A week of rest worthwhile: 340 offers have been submitted to the project so far. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story

first_imgToday, the project was presented at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports “A week of rest worthwhile”  within which, in the period from 16 to 25 October, domestic and foreign guests are offered various tourist services and experiences by 50 percent better prices. Apply for sure, no matter what, this is a great project for our tourism. Take the opportunity and be a part of the “Vacation Week Worthy” project. Ultimately, it is up to you whether the project comes to life. You are also the narrators of the story, because the more we all push it, the more effective the communication and promotion will be. Again, synergy as well as the responsibility of everyone in this chain is key and the first prerequisite for the project to come to life. Tango always takes two. Also, as I mentioned, you do not have to give a 50% discount on accommodation, but on some other service, from wellness, massage, agency program, sports activities, etc.… it is important to put together a rounded story. But again, the destination is important, and accommodation is the basic supporting infrastructure. She also commented on the project Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac who ordered: “I am pleased with the large number of tourist entities and service providers who have joined the “Vacation Week Worthy” campaign. We are launching this action because we want to offer the domestic tourist the adventure of discovering the riches of autumn in Lijepa naša, and at half the price. Meet, explore and enjoy Croatia in the off-season and at the same time create a story of year-round tourism development with us ”.  What is the reason for that, it is difficult to say, but it certainly lacks quality communication, project promotion, trust of the profession, and ultimately the realization, ie implementation of the project. Among the registered entities whose offers are on the portal are, for example national parks and nature parks such as Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Paklenica, Risnjak, Kopački rit, Papuk, Lastovo archipelago, Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje and Vrana lake, Hotel such as Valamar Riviera dd, Arena Hospitality Group dd, Marina Punat hotel & resort doo, Hilton hotels Zagreb, Coronaro hotel, Hotel Petrčane, Importanne resort Dubrovnik, Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, Grand Hotel Lav Split, etc. They also offered their package deals Travel agencies such as Adriagate, VAL, Terra Travel, Horizon travel, etc. All lovers of culture, art, but also tourist attractions at significantly reduced prices will be able to enjoy museums such as the Natural History Museum of Rijeka, the Croatian Maritime Museum in Split, the Museum of Betina Wooden Shipbuilding, the Museum of the Trilj Region, the Archaeological Museum of Narona, but also other content  such as Aquatika – Freshwater Aquarium Karlovac, Glavani Park, Solana Nin, Segway city tour Zagreb, Quad Gorski kotar, etc. I recently wrote and gave an example of how to take advantage of the action, and that it has an effect for everyone, and stressed for the millionth time that the synergy of everyone in the destination is crucial and how it is necessary to make a complete tourist product. On the project portal “A week of rest worthwhile” there is an eye 340 valid bids (of which 159 accommodation offers,) and services at 50 percent better prices from different parts of Croatia, from the coast to the mainland, and an additional 70 applications are being processed. “It is a long-term project that will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October. We are glad that the project has aroused great interest of tourism service providers who are our main partners and without whose cooperation this action would not be possible. Through the project, we want to positively influence the increase of tourist traffic in the periods before and after the season, but also the further development of domestic tourism. Through this action, tourists will have the opportunity to visit different parts of Croatia with 50 percent better prices for many tourist products and services, from accommodation, transportation, cultural, historical, natural sights and attractions to catering services and various experiences”, he said director Staničić, inviting all travel lovers to take advantage of the week of favorable prices, but also all tourist entities to get involved in the offer with their offers.  