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  • Sri Lanka bank on Sangakkara-Jayawardene hit show at World Cup 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will join hands for the last time in their brilliant careers to plot Sri Lanka's World Cup campaign, hoping to make amends for two successive heartbreaks. The missing link in the enduring partnership between the two 37-year-olds that started at the turn of the...
  • India vs Pakistan minus Sachin Tendulkar - a first in World Cup history 2 hours 9 minutes ago

    If it took you time to digest not seeing that diminutive figure crouching and looking up at the sun or into the flood lights on his way to the middle - then February 15 will be even tougher. For the first time in ICC World Cup history, Sachin Tendulkar will...
  • Cricket Australia mulls appointing Steven Smith as ODI captain after WC 11 hours 44 minutes ago

    Sydney: Michael Clarke may just meet the fitness deadline to lead the national team into the World Cup starting February 14, even as many Australia cricket officials are mulling appointing Steven Smith as full-time captain after the 50-over showpiece event. Clarke's recurring fitness issues and his continuing absence during India's tour...
  • Narine pulls the trigger before World Cup, withdraws from West Indies squad 13 hours 1 minutes ago

    West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has decided to pull out of the country's squad for the next month's World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand. This comes as a big blow for the West Indian team as Narine was an integral part of the Windies attack and...
  • Shoaib Malik, Azhar Ali, Sohail Tanvir on standby for World Cup 13 hours 25 minutes ago

    Karachi: Batsmen Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali, and pace bowler Sohail Tanvir have been put on standby in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, to be held from February 14 in Australia and New Zealand. A source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that after discussions with...
  • Irfan Pathan: a veteran India never had 14 hours 39 minutes ago

    Mysore: It's no secret that India lacks genuine medium-pace bowling allrounders. "That's one area that makes me a bit nervous," said Duncan Fletcher, the India coach, recently. India have tried Stuart Binny in recent times, but there are few names that crop up when one draws up a list of...
  • South Africa rest AB de Villiers for final West Indies ODI 14 hours 43 minutes ago

    Hashim Amla returns to captain the Castle Lager Proteas for the fifth Momentum One-Day International (ODI) against the West Indies at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. AB de Villiers has been rested for the match, while Quinton de Kock makes a return to the line-up after a speedy recovery...
  • Mumbai cricket waiting for fresh harvest 15 hours 38 minutes ago

    Last week, Tamil Nadu beat Mumbai by an innings and 44 runs in Chennai in a Ranji Trophy match. A watershed moment. True, Tamil Nadu aren't stragglers (though they haven't been top rung in recent times either), but Mumbai - no, they don't lose so big, not by an innings, not...
  • World Cup 2015: Introducing the four qualifiers 15 hours 49 minutes ago

    It's no secret that I am very passionate about Associate cricket and that will never change, no matter who I'm working with. There needs to be continuous development of our great game and the strengthening of the Associate nations is key to this. The best Associate teams need the global...
  • Injured Rohit Sharma unlikely to play before India's WC warm-ups 16 hours 27 minutes ago

    Perth: The Indian team management has decided not to risk injured opener Rohit Sharma for India's do-or-die cricket tri-series game against England on January 30 and also for the finals in case India happen to win their last round robin encounter in the tournament. Rohit suffered from hamstring injury during the...
  • Shane Watson to raise money for charity during World Cup 17 hours 6 minutes ago

    Sydney: Apart from winning the World Cup, star Australian allrounder Shane Watson has added motivation to be fit for the One-Day International (ODI) showpiece, where he'll be raising money for research into motor neuron disease (MND). Watson has pledged to donate $200 for every boundary he hits, $300 for each six...
  • 'Foolish to write off India in World Cup' 17 hours 11 minutes ago

    Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott feels it would be foolish to write off defending champions India ahead of next month's Cricket World Cup despite their pedestrian showing in the ongoing tour of Australia. Allott, who rose to fame by ending as the joint-leading wicket-taker of the 1999 World Cup,...
  • Steven Smith marks spectacular season with Allan Border Medal 18 hours 23 minutes ago

    Sydney: Steve Smith swept Australia's annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, winning three prizes including the Allan Border Medal for the Player of the Year. The middle-order batsman, who captained Australia to victory in the test series against India when regular skipper Michael Clarke was injured, also won the test and one-day...
  • For some, World Cup 2015 may end up as a swan song 19 hours 47 minutes ago

    Since the first edition in 1975 to the last in 2011, the cricket World Cup has always served as the biggest platform for each participating teams and their players to showcase their talent. From Clive Lloyd lifting the Cup in 1975 to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's trophy-clinching six at the Wankhede...
  • Pakistan suffer back-to-back losses to start NZ tour 20 hours 1 minutes ago

