Virat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to lead

first_imgVirat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to leadVirat Kohli, who has played non-stop over the past several months, has been rested for the last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 08:04 IST India tour of New Zealand 2019: Rohit Sharma will lead India in the last two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series in the absence of Virat Kohli (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli will take a break after the third ODI vs New ZealandKohli has been rested for the final 2 ODIs and T20I series vs NZIn Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead India. No replacement for KohliVirat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs against New Zealand and the three-match T20I series. Rohit Sharma will lead India in Kohli’s absence and no replacement has been named.Kohli had last been rested for the Asia Cup following India’s tour of Ireland and England where he had played all five T20Is, all three ODIs and the entire five-Test series where he scored 593 runs.Virat Kohli returned to lead India in the home series against West Indies before embarking on the tour of Australia. Kohli featured in all T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs.In New Zealand, Kohli will play three ODIs but will be rested for the 4th and 5th ODIs and the T20I series which follows immediately.After the tour of New Zealand, India will host Australia for a limited-overs tour. The Indian Premier League has also been advanced because of the World Cup which starts in England on May 30. India will be playing a two-match T20I and five-match ODI series against Australia at home from February 24.BCCI wants Kohli to rest ahead of Australia home seriesBCCI, in a press release, said Kohli has been rested keeping in mind his workload. As the premier batsman of the team, Kohli scored 2735 international runs including 11 hundreds in 2018.”India captain Virat Kohli will be rested for the fourth and fifth ODI against New Zealand and the subsequent T20I series. Considering his workload in the last few months, the team management and Senior selection committee is of the view that it would be ideal for him to get adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia,” the release said.advertisementPost-game shenanigans courtesy @msdhoni & @imVkohliThis looks fun #TeamIndia #NZvIND (@BCCI) January 23, 2019Kohli had been in fine form in India’s historic Test series win in Australia. The India captain scored 282 runs, including a valiant hundred in Perth, from four Tests. He became the first India captain to lead the Asian giants to a Test series win on Australian soil. Kohli also scored a ton in the three-match ODI series, which India won 2-1.On Tuesday, Kohli became the first man to sweep all three ICC awards when he won the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.Also Read | Watch: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni find a unique way to celebrate India’s victory over New ZealandAlso Read | Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s recordAlso Read | India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane WilliamsonAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

Canada Japan at odds over BC timber in TPP trade talks documents

OTTAWA — One of Canada’s most protected industries — British Columbia timber — has been targeted by Japan in the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, The Canadian Press has learned.Japan is pushing Canada to eliminate or modify the controls it imposes on B.C. log exports — a practice that is heavily restricted by the federal and provincial governments, and which drives up their cost to foreign buyers.Details of the forestry impasse with Japan are contained in documents from Canada’s Foreign Affairs department that are marked “secret” and that have been obtained by The Canadian Press.The revelation comes as Canada continues to face pressure from another TPP country — the United States — which has taken aim at the coveted supply management system that protects the country’s dairy and poultry farmers.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said that Canada would protect its supply management system while pushing ahead with the TPP because he sees that as vital of the country’s future economic health.With the October election looming, the trade impasses have implications for Harper. He has invested much political capital in various free trade talks — none bigger than the TPP — as he positions himself as the most reliable steward of the Canadian economy.But Canada has another fight on its hands with Japan over B.C. forestry, as it tries to break down trade barriers in that sector in Asia.“Canada is pursuing full tariff elimination for the forestry sector — as you know, tariffs in Malaysia are as high as 40 per cent, as high as 31 per cent in Vietnam and as high as 10 per cent in Japan,” says the April briefing note, prepared for a meeting of senior federal trade officials in Ottawa and their provincial counterparts in B.C.Japan-Canada trade talks have stalled with no meetings in sightTransPacific Partnership trade deal hopes brighten as Stephen Harper, other leaders break logjamsThe memo says talks with Malaysia and Vietnam are progressing well. Not so with Japan, Canada’s largest Asian trading partner.“Discussions with Japan are ongoing but have been difficult. Japan has very clearly linked the elimination of forestry tariffs to B.C. eliminating or significantly modifying log export controls,” the memo says. “Our efforts to delink the two continue but are becoming increasingly difficult.”B.C. exports a small percentage of its logs to foreign markets, including Japan, but must satisfy some strict provincial and federal requirements.According to one study last year by the Fraser Institute, the result of that protection scheme is that in 2011, logs sold for $74 per cubic metre on the Vancouver Log Market, while the average price for exports hovered around $108.“Although free trade in logs in not the preferred policy from a B.C. perspective, it certainly is from a global perspective,” says the institute’s June 2014 report on B.C. log policy.“Canada is currently in talks to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which includes Japan,” the report adds. “It is possible that removing all restrictions on log exports as part of a trade agreement could leverage concessions of a similar size that would benefit British Columbia and Canada.”The report proved prescient, given what is contained in the government’s own April memo, which makes clear there’s serious negotiating taking place between Japan and Canada on forestry issues.“There have been some suggestions from your officials that Canada settle for no tariff reductions from Japan on forestry products in order to protect our log export control regime,” the memo says.“This is not an acceptable outcome for Canada; it would put our competitors at a permanent advantage in the Japanese market for one of our primary exports.”A government spokesman declined comment on what has happened at the negotiating table since April.With the U.S. Congress recently granting President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the TPP, there is widespread speculation that the deal could be finalized as early as August.However, the deal will have serious domestic political implications for Harper as he seeks his fourth term as prime minister.Supply management is sacrosanct in Ontario and Quebec, and so is the forestry sector in B.C.The 12 countries in the TPP, including Canada, are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the U.S. and Vietnam, and they represent 792 million people with a combined GDP of $28.1 trillion. read more