Manchester: After picking Ravindra Jadeja in the India squad for the semifinal clash against New Zealand, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has now excluded the all-rounder from his playing XI for Tuesday’s clash to be played at the Old Trafford. The cricketer-turned-commentator, who had called Jadeja a “bits and pieces player”, was earlier trolled by many on Twitter, including Michael Vaughan for including the Saurashtra all-rounder in the squad. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Manjrekar, in a series of tweets, explained that India should pick players keeping the pitch and ground dimensions in mind. He said that as the match is likely to be played on a new pitch, Team India should go into the contest with a fresh mindset and should forget about the previous four fixtures. He also said that the team management should bring batting all-rounder Kedar Jadhav back in the playing XI as Indian spinners have not had much of an impact on the Kiwis. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “India could pick players specific to the pitch, boundaries and opposition. Get Kedar back in the playing XI and look at numbers of Indian spinners vs NZ before picking them. Chahal – avg 27.15, eco – 5.11; Kuldeep – avg – 21.00, eco – 4.84, Jadeja – avg – 73.00, eco – 5.61 (sic),” he tweeted. The 53-year-old’s comment about Jadeja as a “bits and pieces player” had not gone down well with the Saurashtra cricketer. “I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-overs cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had told IANS in an interview. Reacting to the comments, Jadeja had tweeted: “Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I’m still playing. Learn to respect people who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea Sanjay Manjrekar.” Manjrekar did change his opinion on July 6 during the India-Sri Lanka game in which Jadeja featured, calling him a ‘street-smart’ cricketer.
TORONTO — Finance Minister Joe Oliver says Ottawa won’t be making any protective moves in Canada’s housing market.At a news conference Thursday, Oliver says the government’s long term aim is to gradually reduce taxpayer exposure to the residential real estate market, but there is no specific plan.Oliver’s predecessor, Jim Flaherty, moved four times to tighten mortgage lending rules in an effort to cool a hot real estate market.The minister’s comments follow an IMF warning on Wednesday that the housing market and household debt represent key risks to the Canadian economy.An IMF official estimated Canada’s housing market was over-evaluated by roughly 10% on a national scale, although in some regions those estimates could reach as high as 20%.The IMF predicted a soft landing for the housing market, but warned Canada could be at risk of a sharp correction if interest rates rose too quickly and the job market suffered a downturn.The finance minister spoke to the media Thursday ahead of his first pre-budget consultation roundtable in Toronto.