2015

  • Time to erase bad memories of 1998 Football World Cup final: Thiago Silva 14-04-2014 04:45 PM

    Paris: He was not a part of the Brazilian World Cup team that was headed into submission by a Zinedine Zadane-inspired France 16 summers ago but Thiago Silva, who is expected to lead the yellow brigade this year, says he wants to erase the "bad memories" at the Stade de...
  • Misbah most likely to retain captaincy till 2015 World Cup 12-04-2014 10:50 AM

    Karachi: Misbah-ul-Haq does not seem to be in danger of losing the captaincy of the national One-day team before the World Cup 2015 despite speculations about experienced allrounder, Shahid Afridi being a strong contender for this job. The sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI that all rumours pertaining...
  • Mohammad Amir won't play in World Cup even if ban reduced 12-04-2014 08:04 AM

    Banned Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir will not be eligible for next year's World Cup even if he returns early to domestic cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Friday. PCB Chairman Najam Sethi told a news conference in Lahore that under the amended anti-corruption laws of the International...
  • Wasim Akram wants boot camp for Pakistan World Cup hopes 11-04-2014 09:03 AM

    Former Pakistan great Wasim Akram on Thursday said players heading for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand should sweat it out at a boot camp to boost their chances of victory. Pakistan are in Group B of the World Cup alongside arch-rivals India, South Africa, the West...
  • Afghanistan cricketers to train in Pakistan 10-04-2014 11:49 PM

    Afghanistan's fast-rising cricket team will train in Pakistan under the guidance of two former international captains as they prepare for their maiden World Cup appearance next year, their coach said on Thursday. Aamir Sohail will help the batsmen while Rashid Latif will help the wicket-keepers as the minnows begin tuning...
  • IPL ideal platform to stage India comeback, says Irfan Pathan 09-04-2014 04:45 PM

    New Delhi: Irfan Pathan, who will be representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad in upcoming seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, said his aim is to play the 2015 World Cup. In his bit to get back that elusive seamer allrounder's slot, Irfan is expecting that Sunrisers' think-tank will make him...
  • New FIH rules to be introduced in India from June 1 29-03-2014 05:54 PM

    New Delhi: The new hockey rules announced by the international sport governing body, FIH, will be introduced in India for its domestic competition from June 1 this year, Hockey India (HI) said on Saturday. HI implemented the new FIH tournament rules featuring four quarters of 15 minutes, in all domestic...
  • Mohammad Amir unlikely to get reprieve before World Cup 2015 22-03-2014 09:08 PM

    Karachi: Pakistan's banned left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir is unlikely to get a reprieve from the ICC before the 2015 World Cup, a senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said. "The ICC has indicated that even if there is some relaxation given to Amir in his five year ban,...
  • 2015 will be my last World Cup: Kumar Sangakkara 17-03-2014 04:06 PM

    Dhaka: Having announced his retirement from T20 internationals, Kumar Sangakkara on Monday said that he would like to call time on his ODI career after the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The veteran Sri Lankan batsman termed it a "natural progression". "As far as ODI and...
  • I have full confidence in our team for 2015 World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar 14-03-2014 07:42 PM

    Mumbai: Retired batting great Sachin Tendulkar is optimistic about the chances of the under-performing Indian team successfully defending their World Cup crown next year, and wants the fans to lend it a whole-hearted support. "I have no hesitation in saying we are a talented side and there are some special...
  • We need an aggressive skipper for 2015 World Cup: Wasim 12-03-2014 10:08 AM

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram has raised question marks over the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq and said the PCB needs to appoint a brave and aggressive skipper for the 2015 World Cup. The former seamer told reporters here that while there was no question about Misbah-ul-Haq's batting performances, the situation...
  • Pujara turns to bowling in nets for ODI selection 11-03-2014 06:24 PM

    New Delhi: As his quest to find a permanent spot in India's One-day side continues, Cheteshwar Pujara has also started bowling in order to fit the bill for ODI selection and said a good showing in IPL could see him on the plane to Australia and New Zealand for next...
  • Pakistan to play ODI series in New Zealand before 2015 World Cup 10-03-2014 08:59 PM

    Karachi: With an eye to prepare the team in the best possible way ahead of next year's ICC World Cup, Pakistan will play a short three-match away ODI series against New Zealand. A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told PTI that they got confirmation from New Zealand...
  • Brett Lee unveils the ICC World Cup 2015 trophy 07-03-2014 09:40 PM

    India may be in the midst of a horror run but the former Australian speedster Brett Lee thinks they will turn it around even as he hopes for a mega Australia-India final at the MCG in a years time. ...
  • LS polls: PA Sangma announces NPP's support to NDA 07-03-2014 07:31 PM

    New Delhi: In a boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the party has got another ally on board. Former Lok Sabha speaker PA Sangma on Friday announced the National People's Party's support to the National Democratic Allaince. The announcement came after BJP President Rajnath...
  • South Africa's fix up plans for 2015 World Cup 24-02-2014 02:41 PM

