Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve Smith

first_img – advertisement 166/5 No data available! 163/7 vs (19.4) Super Over Punjab Punjab PNJ Match Ended view more view less Delhi beat Punjab by 5 wickets Indian Premier League, 2019 Delhi Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 20:00 (Local Time) 163/7center_img (20.0) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Shreyas Iyer (19.4) 166/5 Wish I was as confident as Riyan Parag at 17: Steve SmithIn a crucial IPL match for Rajasthan Royals, Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stitched a 69-run partnership to defeat Mumbai Indians and keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive. Anita Jat JaipurApril 20, 2019UPDATED: April 20, 2019 23:08 IST Steve Smith scored 59 runs as Rajasthan defeated Mumbai Indians on Saturday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSTeenager Riyan Parag scored 43 off 29 balls for Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on SaturdaySteve Smith smashed an unbeaten 59 to take RR home in their 162-run chaseRajasthan defeated Mumbai by 5 wickets after a strong stand between Smith and ParagAfter registering a crucial win over Mumbai Indians on Saturday, newly-appointed Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith praised 17-year-old Riyan Parag for his impressive knock of 43 from 29 balls and predicted a bright future for the young batsman.”Parag was really impressive; I have been watching him in the nets and with the bat looks like a seasoned campaigner,” skipper Smith said during the post-match presentation ceremony.”He’s a great kid and has a great future, I hope I was as confident when I was 17. When you are young and come into a team you have a carefree attitude and kept playing his shots,” Smith added.Steve Smith and Riyan Parag stictched 69 runs together for the fourth wicket to hand Rajasthan a much-needed five-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the Rajasthan Royals captain, Steve Smith impressed with an unbeaten 59 runs in 48 balls to hand his team only their third win in eight matches.Smith admitted that he didn’t have the desired impact with the bat in the previous Rajasthan Royals’ matches in IPL 2019 but hoped to carry forward the momentum from here.”I haven’t contributed as much as I would’ve liked through the tournament and it feels really nice to have gotten the boys over the line. Hopefully, we can carry it forward from here,” Smith said of his performance.Rajasthan are currently placed only above Royal Challengeres Bangalore, fetching six pints from three wins.Talking about a struggling Rajasthan in the IPL 2019, Smith said, “We just need to stay focussed on the processes, we just need to turn up and win. Every game’s a final, and we have to win each one. Let’s hope it turns out well for us.”advertisementSpeaking about Jofra Archer’s dropped catches Smith said, “It’s never good when you don’t take your catches, but Jofra pulled it back really well for us with the ball and was terrific.”Rajasthan Royals will next host Delhi Capitals on Monday.Also Read | DC vs KXIP Live Score, IPL 2019: Delhi spinners dent Punjab chargeAlso Read | RR vs MI, IPL 2019: 17-year-old Riyan Parag and Steve Smith stun Mumbai IndiansAlso 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow Riyan ParagFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Rajasthan Royals Referee: Prakash Bhatt (IND) Umpires: Ulhas Gandhe (IND), Chettithody Shamshuddin (IND) and Bruce Oxenford (AUS) (20.0) Scorecard Toss: DEL elected to field graphs Delhi DEL Indian Premier League, 2019, Match 37 Match Ended commentarylast_img read more

Morocco to Host Pan African Humanitarian Summit for First Time

Rabat – The 2018 summit, under the theme “Africa, My Home: An Inclusive Participation for Africa’s Development,” will meet November 16-17 at Palais des Congres Rabat.The event will host civil, political, art, and media personalities as well as representatives of the public and private sectors and diplomatic missions.The summit’s activities “will focus on themes which form the main strategic vision of the 2030 UN Agenda and the African Union (AU) agenda 2063, including migration, gender, youth and women’s participation in development and peace as well as education, employment and climate change,” reads a press release by the Pan African summit. The summit will also focus on “African cultural identity and its contribution to socio-economic transformations in Africa, as well as the role of civil and civic diplomacy in promoting people-to-people relations and partnerships exchanges bilaterally and regionally.”Why choose Morocco?After Morocco re-joined the AU in January 2017, the country took part for the first time in the 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Summit and Awards in Tanzania on November 18 last year.Morocco’s ambassador and country director to the Pan African Humanitarian Summit, Karima Rhanem, told Morocco World News, “Morocco was chosen for its global and regional commitments to just causes, it is a country that has shown solidarity, vision and leadership in promoting socio-economic development and cooperation in Africa.”At the 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Summit, Morocco took the chance to share its experience in human and socio-economic development with over 300 delegates. Morocco’s leadership “has been clearly seen through several investments and efforts deployed by Morocco under the wise leadership of HM King Mohammed VI in the past few years to promote South South cooperation and to contribute to the development of the African continent,” she added.She noted that 85 percent of Morocco’s foreign direct investment goes to Africa. This makes Morocco the “number one investor in West Africa and the second largest investor in the African continent.”Morocco may have left the AU for three decades but it never left the African continent and “has ever since strengthened ties with several African countries on the bilateral level,” Rhanem affirmed.After the 2017 Pan African summit, the Moroccan International Center for Diplomacy signed a partnership agreement with the Nigerian-based Pan African Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development to organize the fourth summit in Morocco.Rhanem said that the King regards Africa as “his natural home and deployed considerable efforts in strengthening partnerships with African countries.”“It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long of an absence,” King Mohammed VI said at the AU summit in January 2017.King Mohammed VI has made over 52 visits to several African countries in the last 19 years. Holding the summit in Morocco, according to Rhanem, shows “the Kingdom’s commitment towards regional and global issues and provides for an institutionalized platform for dialogue for civil society and other stakeholders.”Speaking about migration, Rhanem asserted that Morocco is “the only African country with a full integration policy for African migrants and refugees.”On November 7, Moroccan Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit said that 50,000 migrants residing in Morocco have been regularized since 2014. The number accounts for about 85 percent of the overall applications from foreign nationals in Morocco.Summit objectives The objective of the 2018 summit is to identify concrete African solutions on sustainable peace and social-economic development in Africa.Rhanem said that one of the main objectives of the summit is to “demonstrate HM the King’s leadership in Africa and his efforts in promoting South-South cooperation.”The event will also be an opportunity to exchange Morocco’s experience in human and economic development with other African countries.This year’s meeting seeks to “provide technical expertise to delegates on how to move Africa from consumption of international aid programs to a strong strategic economic and geopolitical partner,” according to the Pan African Summit’s press release.The Moroccan International Center for Diplomacy organized the two-day event in partnership with the Pan African Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (PALEDEC), the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.At the end of the summit, an award ceremony will pay tribute to African personalities who have developed Africa in various fields.Rhanem, who is also a civil society activist, won a 2017 Pan African Humanitarian Award.The activist was the first Moroccan woman to be nominated for the award, in the category of “Young Achievers Award on Social Leadership and Nation Building.”The summit will come one month before the UN Global Compact on Migration conference in Marrakech. read more