Inzamam not pleased with Babar Azam, Mohd Rizwan’s strike rate

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Lahore, Oct 19 | Former Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, who recently underwent an angioplasty procedure, said that though skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan were playing consistently, they need to improve their strike rate if the team hopes to do well in the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

Though Babar Azam scored a half-century and Pakistan won the low-scoring warm-up game against the West Indies by seven wickets with 27 balls remaining, the captain consumed 41 deliveries for his 50, while Rizwan struck his 13 off 17 balls and didn’t score a single boundary.

Batting first, West Indies, the defending T20 World Cup champions, scored 130/7 and Pakistan scored the winning runs in 15.3 overs for the loss of three wickets, with in-form batter Fakhar Zaman smashing a 24-ball 46 at a strike rate of nearly 192.

“Babar and Rizwan have played exceedingly well in the last couple of years but I still feel that they should increase their strike-rate,” said Inzamam on his official YouTube channel on Tuesday.

“Pakistan is relying heavily on Babar and Rizwan. If they don’t score at a good strike rate, the team will find itself in a difficult situation,” he added.

“They need to take advantage of the first six overs, especially in matches against good teams.”

With teams scoring big in Powerplays, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s below-average strike rate doesn’t quite enthuse the former captain.

“Pakistan chased down the total with more than three overs (more than four overs) to spare but that was largely due to Fakhar Zaman’s 24-ball 46,” he concluded.

Pakistan’s second and final warm-up match is against South Africa on October 20 in Abu Dhabi. They will begin their campaign in the tournament against India on October 24 in Dubai.

Source: IANS

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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 Campusutra.com  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.

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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.

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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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