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“Wake up, Afghanistan are coming!”, say Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi

first_img Asian News International DubaiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 19:38 IST Afghanistan will go into 2019 ICC World Cup better prepared than the last time (@ACBofficials Photo)Afghanistan’s batsman Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi have said that they will go into this year’s World Cup better prepared than last time, aiming to add to their solo win in the tournament so far. “Now, it is not like it was before. In 2015, people said it is a proud moment that Afghanistan are a part of the World Cup. It is not the time for that. Now, it is time to say this to everyone else: ‘Wake up, Afghanistan is coming!,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Shahidi as saying.Afghanistan will go into this year’s World Cup with an arsenal of experienced cricketers and promising youngsters. Their spin attack still remains their ace ahead of the tournament. The trio of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed 16 wickets between them in the recently concluded ODI series against Ireland and these three will play a pivotal role in Afghanistan’s lineup for the World Cup.”We could beat just one team, Scotland, in the 2015 World Cup, this time we are better prepared with spinners like Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi and Zahir Khan in our ranks. We are trying our best to perform better in the 2019 World Cup and beat four-five teams in the competition,” ICC quoted Shahzad as saying. Afghanistan has been a strong team in the sub-continent but their lack of experience in England may pose a challenge to the team. Shahidi, however, does not look too concerned.”The conditions will be tricky, but many [Afghanistan] players have been to England before and know how to play there. Our team is going to Scotland and Ireland before the World Cup and it will be good preparation for us. We are also going to England early,” ICC quoted Shahidi as saying. Afghanistan would look to put up an impressive show in the World Cup this year.advertisementAfghanistan takes on Australia in their opening match of the World Cup on June 1.Also Read | Virat Kohli dazzles in new IPL 2019 advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow AfghanistanFollow mohammad shahzadFollow Hashmatullah ShahidiFollow 2019 ICC World Cup “Wake up, Afghanistan are coming!”, say Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah ShahidiMohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi feel Afghanistan are better prepared for the 2019 ICC World Cup and warned that their opponents should be careful.advertisementlast_img read more

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Dalian Wanda Sony to partner on multiple bigbudget movies

Dalian Wanda, Sony to partner on multiple big-budget movies by The Associated Press Posted Sep 22, 2016 8:08 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, a movie billboard is displayed behind a Sony Pictures Entertainment Studio entrance in Culver City, Calif. China’s Dalian Wanda Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group have formed a partnership to cooperate on multiple big-budget movies, marking another step into the global film industry by the Chinese conglomerate. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) BEIJING, China – China’s Dalian Wanda Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group have formed a partnership to co-operate on multiple big-budget movies, marking another step into the global film industry by the Chinese conglomerate.Wanda, which already owns AMC Theaters and bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January, said it would both invest in Sony productions and strive to highlight China in those films.“The alliance will help strengthen Wanda’s power to influence the global film industry, and set a good precedent for Chinese film producers in their international investment,” said the statement it released Friday.Jack Gao, Wanda’s head of international investment and operations, said Wanda would continue to seek alliances with other content companies and closer relationships with leading media firms.The statement did not name the films involved, although trade magazine Deadline reported possible investment and promotional co-operation for “Passengers,” the sci-fi love story starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt being released later this year in the U.S.; a reboot of “Jumanji” due next year with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black; and an animated Smurfs film.Legendary Entertainment begins production in 2017 on the first live-action Pokemon movie, called “Detective Pikachu.”Hollywood has been drawn to China by the country’s deep-pocketed financiers and its box office that is now the world’s second biggest. A quota on foreign films allows just 34 a year to show in Chinese theatres on a revenue-sharing basis, but the financial conditions improve vastly for Chinese-foreign co-productions.Wanda has also been expanding its share of global box office, with AMC recently purchasing European cinema chain Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group in a deal making it the largest movie theatre operator in the world.Originally a property and cinema giant, Wanda has also expanded into sports, becoming a top-tier sponsor of FIFA in a deal that runs through the 2030 World Cup, for which China is considered likely to bid.Wanda has also purchased Swiss firm Infront Sports & Media, Tampa and Florida-based World Triathlon Corp., along with acquiring a 20 per cent stake in Spanish football team Atletico Madrid. read more

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