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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: Mitchell Starc close to being world's best fast bowler March 15, 2015

    If you pop a window open in Australia and hear a distant rumbling, it's nothing to do with Formula 1. It's Mitchell Starc heading towards the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and he's picking up speed. Rounding out the pool stage with 4/14 against Scotland, Starc leads the charts at the 2015 World...
  • World Cup 2015: Mitchell Starc glad as plan comes together March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia's Mitchell Starc looked forward to the knockout stages of the World Cup with confidence after taking four wickets in the co-hosts' comfortable win over Scotland in their final Pool A match in Hobart today. Michael Clarke's men were already through to the quarter-finals but there was no easing...
  • World Cup: Australia 'switched on' for knockout stage, says Clarke March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia captain Michael Clarke is pleased with whatever batting opportunity he and his team mates had against Scotland on Saturday and said every member of the squad was 'switched on' for the knockout stage of the World Cup. Middle-order batsman Clarke and James Faulkner have only recently come back from...
  • Another World Cup to forget for Scotland as they return winless March 14, 2015

    Hobart: In many ways, this might appear to be another World Cup to forget for Scotland. Like in their two previous attempts in 1999 and 2007, the Scots are returning home without a win against their name. They had their moments, especially against Afghanistan when they watched the last-wicket pair...
  • World Cup 2015: Australia thrash Scotland to finish second in Pool A March 14, 2015

    Hobart: Australia didn't necessarily get everything they wanted out of this game, but they got the one thing they desperately needed more than anything else - the two points that helped them finish second in Pool A, behind co-hosts New Zealand. The only way Australia could have not pocketed full points...
  • As it happened: Australia vs Scotland, Match 40, ICC World Cup 2015 March 14, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It's been a funny old campaign for Australia thus far in the World Cup. They are already in the quarterfinals, getting there with some measure of comfort, but you can't escape the feeling that they haven't hit their straps yet. Australia have lost...
  • 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...
  • World Cup: Majid Haq controversy is an internal matter, says Scotland's media manager March 13, 2015

    Hobart: To say that Scotland have been rocked by the Majid Haq incident that has seen their most capped player fly home in disgrace might be an exaggeration. Or not. Haq, the leading wicket-taker for Scotland, was sent back home from the World Cup following a breach of discipline after being...
  • World Cup: Australia seek quarter-final practice against Scotland March 13, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a funny old campaign for Australia thus far in the World Cup. They are already in the quarterfinals, getting there with some measure of comfort, but you can't escape the feeling that they haven't hit their straps yet. Australia have lost only one game, to New Zealand, who...
  • World Cup 2015: Sangakkara driving Sri Lanka in the fast lane March 13, 2015

    Hobart: Just as the sun was beginning to rise on the eastern horizon, the beautiful port city of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the only island state in Australia, welcomed a majestic, unexpected visitor. Voyager Of The Seas, a giant of a cruise ship with 14 decks, a passenger capacity...
  • Pat Cummins returns as Clarke warns of Aussie changes vs Scotland March 13, 2015

    Australia captain Michael Clarke said fast bowler Pat Cummins will replace spinner Xavier Doherty for Saturday's concluding World Cup pool match against Scotland but warned there could be further changes in the knockout rounds. Doherty played in the 64-run victory over Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday but...
  • Watch: The Sanga juggernaut rolls on to maul the Scots, ICC World Cup, Day 25 Highlights March 12, 2015

    Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara's world record fourth ODI hundred in a row is the talk of the town in Australia and New Zealand, and it makes Scotland suffer. Watch the Day 25 highlights from the ICC World Cup 2015 It's all about one man on today's #CWCDaily. Plus we speak...
  • World Cup: Scotland's performance disappointed, says Kyle Coetzer March 11, 2015

    Kyle Coetzer has been around long enough to have experienced the ups and downs of cricket. If he needed a reminding that cricket is a great leveller, it came at the Bellerive Oval on Wednesday (March 11) when he was dismissed for a second-ball duck, one innings after making 156...
  • Scotland send Majid Haq home from World Cup over racial tweet March 11, 2015