    Mumbai: South Africa, who are in the same group as holders India in the 2015 ICC World Cup, would prepare for the mega event by playing eight ODI games in Australia as well as New Zealand, the joint Cup hosts, in October-November. South Africa, who would clash in the World...
  • PCB in talks with New Zealand board for ODI series ahead of WC 21-02-2014 10:15 PM

    Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are in talks with New Zealand Cricket to host its team for a five match one-day series prior to the ICC World Cup next year. A senior PCB official said that a proposal had been sent to the New Zealand board as it would...
  • Team India's current poor form won't hurt WC chances: Gavaskar 16-02-2014 10:06 AM

    Wellington: India's poor form in the ongoing tour of New Zealand will count for nothing when the team comes here to defend the World Cup title as the current exposure to conditions would work to its advantage during the mega-event next year, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar. India were thrashed...
  • Sunil Gavaskar tips big Indian crowds at World Cup 14-02-2014 04:47 PM

    Wellington: New Zealand and Australia can expect an influx of Indian fans for next year's Cricket World Cup as the world champions look to defend their title, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar said on Friday. Marking the one-year countdown to the event, Gavaskar said Indian fans were keen to relive the...
  • MS Dhoni aims to emulate Windies, Australia's World Cup glory 14-02-2014 01:16 PM

    Dubai: Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday said that India would aim to be the only third side in history to clinch back-to-back Cricket World Cup titles by winning the tournament which will be held in Australia-New Zealand next year. Dhoni said his side was shaping up nicely and confident...
  • Scotland eye big upsets in 2015 World Cup 02-02-2014 12:57 PM

    Wellington: Scotland co-coach Paul Collingwood is adamant his side are not going to next year's Cricket World Cup just to make up the numbers and believes they have the talent to cause upsets. The Scots sneaked into the World Cup with a 41-run win over the United Arab Emirates in...
  • Kenya lose cricket ODI status after Scotland defeat 30-01-2014 10:31 PM

    Nairobi: Kenyan cricket suffered a double blow on Thursday following the national team's three-wicket loss to Scotland in their World Cup qualifier in New Zealand by losing their one-day international status. Kenya, once regarded as one of the strongest associate members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) needed to win...
  • UAE and Scotland qualify for 2015 World Cup 30-01-2014 12:31 PM

    Wellington: Cricketing minnows the United Arab Emirates and Scotland secured berths at the 2015 World Cup on Thursday after taking the top two spots at a qualification tournament in New Zealand. Both teams finished the round-robin phase of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Qualifier on eight points after...
  • ICC World Cup Qualifier: Smit steers Namibia to win over Kenya 17-01-2014 02:18 PM

    Wellington: An all-round effort from 18-year-old JJ Smit saw Namibia record a nail-biting two wicket victory over Kenya on day four of the 2015 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in windy conditions at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Friday. After restricting Kenya to 186 for eight, Namibia chased down the total with...
  • Is Dhoni playing a selector now? 07-01-2014 09:33 PM

    MS Dhoni has ruled out a new Indian captain before the 2015 World Cup as he expressed his keenness to skipper the team in all three formats. ...
  • Tom Tikolo targets 2015 World Cup berth for Kenya 07-01-2014 04:14 PM

    Nairobi: The Kenya cricket team left for Christchurch in New Zealand in a buoyant mood, seeking to qualify for the 2015 ICC World Cup. It will be a hard task for the country, which is undergoing an overhaul of the sport, as they seek their sixth appearance in the World...
  • 2015 World Cup targets families with cut-price tickets 13-11-2013 08:35 AM

    Sydney: Cricket fans will be able to pick up tickets for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand for as little as A$5 for children and $20 for adults as organisers bid to get more than 1 million people through the gates. Having learned the lessons of the...
  • Ecstatic welcome home for triumphant Afghan cricketers 13-10-2013 08:30 AM

    Kabul: Afghanistan's cricket team received a heroes` welcome on Saturday as cheering crowds lined the streets and packed a stadium in Kabul to greet the players after they qualified for the 2015 World Cup. The team was met by an official reception at Kabul airport before being driven through the...
  • Clarke, McCullum laud Afghanistan for World Cup qualification 06-10-2013 03:03 PM

    Dubai: Australian captain Michael Clarke and his New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum on Sunday lauded Afghanistan for qualifying for the 2015 World Cup and hoped that the gritty side's maiden experience at the biggest event turns out to be a memorable one. Afghanistan finished second in the Pepsi ICC World...
  • Afghanistan's ICC World Cup 2015 ticket triggers cash windfall 06-10-2013 09:28 AM

    Afghanistan's remarkable success in qualifying for the 2015 cricket World Cup has netted the country a multi-million dollar windfall. Afghanistan, playing in the fifth tier of international cricket just five years ago, booked their place in the game's global showpiece by beating Kenya by seven wickets in Sharjah on Friday....