Energean secures additional gas supply deals for Karish project offshore Isreal

first_imgThe two new GSPAs increases the firm’s total contracted gas sales from the Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/yr The Karish development forms part of the Karish and Tanin project. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Energean has signed two contracts for the sale of an additional 1.4 billion cubic metre (bcm) per year of gas from the Karish project, located offshore Israel.The two new gas sales and purchase agreements (GSPAs) increases the firm’s total contracted gas sales from the Karish project to approximately 7.0 bcm/yr on plateau. The deals represent more than $2.5bn in contracted revenues over their life.Energean said that majority of gas will be supplied to the Ramat Hovav Power Plant, a partnership between the Edeltech Group and Shikun & Binui.Represented by a second agreement, the remainder of gas will be supplied to an affiliate of the RH Partnership for existing power stations for 15 years.Energean CEO Mathios Rigas said that the flagship Karish gas project is on track to deliver first gas in 2H 2021.Rigas added: “We remain committed to continue bringing competition and security of supply to the Israeli gas market even after we fill the Karish FPSO to its maximum 8 bcm/yr capacity.“The new contracts we signed today further strengthen our secured revenues stream, which is well-insulated against future commodity price fluctuations, and provide cash flows that will support our strategic goal of paying a sustainable dividend to our shareholders.”Energean seeks buyers for remaining 1bcm/year spare capacityEnergean said it is seeking potential offtaker for the remaining 1bcm/year spare capacity in the Energean Power floating production storage and offloading (FPSO).In a press statement, Energean said: “Energean is assessing several opportunities in both the Israeli domestic market and key export markets in order to meet this target, alongside reviewing further growth opportunities across the nine exploration blocks that it holds in Israel to further expand its presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.”The Karish project, which forms part of the company’s Karish and Tanin project, is 70% owned by Energean while Kerogen Capital holds the remaining 30% stake.The field is planned to commence production next near. It is expected to reach peak production capacity in January 2024.Earlier this year, Energean has issued a warning of potential delays to deliver first gas from its Karish gas field due to the Covid-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Trump scraps Republican convention in Florida due to coronavirus

first_img“It’s hard for us to say we should have a lot of people packed into a room and then other people shouldn’t do it,” he said. “There’s nothing more crowded than a convention.”I think we’re setting an example by doing it.”The Republican convention had been scheduled to be held in Jacksonville from August 24-27.Florida has recently experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases, which topped four million in the United States on Thursday.Topics : Trump said convention events would be held “online in some form.”He said Republican delegates who will nominate him as the party’s candidate in November’s election against Democrat Joe Biden will gather in North Carolina for a “reasonably quick meeting.” The main reason for cancelling the Jacksonville event was “safety,” he said.”I could see the media saying ‘Oh, this is very unsafe,'” Trump added. US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he was scrapping next month’s Republican Party nominating convention in Jacksonville, Florida, because of the coronavirus outbreak.Trump, speaking at a White House press conference, said it was not the right time to do a “big, crowded convention.””The timing for this event is not right, it’s just not right with what’s happened recently,” he said.last_img read more

RBA governor lays blame for higher property prices on state, councils

first_imgUnder-investment in transport infrastructure and zoning have been raised as issues linked to housing Generic shots of housing estates and coastline on the Tweed Coast: Tweed housing estate.RESERVE Bank Governor Philip Lowe has laid the blame for higher property prices on matters directly under the control of state government and local councils. Mr Lowe levelled the blame during a speech at the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Sydney today.He said both countries were finding that “at a time of strong demand from both residents and nonresidents, there are challenges on the supply side”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoMr Lowe said rising housing prices had gone hand-in-hand with a rise in household indebtedness.“I understand that zoning is an issue in Canada, just as in Australia,” he said. “In some parts of Australia, there has also been under-investment in transport infrastructure, which has limited the supply of well-located land at a time when demand for such land has been growing quickly. The result is higher prices.”Mr Lowe said the increase in overall housing prices had gone “hand-in-hand” with a further pick-up in household debt.“In both countries the ratio of household debt to income is at a record high, although the low level of interest rates means that the debt-servicing burdens are not that high at the moment.”Mr Lowe said while Australian households were “coping reasonably well with the high levels of debt”, there were “some signs that debt levels are affecting household spending”.“Households are carrying more debt than they have before and, at the same time, they are experiencing slower growth in their nominal incomes than they have for some decades. For many, this is a sobering combination.”last_img read more

