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Hall of Fame raceday tomorrow

first_imgTomorrow is Hall of Fame raceday at Caymanas park. A number of Hall of Fame inductees from last year will have races named in their honour on the 11-race card. The programme begins with the running of the Dr St Aubyn Bartlett event over 1600 metres for the $180,000 claiming group. This will be followed by the Elias Haloute (second), Clive Evans and Linval McFarlane (third), Vin Edwards (sixth), David McKenzie (seventh) Dr Clifford Bradford (eighth) and Richard Azan (11th). The feature race is the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Stakes Trophy over 1200 metres, which will be run as the tenth race. Health Fair A health fair will be one of the features of the day, with free health checks by the National Health Fund. The Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) will also be refilling smart cards, while the Registrar General’s Department will assist patrons with information concerning birth, death, and marriage certificates. Georgia Samuels, senior secretary and procurement officer at the Jamaica Racing Commission’s (JRC), also noted that Sagicor would be giving away free vision, blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure tests. “Bashy Bus, an organisation that does free HIV tests, manicures and pedicures, will also be at the track. Normalyn Haynes, JRC’s personnel and administrative officer told The Gleaner that they would be doing everything to ensure a good day. “We want them (patrons) to remember the Hall of Fame. It’s an honour for them (inductees to have a race named after them). I don’t know how popular it (Hall of Fame race day) is, but we always try our best to put on a memorable occasion,” she said. Former JRC chairman Denis Laylor would also be a special guest tomorrow.last_img read more

Battling Bolton hold Liverpool in FA Cup

first_img0Shares0000LIVERPOOL, January 24 – Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan led a spirited defensive display as the Championship side earned themselves a fourth round FA Cup replay following a goalless draw at Liverpool on Saturday. The result left Reds manager Brendan Rodgers with the unwanted headache of another fixture, albeit it is only a short journey from Liverpool to fellow north-west side Bolton’s Macron Arena home ground.But on a day when the Premier League’s top three teams — Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton — were all knocked out of the FA Cup, together with Tottenham and Swansea, Rodgers may well be pleased that Liverpool were still in the draw for the last 16.Now former Liverpool turned Bolton striker Emile Heskey is set to face his old side again.The 37-year-old, who scored 60 goals in 223 appearances for the Reds from 2000 to 2004, barely had a chance on Saturday before he left to a standing ovation from both sets of supporters shortly before the hour mark.Liverpool were without captain Steven Gerrard, who was rested ahead of the second leg of their League Cup semi-final meeting with Chelsea on Tuesday, and the Merseysiders missed his inspirational presence against their second-tier opponents.Midfielder Joe Allen and defender Glen Johnson were included for the first time since Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester United in mid-December having recovered from knee and groin injuries respectively.Bolton manager Neil Lennon selected his strongest side as Heskey partnered fellow veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen in attack.Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, captain in Gerrard’s absence, forced Bogdan to scramble across goal to push a dipping half-volley from distance past the post.Henderson continued to dictate play confidently in midfield and he threaded a superb ball for the lively Raheem Sterling to run on to before the half hour, but the forward’s touch let him down at the crucial moment.– Set-piece threat –Sterling’s pace was Liverpool’s most potent threat against the Trotters and moments later, released by Philippe Coutinho, he cut inside on to his right foot only for Matt Mills to block his shot.Set-pieces looked Bolton’s best source of a goal and Dean Moxey caused a few hearts to flutter at the Kop End when his low effort flashed past the post after the ball dropped to him following a free-kick.Unable to penetrate an organised Bolton defence, Liverpool tried their luck from long range before half-time and Bogdan gathered well-struck efforts from Johnson and Adam Lallana.Liverpool unlocked the Bolton defence 10 minutes after the interval when Coutinho’s clever pass slipped in Sterling, however Bogdan rushed off his line to just beat the England forward to the ball.The hosts increased their intensity and a curling effort from the impressive Coutinho brought a fine diving save from Hungary international Bodgan, with Javier Manquillo unable to profit from the rebound.Bolton were not without the occasional chance of their own, though, and Gudjohnsen should have done better when he lifted a shot over the bar from Josh Vela’s cutback.Rodgers introduced Fabio Borini in a bid to give his side more cutting edge in the final third, and the Italy striker almost broke the deadlock with a curling effort which Bogdan tipped past the post.Liverpool appealed for a penalty with nine minutes remaining when Bolton substitute Jay Spearing, another former Liverpool player, bundled over Henderson but referee Kevin Friend waved away the appeals.There was still time for Emre Can to head wide from a good position and Lucas Leiva to force a fine save from Bogdan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Animal’ Ibrahimovic thanks kids, Mourinho for Man Utd chance

