British boarding school show coming to India in Oct

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) A show next month seeks to expose discerning Indian families to the concept of a UK boarding school education, what that choice entails and the numerous benefits that such an experience can bring for a student.The first ever British Boarding Schools Show in India will be held in New Delhi and Mumbai and will bring the registrars (directors of admissions) and heads from a selection of leading boarding schools from across the UK.Visiting families to the show can therefore discover firsthand what it means to board in the UK, and learn about the incredible opportunities that these schools can offer them quite apart from just a world class academic offering, says William Petty, director of Bonas MacFarlane Education, London.Bonas Macfarlane, a provider of private tuition and educational advice in the UK is organising the show.There will be special benefits for Indian students.”An Indian student aiming for a leading UK university or US college place can do much to enhance their chances of successful applications merely by moving to a UK-based school. We would argue that they would be far better prepared by a UK boarding school for starters, but also they would be considered as Indian nationals applying from Britain and therefore in a hugely smaller pool of applicants than those applying directly from India,” says Petty.Citing recent data, he says an Indian student applying to Cambridge from a UK independent school is 300 per cent more likely to succeed than they would be applying from an Indian school.advertisementSo why are they eyeing Indian students?”Over the last two decades, the number of Indians boarding in the UK has fallen as more and more high-achieving schools were founded in India offering qualifications such as iGCSE, A-level and the IB programme. In the last five years though those numbers have began to rise once more,” Petty told PTI.”We feel that this is just the beginning of a renaissance for Indian students birding in the UK. We feel that there are a huge number of children and students in India who would gain so much from life at a British boarding school and we are extremely excited to be re-introducing the idea to Indian families,” he says.According to him, the average British boarding school will have an enormous array of academic subjects on offer, sometimes across multiple qualifications, a plethora of co-curricular activities, community projects, high level sports, music and creative arts.Petty says there will be no such conditions like students opting for studies in the UK will have to stay there for further studies.”Student visas apply only to the institution where an Indian student is attending on a full time basis for the duration of the course of study. Once the studies have been completed the visa expires within a few months,” he says.He also dismisses as unfounded recent reports that some of the UK’s most in-demand private schools were willing to accept donations in return for coveted places.”Many British boarding schools are charitable trusts and whilst their fees seem high they generate very little profit. Therefore the schools rely on donations and endowments to maintain bursaries and develop new facilities,” Petty says.”It is a model upon which the Ivy League colleges of America are built. Schools are very careful that all students are subjected to the same admissions process and assessment procedures and that for each student who is accepted they can prove that the child deserves the place on their own merits,” he adds. PTI ZMN RBRBlast_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan team profile

first_img Hassan Ali Hassan Ali Imad Wasim Imad Wasim STUMPED – 2 Batsman 924 runs in boundries All-Rounder Shadab Khan Shadab Khan Batsman Batsman Mohammad Hasnain Mohammad Hasnain WI AFG Bowler Wicket Keeper BAN 2024 Total runs scored Shoaib Malik Shoaib Malik 9 Matches Played Total 50’s/100’s 8/2 Batsman Azhar Ali Captain Haris Sohail Haris Sohail 3 – Lost IND NZ Caught – 39 For a team who routinely oscillate between sublime cricket and farce and are cursed with a legendary ability to self-destruct, Pakistan will enter another World Cup as the proverbial dark horses with good memories of England.When the team under Sarfraz Ahmed went to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan last month before leaving for England, they were reminded by the cricketer-turned-politician of the role of proper planning behind a successful campaign.Sarfraz and his men must heed the advice from someone who famously galvanised a traditionally fractious side to World Cup glory in 1992.”Unpredictable that’s a word that us as coaching staff hate,” coach Micky Arthur recently said in a video on the cricket board’s website. “You read all the previews now, they say Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of their unpredictability. I