All interested business entities can register and submit their offers until October 15, 2020. // BRAVO LIKA. GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW TO TELL THE STORY FOR THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH A” ACTION Although the project was announced at the beginning of the year, various meetings were held on the topic of this project, but unfortunately it did not arouse great interest in the profession. Because only 340 applications is certainly a small number, especially when we know that of the total number of applications are accommodation facilities (apartments, hotels, hostels, holiday homes (). I would personally expect a minimum of 1.000 applications, that would be my first minimum project goal. / / / HOW TO USE THE “HOLIDAY WEEK WORTH” ACTION, AND IT HAS AN EFFECT FOR EVERYONE. THE KEY WORD IS SYNERGY It was on this trail that only Lika (at least as far as I know) did something similar. But, again, the project was made by the synergy of the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes and the Tourist Board of the town of Gospić, and not the whole of Lika. Well done to Gospić and Plitvice Lakes, but it is a pity that others do not follow them. Also, in addition to the tourist package, crucial is that the local joined the campaign receptive agency for the area of ​​Gospić, Plitvice Lakes, Lika and surroundings, Laudon Travel. It is the receptive agency that is in charge of the ready-made programs it offers on the market, which is the main role of the travel agency. Again, in this example we see how tourist boards are crucial and how we need them. Not in its current form, we certainly need a real reform of the system, but in my opinion, it is the tourist boards that are key to the strategic development of the destination. As you know, my position is that we need to brand the regions. We need to strengthen and encourage receptive agencies and arrange the system according to the DMK / DMO concept across regions. Imagine that now for this action one destination has made a thematic week and a story, and as a whole destination it has appeared on the market. Again, the main focus is on the story, the motive for coming – and the discounts are just the icing on the cake and an additional motive. For example, the recently completed phenomenal HeadOnEast project in Osijek. Here the destination and the story play a key role. It is great that the action will be organized twice a year, during the Easter holidays and in October, as well as what it is about long-term project. Also, we must be aware, regardless of constructive criticism, that the project has yet to come to life in the market, and that it certainly takes 2-3 years to show itself in full swing. As well as the Cro card project. It takes a lot of time, money and communication to create a new habit, it is a process, but we have to actively deal with it. Submitted to the project so far samo 340 offers. A lot or a little? This means that along the way you should monitor how the project, partners and market breathe and accordingly correct some possible mistakes in the steps (which always are and always will be, as in every project) but you should be aware of them, detect and correct, upgrade and supplement, change the direction of communication, etc.… the project as well as the market is a living “organism”, it is not static and predictable, and the evaluation should always be followed and influenced how to get it back on track. Photo: HTZ Promotional video project Holiday week worth These are important things that someone needs to communicate, define, push and ultimately implement. That is why leadership (leadership) as well as quality communication is key, and later project evaluation – key. And that is exactly what the CNTB is missing. Things are much more complex with a lot of challenges and obstacles, but that’s exactly why we have to deal with challenges and push forward. I sincerely hope that the CNTB will evaluate the project, and ask yourself key questions, in order to find answers as well as solutions on how to better prepare the entire project in the second wave. All of this is normal in any project, nor can it come to life right away. Ultimately as we know it the motive for coming is not accommodation, just listing the offers on the website is not enough nor does it have any effect. The motive for arrival is the destination and content, not accommodation or a 50% discount. All owners of accommodation facilities complained about the big discount, because that is where the biggest profit is. So the whole story needed to be arranged completely differently, as did the web platform. The focus must be on destinations and content. Also, the current crisis in tourism, as well as the bad season (no matter which is better than we expected) should be an additional motivation for entrepreneurs to join this project, precisely because they are trying to earn something more this season. You can sign up HERE. Get involved, but not just with a discount, but primarily with a story. Ideally, the destination (tourist boards), in agreement with all partners in the field, compose and lead the story and push the narrative of the destination. So it should be logical and natural. As we know, the project will also be implemented during the Easter holidays, so we have time to make progress and correct perhaps some omissions this year. Action. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to extend the tourist season and activate domestic consumption more strongly, which is in everyone’s interest. Also, this is certainly an opportunity to position continental and rural destinations.last_img read more