    London: Scotland's all-time leading wicket-taker Majid Haq has been sent home from the Cricket World Cup after appearing to accuse his team of racial discrimination on social media. Haq boarded a plane home today for a breach of the team's code of conduct after he was dropped for the team's 148-run...
  • World Cup 2015: Sri Lanka skipper begs Sangakkara not to quit March 11, 2015

    Hobart: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said Wednesday that he has gone down on his knees to beg record-breaking batsman Kumar Sangakkara not to quit after the World Cup. Sangakkara, 37, will call time on his ODI career at the end of the tournament but he is still in a rich...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara's Sri Lanka go No 2 in Pool A after Scottish job March 11, 2015

    Hobart: You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn't as if the ball...
  • World Cup: Sangakkara first man to score four consecutive ODI tons March 11, 2015

    Sri Lanka's milestone man Kumar Sangakkara continues to grow taller in stature playing his best cricket towards the fag end of his career, with batting records falling to his feet at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015. With his 124 in Sri Lanka's last Pool A match against Scotland, Sangakkara became...
  • As it happened: Scotland vs Sri Lanka, World Cup, Match 35, Pool A March 11, 2015

    (For live updates, scroll down to reach the blog) It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent...
  • World Cup: Scotland's Preston Mommsen wants to win against Sri Lanka March 10, 2015

    It has been an uphill climb for Preston Mommsen and his Scottish band thus far, a climb that threatens to get steeper as Scotland look to wind down their Pool A engagements. Into their third World Cup, Scotland are still searching for their first victory. They came close against Afghanistan, and...
  • World Cup: Injury-hit Sri Lanka meet Scotland in dead Pool A match March 10, 2015

    Hobart: It's been a horribly wretched World Cup campaign for Sri Lanka thus far. Yes, they are already in the quarter-finals, Bangladesh's emotional victory against England at the Adelaide Oval formalising the 1996 champions' presence in the quarter-finals, and they are playing pretty decent cricket, but the quarter-final slot has come...
  • Scotland Yard admits error 'in hindsight' over runaway UK school girls March 8, 2015

    London: Scotland Yard has admitted that they could have handled better the case of the three runaway schoolgirls, believed to have joined IS extremists in Syria, after the teenage girls' families criticised the police for not passing on vital information to them. The girls' families say the Metropolitan Police did not...
  • Watch: Bangladesh survive Scottish scare, ICC World Cup Highlights, Day 19 March 6, 2015

    Scotland put up a daunting 318 to chase for Bangladesh, who did it easy in the end to win by four wickets and 1.5 overs to spare. Watch highlights from Day 19 of the ICC World Cup 2015. Missed any of the excitement and drama of #BANvSCO? Catch up now with...
  • World Cup 2015: Scotland did not create enough pressure, says Kyle Coetzer March 5, 2015

    Nelson: Despite opener Kyle Coetzer's brilliant knock of 156, Scotland ended up on the losing side as Bangladesh defeated the non-Test playing team by six wickets in a World Cup Pool A game at the Saxton Oval here on Thursday. Man-of-the-match Coetzer rued having not been able to create enough pressure...
  • World Cup: Happy for Coetzer, but Bangladesh's experience counted, says Mommsen March 5, 2015

    Scotland would take heart from Kyle Coetzer's impressive 156 in their six-wicket loss to Bangladesh on Thursday, but their lack of experience had counted against them in their World Cup clash, captain Preston Mommsen said. Coetzer scored the first World Cup century by a Scotland batsman at Saxton Oval in Nelson...
  • World Cup: Anamul Haque suffers bad shoulder injury in Bangladesh win March 5, 2015

    Nelson: Bangladesh batsman Anamul Haque has suffered a total separation of his right shoulder but it was too early to determine how long he would be out of action, the team said on Thursday. Haque suffered the injury in the 31st over of Scotland's innings of 318 for eight in their...
  • World Cup: Lion-hearted Bangladesh pull off Scotland heist March 5, 2015

    Nelson: Bangladesh have often been accused of running scared of the leading associates. It is an accusation not without merit. Despite repeated requests, Bangladesh did not play a single bilateral One-Day International against an associate nation in the four-year period since the last World Cup, only playing one ODI -...