Panthers and Steelers test their mettle in prime time

first_imgPATRIOTS, 31-19No. 14 Atlanta (minus 4) at No. 27 ClevelandAre the injury-ravaged Falcons in midst of a turnaround?FALCONS, 26-20No. 6 Los Angeles Chargers (minus 10) at No. 32 OaklandWe ask once again: Have Raiders given up?CHARGERS, 33-16No. 19 Miami (plus 10) at No. 16 Green BayDolphins have better record, Packers have much better team.PACKERS, 34-20No. 21 Jacksonville (plus 3) at No. 23 IndianapolisCould there be a worse matchup this weekend? Well, see below.JAGUARS, 21-20No. 31 Buffalo (plus 7) at No. 26 New York JetsCould there be a worse matchup? Well, see Monday night.JETS, 8-5No. 30 New York Giants (plus 3 1-2) at No. 28 San Francisco, Monday nightThe worst matchup. And in prime time.UPSET SPECIAL: GIANTS, 19-13___2018 RECORD:Last Week: Against spread (9-4). Straight up (9-4)Season Totals: Against spread (65-62-4). Straight up: (90-42-2)Best Bet: 3-6 against spread, 7-2 straight upUpset special: 6-3 against spread, 5-3-1 straight up___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Two teams headed for January football, the Panthers and Steelers, get to test their mettle on Thursday night. It should be a good one in prime time.Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, who’s 1-1 in Super Bowls, isn’t admitting any postseason thoughts are in the minds of his players or himself. But he has to like how the Steelers have performed in four straight victories.“I’m not trying to look for specific areas, I just try to challenge these guys to get better every day,” Tomlin says.“That’s what we’re focused on. I think that if we do that daily that will give us a chance to produce consistent performances that are on the rise. Not only in the second quarter (of the season) but as we continue through this journey.”That journey has Carolina (6-2), ranked fifth in the AP Pro32, at No. 7 Pittsburgh. The Steelers (5-2-1) are a 5½-point favorite in the week’s best matchup.The Panthers have won three straight and five of six. They are particularly strong running the ball, though Pittsburgh is stingy in that area on defense.Carolina trails New Orleans by one game in the NFC South and leads the wild-card chase. Pittsburgh has a half-game lead in the AFC North over Cincinnati.This could come down to the final play, which would be a treat to begin Week 10.STEELERS, 33-31KNOCKOUT POOL: Pro Picks is on a roll, and the Bears kept it going. This time, we’ll buy into underachieving (or under skilled perhaps) GREEN BAY.No. 20 Dallas (plus 6 1-2) at No. 11 PhiladelphiaYes, it’s a bitter-rivalry game. But Eagles come off a bye, Cowboys off a poor showing.BEST BET: EAGLES, 27-16No. 1 New Orleans (minus 4 1-2) at No. 12 CincinnatiWith Eagles up next, Saints could stumble here. They won’t.SAINTS, 31-23No. 13 Seattle (plus 10) at No. 4 Los Angeles RamsThat’s a lot of points for a game that many Seahawks fans will attend.RAMS, 30-23No. 29 Arizona (plus 16 1-2) at No. 2 (tie) Kansas CityPro Picks rarely is afraid to lay so many points. So …CHIEFS 40, CARDINALS 22No. 22 Detroit (plus 6 1-2) at No. 10 ChicagoFirst of two meetings in less than three weeks.BEARS, 22-14No. 15 Washington (plus 3) at No. 25 Tampa BayRedskins’ record could plummet with all those O-line injuries.BUCCANEERS, 33-31No. 2 (tie) New England (minus 6 1-2) at No. 17 TennesseeBrady has Patriots in their usual fine November form.last_img read more

AUSTRALIAN OPEN ’19: What happens to tennis when 2 GOATS go?

