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UAE condemns Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi, says reserves ‘right to respond’

Abu Dhabi [UAE] (ANI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday condemned the Houthi attack in the capital Abu Dhabi that killed three civilians, including two Indians, and said that it reserves the right to respond to the terrorist attacks and criminal escalation.
“We condemn the Houthi militia’s targeting of civilian areas and facilities on UAE soil. We reiterate that those responsible for this unlawful targeting of our country will be held accountable,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in a statement. Nahyan stated that the UAE reserves the right to respond to the terrorist attacks and criminal escalation, describing them as crimes committed in flagrant violation of international law.
“The ministry said that the terrorist militia has carried out a cowardly act to spread terrorism and chaos in the region in order to achieve its illegal aims and objectives. It called on the international community to strongly condemn and denounce these terrorist acts that target civilians and civilian facilities,” read the statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, and wished for a speedy recovery to the injured.
Earlier, on Monday, two Indian nationals were among the three people killed and six injured in the explosions in Abu Dhabi as three petroleum tanker trucks blew up after catching fire near a major oil storage facility in the Mussafah area of the capital of UAE. (Image source: Instagram)

Israeli PM Bennett kicks off historic visit to UAE, touches down in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: In the first-ever official visit to the Gulf nation by an Israeli premier, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday touched down at the Royal Airport in Abu Dhabi.
He was greeted by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. Bennett thanked Zayed for his warm welcome and said that he looks forward to strengthening bilateral ties on the first-ever trip, reported The Times of Israel. Bennett said bin Zayed, “I appreciate your warm hospitality. This is a wonderful welcome. I am very excited to be here on the first official visit by an Israeli leader here. I look forward to strengthening the relationship between our two countries.”
Bennett’s UAE meeting also marks the first visit by an Israel leader to UAE. Israel had earlier signed the “Abraham Accords,” a US-backed initiative to normalize relations between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
Bennett is expected to meet with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to discuss bilateral relations.
Economic and regional issues will also be discussed by both leaders.

F2 champion Piastri beats Zhou to finish season with victory in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Championship winner Oscar Piastri finished off his Formula 2 career on the top step of the podium, beating UNI-Virtuosi pair Guanyu Zhou and Felipe Drugovich in a strategic Feature Race at Yas Marina on Sunday.
With Drugovich and Theo Pourchaire on the alternate strategy, Piastri and Zhou worked hard to retain enough life in their medium Pirellis for a late duel, but in the end, they’d not need the extra rubber as a late Virtual Safety Car gave them some breathing space, with a 4.9s gap separating the two Virtuosi’s at the flag. PREMA Racing’s Robert Shwartzman couldn’t hold on to a podium spot and finished behind Drugovich and Pourchaire in fourth following late overtakes.
Dan Ticktum’s medium tyre held off Marcus Armstrong’s supersofts for sixth, with Juri Vips, Ralph Boschung and Richard Verschoor completing the top 10.
Piastri ends the season with 252.5 points, ahead of runner-up Shwartzman on 192 and Zhou on 183. Ticktum finishes fourth with 159.5 points, with Pourchaire fifth on 140.
In the Teams’ Championship, PREMA Racing finish the year with 444.5 points. UNI-Virtuosi are Vice-Champions on 288. Carlin drop to third with 272.5, with Hitech fourth on 223 and ART Grand Prix fifth with 190.

‘Vikram Vedha’: Hrithik Roshan Wraps Up Abu Dhabi Shoot Schedule

After working his fingers to the bones, actor Hrithik Roshan has wrapped up the Abu Dhabi shoot schedule for the upcoming film ‘Vikram Vedha’.

The news was confirmed by Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh on his Instagram handle. “#VikramVedha concluded its first schedule spanning 27 days in #AbuDhabi with #HrithikRoshan…” he informed.

As per earlier reports, Hrithik shot major action sequences for the upcoming film in Abu Dhabi.

The upcoming project is the Hindi remake of the 2017 Tamil film ‘Vikram Vedha’. The movie is being directed by the makers of the original film, Pushkar-Gayathri, and produced by Neeraj Pandey under his company Friday Filmworks in association with Reliance Entertainment and Y Not Studios.

Actor Saif Ali Khan is also a part of the movie. The two actors have earlier shared screen space in the 2002 film ‘Naa Tum Jaano Na Hum’.

