CUP

  • ICC World Cup 2015 organisers need 1500 net bowlers 2 hours 51 minutes 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 Yesterday

    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 2 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...
  • JP Duminy reflects South African World Cup confidence 4 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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...
  • Mohammedan Sporting dismiss talks of closure, says will not play in I-League Div 2 5 days ago

    Mohammedan Sporting have opted against playing in the second division I-League and the club has also pulled out of Durand Cup football tournament, beginning October 28, apparently due to financial crisis. Dismissing reports that the club was being disbanded, president and MP Sultan Ahmed told PTI: "We will not play in...
  • US Open champion Marin Cilic wins Kremlin Cup 6 days ago

    Moscow: US Open champion Marin Cilic won the Kremlin Cup on Sunday, beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in the final. The big-serving Croat, seeded second, broke his Spanish opponent once in each set at Moscow's Olimpiisky arena to take his 13th career title and fourth of the season. Earlier Sunday, sixth-seeded...
  • Cricket Australia sets up amnesty period to report fixing suspicions 6 days ago

    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...
  • Hockey: India beat Great Britain 2-1 to retain the Sultan of Johor Cup title 6 days ago

    Harmanpreet Singh converted two penalty corners to help India sucessfully defend their Sultan of Johor Cup (SOJC) Under-21 hockey title, beating Great Britain 2-1 in a keenly-contested final on Sunday. Harmanpreet (45th and 90 minutes) slammed home two set pieces at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium to take his goals tally...
  • Pavlyuchenkova beats Begu to win Kremlin Cup 6 days ago

    Moscow: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia has won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, beating Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in Sunday's final. Playing in her home city and seeded sixth, Pavlyuchenkova seized her chance in the $710,000 tournament when Begu tired after two evenly-matched sets. The Russian is now 7-3 in career...
  • Too late to remove Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan captain: Inzamam-ul-Haq 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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,"...
  • Cilic through to Kremlin final after hardfought Kukushkin win 1 week ago

    US Open champion Marin Cilic overcame a spirited challenge from Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan to win their Kremlin Cup semi-final 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday. Croatian Cilic, the world number eight who has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, lost the first set but quickly recovered against the...
  • Ponting praises IPL's role in promoting young talent 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Saturday praised Indian Premier League for its role in promoting young talent, saying that many Indian youngsters benefited from the T20 tournament. "It's great to see what IPL is doing by promoting the youngsters and we are all getting a look at them....
  • Is MS Dhoni troubled by captaincy in all three formats? 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to face Begu in Kremlin Cup final 1 week ago

    Moscow: Sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia beat Katerina Siniakova in straight sets on Saturday to set up a Kremlin Cup final against Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania. Pavlyuchenkova dominated the Czech qualifier from start to finish, winning 6-2, 6-2 to reach her 10th career final on the WTA tour. Earlier, Begu battled to...
  • Healthy team environment saw India lift 2011 World Cup: Harbhajan Singh 1 week ago

    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...
  • India hammer Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of Johor Cup 1 week ago

    Johor Bahru: Harmanpreet Singh came up with his second hat-trick of the tournament as defending champions India hammered Australia 6-2 to storm into the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup hockey tournament on Saturday. With their fourth win from five matches, the junior Indian team has booked a place in...
  • Pakistan will struggle in World Cup: Aamir Sohail 1 week ago

    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...
  • Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag won't feature in 2015 World Cup: Ganguly 1 week ago

    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...
  • Marin Cilic overpowers Tommy Robredo to reach Kremlin Cup semis October 18, 2014

    US Open champion Marin Cilic moved into the last four of the Kremlin Cup with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Spain's Tommy Robredo on Friday. The 26-year-old Croatian proved too strong for the experienced Spaniard, ranked 21st in the world, who was making his second appearance at the Kremlin Cup after...
  • Johor Cup Hockey: Buoyant India ready for Australian challenge October 17, 2014

    Johor Bahru: High on confidence after winning two consecutive matches, the Indian under-21 men's hockey team will face Australia in their fifth and final league match of the 2014 Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Saturday. India have shown an impressive run of form, winning three...
  • India beat Malaysia 4-2 in Sultan of Johor Cup October 16, 2014

    The Indian men's Under-21 hockey team defeated hosts Malaysia 4-2 in their fourth pool match of the fourth at Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Thursday. Defending champions India rode on drag-flick specialist Harmanpreet Singh's hat-trick and Varun Kumar's penalty stroke conversion to register their third victory in four matches and put...
  • Top-seeded Milos Raonic eliminated at Kremlin Cup October 16, 2014

    Moscow: Top-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada was eliminated in his first match at the Kremlin Cup on Thursday, losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis. Raonic had a bye into the second round, and the loss puts him in danger of failing to qualify for next month's ATP tour...
  • 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,...
  • Marin Cilic through to Kremlin Cup quarter-finals October 16, 2014

    US Open champion Marin Cilic was made to work hard before he earned a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over 128th-ranked Russian journeyman Evgeny Donskoy to reach the quarter-finals of the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday. Cilic was pushed to the limit at times but claimed victory in just under two hours to...
  • India may get to host FIFA Club World Cup October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst the ISL fever prevalent among the country's football fans, an ambitious India are also eyeing to host the glamorous FIFA Club World Cup. "We will decide in the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in December in Morocco for 2015-16, 2017-18 Club World Cup," said FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke at...
  • India thrash Pakistan 6-0 in Sultan of Johor Cup October 15, 2014

    Defending champions India bounced back in style from their loss to Great Britain with a 6-0 thrashing of arch-rivals Pakistan in their third match of the Under-21 Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium in Malaysia on Wednesday. The two teams played traditional hockey in the first 15 minutes...