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  • One catch could have changed our World Cup: Mohammad Tauqir March 15, 2015

    United Arab Emirates captain Mohammad Tauqir was able to reflect with some pride on a World Cup campaign that ended on Sunday without a win but he felt one dropped catch could have changed the complexion of their tournament. Tauqir's side lost to West Indies by six wickets at McLean Park...
  • World Cup: West Indies stay alive for quarters after hammering UAE March 15, 2015

    "If we can wrap it up as quickly as possible, that's a plus for us. I can't play the weather. If it comes, it comes. If it doesn't, we just need to do what's required of us." With the threatening Cyclone Pam looming large over Match 41 of the 2015 World...
  • West Indies hoping to avoid cyclone at World Cup March 13, 2015

    The West Indies is anxiously watching weather forecasts as it prepares for a pivotal Cricket World Cup match against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. Tropical Cyclone Pam, currently a category five superstorm, is bearing down on New Zealand's east coast, bringing gale force winds and rain, but is not expected...
  • World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle doubtful for West Indies' do-or-die clash March 12, 2015

    Napier: Chris Gayle is a doubt for the West Indies do-or-die World Cup duel against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday after struggling with a back injury. The veteran opener did not train with the rest of the squad at Napier's McLean Park on Wednesday, remaining at the team hotel...
  • Watch: NZ stay unbeaten, Australia in QF, ICC World Cup, Day 22 Highlights March 9, 2015

    New Zealand taken their winning run to 5-0 with a win over Afghanistan, while Australia leave Sri Lanka behind in a Sydney run-fest to reach the quarters. Watch Day 22 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015. ...
  • World Cup: Every team has potential match winners, says Daniel Vettori March 8, 2015

    Napier: New Zealand are paying little attention to their World Cup rivals' form in the group stage of the tournament as every team that reaches the knockout rounds have potential match winners in the side, spinner Daniel Vettori said on Sunday. Vettori produced a Man of the Match performance of 4-18...
  • World Cup: Impressive Afghanistan pacemen get another wake-up call March 8, 2015

    Afghanistan's impressive pace bowling trio were given a second lesson in the step up required to face a test-playing nation when New Zealand beat them by six wickets in their World Cup Pool A clash on Sunday. Dawlat Zadran, left-armer Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan have all impressed with their World...
  • World Cup: New Zealand make it 5-0 with Afghanistan rout March 8, 2015

    Napier, New Zealand's self-proclaimed art deco capital, might consider itself a little left behind this World Cup. This picturesque ground, encircled by palm trees, was only awarded three games in the tournament - and those pitting the UAE against Pakistan and then the West Indies were always going to be...
  • World Cup: Daniel Vettori becomes first New Zealander to join 300 Club in ODIs March 8, 2015

    Napier: Evergreen New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori joined cricket's exclusive 300 ODI wickets club on Sunday with two early dismissals in their World Cup match against Afghanistan in Napier. He became the 12th player and first New Zealander to reach the milestone with the list headed by Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs Afghanistan, World Cup, Match 31, Pool A March 8, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) New Zealand have won all four matches they have played so far but complacency is something one does not associate with this in-form Kiwi side. Kane Williamson took the side to victory against Australia after Mitchell Starc's 6 for 28 triggered panic in...
  • World Cup: Afghanistan have a mountain to climb against New Zealand March 7, 2015

    Played four, won four. That's how New Zealand and India have fared in the 2015 World Cup so far. Both teams, comfortably perched on top of their respective groups, have sealed a quarter-final berth as well. But complacency is something one does not associate with this red-hot New Zealand side. When...
  • World Cup: Success in the field fuels stability in New Zealand side March 7, 2015

    New Zealand's less-than-demanding fielding stints means they are able to play an unchanged side for the fifth successive game during the World Cup when they face Afghanistan in their penultimate Pool A clash at McLean Park on Sunday. New Zealand have won all four of their matches so far at the...
  • World Cup 2015: Pakistan's Shahid Afridi joins 8,000 one-day run club March 4, 2015

    Napier: Swashbuckling Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi joined the 8,000 one-day run club during his innings of 21 not out against the United Arab Emirates at the World Cup at Napier on Wednesday. The 35-year-old became the fourth Pakistani after Inzamam-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar to make 8,000 one-day runs...
  • World Cup: Pakistan move into top four after UAE's 129-run rout March 4, 2015

    Napier: Pakistan topped 300 for the first time in the tournament, with some help from the United Arab Emirates, whose catching let them down, and not only secured two more points but also bolstered their net run-rate, going from -0.1373 to -0.385. Save for Nasir Jamshed, every batsman made runs, pushing...
  • World Cup 2015: Misbah-ul-Haq hopes Pakistan handle flights and fights March 3, 2015