T10 cricket has raised bar, says Chris Gayle

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Criticizing modern openers in the 20-over cricket format for “killing the game” with a more cautious approach to powerplays, Chris Gayle praised the Abu Dhabi T10 for its non-stop action.
With two ICC Men’s T20 World Cup winners’ medals to his name and more runs than any other player in the history of 20-over cricket, Gayle has been central to the rise of franchise cricket all over the world. And now, while playing for Team Abu Dhabi in the Abu Dhabi T10, Gayle says cricket’s 10-over version is setting new standards when it comes to explosive batting and, ultimately, entertainment.
“I think, with T10 cricket, that’s how T20 cricket started. From the first over, batters used to go but T20 cricket has slowed down dramatically and T10 cricket has now raised the bar a bit,” said Gayle in a statement.
“They’re killing the entertainment in T20 cricket, straight up, because in those first six overs, we can get more as openers but guys are taking their own time. Sometimes they bat to get a score and they take away from the fire they should be bringing to the batting department in the first six overs, but T10 is spot on and hopefully, we’ll see more T10 coming around,” he added.
Team Abu Dhabi are currently on top of the Abu Dhabi T10 table with five wins from five matches and Gayle is clearly having fun in his second year with the franchise.
Gayle is also confident that this could be the year that Team Abu Dhabi lift their first T10 title.
“Absolutely, I am enjoying my second year with Team Abu Dhabi and we’ve had a great start but anything can happen in T10 in such a short space of time,” he added.
“I’m happy with where the team is at at the minute and hopefully this is Team Abu Dhabi’s year,” said Gayle.

Abu Dhabi T10: Overton’s last over heroics ensure Team Abu Dhabi’s win

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Team Abu Dhabi continued their rampaging run in Abu Dhabi T10 by sealing a last-ball thriller against Delhi Bulls. With 10 to get from the final two deliveries, the match seemed firmly in the Bulls’ grasp. However, Jamie Overton smashed Bulls skipper Dwayne Bravo for two massive sixes to ensure his team chased down 121 to continue its undefeated run in the competition.
There was to be no Stirling-Salt show on Wednesday as the Irish all-rounder was out leg before on the first delivery of the second over by Fazalhaq Farooqi. Phil Salt, however, continued from where he had left in the match against The Chennai Braves and kept the chase alive despite Liam Livingstone struggling with his timing early in the innings. Salt reached his half-century off just 20 balls when he slog-swept Romario Shepherd for his fifth six in the sixth over. Shiraz Ahmed, who had bowled a good first over, helped Delhi Bulls pull things back with a miserly seventh over by giving away just four runs. Dominic Drakes’ double strike of Salt and Livingstone in the next overtightened the screws on Team Abu Dhabi who were left needing 34 from the remaining two overs with two new batsmen at the crease.
Chris Gayle and Overton then took 16 from Farooqi’s ninth over, leaving the experienced Bravo to defend 18 runs from the final over. The left-handed Gayle swung the pendulum of the match with a first-ball six in the final over of the chase but got run out in search of a non-existent second on the fourth ball, leaving Overton with the job of finishing the game.
Earlier, the Delhi Bulls openers started strongly, making the most of some wayward bowling by Fidel Edwards and Merchant De Lange to notch up 20 runs in the first two overs. Rilee Rossouw looked threatening in his brief stay but was undone by Liam Livingstone’s off-spin in the fourth over. Playing his first match of the competition, Luke Wright showed zero rustiness and hit three of the first four deliveries he faced for boundaries.
Danny Briggs put the brakes on the Delhi Bulls innings by removing Rahmanullah Gurbaz and conceding only four runs in his first over. Briggs’ good work was continued by Naveen-ul-Haq in the next over who conceded only nine runs. The pressure applied by Briggs and Haq yielded a wicket when Wright miscued an attempted pull to give De Lange his ninth wicket of the competition.
However, after three quiet overs, Shepherd changed the complexion of the innings and blitzed his way to an unbeaten 39 from 11 deliveries. His knock that was studded with 3 fours and 4 sixes took Delhi Bulls to 121 as they managed to score 43 from their last two overs.
Brief scores: Team Abu Dhabi 124/4 (Phil Salt 56, Liam Livingstone 25, Dominic Drakes 2-12) beat Delhi Bulls 121/4 ( Romario Shepherd 39* Luke Wright 25 Danny Briggs 2-20).

