Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 23 January 2010

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… How to integrate social media programs successfully into business strategies?Building business momentum, visibility and market growth through social mediaMeasuring success and influence using metrics and analytics: what are the tools and techniquesIntegrating viral marketing and social media into traditional marketing mixDeveloping and activating audiences using social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only7 – 9 April 2010: Sydney, AustraliaConnectNowConnectNow brings together international specialists and thought leaders in social media, emerging technologies and their intersection with business. Learn how the realtime web, location based services, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and personalised services are changing marketing and communications. Understand the importance of trust in relationship marketing and what is “social currency”. For more info email [email protected] 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market ReadWrite Sponsors A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 16 – 17 April 2010: Royal Oak, MichiganFutureMidwestFutureMidwest is the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference. Founded by Adrian Pittman, Jordan Wolfe and Zach Lipson, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful conferences held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.Both conferences highlighted how technology and digital tools have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies. FutureMidwest kicks things up a notch with presentations, group breakout sessions, relationship-building opportunities and influencers who are taking action to redefine business in the digital age. Register here.11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpringFinovateSpring 2010 will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Related Posts 16 April 2010: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the Radar: CloudUnder the Radar: Cloud is must-attend event for dealmakers and heads of IT from large enterprises, SMBs, service providers, carriers and media companies who are responsible for helping their companies leverage new technology and innovation in the fast-evolving IT ecosystem. Join us for the 15th Under the Radar conference, featuring a hand-picked selection of the world’s most innovative cloud startups among 350 top tech, media, telcom and finance executives. For ticket and more information, visit http://undertheradarblog.com. Tags:#Events Guide#web 27 – 28 January 2010: Amsterdam, The NetherlandsEnterprise Social 2.0: Rip or ROI?This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement. The event will include keynote speeches, best-practice presentations as well as interactive discussion sessions.The summit will provide excellent opportunities for you to hear international experts discuss best practices on how to drive business performance using Web 2.0 and social media. Key issues to be discussed include: 1 – 5, February 2010: New York City, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Toronto, São PauloSocial Media Week The second annual Social Media Week conference will explore the profound impact that social media has on culture, business communications and society at large.The conference is designed as a series of localized events, which city partners are responsible for organizing. Programs will span a variety of formats, ranging from talks and panel discussions, to interactive workshops, seminars and networking events. Registration will open in January 2010 and the majority of events will be free thanks to the global sponsors and event partners.You can find more information at http://socialmediaweekny.com.4 February 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaVator SplashVator.tv, a leading platform for innovators and entrepreneurs to broadcast themselves, is holding its inaugural Vator Splash event on February 4, 2010 at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco. Catch onstage presenters: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Smule CEO Jeff Smith, August Capital VC Howard Hartenbaum and Google Ventures VC Bill Maris. Ten promising startups will also get to present onstage. Enter the Vator Splash competition if you want to present.ReadWriteWeb readers get a 25% discount on their tickets using the code VatorReadWriteWeb.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference East The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.22 – 24 February 2010: Miami, FloridaThe Future of Web Apps MiamiThe Future of Web Apps Miami is a three day event for Web application developers and entrepreneurs, and includes tutorials, inspiration and workshops taught by leading figures at the cutting edge of today’s Web. Companies at the event include Twitter, Facebook, Mint.com, Palm, FreshBooks, Reddit and Mozilla. Topics include HTML5, jQuery, online marketing, funding strategies, measuring the success of your Web app, and Facebook Connect. Find more information at http://carsonified.comReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get $50 off.25 February 2010: Miami, FloridaMiami VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.4 March 2010: Silicon ValleySilicon Valley VC and Angel ConferenceAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.11 March 2010: Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: This week we added six new events to the calendar, including one conference that has a cow in a space helmet for a logo. Seriously.How do you like your ReadWriteWeb events guide? As a world map? As a downloadable iCal (and Google importable) file? You can even import individual events using the link beside each entry. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.26 January 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaCatalyst ConferenceVator.tv, a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to broadcast themselves, and provider of news and information through VatorNews, and Girls in Tech, a social network enterprise focused on education and empowerment of influential women in technology, are seeking five women-led startups across any stage to present at the Catalyst Conference on January 26, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. To be one of the five, join the Catalyst competition today and win the chance to present.last_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 6 February 2010