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Buy gas, get internet and TV: PGN takes it all to fund gas pipe expansion

first_imgTop gas distributor PGN, a state-owned publicly listed company, is looking to sell internet and cable TV services to fund the expansion of Indonesia’s household gas pipe program, known locally as jargas.PGN’s freshly appointed president director, Suko Hartono, said on Monday the company sought to expand its existing fiber optic cable network to deliver such “gasnet” services for residential customers.The fiber optic network, built into PGN’s gas pipe network, is currently managed by subsidiary PT PGAS Telekomunikasi Nusantara (Pgascom) for internal and business-to-business communications.“When installing fiber optic, the biggest cost is digging, and we have already done that for our pipes,” Suko told lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Jakarta.“We are doing this program to make the jargas program more economical,” he added.At the government’s behest, PGN is expected to connect 316,000 new homes to its gas pipe network this year, 84 percent of which were to be connected using state funds.However, the government cut program funding such that only 40 percent of the targeted homes will be connected using state coffers. The difference will be diverted to tackle COVID-19 and jump-start the economy. Thus, PGN is left to find new means of financing the gas pipe program. The company also expects the gasnet program to lure investment into developing gas pipe infrastructure, said Suko.“So, going forward, a house could get gas, cable TV and internet and pay around Rp 300,000 to Rp 500,000,” he added, estimating installation costs.Topics :last_img read more

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Neart na Gaoithe O&M facility gets OK

first_imgThe O&M building, designed by Corstorphine + Wright Architects, will house the office, warehousing and staff welfare facilities required to support the servicing of the wind farm once operational.  “We need an O&M base for the 25-year lifespan of NnG which brings with it fantastic socio-economic benefits for the town of Eyemouth and the local community.”  “Having worked so closely with the Eyemouth Harbour Trust on the details of this proposal I am very pleased that Scottish Borders Council has approved the plans for our O&M base at Eyemouth Harbour,” said Matthias Haag, NnG Project Director. Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) planning committee has approved plans for the operations and maintenance (O&M) building in Eyemouth for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm. The planning permission is for a new, three-story 1,040m2 main building and a two-story 538m2 storage warehouse.center_img Neart na Gaoithe construction started in November last year with onshore works, while offshore construction began this August. The 450 MW wind farm will feature 54 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines and two GE Renewable Energy Grid Solutions’ offshore substations. The project, owned by EDF Renewables and ESB, is expected to be commissioned in 2023.last_img read more

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Cavani’s parents reveal preferred club despite Chelsea interest

first_imgEdinson Cavani’s mother and father claim their son has his heart on a move to Atletico Madrid despite interest from Chelsea.Advertisement Chelsea are exploring the possibility of signing the Uruguay international as Frank Lampard seeks to strengthen his options up front but it would appear the 32-year-old would favour a move to Spain.In an interview with Spanish television programme El Chiringuito, Cavani’s father claimed his son would sign for Diego Simeone’s side ‘tomorrow’ if the chance presented itself.“He wants to join another club in Europe,” Luis Cavani said. “That would please me that he plays here (at Atletico), yes.“(Diego) Simeone wants him now (in January). The head coach of Paris Saint-Germain (Thomas Tuchel) has also said he needs him to help compete in the Champions League.“But PSG do not want him to go to Atletico Madrid if he finds an agreement.“I think there is a strong chance he will go to Atletico, the option to join the club (Atletico) always remains in June.“There are lots of other clubs but when you give your word to a team, you respect it. If tomorrow, if he is available and Atletico still want him, I think he will sign.”Cavani’s mother has also given an interview to Madrid-based newspaper AS, revealing PSG have rejected three offers from Atletico for the striker. Cavani has handed in a transfer request at the Parc de Princes despite entering the final six months of his contract with the Ligue 1 champions. Loading… center_img Read Also: Chelsea target axed by PSG after handing in transfer requestWhether it is this month or in the summer when his PSG contract expires, Berta Gomez believes a move to Spain is on the cards.“It’s complicated but he wants to play at Atletico and if it’s not now, in the summer,” she said.“We are eager for some time but it doesn’t depend on my son but on PSG and Atletico Madrid. We understand their [PSG’s] position but what we don’t understand is that they want him to stay and then they only bring him out for six minutes. They are not treating him well considering what he has given to PSG in the almost seven years he has been there.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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Tokyo Olympics: FIFA raises age limit for men’s football to 24

