first_img Indo-Asian News Service PanajiJanuary 14, 2019UPDATED: January 14, 2019 16:37 IST KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya have been sent back home from the Australian tour (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHardik Pandya and KL Rahul have been suspended by the BCCI pending an inquiryThe cricketers were guilty of making sexist comments on Koffee with KaranShubman Gill and Vijay Shankar have replaced the duo in the Indian ODI teamBanned Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth on Monday, chided young cricketers Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul for their misogynist comments on the ‘Koffee with Karan’ show, but also said that Team India need the “match winner” duo for the upcoming ODI World Cup.”I will only say that whatever happened was very bad, but the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are both good cricketers…,” Sreesanth told reporters here.”I will only say to Hardik and Rahul, that surely they are both match-winners and sooner or later they will be back on the field. Yes, I know how difficult it is for a cricketer to miss the game and I just hope BCCI allows them to play, once they realise I am sure they should be playing where they should be playing,” the former India pace bowler added.Sreesanth said that those who had erred worse than Rahul and Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.”Yes, what happened was wrong. They said some wrong things. But there are others whose have made bigger mistakes than these, who are still playing and are in different fields not just cricket. The same people are speaking about this. When they see an opportunity they pounce on it like tigers,” Sreesanth said.Sreesanth hoped that his ban on playing first class cricket in India would be lifted soon.”On top of that, if my ban gets lifted this month or next month, then I will be the happiest…,” he said, adding that if the ban is eventually lifted, he would like to test himself in first class matches before taking a call on fighting for a chance to represent Team India again.advertisementSreesanth said that he would just walk away from the game if he realised that he is not up to scratch.Sreesanth was arrested in a spot fixing scandal in 2013 and was banned for life.”If not, I will call it a day because a lot of youngsters are there and it will be great for Indian cricket as well as my Kerala state. I should not be hanging around because I am Sreesanth and the ban got lifted. I will be more than happy with all the respect. If I am not doing well, I will walk away from the game,” Sreesanth said.Speaking about his political stint, Sreesanth, who is in the BJP, said that he would like to help the party ride on his popularity.”I will also use my popularity to lift my party. My party is like a family to me. I will work with them,” he said.Also Read | Babul Supriyo slams Diana Edulji over Hardik, Rahul suspensions after Koffee with KaranAlso Read | Hardik Pandya loses Gillette endorsement deal after Koffee with Karan controversyAlso Read | Suspended Hardik, Rahul shouldn’t enjoy the perks of travelling with Team India: GavaskarFor 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow KL RahulFollow Koffee With KaranFollow S SreesanthFollow Indian cricket teamFollow BCCI Sreesanth backs Hardik, Rahul: Others have made bigger mistakes but are still playingSreesanth said that those who had erred worse than KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya had gotten away with it in the past and slammed them for targeting the duo now.advertisementlast_img read more

Walmart Canada is eliminating the pickup fee from its online grocery service as it braces for increasing competition in a business where profit margins are already razor thin.The retail giant said Tuesday it is cancelling its $2.97 charge for customers who order groceries online and pick them up in stores.While the fee was modest, the company’s internal studies indicated it was a barrier preventing some people from using their online grocery pickup service, said Daryl Porter, vice-president of online grocery for Walmart Canada.“Even though it’s a small dollar amount, it means something,” Porter said.“We want to remove that fee and give people a better chance to try it.”Walmart Canada said that for competitive reasons, it won’t say how much it stands to lose by scrapping the fee and how many customers use its online grocery pickup service.The service launched in Ottawa in July 2015, about a year after Loblaw rolled out a similar program in the Toronto area.Walmart Canada has since expanded it to the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton, and Porter said there are plans to bring it to a fifth market that will be unveiled in about a month.Michael von Massow, an associate professor in food economics at the University of Guelph, said Canadians lag behind Americans when it comes to using online grocery pickup services, though they are catching up and it is a market with potential to grow.He said key for retailers including Walmart is locking in first-time consumers because research shows they are unlikely to switch once they become accustomed to ordering online.“If you can get their first order, you’re more likely to get their second order,” he said.He said he doesn’t believe Walmart’s decision will hurt its bottom line, adding that the increased number of orders from new and existing customers will likely more than make up for any losses.The Walmart announcement comes against the backdrop of Amazon’s US$13.7-billion deal to buy Whole Foods, an acquisition that some industry observers say will upend the supermarket sector in North America.“There is a lot of activity happening out there in the industry but this is something we wanted to do even before the Amazon announcement,” Porter said.Von Massow said online grocery delivery services have struggled to gain market share because people want to “squeeze that avocado” — they don’t want to order produce online.He said he thinks Amazon and Walmart Canada may eventually adopt a “hybrid” shopping model where customers can order their packaged groceries online, pick them up, and buy fresh food such as fruit and vegetables in-store.Walmart Canada introduced groceries in its stores in 2006 and they are now available in about three-quarters of its 411 stores.Loblaw said Tuesday it offers its online pickup grocery service at 142 stores and there are plans to expand it. It charges a fee between $3 and $5 per order, depending on the time and day of pickup.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more