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 16 April 2010: Mountain View, CaliforniaUnder the Radar: CloudUnder the Radar: Cloud is must-attend event for dealmakers and heads of IT from large enterprises, SMBs, service providers, carriers and media companies who are responsible for helping their companies leverage new technology and innovation in the fast-evolving IT ecosystem. Join us for the 15th Under the Radar conference, featuring a hand-picked selection of the world’s most innovative cloud startups among 350 top tech, media, telcom and finance executives. For ticket and more information, visit http://undertheradarblog.com. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Looking for conferences this month in warm locations? We’ve got a bunch of ’em in Florida and California. Tired of your hometown’s balmy winter weather? We’ve got you covered, too, with events in New York City. Look at that – who says you can’t make everyone happy?How do you like your ReadWriteWeb events guide? As a world map? As a downloadable iCal (and Google Calendar-importable) file? You can even import individual events using the link beside each entry. Know of something cool taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.8 February 2010: Tampa, FloridaSocial Fresh TampaThis is the social media conference that comes to you. Social Fresh is a one-day, case-study-rich conference targeted for marketers. Social Fresh Tampa will have 30+ speakers, including Chris Barger of GM, Maggie Fox of Social Media Group and John Andrews of Collective Bias (formerly of Walmart).ReadWriteWeb readers get a 15% discount with the code “RWW15”.10 February 2010: New York CityOnline Community Unconference Eastcenter_img ReadWrite Sponsors 16 – 17 April 2010: Royal Oak, MichiganFutureMidwestFutureMidwest is the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference. Founded by Adrian Pittman, Jordan Wolfe and Zach Lipson, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful conferences held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.Both conferences highlighted how technology and digital tools have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies. FutureMidwest kicks things up a notch with presentations, group breakout sessions, relationship-building opportunities and influencers who are taking action to redefine business in the digital age. Register here.11 May 2010: San Francisco, CaliforniaFinovateSpringFinovateSpring 2010 will again showcase the most cutting-edge financial and banking technology innovations to Silicon Valley and the world. With Finovate’s signature mix of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) from handpicked companies and intimate networking time with their executives, this conference packs a ton of unique value into a single day.Come see the cutting edge of banking and financial technology and network with hundreds of the leading financial executives, venture capitalists, press, industry analysts, bloggers and fintech entrepreneurs. Early bird registration rates are available.5 October 2010: New York CityFinovateFallFinovateFall will return to Manhattan on Tuesday, October 5 to showcase dozens of the biggest and most innovative new ideas in financial and banking technology from established leaders and hot young companies. The Fall event is the original and largest Finovate and features a single day packed with our special blend of short, fast-paced onstage demos (no slides are allowed) and intimate networking time with top executives from the innovative demoing companies.FinovateFall is a unique chance to see the future of finance and banking before your competition and find the edge you need in today’s market. Early bird registration rates are available.Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only7 – 9 April 2010: Sydney, AustraliaConnectNowConnectNow brings together international specialists and thought leaders in social media, emerging technologies and their intersection with business. Learn how the realtime web, location based services, augmented reality, ubiquitous computing and personalised services are changing marketing and communications. Understand the importance of trust in relationship marketing and what is “social currency”. For more info email [email protected] Tags:#Events Guide#web The Online Community Unconference East is a gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – to discuss experience and strategies in the development and growth of online communities. As we have found with our past events, the best source of information on all of these challenges is other knowledgeable practitioners. The event runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Digital Sandbox.11 February 2010: New York CityNYC Venture Capital and Angel ShowcaseFundingPost is hosting a VC showcase where 20-plus VC funds and angel groups will be exhibiting their firms during a great cocktail party setting. Each fund will have their own table setup for the sole purpose of meeting great new companies.Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop from 2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost to participate in the workshop will be $400. This workshop includes the $125 ticket to the event, and a 1/4 page listing in the Venture Guide Magazine. This event is sponsored by Credit Suisse, and takes place at One Madison Avenue, from 6-9:15 p.m.18 February 2010: Silicon Valley, CaliforniaFuture of FundingActive limited partners, top rated venture capitalists, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to Silicon Valley on February 18, 2010 to discuss the Future of Funding. The venture capital bubble has burst, and change is coming. Now is the time to have a constructive dialog about the future with all of the stakeholders at the table.Don’t miss the opportunity to partake in this exclusive event hosted by TheFunded. Please visit www.futureoffunding.com to see speaker and event details.ReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get 10% off.22 – 24 February 2010: Miami, FloridaThe Future of Web Apps MiamiThe Future of Web Apps Miami is a three day event for Web application developers and entrepreneurs, and includes tutorials, inspiration and workshops taught by leading figures at the cutting edge of today’s Web. Companies at the event include Twitter, Facebook, Mint.com, Palm, FreshBooks, Reddit and Mozilla. Topics include HTML5, jQuery, online marketing, funding strategies, measuring the success of your Web app, and Facebook Connect. Find more information at http://carsonified.comReadWriteWeb readers use the code “RWW” and get $50 off.25 February 2010: Miami, FloridaMiami VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.4 March 2010: Silicon ValleySilicon Valley VC and Angel ConferenceAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.11 March 2010: Los Angeles, CaliforniaLos Angeles VC and Angel EventAt FundingPost‘s next event, a panel of investors who will focus on early-stage venture investing. We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, sectors that these Angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment and the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention. Entrepreneur summaries will be given to the investor speakers and attendees – all of the investors will get your company description and contact info!Additionally, there will be an optional pitching workshop lunch where we will completely deconstruct your elevator pitch, and work with you on formulating a clean and concise elevator pitch giving the important information that investors need to hear to make an educated decision on your company! Then you get to give your new elevator pitch in person to the panel of investors during the event! Click here for more information.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:last_img read more

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Mani accuses BCCI of playing politics with Pakistan

first_imgFormer International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani has accused the Indian cricket board officials of using their financial clout to play politics with Pakistan.Former ICC president Ehsan Mani. AP”India has become cricket’s biggest commercial market in the last 15 years and unfortunately their present board is using this financial clout to play politics, particularly with Pakistan,” Mani said in an interview to Radio Deutsche Welle.Mani said that Pakistan losing the 2011 World Cup rights, the forced exclusion of Pakistani players from the IPL and Champions League and the continued refusal of the Indian cricket board (BCCI) to even play Pakistan at neutral venues, were some of the evident examples of India playing politics with Pakistan.”The present Indian board has isolated Pakistan in international cricket,” alleged Mani.He also pointed out that the move by the ICC to end the rotational policy system to nominate the President of the ICC, was because of India’s influence.Pakistan and Bangladesh boards are supposed to nominate their candidates for the ICC President’s post when Sharad Pawar steps down in 2014/15.”The Indians are behind this move because they don’t want a Pakistani heading the ICC and also want to increase their overall influence and control in the world body,” claimed Mani.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has already opposed the proposals to end the rotation system and to make it mandatory for all member boards to amend their constitutions to ensure that their office bearers are elected and not through government interference.advertisementThe former ICC President, however, admitted that teh PCB itself was responsible for the existing situation and its continued isolation in world cricket.”The PCB, because of its wrong policies while dealing with other boards and its continued strife with its own players, has inflicted self damage. Gone are the days when PCB carried influence and say in the ICC matters,” he said.Mani said that great damage had been done to Pakistan cricket in the last two years because of the regular problems between the Board and the players.”These things have damaged Pakistan cricket to no end because PCB has had no visibly clear policies on many issues.”Mani, who is the only Pakistani to have held the highest position in the world governing body, said until there was a system of accountability in the PCB, nothing will change.Mani backed ICC’s move to make it mandatory for every member board to have elections and not have government interference in their matters.”This is a good and constructive move by the ICC and I think Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh boards stand to gain the most from it because these are the countries where government interference in cricket affairs is obvious.”He pointed out that even India had repeatedly said that they can’t play Pakistan in a bilateral series because their government had not given clearance.”This is a good development and the Pakistan board should not oppose it because in the long run it will be the Asian cricket boards that will benefit most from it,” he said.But the PCB has already issued a legal notice to the ICC over the proposed regulation, insisting that every country had to operate its cricket affairs in line with its particular system.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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