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South Africa have the depth to manage Steyn, Amla absence vs India: Maharaj

first_imgSouth Africa have the depth to manage Steyn, Amla absence vs India: MaharajAhead of the 3-Test series, starting October 2, South Africa’s premier spinner Keshav Maharaj said the fresh-look touring side will look to challenge the in-form Indian team. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 10:35 IST Dale Steyn retired from Tests to prolong his limited-overs career earlier this year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa take on India in the 1st Test from October 2South Africa will be without their stalwarts, including Steyn and AmlaMaharaj said South Africa will not back down but play with fresh energySouth Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has said the freshness in the visiting team’s squad is not going to be a disadvantage but a chance to play a fresh, positive brand of cricket.South Africa are gearing up for a 3-Test series against India from October 2 without some of their biggest names that have dominated the headlines in the last decade. While AB de Villiers called it quits last year, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn also retired in the lead up to the upcoming Test series.Without the big names, South Africa will start as underdogs against Virat Kohli’s men who are bidding to win their 11th successive home series.However, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj talks up the talent in the side and says South Africa are certainly arrived to compete and not going to back down.”They (Amla and Steyn) are two greats of the game. I think in terms of the depth in our squad, we do have players who will fulfill the role,” Keshav Maharaj said.”I think Temba Bavuma has taken the responsibility with that and has shown that in the practice game. Obviously, Lungi has come through as a world class bowler along with Vernon (Philander) and KG (Rabada),” Maharaj added.”So as much as it would be a big loss in terms of the records that they possessed to the party, we do have season campaigners in domestic cricket and have fairly enough international experience to fill in those boots.”New faces bring new energy: MaharajadvertisementNotably, South Africa were beaten 3-0 in a 4-match Test series the last time they toured India. The touring side were exposed against Indian spinners who rain riot, shooting out the Proteas for low scores throughout the series.It will be difficult for South Africa once again but the performances of some of their young talents, including Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada will give a lot of confidence to captain Faf du Plessis.Notably, Markram has been in fine form, hitting hundreds for South Africa A and South Africa (against Board President’s XI). The visitors will also take confidence from the way they came back from behind to square the T20I series last month.”People talk about freshness and if you look at our squad, it’s a helluva lot of new faces from the last time and that could work in our favour in terms of the brand of cricket we could play and the positivity,” Maharaj said.”Yes, it may not go our way but we here to compete. We’re not going to lie down and back down with the sort of our woes from the last tour. Like I said, with new faces it brings along new energy.”And who knows? It could be our time over the next three Tests matches to sort of shock some people.”South Africa and India will play the first Test of the 3-match series in Visakhapatnam from October 2.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah to consult 3 doctors in UK for lower back stress fracture injuryAlso Read | Big Bash League: Brisbane Heat sign AB de Villiers Also 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 India vs South AfricaFollow Keshav MaharajFollow Dale SteynFollow Hashim AmlaFollow AB de Villiers Nextlast_img read more

Driving Business Growth in Nova Scotia

first_imgInnovation and collaboration are key to sustainable economic growth in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI)continued to draw upon these concepts in 2005-06. The province’s business development agency released its fourth annual report today, Oct. 31. In 2005-06, NSBI’s clients posted a record year for job creation with up to 5,000 jobs expected to be created and maintained over the next five years. Research In Motion’s (RIM) expansion alone is expected to create up to 1,200 of these jobs. “Collaboration requires a great deal of commitment and trust from all sides,” said Tom Stanfield, chair of NSBI’s board. “Nova Scotians prove day in and day out that collaboration works and it’s the reason why we continue to build on our tremendous growth in 2005-06.” The annual report spans the fiscal year from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 and highlights several accomplishments: NSBI’s business advisory team worked with businesses, owners and managers across the province to assess opportunities and support growth. During 2005-06, they carried out more than 800 face-to-face meetings with businesses in every region of the province, creating close to 400 qualified referrals to help these businesses grow. NSBI’s business development executives concluded 15 transactions with some of the world’s top companies in sectors like information technology and defence and aerospace. With the help of payroll rebate investments alone, up to 3,900 potential jobs are expected to be created and maintained. This would translate into a return on investment to the province of about 58 per cent. NSBI’s financial services team completed 12 transactions that made a significant impact on the economy and to Nova Scotians. In 2005-06, NSBI authorized a total of $8,045,000 to strengthen businesses in Nova Scotia’s foundation and technological industries. In 2005-06, NSBI’s export team arranged more than 1,300 selling or partnering meetings for 197 clients, all of whom reported new and further export market penetration. As a direct result, these companies had combined export sales totalling more than $54 million. “NSBI is proud of the accomplishments we have achieved in 2005-06,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “This past year, we adopted a team Nova Scotia approach by bringing together business and industry representatives, academics and senior government officials to secure many companies that expanded to the province.” “A forward-thinking attitude along with a lot of dedication are key to sustainable economic growth in the province,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Economic Development. “We all have a great part to play in creating an even stronger business case for Nova Scotia and making sure we celebrate many more successful years in the future.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s business development agency, an organization that works with companies to provide business solutions. The private sector-led agency works to attract new business to the province and help those already in Nova Scotia expand through services such as export development and financing. For more information on the 2005-06 annual report see the website at www.novascotiabusiness.com/annualreport2006 .last_img read more