first_imgIt was a terrific moment for tennis, drawing tons of attention to an otherwise meaningless exhibition event in a sport just starting its new season: Serena Williams and Roger Federer sharing a court for the first — only? — time.There they were, trying to return each other’s sublime serves during a mixed doubles match, then kidding around and showering mutual admiration on each other during a joint interview, before posing for a selfieseen ’round the world.A fan’s dream. A promoter’s, too. Also, potentially, a scary moment for tennis.Williams, owner of a professional-era-record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, and Federer, owner of a men’s-record 20, are both 37 years old, both parents and both far closer to the ends of their careers than anyone with a stake in the sport would care to think about. And so the whole scene on New Year’s Day at the Hopman Cup raised a key question, one that will be a backdrop at the Australian Open when play begins in Melbourne on Monday: What will happen to tennis when these two GOATS (“Greatest of All Time”) are gone?“I’m a little worried about it. When they’re done, it’s going to be a real loss. When Federer goes, it’s a loss, not only for individual tournaments but the tour itself. He drives so much support and fan revenue. It’s similar with Serena. They’re so well known outside of tennis. At the end of the day, I’m happy I can say I played against one of them and kind of alongside the other one,” said Sam Querrey, a former member of the top 20 who reached Wimbledon’s semifinals in 2017. “Hopefully someone can step up and take their place in terms of popularity.”That’s not all that likely.Not anytime soon, anyway.It’s become a popular parlor game to try to point to which players in their 20s now will fill the gap whenever it is that these two superstars move on.Among the names bandied about these days are Naomi Osaka, Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko among the women, and Alexander Zverev, Sefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov among the men. That group of a half-dozen owns a total of three Grand Slam titles so far (one each for the trio of women).There are those, such as ATP Executive Chairman Chris Kermode and WTA CEO Steve Simon, who acknowledge that Federer and Williams are, as Simon put it, “very special,” but also believe tennis can survive their eventual and inevitable departures.“Whenever we see them on the court these days, it’s something everybody should embrace and celebrate. They … raised the profile and quality of tennis,” Simon said. “If there are conversations about them retiring, I’d say that we’ll certainly miss them, but it’s also something that happens in sports: Icons retire and great new icons come up behind them. No one thought anyone would ever replace Michael Jordan, and I don’t think LeBron James has done too bad a job of following him up.”Added Simon: “I hope they play for another 10 years, but if they don’t, the sport will, of course, move on while also remembering their greatness forever.”Federer and Williams have built up reservoirs of success on the court and good will off it over nearly two decades: Williams’ first Grand Slam title came in 1999; Federer’s first arrived in 2003.Her take on Federer: “Both on the court and off the court, he has such charisma.”His take on Williams: “You see how focused and determined she is, and I love that about her.”While Federer has managed to avoid any sort of real controversy at all — “His contributions have been immense both in terms of captivating audiences worldwide on the court, as well as leading by example away from the court,” Kermode said — Williams most recently faced backlash after a mid-match flare-up during a loss to Osaka in the U.S. Open final last September.The Australian Open will be Williams’ first real tournament since that outburst, which led to her being docked a game by the chair umpire and fined $17,000 by the U.S. Tennis Association, so it will be fascinating to see how things play out in Melbourne, where she has won seven titles.What everyone seems to be able to agree on is that whenever Williams and Federer — a six-time champion at the Australian Open, including in 2017 and 2018 — do decide to walk away, their imprints will be lasting ones.“They are both legends. They are champions. To see both of them still competing on a real high level was quite fun and exciting,” said three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, who was at the Hopman Cup. “I hope they will still play a few more years, as long as they can, because they are really important for tennis.”___Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports In this Jan. 1, 2019, file photo, Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Serena Williams of the United states during their mixed doubles tennis match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.  (AP Photo/Trevor Collens, File)last_img read more

