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Australia,US among major markets for Indian freelancers

Australia,US among major markets for Indian freelancers

first_imgCountries like Australia, the US and the UK account for significant amount of work for Indian freelancers working in various areas like technology, accounting and consulting, a report by digital payments major PayPal today said.The report found that most Indian freelancers are under the age of 40 and are predominantly male. Also, web and mobile development, web designing, Internet research and data entry emerged as the key focus areas.Many are also engaged in accounting, graphic design and consultancy, the report added.“India is one of the largest freelancer markets in the world and growing. We found 41 per cent respondents saying they have witnessed very fast growth in the past 12 months,” PayPal India Director Growth Narsi Subramanian said.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img read more

A new documentary exposes cricket’s soft underbelly by pointing out how administrators are blithely “killing” what was once the most refined of sports

A new documentary exposes cricket’s soft underbelly by pointing out how administrators are blithely “killing” what was once the most refined of sports

first_imgIt is always difficult when a filmmaker asks whether you liked his film. In the case of Death of a Gentleman, a new documentary by Englishman Sam Collins and Australian Jarrod Kimber, it’s even harder than usual. Is their film well made? Yes. Does it raise important questions? Definitely. But,It is always difficult when a filmmaker asks whether you liked his film. In the case of Death of a Gentleman, a new documentary by Englishman Sam Collins and Australian Jarrod Kimber, it’s even harder than usual. Is their film well made? Yes. Does it raise important questions? Definitely. But is it fun to watch? Not for any fan of the game. For it points to a harsh reality that makes us both apprehensive and fearful about a sport we love so much. If cricket is indeed at a crossroads, and in urgent need of being saved from the glitz of the Indian Premier League and the hunger of its misguided administrators, Death of a Gentleman offers a harsh reality check that leaves us both scared and anxious.Collins, 32, and Kimber, 34, have exposed the rotten underbelly of our beloved sport and demonstrated how the future of world cricket is anything but healthy in the hands of administrators such as International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman N. Srinivasan and England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke. At a time when T20 leagues are a success in India and Australia and Sky Sports is planning yet another T20 competition in the UK, concern over cricket’s health could be described as idealistic. And that’s exactly what Clarke tells Collins in the film. In Clarke’s words, Collins and Kimber are coming “straight out of a 1909 Wisden”. However, as we delve deeper, their concerns sound genuine and the filmmakers deserve credit for bringing them to light against all odds.advertisementSo what is at stake here? Why is it that Collins and Kimber, who had started out making a film on Test cricket, ended up making a film with a tagline: “The Biggest Scandal in Sport?” Most importantly, why does it even matter?It matters because cricket is far more than a sport. It is a code and a way of life. “It’s just not cricket” is a statement to highlight any wrongdoing. So when cricket itself is violated, it is indeed a scandal worth talking about. What is alarming is the absolute disdain with which administrators such as Clarke treat Collins and Kimber. Clarke’s comment, “that idiot Sam is waiting outside”, is enough to leave anyone embarrassed. Collins, incidentally, had been waiting outside the ICC office in Dubai to ask Giles and Srinivasan their motive in going ahead with the ICC’s restructuring.When Collins asks Clarke about Allen Stanford, the American billionaire and creator of the Stanford T20 league in 2008-2009 who was later jailed for fraud and whom Clarke had allowed to land at the Lord’s cricket ground in his private aircraft, Clarke replies: “Next Question.” Collins also gets the cold shoulder from Srinivasan who says nothing of consequence in the interview. In fact, to hear Srinivasan say with a smile that there was nothing personal about his differences with former ICC chief Haroon Lorgat is just surreal. For the record, India had cut short their tour to South Africa by close to a month in 2013 because Cricket South Africa, against Srinivasan’s wishes, had appointed him as its CEO.The film ends with an air of despondency. Having watched Srinivasan become the ICC chairman and Clarke the ECB chairman, and having noted that Srinivasan’s deep-rooted conflict of interest-owning Chennai Super Kings and heading the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the same time-did not provoke a single murmur in the ICC, they say, “It is too late.” But is it, really?As cricket analyst Gideon Haigh says in the film while pointing at an empty field: “That’s where cricket will be 20 years from now because I’ll still be playing it.” Haigh is right. In the ultimate analysis, it is not about the administrators, or the lust and greed for power and money. It is about the fans and their obsessive determination to protect the sport.To leave the final comment to Collins and Kimber: “Death of a Gentleman is not a nostalgic look back at a sport that professionals played against amateurs while stopping for tea. It’s a modern morality tale about a future where sport and money collide, India as a superpower, the curse of the professional administrator and set in a world where fans are better connected to, but more disconnected from, their heroes than ever before.”last_img read more