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I have come out of retirement for well-wishers: Ambati Rayudu

first_img Next I have come out of retirement for well-wishers: Ambati RayuduAmbati Rayudu, who quit first-class cricket in 2018 to focus on his limited-overs career, had announced that he has retired from all forms of the game.advertisement India Today Web Desk HyderabadAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 19:47 IST Ambati Rayudu made himself available for selection in domestic cricket. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAmbati Rayudu has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision of retirementRayudu had announced his retirement after World Cup snub two months backRayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in himAmbati Rayudu, who made volte-face on his retirement and made himself available for Hyderabad in domestic cricket, has rubbished the U-turn claims on his decision.Rayudu said that he believes he has enough cricket left in him and scoring runs for Hyderabad is his top priority.”It is not a U-turn as for good reasons I believe I have good amount of cricket left in me. My top priority is now to get runs for Hyderabad.””I declined lucrative offers to play in T10 and T20 leagues in Canada and other countries. I have come out of retirement for well-wishers,” he told Telangana Today.During the course of the World Cup in England, Rayudu had announced his retirement after he wasn’t chosen as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan despite being named one of five stand-bys for the quadrennial event.Initially, the 33-year-old was not included in the 15-man India squad for the World Cup because of not having a “three-dimensional” game and Vijay Shankar was preferred over him. After the snub, Rayudu had tweeted sarcastically “Just ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the World Cup,” aimed at chief selector MSK Prasad.Rayudu, who represents Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League, further added that getting ignored for the World Cup was shocking for him.”I was extremely fit and doing the role, which the team asked me to do at No. 4 and suddenly when you are not in the team, it was shocking,” he said. “There was no communication from the team members also.”advertisement”In fact, I had a very, very good tour of New Zealand [a couple of 40s and a 90 in the ODIs]. Of course, it took a game or two to get back to my form.”I was the highest run-getter in New Zealand. I was happy with the way I was batting and shaping up. It was unfortunate that [the selectors] had different combinations in mind and that didn’t work out for me.””Sadly, I feel the Hyderabad colours are for sale and it is important the players should perform to earn a place in the team.””I remember when I had to score a lot of runs to get into the team, whether it was Under-16, Under-19 or Under-22. We were not sure of our places because the competition was very high.Also See:For 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 Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ambati Rayudulast_img read more

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UN refugee official to visit Chad as new refugees arrive everyday

A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today that this would be the first mission for Judy Cheng-Hopkins, who took up her post earlier this month, adding that “it’s an important one given the many concerns we’re facing in Chad and in the region as a whole.”“The Assistant High Commissioner will review our operations both in eastern Chad, where we have 12 camps and more than 200,000 Sudanese refugees from Darfur, as well as in southern Chad where we continue to see a worrisome influx of thousands of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR),” Ron Redmond told a press briefing.“Our teams report that at least 100 persons are still crossing on a daily basis” from the CAR, Mr. Redmond said, fleeing attacks by rebel groups and Government forces, although he added that this figure was down from about 200 daily at the start of the week.Ms. Cheng-Hopkins would first visit Abeche and Bahai, in eastern Chad, to assess the agency’s field operations in the camps for Darfur refugees, who have fled the killings in that region of neighbouring Sudan, and she would hold meetings with local Chadian officials at all of her stops.After these visits she will move to southern Chad, “where we continue to see a steady flow of refugee arrivals from the northern Central African Republic,” Mr. Redmond said.UNHCR said it was discussing with Chadian authorities the opening of a new refugee site because of the anticipation of more refugees fleeing violence in the CAR. read more