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The Dos and Don’ts of cricket

The Dos and Don’ts of cricket

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is currently on the go, with DStv viewers enjoying some fantastic action live and in HD from England.

In honour of the ongoing tournament, and SuperSport’s comprehensive coverage of it, we look at the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ of watching the Cricket World Cup on your ‘World of Champions’.

DO

Enjoy the power hitters at the World Cup

One of cricket’s greatest sights is seeing a batsman strike the ball high, wide and handsome, sending it out of the playing ground for a six. This World Cup is set to be one in which power hitters such as Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler, Virat Kohli, David Miller and Martin Guptill come to the fore, with batsmen adopting ever more aggressive approaches in limited overs cricket.

Respect the brilliance of world-class bowlers

The balance of the battle between bat and ball has long been a key factor in limited overs cricket. Batsmen have generally held sway in recent years, with rising run rates and smaller boundaries making life tougher for bowling attacks. However, the likes of Jofras Archer, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah and Oshane Thomas are leading the light for the quicks, while spinners such as Shakib Al Hasan, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will use their guile and skill to dominate.

Gawk in wonder at the amazing catches

The 2019 World Cup has already produced some incredible catches, with two standout efforts which defy belief no matter how times you watch (and gawk in wonder at) the replays: Ben Stokes’ acrobatic effort to dismiss Andile Phehlukwayo and Sheldon Cottrell’s seemingly nonchalant grasp on the boundary rope to end a fine innings from Steve Smith.

DON’T

Don’t confuse ODIs with T20Is and Tests

Okay, for the uninitiated, cricket comes in three forms: Tests (matches played over a maximum of five days, with red balls and white clothing), One Day Internationals (ODIs – matches played on one day with 50 overs per innings, featuring white balls and coloured clothing) and T20 Internationals (basically a shorter, more intense version of ODIs). The ongoing World Cup is in the ODI format.

Underestimate any opponents

The Cricket World Cup has a rich history of upsets, the most recent of which saw Bangladesh (once regarded as minnows of the game) comfortably defeat South Africa’s Proteas on the opening weekend of the current tournament. The smaller field at this edition of the World Cup (just 10 teams, compared to 14 in the 2011 and 2015 tournaments) means there are no ‘weak’ nations or ‘easy’ games.

Get caught short by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern

No, that’s not the name of a law firm, but rather a mathematical formula to help calculate the target score for the team batting second in a limited overs match interrupted by weather. With England notorious for it’s rainy climate, there’s a fair chance that several matches could have this extra bit of drama thrown in.

For the latest news, fixtures and results from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, head to SuperSport’s tournament page.


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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.