Hard training Motivation “With the support I got from my team, all my friends, and the support from Jamaica and my fans all around the world, I pulled through,” said the world’s fastest man. Bolt said that this was made possible through hard training, but joked that coach Glen Mills, a man he described during his acceptance speech as his father and friend, would disagree. “For me, it was a very hard season,” he said. “I trained really hard. I know my coach is watching and saying ‘lies, Usain, lies!'” Bolt said with a big smile, but added: “I worked really hard to get to my goal.” Bolt left a message of motivation for his younger fans, telling them never to give up on their dreams. Triple Olympic, gold medallist Usain Bolt, who won the RJR Sport Foundation National Sportsman of the Year Award for 2016, said on Friday night that he hopes that he has been an inspiration to youngsters. Bolt, who has now won the award on seven occasions – 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 – has now equalled former boxer Michael McCallum’s tally, which he gained in the years 1978, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1990. Speaking after he received his award at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Friday night, Bolt said that he had what he described as a ‘rough and up and down season’ in 2016, but he was successful because of “God’s strength” and the support he got from many persons. “I am from Trelawny and I’ve never thought I’d be, at this stage of my life, one of the greatest athletes ever. In that, I want to say that hard work pays off. So if you want to be great, just work towards what you want, not only to be a track star, but if you want to be a doctor or lawyer, never give up. I have been through a lot in my career, but I have never given up (even) once. I have always pushed on, and look where I am! So just use me as motivation or as an example just to work to be the best you can be.” Bolt added that he wanted to help to keep the track and field flag flying high after he has finished competing. “I definitely want to be a part of my sport when I retire. I don’t want to just walk away. I want to help it as much as possible, like when I was running,” he said.
Young aspiring fast bowlers were earlier on Monday given one over to produce their best ball and highest speed as the University of West Indies’ Sport Faculty carried out their ‘Pace like Fire’ campaign.Facilitator Akeem DewarThe bowling clinic which is being conducted around the Caribbean Region, gives bowlers, both male and female, between the ages of 16 and 22 the opportunity to show off their skills.Facilitator of the programme, Akeem Dewar put down the speed gun for a few moments to give a little insight into the purpose of the bowling clinic.“Basically, we’re going around the Region and we’re trying to find some young fast bowlers. So we’re going around with the speed gun and we’re going to test for fellas with the fastest speed,” he explained.Dewar gave a breakdown of what the programme would entail when the selected bowlers leave for the performance centre at in Barbados.“Then, we’re going to bring them back to UWI Cave Hill at the High Performance Centre and introduce them to the scientific side of sport. So, we’re gonna look at biomechanics, nutrition, strength and conditioning. And we’re also going to introduce the height to level three coaching,” Dewar stated.He further elaborated that the programme at Cave Hill, Barbados would allow for the participants to interact and learn from the likes of Pedro Collins and Floyd Reifer, among others.“So, we’re going to have coaches like Pedro Collins, Floyd Reifer, and other West Indies fast bowlers will come around and assist as well as other fast bowlers.”Speaking on the showcase of talent earlier on Monday in the Georgetown leg at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground, Dewar noted that he has seen some promising youths with ample speed.“This is the first stop in Guyana, and it was a decent turnout. We had some guys that showed good speed – close to 80mph, which is good, ‘cause some of them are only around 17 and 18. So there’s always that room for improvement.”Up-and-coming right-arm fast bowler Demuca Nando took time out to share about the morning’s experience. “I learned a lot, you need to get your run-up right and your strides. You need to really work on your action if you want to go faster. You just need to keep working and never give up,” the Ogle Cricket Club bowler stated.The fast bowling clinic will travel to Essequibo today and then to Albion on Wednesday. Fast bowlers who are between the ages of 16-22 and think that they have what it takes to compete are invited to attend.