first_img0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the winner for Manchester United against Southampton © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 27 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic thanked his children and Jose Mourinho for getting him to sign for Manchester United but refused to commit his future to the club after his goals helped them win the League Cup.Ibrahimovic scored United’s first and their winner in a 3-2 victory over Premier League rivals Southampton at Wembley on Sunday as they lifted their first trophy under Mourinho. Both Portuguese manager Mourinho and Swedish striker Ibrahimovic are in their first season at Old Trafford, having previously worked together at Inter Milan.Ibrahimovic’s contract expires at the end of the season, although there is a one-year extension clause.His double against the Saints took his tally for the campaign to 26 goals and helped him win the 30th major trophy of his illustrious career.Asked about his plans for next season, Ibrahimovic said: “Let’s see what happens.“I think in your career you have moments. I did not come to England before because it was not the moment.Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster (centre) saves a shot from Zlatan Ibrahimovic © AFP / Ian KINGTON“I came when I thought it was the moment and the moment was there.”Ibrahimovic, 35, added: “If we speak about the coach (Mourinho), England, the Premier League, the club has to thank him because he called me and asked me to come here, otherwise I would not have been here.“Even my two kids wanted to see me play at United. I had my mind somewhere else. Before, everything was coming on top of the table, then Jose called.“I have a special relationship with him. When he called it was basically, ‘tell me what number I should wear’.“My mind was not here. Then my kids started to bump my head and Jose called, then I am here.”– ‘Feel like a lion’ –Ibrahimovic relished that he was confounding all those who thought him too old for the Premier League.“I know I look good. I feel fresh. I feel good,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic says © AFP / Ian KINGTON“I know I look good. I feel fresh. I feel good. I feel like an animal. I feel like a lion. I feel in good shape. I train hard.”Ibrahimovic was equally bullish when asked if the only way was down if he left United, one of world football’s most well-known teams.“For me, or the club?,” he replied. “I will stop on top. I will not play one game by being Ibrahimovic and for what I did before. If I don’t perform, if I don’t bring results, I will not play.“I will play as long as I can bring results.”Meanwhile Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, offered few clues to his client’s future in an interview with Talksport radio on Monday.“I never speak about contract details with the press — I think that’s something between the player, the club and myself,” he said.“I think we should keep it that way and just enjoy the moment and we’ll see what happens next year. I don’t disclude anything. Anything can happen and we will see what happens.“We’re now concentrated on the next cup. This was a very important cup and very emotional for him, for me and for Mourinho too.”Raiola said he’d never any doubts about Ibrahimovic’s ability to adjust to the Premier League.“Knowing how he is and what kind of person and man he is on and off the field, he can do it anywhere,” he said. “He’s the only player in the world who can be successful on Mars or the moon.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Henrikh Mkhitaryan to start? Predicted 4-2-3-1 for Man United v Middlesbrough

first_img 9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre forward) 6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 11 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (right attack) 11 11 21. Ander Herrera (centre midfield) 11 5. Marcos Rojo (centre back) 25. Antonio Valencia (right back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – check out the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 8. Juan Mata (attacking midfield) 11. Anthony Martial (left attack) 11 11 36. Matteo Darmian (left back) 11 4. Phil Jones (centre back) 11 11 Listen to live commentary of Manchester United v Middlesbrough, kick off 3pm this Saturday 31 December, on talkSPORT2.A strong run of winning form over the past four weeks has seen the Red Devils close in on the Premier League’s top four, with Jose Mourinho’s troops now sitting just four points off Arsenal.And as Boro continue to struggle for consistency in the top flight, United should be looking to seal a straightforward victory.So who might Mourinho start this weekend? Will Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who scored a stunning goal in the victory over Sunderland on Boxing Day, get the nod?Scroll through the gallery above to check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United line up.last_img read more

