Pregnant and Working? Listen up.

first_imgI had a conversation recently with someone who is expecting her first child and she was curious as to what the law allowed as it related to pregnancy leave.This had me thinking, that many people, both employees and employers may not be aware of the changes in the law regarding maternity leave and this article is to provide an overview.In March 2016, the long-awaited updated Labor law, named Decent Work Act (DWA), came into full effect. There has been a lot of misunderstanding regarding some of the new edicts within the DWA, with many employers complaining that the new law is overly generous to employees, leaving employers with very little wiggling room. The DWA was created to better protect employees, with laws that now make it much more difficult to terminate an employee on frivolous claims and completely removes the allowance of the old law, where employers could terminate an employee “without cause.” But, that is another discussion for another day. The DWA allows 14 weeks of maternity leave to an employee, who has proven with a medical certificate that she is pregnant. This certificate should also indicate her estimated due date (20.2a) along with when she is expected to commence her maternity leave and when she expects to return.Now, things may change depending on unforeseen complications and recovery related to the delivery so, there will need to be a bit of flexibility with the employer in terms of the exact dates on the certificate. Key in my opinion would be for the total time away from work for maternity not to exceed the allowable number of weeks (14 weeks) for the maternity leave. The law also clearly states: “An employed woman is entitled to receive from her employer the remuneration she would otherwise receive for her ordinary hours of work during any period of maternity leave,” meaning, the employee should receive full salary and benefits while she is away from work on maternity leave. Some employers have the tendency to withhold certain benefits from employees who take maternity (and annual leave) claiming that the benefits are tied to coming to work. That is wrong and illegal. Extension of Maternity Leave If for some reason there is a complication which may require the new mother to extend the maternity leave, the DWA allows another one month of time away from work; however, this extra time will be unpaid time away from work. Perhaps in situations like these, if the employee has accrued annual leave, she could utilize those days to cover the extra days from work. The DWA also allows for breastfeeding breaks of one hour each work day for the employee upon resumption of official duties. This nursing break will be available to the staff for up to six months after the birth of the child and is in addition to the one-hour lunch break legally mandated for each employee working an eight-hour work shift. The employee and her supervisor can arrange when this nursing break can be taken.From past experience, an employee I knew worked it out with her supervisor to leave work at 3 p.m. daily instead of 5 p.m. by combining both her lunch break and nursing break. This meant more time at home to nurse and bond with her child. All of this is regardless of how long the employee has been in the employ of the organization with no restrictions on how many children you already have, as is mandated in some countries.Let’s Compare Liberia’s 14 weeks of paid maternity leave is quite generous, compared to countries like the United States of America which offers 12 weeks of leave, but UNPAID. Yep, you can take up to 12 week away from work under the US Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) during a one year period, but it will have to be unpaid. The United Kingdom offers up to 26 weeks of paid leave to its citizens . Neighboring African counties like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, all offer 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, with Ghana offering 12 weeks and only 50% of pay during this period. Other African countries are not so generous and offer only 30 days of paid leave (67% of pay) like Tunisia, Mozambique – 60 days. Things that are still unclear under the DWA: can an employee still take full maternity leave if the child was a stillborn or there is a miscarriage? For an underdeveloped country, my opinion is that this updated law is a good step in the right direction and generous. What You As an Employee Need To Do• Notify your employers as soon as it is reasonably possible about your pregnancy to provide them time to plan for coverage while you are away from work. Provide the medical certificate or notice as required by law.• If there are complications after your delivery that may require extra time away from work, notify your supervisor about this officially in writing, requesting for the extra time from work. Keeping in mind the extension of the maternity leave may mean unpaid time away from work if you do not have other leave days available for you to utilize.• Notify your employer about the dates you may need to go in for monthly prenatal checkup to provide coverage where needed. Communication is key and important.• Before taking your leave, you may want to come to an agreement with your employer regarding what amount of contact or support you would be willing to give while away from work. This will clearly identify what you are willing to do and not to do. It will also provide clear understanding on expectations. What You As An Employer Cannot do• You cannot terminate the employment of an employee because she is pregnant and will need 3.5 months away from work.• You cannot demote her upon her return to work or deny her promotion opportunities due to her pregnancy.• You cannot compel her to come in while away on her maternity leave, unless she willingly agrees to come in to help cover some work that may be crucial. Planning Ahead• Plan a coverage – once you have been officially notified by the employee regarding her pregnancy, the smart thing to do would be to start planning coverage while she is away from work.• Identify someone in the same unit or department who would be best suited to cover for the employee while she is away on maternity leave. This can be another employee, a temporary contractor, an intern or a vacation student, depending on the type of skills and complication of the job.• Have the pregnant employee prepare detailed turning over note for whoever will be covering for her during her absence.• Prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) that someone covering will be able to follow step by step to guide him or her perform the job duties. Provide training to the staff that will be covering, if needed. This is not the maximum that a company can offer, rather the minimum and as such, companies can decide to go above the minimum requirements noted by the law. It is important to note that companies will do well to foster a good working culture and environment for employees to ensure retention and a cordial working relationship with its employees and management. No company wants to have a situation where its employees are unhappy and don’t feel that work life balance is unfairly tilted in favor of the employer and that their legal rights are being violated and disregarded. So it is important that management makes every effort to ensure it adheres to the law and treat its employees with respect. Remember, your employees are your most valuable assets. About the authorBrenda Brewer Moore is a Human Resource Practitioner with over 15 years’ working experience in the field of Human Resource & Office Management with an Executive Masters in Business Administration and internationally certified as a Senior Professional Human Resource Professional (SPHR) from both the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Certificate Institute (HRCI). She lives and work in Liberia. Do you have feedback on the article, great! Please leave a reply here or send me an email, I would love to hear from you. moore.brenda@gmail.com https://www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/payhttp://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/WCMS_008009/lang–en/index.htmReferences: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_242617.pdfShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Miner gets bail on attempted murder charge

