Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Mobile Downloads
Text 67333
Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this Article
Home > Cricket > The Cup > Reuters > Report


World Cup returns after Black Sunday

Simon Evans | March 19, 2007 11:57 IST

Related Articles
'Woolmer was a great cricket man'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dead
Woolmer Condolences
World Cup cricketers attempt to get back to competitive business on Monday, 24 hours after the tournament was rocked by the death of the Pakistan coach and an England drinking scandal.

India are aiming to bounce back from their surprise defeat to Bangladesh while hosts West Indies could book their place in the next stage of the competition in Monday's World Cup action.

The matches almost seem a distraction after Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's untimely death aged 58 less than a day after their World Cup exit at the hands of Ireland.

That news followed the sacking of England's mercurial all-rounder Andrew Flintoff as World Cup vice-captain after a Friday night drinking session.

West Indies captain Brian Lara has some off-field issues of his own to contend with as his players have yet to receive their World Cup contracts but the record-breaking batsman is sure that his team will be fully focussed on Zimbabwe.

"I think it is important the authorities do get the problem solved but I am sure the people of the Caribbean and the players want to see us to do well," he told a news conference.

"We cannot be concerned with such matters at this very crucial stage of the tournament," added Lara, who suggested he is likely to have an unchanged side against the Africans. 

A win for West Indies would secure them a place in the Super Eights stage of the competition with one game, against surprise package Ireland, remaining.

Zimbabwe coach Kevin Curran is hoping his side have recovered from the shock of being held to a tie against Ireland but accepts their chances depend on an off-day from the hosts.

"They have got world class players but there are times when they aren't at their best and hopefully we can catch them on one of those days," he said.

One surprise defeat will surely be enough for India who after suffering a reverse against an exciting, young Bangladesh team are expected to overcome the weakest of the non-test playing nations, debutants Bermuda.

Opener Virender Sehwag could be axed after scoring two runs against Bangladesh, the latest disappointment in his prolonged slump in form.


The Cup: The Complete Coverage

Would you like to join the Cricket and Cricket Lovers Discussion Group and discuss your cricket views with other cricket freaks? Click here. Have fun!

© Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.




Advertisement