talkSPORT exclusive: Simon Grayson backs Sunderland for Championship survival

first_imgSunderland have the quality to survive in the Championship this season, but they should not believe they have a divine right to stay in the upper echelons of the Football LeagueThat is the opinion of Simon Grayson, who was sacked as manager of the Black Cats at the end of October with his team 22nd in the Championship.He had lasted just four months, and 18 games, in the job, and was dismissed only 17 minutes after a 3-3 draw with Bolton – who were then bottom of the second division.Chris Coleman left the Wales national team to take up the reins at the Stadium of Light in mid-November, and he has claimed victory in only one of his three matches so far – a 2-0 defeat of Burton at the Pirelli Stadium.His only game on Wearside was a defeat to Reading, meaning Sunderland’s record of not winning a single home match in 2017 remains intact – and the Stadium of Light hosts just two more fixtures this calendar year.Still, no one expected an instant improvement following Coleman’s appointment, and there are enough games in the second half of the season for Sunderland to stabilise themselves in the Championship.And this is what Grayson expects from his former team… as long as certain underachieving players start to put in the performances expected of them.“It’s not going to be easy,” Grayson told Jim White on talkSPORT.“No club has a divine right to stay up and not go down; we’ve seen in League One Leeds, [Nottingham] Forest and Man City.“There’s been Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United… a lot of big teams have been in League One.“But I do believe there are a number of talented players who are underachieving at this moment in time, and they need to take responsibility to get the results to get them out of trouble at this moment in time.“So, one: they need to start winning at home – it’s been well-documented it’s nearly a calendar year since the last victory [at the Stadium of Light].“I’m sure they know they are in a fight, but I think they have got the quality to get out the trouble.”last_img read more

25 Drinks of Christmas – Day Eleven: Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill

first_imgShare This!We’re back with everyone’s favorite theme park advent calendar: a daily countdown of our favorite drinks at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld building anticipation to the Big Day. Criteria: Drinks can be alcoholic or nonalcoholic. Drinks can come from any venue on property. Bonus points awarded for atmosphere where the drink is served. Any drink with glow cubes is immediately disqualified. Ready? Let’s go!DAY ELEVEN: Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill (SeaWorld)Key West Kiss at Shark’s Underwater Grill. (photo by Brandon Glover)–SeaWorld has definitely had some challenges over the recent years. But one thing they do really well is provide one of the most laid back atmospheres of any theme park, anywhere in the world. The park is Orlando’s second oldest – behind the Magic Kingdom – and it is full of lush, tropical gardens and shady pathways. A great respite inside the park is Sharks Underwater Grill and Bar.The bar itself is unique in that it is a mini aquarium. The countertop is clear, allowing you to look down and see the fish and coral. The bar area provides a good view of the large shark tank that makes up the entire back wall of the restaurant. It is always cool and dark inside, making it a great place to take a break. Right now with Mako construction in full swing, this bar offers all day, every day happy hour! Plus annual passholders get a 10% discount on top of happy hour pricing.Recent menu changes at the restaurant and bar have had some hits and misses. The removal of Landshark Lager beer, for example, is a miss (come on, Landshark…. at a shark themed bar… that’s a no brainer right?). But other items like the lobster bisque and the tuna poke are quite the catch (it’s a seafood pun, get it?). There are four signature cocktails offered here. While not the most substantial offerings there is one that stands out.The Key West Kiss is the strongest and tastiest drink of the limited specialty drink menu. A refreshing, but potent blend of Bacardi Rum, Midori, vodka, peach schnapps and pineapple juice, is poured into a tall hurricane glass and garnished with an orange slice and cherry. The flavors are tropical to say the least, yet it is not overly sweet. The sweetness of the Midori and peach schnapps are kept at bay by the vodka and rum. This is a great drink to enjoy while gazing at the sea life around you, or take it to go and stroll through the Key West area of the park where you’ll find Dolphin Cove and Stingray Lagoon. It’s a great way to toast a day of relaxation and fun at SeaWorld.Ingredients: Bacardi Rum, Midori, vodka, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice.Shark’s Underwater Grill. (photo by Brandon Glover)Manta at SeaWorld is one of the most fun rides in Orlando. (photo by Mike Sperduto)The Polar Express at SeaWorld. (photo by Brandon Glover)Previous Drinks of Christmas:DAY ONE: Polynesian Pearl at Trader Sam’s Grog GrottoDAY TWO: Dufftoberfest at Duff BreweryDAY THREE: Godiva Chocolate Martini at Mizner’s LoungeDAY FOUR: Blood Orange Side Car at Swizzle LoungeDAY FIVE: Imperial Pilsner at Morimoto AsiaDAY SIX: Smoking Gun at Emeril’s OrlandoDAY SEVEN: Mint Julep at BOATHOUSEDAY EIGHT: Bees Knees at The CowfishDAY NINE: Cool-headed Monkey at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar BarDAY TEN: 5 O’Clock Somewhere at Jimmy Buffett’s MargaritavilleInterested in theme park drinks? Then do we have a eBook for you! The Walt Disney World Bars and Lounges eGuide by Brian McNichols. Over 250 pages and containing well over 400 photos, this eGuide takes you through EVERY bar and lounge on WDW property (trust me, Brian has the kidneys problems to prove it!) Also included? Recipes for some of your favorite WDW drinks. Ratings, descriptions, and photos for each of the 70+ bars and lounges. Talk about the perfect Christmas present!Special thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, the always charming Dani from This Florida Life and Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.You can always find Your Humble Author each week on the SATURDAY SIX, each month with the Disney Outlet Store Photo Report, and on Twitter (@derekburgan) producing original pieces of Burgan Fine Art™last_img read more

Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Introduce Caring for Giants Tour

first_imgShare This!(C)DisneyIf you love getting to learn more about the animals that are found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then you will want to make sure to sign up for this brand new tour. Caring for Giants is a brand-new unique, family-friendly backstage viewing experience featuring the park’s African elephants.The tour has Guests meeting with Disney’s Animal Kingdom animal care specialists who help provided for the wellness of the park’s elephant herd. In addition, Guests will be able to hear stories of Disney’s conservation efforts that have been made toward perserving wild populations. The tour will bring Guests up close to the action…well, as close as you’ll want to comfortably be, anyway – approximately 80-100 feet.The Caring for Giants tour will last 60 minutes beginning March 12. Tours will occur daily between 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Guests must be at least 4 years or older to particpate in the tour. Guests will need to check in 15 minutes prior to start of experience at the Animal Experiences booth, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance. The cost is $30 per person (tax included) and park admission is required, but not included.To book this tour, call (407) WDW-PLAY.last_img read more

Remembering Joe Slovo, 20 years on

first_img7 January 2015Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Joe Slovo, the general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and a founding member of the Congress of Democrats.A stalwart of the struggle against apartheid, Slovo died on 6 January 1995.Slovo was chief of staff of Umkhonto weSizwe and he served on the revolutionary council of the ANC from 1969 until its dissolution in 1983.He served in South Africa’s first democratic Cabinet as housing minister.ChildhoodSlovo came to South Africa as a child when his family emigrated from Lithuania to escape Europe’s anti-Semitism.Educated in Johannesburg, he was influenced by a militant Irish teacher, John O’Meara. He left school after Standard 6 (Grade 8). He worked as a dispatch clerk at SA Druggists, joining the National Union of Distributive Workers. As a shopsteward, he was involved in organising a strike.Slovo joined the South African Communist Party in 1942, dedicating himself to gaining power for the people and removing the oppressive apartheid regime then ruling South Africa.Influenced by Red Army heroism, he left his surroundings in Doornfontein boarding house and volunteered to fight for the allies in World War II. He later became very active in the Springbok Legion.Political activismBetween 1946 and 1950, he attended Wits University in Johannesburg, where he completed his law degree. As a student, was politically active and involved in civil disobedience campaigns of the 1950s.In 1949 he married Ruth, the daughter of SACP treasurer Julius First. Both First and Slovo were listed as communists under the Suppression of Communism Act of 1954 and could not be quoted or attend public gatherings in South Africa.First was killed in 1982 by a parcel bomb, believed to have been sent by the apartheid regime to her office in Maputo, Mozambique.Slovo and First had three daughters – Shawn, Gillian and Robyn. Shawn’s account of her childhood “A World Apart” was turned into a movie.Slovo was a founder member of the Congress of Democrats. He represented COD on the national consultative committee of the Congress Alliance which drew up the Freedom Charter.ExileHe was arrested and detained for two months during the Treason Trial of 1956. Charges against him were dropped in 1958. He was later arrested for six months during the State of Emergency declared after Sharpeville in 1960.In 1961, Slovo emerged as one of the leaders of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military arm of the ANC.In 1963, he was forced into exile – first to London, where he completed his LLM at the London School of Economics.First joined him in exile after her own detention later in 1963. While in exile Slovo continued his work for the SACP and ANC, moving to Mozambique in 1977 to establish an operational centre for the ANC.Two years after the death of Ruth First in 1982, South Africa and Mozambique signed the Nkomati Accord and Slovo was forced to leave Mozambique.Slovo was elected general secretary of the SACP in 1984. He was also MK’s chief of staff and a member of the national executive council’s working committee.ReturnSlovo returned to South Africa in 1990 to participate in the early “talks about talks” between the government and the ANC. Following a short period of ill health, he said he would not stand again as SACP general secretary.At the party’s congress in South Africa in December 1991, Slovo was elected SACP chairperson; with the late Chris Hani elected general secretary.Slovo was a leading theoretician in both the SACP and the ANC. He wrote numerous articles for the African Communist, of which he was former editor, as well as countless pamphlets. He also contributed to several books such as “No Middle Road”.Always portrayed as an arch-Stalinist by the former South African government, Slovo surprised his critics with his “Has Socialism Failed?” pamphlet in 1989, acknowledging the weaknesses of socialism and excesses of Stalinism.In 