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  • World Cup: Dear ICC, take care of the minnows March 17, 2015

    The minnows are here to stay and will do so unless the ICC wants it otherwise. The performance of the lower-ranked teams has improved significantly in the past three World Cups. The 2007 Cricket World Cup had 16 participants and there was a lot of criticism then that the organisers were...
  • World Cup: Sarfraz Ahmed reminds of Javed Miandad March 16, 2015

    Sunday's seven-wicket victory against Ireland was Pakistan's befitting tribute to late Bob Woolmer - one of the finest coaches I have come across. I still feel the pain of that dreadful loss to Ireland and its aftereffect eight years ago in the ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies. Couple...
  • Watch: Pakistan, WI qualify for quarters, ICC World Cup, Day 29 highlights March 16, 2015

    Sarfraz Ahmed scored Pakistan's first World Cup century since 2007 to lead them into the quarters while bowlers starred for Windies to help them beat UAE. ...
  • William Porterfield upbeat despite Ireland's ouster from World Cup March 15, 2015

    Adelaide: What should have been a happier occasion for Ireland captain William Porterfield after his first century at the World Cup was tempered by his side just missing out on a quarter-final berth after a seven-wicket loss to Pakistan. But for a player who has been on the ground floor of...
  • World Cup: Didn't expect Pakistan reaching quater-finals, says Zaheer Abbas March 15, 2015

    Pakistan won the Pool B decider by 7 wickets. They will face Australia in the quarters. ...
  • World Cup: Pakistan ensure a spot for West Indies in quarters March 15, 2015

    A win against UAE was not good enough for the Caribbean side to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they had to wait for the match between Pakistan and Ireland to finish. The first job was done as West Indies got the better of UAE and...
  • World Cup: Pakistan beat Ireland to take West Indies with them in quarters March 15, 2015

    Two days before the eighth anniversary of one of the great World Cup upsets, Pakistan knew that there was no margin for error against Ireland in the final Pool B World Cup clash on Sunday (March 15). When William Porterfield, the Irish captain, helped himself to a composed hundred, the...
  • ICC World Cup Quarterfinals: SL v SA, IND v BAN, AUS v PAK, NZ v WI March 15, 2015

    It was a nervous Sunday in Pakistan and the Caribbean islands. A World Cup quarter-final place was at stake; more so, an embarrassing first-round exit hung like an axe centimetres away from the neck. Will the day end with heads hanging in shame or sunk peacefully on a pillow with an...
  • As it happened: Ireland vs Pakistan , World Cup, Match 42 March 15, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) "I'm not going to say that they'll close the gap soon. There were extenuating circumstances today. It was a grassy pitch, and the toss was important. But I'm fully in favour of 16 teams. Playing against such teams can be a banana-skin,...
  • World Cup Exclusive: Hope the Pakistan that beat South Africa take field March 14, 2015

    (Legendary Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas, IBN World Cup Cricket Expert, is contributing exclusively for Cricketnext. Catch him Live in pre- and post-match shows throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 only on CNN-IBN and IBN7) After a spectacular win against South Africa, I would advice Pakistan not to experiment with their Playing...
  • World Cup Scenarios: West Indies, Pakistan on the edge in last two pool games March 14, 2015

    The World Cup enters its final day of pool games with former champions Pakistan and West Indies facing either early flights home or a last-gasp places in the quarter-finals. Six of the eight quarter-finalists are already known - New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from Pool A and defending champions...
  • World Cup: Porterfield upbeat ahead of must-win game against Pakistan March 14, 2015

    When Ireland take the field on Sunday (March 15) against Pakistan in Adelaide, they, whether they are keen on the task or not, will be carrying the flag for the associate nations. None of the others have been able to defeat a full member at this World Cup, and if...
  • World Cup 2015: West Indies to face UAE in a must-win game in Napier March 14, 2015

    It's math camp. On Sunday (March 15), the final day of the 2015 World Cup group stages, different permutations and combinations will come into play to decide which two of West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland progress to the knockouts. In the middle of it all are United Arab Emirates, with...
  • World Cup: West Indies captain in knots over weather, NRR worries March 14, 2015

    With a storm threatening to play a part in Napier on Sunday, Jason Holder, the West Indies captain, said that it was imperative, for more reasons than one, that West Indies to beat United Arab Emirates in as little time as possible. Unlike UAE, who have nothing to lose, West Indies'...
  • World Cup: Pakistan, Ireland face-off marred by Woolmer's death reminder March 14, 2015

    "I'm not going to say that they'll close the gap soon. There were extenuating circumstances today. It was a grassy pitch, and the toss was important. But I'm fully in favour of 16 teams. Playing against such teams can be a banana-skin, and you saw that today, with Bangladesh beating...
  • World Cup: I'm worried about Pakistan batting, says Shoaib Akhtar March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is worried about the team's inconsistent batting ahead of their clash against giant-killers Ireland in a must-win final Pool B league encounter of the World Cup in Adelaide on Sunday. The Misbah-ul-Haq-led side have won three out of five games to be locked on...
  • World Cup: Misbah-ul-Haq recalls 1992 success ahead of Ireland clash March 14, 2015

    Adelaide: Much has been mentioned about the last time Pakistan and Ireland played at the World Cup, when the Irish ensured the then No. 4-ranked team went home early from the 2007 tournament. On Saturday, a day ahead of another Pakistan-Ireland match in which the winner at Adelaide Oval will qualify...
  • World Cup: The quality of cricket of the associate members is really high March 13, 2015

    There's plenty of debate about the future structure of the ICC Cricket World Cup, but no matter what is decided when the ICC Board meets in April, some good work has been done for the Associate Members in the lead-up to this tournament. I got involved with Scotland last winter for...
  • Bob Woolmer's death dominates Younis Khan's memory of 2007 World Cup March 13, 2015

    In the immediate aftermath of their 2007 World Cup match, the Irish players were celebrating an upset victory while a dejected Pakistan squad was coming to terms with an unexpected early exit from the tournament. It was nothing like what they'd have to endure the following day when Pakistan coach Bob...
  • World Cup: Ireland's Mooney hits back at Zimbabwe newspaper insult March 12, 2015

    Adelaide: Irish allrounder John Mooney said on Thursday he hoped the personal attack on him by a Zimbabwean newspaper would not discourage others with mental health problems from speaking up. Mooney's battle with alcohol and depression was mocked by the Zimbabwe Herald after he took a catch on the boundary in...
  • World Cup 2015: Flower warns Pakistan to shape up ahead of Ireland tie March 12, 2015

    Adelaide: Pakistan's batting coach Grant Flower hoped the under-achieving middle-order will come good in Sunday's must-win World Cup clash against Ireland in Adelaide, saying another failure could prove disastrous. With both teams on three wins from five matches, the winner will advance to the quarter-finals, while the loser's fate will likely...
  • World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan most popular Indian cricketer on Twitter March 11, 2015

    Hamilton: Prolific left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan was once again the most talked about Indian cricketer on Twitter, as his ton on Tuesday helped the defending champions beat Ireland in a World Cup Pool B encounter at the Seddon Park. India chased down Ireland's total of 259 runs with eight wickets and...
  • World Cup: Shami, Umesh on course to become world-class bowlers, says Shoaib Akhtar March 11, 2015

    New Delhi: Impressed by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav's "mature performance" in the ongoing World Cup, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar feels the duo are on the path to become "world-class" bowlers and have been the key to India's success in the tournament. The pace duo shared four wickets between themselves...
  • World Cup: Fury over 'vicious personal attack' on John Mooney March 11, 2015

    Sydney: The Zimbabwe and Ireland teams at the World Cup united on Wednesday to condemn a newspaper article which mocked Irish allrounder John Mooney's battle with alcohol and depression. Mooney took the boundary catch which eliminated the Africans from the World Cup in Hobart last Saturday. But his match-winning efforts were greeted...
  • Journalistic crime, Irish fury and apology: Zimbabwe cricket shamed March 11, 2015

    Zimbabwe journalist Robson Sharuko's personal remarks on Ireland's John Mooney after the African nation's ouster from the ongoing ICC World Cup have come in for heavy criticism, forcing batsman Brendan Taylor to apologise on behalf of Zimbabwe cricket. The report in question appeared in The Herald under the headline 'Alcoholic dumps...
  • Watch: Dhawan's Irish job makes it 5-0 to India, ICC World Cup, Day 24 Highlights March 11, 2015

    Shikhar Dhawan's century made Ireland's 259 look like a paltry total as India notched their fifth consecutive win of the event to seal top spot in Pool B. Watch all the highlights from Day 24 of the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • India thrash Ireland: Dhoni set for second shot at World Cup? March 10, 2015

    Dhawan led India's march to 5-0 with his second century of the tournament as India brought down Ireland's 259 with ease to win by 8 wickets. ...
  • World Cup 2015: Is MS Dhoni India's best ODI captain ever? March 10, 2015

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni has overtaken Sourav Ganguly with most wins in consecutive World Cup matches. ...