2015

  • Pakistan should not take Younis, Misbah to World Cup: Yousuf Yesterday

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has said that Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq shouldn't be part of the 2015 World Cup squad. Yousuf also blamed the two stalwarts for Pakistan's defeat in the 2011 World Cup semi-final against India at Mohali. "We lost that semi-final because of the disappointing batting performances by...
  • I may never play for India again: Yuvraj Singh Yesterday

    Yuvraj Singh has admitted he might have played his last match for India. Declared 'Man of the Series' in 2011 World Cup, it has been tough for Yuvraj to return to his best following a life-threatening battle with lung cancer, and he has been more out than in the national...
  • Recovering Jonathan Trott named in England Lions squad 2 days ago

    London: Jonathan Trott has been included in the England Lions squad for their tour to South Africa in January and February, marking his continuing recovery from a stress-related illness. Trott exited England's 2013 Ashes tour in Australia after one Test match due to the problem, but a comeback for his English...
  • Organisers confident West Indies will be at World Cup 2 days ago

    Organisers are confident West Indies will take part at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year despite the crisis caused by their withdrawal from the tour of India earlier this month. West Indies, who won the first two World Cup tournaments in 1975 and 1979 and reached...
  • Pakistan saving Mohammad Irfan for World Cup 3 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's tall left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has had to reject lucrative offers to play in England and South Africa after his cricket board told him to stay fresh for the World Cup. He will not feature in Pakistan's second Test against Australia starting on Thursday or the three Tests...
  • Younis Khan wants to play in World Cup 3 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's man of the match in the first Test win over Australia in Dubai, Younis Khan, is keen to play in next year's World Cup despite the national selectors sidelining him for the one-day series against the Australians. Younis, who scored twin centuries in the Dubai Test, said he was...
  • ICC World Cup 2015 organisers need 1500 net bowlers 4 days ago

    Dubai: With barely four months to go for the cricket World Cup 2015, the event organisers in Australia and New Zealand are looking for 1,500 net bowlers to help the participating teams in training during the One-Day International (ODI) tournament. Chief executive of the World Cup 2015 Local Organising Committee, John...
  • Skipper Dhoni not 'innovative and proactive' enough: Michael Holding 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not "innovative and proactive enough as captain, especially in Tests" although India would remain a strong contender to retain their World Cup title in Australia next year. Holding believes that captaining the Indian ODI team is "not...
  • India need to rework strategy for World Cup defence 6 days ago

    All those who believe that India's best suit in cricket are the shorter formats, may have been shell-shocked watching the World Champions lose the first of their five One-Day Internationals (ODI) against the West Indies, that too in their backyard. Before going into the match nothing suggested that India could be...
  • Big strides made in fighting tuberculosis: WHO 1 week ago

    Paris: The known tally of people with tuberculosis rose last year but overall "major progress" is being made in rolling back the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. "The 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halting and reversing TB incidence has been achieved globally, in all six WHO regions and...
  • JP Duminy reflects South African World Cup confidence October 22, 2014

    Wellington: South Africa is poised to take over the top ranking in international limited-overs cricket and allrounder JP Duminy says the Proteas are "comfortable" with the way they are tracking toward next year's World Cup. Duminy scored 58 not out in South Africa's emphatic six-wicket win over New Zealand to open...
  • Hagley Oval approved for World Cup 2015 opener October 22, 2014

    Wellington: The International Cricket Council has given final approval to Christchurch's Hagley Oval to host the opening match of next year's World Cup. The Oval is New Zealand's newest international cricket ground, constructed since the 2011 earthquake which devastated the South Island town, killing 185 people. While Hagley Oval was provisionally awarded...
  • Cricket Australia sets up amnesty period to report fixing suspicions October 19, 2014

    Melbourne: In a first of its kind initiative, Cricket Australia has decided to establish an amnesty period for its players to report corruption-related suspicions in an effort to weed out match fixing in the game and shady characters behind it. Cricketers face bans of up to five years if they are...
  • Too late to remove Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan captain: Inzamam-ul-Haq October 19, 2014

    With the word divided on Pakistan's leadership in the 2015 World Cup between Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Aridi, former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said that it's too late to meddle with the national captaincy with just over a 100 days remaining for the showpiece event. "I think Pakistan should now continue with Misbah as...
  • World Cup captains say handling pressure will be key to winning in Australia October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Defending Team India's often-criticised character of crumbling under pressure, former captain Sourav Ganguly said that the current side is better adept in responding to difficult situations than before. "In 2003, we lost to the best Australian side under Ricky Ponting. But today, the Indian team won't buckle under pressure,"...
  • Is MS Dhoni troubled by captaincy in all three formats? October 19, 2014