1992 an adapted form of his “Sunset Clause” document, allowing for a form of power sharing with the government, was adopted by the NWC.CommemorationSlovo loved classical music, particularly the work of Mahler, and his favourite book was Gogol’s “Dead Souls”. He was married to agricultural economist Helena Dolny and lived in Johannesburg.Dogged by ill-health from the early 1990s, Slovo died on 5 January 1995.At an event held at Avalon Cemetery in Soweto to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of Slovo’s death on Tuesday, Blade Nzimande, the party’s current secretary general, called on tripartite alliance partners – the ANC, the SACP and Cosatu – to use 2015 to forge unity.Read the speeches and writings of Joe Slovo on the SACP’s website: www.sacp.org.za/people/slovoSACP and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

MP bypolls: Yashodhara Raje, nephew Jyotiraditya hit hustings

first_imgBhopal, Feb 18 (PTI) As campaigning for upcoming bypolls to Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly segments has started getting intense, erstwhile royals–Yashodhara Raje Scindia of the BJP and her nephew Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress– are trying to strike the emotional chord with electorates.The outcome of the February 24 bypolls for the two seats, currently represented by the Congress, will be perceived as a pointer to the public mood ahead of the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections slated later this year.While state Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Yashodhara Raje is seeking votes in Kolaras constituency by invoking the legacy of her mother late Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia, a formidable BJP doyen, Jyotiraditya is referring to his late father Madhavrao Scindias contribution in the development of the area.Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly segments are parts of Jyotiradityas Guna Lok Sabha constituency.Yashodhara Raje hit the hustings with the promise of development and is appealing to people to vote for her loyalist Devendra Jain.”If you vote for Jain, you will get 1+1 MLA (one for free),” she said during campaigning.Jain had won Kolaras in 2008. However, Congress Ram Singh Yadav snatched the seat from the BJP in 2013 polls. Against this backdrop, Yashodhara Raje is trying hard to win back the seat for the saffron party.Sanjay Sharma, a social worker based in Shivpuri-Gwalior who had witnessed elections in the area for the last four decades, said, “Normally, Scindia family members never campaign against each other and avoid face-to-face contest despite being in different parties”.However, a perception is growing that Yashodhara Raje and Jyotiraditya are campaigning against each other, in a departure from convention.advertisement”This was the tradition we have seen from the days of Rajmata Scindia. If Madhavrao contested from Gwalior, then his mother used to fight elections from Guna. They never contested against each other and also avoided campaigning against any member of the family despite having different political parties affiliations,” Sharma said.However, this time it appears and even people feel that they are campaigning against each other in the name of their respective parties, he said.According to Sharma, Jyotiraditya is reminding people of their old association with his father, while Yashodhara Raje is highlighting her mothers deep connect with the common man and her contribution in his welfare.However, Jyotiradityas close aide and Congress spokesman Pankaj Chaturvedi denied that it was a Scindia versus Scindia contest.”In fact it is a contest between Jyotiraditya and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, as almost all senior ministers of his cabinet, including Yashodhara Raje, are campaigning in the bypoll whereas he (Jyotiraditya) is electioneering alone with the support of senior party leaders,” he said.Chaturvedi admitted that Jyotiraditya mentioned about his fathers developmental works in the area, including establishing railway network and his long association with the people, while campaigning.”Yashodhara Raje is a minister in Chouhans cabinet and she is representing the chief minister in the area. So it is a contest between Jyotiradtya and Shivraj,” he said.Chaturvedi said the fact that the chief minister and 17 ministers are campaigning in Kolaras and Mungaoli betrays “frustration” of the ruling party.”Besides Chouhan, 17 other ministers are campaigning in the two constituencies and that shows the level of frustration among the BJP leaders as they have not done anything for the development of the state despite being in power for three terms,” Chaturvedi said.According to state BJP chief spokesperson Deepak Vijaywargiya, the main battle is between the saffron party and the Congress.”In order to show his importance in the Congress, Jyotiraditya is projecting himself as an option to the state chief minister. However, Scindia stands nowhere in comparison to Chouhan who is a popular CM for close to three terms,” he added.The bypolls to Mungaoli and Kolaras assembly seats were necessitated due to the death of sitting Congress MLAs Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Mungaoli) and Ram Singh Yadav (Kolaras). The counting of votes would take place on February 28. PTI MAS ADU NSKlast_img read more