Gladiators achieve comfortable victory over Northern Warriors

Deccan Gladiators

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Deccan Gladiators registered their third win in the Abu Dhabi T10 after defeating Northern Warriors by 6 wickets on Tuesday.
David Wiese shone with the bat, taking his team home after coming in to bat when the Gladiators had lost four wickets in the first four overs of the chase. With his team struggling at 31/4, Wiese joined hands with the left-handed Tom Moores and stitched an unbeaten 45-run-partnership to ensure his team rose to the second spot in the points table. Chasing a modest total of 71, Deccan Gladiators lost both their openers cheaply, resulting in Andre Russell coming to the crease in the second over. However, Russell’s stay at the crease was brief as Imran Tahir snared him in his first over to reduce Deccan Gladiators to 20/3. Samit Patel conceded eleven runs of his first three deliveries in the fourth over but came back strongly to remove Anwar Ali with his fifth delivery. Tahir conceded only eight runs in his next over to make the chase look a little more difficult for Deccan Gladiators.
Patel, however, grassed a difficult caught and bowled opportunity on the first ball of his next over to give the left-handed Tom Moores a crucial reprieve. Wiese then hit Patel for two back to back sixes, bringing the equation down to 14 runs required from the final four overs. The right-hander wrapped up the chase in the eighth over with a big hit over the mid-wicket boundary.
Earlier, Northern Warriors struggled right from the beginning on a pitch where batting proved to be difficult. The Warriors’ innings never got going after Abdul Shaqoor was trapped in front of the wickets in the first over itself, trying to scoop Wahab Riaz on the first ball he faced. The introduction of Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack not only brought a couple of wickets but also stopped the flow of runs.
Continuing his good form, the leg-spinner gave away only five runs from his two overs, picking up the wickets of Kennar Lewis and Kaunain Abbas. Warriors skipper Rowman Powell had a rare off day with the bat and fell to Tymal Mills after scoring 11 from 19 deliveries.
With the team staring down the barrel at the end of the eighth over with just 44 on board, Samit Patel and Abhimanyu Mithun provided the innings a semblance of respectability with some lusty hitting in the final two overs. Before Patel’s departure on the final ball of the innings, the pair added 36 valuable runs from 23 deliveries to take Northern Warriors to 70 from their stipulated 10 overs.
Brief scores : Deccan Gladiators 76/4 (David Wiese 27*, Tom Moores 21*, Josh Little 1-5) beat Northern Warriors 70/6 (Samit Patel 21, Abhimanyu Mithun 11*, Wanindu Hasaranga 2-5).

Abu Dhabi T10: Delhi Bulls defeat Chennai Braves by five wickets

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Captain Dwayne Bravo and Eoin Morgan cool and calm innings ensured that Delhi Bulls walked off with a five-wicket victory in their Abu Dhabi T10 match against Chennai Braves on Sunday.
After being put in to bat by the Delhi Bulls, Chennai Braves put up 124/2 in their 10 overs. After Delhi Bulls lost their top four batsmen cheaply, the experienced duo of Bravo (43) and Morgan (26*) strung a partnership of 56 runs in 22 balls, which helped Delhi Bulls chase down their target in 9.4 overs. Delhi Bulls suffered a huge blow when Munaf Patel removed Rilee Rossouw and Sherfane Rutherford in the second over. Roman Walker made matters worse when he dismissed Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mohammad Hafeez in the fifth over.
Thereafter, Captain Bravo got things moving with the Bulls as he smashed three boundaries off Dasun Shanaka’s bowling in the sixth over. Curtis Campher kept Chennai Braves’ hopes alive when he removed Bravo in the ninth over. However, Morgan and Romario Shepherd scored 14 runs in the last over and closed out the game for Delhi Bulls with two balls to spare.
Earlier, Bhanuka Rajapaksa played blistering innings of 64* runs from 31 balls, laced with 6 fours and 4 sixes and helped Chennai Braves post a high total on the board.
Rajapaksa took on Mohammad Hafeez, smashing him for two boundaries and a six in the fourth over. The opening batters Rajapaksa and Mark Deyal produced some fantastic hits and recorded a partnership of 81 runs from 34 balls.
After losing Deyal and Dasun Shanaka in quick succession, Ravi Bopara joined the party as he smacked Fazalhaq Farooqi and Romario Shepherd for a boundary and a six in the ninth and tenth overs respectively. Bopara remained unbeaten on 19 runs from 11 balls as Chennai Braves raised their score to 124/2 in their 10 overs.
Brief scores: Delhi Bulls 128/5 (Dwayne Bravo 43, Eoin Morgan 26*, Munaf Patel 2-20) Chennai Braves 124/2 (Bhanuka Rajapaksa 64*, Mark Deyal 29, Romario Shepherd 1-16).

