World Cup

World Cup Semi-Final Preview: No Ordinary Game

Chetan Narula previews the opening World Cup semi-final between Sri Lanka and New Zealand: Sample this: on any other day when New Zealand would take on Sri Lanka at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, there wouldn't really be any doubt who is the one favourite for the game. Maybe New Zealand would win, after all the two teams do start equal. But that is a huge maybe...
28 March 2011

Comment: Why Can't England Win A 50-Over World Cup?

There is a temptation to ask 'what went wrong' following England's dismal ten-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka that sealed their World Cup exit. It may be a more pertinent line of enquiry to try to work out 'what went right' during a campaign that flattered to deceive. The tie with India proved the high point, they were beaten by Bangladesh and Ireland, were pushed hard by the Netherlands and only managed to beat South Africa and the West Indies.
28 March 2011

Pakistan Hope to Hit The Ground Running Against India

Pakistan players Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are pictured running during a training session ahead of their team's ICC Cricket World 2011 semi-final against India. The match - which could break all sorts of records - will be played in Mohali on 30th March with the winner taking on Sri Lanka or New Zealand in the final in Mumbai on 2nd April.
28 March 2011

50-Over Cricket 'Far From Finished' - Haroon Lorgat

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat says that the success of the 2011 World Cup proves that the 50-over game has a long future ahead of it. He used an audience of diplomats, business leaders and journalists at a Sri Lanka Press Institute Press Club meeting to reiterate his belief in the 50-over game.
28 March 2011

View From India - Musings On The Quarter-Finals

Let one begin by saying that this is not about the four teams that won their respective quarter-final matches in the 2011 World Cup and now are the hallowed semi-finalists. Between them they still have three more matches to play and time to pass judgment on them shall come soon enough. This, then, is about the ones who crossed the long-haul initial stage and found the knock-outs too hot to handle.
28 March 2011

Cricket Betting: Cook Favourite For ODI Captaincy

Alastair Cook is the 7/4 favourite to succeed Andrew Strauss as the next captain of England's ODI team, reports Paddy Power. Having been dumped out of the World Cup at the weekend after a generally poor performance throughout the tournament many observers believe Andrew Strauss could relinquish the captaincy.
28 March 2011

Match Officials For World Cup Semi-Finals Revealed

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed which umpires and match referees will be taking charge of the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Steve Davis and Aleem Dar will stand during the clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka and the India-Pakistan match will be overseen by Simon Taufel and Ian Gould.
27 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - Dilshan, Tharanga Send England Home

A look back at the latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 action, which saw Sri Lanka beat England by ten wickets in the fourth and final quarter-final in Colombo. Although Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan scored half-centuries for England, they were eclipsed by a 231-run partnership for the opening wicket by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, who both scored centuries to seal a ten-wicket win and set up a semi-final against New Zealand on Tuesday.
26 March 2011

Dilshan And Tharanga Knock England Out Of World Cup

Sri Lankan openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga both scored unbeaten centuries to help their side pull off a ten-wicket win over England and qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 in Colombo. Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan scored contrasting half-centuries as England posted a score of 229 for six but that proved to be way short of what was required.
26 March 2011

McKay Replaces Mills In New Zealand World Cup Squad

New Zealand have replaced fast bowler Kyle Mills in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad with left-arm quick bowler Andy McKay. Mills, who was fined heavily for an altercation in New Zealand's quarter-final win over South Africa, is to return home with a thigh injury.
26 March 2011

Mills, Vettori And Du Plessis Fined For Altercation

New Zealand bowlers Kyle Mills and Daniel Vettori and South African batsman Francois du Plessis have all been fined by the ICC following an altercation during the World Cup quarter-final between the two sides in Dhaka. Following the fall of a wicket, the three players were involved in an altercation while Mills and Vettori have been given further punishments for failing to conduct themselves within the spirit of the game.
26 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - New Zealand Stun South Africa

An update after the third quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which saw New Zealand bounce back from a poor start, thanks to Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor with the bat, to beat South Africa by 49 runs in Dhaka. South Africa were looking good at 108 for two in pursuit of 222 to win before they fell short, bowled out for 179 with Jacob Oram taking four wickets and Nathan McCullum three.
25 March 2011

Oram Bowls New Zealand To Win Over South Africa

Jacob Oram took four wickets to bowl New Zealand to a 49-run ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final victory over South Africa in Dhaka. At the halfway stage of the game, South Africa looking in a good position having restricted New Zealand to 221 for eight but the Black Caps hit back to bowl the Proteas out for 172 in 43.2 overs.
25 March 2011

Lorgat Welcomes Newspaper Apology For Fictional Claim

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has welcomed a front-page apology from The Times of India after the newspaper published a fictional story alleging corruption during the ICC Cricket World Cup. The paper ran a story on its website on 22nd March claiming alleged spot-fixing during the group game between Australia and Zimbabwe.
25 March 2011

Comment: Indian Excellence Sets Up Dream Semi-Final

India answered a lot of searching questions during the course of their five-wicket win over Australia in their World Cup quarter-final in Ahmedabad. The majority of the 42,000 fans in the stadium went away happy with what they had seen and for the first time in 15 years, an Australian captain will not be lifting the World Cup trophy.
25 March 2011

Sri Lanka All Smiles Ahead Of England Match

Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara smiles during a training session ahead of his side's ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 quarter-final against England in Colombo.
25 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - India Through, Australia Out

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 18,000th One-Day International run as India reached the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with an impressive five-wicket win over reigning champions Australia in Ahmedabad. Despite the best efforts of Ricky Ponting, who scored a century, Australia lost their second match of the tournament, all of which means there will be a new World Cup champion later this year.
24 March 2011

Rashid Replaces Yardy In England World Cup Squad

Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid has replaced left-arm spinner Michael Yardy in England's ICC Cricket World Cup squad and Yardy is to return home due to depression. Yardy made the decision to withdraw from the squad following consultations with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) medical staff and has been managing the condition for a prolonged length of time.
24 March 2011

Yuvraj Singh Guides India Into World Cup Semi-Finals

India beat Australia by five wickets in the second quarter-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Ahmedabad. Not only did the three-time defending champions lose, victory for India set up a mouth watering semi-final clash with Pakistan in Mohali in six days. India chased down 261 for five, with Yuvraj Singh unbeaten on 57 after Australia had earlier posted 260 for six, a century from Ricky Ponting underpinning their total.
24 March 2011

Cricket World® TV - World Cup 2011 Update - Pakistan Surge Into Semi-Finals

The latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 update looks back at Pakistan's thumping ten-wicket win over the West Indies that puts them firmly into the semi-finals. Starring performances came from Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal to send the side from the Caribbean home at the quarter-final stage.
23 March 2011