first_imgA 21-year-old miner was on Monday taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was arraigned for the attempted murder committed on his cousin during a misunderstanding.Treshan ThomasTreshan Thomas of Baramita, North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which alleged that on December 2, 2019, at Baramita, NWD, with intent to commit murder, he wounded Kevon David.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, the men were at a camp when they had a misunderstanding, during which Thomas pulled out a knife from the waist of his pants and dealt his cousin several stabs to his left arm and upper abdomen.The injured man reportedly collapsed to the ground and was subsequently picked up and rushed to a health centre and due to the injuries he sustained, he was air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he remains a patient.The matter was reported and Thomas was arrested and charged for the offence.The prosecutor highlighted that the victim’s injuries are life-threatening and will cause permanent disability. Thomas was released on $150,000 bail.The bail condition is that he has to report to the Matthews Ridge Police Station every Friday until the hearing and determination of the Preliminary Inquiry (PI).He is slated to make his next court appearance on February 4, 2020, at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

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School board elects new chair, designates other roles

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — As of Monday night, the School District 60 Board of Trustees has a new Chairperson — Ida Campbell Zone 4’s Trustee.Campbell previously served as Vice-Chair, a role that Zone 3 Trustee Candace Dow has now taken on.Zone 4 Trustee Jaret Thompson was the previous Chair of the Board. He now serves as the Alternate representative for the district at the BC Public School Employers’ Association, or BCPSEA for short. Dow is the District’s main BCPSEA representative, in addition to being the new Vice-Chair.- Advertisement -Other appointments include Zone 1 Trustee Linda Stringer as the new Provincial Councillor, and Zone 2 Trustee Erin Evans as the Alternate Provincial Councillor.last_img

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REDUCTION IN RATES A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS – COUNCILLOR

first_imgCllr Marie Therese GallagherCounty councillor Marie-Therese Gallagher had slammed the Government for what she said is its continued bias against small medium and indigenous businesses in Donegal.It follows confirmation within Donegal County Council’s Budget Book that a huge reduction in rates has been made for big utility companies.Cllr Gallagher said “A reduction of €688,177 in rates has been applied to utility companies in Donegal. This decision was made by the national valuation office in Dublin. “This is a slap in the face for small medium and indigenous businesses across Donegal. It again shows the priorities of this Government – the typical looking after big business at the expense of local businesses and local services in Donegal.”“I can confidently say that not one of these companies who have received this reduction is struggling to keep the wolf from the door, in complete contrast to our local shops, pubs, hotels and manufacturers.”“My blood has been boiling since I learned of this development; it is typical of this unfair Government’s priorities.”“There is a window of opportunity at the minute to appeal this decision, I would appeal to all members of society to contact their local Government representative, to stop this measure. A countrywide campaign needs to take place, as these cuts to council services have an impact on all our communities.”  REDUCTION IN RATES A SLAP IN THE FACE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS – COUNCILLOR was last modified: November 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER LANDS TOP JOB ON RTE COMEDY SHOW