Current head coach Heynckes, 72, has implied he will leave at the end of the season and magazine Sport Bild claims Salihamidzic has approached the Spurs boss.“I know that Bayern have contacted Mauricio Pochettino,” Sky pundit Didier Hamann told the German magazine.“He was an option and possibly still is.”Highly-rated Argentinian Pochettino, 46, has a contract at Spurs until 2021 and Tottenham president Daniel Levy is unlikely to let him go after nearly four years.Bayern had been thought to want to hire a German-speaking coach.“That doesn’t have to be the case, if we said that we would automatically close a door — and it’s not closed,” Salihamidzic has said on the matter.Other possible candidates to succeed Heynckes include ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, currently without a club, and RB Leipzig handler Ralph Hasenhuettl.The Austrian has been offered a contract extension past 2019, but negotiations with Leipzig are currently on ice.Bayern chairman Rummenigge is also said to admire Nice coach Lucien Favre, who has a buy-out clause in his contract with the French Ligue 1 club.Swiss coach Favre, who has coached Bundesliga sides Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach, has proven he can work with big name stars, such as Mario Balotelli, who has scored 14 French league goals this season for Nice.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is highly sought-after in Europe © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASBERLIN, Germany, Mar 22 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich as a possible replacement for Jupp Heynckes next season.According to reports, Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic has recommended Pochettino to club bosses Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness.
Gardai arrive at Oakfield park to examine the discovery.Gardai have been called after unidentified bones were found on the estate of multi-millionaire businessman Sir Gerry Robinson.The bones were found buried beneath a huge Beech tree on the grounds of the former TV boss’s estate in Raphoe.Some of the bones which were found.Gardai sealed off the area and began an examination of the remains. It has not ben established yet if the bones are human or from an animal.A spokesman for Oakfield Park said “On inspection of the tree we noticed some large bones under where the roots were. Given the location of the bones under an ancient tree the bones have been there a very long time.“We couldn’t distinguish if the bones were human or animal so we had to follow procedures and informed An Garda Síochána who promptly carried out a detailed investigation.”A Garda spokesman confirmed a full investigation has been carried out into the discovery. He added that the bones have now been sent off for analysis.Oakfield House was by Sir Gerry Robinson and his wife lady Heather Robinson in 1996.Since then the couple have spent a fortune renovating the 18th century Georgian house which sits on 100 acres of lush woodlands.Sir Gerry, the former Granada TV boss from the village of Dunfanaghy, is popular with locals and opens up his pile in the summer to visitors.The colourful businessman has even installed an old steam-train which travels through the grounds of the estate. UPDATED: The bones have now been identified as that of an animal.Th scene of the fallen tree underneath which the bones were discovered.INVESTIGATION SPARKED AFTER BONES FOUND ON GROUNDS OF SIR GERRY’S ESTATE was last modified: January 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bonesdiscoveryGardaiOakfild ParkRaphoe
Lennon is heckled by fansFROM NEIL DOHERTY IN GLASGOW: CELTIC suffered another post-European hangover at Parkhead today, losing 1-0 to Inverness CT.Billy McKay’s goal in the second half gave the Highlanders their first ever win at Celtic Park and no amount of Hoops pressure could turn the game back their way.But what was very frustrating for Lennon – and most fans – were the boo boys who turned on the team and the manager. During one incident a fan uttered a mouthful of expletives at Lennon in the second half.It left Lennon angry and frustrated afterwards.“They are frustrated. I disagreed with them, I didn’t like what they said about the team,” said Neil.“Look, if they are not happy with what I am doing and they want me to go, I will. “If the fans make it clear that they are not happy and they want me out then that’s okay, I will do the honourable thing.“I can’t repeat it (what fans said) because it is public arena but there were a lot of expletives and heavy criticism, which I didn’t think was justified and (there was) a lack of patience with the team as well.“If there was a lack of application and commitment I would be the first to criticise the team.“I didn’t see that today but I did see a lack of composure and quality in the final third and that’s what cost us.“If I think it is justified then I don’t have a problem with it but I don’t think it was justified today. “But they pay their money, they are allowed to say what they like. I’ve got my opinions on it and sometimes I give them as well.“I am not happy with the league form, it is my team at the end of the day so I take the responsibility for it.“It’s not for the lack of trying to find the answers.”It was a frustrating game to watch; Celtic missed more than enough chances to win the game. As someone who has been going to Parkhead for decades however, I find fans who can’t take a defeat very fickle indeed.I’d be the first to criticise, but it seems for some fans what Neil Lennon is doing isn’t enough.They have short memories.And they’d be better off getting behind the team than filling the air with four-letter words – foul-mouthed abuse gets us nowhere.THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON ANGRY AT BOO BHOYS AS CELTIC LOSE AGAIN was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: LENNON ANGRY AT BOO BHOYS AS CELTIC LOSE AGAIN