    Former Australian World Cup winning captains Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting are of the opinion that leading India in all three formats of the game is troubling Mahendra Singh Dhoni, especially in Tests, and Virat Kohli must be groomed to take over the Test captaincy. "Probably it is because...
  • India-Australia final ideal for 2015 World Cup: Ricky Ponting October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Two-time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting said Saturday that an India-Australia clash will serve up as an ideal final for the 2015 World Cup to be held in his country and New Zealand from Feb 14 to Mar 29. "A final between Australia and India will be the...
  • Healthy team environment saw India lift 2011 World Cup: Harbhajan Singh October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Apart from a strong team, a healthy team environment was crucial for India's title triumph at the 2011 World Cup, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said on Saturday. "During the 2011 World Cup, our team was really strong. But the most important factor was the healthy team environment we had within...
  • Pakistan will struggle in World Cup: Aamir Sohail October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captain Aamir Sohail on Saturday predicted that Pakistan will have tough time in the cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand early next year as the team does not have quality back-up players. "Pakistan team is not playing well. We don't have back up players and that's...
  • Neil Patrick Harris gears up for Oscars 2015 October 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who will host the Oscars in 2015, is ready with a list of things for the ceremony. The 'How I Met Your Mother' fame actor shared his ideas during an interview with a radio channel, Sirius XM, reports contactmusic.com. "Gaga, Adele. That would be...
  • Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag won't feature in 2015 World Cup: Ganguly October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday ruled out Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh's chances of staging a comeback to the Indian team for next year's ODI World Cup. "It will be difficult for Sehwag and Yuvraj to play in this World Cup. Because World Cup is so near and...
  • Ishant Sharma should be India's key bowler in World Cup 2015, says Allan Border October 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Terming India's prospects as very strong in the 2015 World Cup, former Australia captain Allan Border said that a fit Ishant Sharma should be a key bowler for the Men in Blue Down Under. Paceman Ishant, who was included in India's ODI squad against the West Indies after Mohit...
  • Hope ISL team owners Dhoni and Kohli focused only on cricket World Cup October 16, 2014

    India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is adept at the balancing acts. Outside cricket, he has unmatched passion for guns and motorbikes but hardly ever has that affected his game or leadership on the field. However, the serious business of investing in the world's most followed game may demand a different,...
  • Dhoni must stay captain till 2015 World Cup, says Ganguly October 15, 2014

    Former captain Sourav Ganguly believes that the Indian cricket team has a good chance of defending the World Cup title under Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership. While India's overseas record under Dhoni isn't anything to boast about, Ganguly feels the time is not right to think about a possible successor. "Not till...
  • De Villiers says New Zealand among World Cup favourites October 15, 2014

    South Africa captain AB de Villiers says co-host New Zealand ranks among the favourites to win next year's Cricket World Cup. De Villiers told a news conference on Wednesday, on his team's arrival in New Zealand for a series of three one-day internationals, that familiarity with local conditions would make New...
  • Afridi backs Misbah as skipper for next World Cup October 15, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board moved to end a controversy surrounding the captaincy of the national team and issued a statement by Shahid Afridi in which the allrounder threw his weight behind struggling Misbah-ul- Haq as skipper for next year's World Cup. The board said in a late night release that...
  • India have a good chance of defending World Cup: Sourav Ganguly October 14, 2014

    Former captain Sourav Ganguly believes that the Indian cricket team has a good chance of defending the World Cup title in 2015 to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "India have got a good chance of defending the World Cup. They are a very good One-Day International (ODI) side...
  • PCB to discuss World Cup captaincy in meeting October 14, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board will convene a meeting of its Board of Governors next week to discuss the thorny issue of national team's captaincy for next year's World Cup. Sources in the board said Chairman Shaharyar Khan had called for the meeting after the spate of incidents in Abu Dhabi...
  • Top spot in ODI rankings means nothing in World Cup, feel Australia October 13, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Australia's stand-in captain George Bailey admits that regaining the number one ranking will count for nothing once they launch their assault on the World Cup on home soil in February. Australia claimed a nail-biting one-run victory in the 50th and final over on Sunday to take the third one-dayer...
  • Shahid Afridi unsure about Pakistan's fate in World Cup October 13, 2014

    Abu Dhabi: Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan's abysmal performance in their 3-0 rout by Australia will hurt the team's chances at next year's World Cup. Pakistan spurned a good chance of salvaging some pride in the third and final one-dayer on Sunday, losing by one run in the final over...