Kenya scored a healthy 141 runs in their 20 overs but PNG’s batsmen came out with guns blazing and scored 2/45 runs in the first 5 overs before the match was stopped due to rain.On the Duckworth Lewis system PNG was required to score 35 runs in 5 overs as they lost two wickets but at (2/45) at the 5thover mark it meant PNG were ahead by 10 runs on the DL system and were awarded the game. Earlier, PNG Barramundis captain Jack Vare-Kevere won the toss and elected to bowl and restricted the Kenyans to a respectable target of 8/141 in their 20 overs.Kenya’s top order batsmen started off well, racing to 32 runs in their first 3 overs with PNG opening bowlers Norman Vanua (1/24) and Loa Nou (0/28) working hard to get their line and length right. Norman Vanua halted Kenya’s momentum by taking the first wicket in the 6th over.PNG‘s change bowler John Boge Reva (1/17) took PNG’s 2nd wicket when he came on in the 5th over and when spin bowler Mahuru Dai took another wicket in the 6th over, the Barramundis started to pull the game back to leave Kenya at (2/45) on the 6th over.Captain Vare-Kevere used his spin attack with Mahura Dai, Assad Vala (2/16) and Charles Amini (1/19) combined to take regular wickets to trouble the Kenya batsmen. The Kenyans fought hard and posted 8/141 in their allocated 20 overs.In the run chases, PNG opening batsmen Lega Siaka and Tony Ura had instructions from the head coach that with the rain approaching they needed to be ahead on the run rate. Siaka (18) and Ura (15) started off well and both lifted PNG’s score to 26 runs after 3 overs before Siaka was dismissed. Assad Vala scored a handy 10 runs to get the score to 45 runs in the 5th over before the umpires stopped play as condition worsened. Head coach Dipak Patel was happy with his players’ performance especially with the bowlers to pull the game back and restrict the Kenyan batsmen.“We bowled well in the middle part and built a lot of pressure by restricting boundary balls and forced Kenyan batsmen to make mistakes and lose wickets regularly. We could have restricted them to a modest score but we let them get away a bit when we had the chance to close their inning off. Spin bowlers lead the way with Assad Vala, Mahuru Dai and Charles Amini bowling smart spells to force errors with the Kenyan batsmen,” said Patel.PNG’s first match of the ICC World T20 Qualifier will be on Sunday against Jersey and Hong Kong on Monday. The top six sides from the 14 team ICC World T20 Qualifier competition will join the 10 Full Members for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which will be held from 11 March to 3 April 2016.
The progressive perspective of any country depends upon the cultural and historical roots. The promotion of the country revolves around the route to reach the destination. I traversed through the route to reach the roots of Uzbek at a stupefying ambience of the vibrant Surajkund Crafts Mela 2018 with immersive cultural ethos. The location of Uzbekistan in the centre of Eurasian continent allowed it to play a key role in the trans-continental system of the Great Silk Roads. As a matter of fact, main routes of the Great Silk Roads uniting East and West passed through the territory of present-day Uzbekistan, which was one of the places, where the first civilisations emerged and developed.A historic trade route was used from the second century BC through 14th century AD that went from China to the Mediterranean. The Silk Route is so named because of the popularity of trading silk during that period. This valuable fabric originated in China, which initially had a monopoly on its silk production, until the secrets of its creation spread. The Silk Route traversed China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greece and Italy. In addition to silk, the route facilitated the trade of other fabrics, spices, grains, fruits and vegetables, animal hides, wood and metal work, precious stones and other items of value.The Silk Route served as a means not only to exchange goods but also to exchange cultures. Both the travellers of the road and the residents of the cities along the route benefited from learning each other’s language, religion and ideas, in addition to the increased material wealth that the trade generated. These interactions, in turn, boosted the development of science, technology, literature, the arts and other fields of study. Specifically interactions along the Silk Route helped to lead to the development of the printing press and irrigation.Uzbek cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Tashkent, Termez, Urgench and Fergana served as land beacons along the Silk Road. The blossoming oasis cities growing along the Silk Road became international trans-shipment points and were considered the vital centre of trade, crafts, and cultural exchange. The advantageous position of the cities made them attractive. The territory of modern Uzbekistan with caravan roads were revived, and the settlements and cities along them were built with well-groomed gardens and arable fields; the memory of that is stored in the ancient walls of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. The ancient cities rich in fine architectural monuments preserve the memory of many centuries. The 33-member states participated in UNWTO Silk Route Programme which works in a collaborative manner to raise the platform of Silk route in a sustainable and responsible way. Various measures are taken by the ministry and embassy to enhance the branding of tourism. Keeping in mind the culturally active potential of the country, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is attaching high importance to issues of improving the effectiveness to increase the flow of foreign tourists and further aid in the development of domestic tourism, improvement and expansion of tourism services in the country. To integrate the technology globally, the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan, the Ministry for Development of Information Technologies and Communications will organise an international television channel with round-the-clock broadcasting, which will promote the tourism potential of Uzbekistan and transmit various interesting travel programs.Tourism season has been extended and services relating to the improvement of tourism infrastructure are on the top priority basis. The hotels are developed in such a way that their quantity is increased but at par with the quality. Importance is also given to creation of sanitary-hygienic stations along the highways.For the promotion of Sustainable Silk Route Tourism:Cohesive Branding Collaborative approachCapacity building programmesCommunity-based tourism Showcase of culture and craftsUzbekistan has a great potential in the sphere of pilgrim tourism. For this, the Department is supporting the idea in a structured format where a Committee for Religious Affairs under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a visa-free regime has been introduced for countries such as Malaysia, Turkey and Indonesia.To conclude as Robert Frost rightly said: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.”Responsibly yours by A. Lajwanti Naidu