Cummins’ appointment as skipper, Smith as his deputy the right thing to do: Ponting


Sydney, Nov 26 | Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting has endorsed pace bowler Pat Cummins’ appointment as captain of the Test side and said that batting stalwart Steve Smith being made his deputy could be a game-changer for the hosts ahead of the Ashes, given his experience.

Smith had been leading Australia before the ball-tampering episode — also called the Sandpaper-gate scandal — in 2018 during the South Africa series led him, his then-deputy David Warner and team-mate Cameron Bancroft to resign. The trio was also banned from all forms of cricket for varying periods not exceeding one year, and a decision was taken to not appoint Smith in a leadership role for two years.

Now with Tim Paine stepping down as Australia’s Test captain in the wake of the sexting scandal, the onus of guiding the side in the Ashes at home has fallen on Cummins, Smith and chief coach Justin Langer.

On Friday, Ponting, who is also the chief coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Delhi Capitals, welcomed the appointment of Pat Cummins as Test captain, and said Smith role is ‘really important’.

“The only concern I have is… where Pat’s the standout fast bowler, is he going to keep bowling himself? Because the team is going to need it. Or will he be worried about what people are going to think if he just keeps himself on the whole time? That’s where vice-captain’s role is really important in this whole thing,” said former Australian skipper Ponting to on Friday.

“Because it might go the other way that he doesn’t bowl himself enough because he’s getting physically tired. But sometimes you need someone to push your or direct you, and that’s where I think the vice-captain is going to be important.”

Ever since Smith has returned to the cricketing fold following the expiry of his ban in 2019, he has not been in great form but has earned praise for his positive dressing-room presence during former skipper Paine’s tenure.

“We’ve all made mistakes. We all said at the time it was a severe penalty (bans) for all those guys –and it had to be, that’s the way it was at the time. But it’s a long time ago now,” said Ponting. “He’s played some great cricket since then and has not stepped a foot wrong with anything he’s done in his life since then.

“So as far as I’m concerned, if Cricket Australia think it’s okay, then I’m not surprised they have given him the job,” added Ponting.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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