Abu Dhabi T10: Russell, Moores shine as Deccan Gladiators defeat Chennai Braves by 24 runs

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Andre Russell and Tom Moores struck five fours and nine sixes totally in their 94-run partnership to help the Deccan Gladiators defeat Chennai Braves by 24 runs in the ongoing Abu Dhabi T10 league, in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
Captain Wahab Riaz set the tone for Deccan Gladiators by dismissing Mohammad Shahzad and Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the very first over. Thereafter, Perera (60) and Bopara (51) kept Chennai Braves’ hopes alive by scoring boundaries at regular intervals, however, they couldn’t strike at the required rate. With 34 runs needed from the last over, Odean Smith removed Perera and Bopara and ensured that the Deccan Gladiators picked up their two points.
Earlier, Andre Russell (43) and Tom Moores (47) put up a scintillating display of batting to help Deccan Gladiators post a huge total in their 10 overs. After the initial burst provided by Tom Banton with an innings of 24 runs from 11 balls, Russell and Moores strung a partnership of 94 runs in just 32 balls.
The big-hitting Russell started the fireworks in the seventh over when he smacked Samiullah Shinwari for two sixes and a four. In the next over, Russell and Moores plundered 23 runs off Dhananjaya Lakshan’s bowling.
Deccan Gladiators had another big over when Moores smashed Curtis Campher for two sixes and two fours, taking their score to 137/3 at the end of the ninth over. Moores struck another six in the last over off Ravi Bopara’s bowling, which catapulted Deccan Gladiators’ score to 146/3.
Brief scores: Deccan Gladiators 146/3 (Tom Moores 47*, Andre Russell 43*, Munaf Patel 1-20) Chennai Braves 122/4 (Angelo Perera 60, Ravi Bopara 51, Wahab Riaz 2-16).

Brazil currently has no immediate plans to join OPEC

Brasilia [Brazil] : Brazil does not plan to join the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at the moment, but is determined to interact with it in the format of cooperation, Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Bento Costa Lima Albuquerque said on Wednesday.
“At the moment there are no plans to join OPEC. But we continue to work with them in the format of cooperation,” the minister said on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. He stressed that Brazil is the seventh largest oil producer and exporter in the world.
“Therefore, we decided that we must have good relations with OPEC and OPEC+,” the minister added.
In October 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said that he would like to see his country in OPEC. In his opinion, Brazil has capacity to join the organization, since there are large oil reserves on its territory. However, such statements have not been followed through.

Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell confirmed as icon players for Abu Dhabi T10 League

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : The fastest and the most entertaining format of cricket – the Abu Dhabi T10 League is in readiness to enthral the world in yet another season in November-December this year.
The biggest cricket stars from around the globe, including but notwithstanding Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle will feature in the fifth season of the one-of-a-kind cricket extravaganza, which will be held from November 19 – December 4 2021. With the Abu Dhabi T10 League players draft set to be held, a whopping 1186 players from 26 cricketing nations have put their hands up to have an opportunity to play in one of the most exciting cricket leagues in the world.
With a monument of runs and experience in his career, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will take centre stage as the icon player for the Bangla Tigers. The stylish right-hand batsman has proved his firepower with over 6,500 runs in his T20 career.
With over 500 sixes to his name in T20s, the West Indian superstar Andre Russell will feature as the icon player of the Deccan Gladiators. The hard-hitting all-rounder has racked up more than 6,000 runs and 300 wickets in T20s.
Speaking about the power-packed icon player line-up for season 5 of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said, “We are absolutely thrilled to have these star players feature as the icon players in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The league is nothing without its players and fans and therefore we couldn’t be more delighted about welcoming some of the biggest cricket stars to the Abu Dhabi T10 League once again.”
“We are absolutely overwhelmed to see the number of cricketers registering for the Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft. The talent pool of the Abu Dhabi T10 League grows manifold with each season.”
Meanwhile, aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran is primed to set the stage on fire as the icon player for the Maratha Arabians. The West Indian has scored over 3,700 runs in T20 cricket along with taking 108 catches and effecting 17 stumpings.
With exuberant hitting and wicket-taking abilities, Liam Livingstone will headline Team Abu Dhabi as its icon player for this season. The English all-rounder has smashed over 3,900 runs and picked up over 50 wickets in T20 cricket.
The hard-hitting opening batsman Jason Roy is all set to show his ball-striking prowess as the icon player of the Delhi Bulls. The Englishman has smacked over 6,600 runs in his T20 career with a strike rate of well over 140.
Experienced campaigner Chris Jordan, who has taken over 250 wickets in his T20 career, will feature as the icon player of the Northern Warriors. The English fast bowler has recorded an impressive bowling average of 27.45 in 243 T20 matches.
The full squads of each of the franchises will be confirmed following the Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft on 7 October 2021.

