highlights Bangalore finished second from the bottom in the recently concluded IPL. Ganguly believes World cup stint will be different for Virat as captain. India will play their first World Cup game against South Africa on June 5. Kolkata: Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday insisted that Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy will not have an impact in the World Cup as he enjoys a good record as an ODI skipper. The biggest advantage for Kohli will be the support of two very successful leaders — Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma — on whom he can fall back on during testing situations. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the Indian Premier League have put the spotlight on Kohli’s leadership skills but Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.”Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with that of India. His captaincy records for India is very good actually. He’s got him in his team as the vice-captain. Dhoni is there. So he’s well supported,” Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of a promotional programme.The 46-year-old felt Hardik Pandya will play a key role in India’s campaign at the mega event, starting May 30 in England.”Hardik Pandya will play a key role. He is in tremendous form. He will be very, very important for India’s chances.” The former left-handed batsman picked Pakistan alongside India, Australia and England as the four semifinalists in the upcoming World Cup, saying their records in world tournaments in England is remarkable. England has been a ‘lucky’ venue for the Pakistan, who had won the 2017 Champions Trophy beating India and had also bagged their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2009.”Pakistan’s record in world tournaments in England is remarkable. They won the Champions Trophy two years ago, they won the 2009 World T20 in England.”He also cited the recent example of Pakistan’s second ODI against England, in which they almost chased down a mammoth 374 before going down by only 12 runs.”Pakistan always play well in England. You see the last game in England. England got 374 and Pakistan just lost by 12 runs. They also beat England in England in Test matches there because of their bowling lineup.”Ganguly, however, was quick to add that Virat Kohli’s men should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders.”I don’t believe in records. Both of them will have to play well on that particular day. India will be a very good side. They will be very hard to beat. Team which has the likes of Kohli, Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan can’t be weak.”Asked to compare this team with that of his team of 2003 that lost to Australia in the final, Ganguly said: “Both the teams are of different generations. We played the final in 2003. I hope they play the final and win it.”Indian cricket is so strong. And we have been strong for the last 25-30 years. Every world competition that we play, we will have a chance. This team has as much chance as we had in 2003.”Starting as one of the favourites, India would be under tremendous pressure but Ganguly felt it would bring out the best from Kohli and Co.”So it’s good that India is under pressure, every other team in the World Cup will be under pressure. You don’t want to turn up like a Nepal or an Ireland where the entire world thinks that you’re not going to win.”You rather turn up like an India or an Australia or an England where everybody says this team is going to win the World Cup. So Virat, probably being the best player of the world at the moment, is as much under pressure as anybody else and that will be good for him because he will turn up, work hard, he will be pumped and get India going.”Ganguly said it would be an interesting World Cup as all 10 teams will play each other before the best four qualify for the knockouts. “This team has as much as opportunity. It’s a great World Cup because all 10 teams play against each other and the best four qualify. There are strong teams and you realise England, Pakistan, West Indies all can win.”So it’s good that India is under pressure because it will help them perform and it’s going to be exciting 55 days of cricket,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
There isn’t much to say about our 2019 catcher rankings. Fantasy baseball owners already know the drill: Don’t overdraft a backstop , especially if you don’t get one of the top guys — and even the top-tier guys might not be all that good this year. There are some homers available, but average and homers? Almost certainly not. The “sleepers”, which are really just some potentially undervalued middle-of-the-road veterans and a few prospects who don’t inspire a ton of hope this early in their careers, aren’t anything to get excited about either. You don’t need a draft cheat sheet as much as you just need to jot a few names down on a Post-It. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Yes, that’s how weak catcher is — we’re actually highlighting a career .251/.304/.398 hitter as a potential sleeper just because he’ll play an extra game per week. Good luck…you’re gonna need it.DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetFantasy Baseball Rankings: CatcherThese rankings are for standard 5×5, non-keeper leagues. Eligibility based on Yahoo default settings.RankingPlayerTeamOther eligiblity1J.T. RealmutoPhillies1B2Yasmani GrandalBrewers3Gary SanchezYankees4Willson ContrerasCubs5Buster PoseyGiants1B6Wilson RamosMets7Yadier MolinaCardinals8Welington CastilloWhite Sox9Robinson ChirinosAstros10Yan GomesNationals11Danny JansenBlue Jays12Jorge AlfaroMarlins13Francisco MejiaPadres14Mike ZuninoRays15Willians AstudilloTwins16Austin BarnesDodgers17Martin MaldonadoRoyals18Austin HedgesPadres19Chris IannettaRockies20Jonathan LucroyAngels21Francisco CervelliPirates22Tucker BarnhartReds1B23John HicksTigers1B24Kurt SuzukiNationals25Omar NarvaezMariners26Tyler FlowersBraves27Isiah Kiner-FalefaRangers2B, 3B28Brian McCannBraves29Elias DiazPirates30Josh PhegleyA’s31Alex