WORLD CUP

  • Coach Nicolai Adam plans 4 exposure trips before 2017 U-17 football WC Yesterday

    New Delhi: Newly appointed German coach Nicolai Adam said on Thursday that he plans at least four foreign exposure trips for the football team as part of preparations for the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup, to he hosted by the country. Addressing his first press conference after taking charge as head...
  • Qatar floats idea of housing 12,000 football fans on ships 4 days ago

    Doha: Qatar plans to accomodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said on Monday. The proposal for "floating hotels" is a revival of an idea which was initially rejected two years ago. However, Qatar is now seeking...
  • The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the best ever: Sepp Blatter 4 days ago

    Moscow: Nothing will stop Russia from hosting the best World Cup in the tournament's history in 2018, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on a visit to one of the host venues Sochi on Monday. "I am a happy and proud president. I am proud that Russia is getting ready to host...
  • Sponsored: Wins, the analytics advantage in Cricket 5 days ago

    If cricket is religion in India, the World Cup is the ultimate test of its devotees' faith. Cricket is a game that has rules on and off the playing field. A match is seldom watched alone, in quiet solitude. The world and its uncle suddenly become connoisseurs and each has their...
  • Sponsored: Wins - the analytics advantage in Cricket 5 days ago

    If cricket is religion in India, the World Cup is the ultimate test of its devotees' faith. Cricket is a game that has rules on and off the playing field. A match is seldom watched alone, in quiet solitude. The world and its uncle suddenly become connoisseurs and each has their...
  • Mohammad Nabi quits as Afghanistan captain 5 days ago

    Mohammad Nabi resigned as captain of Afghanistan on Sunday (April 19) following the team's 2015 World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand last month. Nabi said his lack of form was one of the primary reasons for stepping down. "I have served Afghanistan's national team as captain for more than...
  • Brazil's FIFA World Cup winner Paulo Cesar sells medal to buy cocaine 6 days ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Paulo Cesar, a member of Brazil's famed 1970 football World Cup winning team, has admitted he sold the gold medal to buy cocaine. The former Brazilian star said on Saturday he regretted selling the "precious medal", reports Xinhua. The 65-year-old Cesar, who had played for famous Brazilian clubs Botafogo,...
  • CSA denies interference in World Cup semifinal playing XI 6 days ago

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has categorically denied interfering in selection of the team's playing XI for the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand last month. An official CSA statement was sent out on Saturday (April 18) following a factual examination done by three independent directors of the board. Reports over possible instructions...
  • Money forced me to quit Zimbabwe and play county: Brendan Taylor April 16, 2015

    Nottingham: Former Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor has said his decision to retire from international cricket and play for English county Nottinghamshire was primarily because of financial benefits. Taylor reportedly earned around 250 Australian dollars before tax for his World Cup efforts. In contrast, established county cricketers could expect to earn between...
  • Indian Shooter Chain Singh misses World Cup finals by a point April 15, 2015

    Changwon: India's rifle troika of Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang, Chain Singh and Sanjeev Rajput, who survived their respective elimination rounds on Tuesday, failed to make it to the 50m Rifle 3 Positions finals on Wednesday at the shooting World Cup (Rifle/Pistol). The closest to the final berth was Chain Singh,...
  • India remain No. 2 in ODI rankings April 15, 2015

    Dubai: The Indian team have retained their second position in the one-day internationals rankings list after finishing as semifinalists in the recently-concluded World Cup. With 116 points, India are placed just six points behind world champions Australia, who have garnered 122 rating points to their credit. India are followed by South Africa...
  • Struggling Mumbai Indians miss Tendulkar, their most consistent batsman ever April 15, 2015

    Sachin Tendulkar is not strongly associated with the shortest form of the game. He played just one T20I match in his career - in 2006 against South Africa; it was India's debut T20I match as well. For the record, he made 10 but thanks to two Dineshs (Karthik and Mongia)...
  • Fast bowling dying due to cricket overkill: Michael Holding April 15, 2015

    Shanghai: West Indian legend Michael Holding has been impressed with the growth of fast bowling India but rued the decline of the art in world cricket due to an overkill of the game. "I was very impressed with Indian fast bowlers, especially Mohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami. It was surprising to...
  • Virat Kohli needs to learn from Dhoni: Steve Waugh April 15, 2015

    Shanghai: Australia's World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh feels Indian star Virat Kohli should learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain. Kohli took over the reigns of Test captaincy from Dhoni, who announced his shock retirement from the longest format post the...
  • India handed tough draw for 2018 FIFA qualifiers April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian football team has been drawn in a tough group alongside top Asian nation Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam for the second phase of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The draw took place on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur. Iran is the top-ranked team in the Asian...
  • Want to be at the top of my game ahead of Olympics: shooter Apurvi Chandela April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Young Apurvi Chandela wants to be at the "top of her game" as she aims for a maiden Olympic appearance at next year's Rio Games by fulfilling the stringent selection criteria that the NRAI has set for the Indian shooters. The Commonwealth Games gold medal winning shooter last Saturday...
  • Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput survive elimination rounds at World Cup April 14, 2015

    Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang, Sanjeev Rajput and Chain Singh survived their respective elimination rounds to enter the qualification round for the finals of men's 50m rifle 3 position event at the ISSF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) on Tuesday. Among them, London Games bronze winner Narang returned the best score with a...
  • Asia throws up intriguing World Cup qualifiers April 14, 2015

    The sheer enormity and rich diversity of Asia offers a bitter-sweet opportunity to the region's World Cup hopefuls. After a revamp of the qualifying procedure, Asia's heavyweight teams now get the benefit of playing against some of the world's weakest national sides, but the road to qualifying can be a tricky...
  • BCCI World Cup meeting will have discussions on new coach April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: The new regime of the BCCI will have its first Working Committee meeting on April 26 in Kolkata and discussions on Duncan Fletcher's possible replacement will be held at that conclave. It will be the first time that Jagmohan Dalmiya and his colleagues will be formally meeting to set...
  • Jitu Rai wins bronze at ISSF World Cup in Korea April 12, 2015

    Celebrated Indian shooter Jitu Rai shot his way to a bronze medal in the men's 10-metre air pistol event at the ongoing ISSF Shooting World Cup on Sunday. An Asian and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, Jitu aggregated a total of 181.1 points to finish third on the podium, missing out on the...
  • Twitter slams Virat Kohli's immature outburst April 10, 2015

    India's batting star Virat Kohli on Friday said that he was 'hurt' by the way fans responded after his dismal show in the World Cup semi-finals against Australia that led to his team's ouster from the mega event. India, after winning seven matches in a row, lost to Australia in the...
  • Critics should be ashamed of blaming me for World Cup semis defeat, I am hurt: Kohli April 10, 2015

    Two weeks after India lost their World Cup crown in a semi-final defeat against Australia, Virat Kohli - who scored just one run in that match - has come out with an emotional outburst, saying "I am hurt". India, after winning seven matches in a row, had a bad day against...
  • The intersection of Analytics, Social Media & Cricket in the cognitive era of computing April 10, 2015

    Since 1975, every fourth year, world class cricketing nations come together for a month long extravaganza. Since February 14th, 2015, 14 teams are battling it out in a 6 week long Cricket World Cup tournament in 14 venues across Australia and New Zealand. During these six weeks, millions of cricket...
  • The intersection of analytics, social media and cricket in the cognitive era of computing April 10, 2015

    Since 1975, every fourth year, world class cricketing nations come together for a month long extravaganza. Since February 14th, 2015, 14 teams are battling it out in a 6 week long Cricket World Cup tournament in 14 venues across Australia and New Zealand. During these six weeks, millions of cricket...
  • Ex-ICC chief Ehsan Mani fears for game's future April 9, 2015

    London: Former ICC president Ehsan Mani on Wednesday expressed grave fears about cricket's future, saying he is "more concerned about the health of the game today than I have ever been". Mani criticised the world governing body's decision to reduce the 2019 World Cup to 10 teams and said that many...
  • Why watching cricket in Australia is a bliss and in India pain April 9, 2015

    It's not a eulogy to cricket grounds in Australia. But do consider it an open letter to BCCI. Not because I visited Australia during the World Cup that I am writing this. It's because I have been subject to what millions of families go through at cricket venues in India...
  • MS Dhoni will be penniless one day: Yograj Singh curses India captain April 7, 2015

    Is it an emotion, wrath or anger? Yograj Singh, father of ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh, in a remark that could trigger a major controversy and war of words, has blasted India's ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his son's exclusion from the ICC World Cup 2015 squad. An emotional Yograj also...
  • Bangladesh police seek acquittal of Rubel Hossain in rape case April 6, 2015

    Dhaka: Bangladeshi cricketer Rubel Hossain on Monday got a clean chit in an alleged rape case filed by an aspiring actress as the police, in its final report, sought acquittal of the 'country's World Cup hero'. Police told Dhaka's Chief Metropolitan Court that they found no proof of the charges the...
  • PCB's World Cup review meeting lasts 20 minutes April 6, 2015

    Karachi: A high-level meeting called by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to review the national team's performance in the World Cup ended in just 20 minutes. PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan had convened a meeting of the PCB review 2015 group in Lahore last weekend to discuss the performance of the national...
  • You know me for my work, will never talk about my personal life: Anushka Sharma on being asked about Virat Kohli April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: The fascination with the personal lives of celebrities for their fans is unending and the media often tries to make this a selling point of their product. Anushka Sharma who is being blamed by cricket fans for being the reason for India's defeat in the world cup gave...