Windies thrash Bangladesh by 73 runs in 'key' World T20 match

Windies thrash Bangladesh by 73 runs in 'key' World T20 matchJohannesburg, Mar 26 - West Indies has thrashed hosts Bangladesh by 73 runs in a key World Twenty20 match in Dhaka on Tuesday, saving their bid to stay in contention for the semi-finals after losing to India on Sunday.

Dwayne Smith smashed 72 off 43 balls before spinner Samuel Badree claimed 4-15 for the defending champions, which piled up 171-7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for a paltry 98 in the Super-10 Group 2 match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quit

Pressure mounts on BCCI chief Srinivasan to quitNew Delhi, March 25 : Pressure is mounting on Narayanaswami Srinivasan to quit as BCCI president after the Supreme Court Tuesday made it clear that he has to step down to enable a fair investigation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal.

When contacted by IANS, Srinivasan's terse reply was: "I cannot comment on the matter.  The case is subjudice."

Spinners wreck havoc on West Indies in India's easy victory in World T20 tournament

Spinners wreck havoc on West Indies in India's easy victory in World T20 tournamentJohannesburg, Mar. 24 - India's spinners helped in bagging the team's victory over defending champions West Indies in the World Twenty20 Super-10 group two match in Dhaka.

West Indies managed to score only 129-7 as leg-spinner Amit Mishra claimed two for 18 in four overs, while Ravindra Jadeja bagged three wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up one.

India demolishes Pak by seven wickets in World T20 opener

team indiaSydney, Mar 22 - Pakistan has failed to break their World Cup jinx against arch-rivals India, which defeated them by seven wickets in their opening World Twenty20 clash on Friday in the Super-10 round at Dhaka.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra grabbed two wickets for 22 runs in four overs while Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India a flying start with a 54-run opening stand in eight overs as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men surpassed the modest total of 7-130 with nine deliveries to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium.

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coach

CPL team Tallawahs appoints Arthur as coachKingston (Jamaica), March 21 - Former Australia cricket coach Mickey Arthur will take charge of defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

The organisers confirmed that the South African, who also coached the Proteas for several years, will replace Englishman Paul Nixon. The Tallawahs beat Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final of the inaugural event last August with Nixon at the helm of the management team.

Conditions key to Windies' success: Rampaul

Conditions key to Windies' success: RampaulDhaka, March 21 - West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul believes smart usage of the conditions here will be key to their success in defending the ICC World Twenty20 title.

“The key is knowing the conditions, the kind of wickets you’re going to bowl on and the right variations you’re going to execute on the wicket. That will be the main thing," the experienced seamer said.

"The conditions here are basically the same. The dew factor at night maybe a little different to what we are accustomed to but variation of the ball and execution will be key.”

Jayawardene refutes allegations of divulging T20 retirement plans to Indian media for 'financial gain'

mahela JayawardeneColombo, Mar 20 - Star Sri Lankan batsman and former captain Mahela Jayawardene has dismissed allegations against made him made by a Sri Lankan publication that he chose to announce his Twenty20 international retirement plans to an Indian newspaper as it would be more 'financially rewarding'.

An article, which appeared in Sri Lanka's Daily Mirror newspaper under the headline 'Sanga, Mahela betrayal shocks SLC', suggested that Jayawardene did not announce his retirement plans to their publication, when they had interviewed him just days prior to the eventual announcement.

Will quit the day I stop enjoying cricket: Gambhir

Gautam-GambhirNew Delhi, March 19 : India discard Gautam Gambhir doesn't see the Indian Premier League as a platform to make his case for a national comeback. The opening batsman has set no deadline for himself but says he will quit the day he is not enjoying the game.

For the present, Gambhir's priority is the upcoming IPL seventh edition and the southpaw says his focus is to do well for Kolkata Knight Riders which he has ably led the last three seasons.

Gambhir has not set himself a deadline even as his seniors Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh maintain they remain good enough to play at the highest level for another three to four years.

Clarke scored ton with 'broken shoulder' in decisive third Test against Proteas

Michael-ClarkeJohannesburg, Mar 18 : Australian captain Michael Clarke had reportedly played with a fractured shoulder while scoring a century in the decisive third Test against South Africa, which Australia won to score a 2-1 series victory.

Clarke weathered a barrage of bouncers on the first day of the Cape Town Test, being hit on his body and helmet in a fiery spell of short-pitched bowling by Morne Morkel and went on to make a pivotal 161 not out, hailed by many as the best knock of his career.

Jayawardene to retire from international T20s after T20 World Cup

mahela JayawardeneJohannesburg, Mar 18 - Star Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene has reportedly announced that he would retire from international Twenty20 cricket after the conclusion of the World T20 in Bangladesh.

Jayawardene's announcement came days after his teammate Kumar Sangakkara made a similar announcement.

