Indian team lacks genuine all-rounders: Mohinder Amarnath

Mohinder Amarnath

New Delhi - Having taken India to World Cup glory in 1983 by his all-round performance, Mohinder Amarnath feels the current side lacks "genuine" all-rounders and the bowlers are trying to bowl too quick instead of focussing on line and length.

"In one-day cricket all-rounders make a lot of Difference. And in this team I don't see any genuine all-rounders. See when we play in India or the sub-continent then the conditions are to our liking, so probably anybody can bat, so it doesn't mean you become a genuine all-rounder," Amarnath told PTI in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of a 'Royal Stag Barrel Select Perfect Strokes' event, here.

Afridi among 8 partying Pak players fined for violating team's WC curfew

Shahid Afridi

Karachi, Feb 13 - Pakistan flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, along with seven other teammates have been fined for violating a team curfew ahead of their much-anticipated World Cup opener against arch-rivals India on Sunday.

According to the Dawn, eight of the Pakistan players, which also included former captain Shahid Afridi and opener Ahmed Shehzad, were fined 300 Australian dollars after they came late to their Sydney hotel.

Headed by former military officer Naveed Cheema, Pakistan team management claimed that players went with their friends for dinner but came back late.

Moreover, a warning has also been issued for players as a repeat offense would pave their way for an early exit from the sport's pinnacle tournament.

Ponting believes Clarke should renounce ODI captaincy post CWC

Ricky Ponting

Sydney, Feb 12 - Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes that Michael Clarke should step down from one-day captaincy, and hand over the premier role to Steve Smith after the conclusion of the World Cup.

The two-time World Cup winning captain said that the right time for Michael to hand over the one-day captaincy to Steven will be after the conclusion of this World Cup, adding that retiring from one-day games would also allow Michael's body regular rest and recovery periods, News. com. au reported.

Admitting that Clarke is perfect to lead Australia during World Cup, Ponting said that it would be a good time for Steven to take over the one-day job and Michael to remain as Test captain after the conclusion of World Cup.

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar voted in Greatest ODI XI of all time

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar voted in Greatest ODI XI of all time

London, Feb 10 : Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has been voted in the greatest ODI XI of all time, along with Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle and Wasim Akram.

The BBC revealed the greatest ODI XI of all time after voters cast their votes over the last week and Tendulkar has been voted as one of the best opening batsman in the greatest one-day team ever.

People voted over the last week for the different components of the team from a list of players nominated by the Test Match Special team, the BBC reported.

The only criterion set was that the players must have appeared in an ODI, with World Cup performances carrying no extra weight.

I wouldn't write India off: Gary Kirsten

I wouldn't write India off: Gary Kirsten

Mumbai - India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten feels it would be premature to write off the defending champions and said the holders have a good chance of retaining the title with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the helm.

"They are a quality outfit and I wouldn't write them off.

They have got one of the most successful captains ever and in terms of closing off the events, let's not discount the Dhoni factor. A lot of things have changed and shifted in his life at the moment but when it comes to these events, he steps up and he is at his best," Kirsten told reporters here.

De Villiers claims Proteas will try to shun 'losers' tag and win 2015 CWC

AB De Villiers

Johannesburg, Feb 08 - South Africa cricket team captain AB De Villiers has claimed that being told not to return home as 'losers' by their country's sports minister merely reflects the passionate desire of all the people in their nation for a maiden Cricket World Cup triumph.

South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula created a stir earlier this week when he said at the team's official departure that they did not want them to be at the World Cup to add numbers and just become a bunch of losers.

De Villiers said that their country of South Africa expects a lot from their sports people, and added that they are expected to come there and win the tournament, Sport24 reported.

Pressure is on Pakistan as they haven't won against us: Rohit Sharma

Pressure is on Pakistan as they haven't won against us: Rohit Sharma

Adelaide: Star opener Rohit Sharma feels that arch-rivals Pakistan who will be "under pressure" going into the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup as they have never won against India at the mega event.