New York Mega-Event as a Homecoming

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAllegany State Park Geobash IX Mega-EventJune 30, 2014In “Community”Mid-West Geo-Bash 2013 — One Geocaching HQ staffer’s journey into Area 51August 5, 2013In “Geocaching.com Videos”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community” Editor’s note: Geocaching HQ staff are joining geocachers at Mega-Events around the world to celebrate and share the adventure of geocaching. Amy Faulkner, a.k.a. Theworldisfun, attended Allegheny State Park Geobash VIII (GC3P9M9) in New York, USA in May. Amy has been with Geocaching HQ as an Events Production Manager since 2013. This is Amy’s account of her trip.Amy a.k.a. TheworldisfunI recently had the privilege of attending the Allegheny State Park Geobash VIII (GC3P9M9). I’m sure that everyone’s first visit to a Mega event holds a special place in their heart but this particular trip was extra special to me as it was a bit of a homecoming. I grew up in the area where the event took place so my flight across the country served many purposes: I was able to attend my first Mega event as a lackey, see my family , and meet a lot of new and interesting people in the Geocaching community.Cool geocacheAs someone fairly new to Geocaching HQ, attending your first Mega event is slightly overwhelming and incredibly exciting at the same time. I arrived at the beautiful state park location on Friday evening just in time for the bonfire. Walking up to the site I immediately knew this was going to be a life changing experience. Every person there, despite many of them being strangers, had one common bond: Geocaching. Listening to the stories shared around the fire solidified what I already knew – geocachers are a great community.The welcoming and hospitality was especially appreciated because I attended the event with my parents both non-geocachers. Throughout the weekend I continued to meet so many interesting geocachers each with a great story as to how they became involved in the game, their favorite geocache, what it means to them, etc.. There were way too many people that contributed to making this trip so memorable for me but a few of the standout were:Team-DuckyThe ASPGB Committee: These guys worked really hard to make a great event.Team-Ducky: I’ll admit I am a sucker for a box of Sharpies and something to use them on. The duo that makes Team-Ducky travels with those Sharpies and a bunch of blank rubber duckies. You may find one in a geocache someday. I even had the opportunity to make one myself but the highlight was the one that they made for me.benny06: Also a first time Mega event attendee, we exchanged travel stories and favorite finds.scrabblehounds: I am a big fan of dogs and scrabblehounds’ dog Neko may be one of my favorites.Cherry Spawn: his enthusiasm for all things geocaching is contagiousAt the end of the weekend, when all was said and done, the ASPGB VIII was an amazing event to attend. It was well organized by a great geocaching community, the people that were there were friendly, welcoming, and enthusiastic about the game, and I can now proudly say that my parents are geocachers. I can’t wait till next year.Mega-Event Group Picturelast_img read more

What the Oscars Can Teach You About Your Sales Presentation

first_imgI don’t watch the Academy Awards anymore. I love the movies. I love storytelling. And I love to watch what a group of creative people can put together. But the Academy doesn’t understand their medium or their audience.The Hollywood insiders care about all of their technical awards, like best costume, best soundtrack, or best key grip on an animated short film featuring a mime. But the television audience finds those categories uninteresting, especially when there is more compelling television on—and especially since they withhold the big awards, saving them until late (when some of us are fast asleep, preparing to hit Monday morning running at full speed).If your sales presentation starts with your locations, the amount of time you have been in business, and the logos of the companies you help, you are serving up content that is uninspiring, uninteresting, and unhelpful. Oh, you can have all those slides in your deck, but you put them in an appendix at the end of the deck and use them to answer questions or resolve concerns.You lead with what’s hot. You don’t have three hours (and neither does the Academy). You spend your time on the most interesting, compelling, and inspiring content you’ve got. How do you make a difference? What do you different? Why have you made the choices you have made? Why is it so important that you are you, and how would the world be different without you in it?If you’ve got everybody in the same room and you have their attention, don’t withhold, and don’t save up for a big finish. Give them a show. Start strong. Finish strong. And be compelling in between.QuestionsWhat do your dream clients really want to see?What questions do they have for which your answers are going to be off-the-charts compelling?How do you start strong?How do you end with a call to action that your dream clients can’t wait to sign onto?last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: A capsule look at all eight teams

