburn Volunteers: Shannon Curran, Rebekah Gibney, Emma Jones, Emma Kelly, Chantelle Letson, Neysha McCorry, Chelsea Meechan, Hannah Perry, Robyn Saulters, Lauren Hanna, Rebekah Dunne.last_img read more

The Race Across South Africa

first_img12 June 2009The 2009 Freedom Challenge, also known as the Race Across South Africa, started in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday. A courageous – some would say mad – field of 60 mountain bikers are tackling a 2 300-kilometre route that covers the full range of the country’s spectacular terrain.For competitors in the Extreme Triathlon, it is part three of four demanding tests. Only five brave souls have entered for the triathlon, which consists of the Comrades Marathon, the inaugural Dusi Trail Run, the Race Across South Africa, and the One-Stop Berg Canoe Marathon.The Dusi Trail covers 88 kilometres from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, while the One-Stop Berg, which takes place on 4 and 5 July, turns the already fearsome 240-kilometre-long canoe marathon into an intimidating test of endurance and skill.Historical routeHistorically, the Extreme Triathlon has featured the Comrades Marathon, the Race Across South Africa and then the Berg River Canoe Marathon. Because of a change of dates in 2009, the Dusi Trail Run was introduced. And with the introduction of the One-Stop Berg a very tough trial just became a whole lot tougher.The Ride to Rhodes, the third of the three race options, covers the first 550 kilometres of the Race Across South Africa. It is the easiest of the three challenges, but it is by no means easy.When the cycling challenges begin, the Extreme Triathlon competitors will no doubt be feeling a little sore. That’s because the Dusi Trail Run takes place the day before the cycling gets under way.The Dusi Trail Run will become an annual event and forms part of a local initiative being conducted by the Freedom Challenge in partnership with the Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT). Its aim is to develop a locally-managed adventure trail, running through the valleys of the Umgeni and Umsundusi Rivers, which will be open to people throughout the year.‘Encourage adventure-tourism’DUCT project manager Andrew Booth said: “We are very excited about the initiative. We are looking to set up local community mountain bike guides, as well as locally-serviced overnight stops in the valley. In this way we hope to encourage adventure-tourism activities in the valley that can provide employment throughout the year.”Competitors in the Race across South Africa have 26 days to complete the 2 300-kilometre route. For Extreme Triathlon participants, the challenge is even tougher – they have only 20 days to make it to Paarl, otherwise they will miss the start of the Non-Stop Berg.Tim James, the 2008 champion, is hoping to better the race record of 14-and-a-half days that he established last year. His aim this time around is to finish the event in 12 days.No secondingUnlike the Ride to Rhodes competitors, the Race Across South Africa contestants have to complete the route without support, with no seconding permitted.For the Rhodes riders, there are compulsory overnight stops, where riders can get meals and accommodation, but the rules stipulate that they have to get there without GPS systems.As an introduction to the Race Across South Africa, the Ride to Rhodes has proved very successful, with half of the riders who have done the 550-kilometre event going on to participate in the longer race.The format of the Race Across South Africa is different; it is a non-stop event.Race historyThe Freedom Challenge was initiated in 2003 when its founder and director David Waddilove ran 2 500 kilometres, from the Two Oceans Marathon to the Comrades Marathon, and laid the basis for a mountain bike trail.The following year he created an extreme triathlon; he ran the Comrades, then mountain biked to Paarl, and arrived in time to take part in the Berg River Canoe Marathon.In 2005, the extreme triathlon was repeated, with Dominee (Minister) Wessel Cronje, riding in veldskoene (traditional farmer’s shoes made of cow hide), winning the race.In 2006, a 550-kilometre ride from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes was introduced, and in September of the same year the first cyclist tours of the Freedom Trail took place.Each year since then, the Freedom Trail has attracted an ever-increasing number of visitors. It can be ridden in its entirety, but doing sections of the route is also an option.ObjectivesThe Freedom Challenge is about more than racing and a physical test, however. It has a number of objectives, including: To establish the Freedom Trail as an adventure trail from Kilimanjaro to Cape Town To run annual race event (The Freedom Challenge) on the Freedom Trail To support community projects along the Freedom Trail To develop the route as a natural and cultural heritage trail focusing on geology, palaeontology, biodiversity, archaeology, pre-and post colonial history and craft and culture. RACE RECORDS Men’s race record: 14 days, 12 hours, 15 minutes Tim James (2008) Women’s race record: 19 days, 9 hours, 3 minutes Hannele Steyn-Kotze (2007) Single speed record: 20 days, 10 hours, 15 minutesAndre Britz (2007) Number of finishers 2004 – 3 2005 – 5 2006 – 4 2007 – 13 2008 – 19  Total number of women finishers to date – three. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Open Source Textbook Maker Flat World Gets Funded

