“The resumption of major sports such as the NBA, MLB and the NHL in the third quarter, as well as the start of the NFL season, generated tremendous customer engagement,” DraftKings CEO Jason Robins said in a press release.The company also raised its fiscal year 2020 guidance to a range of $540 to $560 million, from a range of $500 to $540 million. DraftKings said it expects $750 million to $850 million in revenue for 2021.DraftKings spent millions last quarter on its partnerships, including with Michael Jordan in an equity deal, the New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Turner Sports and ESPN.- Advertisement – Shares of sports betting company DraftKings jumped more than 7% in premarket trading Friday after the company reported better-than-expected third quarter results and a surge in users.Here are the results:Loss per share: 57 cents, vs 61 cents expected, according to a Refinitiv survey of analystsRevenue: $133 million, vs $132 million expected, according to RefinitivThe company said its monthly unique payers surpassed 1 million, a 64% increase compared to the same quarter a year ago.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The company had been looking to increase its brand exposure as it fought to gain market share in the growing sports betting landscape. Currently, 19 states, plus Washington D.C., allow online sports betting. Six states legalized sports wagering but are not yet operational, while two states are working on legislation to allow betting. DraftKings in April combined with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), and gaming technology provider SBTech to make its public debut. The company’s stock has gained 285.51% this year as of Thursday’s close.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. The entrance from the elevators, designed to resemble a tunnel entering a stadium, is pictured at the new DraftKings office in Boston on March 25, 2019.David L. Ryan | The Boston Globe via Getty Images – Advertisement –
“Varaždin County, in cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, was the first in Croatia to launch a project for free transport of bicycles by train with passengers. Citizens thus, in addition to purchasing a transport ticket for a passenger, also exercise the right to free transport of bicycles in trains running in the area of Varaždin County.”, Said Martinčević. By combining transport by bicycle and train, tourists who visit Varaždin County, but also the local population, get wider travel opportunities, which results in a better and more meaningful offer. Better accessibility of the beauties of our County, and practicality in performing everyday tasks, result in an increase in the quality of life, strengthening the development of a new tourist offer, but also better sustainability of the transport system. “Varaždin is currently the last point on one of the most beautiful and longest cycling routes from the source to the mouth of the Drava. Over 200.000 bicycles pass through this route and a good part of them use integrated transport, which enables their much wider radius of movement. This is important news for tourists, but also for the local population”, Said Miran Bojanic Morandini, director of the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. This is one of the many measures implemented by Varaždin County in order to achieve sustainable transport. Some of the goals are to increase the share of bicycle transport and to increase the share of rail passenger transport. This opens up new opportunities for sustainable travel for our citizens and tourists, which greatly contributes to reducing pollution, but also traffic safety. Source / photo: Varaždin County Tourist Board At the railway station in Varaždin, the chairman of the Tourist Board Natalija Martinčević and the director of the tourist board Miran Bojanić Morandini presented a unique project – free transport of bicycles by train. “In the two years of our mandate, through projects, we have provided more than 1.700.000,00 kuna for the development of cycling tourism and bicycle routes in Varaždin County. Varaždin County is one of the three counties in Croatia that has introduced the quality standard Cyclist Welcome Quality, and as many as 30 accommodation and catering facilities from the area of Varaždin County have become part of it.”, Natalija Martinčević, the chairwoman of the Tourist Board of Varaždin County, emphasized at the end.