"The pressure will be on them rather than us. They are the ones, who have not won a game against us in the World Cup.

We will try and use it to our advantage," Rohit told the mediapersons at India's Open Session, here on Saturday.

Not denying that Pakistan match will be a huge affair, Rohit wants that fans go back with happy memories and they will prepare to the best of their abilities to win the game.

Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke around

Watson claims Oz squad 'really excited' to have 'experienced leader' Clarke arou

Sydney, Feb 07 : Australian swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson has claimed that the team is really excited to have 'experienced' Michael Clarke around, as the skipper is in a battle to meet his fitness deadline to take part in the World Cup.

It is understood that Clarke sought and received iron-clad support to continue a four-year reign as captain from Cricket Australia's hierarchy during the grim stages of his rehabilitation from hamstring surgery.

Steve Smith's spectacular impact as skipper, making three tons in as many Tests against India replacing Clarke, was followed by speculation segments of the side supported a permanent move, News. com. au reported.

Lee hoping for 'traditional' Oz pitches with 'bouncy, fast' wickets at WC

Brett Lee

Johannesburg, Feb 07 - Former Australia paceman Brett Lee is hoping that the pitches during the World Cup would be their traditional Australian pitches with real bouncy and fast wickets, and has claimed that his country's bowling is very balanced for the tournament.

Speculations are rife that the Australian pitches for the February 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India's recent four-Test series Down Under.

2015 Cricket World Cup: Spectacular opening events on cards

2015 Cricket World Cup

Melbourne - Christchurch and Melbourne are set to host spectacular opening events for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on February 12.

The Melbourne celebration will involve former and current World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances from Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena and Daryl and Nathaniel Braithwaite, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet to be revealed 'special moment'.

It will reflect the diversity and excitement of the 14 competing nations and include some icons in Australian entertainment, according to an ICC release.

Mumbai to host Ranji Trophy final, Eden to host semi-final

Mumbai to host Ranji Trophy final, Eden to host semi-final

Mumbai - Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium will host the final of the Ranji Trophy cricket tournament next month while Kolkata and Bengaluru would conduct the two semi-finals, according to BCCI sources.

The national championship's summit clash is scheduled from March 8-12 while the semi-finals are to be held from February 27 to March 1.

Meanwhile, the BCCI has allotted the four quarter finals to Cuttack, Indore, Lahli and Jaipur, sources added. The quarter finals are slated from February 15 to 19.

The final group phase matches of the championship to spot the knock out qualifiers commenced today. PTI

Hazlewood claims England doesn't yet know how to 'beat' Australia

Sydney, Feb 04 - Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has claimed that England don't quite know how to beat them yet, especially in Australia, following Eoin Morgan's team's recent loss in the tri-series final.

Hazlewood pointed to Morgan's stumps being skittled by Australian pace spearhead Michael Johnson in the tri-series final as the clearest illustration that England are sitting ducks for the World Cup kick-off on February 14.

Walking out to bat after watching his opener Moeen Ali being removed by Johnson's express delivery, Morgan was too rattled to even offer a shot and was gone first ball, reported.

Domingo claims public hating Parnell's inclusion in Proteas' WC squad unfair

Russell DomingoJohannesburg, Feb 04 - South Africa cricket team coach Russell Domingo has branded all the public hating all-rounder Wayne Parnell's inclusion in South Africa's Cricket World Cup squad as unfair.

Domingo said that he doesn't know why some people hate Parnell so much, adding that maybe it's because of the paceman's hairstyle. He insisted that the left-armer is a wonderful guy and really works hard.

Domingo claimed that people's perceptions about a cricket player, about a person, are often very different to what that person is actually like, Sport24 reported.

Williamson, Taylor's tons anchor Kiwis to 119-run win against Pak in second ODI

Kane Williamson Ross TaylorWellington, Feb 03 : Big-hitting batsmen Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor powered New Zealand to their highest one-day total of 369-5 against Pakistan with their respective tons to guide the hosts to a 119-run victory over the tourists in the second and final ODI at McLean Park in Napier.