first_imgWell-known Donegal photographer Paul Doherty is well used to being in the frame.Donegal photographer Paul Doherty doesn’t do things by half!But the popular lensman has found himself in even more demand after landing a role in a hotly-tipped RTE comedy series.Paul is now the official photographer on RTE’s Callan’s Kicks. The new show, starring madcap comic Oliver Callan, has just hit our screens.Paul, from Kilmacrennan, says he has really being enjoying himself working on the show.“It’s a great experience and it’s something new so I am still getting into it.“I’m traveling a good bit to Dublin but it’s really interesting and I feel the show is only really beginning to take off now,” said Paul. Paul hit the headlines this week after he shot a surprise video for his sister Grainne’s wedding.Guests were left speechless as they were treated to a seven minute mini film of Grainne and new husband Jamie Corry breaking down in their car and taking a rally car to their reception in the Silver Tassie instead.The video went viral after it first appeared on Donegal Daily yesterday morning.DONEGAL PHOTOGRAPHER LANDS TOP JOB ON RTE COMEDY SHOW was last modified: July 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Callan’s Kickspaul dohertyphotographerRTElast_img read more

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Mayor of Donegal presents Relay for Life committee with funds to offset expenditure

first_imgAs the local Relay for Life committee continue to count the proceeds from this year’s event, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Gerry McMonagle, made a presentation of a cheque for 3,000 euro this week to help offset expenditure.Up to 60,000 euro has been confirmed to date from the 2018 Relay but with some of the teams who took part the weekend before last still to furnish their funding, this is expected to rise further.The fund-raising efforts were afforded another timely boost on Monday night with the presentation of the cheque by the Mayor. “This will help offset the cost of the gig rig while it’s also Donegal County Council’s way of recognising the tremendous work that Relay for Life Donegal does.“I attended Relay for Life at the LYIT and this wonderful 24 community event deserves support and recognition. I can safely say that there is not a person or a family in Donegal that has not been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly.“What is special about this event is that while we are remembering and reflecting on the devastation that a cancer diagnosis can bring, we are also gathering strength, generating goodwill and doing something extremely positive in a collective way that shows we are a community, we are in this together, and we will fight cancer in any way we can,” Councillor McMonagle told committee members after handing over the cheque.Relay for Life Donegal treasurer, Drew Corry, revealed that 60,000 euro has been raised from this year’s event staged at the outset of the month. But, he added, more money would be forthcoming as proceeds continued to be counted up. Councillor McMonagle had referred to the live streaming of the event which enabled patrons from all over the world to view Relay for Life in Letterkenny.Thanking the Mayor and Council for the contribution, Chairperson Robert O’Connor disclosed that during the event two years, patrons in forty-five countries worldwide had streamed into the local Relay experience.A date has already been set for next year’s Relay for Life initiative with the weekend of May 25th and 26th confirmed for the 2019 event.Mayor of Donegal presents Relay for Life committee with funds to offset expenditure was last modified: June 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Councillor Gerry McMonagleDonegal County CouncilLYITRelay for LifeRobert O’Connorlast_img read more

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John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame

first_imgMr John Loughrey as been awarded a prestigious place in the Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame.The well-established Financial Advisor received the lifetime achievement award last night for his contribution to Letterkenny’s business community over three decades.The Hall of Fame recognition, sponsored by City of Derry Airport, is awarded to one individual each year at the Letterkenny Business Awards. There were congratulations all round for John as he joined the select group of outstanding local business persons who have made immense contributions to help people in Letterkenny and beyond.John F. Loughrey Financial Services, based at Crossview House, has been at the heart of the Letterkenny community for more than 30 years.John established the business in 1984 and it has grown to become the northwest’s leading independent financial services provider.In accepting his award, John thanked his family, his staff, all his clients over the years and his tenants at Crossview House. Looking back on the early years of the business, he talked about how he combined his flair for figures and love of helping people to set up an impartial advisory firm which gives clients the best advice. Now John, alongside his daughter Lisa, leads the company of 14 employees and pride themselves on helping clients plan for their retirement, save for their future and protect their greatest assets.Letterkenny Business Awards 2019 took place on Friday night in the Clanree Hotel. More than 400 people attended the event, which was presented by Keith Fletcher and President of the Chamber, Leonard Watson, addressed the large gathering.See the full list of winners and the Business Person of the Year award here:Daniel Gallagher named Business Person of the Year 2019John Loughrey joins Letterkenny Chamber’s Hall of Fame was last modified: November 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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India’s Fragmented Society Was Once a Melting Pot

