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  • Gutted at being left out of World Cup squad: Alastair Cook 14 hours 45 minutes ago

    London: England batsman and former skipper Alastair Cook has said that he was 'gutted' to be left out of England's World Cup squad after fellow willower Eoin Morgan was confirmed as the new one-day captain. Cook was dropped on Friday from the 15-man squad to play matches in Australia next month...
  • Eoin Morgan named England ODI captain, Alastair Cook dropped from squad 17 hours 32 minutes ago

    Alastair Cook has been dropped from the England squad for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with Eoin Morgan taking over as captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Saturday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat but will...
  • Alastair Cook out, Eoin Morgan in as England ODI captain: reports Yesterday

    London: Alastair Cook has been dropped as England captain for next year's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the BBC and Sky Sports reported on Friday. Opener Cook, who has been woefully out of form with the bat, will be replaced as skipper by swashbuckling middle-order batsman Eoin Morgan. Cook...
  • Saeed Ajmal returns to action, eyes World Cup 2015 Yesterday

    Pakistan's top spinner Saeed Ajmal hopes to play in next year's World Cup after making his competitive return on Friday, three months after being suspended by the International Cricket Council for an illegal bowling action. The 37-year old Ajmal played for Pakistan A against Kenya in Lahore, bowling six overs and...
  • I'm waiting for a call says England exile Kevin Pietersen Yesterday

    London: Exiled England star Kevin Pietersen on Friday said he would consider any offer to return as England selectors met to decide which players are set for World Cup duty. Pietersen was dropped from the squad by the England and Wales Cricket board in February and the controversial batsman subsequently released...
  • Melbourne to host World Cup 2015 Australian opening ceremony Yesterday

    Melbourne: Melbourne was Friday named as the host of Australian opening ceremony for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2015. Two opening ceremonies for cricket's marquee event will be held on February 12, with co-hosts New Zealand to stage their opener on the same evening in Christchurch. The Melbourne celebration at...
  • Lord's to host ICC World Cup 2019 final 2 days ago

    London: Lord's has been chosen to host the 2019 World Cup final and the 2017 Women's World Cup final, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday. The ECB also revealed the 2019 semi-finals will be held at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Oval, Taunton, Chester-le-Street, Headingley,...
  • Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara handed ICC fine for dissent 5 days ago

    Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee from their victory over England on Saturday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) imposed the penalty after deciding Sangakkara was "showing dissent at an umpire's decision". The disagreement came at the start of 34th over when the...
  • Virat Kohli returns to top 20 in the ICC Test rankings 6 days ago

    Dubai: Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Sunday broke into the top-20 of ICC Test rankings at 16th after his stupendous back-to-back hundreds in the opening cricket Test against Australia in Adelaide. Kohli, whose twin hundreds went in vain as India lost the match by 48 runs on Saturday, rose 11 rungs...
  • Jayawardene, Afridi to be most experienced players at 2015 World Cup December 13, 2014

    Dubai: Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene and Pakistan's seasoned allrounder Shahid Afridi will be the two most experienced cricket players going into the 2015 World Cup, with their fifth appearance in the mega event, an International Cricket Council (ICC) release said on Friday. Both Jayawardene and Afridi, first played in...
  • Parvez Rasool should be in World Cup squad: Bishan Singh Bedi December 12, 2014

    New Delhi: Proud of seeing Jammu and Kashimir cricket getting noticed after its historic win the Ranji Trophy opener against Mumbai, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi said that the side boasts of many talented players and singled out Pervez Rasool for a World Cup berth. "Pervez Rasool, what a player!...
  • Pakistan chief selectors question ICC for chucking calls December 12, 2014

    Karachi: Former Test spinners and chief selectors Iqbal Qasim and Salahuddin Ahmed have questioned the current protocol of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for bowlers and said it was destroying the careers and livelihoods of players. The 61-year old Iqbal Qasim, who played 50 Tests as a left arm-spinner, felt it...
  • Pakistan think-tank has 2015 World Cup in mind December 12, 2014

    Karachi: Keeping in mind the 2015 World Cup, Pakistan's chief selector Moin Khan and head coach Waqar Younis are contemplating using a different bowling combination for the last three one-day internationals against New Zealand in the UAE. A reliable source close to the national team management told PTI that new bowlers,...
  • Saeed Ajmal to play against Kenya before biomechanics test: PCB December 11, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has finally decided that suspended off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal should play two one-day games against Kenya this month before he goes for his final biomechanics test in Chennai. An official of the board said on Thursday that Saeed will feature in one or two matches of the...
  • England's Craig Kieswetter set to miss Cricket World Cup 2015 December 11, 2014

