February 28, 2011Hat-trick man Roach ready for bigger challenges
After claiming the first hat-trick of the 2011 cricket World Cup, West Indies paceman Kemar Roach on said his hard work in the past few months is paying off well and he is ready for much bigger challenges ahead.
Aussies delay naming Bollinger replacement
Australia have delayed the naming of replacement for injured paceman Doug Bollinger in their World Cup squad till the later stages of the tournament, the selectors said on Monday.
Roach 'tricks' as Windies humble Dutch
Kemar Roach claimed six wickets for 27 runs, including a hat-trick, as the West Indies cakewalked past the Netherlands by 215 runs in their Group B World Cup match at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Monday.
Taibu, Price make short work of Canada
A devastating opening spell from left-arm spinner Ray Price spurred Zimbabwe to a crushing 175-run victory over Canada in their World Cup Group A match on Monday.
Bresnan reprimanded, Strauss fined
England's fast bowler Tim Bresnan has been officially reprimanded for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during his side's tied match against India in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Strauss edged it twice but Indians didn't appeal!
The Indian team seems to have a 'hearing problem' in addition to its bowling and fielding woes which led to its failure to defend a strong score of 338 in the World Cup match against England in Bangalore on Sunday.
I'm gay, declares England keeper Davis
England wicketkeeper Steven Davies has become the first active professional cricketer to declare that he is gay.
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Warne a genius to have predicted a tie: Strauss
He was a genius with the ball and England captain Andrew Strauss said Shane Warne proved as much a genius with predictions by correctly forecasting that the pulsating India-England match would end in a tie even before the players had walked out on the field.
Canada's Nitish Kumar youngest to play at WC
Canada's 16-year-old schoolboy Nitish Kumar on Monday became the youngest cricketer to make his World Cup debut when he was drafted into the playing XI against Zimbabwe in a Group A match in Nagpur.
Graeme Smith's mind games against India
Ever since he took over as captain at a very young age, Graeme Smith has never been in the running for the most popular captain of the tournament award.
Dhoni upset with UDRS
Team India has never been a big fan of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and they now have more reasons for their continuing displeasure.
Dhoni 'happy with tied result'
They could not secure victory even after setting England a mammoth 339-run target. But India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy to escape with a tie result, as he felt at one stage the English appeared clear favourites to win the match.
February 27, 2011Dutch out to prove they belong to the big league
Netherlands captain Peter Borren vowed to make a statement with his team's performances at the World Cup following the governing body's decision to leave out most of the associate teams from the 2015 event.
India, England tie after Tendulkar, Strauss tons
A masterly century by Sachin Tendulkar and an inspired bowling spell by Zaheer Khan led India to a nail-biting tie against England in their World Cup Group B match on Sunday.
Pakistan fined for slow over-rate vs SL
Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after Shahid Afridi's side was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration.
Sachin gets record 5th WC 100. Congratulate him!
Sachin Tendulkar reached another milestone on Sunday. He became the highest century-maker in World Cup history after scoring his fifth hundred in the prestigious event.
Ind-Eng tie: 2 held in betting racket in Bangalore
A betting racket, in connection with the India-England World Cup tie played in Bangalore on Sunday, was busted and two persons arrested thereafter, a top police official said.
'Mike Hussey's omission from WC squad staggering'
Mike Hussey's omission from Australia's World Cup squad was 'staggering' and team selectors ignored precedent by failing to give him a chance to recover from injury, according to former Australia captain Steve Waugh. The 35-year-old Hussey was initially selected for the Feb 19 - April 2 tournament on the subcontinent despite rupturing a hamstring last month, but was later replaced in the 15-man squad by Callum Ferguson.
February 26, 2011It's advantage India at Bangalore
Statistically, India hold the advantage over England. Of the previous 70 encounters between both the teams, India won 38 and England 30. But both teams are tied in terms of matches played in previous World Cups, each winning three encounters in six outings.
Public ballot process for World Cup tickets
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said there will be a public ballot system, similar to that which is used in the majority of global sporting events. The ballot will open on Monday, February 28.
Misbah, Afridi take Pakistan past Lanka
Shahid Afridi claimed four wickets as Pakistan beat co-hosts Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their Group A World Cup match in Colombo on Saturday.
Ticket chaos shows ODIs still popular: ICC
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat added a new spin to the World Cup ticket controversy, saying the mad rush for them proves that One-Day Internationals are still a huge hit among fans.
Shastri backs Ponting over Motera incident
Reprimanded and criticised for damaging a TV set inside the dressing room during a World Cup match at Ahmedabad, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting found a sympathiser in player-turned-commentator Ravi Shastri, who said such incidents are not new in international cricket.
Butt, Amir appeal to CAS against bans
Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have filed appeals against their bans with the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.
'Ticket distribution system needs to get better'
International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat on Saturday criticised the police lathicharge on fans seeking tickets for the India-England World Cup clash in Bangalore, saying the fiasco was unfortunate and the governing body would not like to see such scenes again.
February 25, 2011Shafiul Islam bowls Bangladesh to victory
A brilliant diving catch by Tamim Iqbal and a four-wicket blast by paceman Shafiul Islam helped Bangladesh to a pulsating 27-run win over Ireland in their World Cup Group B match in Dhaka on Friday.
Ponting 24 and counting
Ponting 24 and counting… That's Ricky Ponting's record as a captain in the World Cup.
We have to put the Aus result behind: Vettori
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said his team has to take responsibility for the shoddy show in the World Cup match against Australia.
Bangalore police chief defends lathi charge
Bangalore police commissioner Shankar Bidari was vociferous in defence of his colleagues who used force to disperse the huge crowd that came to purchase tickets for the India-England World Cup match in Bangalore on Thursday.
Mike Hussey set for shock WC return!
Rediff.com has learnt that Hussey could be sent in as a replacement player for the injured Doug Bollinger, who is set to return home with a left ankle injury.
Hussey recovers from injury, to play for Warriors
In what would embarrass the national selectors, Michael Hussey, who was ignored for Australia's World Cup defence on count of injury, has been cleared to play for Western Australia against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield clash, starting next week.
Doug Bollinger to return to Australia
Cricket Australia's medical staff on Friday confirmed that fast bowler Doug Bollinger will return to Australia from the ICC World Cup after sustaining a left ankle injury.
Johnson, Tait pace too hot for Kiwis
Defending champions Australia produced a clinical display to outclass Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand and score a seven-wicket victory, with 16 overs to spare, in a Group A World Cup match.
Playing in IPL helped us beat Windies: De Villers
AB de Villiers, who made an unbeaten 107, used his Indian Premier League experience to good use, leading South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket World Cup win over the West Indies.