AvilaDiamondbacks32Roberto PerezIndians33Jason CastroTwins34Russell MartinDodgers The No. 1 catcher is a real debate. Many will opt for Gary Sanchez, but power hitters who undergo shoulder surgery are always a worry — especially ones who hit .186 last season. Perhaps he’s fully healthy now and ready to pop 30-plus HRs again, but he’s a risk. Yasmani Grandal might actually be the best bet for homers, and his move the hitter-friendly Milwaukee could easily lead to a career high. However, it’s likely going to come with a sub-.250 average. J.T. Realmuto seems like the safest bet for a solid average and 20-plus homers (and maybe even a few stolen bases). .2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamWillson Contreras is a major bounce-back candidate, and Buster Posey will hit for average and might have one more solid run/RBI season in him, but after that, you’re throwing a penny in a wishing well. Danny Jansen, Francisco Mejia, and Jorge Alfaro are interesting young players, but playing time is an issue for Mejia while Jansen and Alfaro both have limited ceilings this early in their respective careers.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserOne notable player, at least in weekly leagues, is Detroit’s John Hicks, who’s slated to be an everyday DH. How long that lasts is anyone’s guess, but at a position as thin as catcher, more games can make a difference. (Update: With Josh Harrison now in Detroit, Hicks will likely need an injury to be an everyday DH.)2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300
… disease outbreak suspected, Agri Minister unaware of situationBy Andrew CarmichaelThere could be a possible poultry disease outbreak in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), as some 800Some of the dead birds in the penbirds have reportedly died at a poultry farm in the ancient county.The deaths of the birds have prompted Regional Chairman David Armogan to call on the Agriculture Ministry to investigate the mysterious disease, which has so far claimed the lives of hundreds of chickens at a farm on the East Bank of Berbice.More than 800 birds died over the past week at the chicken farm, and to date, the Agriculture Ministry is slow to respond to the situation. This falls on the heels of a similar incident where a farmer at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) reported that 300 birds also died from a mysterious disease at the Linden farm.Dead bird in BerbiceThe farmer stated that this could be an outbreak which could cripple the countries poultry industry. According to farmer, the birds started dying on June 19 when he discovered that more than 200 had passed overnight and a similar amount seemed to be affected.The Ministry was contacted and extension officers visited the farm and took samples from some of the dead birds. They also took away birds which seemed to also be affected and others that appeared to be healthy.“Sunday morning when I get in there, one of the guys mentioned that these birds looking as if they sleepy. I picked about 30 birds dead. So we say we would look at the pen on Monday and when I go back about 100 birds were dead. So I called a vet and two of them came and they took nine birds; two that seemed healthy to them, a few that seemed sick and some that were dead,” the farmer said.According him, the group of birds was examined and samples were taken by the officers. He said he was advised to burn the dead birds as opposed to burying them.As the week went on, more birds died and the farmer waited on a response from the extension workers who are attached to the Agriculture Ministry.On Monday, he said the death toll had passed 800. Hamilton took samples of water from the pen to get them tested at a private laboratory.“The lab mentioned that they are not doing water sampling so he took it to UG [University of Guyana] and at UG they say that they are not doing test. So then we went to the forensic lab and they say that they are only doing tissue tests. So I told my brother to go to the Ministry of Agriculture in Georgetown and meet the Minister. When he go there, the Minister of Agriculture is in a meeting so he take it to the PS [Permanent Secretary]. The PS told him that they don’t have the equipment to do testing. He offer to leave it there so that they can take it wherever they have to take it even if it is out of the country to get tested but the Permanent Secretary say that if it is left there, it will be discarded because no one will pick it up to ensure that it gets tested,” the frustrated farmer explained, while noting that the samples had to be returned to Berbice on Monday afternoon.On Monday, the matter was brought to the attention of Regional Chairman David Armogan who said the Agriculture Ministry needs to act before the entire region is affected.“I think this matter should be investigated promptly knowing that it could be the outbreak of a disease and it needs to be contained if it is.”However, the farmer said he had already lost millions of dollars and has been refusing to sell live birds to customers over the past week.He is calling on the Head of State to ensure that the issue is addressed.“The President is saying that every village should become a hub. It means that we should invest the little money we have. Now we invest a few million dollars into chickens… We do everything on our farm, we even have foot wash basins before you go into the pen; you step into disinfectant water and then you can go into the pen. I don’t know if the weather has brought on a strain of bacteria that we don’t know of,” he said.Armogan is blaming the agriculture extension workers, who he said, are not very prompt to act whenever farmers experience difficulty and need their help.“Even in the Black Bush Polder area where farmers have been having problems with their animals and they have not been attending to these things in a prompt way.”Meanwhile, when contacted on Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, who had just left a Cabinet meeting, told Guyana Times that he was unaware of any such report.