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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 15:59 IST Sachin Tendulkar had a warm wish for Sir Vivian Richards as the West Indian turned 67. (@sachin_rt Photo)Sachin Tendulkar paid a tribute to his “batting hero” Sir Vivian Richards as the legendary West Indian batsman celebrated his 67th birthday on Thursday. Viv Richards is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all times and is looked up to by one and all.In a career that spanned 17 years, Viv Richards played 308 matches (Tests and ODIs) and scored 15261 runs, including 8540 runs in Test cricket.The runs for Sir Viv Richards, including 24 hundreds and three double hundreds in Tests and 11 centuries in ODIs, came at a staggering strike rate 86.07 in Tests and 90.2 in ODIs.Tendulkar took to social media to wish Viv Richards on his birthday and said he will always cherish the support he has got from the West Indian throughout his career.”Happy Birthday @ivivianrichards. My batting hero. The support that I have received from you throughout my career is something that I shall always cherish,” Tendulkar tweeted.Happy Birthday @ivivianrichards. My batting hero. The support that I have recieved from you throughout my career is something that I shall always cherish. pic.twitter.com/9tpOk7U2MFSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 7, 2019Apart from Tendulkar, legendary West Indies bowler Courtney A Walsh also wished Vivian Richards on his birthday and tweeted, “Happy birthday to the one and only master blaster sir Viv. Have a great one capt.”Happy birthday to the one and only master blaster sir Viv have a great one capt @ivivianrichardsCourtney A Walsh (@CuddyWalsh) March 7, 2019Curtly Ambrose also referred ro Viv Richards as his “skipper” and wished him on his birthday.advertisementHappy birthday @ivivianrichards have a great day skipperCurtly Ambrose (@ambrose_curtly) March 7, 2019Interesting, apart from having a great cricketing career, Sir Viv Richards also played international football for Antigua and represented them in the qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup.Viv Richards also has a stadium named behind him in North Sound, Antigua.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sachin TendulkarFollow Sir Vivian Richards My batting hero: Sachin Tendulkar pays birthday tribute to Vivian RichardsSachin Tendulkar wished legendary batsman Sir Vivian Richards on his 67th birthday and said he would always cherish the support he has received from the West Indian.advertisementlast_img read more

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The United Nations Security Council today condemned the spike in Somalia’s weapons trade and extended the mandate of a group of experts monitoring the flow of arms for an additional six months.Acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for the use of force, the Council unanimously adopted a resolution stressing that States must comply with the arms embargo against Somalia.It condemned “the significant increase in the flow of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia” and said it would “consider specific action to improve implementation of and compliance with measures” which were imposed in 1992, a year after President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled. The country has had no functioning national government since then and has been wracked by factional fighting.The Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital Mogadishu, and the Transitional Federal Parliament, which is based in Baidoa, are scheduled to hold peace talks in mid-December, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia François Lonsény Fall told the Council earlier this month. Describing the current situation in Somalia in its latest report to the Council, the monitoring group says, “The contest is overwhelmingly military in nature, with rampant arms flows to both sides. The arms flows are a premier part of a deliberate, ongoing and broader military build-up taking place on both sides.”To stem this deadly trade, the group makes a number of recommendations for tightening the embargo, including a total border surveillance and interdiction effort involving a combination of sea, air and land military forces as well as a financial-assets freeze on all Somali-owned and -operated businesses located inside and outside Somalia that are connected to either side.The group also calls for a “concerted and immediate international political and diplomatic initiative” aimed at underscoring “the very real possibility of an extended war and military conflict in the Horn of Africa” while working towards disengagement. It also urges “encouraging the involvement of all essential Somali actors in meaningful political dialogue leading towards a political solution to the Somali situation.” read more

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