    Taunton: England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to play at the 2015 Cricket World Cup because of a serious eye injury. Somerset, Kieswetter's English county side, says in a statement that the 27-year-old player "has struggled to regain perfect vision" after suffering a "terrible" eye injury in a domestic game in...
  • World Cup is the ultimate goal, says Misbah-ul-Haq December 10, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said he is willing to conduct experiments with the squad with the aim of making a strong showing at the upcoming 2015 World Cup. Pakistan are currently leading against New Zealand 1-0 in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series. They are scheduled to play the second...
  • Pressure on Younis Khan to perform in NZ ODIs: Shoaib Akhtar December 10, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's former star players Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Yousuf feel that the next few one-day games against New Zealand will decide the future of senior batsman Younis Khan in limited-overs cricket. Both the players felt that Younis must be feeling the pressure now to perform and justify his place in...
  • Shoaib Malik fears 'chucking' calls, reluctant to play World Cup: reports December 10, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik is reluctant to make himself available for national selection for the World Cup due to his bowling action and the prevailing environment in the team. Sources close to Malik told PTI that the all-rounder's reluctance stemmed from the fact firstly over the treatment he had...
  • Off-spinners in firing line of ICC crackdown December 9, 2014

    Off-spinners could be in danger of becoming an endangered species as exponents fall by the wayside in the recent crackdown on illegal bowling actions by cricket's world governing body. Ever since the International Cricket Council (ICC) accepted a recommendation by its cricket committee in June to punish bowlers with suspect actions,...
  • Kane Williamson, Sachithra Senanayake cleared by ICC to bowl again December 9, 2014

    Melboune: Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand's Kane Williamson have both been cleared of the charge of illegal bowling actions and can resume bowling in international cricket. The pair were banned from bowling earlier in the year after their actions were found to go beyond the 15 degrees of elbow...
  • Six uncapped players in West Indies World Cup provisional squad December 9, 2014

    Six uncapped players were named in the West Indies' 30-man provisional squad on Tuesday for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.Left-arm seamer Kenroy Peters, 30-year-old leg-spinner Imran Khan, off-spinner Ashley Nurse, teenage fast bowler Marquino Mindley, and left-handed batsmen Evin Lewis and Jonathan Carter are the...
  • Kevin Pietersen backs New Zealand to win World Cup December 9, 2014

    Melbourne: Controversial England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has backed co-hosts New Zealand to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The former England batsman, who arrived on Monday to play with the Melbourne Stars in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, did not miss a beat when asked who he thought would...
  • Lack of unity could cost West Indies at World Cup, says Lara December 9, 2014

    West Indies batting great Brian Lara expects the side to struggle at the World Cup if they are unable to forge a unified team, the former skipper insisting a split between players and administrators was just one of their problems. Caribbean cricket was plunged into crisis when a player revolt over...
  • Jesse Ryder not in New Zealand's World Cup plans December 8, 2014

    Wellington: Troubled batsman Jesse Ryder's chequered past came back to haunt him on Monday when New Zealand selectors left him out of a preliminary 30-man World Cup squad. The 30-year-old is regarded as one of the Black Caps' few match-winners but his career has been littered with alcohol-fuelled incidents and chief...
  • Selectors' decision should be respected, says Irfan Pathan December 7, 2014

    Out-of-favour India all-rounder Irfan Pathan on Sunday said the selection committee's decision to drop five senior players from the 30-member probables list for 2015 ODI World Cup should be respected. "It was selectors' decision to drop the senior players from the world cup probables' list. It has to be respected," Pathan...
  • PCB to decide on Saeed Ajmal's biomechanics test on Monday December 7, 2014

    Karachi: With Mohammad Hafeez also being suspended from bowling in international cricket, the Pakistan Cricket Board will decide on Monday when to send Saeed Ajmal for the official ICC biomechanics test. Ajmal made a quiet return to Pakistan on Saturday from London where he has been working on his bowling action...
  • Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez suspended over bowling action: ICC December 7, 2014

    The International Cricket Council on Sunday confirmed that an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the offspinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The analysis revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level...
  • Team India aim to grab top 3 spot in ICC Test rankings December 7, 2014

    Dubai: India would look to grab the number three position in the ICC Test Team Rankings as they take on Australia in a four-Test series which gets underway with the opening match in Adelaide on December 9. Currently placed sixth in the ranking, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men will have a chance...
  • Alastair Cook captain as England name provisional World Cup squad December 6, 2014

    England named a provisional 30-man squad on Saturday for next year's one-day World Cup with Alastair Cook as captain. Cook is under pressure following a poor run of results and is suspended from Sunday's game against Sri Lanka due to the team's slow over-rate in the last game. Fast bowlers James Anderson...
  • Pakistan include suspended spinner Saeed Ajmal in preliminary World Cup squad December 6, 2014

    Pakistan selectors have included suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in a preliminary squad of 30 players for next year's cricket World Cup. Ajmal was suspended from bowling by the International Cricket Council in September after failing a biomechanics test in Brisbane. A board official said Ajmal had been named in the preliminary squad...