Sehwag takes blow on the ribs during practice
Virender Sehwag suffered an injury scare in World Cup practice on Friday when he was struck on the left side of his ribs in the nets and collapsed to the ground.
Lankan singer apologises for offensive WCup song
The Sri Lankan singer, who composed a song backing the country in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, has apologised after his much-hyped song was banned, as President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his disapproval of the lyrics over fears that it might cause offence to other competitors.
Conspiracy behind Eden match shift: Dalmiya
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday accused the ICC of conspiring against him when the world body shifted the India–England World Cup match from Eden Gardens.
February 24, 2011Natural disaster brings neighbours Aus, NZ closer
With the death toll in the earthquake that hit the southern city of Christchurch going past 100, the minds of the New Zealand players will be as much on the happenings back home as the World Cup match against neighbours Australia, who they meet on Friday.
Yuvraj injured ahead of England clash
Yuvraj picked a minor injury on his hand after being hit by a delivery from bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, a Reuters cameraman said.
SA national anthem cut short before match
In an embarrassing goof-up, the recording of South Africa's national anthem stopped midway during the pre-match ceremony of their World Cup opener against the West Indies in Delhi on Thursday, leading to a red-faced ICC apologising to the Proteas team management.
South Africa too good for Windies
AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten century and debutant Imran Tahir scalped four wickets as South Africa launched their cricket World Cup campaign with a comfortable seven-wicket win over the West Indies in a Group-B league match.
ICC awaits Pawar's response on WC tickets fiasco
ICC Head of Media and Communications Colin Gibson on Thursday said that the governing body is awaiting a response from its president Sharad Pawar regarding the controversy involving sale and distribution of tickets for the World Cup final.
Police clash with fans outside Bangalore stadium
Thousands of fans who had camped outside Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium to buy just 4,000 tickets for Sunday's World Cup showdown between India and England clashed with police on Thursday, local media reported.
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Sri Lanka dumps 'insulting' WC anthem
Lyrics sung by young pop star Lahiru Perera reportedly upset Rajapaksa and a presidential aide said that the President was unhappy at taunts in the song against competing countries.
Nagpur Nuggets: Rediscovery of the Orange City
Our correspondent Bikash Mohapatra travels to the centre of the country -- trying to rediscover the country again.
February 23, 2011Ponting reprimanded for damaging TV
The ICC said Australia's captain was found guilty of 'abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match'.
Skipper Sammy seeks consistency from Windies
West Indies captain Darren Sammy sounded guarded on Wednesday, the eve of the team's meeting against South Africa in the World Cup, hopeful that the former champions can gel together and play some consistent cricket.
Afridi high-five as Pak drub Kenya
Shahidi Afridi claimed five wickets as Pakistan opened their World Cup campaign with a thumping 205-run victory over Kenya.
Sri Lanka prez orders W Cup song to be banned
Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday ordered a ban on a World Cup song that carries a latent threat to defending champions Australia and New Zealand.
Lalit Modi-Giles Clarke face-off in English summer
The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Giles Clarke will face four weeks in the high court after trial dates were announced for the libel writs brought against him by suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and global sports marketing and consulting firm International Management Group (IMG).
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Ponting facing charge over damage to TV set
Ricky Ponting, the captain of World Cup holders Australia, is facing a charge for allegedly damaging a television set in the dressing room after he was dismissed during his side's victory over Zimbabwe.
February 22, 2011Team India prepares for England clash
The Indian cricket team on Tuesday had a strenuous three-hour nets session, concentrating mostly on batting, at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore, ahead of their vital Group-B league match against England on Sunday.
Wankhede stadium gets fire dept NOC
The revamped Wankhede stadium, which recently came under the scanner of the fire department for not following safety norms, received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Mumbai Fire Brigade on Tuesday to stage World Cup matches.
England made to toil by disciplined Dutch
The Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate's brilliant all-round effort went in vain as England huffed and puffed their way to a six-wicket win in a Group B encounter of the World Cup in Nagpur on Tuesday.
Christchurch quake unlikely to impact WC schedule
The devastating earthquake in Christchurch is unlikely to force a change in New Zealand's World Cup schedule, an ICC spokesman said on Tuesday. A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's second biggest city on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people and causing widespread damage.
Ponting smashes LCD in Australia dressing room
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting smashed a LCD television set in the team's dressing room, apparently in a fit of anger, after he got run out against Zimbabwe, sources in the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) said on Tuesday.
Security blanket for World Cup match at Kotla
The Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here, which will host four World Cup matches, has been turned into a virtual fortress with Delhi police personnel, gun-totting commandos and private security guards leaving nothing to chance ahead of Thursday's South Africa-West Indies clash.
The mysterious case of Mr. Cricket
Cricketer chosen for world cup squad. Gets injured. Is axed. Resurfaces before teams first match and says he is fit and is ready to play for his state team. National selectors embarrassed. Rumours abound. Controversy erupts, leaving everyone involved red-faced.
February 21, 2011Spot-fixing controversy not haunting Pak: Waqar
The bans imposed on three players for spot-fixing will not distract the Pakistan team during their World Cup campaign, coach Waqar Younis asserted on Monday.
Australia win battle of bowlers
Defending champions Australia beat Zimbabwe by 91 runs in their opening Group A World Cup match in Ahmedabad on Monday.
Hussey wanted to play club match to prove fitness
Australian batsman Michael Hussey was so upset by CA decision to drop him from World Cup squad that he wanted to prove his fitness by playing in a Sheffield Shield tie on Sunday only to be stopped by administrators, a report claimed.
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We were clinical against Canada: Sangakkara
It was a plan well executed, said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as he heaped praise on his team-mates for their clinical display in crushing minnows Canada in their opening World Cup match in Hambantota.
Tendulkar cleared to play after scan on knee
India's key opening batsman Sachin Tendulkar has undergone an MRI scan on his left knee but he should be fit for their next World Cup game, the team's manager said on Monday.
February 20, 2011A second Cup ton for Jayawardene
Like Virender Sehwag on Saturday, the opening day of the World Cup, Mahela Jayawardene held centre stage when Sri Lanka took on minnows Canada in their tournament opener at home in Hambantota on Sunday.
Edwards, Thomas replace injured duo in WI squad
Batsman Kirk Edwards and wicketkeeper batsman Devon Thomas have been drafted into the West Indies World Cup squad after Carlton Baugh and Adrian Barath were ruled out, the International Cricket Council said.
Bindra wins gold in Grand Prix of France
Shooting ace Abhinav Bindra bagged the gold medal in 10 metre air rifle event in the first Grand Prix of France Air Rifle Competition in Fleury Les Aubrais, some 128kms from Paris, on Sunday. Bindra shot 596 in the qualification round and 102.9 in the final to aggregate 698.9. The effort placed him ahead of local hopes Valerian Sauveplane (698.3) and Etienne Germond (695.7).