Virat Kohli to earn nominal wages with Surrey

first_imgOne of the richest cricketers in the world, Virat Kohli will be earning nominal wages while playing for English county side Surrey as BCCI and the cricketer were focused on ensuring quality game time for the India captain ahead of tour of England.Kohli, who will not play the one-off Test against Afghanistan and two T20 Internationals against Ireland (all in June), is keen to redeem himself in the Old Blighty in pursuit of greatness.With the BCCI wanting its top players to get county exposure, the deal with Surrey was finally inked only as late as this week.”Contrary to popular belief that Virat will cost a bomb for Surrey, it was completely the other way round. Let’s get it clear. Surrey is paying airfare, accommodation and a very nominal match fee during the month,” a senior BCCI office-bearer privy to the deal told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”Since the Board and Virat himself was very keen, the monetary part was least of concern for us,” he added.”We are not at liberty to quote the amount but it will be a very nominal amount that he will be paid and that is at par with any standard county player. We can vouch it’s a win-win deal for Surrey as well as for the BCCI,” the official added.Virat Kohli signs up with English county Surrey, set to skip Afghanistan Test in JuneWhile the news was out in Indian media in March only, the BCCI was engaged with Surrey about how much the county can use the Indian captain’s image rights. That was the reason for the delay in putting pen to paper.advertisement”Obviously, Surrey wants to cash in on his image. But then Virat’s focus will be six games (Three Royal London Cup 50 over games and Three County four day games).”There will be curiosity and marketing opportunities but we don’t want our captain to be unduly disturbed by peripheral activities. He is going there to prepare for England series and if he scores runs, it helps Surrey,” the office bearer said.It must be mentioned that the RCB paid a whopping Rs 17 crore (1.95 million pounds) for Kohli’s retention this year.Kohli’s stint with Surrey starts on June 1 with a one-day game against Kent at Beckenham.#WelcomeKohlihttps://t.co/wP6yVlo240 pic.twitter.com/bNVbVhf5r9Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) May 3, 2018He will be playing the second and third match of the Royal London Cup on June 3 and 6 against Middlesex and Glamorgan respectively.The four-day campaign will start against Hampshire in Southampton on June 9 to 12 followed by a match against Somerset (at Guildford from June 20-23) and concluding with Yorkshire game at Scarborough (June 25 to 28).Recently-retired South African pacer Morne Morkel will be his teammate at Surrey.Kohli’s debut four-day match could prove to be a challenge if Dale Steyn, who has signed for Hampshire, gets fit by that time.Former South African swing bowler Kyle Abbott, who had a five wicket haul against India in a 2015 Test at Delhi, is expected to be there apart from Fidel Edwards.Against Yorkshire, the likes of Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett (playing for Delhi Daredevils) will pose him a few questions.Cheteshwar Pujara is expected to play against Kohli in the Yorkshire game as he will be back in the UK after playing the Test match against Afghanistan.last_img read more