first_imgSOUTH AFRICAODI RANKING: 1BEST RESULT: Champion 1998LAST TIME: SemifinalsSQUAD: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy, David Miller, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Keshav Maharaj, Dwaine Pretorius, Farhaan Behardien, Morne MorkelCOACH: Russell DomingoEye-catching series victories over India (away), England, New Zealand (twice), and 5-0 whitewashes of Australia and Sri Lanka in the last two years have lifted South Africa to No. 1.Unbeaten in a bilateral ODI series since July 2015 until losing to England 2-1 in the Champions Trophy warmups, the South Africans have the top-ranked batsman in AB de Villiers and the top-ranked bowlers in seamer Kagiso Rabada and legspinner Imran Tahir. On paper, they should be the favorites but they famously fail to deliver at the big ODI tournaments.AP PhotoThe Champions Trophy is the one the South Africans have won, claiming the inaugural title in 1998.Once again, with the pressure on, they have to prove they have the mental strength to go with a lineup that is powerful in every department.Opening batsmen Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla have forged a hugely effective partnership. Get one of them out and there’s still de Villiers, Faf du Plessis, JP Duminy and David Miller to come.Tahir has been in red-hot form, but Rabada leads a pace attack that is always reliable, while there might even be a return from injury for Dale Steyn if he proves his fitness in time.ODDS: 4-1advertisementAUSTRALIAODI RANKING: 2BEST RESULT: Champion 2006, 2009LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam ZampaCOACH: Darren LehmannAfter failing to win a game in its trophy defense in 2013, Australia intends to regain the championship by blasting all-comers.The batting lineup is impressive, boasting David Warner, captain Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, and Glenn Maxwell. They’re bolstered by the prolific Chris Lynn, who recovered in the Indian Premier League from another shoulder injury.A powerful pace attack will be complete if Mitchell Starc can fire. Starc was picked with Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson, and Pat Cummins. Injuries have limited their appearances together, and Starc is underdone after injuring his foot in the test series against India three months ago. His ability to seam the ball on English pitches is invaluable, and he couldn’t bowl in the last warmup on Monday because of rain.None of the squad was part of the 2006 and 2009 champions, but seven were involved in winning the 2015 World Cup, albeit at home.Nearly two-thirds of the squad have been playing in the IPL, so they come match-fit to a point. But some who played in the India test series may also be mentally tired entering a third straight big event.For all of Australia’s weapons, it’s still not as intimidating as it was in the previous decade. In the past summer, Australia was swept aside in South Africa and New Zealand, the latter its first group opponent on Friday.ODDS: 3-1INDIAODI RANKING: 3BEST RESULT: Champion 2002, 2013LAST TIME: ChampionSQUAD: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh KarthikCOACH: Anil KumbleWhen India ended a two-week delay and revealed its squad, it banked on experienced 50-over format players to defend the trophy rather than going on the form of aspirant cricketers from its glamorous Twenty20 premier league.Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Dinesh Karthik all were part of the 2013 winning squad.”We respect the IPL, but when it comes to the longer formats and when it comes to the English conditions we have looked at performances over the last year,” chief selector MSK Prasad said. “And the experience. Experience is of paramount importance.”India beefed up its middle-order batting by recalling Yuvraj Singh, who last played in the tournament in 2006.Dhawan, the left-handed opening batsman, was player of the 2013 championship, also held in England, and in Kumar and Bumrah, India’s fast bowling looks as lethal as any other team’s.Virat Kohli had a reasonable IPL with the bat but couldn’t prevent his side finishing last. He captains India in his first major ICC event, and is fortunate to have beside him the great Dhoni, the calm and calculated wicketkeeper-batstman, who can seemingly win any game on his own and from any tough situation.advertisementIndia is a hot favorite to make it to the semifinals from Group B, which also includes Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.ODDS: 9-2NEW ZEALANDODI RANKING: 4BEST RESULT: Champion 2000LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, Jimmy Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitch Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent BoultCOACH: Mike HessonIf New Zealand gets its lineup right, it could win the Champions Trophy, 17 years after its one and only major success.New Zealand was a World Cup finalist in 2015, and a World Twenty20 semifinalist in 2016, and has developed a thick skin, like captain Kane Williamson.The only question marks surround Martin Guptill’s opening partner, and which allrounders to leave out in the middle order.Tom Latham lost his opening batsman-wicketkeeper position during the home series against South Africa in February after a run of six single-figure scores. He came right in the recent triseries in Ireland, scoring a century and two half-centuries. Meanwhile, Luke Ronchi kept wicket in the triseries, then opened with Guptill against India at the weekend in a warmup and scored a 63-ball 66.Presuming New Zealand accommodate Latham and Ronchi and fit-again fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, then there’s two middle-order berths and four allrounders to pick, from Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, and Corey Anderson.De Grandhomme, coming off the IPL, hasn’t scored more than 32 or taken more than two wickets in a match since he returned to the ODI side in December. Neesham has batted well this year with 274 runs at an average of 34.25, but taken only four wickets.Santner has been the opposite, spinning out 18 wickets in 11 matches, but scoring only 113 runs. Anderson hasn’t scored more than 35 or taken two