first_img“In India we celebrate the commonality of major differences,” wrote the celebrated author Shashi Tharoor about his native country. “We are a land of belonging rather than of blood.” Indeed, India’s 1.24-billion-strong population is one of the world’s most diverse, with 700 ethnic and language groups and possibly many more, depending on how they are counted. Today, most of these groups keep pretty much to themselves, only rarely marrying outsiders. But a new study concludes that several thousand years ago, the entire subcontinent underwent a period of massive intermarriage, shuffling its population’s genetic deck so thoroughly that it left clear traces—even in the genomes of today’s most isolated tribes.In recent years, genetic studies of modern Indians have provided a host of new insights into the ancient history of this sprawling nation, which harbors nearly one-sixth of the world’s population. A key finding, reported in 2009 by a team led by geneticist David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston, was that most Indians today are descendants of two major population groups: Ancestral North Indians (ANI), who probably migrated into the subcontinent 8000 or more years ago from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe; and Ancestral South Indians (ASI), who were native to the region and had been there much longer. The study also showed that these two groups began to mix at some point in the past, although just when was not clear.Reich and his colleagues teamed up with researchers from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India, to take a much closer look at the genetics of modern Indians. Using both newly generated and previously published genetic data from 571 people representing 73 ethnic and language groups, 71 from India and two from Pakistan (which prior to Indian independence from British rule in 1947 was considered part of India), the team analyzed the genetic differences among the subjects using several powerful statistical methods. 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Then, beginning about 1900 years ago or somewhat later, mating patterns shifted dramatically. Local populations became entrenched, eschewing intermarriage with other groups and adopting a cultural pattern of what researchers call endogamy, the practice of marrying only within an ethnic or social group.“There was a major demographic transformation in India from a region where mixture was pervasive to one in which it is very rare because of a shift to endogamy,” says lead author Priya Moorjani, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School.The traces of this alternating pattern can be clearly seen in the genomes of modern Indians today, the study finds. For example, the percentage of ANI ancestry ranges from a high of 71% in the Pathan ethnic group of northern India to a low of 17% in the Paniya group of southwest India, meaning that the degree of ancient admixture is still measurable and significant in even the most isolated and endogamous ethnic groups.“The most remarkable aspect of the ANI-ASI mixture is how pervasive it was, in the sense that it has left its mark on nearly every group in India,” Moorjani and her co-workers write.What accounts for this pattern? The team points out that the period of intermarriage overlaps with a time of huge social upheavals in India, including the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization—which thrived on the Indian subcontinent between about 2600 B.C.E. and 1900 B.C.E.—as well as large-scale population movements and the rise of the Vedic religion, the predecessor of modern Hinduism. But after 1900 years ago, India’s caste system became a major cultural force, the team concludes, based on its new genetic findings and confirmed by evidence from ancient religious texts. The system rigidly defined four social classes, with the Brahmans at the top and the Sudras at the bottom. Intermarriage was not allowed between them. The Rig-Veda, India’s oldest surviving text and a founding document of ancient Hinduism, does not mention the caste system in its earliest sections, probably written some 3000 years ago; only much later are references to it found.“The bulk of the Rig-Veda describes a society in which there is substantial movement among groups,” Moorjani points out. The four-caste system is only mentioned in an appendix written much later, she says, consistent with the genetic evidence.The study is “carefully and cautiously crafted,” says Toomas Kivisild, a population geneticist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and has “major significance for understanding the complex demographic processes in India that led to the endogamous rules of the caste system.”Lynn Jorde, a geneticist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, calls the results “intriguing,” but cautions that they need to be confirmed with a larger number of samples from even more regions of the Indian subcontinent, as well as with the use of complete DNA sequences from the entire genomes of all the individuals studied.The team agrees that more needs to be done and suggests that ancient DNA studies of prehistoric burials—which would give scientists a finer grained picture of population mixing in the ancient past—could be the next step in this ongoing research.