Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

Scotland cricket chief urges ICC not to reduce World Cup teams

CRICKET Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith has outlined his grave concern at a "ridiculous" push to reduce the World Cup from 14 nations to 12 or even ten by 2015.

ICC: Terror attack may threaten future tours

INTERNATIONAL Cricket Council president David Morgan admitted "there will be reluctance" on the part of the sport's leading nations to tour Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team.

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Cricket ambush bears hallmarks of Mumbai attacks

THE attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bears the hallmarks of those behind the Mumbai attacks and is the latest in a spiral of violence which has left the Pakistani government "floundering", a leading foreign affairs expert said today.

British coach injured in cricket attack

THE British assistant coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team and seven squad members were injured in a bloody attack which killed five police officers in Pakistan today.

Modi: IPL unaffected by attacks

INDIAN Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi does not expect the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore to impact the second edition of the tournament.

Australia still plan to face Pakistan

AUSTRALIA'S one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates will go ahead as planned but Cricket Australia are to step up security following today's terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore.

ICC to review World Cup plans

THE International Cricket Council will review plans for the 2011 World Cup following this morning's terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team coach in Lahore.

England get Ravved up

THE England cricket selectors have made two changes to their mis-firing line-up for the opening match of their one-day international series against India tomorrow.

Dark clouds hover over hapless ICC

IT ENDED in confusion, farce and almost total darkness. With the scoreboard twinkling "Congrats Australia," the groundsmen clearing up and the presentation podium being wheeled out after bad light had stopped play, the umpires decided three more overs were needed, even though Sri Lanka had no chance of victory.

Cricket World Cup dragged on for seven weeks, then officials botched rules to avoid one more day's play

THE 2007 World Cup craved a memorable conclusion, to salvage a desultory seven weeks overshadowed by shock and tragedy. Instead, the bizarre and embarrassing culmination to its showpiece final was the anti-spectacle it largely deserved.

Carnival fails to take off as tragedy overshadows cricketing showpiece

FINALLY, the Cricket World Cup is over. If that sounds harsh then consider the first match of the tournament was played on March 13. Can you remember between which two countries? No, probably not, but for the record it was West Indies and Pakistan.

Gilchrist swings it Australia's way

THE ninth World Cup desperately needed something extraordinary and Adam Gilchrist, the blazing cavalier at the top of the Australian order, provided with a virtuoso innings of such dominance and destruction that after 15 overs of the rain-shortened final, it was inconceivable that Sri Lanka could win.

Jayawardene and Hayden hold key to World Cup success

ENGLAND’s cricketers had too dismal a World Cup to be permitted the indulgence of might-have- beens, but that probably won’t prevent them.

Sri Lankans bid to spring a surprise

IF MOMENTUM is a key to success, then the Australian bulldozer will flatten Sri Lanka in today's final of the Cricket World Cup.

Future in safe hands, says McGrath

GLENN McGrath will end his remarkable career in tomorrow's World Cup final and bow out confident Australia's seam bowling resources will be in good shape without him.

Sri Lankans owe debt to Moody and 1996 team

SRI LANKA captain Mahela Jayawardene has lauded the contribution of coach Tom Moody in pushing the team to the World Cup final.

Australia maintain hold over Proteas to march into final

AUSTRALIA ruthlessly swept aside their closest challengers on the international stage last night to march relentlessly towards a fourth successive World Cup final.

Proteas backing Kallis for Aussie test

SOUTH Africa are confident Jacques Kallis can shrug off question marks about his ability to score at a quick tempo and play a key role in today's World Cup semi-final against Australia.

Jayawardene's patient ton gives Sri Lanka solid base

MAHELA Jayawardene's ninth one-day international hundred underpinned Sri Lanka's 289 for five in yesterday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Sabina Park.

Murali guides Sri Lankans into World Cup final

SRI Lanka last night secured a place in Saturday's World Cup final after Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets to prompt a collapse by New Zealand and earn an 81-run victory.

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