Jayawardene hits ton as Sri Lanka crush Canada
Mahela Jayawardene scored the fastest century by a Sri Lankan in the history of the World Cup as the hosts crushed a hapless Canada by 210 runs to open their campaign in the mega event in grand style, in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on Sunday.
Ponting explains: Why teams will chase, spin is in
The wickets in the World Cup have so far spun quite a bit, but Australia is a balanced side when it comes to the pace-spin equation, skipper Ricky Ponting said, ahead of their first match against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.
'Running Sachin out was a mistake, I thought'
'He was calling for a run and I wasn't listening to him,' explained Virender Sehwag, talking about the Tendulkar's dismissal in the World Cup match against Bangladesh.
New Zealand beat Kenya in 31.5 overs
Pacer Hamish Bennett picked a career-best four-wicket haul as New Zealand trounced Kenya by 10 wickets in a totally lop-sided World Cup Group A encounter in Chennai on Sunday.
Stats: India registers 5th highest total in WC
Statistical highlights of the World Cup opener ODI between Bangladesh and India played on Saturday.
February 19, 2011Sehwag run-riot in Mirpur
Virender Sehwag gave fans and the other participating teams a glimpse of what to expect from him at the World Cup after a merciless assault on the Bangladesh bowlers in the opening match of the mega event in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Saturday.
Sehwag, Kohli thrash Bangladesh in WC opener
Virender Sehwag scored 175 and Virat Kohli 100 as India beat Bangladesh by 87 runs in the opening match of the ICC World Cup.
It's sixer season for cricket fan gear
With two major cricketing events -- the World Cup and the Indian Premier League -- back to back this year, the retail fan cricket gear market is on a roll.
February 18, 2011Court drops match-fixing charges against Gupta
The Delhi High Court has quashed criminal proceedings initiated by Enforcement Directorate for alleged FERA violation against a Delhi-based businessman who was named as an "influential bookie" and had paid a huge amount to late South Africa cricketer Hansie Cronje to fix ODIs between India and South Africa in 1996-1997.
The most open World Cup in history
Some have argued that home advantage will benefit Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka while others suggest it's South Africa's or England's time.
Gambler punts $132,300 on Indian World Cup triumph
An anonymous gambler has struck an £82,000 ($132,300) bet with a London bookmaker on India winning the Cricket World Cup, one of the biggest ever laid in the one-day game.
Hosts to play quarter-final matches at home: ICC
Hosts India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play their knock-out matches at home if they advance to the quarter-final stage of the World Cup, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Friday.
Bangladesh banter: Why Dhaka reminds of Kolkata
While attending Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presser ahead of India's opening match against Bangladesh in Mirpur one was reminded of Kolkata.
Fire officials unhappy with Wankhede safety norms
Expressing displeasure at the non-compliance of fire safety norms at the revamped Wankhede stadium, venue of the 2011 World Cup final, the city fire brigade department on Friday said it will seek a reply from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) in this regard.
Windies batsmen Barath, Baugh ruled out of WC
Barely a few days before they kick off their World Cup campaign, former champions West Indies became the latest team to be hit by the injury curse when opener Adrain Barath and wicket-keeper Carlton Baugh were on ruled out of the mega-event starting on Saturday in Dhaka.
Indian seamers can break down any time: Manjrekar
India won both its pre-World Cup warm-up games but the team's fast bowlers did not gain any confidence from that, says former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar who would not be surprised if 'one of the pacers break down in the middle of the tournament'.
World Cup statbox: India vs Bangladesh
The facts and figures relating to the Group B World Cup match between India and Bangladesh (1400 IST) at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka on Saturday.
Harbhajan is the best spinner in the world: Krejza
He may not top the popularity charts in Australia but Harbhajan Singh is the best spinner in the world as the feisty Indian offie's bowling is 'unbelievable', says Jason Krejza.
Pakistan's Akhtar, Riaz fined for indiscipline
The Pakistan cricket team management has fined fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz for breach of discipline ahead of the ICC World Cup 2011, which starts from February 19.
Stats make Lee greatest bowler in WC history
In the 36-year history of the cricket World Cup, no bowler has taken wickets as consistently, as Australia's Brett Lee, statistics indicate.
Indian batsmen switch to heavier bats for WC
Sources within the team have revealed that as many as four Indian batsmen have opted for heavier bats for matches in cricket's flagship event.
Sleepy-head Raina given wake-up call by Dhoni
Buying an ear-splitting alarm clock might be on top of Suresh Raina's shopping list on Friday after the batsman almost missed his team's charter flight to Dhaka for their opening World Cup match against Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe no pushovers, reckons Heath Streak
Zimbabwe's bowling coach Heath Streak on Thursday said his team were no pushovers or underdogs and were looking forward to causing some upsets during the ICC cricket World Cup 2011.
Zimbabwe no pushovers, reckons Heath Streak
Zimbabwe's bowling coach Heath Streak on Thursday said his team were no pushovers or underdogs and were looking forward to causing some upsets during the ICC cricket World Cup 2011.
KP to use 'Switch Hit' to surprise opponents
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has said that he would use unorthodox shots, particularly his 'Switch Hit', to challenge traditional field-setting during the World Cup, which gets underway on Saturday.
February 17, 2011Pawar starts his speech in Bangla
International Cricket Council president Sharad Pawar surprised everyone as he delivered the introductory lines of his speech at the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Bengali.
Seamers didn't exert themselves in warm-up: Dhoni
The erratic form of Indian seamers in the lead up to the World Cup does not concern Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they had been instructed not to exert themselves in the warm-up matches.
Bangladeshis ready for World Cup opening gala
Bangladeshis cast aside their usual docile and reserved image on Thursday and proudly displayed their sporting passion ahead of the gala opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup later in the capital.
'Shoaib Akhtar has improved in patches'
While experts can be forgiven for stacking the odds against Pakistan -- and labeling it as a team that can at most cause an upset or two, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis believes his side has more quality than is perceived.
Shoaib Akhtar dope-tested ahead of W Cup: Source
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were some of the first players to be taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup.
Bangladesh banter: Diary of an Indian on tour
The Bangladesh national team was the south Asian champions as recently as 2003 and even the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, which is now the home of cricket, was the home ground for a local football team.
February 16, 2011Dhoni hits 108 as India whip NZ
India's batting, led by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's power hitting, forced New Zealand into submission by piling on a massive total and earned the co-hosts an easy 117-run win in the warm-up game in Chennai on Wednesday.