first_imgFIFA has raised the age limit to 24 for the men’s football tournament at next summer’s rearranged Olympics. The tournament is usually for under-23s, but the governing body has made the change to allow players who were eligible for the Tokyo Games this summer to still take part next year. Any player born on or after January 1, 1997 will be able to play, plus the three allocated over-aged players. The men’s tournament will kick off before the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo, while the women’s event has no age limit. FIFA has also called off all men’s and women’s national team games set to be played in June 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic still grips the world. falcons missed the ticket to tokyo 2020Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The governing body had previously announced that it would not be compulsory for clubs to release players for those games, but now they have been wiped off the calendar. A dedicated Covid-19 working group made the decisions at their first meeting, as well as postponing the Under-20s Women’s World Cup in Panama and Costa Rica and the Under-17s Women’s World Cup in India. The 2020 Olympics originally billed for this year has been shifted to next year due to the rampaging effect of the coronavirus even as the world continues to look for a cure for the pandemic. When eventually the Olympics takes the centre stage Nigeria will be a spectator in both the male and female football event as she failed to pick a ticket for the event.  Both the Super Falcons and the Olympic Eagles were booted out in the qualifiers. Dream Team failed to make it after finishing third in their group in U-23 AFCON in Egypt. The Super Falcons on their part lost to their Ivorian counterparts in their two legged affair. The Christopher Danjuma tutored side had played a goalless draw in Abidjan and were expected to make mince of their opponents in the second leg at the Agege Stadium but that was not to be as they were held to a 1-1 draw thus kissing the ticket to Tokyo bye. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever Bought6 Natural History Museums That Have World’s Greatest CollectionsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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Rodgers heaps praise on Gerrard

first_img Rodgers, who confirmed reports that Gerrard will be offered a new contract, revealed the England captain needed an injection in his heel to enable him to play. But it did not affect the performance of the 32-year-old and he converted the winning penalty after Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson cancelled out the opener from Christian Benteke. Rodgers said: “Steven is a remarkable man. Look at his fitness level, and his running ability. He has been like that the majority of the season. He had to get an injection in his heel to play. We had an issue with his heel for a couple of days. He had a bit of pain and was struggling to get his boot on. But for him it was a case of whatever it takes to play.” Press Association He continued: “It was nothing major but many other players might not have played or even trained. That shows the mentality and mindset of the man. He is just a real inspirational man, a top, top player, whose hunger and desire for Liverpool to succeed is incredible. “I can’t speak highly enough of him. As a guy coming from the outside who has watched him all my life, to actually work with the man is a huge pleasure and privilege. Can Gerrard play on into his late 30s? Absolutely, no question. “Guys who do that like Giggs, Scholes, McAllister, it is not what they are doing now, it is what they have done earlier in their careers, when they were 17, 18, 19, 20. That’s what allows you to play on. Gerrard has every chance to play on into his late 30s. “He is 32 and wants to improve, he is England captain and wants to improve. He is still looking at areas he wants to improve on and just his enthusiasm to play football is remarkable.” As regards a new deal, Rodgers said: “A new contract is something on the agenda. It will happen in due course.” Villa remain in the bottom three but manager Paul Lambert has seen his side climb out of the relegation zone on four occasions this season and continues to take heart from their performances. He said: “For 45 minutes we were excellent, we competed brilliantly, we looked a threat every time we went forward against a really good side. “The goal two minutes after the restart was disappointing to lose. But we are playing well enough to win games. We are four points from 11th place. There’s going to be some twists and turns. The thing for myself is that in spells we are playing really well and confidence is a big part of the game of football. If you keep that, then that will certainly help you.” center_img Brendan Rodgers believes “inspirational” Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard can play into his late 30s after hailing a man-of-the-match performance in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.last_img read more

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Toure at the double for City

