Skipper Bonner ready for Leewards challenge

January 20, 2020

first_imgRecently-appointed captain of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Jamaican-born Nkrumah Bonner, said he was surprised at being handed the position, however, now that he is in the post, he will give it his best shot. “I wasn’t really expecting it,” stated Bonner, who is currently in St Kitts preparing with the eastern Caribbean outfit for the second half of the WICB First-Class Tournament. “Since joining the Leewards, earlier this season, I believe I have been doing reasonably well, particularly with the bat. “I have also been active in the field, and making suggestions so on, and I guess they were of the opinion that I was having a good influence on the team “I was approached and asked if I would like to take charge, and after thinking about it I agreed to accept it,” added the West Indies representative. A former Jamaica Under-15 vice-captain, it will be the first time the 26-year-old Bonner will be leading a team at the regional level. He has, however, led teams at the club level in Jamaica performing similar duties even up until recently with St Catherine Cricket Association in the two-day Senior Cup. “I am prepared mentally for the challenge, and is expecting good things,” Bonner highlighted. “I tend to say things as I see it, and I guess people respect me for that. This, I believe, is a good starting point, and is something I hope to build on.” Bonner, who has represented the West Indies in two Twenty20 Internationals, has also expressed pleasure in the confidence placed in him by team officials. “The coach (Reginald Benjamin) and manager (Hugh Gore), who is a no-nonsense guy, recommended me, so from that point of view, it’s good to know they have the confidence in me,” he said. Looking at the on-going four-day tournament, Bonner, who is the Leewards’ leading runs scorer, said he believes the team can improve their fortunes. The Leewards have lost all of their five matches to date, and are currently at the bottom of the six-team standings. “I am expecting us to do a lot better in the second half of the season,” he explained. “We will be looking to win, but even if we don’t, I would love to see our batting, bowling and fielding performances improve overall.” The Hurricanes are scheduled to play third-place Jamaica Scorpions in their next encounter in Antigua, commencing on Thursday.last_img read more

This is how MTDC is planning to make the Juhu seafront more attractive for tourists

November 26, 2019

first_imgIn a bid to reduce the tourist pressure at Marine Drive and Bandstand, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is planning to develop the 350-metre stretch of the western coast between Andheri and Juhu so that it attracts more tourists in the future.According to a report by The Indian Express, MTDC is planning to introduce adventure activities at the beach, that will include water sports, a floating jetty for cruises and numerous other amenities for the tourists.Also read: This fort in Maharashtra might soon be a world heritage site Construction of drinking water, temporary wooden benches, watch towers, and public toilets are also a part of the tourism board’s greater plan for the area. When completed, these amenities will not only benefit travellers from different parts, but will also help the Mumbaikars have a good time when they hang out in this place.”About three to four companies have shown interest and the tendering process is underway. We hope to start the activities this year post monsoon,” an MTDC official who did not wish to be named, told The Indian Express.Seems like Mumbai is set to become a more attractive tourism destination in the nera future.last_img read more