According to Sport24, Jayawardene, who has appeared in all four T20 World Cups and captained the side which lost in the final of the last tournament, sad in an ICC statement that he had taken the decision as he knew this tournament would be his last World Cup and he did not want to block a younger player.

'Recovering' Afridi hopeful of playing in World T20

Shahid-AfridiKarachi, Mar 16 : Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is hopeful of playing in the World Twenty20 that kicks off in Bangladesh and has reportedly started training following his recovery from a groin injury.

Afridi, who suffered fitness problems in the Asia cup last week, has said that he is feeling much better as he trained for the first time since the injury and is feeling 'very good'.

Hafeez backs Pak not to get 'swayed by emotion' during 'high-pressure' World T20 clash with India

Mohammad-HafeezKarachi, Mar 16 : Pakistani Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has insisted that his team would not get 'swayed by emotion' ahead of their clash with archrivals India in the World Twenty20 at Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Hafeez believes that Pakistan cannot afford to get distracted by their rivalry against India if they are to replicate their 2009 triumph from a group also containing defending champions West Indies and tournament favourite Australia.

Not used to throwing my hat anywhere: Sourav on coaching

Sourav-GangulyKolkata, March 15 : Ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly asserted Saturday that the expertise of former greats can be utilised for developing the current cricket team even as he refused to "throw in my hat for the job".

"When you have players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble, their services can always be sought. But it depends upon how much time they can devote. It's an individual decision for every cricketer what he wants do in life. I think it should be left to them," Ganguly said while reacting to Sunil Gavaskar's call that Dravid should replace current India coach Duncan Fletcher.

Windies ready for World T20 title defence: Sammy

Darren-SammyBridgetown (Barbados), March 15 : Captain Darren Sammy believes that the West Indies team that will defend the World Twenty20 cricket title in Bangladesh later this month is much better equipped than the one which lifted the trophy two years ago in Sri Lanka.

Speaking here Friday hours before the squad’s departure, Sammy said his charges were now more experienced, confident and better able to deal with the pressure of international tournaments, reports CMC.

Dhoni backs Indian bowlers' T20 experience to carry team to success in Bangladesh

Mahendra Singh DhoniJohannesburg, Mar 15 - Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has backed his team's bowlers to perform well in the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh as they have plenty of experience playing in similar conditions in domestic T20 matches.

The Indian bowling attack has been slammed by critics for its failure to win matches on foreign soil and the team also failed to make the final of the recent Asia Cup in Bangladesh, which was played in the 50-over format.

Stokes ruled out of England's World T20 squad with fractured hand

Ben StokesJohannesburg, Mar 15 - England all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly been excluded from his team's squad for the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh with a fractured hand.

Stokes, who has been replaced by Chris Woakes in the 15-man squad, suffered the injury when he struck a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the T20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

World T20 set to break broadcast records: ICC

World T20 set to break broadcast records: ICCDubai, March 14 : Television coverage of the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh is set to break all previous International Cricket Council (ICC) events' broadcast records, the sport's world governing body claimed Friday.

That coverage, produced and distributed by the ICC's global media rights partner and host broadcaster, Star Sports, will have a potential reach of more than 1.8 billion viewers with live pictures shown by 29 broadcasters - both figures the highest ever for an ICC event, the world body said in a statement.

Johnson suffers toe injury ahead of World T20

Mitchell-JohnsonSydney, March 13 : The Australian cricket team has suffered a massive blow ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup with pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson suffering an infected toe as a result of a cut received during the third Test in South Africa, Cricket Australia (CA) said Thursday.

The infection may mean a late arrival in Bangladesh for the quick, with the Aussies set to kick off their campaign against Pakistan, March 23 in Dhaka.

CA's chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said Johnson has suffered an infection in his right toe.

'Veteran' Hodge stars in Oz's five-wicket win over Proteas in 'rain-disrupted' 2nd T20

Brad HodgeJohannesburg, Mar 13 - Australia has clinched a five-wicket win over South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at Kingsmead on Wednesday after a heavy rain reduced the game to seven overs a side.

Veteran Brad Hodge hit two sixes in the last over leading Australia to successfully chase South Africa's 80 for one with two balls to spare.

According to Sport24, Hodge's innings of 21 not out off eight balls won him the Man of the Match award and his last-ditch effort trumped hard-hitting innings of 41 not out by South Africa's Quinton de Kock and 40 by Australian opener David Warner.

Australia's Harris to undergo rehabilitation

Ryan-HarrisMelbourne, March 12 : Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris will have a "long rehabilitation period" after he underwent a knee surgery Tuesday. However, he is expected to be fit before the home Test series against Pakistan in October.

“Ryan underwent surgery yesterday on his right knee, which included a clean out of some loose bits of bone and removing bone spurs within the joint," Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said Wednesday.

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