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Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Australia crowned World Champions for the 3rd time

March 23, 2003 - Australia beat India all ends up in the 2003 ODI World Cup final to win their second successive World Cup, with skipper Ricky Ponting leading the charge with a stroke-filled unbeaten 140.

After the 2003 World Cup final between India and Australia concluded, the bottom line was: Australia 359 for 2 in 50 overs (Adam Gilchrist 57, Ricky Ponting 140*, Damien Martyn 88*) beat India 234 in 39.2 overs (Virender Sehwag 82, Rahul Dravid 47; Glenn McGrath 3 for 52) by 125 runs. While Sachin Tendulkar ended the tournament as the Man of the Series, Ricky Ponting's Man of the Match mattered much more.

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Cricket Predictions: IPL scenario No 1 - More double headers to compensate for lost time

The league has already lost 18 days. Add to that, 14 days of quarantine that all foreign players will have to serve, and every IPL match day will have to be a double header.


The IPL was scheduled to start on March 29 which has been now pushed back to at least April 15. This means that 18 days have already been shaved off the tournament. With the international schedule packed after the league, it might not be possible for them to push it too much after the earlier closing date of May 24

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Middlesex CCC launches new playing kits for the 2020 season and unveils two new shirt sponsors

Middlesex Cricket are today delighted to unveil three brand new playing strips for the 2020 cricket season.

The three new strips include a more traditional looking white County Championship shirt, a continuation of the now iconic pin Vitality Blast shirt with a fresh new design and blue sleeves, and a new look plain blue Royal London Cup shirt with pink sleeves and be trim. We were joined by Middlesex’s Toby Roland-Jones, Max Holden and Stephen Eskinazi at Lord’s recently for a photo-shoot to officially launch the kit.

Today, the club were also delighted to announce two new commercial partnerships, with Knight Frank and Perfect Smile, who join Principal Sponsor Brooks Macdonald in becoming one of Middlesex’s shirt sponsors.

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Cricket World Revisit: Hansie Cronje's fall from grace

Hansie Cronje was a fixer, yes, but he was also an astute leader, a decent all-rounder and the face of South African cricket in the late 90's.

After the apartheid phase, South Africa re-entered the international fold in 1991, with a series of three ODIs in India. Cronje, along with three other young cricketers, was selected as four ‘development’ players who were to tour to gain experience. But, as the South African selectors decided to opt for a young team for their 1992 World Cup campaign, Cronje was one of the young batsmen in a team led by Kepler Wessels.

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CPL 2020 Update:  Hero CPL Statement - Tournament to take place as scheduled

In light of recent media reports and as the effects of the COVID-19 virus impacts people around the world there has been some understandable speculation with regard to the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season which is scheduled to take place from 19 August to 26 September 2020.


CPL has been in constant communication with our medical advisors in recent weeks, as well as speaking with Cricket West Indies about the current situation with regard to cricket around the world, and at present there has been no discussion about moving the event.

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Welcome to the Cricket World weekly trivia, in which we feature 10 cricket related questions to test your knowledge against the rest of the world.

Linking in with our Daily Quiz on @Cricket_World, we will be giving you a bit longer to answer the trivia questions below, and weekly winners will be chosen to win a £10 Amazon voucher.

So leave your details below, answer the 10 questions to the best of your ability and check back in daily on our Twitter account, and here everyday Friday for a new quiz and winners announced.

This weeks competition will close on Friday, 27th March, at which time a new one will open up. Best of luck!

Usual Cricket World Competition rules apply.

To enter the weekly competition click here


Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Rain robs South Africa of World Cup final berth

March 22, 1992 - South Africa were inches away from a final berth, needing 22 off 13 balls to beat England in the 1992 World Cup semi-final. But, courtesy of the new rain rule, a spell of 12-minute rain left them with 21 to win off just one delivery.

For South African cricket news, match reports visit our Cricket South Africa section

The 1992 World Cup was all about innovations. It was a tournament with many firsts - coloured clothing, the use of white balls from both ends so they didn't get grimy and the floodlights. While most of these innovations proved to be quite successful, there was one that wen the opposite route, a new rain rule.

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Cricket World Revisit: How Women's Big Bash League challenged cricket's status quo

The Women's Big Bash League began in 2015, four years after the men's version. Within five years, there's a parallel sports economy running and we have WBBL to thank for it.

T20 World Cup final in Australia highlights India's gender pay gap

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As Australia beat India by 85 runs to lift the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020 trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the International Women's Day, the stark difference in the quality between the two sides was evident.

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Cricket Prediction: How many more Cheteshwar Pujaras can we produce?

