Team India’s new head coach Ravi Shastri sounded upbeat after being appointed to the high-profile position by the Cricket Advisory Committee on Tuesday.As many as 10 former cricketers had applied for the India coach role and five of them were interviewed on Monday by the CAC in Mumbai. Shastri was the frontrunner, thanks to his impressive interview. Besides, Virat Kohli was reported to be in favour of the former team director.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia Today caught up with him on Wednesday and he said that he was not worried at all about the whole drama that was going on in India about the Team Indian coach’s job.Here are the top 10 things that Shastri said in his exclusive interview to India Today from London.ON SPEAKING TO KOHLI ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH KUMBLEI’ve not spoken to him. I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me.RAVI SHASTRI ON HAVING SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BEFORE HIS APPOINTMENTI was chilling. No worries. I’m used to this. Didn’t make any difference.ON ZAHEER KHAN AND RAHUL DRAVID’S PRESENCEI think invaluable. The inputs will be invaluable. Even when I was in charge of the team I had a chat with both these players and asked them to spend some time with the boys and share their experience. It’s invaluable. You need some fresh inputs and input always helps.advertisementON BEING GIVEN A LONGER CONTRACT THIS TIMEThis continuity will help. It gives me enough time to make this a team. It has the potential to be number 1 across all formats. ON WORKING WITH KOHLI & COThey’re a great bunch of boys and it will be great to be back with them again.HOW HE APPROACHED THE INTERVIEW WITH THE CACI was Ravi Shastri. Period.WHAT DID HE PRESENT TO THE CAC IN THE INTERVIEWThere are certain things confidential and they remain confidential.ON MSD AND YUVRAJ SINGH2019 is a long way to go. They’re two champion cricketers. We will deal with them when time comes. Will spend time with captain and take things forward.ON VIRAT KOHLI’S FORMHe is a champion and everyone’s entitled for the odd failure. He’s a champion cricketer. He hasn’t reached his peak and the next five-six years will define VK.ON THE TEAM BACKING HIMI must have done something good. It’s an hounor when the teams speaks about you in that fashion. I enjoyed the trust they had in me and the trust I had in them.
By BEN HARRISNSW Scorpions and NSW Mets are on a collision course for top spot of the women’s Elite Eight division.The two remain the only undefeated teams in the group after two days of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.They will meet each other in the final round on Friday and it could well be the match that decides pole position in the women’s open competition.Could being the key word.The Mets’ finals credentials will be tested as they take on teams in second and third positions on day three.They will meet Queensland Outlaws in the sixth round at 10.30am and follow it up by playing the Scorpions, who should beat NSW Rebels at 9.40am, if previous results are anything to go by.Mets’ could be without Australia women’s open player Ash Quinlan who was carried off in Mets’ 7-5 win over Queensland South Stingrays.The Scorpions had wins over Stingrays (9-6) and Outlaws (7-5) to trail Mets on percentages.The Outlaws went down twice on Thursday, which has put them in danger of missing out on the top four if they fail to fire on day three.They lead a long list of teams who are jockeying for the final two semi spots.The Stingrays remain fourth despite losing twice while The Alliance and Queensland Chiefs are in the hunt.Last year’s runners-up, the Chiefs, put their disastrous day one performance behind them to win twice on day two.Rebels are not totally out of it of the semi-finals but it will be a long shot, while NSW Country Mavericks’ campaign is over.No doubt the highlight on day three in the women’s competition will be the match between the Scorpions and the Mets, which will most likely decide top spot.The game taps-off at 3pm.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWomen’s Elite Eight day two
zoomImage Courtesy: Norwegian Maritime Authority The MS Magellan, owned by the Greek company Global Cruise Lines, has received a fine for violating the legislation on fuel sulphur limits in the world heritage fjords.According to the Norwegian Maritime Authority, the cruise ship was hit with a violation fine of NOK 700,000 (USD 80,000) after it entered two world heritage fjords with sulphur values far beyond the legal limit values.On April 16, the NMA received notes of concern about smoke emissions from the Bahamas-registered cruise ship, which was berthed in Flåm. These were followed up by an inspection on board when the ship arrived at Geiranger the next day.The NMA surveyors measured the sulphur content of the ship’s fuel to be 0.17 %, over the maximum allowed sulphur content of 0.10% in the world heritage fjords.Tracking of the vessel’s AIS signal shows that the vessel made ports of call at both Eidfjord and Flåm in the days preceding the port of call at Geiranger. Both of these ports are located within the North Sea ECA.The NMA explained that the extent of the violation is significant in this case, where a ship has sailed a considerable distance within the emission control area using a fuel with an excessive sulphur content.“Furthermore, as an aggravating factor, emphasis is put on the fact that the new rules concerning the world heritage fjords were violated. Overall, this implies that violation fines at a historic high level are imposed on the company,” NMA said.Alf Tore Sørheim, Head of Department of Operative Supervision, informed that NMA will have an increased presence in the world heritage fjords in the upcoming months with a focus on “making sure that the new environmental requirements are met.”“The NMA has made efforts to ensure safe and effective controls of sulphur emissions. Our surveyors are equipped with handheld devices that provide an immediate indication of whether the vessel satisfies the requirements or not. Moreover, we have invested in sensors which can be attached to a drone to detect sulphurous exhaust gases,” Sørheim added.