India-Pakistan cricket is more exciting and far bigger than the Ashes because of the sheer number of people who come in to cheer, says former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.Inzamam and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly were speaking at the Salaam Cricket Conclave held at Hotel Maurya in New Delhi. Both legends walked down memory lane to take their fans through some endearing moments of their rivalry. (Also read: India have a 99 per cent chance of winning World T20, says Virender Sehwag at Salaam Cricket) While Ganguly revealed he asked Inzamam for bats during his playing days, Inzy recalled how Ganguly would send food to the Pakistani team in Kolkata. The two men, divided by boundaries and cricketing rivarly, were united by a conclave that is bound to touch millions of hearts in two nations.”India-Pakistan contests are better than Ashes. The crowd following was immense and there were great players who competed for their countries,” said Inzaman, who also praised Virender Sehwag lavishly.Sehwag, who blasted a triple hundred against Pakistan in Inzamam’s hometown Multan and smashed another double hundred against them in Test cricket, was a nemesis for Pakistani bowlers for years. Inzaman said it was impossible to set a field agaisnt Sehwag. (India on track for World T20, says Dhoni after Asia Cup win)”Imagine Sehwag batting on the first day of a Test match and I had four or five fielders near the ropes. It was difficult to stop him and it was difficult to captain against him,” said Inzamam at Aaj Tak’s Salaam Cricket Conclave. “Sehwag made me doubt my captaincy, because he would not only score at breathtaking speed, he would also score big.”advertisementGanguly, who led India on a historic tour of Pakistan in 2004, said it was one of the best tours of his cricket career. India and Pakistan were playing a bilateral series for the first time in 15 years, and Ganguly said that the atmosphere there was electric.”That was one of the best tours of my cricket career. I have rarely seen hospitality like that on and off the field. The people were great, the facilities and food was excellent. I want India to make more such tours. It’s also great for batsmen because they have some of the flattest pitches in the world,” Ganguly said.International teams have not toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009. Bilateral cricketing ties between India and Pakistan have also suffered since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Pakistan did visit India for a short limited-overs tour in 2012, but a more recent tour of the Middle East (Pakistan’s new ‘home venue’) was cancelled by the BCCI.
The cohort, aged 17 to 35 years of age are participating in the $9 million Alternative Livelihoods and Skills Development Animation Project. Seventeen young people from several inner-city communities island-wide are being given an opportunity to gain skills in animation as part of efforts to capitalise on the lucrative US$200 billion industry.The cohort, aged 17 to 35 years of age are participating in the $9 million Alternative Livelihoods and Skills Development Animation Project, which is being funded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).Currently, 15 participants study at the Girls’ Town Professional Development Institute (PDI) located at Maxfield Park, while the others are honing their skills at the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) CARIMAC Western Campus in Montego Bay.Speaking at the launch of the programme on September 26 at the Girls’ Town facility, General Manager at JSIF, Andrew Neita, said the training will allow participants to be qualified for a spectrum of animation services such as character design, background, and other illustrations to storyboarding, digital paint, compositing and post-production work.“Animation is an innovative and exciting area for JSIF. We support skills sets that are in demand and will give young persons a chance to improve their lives. JSIF is impressed with the fact that the training will equip these students with skills in a short time that will make them immediately employable in the animation industry,” he said.He urged the participants to make the best use of the opportunity being presented to them. “Continue to work hard so that you can make a change not only in your lives but also in your communities and subsequently in your country,” he said.GSW Reel Rock Animations is a partner in the training project, and the company’s Executive Director, Wayne Sinclair, said the undertaking will increase Jamaicans’ prospects of filling the gaps in the industry, while positioning them to take advantage of the opportunities, which exist in the sector.Coordinator/Principal Professional Development Institute, Percival Palmer, said the programme offers tremendous prospects for the youth of the country, urging them to not only prepare for jobs, but also to establish their own successful animation businesses.Expressing gratitude on behalf of the participants, Reginald Henclewood said they are appreciative of the training. He pledged that they will use the materials provided to develop their skills and surpass the expectations of all.The project is being funded by the Japanese Social Development Fund, which is administered by the World Bank through JSIF.It targets communities in the Inner City Basic Services Project such as Passmore Town, Jones Town, Federal Gardens, Whitfield Town, Lauriston, Central Village and Flankers. Story Highlights Seventeen young people from several inner-city communities island-wide are being given an opportunity to gain skills in animation. The training will allow participants to be qualified for a spectrum of animation services.