New Zealanders will be able to go fishing, surfing, hunting and hiking this week for the first time in more than a month as the country begins to ease its way out of a strict lockdown that successfully slowed the spread of the coronavirus.Around 400,000 people will return to work after the country shifts its alert level down a notch at midnight on Monday, but shops and restaurants will remain closed as several social restrictions remain in place.New Zealand’s 5 million residents were subjected to one of the strictest lockdowns in the world in response to the pandemic, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern closing offices, schools, bars and restaurants, including take away and delivery services, on March 26. Beaches, waterfronts and playgrounds were also shut, effectively restricting people to their homes and short walks around their neighborhood.Many businesses, including parliament and the courts, began preparations over the weekend to restart operations this week while maintaining ongoing social distancing rules.Eateries announced contactless delivery plans, retail stores showcased their latest collections online for home delivery and office towers posted social distancing rules in elevators and public areas.Still, Ardern stressed that public gatherings remain banned and asked people to remain in their “bubble”. Topics : Keen fishers will be permitted to cast a line from a wharf only as boating, yachting and other team sports or training remained barred. Hunting will be allowed on private land with special restrictions.”We must make sure that we do not let the virus run away on us again and cause a new wave of cases and deaths,” Ardern said at a news conference on Monday. “To succeed we need to hunt down the last few cases of the virus.”New Zealand has reported 1,122 cases of COVID-19, including 19 deaths, with the daily rate of new infections staying under 1% for the past two weeks.Ben Kennings, general manager for industry group Surfing New Zealand, said people were itching to return to sea in a country where an average 60,000 boarders hit the waves weekly.”We have done well to stay out of the water, but tomorrow there’s going to be a lot of people keen to go surfing,” Kennings said. “It is an individual sport that can be practiced with social distancing.”Trust in governments in Australia and New Zealand has risen since the start of the pandemic, opinion polls show, with their ideologically opposite leaders hailed for their management of the crisis.In Australia, where the rate of new daily cases has likewise slowed to below 1%, two states with small numbers of cases will ease restrictions this week. Western Australia is allowing indoor and outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people to resume from Monday, while Queensland will later this week allow picnics, retail shopping and drives of up to 50 kilometers from home. Other states in Australia’s federal political system, where COVID-19 cases have been higher, are not yet relaxing their rules.Both countries have floated the idea of opening up travel between them, creating a coronavirus-free trans-tasman bubble although no decision has yet been made.Economy reboot While Ardern has generally received public support, there has been growing criticism that similar results may have been achieved with less stringent lockdown measures, as in Australia.Ardern now faces the challenge of restarting a $200 billion trade and tourism dependent economy from a standing start, while facing national elections in September.Treasury has forecast gross domestic product to fall by as much as one-third and the jobless rate to hit 13%, even with NZ$20 billion of fiscal measures announced by Ardern and quantitative easing by the central bank.Ardern stressed this week’s eased conditions were focused on opening up the economy, rather than people’s social lives.”It can’t be return to pre COVID-19 life,” she said. “That day will come, but its not here yet.”
Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 May 2019 2:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link768Shares UEFA hit back at Arsenal over decision to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of their Europa League final squad Henrikh Mkhitaryan has made 11 appearances for Arsenal in this season’s Europa League (Picture: Getty)‘We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.‘We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation. Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.‘We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.‘Micki will continue to be part of our preparations until we depart for Baku at the weekend.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not feature in Arsenal’s upcoming Europa League final against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)UEFA have hit back at Arsenal over their decision to leave Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of their Europa League final squad, claiming the north London club received assurances regarding the Armenian’s safety from ‘the highest authorities’ in Azerbaijan.The former Manchester United star has played a prominent role in Arsenal’s run to the final against Chelsea, which is scheduled to take place in Baku next Wednesday, but the 30-year-old will take no part amid safety fears following discussions with his club.UEFA, however, insisted they helped devise a comprehensive plan but respect Arsenal’s reluctant decision to leave out one of their highest-earning players.AdvertisementAdvertisementA statement read: ‘Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club.‘While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player.’Arsenal had earlier said in a statement of their own on the club’s official website: ‘We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our Uefa Europa League final against Chelsea. Advertisement Advertisement
Seth Bernstein has been named president and CEO, joining from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he was global head of managed solutions and strategy. He has worked at JP Morgan Chase for 32 years in various senior roles. Robert Zoellick, former president of the World Bank, has been named chair of AllianceBernstein’s (AB) board of directors. Zoellick was most recently vice chairman of Goldman Sachs, and has held several influential roles in the US government in the Ronald Reagan, George H W Bush, and George W Bush administrations. He also sits on the board of the Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek.The group also appointed four new directors to a “newly reconstituted” board: Barbara Fallon-Walsh, Daniel Kaye, Ramon de Oliveira, and Anders Malmstrom. The first three are directors of AXA Financial, while Malmstrom is chief financial officer. They join the AB board alongside Zoellick and Bernstein, as well as existing board members Denis Duverne – who also chairs AXA’s board – and Mark Pearson, AXA Financial’s CEO.PKH – Jens Kristian Bøe has been appointed as CIO at PKH the Norwegian pension fund for health enterprises in the Oslo metropolitan area. He will