first_img But they gave City an almighty scare after falling 2-0 behind inside 36 minutes, levelling through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis, before the deposed Premier League champions had their England goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for some outstanding saves. Toure reached a half-century of Premier League goals when his deflected 21st-minute drive surprised Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal and Milner then added a second from a quicksilver counter-attack. But Sigurdsson’s 20-yarder on the stroke of half-time gave Swansea hope and Gomis followed up his late winner as a substitute at Arsenal on Monday night by capitalising on Eliaquim Mangala’s mistake to fire home a 64th-minute equaliser. But Toure drove home his second 10 minutes later and Bony finally settled matters off a post in stoppage time, although the Ivorian held his hands up as if to apologise to home supporters who had given him a warm ovation on his return to Swansea. Swansea started where they had left off at Arsenal with Gomis, starting for the first time in over a month after hamstring trouble, looking sharp and Jefferson Montero and Nathan Dyer posing problems down the flanks. Gomis tested Hart with a third-minute shot from 20 yards and then Montero slipped in Neil Taylor down the left for the Frenchman to scoop over a pass which was just behind him. City had been slow to stir and they were grateful for Hart’s agility to deny Dyer after Mangala had dithered. But the visitors took the lead when Toure’s shot deflected off Swansea skipper Ashley Williams and Fabianski, a hero on his return to the Emirates Stadium six days earlier, was unable to keep out a shot he possibly should have done. City were a real threat whenever they ventured forward on the break and Frank Lampard was inches from converting Kolarov’s cross from one such raid. But City doubled their lead when Jazz Richards could not hold up Sergio Aguero from another lightning break and the Argentina striker slipped in Milner, who cut inside Taylor and finished low beyond Fabianski. It seemed a long way back for Swansea but they were handed a lifeline in the final moments of the first half when Montero made inroads down the left. The ball fell to Taylor who found Sigurdsson and the Icelandic international struck a wonderful curling 20-yard shot to equal his season-best of seven goals in a Premier League campaign. What had been a hugely entertaining contest continued after the break as City pressed forward with Mangala heading straight at Fabianski, Aguero firing wide and Lampard then shooting tamely at Fabianski. But Swansea gave notice that they were far from out of it as Jonjo Shelvey’s skidding 25-yard effort forced a fine save from Hart before he gathered a more straightforward attempt from Williams. Fabianski kept Swansea in the game with saves from David Silva and substitute Jesus Navas before Gomis equalised with his fifth goal in as many games. Mangala failed to cut out Richards’ pass from deep and the Frenchman was onto the dropping ball in a flash to send his right-footed shot past Hart. But City were ahead 10 minutes later when Toure shrugged off the challenge of Jack Cork on his way to the edge of the penalty area and his shot had too much power for Fabianski. It was a different story at the other end as Hart produced one of the saves of the season to prevent Federico Fernandez levelling again with a point-blank header and then thwarted Gomis, before Bony put the gloss on City’s victory. Press Association Manchester City kept on course for second spot in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-2 win at Swansea. Yaya Toure struck twice as he went past 50 goals in the Premier League and James Milner was also on target before Wilfried Bony, on as a late substitute, scored against the club he left for an initial £25million fee in January. Swansea’s defeat means their hopes of Europa League qualification are definitely over as Garry Monk’s men will finish eighth. last_img read more

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Ramsey hoping to secure QPR future

first_img The 53-year-old is hopeful he can sign a new Loftus Road contract before Rangers complete their Premier League campaign at Leicester on Sunday. Ramsey believes he has “a good chance” of remaining at QPR despite the obvious uncertainty that follows Premier League relegation. Chris Ramsey hopes to secure his long-term future as QPR boss this week. Press Association Director of football Les Ferdinand slapped a £20million price tag on 17-goal hitman Austin before Saturday’s Newcastle clash. Liverpool, Southampton and Newcastle are all monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation after an impressive debut top-flight season. Rangers will have to trim their wage bill and unload some high-earning stars too, before dropping back to the Championship, and Ramsey believes time will be tight to build a competitive squad for next season. “Hopefully I’ll get the job and hopefully I’ll spend the summer planning for next season,” said Ramsey. “It’s going to be a short close-season this year, probably only four-and-a-half to five weeks. “And to recruit your playing staff over that time is going to be very intense and very important. “The first thing next year is not to emulate the clubs who have been through the divisions and end up in League One or League Two. “We don’t want to do that. “We want to make sure we are very sensible about how we plan.” Asked if he hopes to have his future finalised this week, Ramsey said: “Yes, because it’s either Blackpool or Barbados. “I believe I am capable of doing the job. “The club has to make sure it has longevity and do some long-term planning before we start thinking of the dizzy heights again. “If we can recruit well though, who is to say we won’t be straight back up next season? “I think I’ve got a good chance of getting the job, but things change. “I can’t be sure of course until the contract’s signed, until everything’s finalised.” Ramsey led QPR to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday in their last Premier League clash at Loftus Road before dropping back down to the Championship. Allied to Ramsey’s managerial situation, QPR must also clarify the futures of in-demand stars like Charlie Austin. last_img read more