2. Tom Hands (DU) vs. Eric Marbach (NIU) 7-6 (7-4), 3-2, unfinished NIU Box Score 4. #124 Ben Clark (DU) def. Kristopher Ortega (NIU) 6-2, 7-6 6. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-2, 6-4 Gillespie blanked Bor Muzar, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to put Drake up 2-0. Wood rolled past Hamel, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, while Clark, who is ranked 124th in the nation, clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Ortega at No. 4 singles. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team earned a pair of victories on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center as the Bulldogs defeated Northern Illinois, 4-0, in the morning and edged out Western Michigan, 4-3, in the evening.The Bulldogs began their day by taking the doubles point over the Huskies. Senior Vinny Gillespie and sophomore Barny Thorold defeated NIU’s Eric Marbach and Kristopher Ortega, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, while junior Ben Clark and senior Ben Wood secured the point with a 6-3 victory over Georg Lundkvist and Louis-Philppe Hamel at No. 2 doubles. 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) 6-2, 6-4 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,4) 3. Barny Thorold (DU) vs. Georg Lundkvist (NIU) 4-6, 4-4, unfinished 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Maik Steiner/Jannik Opitz (WMU) 6-4 1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-4 Drake 4, Northern Illinois 0Jan 20, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) In the nightcap, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 3-1 lead over Western Michigan. Drake swept the doubles point and then Gillespie and Hands won in straight at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. WMU Box Score 3. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) def. Kennosuke Nouchi/Billy Heckman (WMU) 6-1 3. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) vs. Victor Spolidorio/Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) 4-4, unfinished 2. Ben Clark/Ben Wood (DU) def. Georg Lundkvist/Louis-Philippe Hamel (NIU) 6-3 5. Ben Wood (DU) def. Louis-Philippe Hamel (NIU) 6-3, 6-1 Doubles competition Print Friendly Version 6. Freddie Powell (DU) vs. Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) 7-5, 3-4, unfinished Match Notes 2. Ben Wood/Ben Clark (DU) def. Nick Schnobel/Eric Olivarez (WMU) 7-5 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Eric Marbach/Kristopher Ortega (NIU) 6-2 Drake 3-0 Match Notes Singles competition The decisive match point came down to Clark and WMU’s Lenhard Haupt at No. 4 singles. Hauplt took the first set 6-4, but Clark came back to force a third set with a gritty 7-5 second set win. The third set went back and forth, pushing it into a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Clark jumped out to a 5-2 lead and went on to take the tiebreaker 7-4, sealing the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win. Northern Illinois 0-1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5,3,4) Drake 2-0 Doubles competition Drake travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, Jan. 27 for the ITA Kickoff Weekend event and will open the two-day event against No. 3 North Carolina. Story Links 1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Bor Schweiger Muzar (NIU) 6-0, 6-0 Drake 4, Western Michigan 3Jan 20, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) The Broncos managed to tie the match up at 3-3 with a pair of three-set win at No. 5 and No. 3, respectively. 5. Eric Olivarez (WMU) def. Ben Wood (DU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 3. Jannik Opitz (WMU) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) Singles competition 4. Ben Clark (DU) def. Lenhard Haupt (WMU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) Western Michigan 3-1
Tags: Bright AnukaniGeorge KatendeKarim Ndugwaproline fctopUganda Premier LeagueViane SekajugoWakiso Giants FC Sekajugo celebrates scoring the first goal against Proline FC on Sunday. (PHOTO/Wakiso Giants)Uganda Premier League Wakiso Giants FC FC 2-1 Proline FC Betway Muteesa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Sunday, 13-10-2019Viane Sekajugo scored a 90th minute penalty as Wakiso Giants FC defeated Proline FC 2-1 on Sunday in the Uganda Premier League.The forward had earlier given the Purple the lead in the first half before Bright Anukani levelled matter with a minute to the break.The win is Wakiso’s 4th of the season and it sees them climb into 6th on the log with 13 points.For Proline, they remain bottom of the pile with no points after they were docked 6 (points) for failing to honour their fixture at home to SC Villa earlier in the season.In the game played at Wankulukuku, Wakiso was much changed on the day and struggled to get to grips to Proline’s free flowing passing brand of football.However, against the run of play, Sekajugo scored the game first goal of the afternoon, netting on 9 minutes after he was teed up by Ivan Kiwewa.A minute to half time, Anukani pulled Proline level, slotting home a rebound after George Katende had failed to hold onto Joseph Mandela’s effort.Proline had chances to turn the game onto its head but Katende was on hand to save the hosts.With the game headed for a draw, Mustafa Mujuzi appeared to have tripped Karim Ndugwa prompting the center referee to point to the spot. Up stepped Sekajugo who converted to ensure Wakiso walks home with victory.In their next fixture, Wakiso Giants visit Police FC while Proline also host the Cops.How both teams startedWakiso Giants George William Katende, Muwadda Kateregga, Aggrey Madoi, Swaib Mudde, Ivan Kiweewa, Hakim Ssenkumba, Hassan Ssenyonjo, Lawrence Bukenya, Amos Muwonge, Viane SsekajugoProline FC Ssekagya Bashir (GK), Begisa James, Mukisa Yusuf, Benard Muwanga, Mujjuzi Musitafa (C), Kintu Sam, Wamananh Ibrahim, Bright Anukani, Hakim Kiwanuka, Lubega Edrisa, Sula SekamwaThe other match-day 9 UPL results-Tooro United 1-2 BUL FC-KCCA FC 4-0 Onduparaka FC-Maroons FC 0-0 SC Villa-Vipers SC 3-0 Express FC-Bright Stars 0-1 Kyetume FC-Busoga United 2-1 Police FC-URA FC 0-0 Mbarara City FCComments
