SL new captain says series against India without seniors a major challenge

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By Susitha Fernando
Colombo, July 17 |
Newly appointed Sri Lanka ODI captain Dashun Shanaka said that the upcoming India series will be a big challenge as the team is playing without senior players.

All-rounder Shanaka was replaced after Kusal Perera had to be sidelined due to a shoulder injury last week.

The country’s cricket goes through one of the toughest periods in the history as it faces the current series without some of the big names in the game like Anjelow Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne.

Sri Lanka Cricket also has suspended three top order batsmen Kushal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Dhanushka Gunathilaka for violating the Covid-19 bio bubble in England during their last series.

Among the remaining experienced players included in the current squad are Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya D’Silva and Isiru Udana.

However Shanaka said that both teams will start evenly as both are missing seniors as some of the Indian players are also in England.

“We know that some of the Indian players who have come to Sri Lanka have played at the IPL but not international cricket. So both teams will have even chances,” he said.

However Shanka said though he doesn’t have control over the victory, he was confident that his team could give a good fight.

“All the challenges would be answered at the end of the series starting tomorrow. It is the challenges that we have to overcome. When there are challenges only we learnt to do well,” said Shanaka, who became the third captain to win debut three T20I series against Pakistan in October 2019.

He joined MS Dhoni and Michael Clarke to win his maiden three T20I as captain against former world champions Pakistan.

Shanaka also told the media that the team can get a good experience playing against India, one of the top teams in the world.

“It will be very good playing against India at this stage as we can exactly measure where we are in,” he said.

He also said that there is a slight advantage as the Indian team will see the some of the new Sri players in international cricket as well.

“The Indian team will have to prepare them for the new comers. The bowlers have thoroughly analysed the new Indian players and I am sure that they would execute their plans in the middle.”

India and Sri Lanka will play three T20I matches and three ODIs from July 18-28.

Sri Lanka’s squad comprise Dasun Shanaka (captain), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ashen Bandara, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando (only T20), Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya, Shiran Fernando, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Praveen Jayawickrema, Asitha Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana.

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 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.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
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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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