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Top-4 finishes for Bucksport, Ellsworth wrestling teams

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Bucksport and Ellsworth wrestling teams both finished in the top four at Saturday’s wrestling tournament in Skowhegan.Bucksport was in second place after the first round but slipped down into fifth after some tough losses in the second round. From there, the Golden Bucks rebounded and reclaimed second with consolation wins from Brody Boynton and Zack Wardwell. David Gross also continued his season-long success at 285 pounds by claiming first place, and the team also saw finals appearances from Alex Burbank and Foster Ashmore.“If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect to do as well as we did,” Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said. “I was confident about where we were, but we proved a lot of people wrong. Our whole team couldn’t have been more ecstatic.”For Ellsworth, Logan Lord won the 138-pound title with a 5-1 victory over Cony’s Jakob Arbour, and Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman pinned each of their opponents to win the 152- and 170-pound weight classes, respectively. Reece Kahn, Judd Kinney and Ethan DesJardin finished fourth in their weight classes.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagles also got strong performances from some of their independent wrestlers. John Bapst’s Jacob Emery beat Cony’s Quinton Arbour 12-2 to claim the 126-pound title, and Jared Smith, Michele Maybury and Oakley Dugans also placed.The next meet for both teams will be at noon Saturday in Ellsworth. It will be Senior Night for the Eagles.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dominant India aim to pile on the pain against distracted Afghanistan

first_img New Delhi: A dominant win against South Africa. A clinical win against five-time champions Australia. A wash-out against New Zealand and a thrashing of Pakistan which enhanced their World Cup scoreline to 7-0. Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team are on top of their game. Such is their depth and their confidence that this team resembles the aura which the dominant Australian cricket team had in the 2003 and 2007 period. The depth was exhibited when KL Rahul stepped up and played a brilliant knock in the high-pressure encounter against Pakistan. In the bowling, despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury, Vijay Shankar stepped up and displayed his mettle.In Bhuvneshwar’s absence, Mohammed Shami will step up and finally get an opportunity. Shami has been in great form and his addition will only boost the powerful Indian team line-up to another level. At the other end of the spectrum is Afghanistan, a team that has massive issues on the field and off it as well. Before the tournament, the appointment of Gulbadin Naib in place of Asghar Afghan had not gone down well with many Afghanistan players. On the field, the batting and bowling have fallen apart.The batting has suffered three major collapses against New Zealand, South Africa and against Sri Lanka. The bowling has lacked spark, with Rashid Khan, considered to their ace going without a wicket for the last couple of games. Rashid’s ineffectiveness and the strained team atmosphere has been detrimental to their World Cup campaign. Before the game against England, reports emerged that members of the Afghanistan squad were involved in a scuffle in a Manchester hotel and that also did not help their cause.Heading into the clash against India, Afghanistan might put up a fight but they face a massive problem on the confidence front.Team combinationsIndia has massive depth and resources. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out for this match, Mohammed Shami will slot in. Vijay Shankar suffered an injury while training but he is fine and is expected to play in this match as he looks for a greater contribution. Should the team decide to rest Vijay Shankar, either Dinesh Karthik or Rishabh Pant might get a look-in.India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahAfghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mujeeb Zadran, Gulbadin Naib(c), Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali khil(w), Rashid Khan, Aftab Alam, Hamid HassanWho will win?On current form, looking at team morale and current form, India is winning the contest against Afghanistan.Weather and pitchThe build-up to the game has been marred by rain. The weather report for Saturday is sunny with some cloud cover but no threat of rain.StatisticsOn current form, India holds a massive upper hand against an Afghanistan side who are demoralised and unsettled both on the field and off the field.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Southampton and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India and Afghanistan are clashing for the first time in the World Cup.Afghanistan has lost all their five games in the 2019 World Cup so far.India and New Zealand are the only undefeated teams in the 2019 World Cup.center_img highlightslast_img read more

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