India captain Virat Kohli stressed the importance of having an experienced player like MS Dhoni in the squad but insisted the wicketkeeper-batsman’s absence from the squad for West Indies tour presents Rishabh Pant with an opportunity to unleash his potential.Speaking to the press on the eve of the first T20I between West Indies and India in Florida, Virat Kohli said the team wants Rishabh Pant to prove his credentials and become a consistent performer.India will be hoping one of the lower-middle order batsmen steps up and take the role of a finisher, considering the absence of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya from the limited-overs squads for the West Indies tour. While Hardik Pandya was rested for the tour, Dhoni has taken a 2-month sabbatical following the World Cup and is training with the Indian Army in the Kashmir Valley.Chief selector MSK Prasad had hinted Rishabh Pant will get more opportunities across all three formats in the near future as India are looking to shape their squad for next year’s T20 World Cup.Stressing that youngsters in the team have a great opportunity to perform and stake claim for spots in the limited-overs squads, Virat Kohli said players like Rishabh Pant are looking forward to the opportunities.”His [MS Dhoni] experience has always been a crucial factor for us. Having said that, it’s a great opportunity for someone like Rishabh Pant to play a lot of international cricket and show his credential… unleash his potential. We know how much ability he has and we all want him to be a consistent performer for the Indian cricket team. MS’s experience is always going to be a crucial factor but having said that some of these youngsters have a good opportunity. Rishabh is looking forward to this opportunity as well,” Virat Kohli said.advertisementThe India captain added: “It’s a great opportunity for the guy stepping in to deliver what they need for the team and really cement their spots. Not having the two finishers… Hardik and MS Dhoni… is different from what we are used to but it also presents an opportunity for the guys coming in to show what they are.”Looking forward to the T20 World Cup next year ,I think it’s a great position for all these guys to show the world who they are.”In the absence of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, India would be hoping the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant sieze the opportunity to execute the finisher’s role in the T20I series.India will play 2 T20Is in Florida on Saturday and Sunday before heading to Guyana for the third T20I on August 6. Virat Kohli’s men will also play 3 ODIs after which they will begin their World Test Championships campaign against the West Indies later in August.Also Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso Read | India vs West Indies T20Is: Can Virat Kohli upstage Rohit Sharma in Florida?Also See:
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Maritime Blockchain Labs (MBL), a partnership set up between Lloyd’s Register Foundation and BLOC to explore the use of blockchain in the maritime sector, have launched its first demonstrator project.The project will see the development of a fuel provenance register that aims to provide information about fuel origin, journey and characteristics.The next phase of the project will involve further development and scaling of the solution, capturing fuel deliveries and associated verified data into the system.A consortium of ship owners or operators, fuel suppliers, port authorities and a fuel testing body is expected to carry out the testing and MBL is inviting interested stakeholders to co-sponsor the new stage set to begin in January 2019.A prototype digital system was developed earlier this year together with a consortium including the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA), LR’s FOBAS team, Bostomar, Heidmar, BIMCO, Goodfuels and Precious Shipping. The demonstrator phase of the project was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.The development of a marine fuels quality tracing and compliance prototype involved testing in a simulated environment with the consortium in September this year. The demonstrator closed with the prototype being used for the manual capture of the world’s first end to end fuel transaction on a blockchain in the Port of Rotterdam.“The recently concluded MEPC73 showed us that there are still burning questions about the availability of compliant fuels post-2020 – and the current epidemic of bad bunker, as it’s been called by Intertanko and others, shows that building traceability and trust in the marine fuels supply chain is one of the most vital issues facing shipping right now,” Deanna MacDonald, CEO of BLOC said.“Our demonstrator phase has shown us that dealing with marine fuels’ quality and quantity assurance is an industry wide issue, and that the industry is looking to work together to solve this issue. We’ve built something that for the first time, will allow stakeholders across the global shipping industry to verify and validate transactions across the fuels supply chain.”MBL’s platform uses Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology that creates an immutable chain of custody of quality analysis documentation and specification of fuels from the various actors transacting and transferring the fuels throughout the supply chain. The analysis results of the fuel supply are then associated or linked to the specific transaction offering this fuel, according to MBL.