Not including Rohit Sharma in Test XI vs West Indies will be wrong: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed India’s limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma to be a part of the playing XI for the opening Test against West Indies and feels that not picking the batsman will be “wrong”.Speaking on his official Youtube channel, Akhtar said that since Rohit was a part of the squad for the two-match Test series against the Windies, it was important that he should also be given a chance in the XI to go out and grab his opportunity.”I know Rohit has been given chances to play in the Test format earlier and he has not been able to grab on to the opportunity. But I believe he should be included in the team. He is a big match-winner, and not including him will be wrong. He is in good form and he should be given a chance right away,” the 44-year-old expressed.”When you have selected him in the squad, leaving him out of the playing XI should not be an option. I believe he will showcase his talent in the longest format of the game, he will become a great player in the Test format as well,” Akhtar added.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly meanwhile, suggested that the team can try out Rohit in the opener’s slot in the longest format as well.Rohit, 32, has cemented his place at the top of the batting order in the Twenty20 and 50-over formats and finished with most number of runs in the Cricket World Cup in England recently.advertisementThe only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit bats in the middle order in the longest format but has never really flourished as a Test batsman.”The major decision is whether they want to play Rohit or Rahane,” Ganguly, who played 113 Tests, wrote in a column published in Thursday’s Times of India newspaper.”Rohit was in blistering form in the World Cup, but in Tests in South Africa and Australia, he was ‘on and off’. Rahane was not his usual self in Australia.”My suggestion would be to let Rohit carry on his good form from the World Cup and settle in the opener’s slot while Rahane continues his good work of lending stability to the middle order,” Ganguly said.Also Read | Let Rohit Sharma settle in opener’s slot in Test team, suggests Sourav GangulyAlso Read | We have a problem of plenty and that’s a great position to be in: Virat KohliAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma or Ajinkya Rahane? Big selection dilemma for Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Report Cleanup of abandoned oil gas wells could cost US

BILLINGS, Mont. — A U.S. government watchdog agency says taxpayers could potentially face hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands.The Government Accountability Office said in a Wednesday report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have not produced oil and gas since 2008 and have not been reclaimed.The report says bankruptcies by well operators could saddle the government with $46 million to $333 million in potential reclamation liabilities. The wide range reflects the unknown costs of cleaning up the sites.To avoid such a scenario, GAO recommended officials adjust the amount of bonds companies must post before drilling to better reflect possible cleanup costs.Current rules allow companies to post bonds of $150,000 to cover their wells nationwide.The Associated Press read more