IPL 2021: Fans below 16 not allowed entry at Sharjah stadium, PCR COVID-19 report not needed in Dubai

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opened the doors for fans in the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE, there are certain guidelines which need to be followed while witnessing the games in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah with an eye on COVID-19.

New Delhi [India], September 19 : As per the regulations — also shared with the eight franchises — fans going to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium don’t need to get a PCR test done 48 hours prior to entry into the stands, but will need double COVID-19 vaccination proof. The fans must also follow all social distancing regulations and wear masks at all times. Only those below 12 years are exempted from carrying vaccination proof. Fans have also been asked to download tickets on mobile devices to help in scanning at the gates.
Things are slightly different in Sharjah when it comes to the age of fans allowed entry into stadiums. The minimum age required for entry into the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is 16+ years. While vaccination report is required, the fans also need to carry PCR test result valid for no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. A green status on the Al Hosn App is a must for those keen to watch the games.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, once again, fans above 16 must carry vaccination proof as well as PCR test results valid no more than 48 hours prior to entering the venue. Those in the 12-15 age bracket don’t need vaccination proof but must carry PCR test report.
Those below 12 must be accompanied by adults who are above 21. Wearing masks at all times is compulsory as is maintaining social distance regulations. Organisers will also implement temperature checks upon arrival and most importantly, once fans exit the stadium gate, they cannot re-enter.
The second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League kickstarts with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Thank you to everyone who’s helped me recover, time to let the bat talk now: Shreyas Iyer

New Delhi [India], August 11 : Having completed rehabilitation for the shoulder surgery Shreyas Iyer underwent, the batsman has thanked everyone who helped him recover. He has said it is now time to get back onto the field and let the bat do the talking.
Taking to Twitter, Shreyas wrote: “Ready to go out there. Ready to fight. Ready to play..Thank you to everyone who’s helped me recover..Time to let the bat talk now.” Shreyas had on July 5 said he would be available for the Delhi Capitals when the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season resumes in the UAE. He had suffered a shoulder injury during the ODI series against England earlier this year, and as a result, he missed the IPL leg which was held in India.
“My shoulder, yes, I think the healing process is done. Now it’s the last stage of achieving strength and range. So that’s going to take about a month and the training is obviously going on. Other than that, I feel, I will be there in the IPL,” Iyer said on The Grade Cricketer’s Podcast.
Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days.
The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
The action will then shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Chennai Super Kings. In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and 8 in Abu Dhabi.
The BCCI confirmed on August 3 that the English players will be available for the resumption of the 2021 edition of the IPL. The postponement of the England-Bangladesh series has opened the doors for the English players to use the IPL as preparatory ground for the T20 World Cup which gets underway just after the IPL.

I probably won’t go to the IPL, says Pat Cummins

Melbourne [Australia], August 3 : Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins is likely to miss the resumption of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE from September 19.
The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Cummins said that he hasn’t made an official call on not playing in the IPL 2021 but admitted it will be “tough” to go to UAE and play in the cash-rich league.
“Unfortunately, at this stage, I probably won’t be going to the IPL. I haven’t made an official call on it. But my partner is pregnant and our baby is due in the middle of the IPL. At the moment, there is a travel restriction to get back to Australia, you got to do 2 weeks quarantine,” the Australian fast bowler said on his YouTube channel.
“There is probably going to be some days quarantine going to UAE. So it’s going to be tough to go and play there,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the English players will be available for the resumption of the IPL 2021.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments said the BCCI has received the green signal from the England and Wales Cricket Board on the participation of the English players and is the perfect example of the brilliant working relation BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has with the English and Bangladesh cricket board.
Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the remainder of the IPL 2021 which will be held in the UAE. A total of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days.
In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah, and8 in Abu Dhabi.

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