Broad saves England's blushes against Canada
Returning all-rounder Stuart Broad grabbed five wickets to spare England's blushes as they edged to a 16-run win over perennial whipping boys Canada in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.
Chennai play Kolkata in opening match of IPL-4
The 2011 DLF IPL season will get under way on Friday April 8, 2011, with reigning champions Chennai Super Kings playing Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The ten teams will play a total of 74 matches at 13 venues over 51 days.
Match referee Broad asked to leave field by cops
The International Cricket Council is at loggerheads with Sri Lankan authorities over "security arrangements" that almost saw ICC match referee Chris Broad thrown out of a warm-up match.
ICC object to Pak TV channel hiring banned Butt
Cricket's governing body is unhappy that banned batsman Salman Butt has been hired as a TV pundit for the World Cup and is checking whether the Pakistani has breached the terms of his punishment.
Half-fit Akhtar can lift Pakistan to glory: Alam
Pakistan team manager Intikhab Alam has his doubts over the fitness of speedster Shoib Akhtar but believes that even a half-fit Akhtar would be a handful for opponents during the World Cup.
Border sees no role for spinner Krejza in WC
Jason Krejza is the only frontline spinner in the Australian World Cup squad but former Test skipper Allan Border does not see much of a role for him in the side.
Cricket mogul Stanford sent to US prison hospital
Financier and cricket mogul Allen Stanford was sent to a US prison hospital for drug addiction treatment, officials said Tuesday. The decision was taken so he can be fit to stand trial on charges of running a $7 billion fraud.
'Afghanistan's success shows cricket is growing'
The rise of Afghanistan shows that cricket's governing body is succeeding in its drive to increase the popularity of the sport globally, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.
Pak bowler Junaid's action questionable: Basit Ali
In a fresh blow to the Pakistan cricket team, fast bowler Junaid Khan is likely to be banned for suspect action. According to Basit Ali, former Pakistani batsman and cricket analyst, Junaid's action is objectionable.
Pietersen must go back in time to improve: Jones
Kevin Pietersen must go back in time and start constructing his innings as he did at the start of his international career in order to ignite England's World Cup challenge, according to former team mate Geraint Jones.
February 15, 2011Twitter ban on players during World Cup matches
In a bid to ensure a corruption-free World Cup following the spot-fixing scandal, the International Cricket Council has banned players and team officials from tweeting during matches.
Fire still burning inside new dad Collingwood
After the Twenty20 success, Paul Collingwood now wants to add the 50-over trophy to his collection from the Feb.9-April 2 event.
Morgan's tweet on injury puts ECB in a tizzy
In what could turn out to be a possible embarrassment for the English Cricket Board (ECB) ahead of their World Cup campaign, Eoin Morgan has revealed that the injury which forced him out of the mega-event was not as serious as first thought.
'Dhoni's comments on warm-up matches unnecessary'
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's comments about being mentally unprepared for pre-World Cup practice matches were ill-timed, feel West Indian batting legend Vivian Richards and ex-Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
Minnows Zimbabwe hoping to cause upsets at WC
With no realistic chances of clinching the coveted title, Zimbabwe would be looking to cause a few upsets when they commence their campaign in the World Cup against holders Australia at Ahmedabad on February 21.
I didn't say we're fatigued: Dhoni
After creating a flutter by claiming that India were not 'mentally prepared' for the pre-World Cup warm-up matches, cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday said his comments were misconstrued and he did not imply that the team was battling fatigue.
Aussies have the aura to lift 4th World Cup: Tait
Australian paceman Shaun Tait insists that his team has regained its lost aura and is poised to win a record fourth World Cup title despite predictions to the contrary.
Eden, Wankhede cleared by ICC to host WC ties
Kolkata and Mumbai grounds have been given the final clearance to stage Cricket World Cup matches after concerns about their readiness, the head of the governing body told Reuters on Monday.
'Sachin has it in him to bring the Cup for India'
Sachin Tendulkar is by far the greatest batsman of all time and has it in him to single-handedly win a tournament as big as the World Cup, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas believes so.
Waugh names India, Australia as favourites
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh on Monday put his money on India, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka to emerge triumphant in the upcoming World Cup.
February 14, 2011National Bank sacks banned Pak trio
Banned Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Aamir have been sacked by their employee -- National Bank -- one of the leading teams in the country's domestic circuit.
Hastings to play important role in W Cup: Border
Former Australia captain Allan Border has said that Victoria medium-pacer John Hastings, who was relatively unknown a year ago, is set to play an important role in Australia's defence of the World Cup.
With improved fielding, India are favourites: Viv
West Indian legend Vivian Richards feels that Indian cricket team has improved in the fielding department in recent times and that increases the chances of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men lifting the World Cup.
'I don't want to talk about Sachin Tendulkar'
Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin talks about cricket, match-fixing and politics in the latest issue of GQ India. Excerpts from the interview.
'Concentrating on batting, lost out on bowling'
He made his debut as a leg-spinning all-rounder but Australian Cameron White says he has lost confidence in his bowling and has transformed into a middle-order batsman.
Dhoni's captaincy will be tested in WC: Kumble
MS Dhoni's apparent ability to thrive on the pressure of captaincy will be tested and be critical to India's chances in this World Cup, says Anil Kumble.
'Cricket's World Cup is slightly artificial'
Noted cricket columnist Peter Roebuck reckons that the 50-over World Cup needs oomph to recapture its luster, as "far from improving with every edition, it seems to be getting worse".
'While most bet on India, I'm not so convinced'
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull has picked Sri Lanka and India as top two favourites to lift the World Cup, starting February 19 in the Indian subcontinent.
Who were the most valuable players of 2007 WC?
As we look forward to the 2011 World Cup, Srinivas Bhogle digs out his 2007 data to recall the most valuable players (MVP) of the tournament held in the West Indies four years ago.
Kapil lashes at BCCI for Eden fiasco
Captain of Indian World Cup winning team Kapil Dev tonight criticised the BCCI for Eden Gardens not being able to host World Cup matches involving India.
Chawla needs to contribute with bat too: Dhoni
Piyush Chawla may have earned rich praise for his match-winning performance with the ball against Australia in the warm-up tie of the 2011 World Cup in Bangalore, on Sunday, but his captain was still not satisfied.
February 13, 2011Sreesanth-Ponting altercation in warm-up game
Temperamental India speedster S Sreesanth was involved in a brief altercation with Australian captain Ricky Ponting during the World Cup warm-up game in Bangalore.
Pak worst prepared for World Cup: Imran
The current Pakistan cricket team has had the "worst" possible preparation for the World Cup but is still capable of lifting the trophy if it manages to stay united through the mega-event, feels the country's 1992 World Cup winning captain Imran Khan.