    Napier: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his team's exhausting trans-Tasman flight schedule won't undermine their World Cup hopes as they prepare to tackle the amateurs of the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. "The next six days are going to be very tough for us with flights and three games but that's how...
  • World Cup 2015: Pakistan look to continue winning momentum against UAE March 3, 2015

    Napier: When the going is good, there are few jobs in cricket that guarantee adulation as readily as that of captain of a team such as India or Pakistan. Such is the fervour among cricket fans in the two countries that share a border, that it is often said that...
  • World Cup: Afghanistan no surprise for New Zealand coach March 2, 2015

    Auckland: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson insisted on Monday that the high-flying Black Caps will pay Afghanistan the utmost respect having tracked the Asian minnows' astonishing progress at close range. Hesson briefly coached Kenya in 2011 and 2012 with the African side coming up against the Afghans in second-tier events. The 40-year-old...
  • Will the hosts once again win the cricket World Cup? Most likely January 25, 2015

    As we come closer to the World Cup, all the teams are busy sorting their permutations and combinations. Every World Cup brings with it a bank of surprises that opens up the tournament, but this one is all set to get a notch higher as there are no clear favourites...
  • Form guide of 2015 World Cup participants January 14, 2015

    Sydney: The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, AFP Sports updates the current form and prospects of the competing teams: Pool A Afghanistan - Afghanistan's main...
  • 1st ODI: Virat Kohli's ton in vain as India lose to NZ by 24 runs January 19, 2014

    Napier: Mitchell McClenaghan (4 for 68) starred with the ball with Corey Anderson clicking with both bat and ball as New Zealand defeated India by 24 runs here on Sunday to go 10 up in the fivematch ODI series. Chasing 293 to win, Virat Kohli (123) scored his 18th oneday century...
  • 1st ODI: India start on road to World Cup in New Zealand January 18, 2014

    Team India will be flagged off on the road to 2015 World Cup on Sunday with the first ODI on its tour of New Zealand that will give MS Dhoni and BCCI selectors an insight into the makeup of the side for the quadrennial event. Napier will host the opening game...
  • Brendon McCullum promises hostile bowling against India January 18, 2014

    Napier: India will have to contend with some hostile and aggressive fast bowling in the first onedayer, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum warned on Saturday. The hosts have an impressive attack, consisting of five fast bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne and James Neesham. "We are leaning towards...
  • Team India's No 1 ODI ranking at stake January 17, 2014

    Dubai: India must win the upcoming fivematch oneday series against New Zealand if they have to retain their number one status in the ICC team rankings. India are sitting atop the ICC team rankings table with 120 ratings points, and enter the series leading eighthranked New Zealand by 36 ratings points. If...
  • Full schedule: India's tour of New Zealand January 14, 2014

    After defeats in the ODI and Test series on their tour of South Africa, Team India will try to set the record straight with a successful outing in New Zealand when the tour commences on July 19. India will play two Tests and five onedayers against the Black Caps...
  • As it happened: New Zealand vs West Indies, 2nd ODI December 29, 2013

    Napier: The second onedayer between New Zealand and West Indies has been delayed due to rain. After clinching a lowscoring contest in the first ODI, West Indies will look to go 20 up in the second ODI against New Zealand in Napier. West Indies closed the contest in Auckland with just two...
  • South Africa: Paedophiles not criminals, says cardinal March 16, 2013

    Johannesburg: A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis this week has told the BBC paedophilia is an illness and not a crime. Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, the Catholic Archbishop of Durban, told BBC Radio 5 on Saturday that paedophilia was a "disorder" that needed to be treated. "From my...
  • 2nd ODI: England beat New Zealand by 8 wickets; level series 11 February 20, 2013

    Napier: Alastair Cook, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott brought up confident half centuries as England beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the second limitedovers international Wednesday to level the threematch series at 11. New Zealand's former captain Ross Taylor made 100 and present captain Brendon McCullum 74 as the home...
  • 2nd ODI: New Zealand vs England: As it happened February 20, 2013

    Napier: Chasing a target of 269 to win the 2nd ODI at Napier against New Zealand, England overhauled the total in 47. 4 overs courtesy an unbeaten 121run stand between Jonathan Trott (65) and Joe Root (79), after Alastair Cook (78) and Ian Bell (44) had got them off to...
  • Rabindranath Tagore centre launched at Edinburgh May 9, 2012

    London: A centre dedicated to the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore has been launched in Edinburgh, said to be the first UK hub of its kind dedicated to the Nobel laureate. The centre has been launched at Napier University following an agreement with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations...
  • NZ in a mustwin situation against SA February 28, 2012

    Napier: New Zealand face a tough task against a highonconfidence South Africa in the second ODI here on Wednesday. The South Africans won the first onedayer by six wickets at Wellington on Saturday and another win here will give them an unassailable 20 lead in the threematch series. In the last...