say, ‘No, Pakistan are going to be in the top four because of the work we’ve put in.'”Top order duo Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman will lead their batting charges but the lack of enough power-hitters in the middle could stymie their bid for a second ODI World Cup.FITNESS LEVELSThe team, however, can draw inspiration from their 2017 Champions Trophy triumph in England, which also marked a shift in their fitness levels.Not the most agile bunch by any stretch of the imagination, Pakistan sent Umar Akmal home after the batsman failed fitness tests ahead of the elite tournament.Since then the yo-yo endurance test, which involves running between cones at a quickening pace, has become the selection standard, resulting in a fitter Pakistan team.advertisement”Coming into the Champions Trophy, we had a few players out of shape,” Pakistan’s strength and conditioning coach Grant Luden said in a video on the cricket board’s website.”We had to make a hard decision and we had to send those players home. And thank goodness! We had the results … It was a watershed moment for us.”Pakistan have bolstered their pace attack with the late inclusion of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz and received a boost when leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a bout of hepatitis, was declared fit earlier this month.Their long-suffering fans agonised over the team’s tendency to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory but Pakistan remain one of the most exciting sides in any tournament.”Many Pakistani fans will say they have followed their team for too long and had their hearts broken many times, but I love them, and I love their cricket,” ex-England captain Nasser Hussain told the website.”I love them because they are mercurial Pakistan and you wonder which Pakistan will turn up on the day. The fact is that you cannot write off Pakistan for this World Cup.” Bowler Bowler Team Profile Babar Azam Babar Azam Bowled – 9 The Pakistan cricket team is administrated by the Pakistan Cricket Board and is a full member of the International Cricket Council with Test and one-day international status. Cricket in Pakistan has been played well before the first team was granted Test playing status. Their first match took place in Delhi against India in 1952 while their first international tour was to England in 1954.Down the years, Pakistan emerged as a formidable opposition winning the Cricket World Cup in 1992 and being runners-up in the 1999 edition of the same. The country has a history of producing several top-notch bowlers such as Fazal Mahmood, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar. The likes of Hanif Mohammad, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Javed Miandad have stamped their authority with the willow for Pakistan as well.The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history when Pakistan was knocked out of the competition in a shock defeat to Ireland. The next day, a greater tragedy befell the team when coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica. The then skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq resigned from his duties and from one-day internationals subsequently. With a younger side, Pakistan began picking up the pieces and started making positive strides in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 later that year. The team, however, had to contend with second place after losing to India in a nail-biting final. They compensated for this loss by winning the title in 2009 where they beat Sri Lanka in the finals.In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, Shahid Afridi led Pakistan to the semi-finals but the team lost to arch-rivals India in a nerve-wracking encounter which ultimately brought an end to their campaign.History was created in 2016 when Pakistan, under the captaincy of, Misbah, climbed up to the no. 1 spot in the Test rankings for the first time. It though was for a brief time only. They haven’t quite maintained the same amount of form since the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. A year later, they surprised everybody by lifting the Champions Trophy for the first time, beating their arch-rivals, India. Pakistan also became the no. 1 ranked T20I side in 2018.Pakistan are now in the transition mode under the leadership of Sarfraz Ahmed. They have struggled to emulate the form they showed in the Champions Trophy and their shock exit in the Super Fours of the 2018 Asia Cup was an example of that. Total runs in each powerplay Mohammad Hafeez Mohammad Hafeez 5 – WON Bowler Imam-ul-Haq Imam-ul-Haq Pakistan Wahab Riaz Wahab Riaz PAK LBW – 6 SL All-Rounder All-Rounder SA Asif Ali Asif Ali All-Rounder Fakhar Zaman Fakhar Zaman 4s-189 6s-28 AUS Mohammad Amir Mohammad Amir Bowler ENG Sarfaraz Ahmed Sarfaraz Ahmed Batsman 60 Total Wickets Run Outs – 4 Shaheen Afridi Shaheen Afridi Pakistanlast_img read more