Spot-fixing ban to be discussed at ICC meet
The ban imposed on three Pakistani cricketers for spot-fixing and final evaluation on the readiness of the three host nations for the Cricket World Cup will be on the top of agenda when the ICC Executive Board meets here on February 15-16.
Eng players to be re-interviewed in spot-fixing
England's Test cricketers may be re-interviewed by police as the Crown Prosecution Services prepares its case against the three Pakistan players banned for spot-fixing by the ICC early this month, according to a report
Pietersen dismisses ODI retirement talks
Top England batsman Kevin Pietersen has dismissed reports that he will be retiring from One-Day cricket after the Cricket World Cup in the sub-continent to prolong his Test and Twenty20 career.
Chawla, Harbhajan spin India to win in warm-up tie
Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh spun India to a thumping 38-run win over Australia in their first warm-up game of the Cricket World Cup in Bangalore on Sunday.
February 12, 2011Smith slams Chepauk wicket as 'under-prepared'
Rival captains Graeme Smith and Elton Chigumbura termed the wicket at the Chepauk as 'under-prepared' and hoped that the wickets will be better prepared in time for the World Cup.
WC warm-up: SA thrash Zimbabwe by eight wickets
Round up of the World Cup warm-up matches played on Saturday.
Foolproof security to be in place at PCA
Punjab Cricket Association on Saturday promised foolproof security arrangements during the two league matches and one semi-final tie of the Cricket World Cup.
CSA sacks President Mtutuzeli Nyoka
Cricket South Africa president Mtutuzeli Nyoka, who was at loggerheads with CEO Gerald Majola over the bonuses paid to CSA staff members for the conduct of the 2009 IPL, was sacked following a vote of no confidence by the body's members on Saturday.
'SA have good chance of becoming world champs'
Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock believes that the Proteas will reach the final of the World Cup, starting February 19.
February 11, 2011MI shoot off 2nd letter on IPL auction controversy
Miffed by the non-response from the Board of Control for Cricket in India of its letter, which had hinted foul-play in IPL auction last month, Mumbai Indians have shot off a second missive, re-iterating the various irregularities during the Players' auctions that was held in Bangalore last month.
Brett Lee signed as Castrol India brand ambassador
Castrol India roped in Australian speedster Brett Lee as its global brand ambassador for the next two years.
Sehwag returns to captain Delhi Daredevils in IPL
Just one season after giving up captaincy to focus on his batting, swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag will return to lead the Delhi Daredevils in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
'I look to the 1983 World Cup win for inspiration'
Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said he will be looking to India's 1983 World Cup victory when it comes to inspiration and motivation ahead of this month's showpiece event which begins on February 19 with the first match between India and Bangladesh in Dhaka.
'Dhoni is the most assured and relaxed captain'
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most assured, relaxed and confident captain going into the forthcoming World Cup, according to former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
'Sachin is the greatest role model I've ever met'
India coach Gary Kirsten says batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is the 'greatest sporting role model' he's ever met.
No extra pressure of playing in India: Afridi
Pakistan ODI captain Shahid Afridi said his team is all prepared to play on the Indian soil if it qualifies for the knock-out stage in the World Cup and there would not be any extra pressure on the players.
February 10, 2011Sports explorer Horn motivation for Team India
India is leaving no stone unturned to succeed at the forthcoming World Cup, beginning February 19. While renowned sports psychologists, like Sandy Gordon and Rudi Webster, were hired in the past, it was interesting to see world-famous adventurer Mike Horn overseeing the team's preparations at the training camp in Bangalore on Thursday.
England Test great Bailey dies in house fire
Former England all-rounder Trevor Bailey died in a house fire on Thursday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said. Bailey, 87, played 61 Tests during a 10-year international career.
I'll have to play with pain during W Cup: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has conceded that he would have to play through pain during the entire World Cup due to his finger injury.
'Wankhede does not conform to safety standards'
It seems the Board of Control for Cricket in India is playing with the lives of thousands of cricket fans. At least that's what former IPS officer-turned-lawyer Y P Singh thinks. Singh has alleged that the newly-renovated stands at the Wankhede do not conform to safety standards.
Reserve day at World Cup from knock-out stage
Play will be continued from where it stopped on the scheduled day of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final if it spills over into the reserve day, as per the playing conditions of the tournament.
Dropped Tanvir says he is fit to play in World Cup
He has been dropped from Pakistan's World Cup squad due to injury but pacer Sohail Tanvir insists he is fit to play and should have been retained in the side for the quadrennial event starting February 19 in the sub-continent.
We'll look to upset big teams: Gayle
Self-proclaimed underdogs, the West Indies would aim to upset bigger teams and reach at least the quarterfinals to restore some lost pride, say the side's explosive batsman Chris Gayle and newly-appointed captain Darren Sammy.
We can win World Cup this time: Muralitharan
Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Thursday posed faith in his teammates to repeat the 1996 World Cup winning feat as the strong sub-continental contenders geared up for the quadrennial extravaganza.
Wankhede awaiting green signal from ICC: Rajput
Mumbai Cricket Association is awaiting a go-ahead from the International Cricket Council (ICC) to conduct practice matches at the refurbished Wankhede Stadium, which is to host three World Cup ties, including the final on April 2.
Rajasthan Royals ask for damages from BCCI
IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals has demanded Rs 120 crore from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) as damages for their suspension from the Twenty20 league.
Bowling during final powerplay is crucial: Afridi
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has emphasised that bowling during the final powerplay will play a crucial role in the outcome of the matches in the World Cup and his side is paying special attention to this area.
Pietersen eyes historic World Cup win for England
England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels that winning the forthcoming Cricket World Cup would cap the "most remarkable" year in English cricket.
'To get Sachin Tendulkar out is an ambition'
After earning a surprise call to the World Cup squad, rookie Pakistan pacer Junaid Khan cannot stop thinking about bowling to Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and getting him out.
Sohail Tanvir ruled out of World Cup, Junaid in
Pakistan's left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir has been ruled out of the World Cup after failing to completely recover from a knee problem and will be replaced in the squad by promising youngster Junaid Khan.
February 09, 2011Dravid, Kumble launch new book on Tendulkar
A book on Sachin Tendulkar, Sachin - Genius Unplugged, which features write-ups by Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, was launched in Bangalore on Wednesday just nine days ahead of the forthcoming World Cup.
Zimbabwe arrive in Chennai for WCup warm-up match
Led by Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwe's World Cup squad arrived in Chennai on Wednesday evening to play in a warm-up match against South Africa on Feb 12, as part of their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.
Ready to play IPL if taken: Ganguly
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who remained unsold during the recent IPL auction, on Wednesday said that he was ready to play in the IPL if selected.
