Pakistan Cricket Board should penalise players spotted at Shisha cafe: Intikhab AlamFormer Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam slammed Pakistan players who were spotted at a Manchester cafe in the lead up to their crunch match against India at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Pakistan lost the match by 89 runs (DLS) as their senior players failed to step up.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 13:17 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik was one of the 4 Pakistan players spotted at the Manchester cafe (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShoaib Malik along with a few of his teammates were spotted at a Shisha cafe in ManchesterThe players were slammed for partying days ahead of India vs Pakistan matchThe players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 pm not beyond that: Intikhab AlamFormer Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam has urged the Pakistan Cricket Board to conduct an inquiry into the incident in which senior players from the national team were spotted at a Shisha cafe in Manchester in the lead up to their ICC Cricket World Cup match against India.Media reports had claimed that senior players, including Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, along with Imad Wasim and Imam-ul-Haq were spotted at a cafe at 2 am on the big match day in Manchester.The senior players faced severe criticism from fans on social media after Pakistan were handed their biggest-ever defeat (in terms of the margin of runs) by India in a World Cup match during the Manchester meeting. Shoaib Malik’s wife and India tennis star, Sania Mirza was dragged into the controversy after she was spotted in the photograph along with the Pakistan cricketers at the cafe.The Pakistan Cricket Board though clarified that the players had been to the cafe not on the eve of India vs Pakistan but a couple of days ahead of the big-ticket match between the two arch-rivals.Intikhab Alam, who had served as Pakistan cricket team manager in past, said professional cricketers staying late at a cafe in the lead up to a big match in “not justifiable”.”It is wrong as the players are on their national duty and there must be a discipline to be followed strictly,” Intikhab Alam told DAWN.”Though the PCB has claimed that the event happened two days before the crucial match against India, even then no one could justify the late stay of the players in a cafe as there are certain timings to be observed.advertisement”The players could have their dinner at any hotel maximum by 11 pm not beyond that. The PCB should hold an inquiry to penalise the players involved,” the former captain added.Responding to critics and media reports, senior batsman Shoaib Mali, who was dismissed for naught in the India match, wrote on Twitter: “When will Pak media be accountable for their credibility by our courts?! Having served my country for +20 years in Intl Cricket, it’s sad that I have to clarify things related to my personal life. The videos are from 13th June and not 15th (sic).”Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing flak after the one-sided contest that saw India extend their unbeaten record against their arch-rivals in World Cups to 7-0.Slamming Sarfaraz’s tactics, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar said he was unable to understand the Pakistan captain’s decision-making during the high-pressure game against India.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well. Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfaraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match,” Akhtar said.Sarfaraz, according to Pakistan media, has received a call from PCB chairman Ehsan Mani who had asked the skipper not to focus on “baseless media reports” and instead turn their attention towards doing well in the remainder of the matches at World Cup 2019. Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot of the 10-team points table with just 1 win in 5 matches.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Sarfaraz, you are fat: Fan screams insults at Pakistan captain after defeat to IndiaAlso See:For 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow India vs PakistanFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Shoaib MalikFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Intikhab Alam Next
by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 7:41 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 10:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Consumer confidence moved up in November, Alberta posts first gain in six months OTTAWA – Consumer confidence in Canada improved in November boosted by the first increase in Alberta in six months and a big jump in Atlantic Canada.The Conference Board of Canada said Thursday its index of consumer confidence rose to 103.1, up from 95.3 in October. The jump was the biggest gain since March.The increase came as the index rose in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.However, it slipped lower in Saskatchewan–Manitoba.Conference board senior economist Julie Ades noted there can be some volatility from month to month, but since the end of 2013 the index has not shown much improvement.“A lot of the recent weakness in consumer confidence is attributed to people’s perception of future job prospects in their community,” Ades said.“Although our responses to this question are still relatively negative, there has been some improvements in October and November, particularly in Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec.”Alberta, which has been hit hard by the downturn in the price of oil, saw a five point increase to 50.5, however the index was still nearly 50 points below its average for 2014.“Despite some ups and downs, the balance of opinion on the current finances, future job prospects, and major purchase questions has remained weak since the beginning of the year,” the report said.Atlantic Canada saw the index increase 25.2 points last month to 156.4 for November as the balance of opinion in the region improved on all four of the survey’s questions.The index is based on how respondents perceive their current finances, future finances, and future job prospects, and whether they think it is a good time to make a major purchase.Overall, those questioned were more positive about their financial situation as 16.9 per cent said they were better off now than six months ago rose, compared with 16.5 per cent who responded that way in October.The share who said they were worse off dropped to 24.3 per cent from 27.1 per cent.Meanwhile, the balance of opinion on future finances also improved.The proportion of those who said they expect to be financially better off six months from now increased to 23.1 per cent from 21.6 per cent. Those who said they expect to be worse off slipped to 16.5 per cent from 17.2 per cent.The feelings on future job prospects improved but remained glum. Respondents who said they expect more jobs in their communities in the coming months increased to just 10.7 per cent from 8.9 per cent, while 28.6 per cent expected the reverse, an improvement from 30.2 per cent a month earlier.Those who said now is a good time to make a major purchase such as a car or a house increased to 30.2 per cent from 28.8 per cent, while those who felt it was a bad time slipped to 41 per cent from 43.3 per cent.The survey was conducted between Nov. 2 and 12.