Local cricketer Olivia Anderson is making a name for herself in England. (Image: Cricinfo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lerato Malekutu Communications, Cricket South Africa +27 11 880 2810 or +27 82 813 4078RELATED ARTICLES • Koertzen still in the game • SA optimistic about 2015 rugby • Sport in South Africa • South Africa scores double tonBongani NkosiSouth Africa was recently chosen to host the inaugural ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge, which will take place in Potchefstroom, North West province, from 6 to 16 October 2010.The tournament will be played under the auspices of the International Cricket Council (ICC), with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as the official host.According to the ICC, the challenge will take the form of all-women teams, currently ranked between fifth and 10th in the world, competing in a series of one day intenational (ODI) and Twenty20 fixtures. Countries in the line-up are South Africa, the Netherlands, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Ireland.“This tournament is an ideal way for the women’s teams ranked outside of the top four to gain more match experience in both ODI and Twenty20 formats,” ICC global development manager Matthew Kennedy said in a statement.The first round of the challenge will consist of ODIs, while the spectators’ favourite – the Twenty20 games – will begin on 14 October. Most of the matches will be played at the North West University’s Potchefstroom campus.It’s hoped the October competition will shake up women’s ODI rankings and enable some of the competing countries to qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup to be played in India in 2013.“The tournament will also provide a good challenge for all six competing teams, as none of them has yet qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup,” Kennedy said.The top-four women ODI teams – England, New Zealand, India and defending champions Australia – have already qualified for the World Cup, which features eight nations.South Africa participated in the 2009 World Cup held in Australia, and hosted it in 2005.The country’s female players are expected to perform well in the African qualifier games, which will wrap up in December 2010.The final international qualifiers, to be held in Bangladesh in November 2011, will see 10 nations battle it out for the four remaining World Cup spots.SA women on a good wicket South Africa’s first national women’s cricket squad was selected in 1997 and since then the country taken bold steps to develop the sport for females – this includes setting up the Cricket South Africa Women’s Cricket Committee.Women’s cricket gained further momentum in South Africa at the start of the millennium when competitions such as the interprovincial league were initiated. In the early 2000s more than 9 000 females from 1 109 schools and 269 clubs were playing cricket, according to CSA.Local batswoman Olivia Anderson, who debuted for South Africa in 2008, is currently making a name for herself in the UK playing for Shepperton Cricket Club. She’s racked up 1 000 runs this season, after scoring 76 off 66 balls in a match against Purley Redoubtables on 8 August.Although the final player selections for the October challenge have yet to be announced, Anderson is one of the favourites for the South African squad.
The long-awaited sequel to the science fiction epic Avatar from famed Canadian director James Cameron will require a little more patience from fans — three-and-a-half years to be exact.According to the movie’s official Facebook page, the next Avatar film will open in theatres Dec. 18, 2020. It’s one of four upcoming films in the franchise.“Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels,” the post reads alongside a birdseye photo of the crew involved in the project. Following the first sequel, the next one will be released a year later, on Dec. 17, 2021.The franchise will take a three-year break before returning to the screen with two more installments, on Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 19, 2025 respectively.Avatar was the first film to gross more than $2 billion US when it was released in 2009 and earned nearly $2.8 billion worldwide.The story is set in fictional Pandora, a resource-rich environment which future humans are trying to colonize. It’s inhabited by the blue-skinned humanoid species, Na’vi, under threat from the expansion.The original starred Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver.The first sequel had been expected in 2018 but Cameron, who was also behind the 1997 Oscar-winning film Titanic and sci-fi thrillers such as The Terminator and Aliens, said earlier this year that wasn’t going to happen.Cameron initially told the Toronto Star in March about the delay, but said the scripts were done for all four Avatar films. The director called it “an epic undertaking” “not unlike building the Three Gorges Dam.” Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement
Most know Athiya Shetty as daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. But prestige also comes from being the granddaughter of architect IM Kadri, the man behind the iconic Nehru Centre building in Mumbai, and social worker Vipula Kadri, who started Save the Children India, a well-known non-profit organisation. She may be,Most know Athiya Shetty as daughter of actor Suniel Shetty. But prestige also comes from being the granddaughter of architect IM Kadri, the man behind the iconic Nehru Centre building in Mumbai, and social worker Vipula Kadri, who started Save the Children India, a well-known non-profit organisation. She may be what one refers to as a star kid, but Shetty’s childhood was unlike most others. She grew up on Altamount Road, a swanky neighbourhood in Mumbai, away from the star dens in Juhu and Bandra. She studied at American School of Bombay where her father’s credentials didn’t earn her a special status. And while her action star father made it mandatory that she and her younger brother Ahan devote time to sport along with academics, her mother Mana ensured they were guarded from the glitz and glamour of Bollywood. “I have always been allowed to have an opinion and to decide things on my own,” Athiya says when talking about her upbringing. This means that Athiya gets to chart her own destiny and so far with only two movies, Hero (2015) and Mubarakan (2017), under her belt, she is yet to be taken seriously as a member of most-promising-actresses club. Athiya, 26, concurs.”I haven’t necessarily proven myself as an actor yet and hopefully in the coming years I will,” she said. For an industry where being seen and making a noise is paramount, Athiya doesn’t adhere to the rules. “I don’t think being seen everywhere is going to get you what you really want at the end,” she said. “If you are good and talented, people will want to see you on the big screen.”Athiya identifies herself as an ambivert, a person who has a balance of both extrovert and introvert features. “I understand it may not be the correct way because social media Wis so big and being seen on it is important,” she says. “But I don’t think I can compromise on the person I am. It is only if I am convinced about what I want to do that I will go ahead and do it.” This demeanour is apparent on her Instagram feed as well where she posts philosophical and motivational quotes when she isn’t sharing sun-glazed photos of herself, adorable shots of her canine pets and throwback family photos. One by Lebanese-Canadian author Najwa Zebian reads: “True liberation is not when you are able to pretend like you don’t care, but when you actually don’t care.”advertisement Actor Athiya Shetty (centre) with her mother Mana Shetty (left) and father Suneil Shetty (right). Photo: Bandeep SinghAthiya doesn’t care much about conforming to the industry’s standards of beauty. She swears by the “less is more” approach instead. Following in her grandmothers’ and mother’s footsteps she uses very few products on her face. “I don’t like applying too much makeup,” she says. “I prefer accentuating one feature on my face. So if I do loud lips, then I will do nude eyes.” She credits her lean physique to her active love for sports which she grew up playing including swimming, basketball, track and field and flexibility to martial arts which she did for a few years thanks to her brother. “Now I look back and think we were blessed that we had a childhood where we were on a playground,” she says. A high metabolic rate ensures that putting on weight is never a concern so she eats as she pleases and home-cooked food is a weakness. “I eat for five,” she boasts though she has cut down on sugar and is more strict about what she eats now.Athiya is all for being transparent about her feelings. Not a bad trait to possess given the profession she has chosen. Yet in many ways this is also a liability. Pretending becomes harder if her heart is not in it, even though there’s no other place she’d rather be than in front of the camera. Shetty recently wrapped up her third feature, Motichoor Chaknachoor. Also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the comedy required her to learn to speak in Bundelkhandi. “It’s not the kind of film I’d expect to be offered,” she said. “I like to challenge myself so it was fantastic.”Other things she likes? Her very own chai pe charcha with her mother whenever both are at home. “We sit in bed and never ever get tired of it,” she said. “It’s simple but it means so much. She brings normalcy and balance in all our lives.” With her father of course films are discussed. He has always told her not to fear the first Friday of a release. “How do you not be scared of the Friday that will make or break a film?” she says.advertisementThis year, Athiya feels, is already shaping up as the beginning of a new her. She started with yoga in January. She recently turned vegetarian. She feels healthier. She is more comfortable with her body than ever before. “People need to be sensitive to all body types,” she says. “Not everybody is meant to look the same.” There is a wiser Athiya too, one who now has a better sense of who she is and one who is not unnerved by silence. “Growing up I always had the fear of being alone,” she said. “Now I find it a blessing.” Clearly Athiya has her eyes trained on a well charted road ahead.Athiya on AthiyaOn her beauty regimeI don’t use that many products on my face so even if it is a face pack I will put squashed tomatoes and bananas. During the day I can’t leave the house without sunscreen, mascara and lip balm. For the night, my ritual is to keep the skin hydrated so it’s a night cream or coconut oil. Drinking lots of water makes me feel good about my skin. My mother made me install an app which reminds me after every hour to drink water.On fitnessI do weight training just to be healthy, stay fit and feel strong. I am blessed with great metabolism so I eat whatever I want. I recently started yoga. My dad put me on to it. Then my mother started it, then my brother and I think out of FOMO (fear of missing out) I also joined. It was hard for me because there’s so much silence and to get comfortable with it is something you learn over time. I never understood the importance of it until now. It helps with breathing, digestion and instills calm.On foodI am a complete foodie. I love Japanese. I recently turned vegetarian. I am actually eating more because of it. I feel healthier and not as lazy as before.On styleI like how Kendall Jenner dresses. It’s important you don’t let the clothes wear you. You have to let your personality shine through it. Be comfortable.On musicI carry my speakers everywhere. Coldplay, Drake, Rihanna, Ed Sheeran are some of my favourites.