Murali to join Gloucestershire
Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan has been signed by English county side Gloucestershire as their overseas player for two Friends Provident Twenty20 Cup seasons.
Injured Tanvir dropped from Pakistan's WC squad
Sohail Tanvir was on Wednesday, dropped from Pakistan's World Cup squad after being declared unfit by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
WC fixtures made to favour India: Shetty
World Cup Tournament Director Ratnakar Shetty on Wednesday admitted that the fixtures for the mega event, beginning February 19, were made to favour co-hosts India and other top teams making it to the knock-out stage.
Tremlett in England WC squad as travelling reserve
Pacer Chris Tremlett has been named in England's World Cup squad as a travelling reserve to provide cover for possible injuries to their bowlers.
NZ deny claims against Tim Southee
New Zealand Cricket have denied local media reports that pace bowler Tim Southee was involved in an incident on a flight to Dubai as the team were en route to the World Cup.
Australia can win fourth straight title: Ponting
Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the way the team performed in his absence, thrashing England 6-1 in their ODI series, showed that they were ready to chase their fourth consecutive World Cup.
We have stronger mental frame this time: Smith
Mindful of the chokers tag that has sat on them since their 1992 World Cup appearance, South Africa head off to the sub-continent for the quadrennial mega event starting later this month, with captain Graeme Smith confident of his side possessing a stronger mental frame than ever before to aim for its maiden title.
'It could be an India-Australia final'
Team India southpaw Saurav Tiwary has said India was a strong contender for the forthcoming World Cup and predicted that Mahender Singh Dhoni led Indian team would clash with Australia in the final.
Ganguly should have called it a day: Bedi
Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi says that when the news of Sourav Ganguly calling it a day broke he hoped it would be true.
Hussey stunned by 'bitter pill' of WC exclusion
Australia batsman Mike Hussey was stunned to be dropped from the World Cup squad and felt the selectors had ignored precedent in not giving him a chance to recover from injury.
ICC approves Sreesanth and two Australians
The International Cricket Council has approved Indian speedster S Sreesanth's inclusion in the India's World Cup squad while also confirming Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza as replacements in the Australian side.
WC should help mend Pakistan's dented pride: Waqar
Pakistan coach Waqar Younis urged his players to do well at the World Cup so that the nation's dented pride can be healed after the spot-fixing scandal.
Salman Butt to give expert opinion on WC in TV
Pakistan cricket can hardly stay away from controversies and there is another one brewing at the moment, with banned Test captain Salman Butt having entered into an agreement with a private television channel to give expert opinion on the World Cup.
February 08, 2011Broken finger rules Morgan out of World Cup
England batsman Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the cricket World Cup because he requires surgery on a broken finger, coach Andy Flower said on Tuesday. He will be replaced by Ravi Bopara in the squad for the February 19-April 2 tournament in India.
IPL contract compromised SA cricket: report
During the 2009 Indian Premier League, Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola had signed a contract with the former IPL chairman Lalit Modi which favoured the league organisers and brought serious risk to the affiliates of CSA, a report in Johannesburg said.
Saurabh Tiwary predicts an India-Australia final
Young left-hander Saurabh Tiwary on Tuesday said India are strong contenders for the forthcoming World Cup and predicted that it could be an India, Australia final.
Eden Gardens gets 'encouraging' response from ICC
The fate of the remaining three World Cup matches at Kolkata's Eden Gardens looks safe after the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday said it has received an 'encouraging' report from its inspection team.
Will do justice to opportunity given: Sreesanth
Back in the Indian World Cup squad due to injury to his pace colleague Praveen Kumar, Kerala speedster S Sreesanth on Tuesday said he will look to do justice to the opportunity given to him.
Ganguly 'shocked' about retirement reports
Reiterating that he has not called it quits from domestic cricket, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said the media blew his remarks out of proportion, and at no point of time during the interview did he speak about complete retirement from the game.
'Yet to get official nod from ICC for Eden ties'
Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Tuesday said he is waiting for an official communication after ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the Eden Gardens will 'in all likelihood' host the three World Cup matches next month.
Sreesanth replaces Praveen Kumar in WC squad
S Sreesanth has been included in India's World Cup squad after fellow-pacer Praveen Kumar was ruled out of the tournament because of an injury.
Jonathan Trott adds medium pace string to his bow
England's disturbing injury toll in their interminable one-day series against Australia has thrust one of their Ashes heroes into a new and unexpected role.
Jacques Kallis has a point to prove
Jacques Kallis, South Africa's likely key performer in the subcontinent, has unfinished business with the World Cup.
Freed of captaincy, Gayle will be key for Windies
Chris Gayle heads into the World Cup with a reputation as one of the world's most fearsome strokeplayers but also as a player who needs consistent big-tournament success to match his undoubted talent.
Mike Hussey, Hauritz ruled out of World Cup
Batsman Mike Hussey and spin bowler Nathan Hauritz have been ruled out of the World Cup through injury and will be replaced by Callum Ferguson and Jason Krejza respectively, Cricket Australia said on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli jumps to joint 2nd in ICC ODI rankings
Talented Indian batsman Virat Kohli jumped three places to joint second in the latest ICC ODI players' rankings issued on Monday.
Banned trio summoned by Pak govt over fixing issue
Banned trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamer have been summoned to Islamabad by the Pakistan government on Tuesday following sanctions handed out to them by the ICC for involvement in spot fixing.
February 07, 2011Vaughan not happy with ICC's spot-fixing verdict
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has expressed his displeasure over the International Cricket Council's (ICC) decision not to ban three Pakistan players for life for their involvement in spot-fixing.
Aus selectors under fire ahead of World Cup
Criticism continues to dog Australia's selectors in the run-up to the World Cup despite a comprehensive 6-1 one-day drubbing of England being wrapped up at the weekend.
Watson wins second successive Allan Border Medal
Shane Watson won the Allan Border Medal as the outstanding Australian cricketer of the season for the second year in a row on Monday. Watson was also named player of the year for Tests and one-day internationals at a gala ceremony at a Melbourne casino while David Hussey prevented a clean sweep by winning the Twenty20 award.
Lorgat for making sports gambling legal in India
International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat favours legalisation of sports gambling in India while retaining his optimism for a corruption-free World Cup in the subcontinent.
Sreesanth set to replace injured Praveen for WC
India's World Cup preparations appear to have suffered a major setback with pacer Praveen Kumar's participation looking doubtful for the upcoming tournament, beginning in Dhaka on February 19, because of a recurring injury. According to sources, the Uttar Pradesh pacer is likely to miss the tournament as he hasn't fully recovered from the elbow injury he sustained in South Africa last month.
