Ireland, Netherlands aim for ‘Super 12’, hope to spoil Sri Lanka’s chances


Abu Dhabi, October 18 (INAS) Ireland and the Netherlands would be aiming to go all out in their opening campaign at the ICC T20 World Cup here, as a win later on Monday would be crucial to their aspirations of securing a ‘Super 12’ berth in the tournament.

Both Group A teams now boast of some good batters and bowlers who can upset the form book and secure their respective teams ‘Super 12’ berths ahead of pool favourites and former world champions Sri Lanka, and fellow Group A hopefuls Namibia.

Despite the Dutch arriving in the T20 World Cup without much warm-up time, their core group has been playing across the world in various franchise competitions. Back in 2019 they won the qualifying tournament, defeating Ireland in the semifinals before dispatching Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the final.

For Ireland, though, it is a period of both promise and transition Ireland as many of the golden generation, who established the side as a white-ball force, especially in 50-over cricket, have either retired or moved to coaching. Still, old hands such as Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien will add experience to a young and talented but raw squad.

The Irish group has plenty of power hitting, while the pace attack offers variety and depth. But balance could be an issue, with wicketkeeper Neil Rock possibly featuring as high as six to accommodate more bowling options. Whether Ireland stick with that setup, or look to utilise their part-time bowling options to make up the fifth set of overs remains to be seen.

But, regardless of the balance of the attack, if opening batters Stirling and O’Brien can operate effectively in the powerplay then Ireland have a good chance of not just making it out of Group A but also having a good crack at the ‘Super 12’.

Netherlands’ strength is their pace attack, which may trouble the best sides in the world if they make it through to the Super 12s.

Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie said, “We do have a lot of youth and inexperience in our squad — this is the first big ICC event for a lot of our guys — but we’ve had a good build-up here, played some good games, and we’re slowly getting to where we want to be in that first game. We’ve got a crop of young, hungry cricketers… who want to go out and express themselves on the world stage.”

Dutch captain Pieter Seelaar, said, “There’s no clear favourite and no weak side (in Group A). I wouldn’t say Sri Lanka is going to go through, they are going to have a hard time beating all three of us.”

Possible Netherlands playing XI: Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards, Pieter Seelar, Paul van Meekeren, Fred Klaasen, Timm van der Gugten

Possible Ireland playing XI: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andy Balbirnie, Gareth Delaney, Curtis Campher, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Josh Little, Ben White, Mark Adair, Craig Young.

Source: IANS

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San Francisco, Dec 6 | Musk hiring engineers to solve problems that affects people’s lives. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he is hiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers who are passionate about solving day-to-day problems through AI.

“As always, Tesla is looking for hardcore AI engineers who care about solving problems that directly affect people’s lives in a major way,” Musk tweeted along with a link to apply for the job.

Interested candidates can apply by filling in fields like name, email, exceptional work done in software, hardware or AI, dropping their resume in the PDF format and hitting the Apply option.

As per the website, Tesla’s AI and Autopilot unit develops and deploys autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more.

“We believe that an approach based on advanced for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving and beyond,” the website read.

In a 2014 interview, Musk said he looked for “evidence of exceptional ability” in a potential employee, rather than a degree from a prestigious university.

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“There is no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school,” Musk said during an interview with the German automotive publication Auto Bild about his hiring preferences more broadly.

“If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case. If you look at, say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, these guys didna¿t graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course that would be a good idea.”

Source: IANS


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