Pakistan and New Zealand are set to face each other in their upcoming match of ICC World Cup 2023 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. However, the match is at risk due to anticipated rain.
The match is set to start at 10 am, with rain expected to intermittently affect the game from 11 am onwards.
In this crucial clash, New Zealand, currently in fourth place with eight points, will be chasing a spot in the semifinals. They are up against Pakistan, who are in fifth place with six points.
Pakistan is entering the game with the momentum of breaking a four-match losing streak, while New Zealand is facing the challenge of a three-match losing streak.
Bengaluru, known for its high-scoring games, is the venue for this encounter. However, recent rain in the area has raised questions about how the weather and pitch conditions will affect the New Zealand and Pakistan clash.
Here’s a look at the Bengaluru weather forecast for November 4: There’s a threat of thunderstorms on Saturday, with cloudy conditions, a couple of showers, and a thunderstorm expected in the afternoon.
According to AccuWeather, temperatures during playing hours will range from 24°C to 28°C, with a prediction of possible interruptions during the second innings and closing stages of the match. AccuWeather forecasts a 51 percent chance of precipitation around 2 PM IST, with 2.4mm of rain expected, and a 56 percent chance of a thunderstorm around 5 PM IST.
The Weather Channel predicts thunderstorms developing in the afternoon with a 100 percent chance of rain and temperatures hovering around 25-27°C during the playing hours, indicating the potential for weather disruptions in the New Zealand and Pakistan match.
Fortunately, the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium have excellent drainage facilities, enabling quick resumption of play after stoppages. Only an extended spell of showers could lead to a complete washout of the match.
A brief shower might result in some lost time, but not many overs are likely to be affected. However, The Weather Channel’s forecast raises concerns about the possibility of a prolonged period of rain.
As for the pitch conditions in Bengaluru, it has produced mixed results in day-night matches so far, making it challenging to predict the wicket’s behavior for the New Zealand – Pakistan game.
Pakistan is in dire need of a convincing victory against New Zealand this week. A win by a margin of 84 runs would propel Pakistan ahead of New Zealand in the tournament standings. Alternatively, chasing down the target within 35 overs could also give them an advantage.
In the unfortunate event of a match being washed out due to bad weather, both teams would be awarded one point each. It’s worth noting that a washout would not impact the net run rate calculations.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s impressive 190-run victory over New Zealand in the 32nd match has slightly improved Pakistan’s chances. Babar Azam and his team face a challenging path to reach the World Cup semi-finals, with several obstacles in their way. To secure a spot in the knockout stage, Pakistan must win their remaining matches. Ideally, they should defeat New Zealand in the next game and hope for a Black Caps loss against Sri Lanka.
If New Zealand loses their remaining matches, they would conclude the group stage with eight points. Pakistan can qualify for the knockout stage with 10 points if they come out victorious in their next two matches.
British Gymnastics bans weighing young athletes
British Gymnastics has introduced new safeguarding rules that will prevent coaches from weighing athletes to stamp out methods it said are “on the fringe of abuse”.
The rules are part of a series of policies that the governing body is introducing following the 2022 Whyte Review, which found there was “systemic” physical and emotional abuse within the sport.
British Gymnastics has said it intends to go beyond the recommendations of that report to stamp out “harmful practices”.
Under the new rules, no gymnasts aged 10 or under can be weighed. Those above that age can only be weighed with the consent of both the gymnast and if they are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian.
If athletes are weighed, it must be done by a sports science or medical practitioner, with a “scientifically valid rationale” for it, including measuring growth or designing strength and conditioning exercises.
British Gymnastics said the policy had been introduced “to prevent inappropriate practices and prevent potential areas of concern around weighing, due to some of the related psychological distress and risks of the development of mental health problems such as eating disorders/disordered eating, anxiety, and depression”.
“Inappropriate or excessive weighing of gymnasts is an example of poor practice which may be on the fringe of abuse, and if/or repeated could amount to abuse,” it added.
The Whyte Review focused on 2008 to 2020 and received more than 400 submissions of those, more than 40 percent described physically abusive behavior towards gymnasts from coaches.
In a statement, British Gymnastics chief executive Sarah Powell said: “Above all else, we care about gymnasts as people, and these new policies make clear that what matters most in gymnastics is the welfare of those involved.
“While practices have moved on a long way, we know there has been poor practice in these areas and so by providing clarity for gymnasts, parents and carers, coaches, clubs, volunteers, and officials through the statements set out in these policies it will ensure everyone understands what is OK and what is not OK and help prevent that happening in the future.”
Iftikhar Ahmed joins Multan Sultans, Rossouw returns to Quetta Gladiators
Pakistan all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed will don the Multan Sultans’ jersey in the ninth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
In a trade, Iftikhar has moved to Multan Sultans, whereas Rilee Rossouw has returned to his previous franchise, Quetta Gladiators.
🔥🚨 Box-office Trade Alert 🚨🔥
🔁Iftikhar Ahmed joins Multan Sultans
— PakistanSuperLeague (@thePSLt20) November 30, 2023
The trade deal with Quetta Gladiators also sees Multan Sultans get the first pick in the platinum round one in exchange for Rilee Rossouw and the first Silver category pick.
Iftikhar has evolved into a formidable all-rounder for his power-hitting and foxy off-spin. He brings an experience of 229 T20 matches in which he has scored 4,476 runs. He also has a century in the format to go with 30 half-centuries. Since the start of his career in October 2010, the muscular batter has been smashing a boundary every 6.75 balls. He recently reached the 50-wicket landmark and his economy stands at 7.31.
Iftikhar Ahmed: “I am delighted to become a Sultan. It is an honour for me to represent the people of Multan as their passion for this game is second to none. Multan Sultans have evolved into a strong team and their record in the last three seasons speak for itself. Now, it is my ambition to help them bag the prestigious HBL PSL trophy,” Iftikhar said.
Captain Muhammad Rizwan: “I am very excited to welcome Iftikhar Ahmed. He brings outstanding all-round skills, which we need to be a champion team.
“It was not only his on-field skills that made us finalise this trade, but he is also a brilliant team player who uplifts dressing rooms with his presence. We are eager to put together a set of players whose skills are in sync with our positive, bold and aggressive brand of cricket.”
Leicester slip-up allows Ipswich to close on Championship lead
Leicester’s lead at the top of the Championship was cut to a single point after they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to draw 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, while Ipswich beat Millwall 3-1.
Top was taking on bottom at Hillsborough, but there was an unexpected sting in the tale as Jeff Hendrick’s 93rd-minute goal secured Wednesday just their seventh point in 18 games.
Abdul Fatawu had put Leicester in front midway through the first half.
But the Foxes have now won just one of their last four games as Hendrick fired home from Callum Paterson’s header.
Ipswich had no such trouble as goals from Conor Chaplin, Massimo Luongo and Nathan Broadhead put them 3-0 up before half-time at Portman Road.
Leeds climbed back up to third and within seven points of the top two despite conceding inside the first minute against Swansea.
Joel Piroe quickly levelled against his former club before goals from Georginio Rutter and Dan James sealed a 3-1 win for Daniel Farke’s men.
Kyle Walker-Peters scored the only goal as a 1-0 win over Bristol City was enough to move Southampton up to fourth.
Blackburn are just two points outside the playoffs after beating Wayne Rooney’s Birmingham 4-2.
Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney has just one win in seven games in charge of the Blues.
Huddersfield moved six points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win at Sunderland.
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