World Cup

  • Shahid Afridi urges team-mates to rally for World Cup 2015 6 minutes ago

    Karachi: Veteran Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi urged his team-mates to back one another if they were to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and end the country's 23-year long wait for the coveted trophy for the second time. Afridi, who has been re-appointed the Twenty20 captain, said...
  • Pakistan can once again rule the world, says Misbah-ul-Haq 6 hours 27 minutes ago

    Captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan can "once again rule the world" by winning the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year. The return of the tournament Down Under was a good omen for Pakistan, as that was where they won their only World Cup in 1992, when Imran Khan's...
  • U-17 World Cup: AIFF tying up with Brazilian club Yesterday

    New Delhi: With the Under-17 World Cup slated to take place in the country in 2017, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is tying up with a Brazilian club, Atletico Paranaense, for an exchange programme for the U-17 team. Founded in 1924, Atletico Paranaense is a team from Curitiba in Parana,...
  • World Cup-starved Pakistan welcomes trophy visit Yesterday

    LAHORE: Pakistan welcomed the World Cup trophy as it arrived in the country on a global tour on Tuesday, with skipper Misbahul Haq vowing to win it for the isolated nation and its terror-hit people. The International Cricket Council (ICC) sent the most coveted trophy in the game on tour to...
  • Suspended Saeed Ajmal targets World Cup 2015 for comeback 2 days ago

    Pakistan's suspended off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has not given up hope on playing in the 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. ...
  • Abdul Razzaq backs Shahid Afridi as limited-overs captain 2 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's out-of-favour allrounder Abdul Razzaq has once again spoken out in favour of appointing Shahid Afridi as the captain of the national one-day and Twenty20 teams before the 2015 World Cup. Razzaq, who is these days playing league cricket in England, said that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needed to...
  • Suspended Saeed Ajmal still hopes to play ICC World Cup 2015 2 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal has not given up hope on playing in the 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Ajmal told reporters in Lahore on Monday that the ban imposed on him from bowling in international cricket was disappointing but its not the end...
  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title 3 days ago

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...
  • I took pedalo for drink with Botham, reveals Flintoff 6 days ago

    Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff has revealed that his notorious encounter with a pedalo during the 2007 World Cup was a failed attempt to enjoy a nightcap with Ian Botham. Flintoff was fined and banned for one match by then-England coach Duncan Fletcher after the drunken incident in the Caribbean,...
  • Yusuf Pathan aims to make India comeback before World Cup 2015 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Confident of a good showing in the Champions League Twenty20 and the domestic season ahead, all-rounder Yusuf Pathan has said there is enough time before the 2015 World Cup for him to prove his mettle and make a comeback into the Indian team. "The last IPL season was very...
  • Cricketers warned against 'honey traps' during ICC World Cup 2015 1 week ago

    The game of cricket has often been rocked by match-fixing and corruption. Allegations of fixing, including the new phenomenon of spot-fixing, have emerged occasionally, tarnishing the image of the gentleman's game. With cricket's biggest extravaganza - the ICC Cricket World Cup - coming up next year in Australia and New...
  • Pele reminds Brazil to play as a team 1 week ago

    Rio de Janeiro: Pele reminded Brazilians what they already knew, and were shown so obviously in the humiliating 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany in the World Cup semifinals: Brazil must play as a team, not as individual stars if they have to win a sixth title. Years of growing anticipation...
  • England-returned Mohammad Shami looks forward to World Cup 1 week ago

    Kolkata: Fresh from his spell in India's tour of England, pacer Mohammad Shami hopes to make it count from the experience he had gained in Old Blighty, in the 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "It was an enriching experience and first time for me. Disappointed...
  • Ravi Shastri, Duncan Fletcher should stay with Team India: VVS Laxman September 9, 2014

    The 39-year-old from Hyderabad, who followed India's performance in England, said India needed to focus on two crucial areas to improve their limited-overs performance -- death bowling and the opening combination. "In the T20 they gave away 50 runs in the last three overs, which is a lot, so I think...
  • England coach Moores prolongs Cook's World Cup limbo September 9, 2014

    Birmingham: Alastair Cook faces a wait to discover if he will captain England at next year's World Cup, according to coach Peter Moores. Cook's position as both captain and an opening batsman in one-day internationals has been the subject of fevered debate and this intensified during England's recent 3-1 home ODI...
  • Shami, Umesh, Aaron key to India's WC chances: Shoaib Akhtar September 8, 2014