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_imgDays after Bayern Munich have parted ways with Coach Niko Kovac, the German side will face Olympiacos in their Champions League 2019-20 match day four fixture on Wednesday. The Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos game is scheduled to take place at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich, who lost their German league match to Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1, will look to make things right in their home fixture. Olympiacos, meanwhile, who lost to Bayern a fortnight ago, will look for a positive start. The Greek side are currently bottom placed with one point from three games. Whereas, Bayern Munich are leading group B standings with nine points. The Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos game will commence at 11:25 pm.For the upcoming fixture, Assistant coach Hans Flick will take charge of Bayern. Apart from Kovac’s departure, the German side has a list of injury blows to look at. Niklas Sule, who had injured his anterior cruciate ligament and underwent surgery, won’t be available for the remaining season. Jann-Fiete Arp was ruled out due to broken wrist, whereas, Lucas Hernandez won’t be able to make it to the squad before December. The 23-year-old defender had picked up an ankle injury last month. For Olympiacos, manager Pedro Martins is expecting Vasilios Torosidis to pass the fitness test for their trip to Bayern.UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich possible starting lineup vs Olympiacos: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Pavard, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago; Coutinho, Gnabry, Coman; LewandowskiUEFA Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos possible starting lineup vs Bayern Munich: Sa; Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Papadopoulos, Tsimikas; Guilherme; Bouchalakis, Camara, Valbuena, Masouras; El-ArabiWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 11:25 pm IST on November 6. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 11:25 pm slot and six that will start at 1:30 am on November 7.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Wednesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. bayern munichchampions leagueChampions League 2019-20Europe First Published: November 6, 2019, 2:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy 2017: Scoring runs makes me happy and keeps me motivated, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir relishes the domestic circuit.The stylish Delhi southpaw loves scoring runs in any arena and that is precisely what he has been doing over the last few years in domestic criket, away from all the stardom the international game brings.Gambhir loves the traditional format. He has scored nine Test centuries including a gutsy 137 during a 643-minute vigil in Napier.However, the 36-year-old, once a regular in the Indian team, last played an ODI nearly five years ago. His last Test apperance was against England in 2016. There was a time when Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put to sword some of the best bowling attacks in the world but the left-handed Delhi batsman is now out of favour because India have three openers, who have performed admirably.But Gambhir can never be counted out. (Gautam Gambhir slams BJP MLA who called Virat Kohli anti-national for marrying in Italy)This season, Gambhir guided Delhi to the final of Ranji Trophy, racking up 632 runs in 10 innings. His century against a quality Bengal attack, which had Mohammed Shami as spearhead, proved that the seasoned campaigner still has a lot of cricket left in him. And he is not ready to give up yet.  “It has been satisfying (season). You want to put your hands up and perform in crucial games for your team. That’s what the team expects you to do as well. Scoring runs makes me happy. It keeps me motivated. Winning a game of cricket is equally important to me,” Gambhir told Mail Today in an interview.advertisementAs someone who has been a regular in domestic tournaments, Gambhir made a strong pitch for India to overhaul its domestic structure and have first-class games of five days. He feels a five-day game, against the current four-day system, will prepare youngsters better for Test cricket and there will be more competition.  “The quality of first-class cricket can only improve if you reduce the number of games, from eight to six. You got to make it five-day cricket. Nowhere else in the world first-class cricket is played five days. Why not start (the same format) in India,” says Gambhir.”Some of the youngsters do not even know how to bat out the entire day, especially on a day five track, win a game outright. Because in a four-day game, most of the time the last day has been a dead rubber.”If it is a five-day game, you always have an opportunity to make a comeback in the second innings as well, so the bowlers will be motivated. It will be challenging for the batters as well.”Gambhir said one could take a leaf out of the English and Australian domestic systems where cricketers spent more time playing the game than their counterparts in India.”Look at county cricket. County games are 18 four-day games. There I can understand you can’t take it to five days because that’s going to be very challenging. Sheffield Shield is more than 10 games. In India you play six games, 24 days of first class cricket, which is nothing. You don’t prepare yourself the whole year just to play 24 days. And if you played one innings per (match), literally you play six or seven innings in a season which is absolutely ridiculous.”However, it is not that the Indian domestic circuit has remained unchanged. Last year, the Ranji Trophy was played on neutral venues to get rid of underprepared wickets.”Only in four-day cricket you feel you got to prepare underprepared wickets because if you are looking for an outright win you get desperate for it. Five day competition is the only way where you can get rid of neutral venues, neutral curators, underprepared wickets. If you are preparing youngsters to play Test cricket, try and give them the closet opportunity of preparing themselves for Test cricket.”Despite last playing international cricket a year ago, Gambhir said he was not thinking of an India comeback. He insisted the focus was on scoring runs for whichever team he represents now.”My job is to score runs and score as many as I can and try and win a game of cricket for my team.”Gambhir played under a young captain, Rishabh Pant this season. “Sometimes I feel I have done enough. Captaining the entire season is a very long time. It is not like the IPL where you just finish in two months. Captaining day in and day out can be very tiring as well. So I thought it is time someone else does it.”advertisementlast_img read more

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