    Christchurch: Despite Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal showing some batting form ahead of next month's World Cup, Pakistan suffered back-to-back losses to a President's XI at the start of their New Zealand tour. Misbah scored 107 and Akmal 68 as Pakistan lost Monday's match by six wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval....
  • Defeat no reason for panic, assures AB de Villiers 21 hours 23 minutes ago

    Port Elizabeth: South African captain AB de Villiers has downplayed the significance of the defeat against the West Indies, as the side gears up for next month's ICC World Cup. "It's certainly not a wake-up call. We were wide awake and there is no doubt about the fact that we...
  • Martin Guptill signs on for fresh Derbyshire stint 21 hours 30 minutes ago

    London: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill is to re-join Derbyshire as their overseas player for the early part of the 2015 season, the Midlands county announced on Monday. The 28-year-old Guptill played for the club in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and will return for the opening six Championship matches and...
  • Contract row is no big deal: PCB official 23 hours 20 minutes ago

    Karachi: A senior official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that the contract row with players in the World Cup squad would be sorted out this week. "It is no big deal... The players want certain clarifications and have some reservations but our representative in New Zealand is talking...
  • World Cup 2015: Top ten surprise packages 23 hours 36 minutes ago

    Whenever a big cricket tournament, especially a World Cup, starts, we pick our favourite players who we think will perform well in the event. Many of the top players, as expected, do well to take their teams to win matches or even win the Championship. But there are also a...
  • Pakistan hope to lurch from disaster to World Cup triumph Yesterday

    Karachi: If there is one team among the top eight at the World Cup which could either crash out embarrassingly in the first round or romp to the title, it's Pakistan. The talented yet unpredictable side are haunted by injuries to their fast bowlers, the suspension of match-winning spinner Saeed Ajmal...
  • England face tough task to end cricket World Cup jinx Yesterday

    London: England have never won the World Cup, despite hosting four tournaments, including the first three editions, while it is nearly 25 years since they last appeared in a final. They certainly won't be among the favourites in Australia and New Zealand, where they will have to conquer longstanding problems of...
  • Blunted bowling leaves World Cup champs India vulnerable Yesterday

    Loaded with free-stroking batsmen but missing match-winning bowlers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India will look to chase down -- rather than defend -- the World Cup title they won four years ago. In Rohit Sharma, the only batsman with two 200s in one-day internationals, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and the...
  • 'PCB working with players to resolve contract row' Yesterday

    Karachi: A senior official of Pakistan's national cricket board (PCB) on Monday said they were working with players to resolve a potentially unsettling contract row a month ahead of the World Cup. "It is no big deal the players want certain clarifications and have some reservations but our representative in New...
  • Pakistan cricketer suffers from ghost attack in New Zealand hotel Yesterday

    Karachi: Pakistan's promising young allrounder Haris Sohail complained of supernatural presence in his hotel room in New Zealand, forcing the management to shift him to another room. According to media reports, Sohail woke up in the night scared, insisting there was a supernatural presence in his room. The youngster insisted on...
  • Shahid Afridi set for English T20 stint Yesterday

    Pakistan allrounder Shahid Afridi is to play for Northamptonshire in the first six rounds of English cricket's 2015 T20 Blast competition, the Midlands county announced on Monday. One of the most spectacular hitters of a cricket ball the game has know, the 34-year-old Afridi - nicknamed 'Boom Boom' for his dynamism...
  • Teenage cricketer dies in Pakistan after hit on chest Yesterday

    Karachi: In another tragic incident on the field, 18-year-old Zeeshan Mohammed died after being struck on the chest by a cricket ball. Doctors at the Orangi Town general hospital said that Mohammed died from a heart seizure after he was struck by the cricket ball during a club match in Orangi...
  • Suryakumar Kumar steps down as Mumbai Ranji team captain Yesterday

    Mumbai Ranji team skipper Suryakumar Yadav on Monday stepped down from the top spot following his team's dismal loss by an innings and 44 runs against Tamil Nadu in an away encounter. Mumbai are placed sixth in Group A with 11 points from six games so far this season. Their only...
  • Steven Smith and I could play together in Australian team: Michael Clarke Yesterday

    Injured Australian skipper Michael Clarke, nursing a hamstring injury, has hinted at the possibility of both him and Steven Smith featuring together in the World Cup despite having similar roles in the team. Clarke has been given a Feb 21 deadline by Cricket Australia (CA) to make himself available to captain...
  • Tri-series: India split points to stay alive after washout against Australia Yesterday

    The Calton Mid Tri-series one-day international between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Monday was abandoned due to rain. The game could only see only 16 overs in which India scored 69 for the loss of two wickets before rain stopped play and thereafter wet conditions didn't...