take over some areas of responsibility Mariann Bendriss had in her role as CFO of the pension fund, before she became its chief executive on 1 March. Bøe comes to PKH from his job as portfolio manager at Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (OPF) where he was worked since 2007. Before that, Bøe worked at other organisations in the sector, including several roles at Nordea Asset Management. He will take up the job at PKH on 21 August.Mercer – Nick Sykes, director of European consulting at Mercer, is to retire next month after 20 years at the consultancy giant. He joined in 1997 and has also chaired the company’s UK and international research committees.Meanwhile, Tim Burggraaf has also left Mercer to take up the new position of client partner at US recruiting firm Korn Ferry Hay Group as of 1 May. Based in Amsterdam, he will focus on recruiting management staff for the pensions sector. Burggraaf held several positions at Mercer since joining in 2001. He has been head of innovation, growth and sales, as well as defined contribution leader in the Netherlands. His most recent position was head of solutions, products and innovation for Benelux. Prior the his career at Mercer, Burggraaf was an adviser at Aon.Alecta — Camilla Wirth has been appointed as the new chief financial officer (CFO) at Alecta and will take up the role at the beginning of August. She will replace Katarina Thorslund who has decided to focus on her role as head of the company’s clients division, Alecta said. Wirth comes to the Swedish firm from Nordax Bank, where she was CFO since 2012. Before that, she worked as CFO at Aberdeen Asset Management and as an auditor at KPMG.Folketrygdfondet – Siri Teigum has been appointed by the Norwegian Finance Ministry as the new chair of the board at Folketrygdfondet, which manages the Government Pension Fund Norway (GPFN). She will take over from Erik Keiserud, who has been chair of the board for more than ten years, on 16 May. Teigum is a partner at the law firm Thommessen as well as the deputy chair of Sporveien and a director of Gyldendal.In addition, business leaders Liselott Kilaas and Bjørn Østbø have been named as new members of the board, while Marianne Hansen, vice president at Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge, and Renate Larsen, managing director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, have been re-appointed as board members. Anne Kvam, sustainability risk management advisor with DNV, has been appointed as deputy board member. All the new appointments take effect from 16 May this year and will last four years.ABP – Patrick Fey has been named as the worker representative on the board of the €389bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, and will take a seat in ABP’s select committees for pension policy and audit. Fey is chairman of the CNV unions for government and public services since 2015. At ABP, he has succeeded Willem-Jelle Berg, who has completed two four-year terms on the ABP board. Until last April, Fey was a trustee of the €187bn healthcare scheme PFZW, where he was a member of the investment committee.State Street Global Advisors – State Street’s asset management arm has hired Noel Archard as head of global SPDR product, a newly created role within its exchange-traded fund business. SSGA has also appointed Seth Morrison as head of global SPDR marketing, also a newly created role. Archard will oversee product strategy, innovation, range, and “lifecycle management” for SPDR. He joins from BlackRock, where he led the asset management giant’s operations in Canada. Morrison joins from Vanguard where he was head of business development for the passive manager’s high net worth client business.Neuberger Berman – The asset management firm has hired Jonathan Bailey as head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing. He joins from Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLT Global), an ESG think tank. He has previously worked on sustainability and governance projects under Al Gore, the former US vice president, and former UK prime minister Tony Blair. In his new role, Bailey will work with Neuberger’s investment teams and research departments to help integrate ESG into the firm’s processes. He will also chair the firm’s ESG Investment Advisory Committee.CEPS/ECMI – The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and European Capital Markets Institute (ECMI), which CEPS manages, are seeking policymakers, industry representatives and academics to join a task force on the challenges and opportunities facing asset allocation in Europe. The purpose of the group “is to contribute to the public debate about the need to facilitate European households’ access to savings products with stable returns over time, and to promote long-term investment across the EU through more capital markets-based financial intermediation”. The task force chairman is Jean-Pierre Pinatton, chairman of the supervisory board at Oddo BHF Group. Cosmina Amariei and Apostolos Thomodakis, researchers at ECMI, are rapporteurs alongside Karel Lannoo, CEO of CEPS and general manager at ECMI.Hymans Robertson – The UK consultancy firm has appointed five staff as partners in the business, and three to “equity members”. Amanda Switzer (people leader for the firm’s Glasgow actuarial and benefits practice), David Walker (head of LGPS investments), Emma Cameron, Laura McLaren, and Tracy Weller (third party administration leader) are the new partners. Calum Cooper (head of trustee consulting), Jon Hatchett (head of corporate consulting), and Shireen Anisuddin (head of clients) are the equity members. Shell, Northern Trust, PPF, Doughty Hanson, AllianceBernstein, AXA, Mercer, Korn Ferry, Alecta, Nordax, Government Pension Fund Norway, ABP, SSGA, BlackRock, Vanguard, Neuberger Berman, Centre for European Policy Studies, Hymans RobertsonShell Asset Management – Patrick Groenendijk has started as head of strategy of Shell Asset Management, the Rijswijk-based asset manager for Shell’s pension funds, including those in the Netherlands and the UK. Groenendijk joins from Northern Trust, where he has been head of worldwide equity strategy at the financial giant’s asset management arm. Between 2005 and 2014, Groenendijk was chief investment officer at Vervoer, the €20bn sector scheme for private road transport.Pension Protection Fund – The UK’s defined benefit lifeboat scheme has hired Tim Robson as head of alternatives. He joins from Doughty Hanson, a London-based private equity firm. Barry Kenneth, CIO at the Pension Protection Fund, said Robson’s experience in private equity and private debt would help the fund “evolve and expand the alternatives portfolio”. The £23.4bn fund had roughly 20% allocated to alternatives at the end of March 2016, according to its latest annual report.AllianceBernstein – The $498bn asset manager has ousted its CEO and board chairman Peter Kraus as part of an overhaul of its board of directors which has seen parent company AXA take more direct control. Six of the eight members of the new-look board are AXA employees.
Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel St Kitts-Nevis benefits from Taipei International Travel Fair by: – December 12, 2011 Tweet Share Share Flag of St. Kitts. Photo credit: cia.govTAIPEI, Taiwan — The Embassy of St Kitts and Nevis in Taiwan created a great impression in showcasing the Federation’s tourism product at the recently concluded Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF). According to Jasmine Huggins, St Kitts and Nevis resident ambassador to Taiwan, “This is the fourth consecutive year that the Federation has exhibited at what has been touted as the largest event of its kind in Asia.”This year, the main theme for the display was cruise tourism, which was quite timely and appropriate, given the recent surge that St Kitts and Nevis has recently made in this area. Nonetheless, other aspects of the local tourism product were also highlighted, including activities such as golf, zip-lining, the Sugar Train and scuba diving; historic sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress; as well as the unique culture and festivals.As part of the cultural presentation, Kittitian and Nevisian students, who are currently studying in Taiwan, donned clown and masquerade costumes and entertained the thousands of visitors to the booth, by dancing to local soca music. This, along with the Kittivisian rum punch that was served from the booth offered the patrons a chance to sample the festive spirit of carnival.This cultural presentation was partly responsible for the enthusiastic interest that the radio and television crews took in the St Kitts and Nevis booth. This was recognized by Abdullah Skerritt, director of e-business operations with the St Kitts Tourism Authority, who stated that “the level of press coverage – both print and broadcast – that the destination was afforded at the event, translates into advertizing value that would otherwise have been prohibitive, given our budget.”Both Huggins and Skerritt expressed confidence that the destination will benefit from the twin-island state’s presence at the expo. “We are already in discussions with principals who want to bring tour groups to our shores,” Skerritt said.Caribbean News Now 33 Views no discussions
Tweet 17 Views one comment Female entrepreneur 2011 Ms. Olive Blanchard Graduates of the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) Small Business Assistance Facility have been told that they need to become the pioneers in breaking the culture of doing business in the country.Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie made these remarks at the Eighth (8th) Graduation and Awards Ceremony, of the DYBT as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011.“As we venture into the world of work and entrepreneurship, be clear in determining who is the customer and the market that you intend to serve. You have probably heard this a number of times but it cannot be overemphasized. Remember that the customer is always right,” he advised.Meantime Austrie told the graduation and awards ceremony that the establishment of the DBYT is one of government’s responses in creating opportunities to make young persons suitable for the job market.“Government has not only provided financial resources to various financial institutions to be used to guarantee loans to the graduates of the Youth Business Trust but even through the small business unit. We have supported and opened tremendous opportunities for the creation of employment. You cannot rely only on government to create all the jobs in the country,” he said.According to him, the young entrepreneurs have a great opportunity to make Dominicans proud and become the next private sector.View photographs of the awardees: [nggallery id =88]Meantime Youth Minister Justina Charles says economic activities within several sectors have improved through the intervention of the DYBT.“To date 83 entrepreneurs have accessed their business loans under this financial facility…as a result of this lending, DYBT current loan portfolio stands at $950,000. Through the intervention of the DYBT, we have seen economic activities among the youths in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, livestock, services and hospitality, music entertainment, tourism, soap manufacturing, garment manufacturing among others. Through these facilities over 180 new employments have been generated among the youths 18-35 years. Government has invested 1.1 million dollars in the program and will continue to provide support to these initiatives,” she explained.She also urged the graduates to remain focused in a world full of distractions.Meantime two young entrepreneurs were recognized at Wednesday’s Graduation and Awards ceremony.Proprietor of Olive Branch Courier Services Olive Blanchard received an award for the most determined female entrepreneur for 2011.Josiah St Jean, the proprietor of Pictastic Photo Studio copped the award for the most determined male entrepreneur for 2011 in the male category.St. Jean encouraged young entrepreneurs to use every mistake as an experience.Fifty-one (51) entrepreneurs who have completed programs under the Small Business Assistance Facility were also certified at yesterday’s graduation.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DYBT graduates urged to become agents of change in the business sector by: – November 17, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share
