WORLD CUP

  • Melbourne to host World Cup 2015 Australian opening ceremony 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    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...
  • Alastair Cook should be replaced as captain: Nasser Hussain 14 hours 4 minutes ago

    London: Alastair Cook should be immediately taken out from captaincy ahead of the World Cup before time runs out, former England skipper Nasser Hussain had said. England's one-day series defeat in Sri Lanka was their fourth in a row under Cook, who scored 119 runs in six games. England went down...
  • Lord's to host ICC World Cup 2019 final Yesterday

    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,...
  • Real Madrid coast into Club World Cup final 2 days ago

    Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored to help Real Madrid coast past Mexico's Cruz Azul 4-0 on Tuesday for a place in this weekend's Club World Cup final against Argentina's San Lorenzo or New Zealand's Auckland City. Sergio Ramos scored in the 15th minute and Benzema in the 36th. Bale added...
  • India thrash USA 52-29 in Kabaddi World Cup 5 days ago

    Kapurthala: Iran men's team and Indian women's team secured semifinal berths after defeating Spain and Denmark respectively in the fifth Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday. The Indian men's team also defeated USA 52-29. In first match of the men's section, Iran defeated Spain 54-27. The Iranian team dominated the match from...
  • Jayawardene, Afridi to be most experienced players at 2015 World Cup 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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!...
  • Have asked legislators to repay dues incurred on Brazil junket: Goa CM 6 days ago

    Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he had told the legislators to pay the dues. "Not aware about 3 reminders, joined government last month," said Parsekar. ...
  • Pakistan think-tank has 2015 World Cup in mind 1 week ago

    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,...
  • Goa Minister, 3 MLAs yet to repay Rs 12 lakh each for Brazil junket during 2014 football World Cup 1 week ago

    Panaji: Six months after three Goa MLAs and one minister had gone on a junket to Brazil for the football World Cup, they are yet to repay their dues to the Sports Authority of Goa. Sports Authority of Goa has claimed that they have sent three reminders till now to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sachin Tendulkar greets India for winning World Cup for blind December 8, 2014

    Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has congratulated the Indian visually impaired cricket team for winning the World Cup for Blind by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan. In reply to Pakistan's 389 in their allotted 40 overs, India reached 392 with two balls to spare in the final of the Cricket World Cup for blind...
  • 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...
  • India beat defending champions Pakistan to lift cricket World Cup for Blind December 8, 2014

    India defeated defending champions Pakistan to win the 4th Cricket World Cup for the Blind on Sunday. In reply to Pakistan's 389, India scored 392 with two balls to spare.Except for their initial match against Pakistan, India won all games in the league, in which other participating countries were Sri Lanka,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Equal pay for women many World Cups away, says FIFA December 6, 2014

    Women should not expect to be paid the same as men for many World Cups to come, said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Friday, adding that any comparisons between the two tournaments was not worth debating. Valcke, who will conduct the 2015 women's World Cup draw on Saturday, noted that...
  • World Cup selection won't be in mind when I play Ranji Trophy: Ashok Dinda December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: His inclusion in the 30-member probables list has come as a whiff of fresh air for Ashok Dinda, who was in the wilderness for nearly 22 months, after he had played his 13th one day international for India. "You can say that I am relieved and satisfied that my...
  • Yuvraj Singh, the 2011 hero, has played his last World Cup December 5, 2014

    He knew it might happen but would take it down the hard way. It surely won't be easy for Yuvraj, the man who was the toast of the nation for his fiery presence on the field and had the whole nation rally behind him when fighting a deadly illness. But...
  • No harm in dropping the veterans: Erapalli Prasanna December 4, 2014

    Former Indian off spinner Erapalli Prasanna Thursday backed the selectors' decision to keep out five seasoned campaigners from the 30-member cricket World Cup probables' squad. The offie felt the selectors' decision could have been prompted by the below-par domestic performances of these players. "There is no harm in dropping the veterans from...
  • Srikkanth credits selectors for World Cup probables squad December 4, 2014

    Former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said the Indian selectors did a fair job in excluding the senior players like Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Zaheer. ...
  • Change in technique and attitude is key to consistency: Manoj Tiwary December 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Manoj Tiwary is back in national contention with some impressive knocks in domestic cricket and the Bengal batsman attributes his recent form to a "change in technique" along with a "sea change in attitude". Tiwary's sequence of scores in the last five List A innings read as 57, 130,...
  • I would love to open for India in World Cup: Robin Uthappa December 4, 2014

    Bengaluru: Hoping to make the final cut after being named in the 30-man probables list for the 2015 World Cup, Karnataka batsman Robin Uthappa on Thursday said that he would love to open the innings for India but would not mind being included as a wicketkeeper-batsman. "My first love would be...