Williamson's brilliant knock of 112 off 88 deliveries, including 14 fours and one six, and Taylor's unbeaten 102 off 70 deliveries, including 13 fours and two sixes, guided New Zealand to the gigantic total in their 50 overs.

'Self-belief' helped us beat India in 2003 WC final: Damien Martyn

Perth - Notwithstanding India's good showing en route to the 2003 World Cup final, former batsman Damien Martyn said that it was Australia's 'self-belief' that helped them in outplaying the Sourav Ganguly-led side in the title clash.

Put into bat, the defending champions rode on a 234-run unbeaten third-wicket partnership between Ponting (140) and Martyn (88) to post 359 and then managed to bundle out the Men in Blue for 234 in 39.2 overs. Martyn recalls the memorable day.

Dhoni claims India will come back stronger for WC title defence post disastrous Oz tour

Mahendra Singh DhoniJohannesburg, Jan 31 - India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has insisted that his team would be ready and come back stronger for the defence of their World Cup title, despite ending a miserable tour of Australia without securing a single win.

India bowed out of the ODI tri-series with another poor batting effort, which fated them to defeat in their clash with England at the WACA Ground in Perth. Sent in to bat, India were dismissed for 200 and although England stumbled early, they recovered to edge their way to 201 for seven and win with 19 balls to spare.

England would now face Australia in Sunday's final at the same venue.

Miller replaces Narine in Windies WC squad

Johannesburg, Jan 30 - Left-arm spinner Nikita Miller has been roped into the West Indies squad for the upcoming World Cup in place of Sunil Narine, who backed out of the squad.

Earlier in the week, Narine withdrew from the squad citing that he needs more time to rectify his bowling actions and confidently bowl for sustained period with his new action.

The off-spin wizard has undergone intense remedial work after being suspended from last year's Champions League Twenty20 due to an illegal action.

Miller has played 45 one-day internationals, with having the best bowling figure of 4-43 against Zimbabwe, Sport24 reported.

Broad apologises for England 'minimum wage' tweet

stuart broadLondon, Jan 28 - England Twenty20 cricket team captain Stuart Broad has apologised for his British 'minimum wage' post on Twitter.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler had tweeted that he has heard if one earns minimum wage in England they are in the top 10 percent earners in the world, adding '#stay #humble' to his tweet.

Broad, who is in Australia on England duty, deleted the message after angry replies from some Twitter users and then posted his apologies on the social networking site, the BBC reported.

Broad posted that he meant no offence and added that he is sorry if any offence was taken. He also posted that the hashtag was aimed at him.

Steven Smith becomes youngest Allan Border Medal winner since Michael Clarke

Steve SmithSydney, Jan 27 : Australia's star batsman Steven Smith has capped off an incredible 2014 by winning his first Allan Border Medal, becoming the youngest winner since Michael Clarke to do so.

The 25-year-old Smith became the youngest winner since a 23-year-old Clarke in 2005, in a year where he scored seven tons and a total of 1,756 runs across all three formats, excluding last week's unbeaten knock of 102 in Hobart.

Smith scored a clean sweep of the top awards, taking out both the Test and One Day Player of the Year awards, News. com. au reported.

Vettori becomes Kiwis' most capped player in sixth ODI against Lanka

Daniel VettoriWellington, Jan 25 - Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori became New Zealand's most capped ODI cricketer as the hosts went in to bat first in the sixth one-day against Sri Lanka in Dunedin.

Vettori broke Stephen Fleming's record career tally of 279 appearances as the left-armer came in for Nathan McCullum in the spinners' rotation for his 280th ODI appearance.

New Zealand Cricket president Stephen Boock gave a special presentation to Vettori before play, and the bowler lead the team when they took the field later on Sunday, after posting a 316-run target for Sri Lanka to win, reported.

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