wickets in a match since the 2015 World Cup semifinals.Guptill and Ross Taylor are the only survivors from the team which reached the 2009 final, and are among seven from the 2013 side.ODDS: 9-1ENGLANDODI RANKING: 5BEST RESULT: Final 2004, 2013LAST TIME: FinalSQUAD: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.COACH: Trevor BaylissTest cricket used to be king in England.It still might be, in the eyes of the fans and traditionalists, but England coach Trevor Bayliss – in charge since June 2015 – has ensured the shorter formats now get as much attention as the five-day game.”We turn our back on ODI cricket too much,” Andrew Strauss, the director of England’s national team, said in appointing Bayliss, “not because it isn’t important, but because we aren’t very good at it.”Reuters PhotoThat’s not the case anymore. England has a vibrant, dynamic side with genuine world-class players in Joe Root, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, a deep and threatening batting lineup that has the luxury of Moeen Ali potentially at No. 7, and a balanced bowling attack.advertisementPlaying at home and in conditions that suit them, the English will be hard to beat in the Champions Trophy as they go in search of their first ICC 50-over trophy.The turnaround since England was eliminated embarrassingly in the group stage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup has been stunning. The players have freedom to be positive and aggressive, the mindset is attacking, and the hierarchy wants the team to be entertaining. There is no longer the fear of making mistakes.The English just have to handle the pressure, which is easier said than done. This is the third time they have hosted the Champions Trophy – after 2004 and 2013 – and they have reached the final both times, only to lose to West Indies in fading light and then to India in a rain-affected match reduced to 20 overs per side.ODDS: 5-2BANGLADESHODI RANKING: 6BEST RESULT: Group stage 2002, 2004LAST TIME: Did not qualifySQUAD: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Sunzamul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Shafiul IslamCOACH: Chandika HathurusinghaBangladesh isn’t tipped to win the Champions Trophy but it has the ability to spoil the party of the three other teams in Group A: Australia, England, and New Zealand.Bangladesh last played in the Champions Trophy in 2006, but their rapid rise in ODIs earned it direct qualification.Since the 2015 World Cup in Australia, where Bangladesh was knocked out in the quarterfinals, it has won four home ODI series against Pakistan, India, South Africa, and Afghanistan.It has played just two series outside home, losing to New Zealand 3-0 and drawing in Sri Lanka 1-1.”We have the opportunity to demonstrate how good our ODI skills are,” selector Habibul Bashar said.Captain Mashrafe Mortaza and allrounder Shakib Al Hasan are the only survivors from 2006, but excitement is also expected from wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, and middle-order batsman Mahmudullah, whose offspin bowling could also come in handy.Fast bowler Shafiul Islam has been recalled to back up left-armer Mustafizur Rahman, who has the ability to exploit the seaming conditions in England.ODDS: 40-1SRI LANKAODI RANKING: 7BEST RESULT: Champion 2002LAST TIME: SemifinalsSQUAD: Angelo Mathews (captain), Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Pradeep, Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Kusal Perera, Lasith Malinga, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Seekkuge PrasannaCOACH: Graham FordSri Lanka has been bolstered by the return of fit-again captain Angelo Mathews and tearaway fast bowler Lasith Malinga.Beside them, batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Perera, fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera, and allrounder Thisara Perera are the other survivors from Sri Lanka’s 2013 squad, which reached the semifinals.Former South Africa fast bowler Alan Donald has been roped in as bowling coach specifically for the Champions Trophy, and he has high expectations of the team against fellow subcontinent rivals Pakistan and India in Group B.”I know I’ve got a very short stint to try and make an impact,” Donald said. “The conditions will be very very challenging, especially in the start of June, but that’s all part and parcel of unpacking the final product.”The final product is built on faith. Mathews and Malinga have been playing in the Indian Premier League since recovering from hamstring and knee injuries respectively. Middle-order batsman Chamara Kapugedara’s last ODI was 18 months ago.The top order should be OK with Upul Tharanga, who led Sri Lanka in the absence of the injured Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne.But they start against top-ranked South Africa, who beat them 5-0 this year.ODDS: 28-1PAKISTANODI RANKING: 8BEST RESULT: Semifinals 2000, 2004, 2009LAST TIME: Group stageSQUAD: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem AshrafCOACH: Mickey ArthurPakistan, the three-time semifinalist, needs to change the conservative approach of its batsmen to have any chance of advancing from the group stage.The batting has let down the ODI team over the last two years. The slide began under Azhar Ali’s captaincy when Bangladesh whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in 2015 then England, New Zealand, and Australia exposed the fragile lineup.Ali stepped down from the captaincy after Australia won 4-1 this year, and he was not included in the recent series in the West Indies. Often criticized for batting too slow in the top order, Ali has nevertheless been recalled for the Champions Trophy.New captain Sarfraz Ahmed, one of nine players making their Champions Trophy debut, has to marshall his work-in-progress side against defending champion India, top-ranked South Africa, and Sri Lanka in Group B.At least the bowlers look good, with the likes of fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, and new legspin sensation Shadab Khan.Shoaib Malik, who scored a century against the West Indies, is making his sixth Champions Trophy appearance, and Mohammad Hafeez his third.ODDS: 14-1last_img read more