With T20s set to be the future of the game and lesser and lesser appreciators of the traditional art left, we are heading towards a situation where the Geoffrey Boycotts, Rahul Dravids, Nick Comptons and Cheteshwar Pujaras become an extinct breed.

“The young generation does understand my game. Then, Test matches are getting fewer day by day, there are more white-ball games happening. So they won’t copy my style because my batting approach suits Test cricket (more)

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Cricket Ireland and Bangladesh Cricket Board agree to postpone series

Cricket Ireland and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have agreed to postpone the planned seven-match men’s series between the two sides scheduled to be played in Belfast and England in May 2020.

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Cricket GroundCare Tips for Clubs: What to do during COVID-19 Outbreak

At Cricket World, we are well aware of the challenges and issues that Clubs face during a normal cricket season (I have played club cricket or been involved with club cricket for over 50 years), however, we are now going into unchartered waters with the COVID-19 Outbreak and the management of club and community facilities,both here in the UK and around the World. Over the coming weeks, we will be contacting the experts that will help you get through this time. We will be publishing Official Government Guidelines and more particularly some great tips from leading Groundcare experts.

We managed to catch up with Karl McDermott, Head Groundsman at Lord’s, for some initial tips for clubs and this is what he had to say.

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Cricket World Revisit: The fatal blow to Philip Hughes that lives on in minds of cricketers and fans

Hughes, who played 26 Tests for Australia, passed on just three days short of his 26th birthday after a bouncer from pacer Sean Abbott slammed into the back of his neck. 

25th of November, 2014 feels like any other day. New South Wales are playing South Australia in the 12th Match of the Sheffield Shield 2014-15 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

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Cricket Predictions: Umar Akmal's future in cricket

Pakistan International Cricketer Umar Akmal, who was barred from playing the last edition of the Pakistan Super League, has landed in further trouble. The fact that Akmal has been found to be a repeat offender, he is likely to get a minimum of a two-year ban.

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Cricket Predictions: Will PSL 2020 semis & final be played at all?

Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium was set to host both the Pakistan Super League semi-finals on the same day and the final on the next day, but after Alex Hales reported symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus, the PSL was suspended with immediate effect after an emergency meeting between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the franchise owners.

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Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Inzamam pummels Pakistan to 1992 World Cup final

March 21, 1992 - The story of the day when an unknown entity Inzamam-ul-Haq catapulted himself in the hearts of millions of Pakistanis through his explosive knock in the semi-final against New Zealand. Since then, he is fondly celebrated as Inzi.

After a troubled start to their 1992 World Cup campaign, Pakistan came into the semi-final with three wins in a row after beating New Zealand by seven wickets. As opposed to the 167 that they had easily chased in their league encounter against the Kiwis, they were now up against a stiff 263 in Auckland.

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Nottinghamshire Issues Response To Cricket's Coronavirus Delay

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club acknowledges the postponement of cricket at all levels until 28 May and will advise members and supporters of next steps in due course.

Nottinghamshire were due to be in home Specsavers County Championship action against Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Sussex during the affected period.

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ECB Announces Delay To Professional Cricket Season

The ECB Board has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cricket World Weekly Trivia

Welcome to the Cricket World weekly trivia, in which we feature 10 cricket related questions to test your knowledge against the rest of the world.

Linking in with our Daily Quiz on @Cricket_World, we will be giving you a bit longer to answer the trivia questions below, and weekly winners will be chosen to win a £10 Amazon voucher.

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CW Guess Who

1. He is a New Zealand cricketer

Any ideas? A new clue every hour!

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Pakistan's Umar Akmal charged under PCB Anti-Corruption Code

The Pakistan Cricket Board has charged Umar Akmal with two breaches of Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code in two unrelated incidents.


Article 2.4.4 of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code reads as: “Failing to disclose to the PCB Vigilance and Security Department (without unnecessary delay) full details of any approaches or invitations received by the Participant to engage in Corrupt Conduct under this Anti-Corruption Code”.

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Cricket World Revisit: When an out-of-form Brian Lara smashed Pidge and Dizzy en route to 153*

In 1999, Lara seemed to be in the last stretch of his career, but against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill, came a knock that the Prince of Trinidad rates even higher than the 400*.

When legendary Australia fast-bowler Glenn McGrath was asked to pick the tougher opponent to bowl to between India cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and West Indies batting great Brian Lara, his reply was:

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Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run-scorer, was born

March 20, 1989 - At 31, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is already the country's top run-scorer in ODIs and T20Is and the second-highest in Tests.

Tamim Iqbal comes from a family of cricketers. He is the younger brother of Bangladesh international Nafis Iqbal Khan and nephew of former Bangladesh skipper Akram Khan. And, that he had got the right genes was evident from quite early on.