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Over the last two weeks, we have received several samples of corn ears with symptoms typical of Diplodia ear rot. This is one of the most common ear diseases of corn in Ohio. It is caused by two species of fungi, Stenocarpella maydis and Stenocarpella macropora. The most characteristic symptom and the easiest way to tell Diplodia ear rot apart from other ear diseases such as Gibberella and Fusarium ear rots is the presence of white mycelium of the fungus growing over and between kernels, usually starting from theDiploid ear rot. Photo by OSU Extensionbase of the ear. Under highly favorable weather conditions, entire ears may become colonized, turn grayish-brown in color and lightweight (mummified), with kernels, cobs, and ear leaves that are rotted and soft. Rotted kernels may germinate prematurely, particularly if the ears remain upright after physiological maturity. Corn is most susceptible to infection at and up to three weeks after silk emergence (R1). Wet conditions and moderate temperatures during this period favor infection and disease development, and the disease tends to be most severe in no-till or reduce-till fields of corn planted after corn. The greatest impact of this disease is grain yield and quality reduction. Mycotoxins have not been associated with this disease in US, although animals often refuse to consume contaminated grain.Q&A:Can disease severity increase on the field? When should we harvest? What moisture should we start?The disease will continue to develop in the field as long as conditions remain favorable. Fields with high incidence of Diplodia ear rot should be harvested as soon as possible and quickly dried to 14% moisture and cooled to 50 degrees F before storage. Ideally, fields should be scouted to identify areas with Diplodia ear rot hot spots and these areas should be harvested and stored separately from grain harvested from healthier sections of the field. Higher moisture, warm conditions, and pockets of moldy grain in storage will lead to further spread of the disease and even colonization of the grain with other pathogens.How should the combine be set? Cobs are very soft.Rotted kernels and cobs are broken into small pieces during harvest, increasing the amount of fine particles in the grain. These particles affect airflow through the grain, delay drying, and lead to further mold development in storage. Increasing the combine fan speed will help remove fine materials as well as severely infected kernels that are usually lighter than healthy kernels. The specific adjustments needed to remove moldy materials during harvest will vary from one combine to another; see manufacture’s guidelines for details on how to increase your combine fan speed.Will it get worse in the bin? How dry should it be dried? How long can we store it?Clearing the grain to remove fine particles and storing it under cool, dry conditions (50 degrees F and 14% moisture) will slow-down fungal growth and mold development and extend the storage life of the grain at least through the winter. However, you should avoid storing severely affected grain for too long especially since it becomes much more difficult to keep grain cool and dry as outside temperatures increase in the spring and summer.Do we need to worry about vomitoxin and feeding?No, vomitoxin is a mycotoxin produced by Fusarium graminearum, the fungus that causes Gibberella ear rot of corn and head scab of wheat. However, some populations of S. maydis, the fungus that caused Diplodia ear rot, do produce a different mycotoxin calling diplodiatoxin, but there have been no reports of animal-health problems associated with this toxin in the US. Nevertheless, since animals often refuse to consume moldy grain, you should avoid feeding grain affected by Diplodia ear rot to animals. In addition, moldy grain may be contaminated with other fungi, some of which do produce mycotoxins that are harmful to livestock.What does next year bring? We know hybrid selection is important. Does the residue need to be buried?Yes, since the fungus survives in crop residue on the soil surface, any strategy to remove or bury the residue will reduce the risk of Diplodia ear rot (and other residue-borne diseases) next year. In addition, fields and hybrids with high incidence of Diplodia ear rot this year should be avoided next season. However, whether or not we have a similar problem with this disease next year will depend on the weather.Would a fungicide have made a difference?Very little research has been done to evaluate the efficacy of fungicides against Diplodia ear rot. Although most of the common fungicides kill the fungus in the lab, results in the field have been highly inconsistent. More research is needed to improve application technology and to decide when the fungicide should be applied to effectively control Diplodia ear rot.