first_imgTags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Flat World Knowledge started out with a revolutionary idea, which was to start creating and publishing college textbooks that were absolutely free online. Its business model is to offer the option for students and teachers to print textbooks in whole or part at a fraction of the cost of a standard hardbound college textbook. In addition it offers audio book versions, study guides, web quizzes and digital flash cards for a fee. And that business model seems promising enough that it has passed the VC funding test to the tune of 8 million dollars by the venture funding firms Greenhill SAVP, High Peaks Venture Partners and Valhalla Partners.If you follow how the market is having to adapt to a world of infinitely-available digital goods (and a good place to start is the blog Techdirt) it has proved hugely disruptive to many business types, especially the music and newspaper industries. Flat World Knowledge is, we are sure, only the first of many new companies in this space that are finding a profit model in this new marketplace that does not rely exclusively on scarcity.We think that availability of high quality, free online college textbooks is fantastic. I can remember paying hundreds of dollars each semester for all the textbooks I needed for my classes. And if I misplaced it or forgot to take it with me to class or to study, it might mean lost time or worse, having to re-purchase the book. If a college or university chooses to use Flat World books, it would mean that the relevant reading material is only a click away online. Problems could be discussed with friends or mentors outside of school without requiring them to share the same book or buy another copy. Finally, many schools that rely on donated school books will be able to access the latest editions without having to spend more money. Related Posts phil glocknerlast_img read more

Pak players meet ‘suspicious characters’ in England: Report

first_imgThe Pakistan team management is keeping a close eye on some members of its touring squad in England after reports claimed that the players were mixing with “suspicious characters” and violating the PCB guidelines.According to a report in daily ‘Jang’, team management was also looking suspiciously into the interaction of some players who had even invited these people into their rooms which was against the ethics and the guidelines of the tour.”After the mixing of some players with these suspicious characters who don’t have very good reputations even the team management is looking closely at the way some players lost their wickets in the run chase at Leeds against Australia,” the report said.The report also said that when the tour started players had been given clear guidelines on how to behave during the tour but some were found involved in violating them as they were seen mixing with their “agents” near the dressing room and in the team hotel.”Some of the agents have been seen with the players in restaurants and the team hotel,” the report said.When contacted Pakistan manager Yawar Saeed dismissed the report as a bundle of lies and an attempt to create controversy around the team.”There is nothing shady going on. No player is doing anything wrong nor violating the team discipline. It really upsets me when such stories come out and that too before an important Test series against England,” Yawar said from Nottingham.”We are not investigating anything nor the movement of players. Before the tour the players had informed the Board about the agents they had in England and we are aware of them.advertisementBefore the tour the players were briefed and they are following the guidelines,” Yawar said.He said these reports would not help the team morale before an important match starting from Thursday. “Pakistan cricket needs support of the media and people.”Pakistan cricket was rocked after the tour to Australia early this year when the Board banned or fined seven players for misconduct and indiscipline.Some players were even blamed for “under-performing” on the tour.The Pakistan team faced a crisis of sorts after the first Test against Australia this month when Shahid Afridi decided to quit Test cricket, prompting the Board to appoint Salman Butt as the Test skipper.Questions are still doing the rounds as to why Afridi suddenly decided to retire from Test cricket after being appointed for the entire series by the PCB.last_img read more