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CW Daily Quiz

Try your cricketing knowledge with today's quiz...

Which three counties did Ian Botham play for?

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T20 World Cup final in Australia highlights India's gender pay gap

When defending champions Australia compete in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday, they will earn the same as their male counterparts would - in stark contrast to their rivals, India.

That the match, expected to attract a sell-out crowd of mainly Australian cricket fans, takes place on International Women's Day has only intensified the debate surrounding the gender pay gap that India's sportswomen have to contend with.

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Griffiths Park to perform major upgrades on the Cairns community cricket facility

Queensland Cricket (QC) has welcomed the recent announcement by the Cairns Regional Council of a $3.9 million investment into Griffiths Park to perform major upgrades on the Cairns community cricket facility.

The announcement follows confirmation of a huge Council investment in the project, and support from the Queensland Government through a $1 million commitment from the Active Community Infrastructure initiative.

The development will also have backing from a $100,000 lighting investment by QC and Cricket Australia (CA) through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.

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Why are Australians Always Competitive?

Australians are naturally competitive people, which explains why they are able to punch above their weight in the sporting world despite their smaller population compared to other nations in the world – none more so than cricket.

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Check out the top performers at the end of Round 8 of the West Indies Championship in our Cricket World Stats and Facts section

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Head over to @Cricket_World and share your favourite moments or memories from Sachin Tendulkar's career for a chance to be featured here!


Rajasthan Royals’ launch online sports marketing course for former players

Deakin University & DeakinCo., Australia, and Indian Premier League side the Rajasthan Royals’ collaborative Certificate Programmes in Sports Marketing are now live and available to buy online starting 19th March 2020.

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CW Guess Who

Here is today's puzzle...

1. He’s captained England before

We will send an extra clue every hour - good luck!

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Kohli, Anderson, Steyn & more: What cricketers feel about the Coronavirus outbreak

For us fans, cricketers are like demi-Gods. When they are on the field, they are in charge - knocking back poles and tonking it outside the park. But, as soon as they step out, they are as susceptible and vulnerable just ike you and me.

Shortly after his match-winning century for Lahore Qalandars, Chris Lynn had to head back to Australia before the PSL knockouts after Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced enhanced restrictions on all international travellers entering the country with them required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Rangana Herath, most successful left-arm spinner ever, was born

March 19, 1978 - Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, who bid adieu to cricket as the highest wicket-taker among left-arm bowlers in Test cricket with 433 scalps, turns 42 today.

At 39, Rangana Herath is running with all he's got. He has just attempted a reverse sweep which took the under edge and beat the keeper. Herath is struggling to complete the second run. He puts in a full length dive but Ben Foakes whips the sticks off in the nick of time. The third umpire rules him out. Sri Lanka are bowled out for 250. England win by 211 runs.

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CW Daily Quiz

Welcome back to day two, here's your question for the day...

Which present England cricket international was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, before moving to England at the age of 12?

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PCB confirms all 128 COVID-19 tests are negative

The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed it conducted 128 COVID-19 tests on the players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners on Tuesday, 17 March, and all results have turned out to be negative. The tests were conducted as part of the PCB’s duty of care, following a suspect COVID-19 case.

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In response to the recent ECB statement on the suspension of recreational cricket, in the UK, and the response of other Cricket Boards around the world, we would like you to know that, at Cricket World, we completely agree with the measures that are being put in place and wish to assist individuals, clubs and schools in any way we can over the coming days and weeks, while this suspension is in place and you are confined to your homes and local community.

We will be providing daily content and entertainment and sharing information, from around the world, fitness tips, groundcare tips, live programming and features including prize quizzes, competitions and other exciting features. Plus... sharing your ideas about everything from the favourite match you have watched or played in to your best performances or favourite players.

With our commercial and content partners and you, we will seek to entertain in a fun, informative and responsive manner.

To this end, we are inviting you, your club and/ or school to send in your questions, stories, news and photos to us at [email protected] and we will endeavour to respond to and feature them online.

We also have a Cricket Club Profile section as well, where your club can be featured for free and give added exposure for your sponsors (also for free)

In addition, we have various Awards including Cricket Groundcare Awards - so nominate your Groundsman here and when the season begins GM Junior Performance Awards, 100 Club and Performances of the Week.

We have commissioned our experienced video cricket training and educational experts to release coaching and fitness tips that can be done at home/in the garden or in confined spaces and for little ones, free cricket related educational and fun packs to keep the whole family fit, healthy and entertained.... so stay tuned as we roll out these features over the coming weeks.


Please do get in touch.... we are here to help, inform and entertain you...... we value your input and most importantly ... Keep Safe

Alastair Symondson

Head of Media

Cricket World