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lakers are happy with the hype surrounding rookie Lonzo Ball BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade recently agreed to a buy-out from the Chicago Bulls and both Anthony and George have expressed their desire to team up with the 35-year-old guard.READ: Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on buyoutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I would love to have him here in Oklahoma City, but am I allowed to say that? Is that tampering?” the newly acquired Anthony said during the Thunder’s media day, as relayed by The Score.After getting notification that Wade is officially a free agent, Melo added: “Oh, he’s free now? Come on, you know where you belong, D. That’s all I’m going to say.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade. AP FILE PHOTOThe Oklahoma City Thunder has managed to create its own version of a “Big Three” by acquiring perennial All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to pair up with last season’s Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.But apparently, the organization is not done making moves, as the trio looks to add another superstar to the fray.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa RELATED STORY:LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland MOST READ George, who also joined the team via a blockbuster trade this off season, likewise shared his willingness to have the 12-time All-Star in their roster.“It’d be great to get D-Wade here,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Thunder. “I’ll be in his phone, texts, his DMs, his Snapchat, whatever I gotta do to try to get this dude here.”Meanwhile, Wade and Anthony have a tight bond, having been teammates several times with Team USA and coming from the same star-studded 2003 draft class. George, on the other hand, worked out with Wade this off season in California.Thunder General Manager Sam Presti has expressed the same desire to sign the crafty veteran, claiming he’ll be chasing after him “like the rest of the league,” per ESPN’s Royce Young.The team’s front office, however, will have to come up with a strong push, as Wade has also received interest from the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments
The World Twenty20 has provided a stage for Asian sides to flourish in its short history and host India’s scintillating form leading up to the tournament will only fuel local hopes that the trend will continue.India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won three out of the five stagings of the biennial tournament, while the 2010 final was the only one that did not feature a team from South Asia. (Also read: David Warner wary of aggressive Virat Kohli) Former players and pundits have been united in endorsing India, who won the 50-over World Cup at home in 2011, as favourites to add a second World Twenty20 title to their cabinet and given the side’s run of form, it is hardly surprising.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men have won 10 of the 11 Twenty20 contests they have played this year, including a 3-0 win in Australia, and have looked supremely balanced with their often-soft bowling attack also showing plenty of bite. (World T20: India favourites to repeat 2011 success at home, says Tendulkar) The only worry for India’s fanatical cricket following will be that the team have peaked too early and they will be desperately hoping that the law of averages catches up with them after the final at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on April 3. While India have enjoyed a relatively trouble-free build up to the tournament, it has been far from smooth sailing for fellow Asian contenders Pakistan and Sri Lanka. (World T20: Madness in Kolkata ahead of Pakistan’s arrival, says Ganguly)Pakistan, the 2009 champions, arguably have the most potent pace attack with left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir seamlessly integrating into the side after a five-year spot-fixing ban.advertisementBut Shahid Afridi’s men have had troubles with their top-order, prompting the selectors to twice tinker with the squad and a row over security leading to a venue change for the highly charged India match will not have helped matters. (ICC World T20: Pakistan star Shoaib Malik has no security fears in India)Defending champions Sri Lanka have failed to adequately replace retired batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene after their 2014 World Twenty20 triumph and were forced to install Angelo Mathews as their new captain this week. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni is my idol: Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed)The island nation have lost recent series against New Zealand, India and a woeful Asia Cup display led to the sacking of the entire selection panel.The team and their supporters will keep their fingers crossed on the fitness of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who relinquished the captaincy due to the slow recovery of his injured knee but insists he can still play a part.