'India is hot favourite, this is a chance for us'
Apart from having a balanced squad, familiar conditions and strong home support will be the key factors as India seek to win the upcoming ICC World Cup and break a 28-year-old jinx, feels seamer Munaf Patel.
Less fuss and pressure on South Africa: Amla
With the chokers tag behind, South Africa will arrive in India on Tuesday in search of their first ICC World Cup in 13 years but experienced batsman Hashim Amla said there is less pressure and hype around the team this time which might act in their favour in the mega-event.
Bryan Adams to perform in WC opening
The Canadian singer will be the only western artist to perform at the opening ceremony for the ICC World Cup to be held in Dhaka.
Graeme Smith predicts an open, high-scoring WC
South Africa captain Graeme Smith feels that the upcoming ICC cricket World Cup will be an "open" tournament with the placid sub-continent pitches offering some exciting high-scoring encounters.
'IPL scheduling just after World Cup not an issue'
The Indian Premier League (IPL) starts just six days after the World Cup but Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist has no complaints and feels the scheduling will only help the foreign players better acclimatise with Indian conditions.
Butt hopes a change in law will help reduce ban
His career is almost finished after being handed a 10-year ban by the ICC but Salman Butt is hoping that a possible amendment to the Code of Conduct would help him reduce the length of the ban and he would be able to return to competitive cricket.
'Indian spinners will face more pressure in WC'
Piyush Chawla, who earned a surprise call into the World Cup squad, has said Indian spinners would be under immense pressure to perform at the mega event since they will play at home under favourable conditions.
Weather prevents Dhoni's Vaishnodevi visit
Indian cricket captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni and his teammate Suresh Raina, on a trip to seek the blessings Mata Vaishnodevi ahead of the World Cup, on Sunday could not make it to the cave shrine due to bad weather.
February 06, 2011Gaekwad joins chorus for another 'keeper in team
Former coach Anshuman Gaekwad feels India should have included another specialised wicketkeeper besides skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the World Cup squad for the forthcoming mega-event.
Taylor, Walters to be included in Hall of Fame
Former captain Mark Taylor and middle-order batsman Doug Walters are set to join the elite group of cricketing greats as they will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the Allan Border Medal night in Melbourne on Monday.
BCCI to adopt wait policy on Kochi investor
The Cricket Board, yet to recover from the alleged scams of former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi, has a new problem confronting it with news reports on Sunday saying tax evasion notice has been issued to one of the investors of its new Kochi franchise by the Central Government.
SL bag series after sauntering to 26-run win
Sri Lanka eased to a 26-run victory in the third one-dayer against West Indies to wrap up the series 2-0 on Sunday.
PCB to seek details of ICC's decision on Pak trio
Pakistan Cricket Board will soon seek full details of the judgment passed by the ICC anti-corruption tribunal against banned trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for their involvement in the spot-fixing scandal.
Hussey admits he could miss first two WCup matches
Injured Australian batsman Mike Hussey is hopeful that he will make the bus for the World Cup but admitted that he will have to miss the side's opening two matches in the mega event starting February 19.
Johnson fires Australia to dominant victory
Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson again found the WACA a happy hunting ground to inspire the hosts to a 57-run victory and a 6-1 series hammering of England in the seventh and final One-Day International on Sunday.
We have solid proof to ban Pak trio: ICC
The International Cricket Council on Sunday asserted that the ban imposed on the tainted Pakistani trio in the spot-fixing scandal were based on solid proof and hoped it would act as deterrent for those who dare to tarnish the image of the game in future.
Oram cleared for World Cup despite ankle injury
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has got the go-ahead to travel to the sub-continent for the forthcoming World Cup after sustaining an injury before the final One-Dayer against Pakistan.
Ex officials lambast PCB for deserting trio
The Pakistan Cricket Board and its chairman Ejaz Butt has come in for severe criticism from former cricket administrators and legal experts following the ICC's decision to ban the tainted trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for being involved in spot-fixing.
Injured Morgan doubtful for World Cup
England suffered another injury blow ahead of the World Cup after explosive batsman Eoin Morgan joined the growing list of casualties with broken left middle finger.
Butt, Amir maintain innocence, will appeal
Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir returned to Pakistan on Sunday and pledged to clear their names of corruption charges that earned them bans of at least five years each from an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal.
February 05, 2011Dhoni is someone who leads from front, feels Binny
Former India all-rounder Roger Binny, one of the architects of India's World Cup victory in 1983, feels that 'Mahendra Singh Dhoni is someone who leads from the front.'
Warne had the wrong strategy in India: Hayden
Shane Warne's problem in India was that he simply tried to spin the ball too much since big turn never worried the Indian who have played it 'almost from the cradle', says his former teammate Matthew Hayden.
ICC imposes lengthy sanctions on tainted Pak trio
Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were suspended for at least five years after they were found guilty of corruption by an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal on Saturday.
'Hayden writing a lot of crap to sell book'
Former captain Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh on Saturday hit out at Matthew Hayden for claiming that they had chickened out of 2004 Nagpur Test because of the green wicket and said the former Australian opener has written 'a lot of crap' to sell his book.
Pune cricket stadium named after Subrata Roy
The new cricket stadium being built by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on the outskirts of Pune is to be named after Subrata Roy Sahara, the Chairman and Managing Worker of the Sahara Group.
South beat North to claim Duleep Trophy
Openers Abhinav Mukund and Robin Uthappa bulldozed the North Zone bowlers to script a brilliant run chase as South Zone clinched the Duleep Trophy with a day to spare in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
Ryder helps NZ to face-saving win over Pakistan
Jesse Ryder scored his second one day international century to help New Zealand earn a face-saving 57-run victory over Pakistan at Eden Park on Saturday in the sixth and final match of their series.
IPL scam: Modi's fate to be decided on Feb 15
The Chennai Police has once again summoned suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi and other people in connection with a funds misappropriation case, giving them time till February 15 to appear before it for inquiry.
February 04, 2011Pak cricket shocked over charges against trio
Tainted trio of Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amir sent more shockwaves to cricket community in Pakistan after Britain's Crown Prosecution Service decided to charge the already suspended players of taking bribes and defraud during the England tour last year.
Duleep final: Badrinath ton puts South in control
Skipper Subramanium Badrinath notched up a crucial 136 as South Zone took control of the Duleep Trophy final against North Zone, posting 477 in their first innings in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
IPL door shut on Ganguly; Pandey banned for 4 ties
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will not be part of IPL-4, which kicks-off on April 8, while Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey will have to sit out of the first four matches of his new franchise, Sahara Pune Warriors, for breaching player guidelines, the league's Governing Council said on Friday.
