WORLD CUP

  • It'll be tough to fix any World Cup 2015 matches: ICC chief January 20, 2015

    The chief executive of cricket's governing body believes it will be tough for anyone outside the game to fix matches during next month's 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. David Richardson also said on Tuesday that the International Cricket Council (ICC) would clamp down hard on bad behaviour in...
  • Pakistan will beat India in World Cup, says Misbah-ul-Haq January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Looking to rewrite history by beating arch-rivals in the upcoming World Cup, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has promised the fans that the national team would play its best cricket in the 50-over showpiece event and make them proud. India and Pakistan open their respective campaigns against each other on February 15...
  • Sunil Gavaskar blasts Indian bowlers, wants Ishant out of team January 20, 2015

    Brisbane: Once again slamming the Indian bowlers for their poor showing in Australian conditions ahead of the World Cup, former captain Sunil Gavaskar said that the bowlers have learnt nothing from their past experiences on foreign tours. After failing to take 20 wickets in the 2-0 Test series defeat against Australia,...
  • PCB bars players from using social media websites during World Cup January 20, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistani players, featuring in the World Cup squad, have been banned from using social networking sites during the mega event, beginning next month. Team manager, Naved Akram Cheema confirmed on Tuesday that as part of their central contracts, players would not be allowed to use any social networking site...
  • Shahid Afridi wants to regain fastest ODI ton record during World Cup January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Allrounder Shahid Afridi said he will try to wrest back the record of scoring the fastest ODI hundred when Pakistan tours New Zealand and during the World Cup to make it a memorable farewell for him and his fans from 50 overs cricket. Afridi has announced he will retire...
  • World Cup 2015 will be bigger and better, says David Richardson January 20, 2015

    Dubai: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson believes that "there has been no stone left unturned" as preparations continue ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but stressed the need for players to remember their responsibilities to uphold the sport's integrity at all times. In an exclusive TV interview with the...
  • Rahul Dravid not impressed with current World Cup format January 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Having been a part of three World Cup campaigns, former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said that the current format of the 50-over showpiece event, starting mid February in Australia and New Zealand, is too predictable and should be improved upon. "Don't really like it. Reason is you can...
  • Bilawal Bhatti replaces Junaid Khan in Pakistan's World Cup squad January 20, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan suffered a major blow even before the Pakistan team could leave for the World Cup as experienced pacer Junaid Khan was replaced by allrounder Bilawal Bhatti in the 15-member squad. The Pakistan Cricket Board said that Junaid had still not made a full recovery from a hamstring injury he...
  • World Cup 2015: What to expect from the minnows January 20, 2015

    The cricket World Cup over the years has been a place for the minnows where you can showcase your talent, although giving an opportunity to a side after every four years neither does any good to their confidence nor does it help their cricket grow. Some of the minnows, like...
  • Stuart Binny 44, India 153: FAQ answered January 20, 2015

    On a Tuesday in Brisbane, a frequently asked question was answered with unequivocal precision when Stuart Binny - the most surprise inclusion for many in India's World Cup squad - put the disquiet over his selection to rest. The allrounder's confidence followed statements of support from his captain and coach, and...
  • Indian bowlers face burnout ahead of World Cup 2015 January 20, 2015

    Of late, Indian bowlers have had to face some stick justifiably, but more often sheer overwork for a long period of time seemed to have weariness and fatigue setting in. Let us see their workload. In 2014, India had played a diverse five-Test series against England, followed by five ODIs and a...
  • Selection committee can appoint Misbah replacement: PCB January 19, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given authority to the tour selection committee on the coming tour to New Zealand and for the World Cup to appoint a replacement captain if Misbah-ul-Haq's hamstring injury prevents him from playing. A senior board official confirmed to PTI that if Misbah is unable...
  • Saeed Ajmal counts Pakistan out of World Cup semi-final race January 19, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal does not believe that the national cricket team will be able to make the semi-finals of the upcoming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking on Geo Super channel, the seasoned campaigner tipped Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and India to be in the...
  • World Cup 2015 knockouts: who plays where January 19, 2015

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday announced the venue allocation criteria for the quarter-finals of the World Cup which will be held from February 14 to March 29. If World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand were to qualify from Pool A, they will play their quarter-finals in...
  • Michael Clarke on track for World Cup return January 19, 2015

    Melbourne: Australia's preparation for next month's ODI World Cup on Monday received a massive boost with the announcement that inspirational skipper Michael Clarke is on track for a return from injury by February 21. Clarke, who underwent a hamstring surgery earlier this month, has been named in Australia's World Cup squad...
  • 'Showdown with Pakistan is most exciting in World Cup' January 19, 2015

