India's Praveen Kumar reacts after missing a run out opportunity during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match against Australia in Pretoria, September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Rogan Ward (SOUTH AFRICA SPORT CRICKET) *** Local Caption ***  RW03_CRICKET-CHAMPI_0928_11.JPG
The Indian all-rounder Praveen Kumar could be vital as his captain MS Dhoni will wait until the last minute to bolster his batting or bowling options against West Indies.

Indians keep fingers crossed



It is cricket's equivalent of Earth Day, the time in every tournament when India make their contribution to reversing the effects of climate change. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side fail to beat the West Indies today - indeed, thrash them by the required amount and also hope their great rivals, Pakistan, do them a favour against Australia - they will slide out of the Champions Trophy. And off will go the best part of half-a-billion television sets.

Energy-efficient it may be, but it is not something any Indian supporter likes to even contemplate. Their defeat to England in the World Twenty20 at Lord's in June, which meant they sacrificed their grip on that trophy, was watched by the largest TV audience for a cricket match. Knowing that you have ruined that many people's day must be tough, but Dhoni retains a philosophical outlook. "Losing and winning is part and parcel of any sport," he said. "It's enough for me that I am playing for my country and am leading the side which not everybody gets a chance to do."

When their match with Australia in Centurion on Monday was abandoned due to rain, it put India in an almost impossible position. If Ricky Ponting's Australians beat Pakistan they will go through as the top side in Group A, with Younus Khan's side taking the second slot. However, if Australia lose to Pakistan and India beat West Indies, fetch the calculator. For India to advance, they need a 104-run swing between their net run-rate and Australia's.

For example, if Australia lose by 51 runs and India win by 54 - the more likely of the two given their weaker opponents - Dhoni's side will advance. Adding further intrigue, Pakistan and Australia commence their duel in Centurion five hours before the first delivery is sent down in India's game against West Indies at the Wanderers. Dhoni said his plans were to remain fluid. "We will delay our team selection," he said.

"It depends on how the match is progressing. If we need to strengthen our batting we would do so. If we need the bowling to get stronger, we would do that. We will just try to keep the players motivated. "Whatever happens, it is beyond our control. We will ask them to think about the things that they can do or achieve in this game." All of India wants the team to do well. Knowing that Pakistan's win earlier in the day is so important, they all would be cheering for Pakistan.

The West Indies players, many of whom made the squad after a boycott by the senior players, are looking forward to sharing the field with their idol, Sachin Tendulkar. Their captain, Floyd Reifer, said: "A lot of our boys have watched him on television and seen how good he is. It would be a challenge bowling to him and get him out. It would do any young bowler a world of good." pradley@thenational.ae

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Transmission: Eight-speed auto

Power: 520hp

Torque: 625Nm

Fuel economy, combined: 12.8L/100km

Australia tour of Pakistan

March 4-8: First Test, Rawalpindi

March 12-16: Second Test, Karachi

March 21-25: Third Test, Lahore

March 29: First ODI, Rawalpindi

March 31: Second ODI, Rawalpindi

April 2: Third ODI, Rawalpindi

April 5: T20I, Rawalpindi

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Defenders: Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Eder Militao , Danilo, Alex Sandro, Alex Telles, Bremer.

Midfielders: Casemiro, Fred, Fabinho, Bruno Guimaraes, Lucas Paqueta, Everton Ribeiro.

Forwards: Neymar, Vinicius Junior, Richarlison, Raphinha, Antony, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli, Pedro, Rodrygo

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Director: Sree Narayan Singh
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Divyenndu Sharma, Yami Gautam
Rating: 2/5

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Current number of staff: 86
Investment stage: Pre-series B
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1. Labour productivity is lower than the average of the developed economies, particularly in the non-tradable industries.
2. The low level of basic skills among workers and the high level of inequality between those with various skills.
3. Low employment rates, particularly among Arab women and Ultra-Othodox Jewish men.
4. A lack of basic knowledge required for integration into the labour force, due to the lack of core curriculum studies in schools for Ultra-Othodox Jews.
5. A need to upgrade and expand physical infrastructure, particularly mass transit infrastructure.
6. The poverty rate at more than double the OECD average.
7. Population growth of about 2 per cent per year, compared to 0.6 per cent OECD average posing challenge for fiscal policy and underpinning pressure on education, health care, welfare housing and physical infrastructure, which will increase in the coming years.

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Cricket World Cup League Two
Nepal, Oman, United States tri-series
Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
 
Fixtures
Wednesday February 5, Oman v Nepal
Thursday, February 6, Oman v United States
Saturday, February 8, United States v Nepal
Sunday, February 9, Oman v Nepal
Tuesday, February 11, Oman v United States
Wednesday, February 12, United States v Nepal

Table
The top three sides advance to the 2022 World Cup Qualifier.
The bottom four sides are relegated to the 2022 World Cup playoff

 1 United States 8 6 2 0 0 12 +0.412
2 Scotland 8 4 3 0 1 9 +0.139
3 Namibia 7 4 3 0 0 8 +0.008
4 Oman 6 4 2 0 0 8 -0.139
5 UAE 7 3 3 0 1 7 -0.004
6 Nepal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 PNG 8 0 8 0 0 0 -0.458

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- The Royal Diriyah Opera House is expected to be completed in four years
- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
- On completion in 2030, the Diriyah project is forecast to accommodate more than 100,000 people
- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens

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Company Profile

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Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
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Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government

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Company: Mascotte Health

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Keep it fun and engaging

Stuart Ritchie, director of wealth advice at AES International, says children cannot learn something overnight, so it helps to have a fun routine that keeps them engaged and interested.

“I explain to my daughter that the money I draw from an ATM or the money on my bank card doesn’t just magically appear – it’s money I have earned from my job. I show her how this works by giving her little chores around the house so she can earn pocket money,” says Mr Ritchie.

His daughter is allowed to spend half of her pocket money, while the other half goes into a bank account. When this money hits a certain milestone, Mr Ritchie rewards his daughter with a small lump sum.

He also recommends books that teach the importance of money management for children, such as The Squirrel Manifesto by Ric Edelman and Jean Edelman.

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