Skipper Aubameyang, 30, has less than 16 months left on his current Emirates deal and is being linked with Spanish giants Barcelona. The Gunners are desperate to keep their 20-goal top scorer and Arteta hopes to bring forward contract talks in an attempt to persuade him to pen fresh terms.Ahead of hosting West Ham tomorrow, boss Arteta said: “For me it is very easy. I want to keep him under any circumstances.“We will have to talk at some stage before the end of the season and see his intentions and where we’re sitting in that moment.“I think it is difficult to predict that context right now.” Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For Adults6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators Millionaires Read Also: Arsenal takeover: Dangote informed how much it will cost to buy out KroenkeThe deciding factor for Gabon ace Aubameyang may come down to whether the club qualifies for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal are five points off fifth spot with a game in hand. And finishing in that position could be enough to snatch a place, if Manchester City lose their appeal over a two-year Euro ban.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Mikel Arteta will plead with his Arsenal bosses to keep talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at all costs.Advertisement
Mrs. Jean (Scudder) Rose, age 82, of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on August 11, 1934, in Patriot, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Brett and Helen (Eichler) Scudder. She was raised in Patriot, Indiana where she was a 1953 graduate of Patriot High School. Jean was united in marriage on October 23, 1954, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Floyd Ernest Rose and to this union arrived five sons, Dennis, Danny, Dale, Dean and Darren to bless their home. Jean and Floyd shared nearly 32 years of marriage together until Floyd passed away on June 17, 1986. In 1967, Jean was a employed as a Teacher’s Aid for the Florence Elementary School in Florence, Indiana. In 1972, Jean was employed as a cook and cashier for the Switzerland County High School, retiring in June 2009 after 40 years of service. She was a former EMT for the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. She was a member of the Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot, Indiana and was a member of the Red Hat Society. Jean enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and dressing up for Halloween. Jean will be remembered for always being a giving person and will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. Jean passed away at 10:16 am, Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Jean will be dearly missed by her sons: Dennis Rose of Vevay, IN, Danny Ray Rose of Patriot, IN, Dale Rose and his wife: Ruth of Patriot, IN and Dean Rose and his wife: Sheila of Harrison, OH; her grandchildren: Jaimie Oser, Danielle Rose, Jenna Felts, Dale Rose, Jr., Nick Knaus and Jordan Knaus; her great-grandchildren: Jaleigh Felts, Brody Carfield, Ava Knaus, Jake Knaus, Ryver Oser and Brooks Knaus and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Brett and Helen (Eichler) Scudder; her husband: Floyd Ernest Rose, died June 17, 1986; her son: Darren Lee Rose, died November 19, 2014 and her brother: Raymond Scudder, died in 1968.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Eastview Cemetery, Patriot, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Jean (Scudder) Rose Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.
highlights BCCI will announce the squad for the upcoming series against Australia today. The senior players are likely to be rested for the series. The toss up is between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for reserve opener spot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The upcoming limited overs series against Australia will be India’s last opportunity to get their combinations right before the forthcoming World Cup in England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee will announce the squad for T20 and ODI series today and it is widely reported that a number of senior players will be rested for this series. It’s known that the swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is all set to be rested. This means the likes of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane may get a final cut in the squad. However, India legend Sunil Gavaskar backed the young sensation Rishabh Pant and feels India can try a gamble by giving Rishabh Pant an opportunity to open. Recently, Australian sensation Shane Warne had said that Pant can be a good choice as an opener and Gavaskar has backed him by giving a nod to the idea.”Yes, why not. If you open with Rishab Pant, it opens up a third option for you as well. If he does well at the top, he is someone who can also be played in the middle order,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition,” he added. Pant had a great outing against Australia in the Test series scoring 350 runs at an average of 58.33. His dream run also includes a blistering century in the final Test. Following this, he also had a decent run against England Lions in the ODI series back home. He was also included in the T20 squad against New Zealand. With less than four months for the World Cup to start, this can be the last opportunity to see what he is capable of. The team management had tried Rishabh Pant against Windies in a home series but didn’t perform to his standards and eventually was dropped in the coming series. This remains to be seen if BCCI goes on his recent form and give him that much-needed extended run.