Ganguly fails to get all-clear to play IPL-4
Sourav Ganguly failed yet again to make it to the fourth season of the Indian Premier League after Team Kochi's move to sign for the former India captain was stalled on Friday. It is believed that as many as four of the nine franchises objected to the left-hander's inclusion in Team Kochi.
UK charges Pakistan trio with spot-fixing
British prosecutors on Friday charged three Pakistan cricketers with taking bribes to fix incidents in an international match in England last year.
Afridi named Pakistan's World Cup captain
Afridi, who led Pakistan to their first one-day series win since late 2008 with victory over New Zealand on Thursday, will have Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq as his deputy.
India not taking Bangladesh lightly: Sehwag
Virender Sehwag is not concerned of the injuries and dip in form to some of India's key players ahead of World Cup and feels that his side are primed to win the title in front of their home fans.
IPL meeting to decide Ganguly's fate
The Indian Premier League Governing Council will take a decision on the three unsold Indian players, including former captain Sourav Ganguly, at its meeting in Mumbai, on Friday.
February 03, 2011South make strong reply in Duleep final
South Zone produced solid batting to take control of the final against North, reaching 298 for three on the second day of the Duleep trophy match in Viaskhapatnam on Thursday. Three South Zone batsmen -- Robin Uthappa (66), S Badrinath (97 not out) and Manish Pandey (74) -- smashed individual half-centuries as they posted a solid reply to North's first innings total of 337 in 70 overs.
Tharanga century guides Sri Lanka to easy victory
Opener Upul Tharanga struck an unbeaten century to steer Sri Lanka to an eight-wicket win over West Indies under the Duckworth Lewis method in the second one-day international on Thursday. Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0 after the first game ended in a no-result due to rain.
'Don't write off Pakistan's chances in the WC'
Former captain Wasim Akram says it is premature to write off Pakistan's chances at the upcoming World Cup, as they are a dangerous outfit when under pressure.
Watson, Clarke rested for final England ODI
Australia captain Michael Clarke and all-rounder Shane Watson will miss the final one-day match against England in Perth on Sunday to get some rest before the World Cup, Cricket Australia said on Thursday. Adam Voges, another all-rounder, and offspinner Jason Krezja would join the Australia team in Perth for the match and series vice captain Cameron White would lead the side in Clarke's absence.
Shehzad ton sets up Pak series over NZ
Pakistan won their first one-day series since November 2008 when they beat New Zealand by 41 runs in the fifth game of their six-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday. The victory, courtesy Ahmed Shehzad's 115 and a polished bowling performance, gave Pakistan an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series, with only the final match to be played at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
'Yusuf can do the talking with both bat and ball'
Out-of-favour batsman Robin Uthappa reckons impact player Yusuf Pathan along with Sachin Tendulkar will be India's trump cards in the forthcoming World Cup to be held in the sub-continent from February 19.
February 02, 2011'Sachin-Viru's stay in first 15 overs will be key'
Strong starts by the opening duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag would be key to India's success at the forthcoming World Cup, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said on Wednesday.
DRS, Super Over to make World Cup debuts
The much-debated Decision Review System (DRS) and the Super Over, used in case of tie matches in knockout stages, would make their World Cup debut in the upcoming extravaganza which unfolds in the sub-continent on February 19.
Duleep Trophy final: Dogra's 147 lifts North Zone
Paras Dogra saved North Zone from a disaster as he smashed an aggressive unbeaten 147 to take his side to 266 for seven on the first day of the Duleep Trophy final against South Zone on Wednesday.
Australia's record run chase sinks England
Australia pulled off a spectacular run-chase to win the sixth one-day international against England by two wickets on Wednesday, racking up a record 334 for eight to take a 5-1 lead in the series.
Don't feel pressure, just enjoy: Gilly tells India
Terming India as one of the favourites to lift the World Cup, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist on Wednesday cautioned the co-hosts not to get bogged down by the weight of expectations, instead enjoy playing in front of the home crowd.
'When there is pressure, there is performance'
Piyush Chawla's inclusion in India's World Cup squad has raised many eyebrows, but the leg-spinner on Wednesday defended his selection by saying that he has nothing to prove to his critics and if given a chance his performance will speak for itself in the mega-event.
Davis, Dharmasena umpires for India-B'desh opener
The ICC on Wednesday announced umpire and match referee appointments for the warm-up and group stage matches for the World Cup, which will be staged from February 19 to April 2 in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Steve Davis and Kumar Dharmasena will stand in the tournament opener, between Bangladesh and India, in Mirpur on Saturday, February 19.
Chepauk Stadium wall collapses
Two people were injured when a wall collapsed at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on Wednesday.
WC will reverse perception of 50-over cricket: ICC
ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat believes next month's cricket World Cup will dismiss fears of the demise of the 50-over format of the game and prove that all three formats can co-exist.
February 01, 2011Team India's WC camp in Bangalore from Feb 9
The Indian team will finetune their preparations for the forthcoming World Cup with a three-day training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Injury cloud over Praveen ahead of World Cup
India face an anxious wait over the fitness status of their fast bowler Praveen Kumar, who is yet to recover from his elbow injury sustained during last month's tour of South Africa.
BCCI invited to register as Nat sports federation
Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday sought to strike a cordial note with the Board of Control for Cricket in India by inviting it to register as a national sports federation (NSF) with the ministry.
Officials of sports bodies are public servants: SC
The Supreme Court endorsed a Kerala high court judgement, which held that officails of sports bodies are 'public servants' and liable to be prosecuted under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Misbah guides Pak to tight win over NZ
Misbah-ul-haq overcame the loss of late wickets to keep his cool and guide Pakistan to a two-wicket victory over New Zealand in their fourth one-day international match in Napier on Tuesday. Misbah, who has anchored Pakistan's batting throughout the tour of New Zealand, proved once again a thorn in the side of Daniel Vettori's team, scoring 93 not out as Pakistan finished on 264 for eight in 49 overs having chased down the host's 262 for seven.
Tendulkar will make biggest impact on WC: Watson
In form Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has identified master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, stylish Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene and West Indies batsman Kieron Pollard to make the biggest impact in the 2011 World Cup.
Ryder vents anger on Twitter
New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder has vented his anger on the micro-blogging site Twitter after being run out in a mix-up with team-mate Stephen Murdoch during the provincial One-day cricket match.
Ponting to start training with eye on World Cup
Ricky Ponting is set to start training after a one-month injury lay-off while Nathan Hauritz is hoping to get back into action at the earliest after a radical blood injection treatment, giving some relief to
BCCI still to release CLT20 prize money
Champions League Twenty20 organisers have not paid the teams and players prize money to the tune of $6 million and the Board of Control for Cricket in India was responsible for it, a report said.
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