    When I first started playing first-class cricket, the greatest incentive was to break into the Indian team and get the opportunity to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 1992 in Australia and New Zealand. But at no stage did I actually think that I would on the plane to...
  • Muttiah Muralidaran: 1996 was Sri Lanka's cricketing awakening January 19, 2015

    That tournament and its meaning is a line in the sand for the sport in our country. Before 1996 cricket was amateur. It was popular, but not a uniting force by any means. But when we won in Lahore in 1996 that all changed. The success reached out to the...
  • Max Sorensen replaces Tim Murtagh in Irish World Cup 2015 squad January 18, 2015

    London: Max Sorensen has replaced injured Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh in Ireland's squad for the upcoming World Cup, team officials announced on Sunday. Murtagh suffered a foot fracture during an Ireland training camp in Dubai, where the squad are based ahead of the World Cup, on January 7 and underwent surgery...
  • India's opening woes sorted, at one end January 18, 2015

    Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina switched to ODIs in Australia like fish to water after a forgettable Test series, but Shikhar Dhawan lost another round in his battle with bad form, which left one end of India's opening for World Cup sorted and the other still in doubt. India ignored...
  • 'India, South Africa biggest challengers to Australia in World Cup' January 18, 2015

    Melbourne: Not too pleased with a couple of selection decisions in the Australian squad for the ODI World Cup, former captain Ian Chappell said the home side will find its toughest competition in India and South Africa during the marquee event starting February 14. "Australia's biggest challenges will come from South...
  • We want to win World Cup for Peshawar school kids: Misbah-ul-Haq January 17, 2015

    Karachi: The Pakistan World Cup squad on Saturday interacted with the surviving children of the Army Public School carnage in Peshawar and also with their parents who were affected by the terrorist attacks on December 16. Soon after moving scenes were seen as the players shook hands with the injured children...
  • Inzaman-ul-Haq hopes Pakistan break World Cup jinx against India January 17, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's most capped player Inzamam-ul-Haq wants to see the national team create history in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand by defeating arch-rivals India in the opening match in Adelaide. "Throughout my career we?beat India in many matches but for some reason we never managed to...
  • New Zealand in good shape for World Cup: Richard Hadlee January 17, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee has voiced optimism about the country's chances in the upcoming World Cup, which is being co-hosted with Australia. "We're in pretty good shape, there's some good depth but the bottom line is you've got to perform over a sustained period of time and that's...
  • England's Gary Ballance fractures finger January 17, 2015

    England batsman Gary Ballance could miss the rest of the Tri-Series against Australia and India after fracturing a finger, but will be fit for next month's World Cup, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Saturday. "Ballance has a fractured right little finger, sustained during fielding practice in Canberra," the...
  • Coach happy with Pakistan not among favourites for World Cup January 17, 2015

    Islamabad: Head coach Waqar Younis is happy that Pakistan are not among the favourites for the World Cup, saying it will keep his team focused on next month's event without any added pressure. Pakistan were not among the top teams at the 2011 World Cup but went on to reach the...
  • In the quest for ICC Cricket World Cup January 17, 2015

    Losing my NSW player contract in mid-2000 seemed to spell the end of all the hopes and aspirations I had held of playing international cricket. Coming shortly after the birth of my first child, I was devastated and for a time I questioned whether I would even continue to play...
  • New rules will make World Cup exciting: Rahul Dravid January 17, 2015

    Former India captain Rahul Dravid is expecting next month's cricket World Cup to be an aggressive affair as he feels the revamped ODI rules will push teams into selecting attacking bowlers over part-timers. Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Dravid said new rules, which mandate five fielders inside the 30-yard circle at all times...
  • Stuart Binny is the best seam allrounder in India: MS Dhoni January 17, 2015

    Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has thrown his weight behind allrounder Stuart Binny's selection in India's World Cup squad. "Irrespective of all the debate, the best seam allrounder in India has been picked," Dhoni said ahead of India's Carlton Mid ODI Tri-series opener against Australia on Sunday. Binny's inclusion, ahead of Yuvraj...
  • India's World Cup plans set for dry run in tri-series January 17, 2015

    There's not much left to harp on. The final 15s have been announced and teams are now in calculation phase to arrive at a formula that will work best for them in the World Cup. Defending ODI champions, India, enter that phase on Sunday when they take on their Carlton...