South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who missed the one-day series against Sri Lanka earlier this year and also the Indian Premier League, stated that he had his time away and now he is hungrier than ever before to be back on the field.”Things happen that you don’t anticipate and I did not anticipate how things have gone recently. But I am a firm believer that when something happens, there is some good in it. I have had time away and now I am really looking back to wearing the green and gold again,” ICC quoted Amla, as saying.”I am hungrier than ever before, there is no doubt about that. I have been blessed to have this shirt for a while but the time off has made me want to come back stronger,” he added.The 36-year-old has already played twice in the World Cup (2011, 2015) and this will be his third appearance in the premier tournament. Amla will try to make the most of this World Cup as it will likely be his last chance of lifting the coveted trophy.The Proteas will face England in the opening match of the quadrennial tournament and Amla is optimistic to face the top-ranked squad saying that they have done well against them. He also opined that even though there are fewer expectations from them, the team is confident of doing well.”It is the best first game we could have asked for. We have played England recently and had some success against them, I have done well against them too. This year, you don’t see the same big names and that is why the focus is not on us but that has some good in it,” he said.advertisement”There has not been much chat about us winning in comparison to the past but I don’t think that played a part in how we performed. At the end of the day, we always gave our best and played to win. The fact that there has not been a lot of chat at this World Cup means there is less expectation but in the team we think we can do well,” he added.South Africa will compete with England in the opening match of the World Cup on May 30.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni should be India’s No. 5, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Khawaja survives scare after being hit by Russell bouncerAlso See
NARITA, Japan – A Vancouver-area resident is in custody in Japan, accused of smuggling nearly 10 kilograms of drugs into the country.A statement from Tokyo Customs says Daniel Whitmore was arrested at Narita Airport on Dec. 11 after arriving on a flight from Vancouver.The email statement says that 9,801 grams of methamphetamine was seized after being found in a guitar case and canisters of tea that allegedly belonged to Whitmore.Details of the arrest were not released until late December.Whitmore is the lead singer for the Vancouver-based Iron Maiden tribute band Powerclown, and the band says in a message on its Facebook page that they are hoping for the best for their bandmate.The Government of Canada website for travellers says suspects in Japan can be held for up to 23 days without charges, police questioning can begin without a lawyer present and the conviction rate, once indicted, is above 99 per cent.