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“Team environment key for success”,says Gulf Giants’ Sanchit Sharma ahead of  DP World ILT20



Young UAE pacer Sanchit Sharma was a key player for the Adani Sportsline-owned Gulf Giants, who went on to win the inaugural edition of the International League T20 in 2022, under the coaching of Zimbabwean legend Andy Flower. He took seven wickets in nine matches and was integral to the side during the run in to the trophy.

The Adani Sportsline-owned Giants were brilliant in the inaugural season of the ILT20 and secured the trophy with a tough fight. Sharing his thoughts on what took them the distance, Sanchit said, “When I got selected for the Gulf Giants, all my fellow UAE teammates, all the players that got selected from UAE, and everyone agreed that for us to even qualify for the eliminators, let alone winning the tournament, looked tough.

“But, in terms of the environment, we have the best environment. Players understood each other very well, and their capabilities, which led us to the title,” he added.

However, this victory and the career that Sanchit has had till now was almost not meant to be. He met with an accident just before Diwali in 2021, but his resilience, and the help of the doctors, revived his fledgling career. “I can still remember it was two years ago on the eve of Diwali. I had instructions from home ‘Please don’t go on a festival day’, mom was insisting. I told her, ‘I’ll just go for a couple of hours, I’ll train and come back’. Just as I was about to reach the training centre when the accident happened. I was hurt pretty badly.”

“I just got into the UAE men’s side, and I thought everything would go away. And that’s when I thought, ‘You got to be stronger mentally.’ It took me four or five months to get off my bed. God gave me a second chance, I always tell this to myself,” he recalled.

Now having been retained by the Adani Sportsline-owned Gulf Giants, Sanchit revealed the reason behind his team’s form and what makes them tick. “The management is brilliant with us. Maybe that’s what has led to the environment to be nice. Coming in, I’ve always seen all these players on TV and always wanted to play against them. I had this feeling that I wouldn’t get any better with them because they’re big stars. But then the way they welcomed all the UAE players, that is what I meant by the environment is very good.”

“We have the best environment, which is very important for any team,” added Sanchit. “That is what will help us hopefully win the title again. And being a T20 bowler, the pitches are a lot flatter comparatively. We just need to level up our games. We just have to get on with our game and try to make the most of whatever opportunities we get,” concluded the young pace icon.


Inaugural edition of Lanka T10 to kick off in December 2024



The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.

The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in June 2023, was shifted to December, as SLC deemed the ‘December window’ as the most appropriate to conduct the league, as the timing will complement Sri Lanka’s Domestic and International Cricketing Calendar.

Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.

The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.

” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”

Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO, IPG Group shared, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”

The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket picenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.

“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Event Rights Partner.

The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.

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UAE fuel prices announced for March 2024



The Fuel Prices Monitoring Committee has given the green light for an increase in gasoline and diesel prices for March 2024. The approved hike ranges between 15 and 16 fils per liter for gasoline and 17 fils for diesel, compared to February 2024 prices.

Fuel distribution companies have promptly announced the new prices, effective from Friday, March 1, 2024. The updated pricing includes a 5% value-added tax.

Specifically, the price per liter of super gasoline “98” is set to rise by 15 fils, reaching 3.03 dirhams in March, up from 2.88 dirhams in February. Special gasoline “95” will see an increase of 16 fils, from 2.76 dirhams to 2.92 dirhams, while E-Plus 91 gasoline will climb by 16 fils, reaching 2.85 dirhams from 2.69 dirhams. Additionally, the price of diesel will experience a 17 fils per liter hike, escalating from 2.99 dirhams in February to 3.16 dirhams in March.

This decision follows three consecutive monthly reductions in gasoline and diesel prices approved by the committee for January 2024. The reduction ranged between 13 and 14 fils for gasoline and 19 fils for diesel per liter compared to December 2023 prices.

Notably, the Ministry of Energy’s approved fuel price standards are subject to monthly adjustments based on the global average oil price, incorporating distribution companies’ operating costs.

New fuel prices are:

-Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.03 a litre, compared to Dh2.88 in February.

-Special 95 petrol will cost Dh2.92 per litre, compared to Dh2.76 last month.

-E-Plus 91 petrol will cost Dh2.85 a litre, compared to Dh2.69 a litre in February.

-Diesel will be charged at Dh3.16 a litre compared to Dh2.99 last month.

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Glory International University honours global talents with Honorary Doctorates



Glory International University (GUI), originally based in the United States of America, proudly recognized eminent personalities from diverse fields worldwide with esteemed Honorary Doctorates at a grand ceremony held at Dusit Thani, Dubai.

The event was graced by the esteemed presence of H.E.Vacaba Diaby, Ambassador of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to the UAE, as the Chief Guest.

The distinguished jury panel, comprising Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann, GUI President to Africa, Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the University’s National Director of UAE, and Dr.Anwar Al-Yasiri, Managing Director DST TV & Cinema,Dr.Abdulla Ali Salem Al Mubarak, Dr.Mohanad Al Awadiya bestowed the coveted Honorary Doctorates upon 23 deserving awardees hailing from nations including the UAE, India, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, among others. The honorees represent a spectrum of disciplines encompassing Business Law, Management,Literature, Arts, Musical Arts,Social Work,Business Administration,Agriculture,Digital Technology,and Telecommunications.

H.E.Vacaba Diaby, in his address, emphasized the significance of acknowledging and celebrating diverse talents and faculties across the globe.

Prof.Pale Sansan Hermann shared insights into GUI’s journey of evolution since 2015, highlighting the university’s burgeoning global stature.Additionally, he outlined the institution’s forthcoming plans to establish operations in the UAE as its third base after the USA and Burkina Faso.

Dr.Naser Sulaiman, the UAE director of the University commenced the ceremony with a warm welcome speech, setting the tone for an evening of recognition and celebration. He concluded the event with a heartfelt vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants for their contributions towards making the occasion a resounding success.The event was orchestrated by Srikanth Chittarvu and compered by Criza.

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