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 pic.twitter.com/0EXXHYh2v7BCCI (@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 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit Sharmalast_img read more

UN rights chief urges Southeast Asia States to protect migrants stranded at

“I am appalled at reports that Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have been pushing boats full of vulnerable migrants back out to sea, which will inevitably lead to many avoidable deaths,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a statement released today. “The focus should be on saving lives, not further endangering them.”While Mr. Zeid praised Indonesia for disembarking 582 migrants on 10 May, and Malaysia for disembarking 1,018 the following day, he said the “incomprehensible and inhumane” policy of “pushbacks” was endangering lives. He also spoke against countries’ plans to criminalize vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers who have crossed borders irregularly.“Governments in South-East Asia need to respond to this crisis from the premise that migrants, regardless of their legal status, how they arrive at borders, or where they come from, are people with rights that must be upheld,” he said. “Criminalizing such vulnerable people, including children, and placing them in detention is not the solution.”Around 6,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants are believed to remain stranded at sea in precarious conditions in the region and the High Commissioner said the individual circumstances of all migrants and asylum seekers at international borders should be assessed, and appropriate protection provided according to international human rights and refugee law, including ensuring that the principle of non-refoulement is upheld.He called for further action against traffickers and abusive smugglers and welcomed the announcement that Thailand would host a regional meeting on irregular migration in the Indian Ocean on 29 May. In discussions on comprehensive responses, the regional meeting would seek to address root causes, one of which, he said, was the importance of addressing the serious human rights situation in Rakhine state, in Myanmar.“Until the Myanmar Government addresses the institutional discrimination against the Rohingya population, including equal access to citizenship, this precarious migration will continue,” he said. “Whether fleeing persecution, discrimination, poverty or other human rights violations, or moving in search of decent work and a life with dignity, all migrants who take to the seas in such perilous circumstances are in need of protection.”A coherent, human rights-based regional response was urgently needed and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) could play a leadership role in that regard.“I urge the participating governments to ensure that their responses are based on international human rights and refugee law,” Mr. Zeid said. “This is a complex and multi-dimensional issue requiring a holistic response, which will include stepped-up search and rescue efforts, the timely and safe disembarkation of migrants in distress, and access to appropriate human rights protection safeguards. Dangerous interception practices, including pushing back boats that are trying to land, must be scrupulously avoided.” A statement released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointed out the obligations held by Southeast Asian countries under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all those States had ratified. “Any action that may impact on children must be guided by the best interests of those children, no matter who they are and where they come from,” the statement said. “The [Convention] requires governments to ensure all children are cared for in a safe place, with access to education, health, social and legal services, irrespective of their refugee or migrant status.”Article 22 of that Convention demands that Governments ensure protection and humanitarian assistance for children seeking refugee status and UNICEF’s statement stressed the increased vulnerabilities faced by child migrants. “Children should not be criminalised or subject to punitive measures solely because of their migration status, nor should they be detained for purposes of migration control,” said the statement. “All actions in regard to child migrants must be guided by the best interests of every one of these children, every step of the way.”Last year, the number of people leaving Myanmar and Bangladesh by boat is estimated to have climbed to around 53,000. Some 920 migrants are known to have perished in the Bay of Bengal between September 2014 and March this year. They have been predominantly Rohingya fleeing persecution from Rakhine State in Myanmar, with increasing numbers of impoverished Bangladeshi migrants taking to the seas over the last year. read more