Mumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Meg Lanning, captain of the Australian womens cricket team that finished runner-up to the West Indies in the ICC World T20 Championship, is off to China to train with the countrys national team in Shanghai. Lannings visit is part of a joint Cricket Australia and International Cricket Council delegation to the April Australia Week in China, a Cricket Australia media release said today. “Lanning will join the Chinese national womens cricket team training camp in Shanghai, take part in a cricket clinic for Shanghai students, and attend the Australia Week in China gala lunch hosted by the Australian Government,” it said. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying for the recent ICC Womens World T20 held in India, China is considered a rising cricket-playing nation having a realistic chance to qualify for the Womens World T20 in 2018 and 2020. There are currently 80,000 cricket participants in China, approximately half of whom are female. In Shanghai ? where Meg will assist the national Chinese womens team training camp ? cricket is played in 18 of the citys 40 universities, the CA release stated. As recent evidence of the progress being made in the region, Chinese national player Wu Juan received a rookie contract with the Melbourne Stars in the inaugural Womens Big Bash T20 League (WBBL) organised in Australia, it added. “Im looking forward to visiting China and seeing the development of cricket there first-hand. Weve seen how quickly womens cricket has grown across the world ? and in particular Australia ? recently so its exciting to know the game is growing in China. “Hopefully well be facing up to the Chinese women at the 2018 or 2020 ICC World T20, which would be a massive boost for women?s cricket,” said Lanning who will be in China from April 13-17. ICCs Head of Global Development Tim Anderson, who will accompany Lanning on the trip, said, “China is one of the ICCs target markets in our vision to become the worlds favourite sport. In particular, we see the development of womens cricket and the engagement of government as two important elements to crickets growth in China.” PTI SSR GK SSC SSCadvertisement
Kolkata: Nearly a month after Sajal Kanjilal, a passenger, was dragged to his death by a Kolkata Metro train with his hand stuck between its sliding doors, a girl commuter on Tuesday complained that the Metro train she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors.According to a social media post by the victim, Aatreyee Bhattacharya, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station on Tuesday morning, the very station where the previous accident had occurred. However, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority refuted the charges. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”@RailMinIndia I was going to die today, thanks to you. My shoulders were stuck on the doors, and I felt the metro starting to run. Again? @metrorailwaykol how many more before you take a step,” tweeted Bhattacharya. Minutes after her tweet, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority came into action and started scrutinising the CCTV footage of the Metro station. According to sources, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station when the rush of passengers was less. The Kolkata Metro Authority claimed that no such incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We have thoroughly scrutinised the CCTV footage of the station. But there was no such incident,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Indrani Banerjee. She reiterated that the Metro police personnel have been asked to keep a close eye on passengers trying to force their way into the rakes at the last moment to avoid any untoward incident. This apart, a penalty is also there for passengers who are caught getting into the train forcefully. Hours after complaining on social media, the girl deleted her tweet. The incident reminded of 66-year-old Kanjilal who eventually died after being dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations last month. The passenger count of Kolkata Metro Railway has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters.