WORLD CUP

  • ICC ties up with law enforcement agencies before World Cup 10 hours 10 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Promising a corruption-free World Cup, the ICC on Monday said it has struck partnerships with law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand in its endeavour to prevent bookies from associating with the players. "Corruption in any sport is a big challenge these days. Cricket has led the way in...
  • Australia the team to beat at World Cup: Michael Vaughan Yesterday

    London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Sunday said that having hit upon a rich vein of form against South Africa, Australia have emerged as the front-runners and will be the team to beat at the World Cup in their own backyard, starting February 14 next year. Australia thrashed South Africa...
  • Parvez Rasool targets World Cup selection Yesterday

    New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir cricketer Parvez Rasool is targeting a spot in the Indian team which will play in the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. "The target now is selection for the World Cup. There are multi-day matches coming up and the aim is to do...
  • Problems persist for Dhoni in Tests but can win World Cup: Sourav Ganguly 2 days ago

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the World Cup for India in 2011 after 28 long years, should stay at the helm for the team to defend their title in the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. During the Test series in England, which...
  • Australia tour will give advantage to India in World Cup: VVS Laxman 3 days ago

    For batting legend VVS Laxman there are no clear favourites for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, but the former Indian batsman feels India will surely enjoy an "advantage" having spent a considerable amount of time Down Under before the mega-event. India will spend nearly two-and-a-half months in...
  • India not among front-runners for 2015 World Cup: Fleming 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Title holders India are not among the front-runners to win the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, feels former Black Caps captain Stephen Fleming. Fleming's logic for leaving out India from his list of Cup favourites is simple. They won the coveted trophy four years ago at...
  • Michael Clarke should quit one-dayers after World Cup: Border 5 days ago

    Sydney: Injured skipper Michael Clarke should quit playing One-Day Internationals (ODI) after the 2015 World Cup in order to finish his career as one of the true greats of Australian cricket, former captain Allan Border has said. Clarke will meet physiotherapist Alex Kountouris in Sydney Thursday to find out more about...
  • FIFA lodges criminal complaint re 2018 and 2022 World Cups 6 days ago

    Zurich: World soccer's governing body FIFA on Tuesday lodged a criminal complaint over the "possible misconduct of individual persons" in connection with the awarding of hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Last Thursday FIFA said there were no grounds to reopen the controversial bidding processes, following a long-awaited...
  • Modi, Abbott pose with World Cup trophy at Melbourne Cricket Ground 6 days ago

    PM Narendra Modi attended a reception hosted by his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the Melbourne Cricket ground. Modi also posed with the 2015 Cricket world cup trophy. ...
  • Fear of failure a problem for England, says Andrew Strauss 6 days ago

    Andrew Strauss said on Monday that a collective fear of failure on the part of England`s batsmen risks damaging the team`s chances at next year`s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. One longstanding complaint about England`s recent one-day international performances, which have seen them lose five of their last six...
  • Field restrictions not much of advantage during World Cup: Virat Kohli 1 week ago

    New Delhi: India's premier batsman and stand-in-captain Virat Kohli feels that present field restriction rule is an advantage for batsmen only when they are playing in the sub-continent and it will be a completely different ball game during World Cup in Australia, next year. Kohli, who led the team to a...
  • India in fine shape for World Cup title defence 1 week ago

    An ODI series that had the potential to be a closely contested one turned out to be a horribly one-sided battle where the winner was decided even before the rubber was over. The Sri Lankans, who were asked to pack their bags for India in the eleventh hour and in the...
  • Virat Kohli hints Axar Patel a bright prospect for World Cup 1 week ago

    Impressed with rookie Axar Patel's all-round performance, India's stand-in skipper Virat Kohli has hinted that the left-arm spinner could be preferred in the side for next year's ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. Patel's emergence as an allrounder in the just-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against...
  • ODI winter primes England for World Cup success, says Alastair Cook November 15, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook believes a diet of nothing but one-day cricket this winter and the return of a number of rested key players will give England their best chance to win the World Cup. Having not played any form of cricket since a Twenty20 victory against India in early September,...
  • Bowling biggest concern going into World Cup: Lahiru Thirimanne November 15, 2014

    Ranchi: Blaming bowlers for their downfall in the ongoing series against India, Sri Lankan vice-captain Lahiru Thirimanne on Saturday said bowling would be their main concern going into the World Cup. "We have to work on our wicket-taking options and mainly our bowling plan. Our bowlers didn't bowl well, I think...
  • Looking to make a comeback, World Cup hopes alive: Yuvraj Singh November 15, 2014

    Out-of-favour batsman Yuvraj Singh vows to make a quick comeback to the Indian team and said he is very much looking forward to play in the 2015 World Cup. Yuvraj, who last played for India in a T20 international in April 2014, said: "I am playing domestic cricket and hope to...
  • Will back Bailey to lead Australia in World Cup if needed: Mitchell Johnson November 15, 2014

    Sydney: Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson on Saturday backed George Bailey to fill in for Michael Clarke in the 2015 World Cup if the regular skipper's recurring hamstring problems keep him away from leading the hosts in the tournament. Clarke is expected to captain Australia in their first home World Cup in...
  • Indian tour has hurt Sri Lanka's World Cup preparations: Arjuna Ranatunga November 14, 2014

    Colombo: Refusing to blame the players for the ODI debacle in India, World Cup winning former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the country's administrators are responsible for the fiasco which has disturbed the team's World Cup preparations as well. Sri Lanka are down 0-4 in the five-match series, which was...
  • FIFA in limbo after latest twist in World Cup saga November 14, 2014

    FIFA appeared to be in limbo on Thursday as a long-awaited report on the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was criticised by its own investigator while the soccer world watched on in a mixture of bewilderment and anger. The dramatic twist led to further calls for...
  • Modi, Abbott to pose with World Cup trophy at MCG November 14, 2014

    Melbourne: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the 161-year-old Melbourne Cricket Ground during his trip and pose for shutterbugs alongside his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott with the 2015 cricket World Cup trophy. Modi on Friday became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years since Rajiv Gandhi...
  • India not bidding for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups November 13, 2014

    New Delhi: India has pulled out of mounting a bid for 2015 and 2016 FIFA Club World Cups, according to All India Football Federation officials. A decision on the host city of the 2015 and 2016 editions of Club World Cup will be taken in Morocco next month. Morocco has hosted the...
  • FIFA clears Russia and Qatar to host World Cup November 13, 2014

    The soccer World Cups of 2018 and 2022 are set go ahead in Russia and Qatar as planned after FIFA's ethics committee said on Thursday it could find no grounds for reopening the controversial bidding process. In a long-awaited report, the committee said that "the various incidents which might have occurred...
  • No spinning out of the World Cup for Australia, says Mike Hussey November 13, 2014

    Melbourne: Back on their favoured quick and bouncy pitches, Australia's failings against spin bowling are unlikely to figure at the World Cup and the co-hosts have an excellent opportunity to win a fifth trophy, according to former batsman Mike Hussey. Australia's batsmen had their confidence rocked with a 2-0 Test series...
  • Virat Kohli joins star Ambassadors for 2015 World Cup November 13, 2014

    Dubai: India's Virat Kohli joins an elite list of star Ambassadors to provide neccessary support in the build-up to the ICC 2015 World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand between February and March. Kohli, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, all-rounder Shane Watson, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and Sri...
  • South Africa can break World Cup jinx: Du Plessis November 13, 2014

    Sydney: South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis believes they have a team that can win the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand Feb 14-March 29. Talking about his team's chances in the quadrennial One-Day International (ODI) tournament, du Plessis said, "It's too...
  • Rohit can be the X-factor in World Cup: Virat Kohli November 12, 2014

    Kolkata: A fit-again Rohit Sharma may have been in and out of the team during his seven-year-long career so far but Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the talented Mumbai batsman can be the X-factor in the 2015 World Cup in Australia. Rohit was forced to pull out in the middle...
  • Australia tour good exposure for Team India before World Cup 2015: Gavaskar November 12, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said though the Team India's upcoming Australian tour is likely to be a hard one, it would provide them a good exposure ahead of the upcoming World Cup. "The Australian tour will be a hard one for Team India. They will have a...
  • 20,000 Indians to travel to Adelaide for Indo-Pak World Cup clash November 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The South Australian government is expecting around 20,000 Indian travellers for the marquee clash of the 2015 World Cup between fierce rivals India and Pakistan scheduled at the revamped Adelaide Oval on February 15. The general tickets were sold out in 12 minutes for the mouthwatering match at the...
  • Saeed Ajmal included in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad November 10, 2014

    Karachi: Suspended offspinner Saeed Ajmal has been included in Pakistan's provisional World Cup squad of 30 players but it is subject to him clearing the informal biomechanics test in the United Kingdom. Ajmal who is already in the UK is scheduled to undergo the informal test on Monday with former Pakistan...
  • International Cricket Council raises World Cup prize money November 10, 2014

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council on Monday announced a 20 per cent increase in prize money for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The winners will take home $4.3 million - but if a team remains unbeaten that would rise to more than $4.6 million. A total of $11.5...