    Birmingham: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once a nemesis of many a top Indian batsman, is now ready to offer advice to his arch-rivals saying that Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will be key to India's 2015 World Cup defence. "Shami, Umesh (Yadav) and (Varun) Aaron are the ones....
  • India, Australia, South Africa favourites to win World Cup: Ian Chappell September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: With the teams entering the final phase of their preparations for next year's World Cup, cricketing great Ian Chappell has said defending champions India, Australia and South Africa are the favourites to win the game's showpiece event. "As teams enter the home straight in preparation for next year's World...
  • Team India peaking at the right time, can defend WC title: Sourav Ganguly September 6, 2014

    Former captain Sourav Ganguly has said that India are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their title. India hadn't won an ODI series of particular importance since their wins against Australia and West Indies...
  • Kevin Pietersen slams 'selfish' Alastair Cook September 6, 2014

    Kevin Pietersen has slammed England captain Alastair Cook as "selfish" for playing down his team's chances of winning next year's World Cup. Cook's side beat India by 41 runs on Friday to salvage some pride after an emphatic defeat in the one-day series, but former England batsman Pietersen is still frustrated...
  • India draw a blank at Archery World Cup Final September 6, 2014

    Kolkata: Lone Indian hope Rajat Chauhan lost to Pierre Julien Deloche of France by one point (145-146) to make a quarter-final exit in the Archery World Cup Final in Lausanne on Saturday. According to information received here, Chauhan, who was the first Indian compound archer to have qualified for the showpiece...
  • Harsh decisions need to be taken before World Cup: Moin Khan September 4, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's chief of selectors and manager Moin Khan on Thursday called for bold steps to lift the team's performance ahead of next year's World Cup following a disastrous tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost the two-match Test series 2-0 and went down 2-1 in one-day internationals on last month's tour,...
  • Sachin Tendulkar backs India to defend the World Cup title September 4, 2014

    Sachin backed Team India to defend the 50-over World Cup, and said that Dhoni's team has the perfect mix of players to do well down under early next year. ...
  • Sachin Tendulkar backs India to do well in World Cup September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar has backed defending champion India to do well at next year's World Cup because of the team's all-round ability. "India is definitely among the strong contenders for the title," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in Chennai by The Hindu newspaper on Thursday. "It is...
  • Team India can defend the World Cup, says Gavaskar September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Former captain and legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that defending champions India are a good enough side to retain the title in the 2015 World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, February 14-March 29, 2015. Gavaskar, who had blasted the team after the 1-3 humiliating loss in the Test...
  • Younis Khan likely to quit ODIs before ICC World Cup 2015 September 3, 2014

    Karachi: Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is likely to retire from ODI cricket before next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, according to sources. Well-informed sources aware of the development told PTI that Younis was contemplating quiting from ODIs to focus on his Test career. Younis returned home midway from...
  • FIFA opens talks on 2022 World Cup dates in Qatar September 1, 2014

    FIFA will host its first consultation meeting next week to agree dates for playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA says its six confederations plus clubs, leagues and players' unions from around the world will be represented at talks led by Asian Football Confederation President Sheik Salman bin Ebrahim al...
  • Pakistan's defeat in Sri Lanka sparks ICC World Cup 2015 fears August 31, 2014

    Karachi: Former cricket greats said they fear Pakistan's one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday after being bowled for a mere 102,...
  • Australia captain Michael Clarke throws India a World Cup challenge August 31, 2014

    Next year's World Cup will decide the kings of the 50-over game whatever happens in the race to top the ICC world rankings between now and then, according to Australia captain Michael Clarke. Australia top the rankings going into Sunday's triangular series match against Zimbabwe in Harare but, depending on results,...
  • Afridi is best person to lead Pakistan in 2015 WC, says Malik August 29, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's senior batsman and former captain Shoaib Malik has said maverick allrounder Shahid Afridi is the best person to replace Misbah-ul-Haq as skipper for next year's World Cup. Malik, 32, said that if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wanted to change the captain of the national one-day team it should...
  • David Richardson pleased with ICC World Cup 2015 preparations August 28, 2014

    Dubai: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson has expressed satisfaction with preparations for next year's ODI World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after receiving detailed updates in Melbourne and Wellington this week. The briefings and presentations took place in the two host cities from August 25 to 27 followed by venue...