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Posted: 09 March 2007 at 3:50pm | IP Logged
Ganguly injured in training

Sourav GangulyIndia batsman Sourav Ganguly is likely to miss Friday's World Cup warm-up game against the West Indies due to an ankle injury.

Ganguly injured himself while practising ahead of the last leg of warm-up matches in Montego Bay, Jamaica, where Team India is based.

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Team officials have said the injury, though not a serious one, will force Ganguly to miss the game as a precautionary measure.

The Indian team will be hoping that Sourav Ganguly, who made a return to the side just months before the World Cup, is able to join them before their opening encounter.

The World Cup kicks off on March 13 with India playing their opening game against Bangladesh on March 17.

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Waqar hopes Pakistan beat India in World Cup

Mumbai: Former Pakistan pace ace Waqar Younis hopes that Pakistan will break the World Cup jinx and beat arch-rivals India in the mega event in the West Indies.

"We have beaten India in various places but have not won a single match against them in the World Cup. I am dreaming that Pakistan will beat India in this World Cup," said the former captain on the sidelines of a promotional event here today.

The two sub-continental giants have met each other on four occasions in World Cup history, since their maiden match-up in 1992 Down Under and India have come out trumps each time with convincing margins.

Pakistan are in Group D while India are in Group B in the preliminary phase and their first meeting is expected only in the Super Eight stage.

Waqar said though the World Cup is wide open he expected one of the sub-continent teams to clinch it since wickets in the West Indies and in their own backyards are similar in nature.

"The tournament looks wide open with no favourites. Though Australia have been beaten in recent times, their consistent record over the last four years means they cannot be taken lightly. But they are at a disadvantage due to the absence of Brett Lee and the injury to Andrew Symonds."

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Posted: 09 March 2007 at 3:51pm | IP Logged
irus threatens Gillespie's World Cup hopes

Bridgetown, Barbados: New Zealand pace bowler Mark Gillespie has picked up a virus which has numbed his bowling right arm and could threaten his chances of playing in the World Cup opening games starting next week.

The problem, which New Zealand officials called acute brachial neuritis, was the result of a throat virus Gillespie suffered before leaving for the Caribbean last week.

"We don't know much more about it," captain Stephen Fleming told reporters after their surprise two-wicket warm-up defeat by Bangladesh on Tuesday in Bridgetown. "He's seeing a specialist on Friday so we'll discover more then."

Gillespie's bowling arm became numb during the day-long flight to the West Indies. It means he will almost certainly miss Friday's final warm-up against Sri Lanka.

New Zealand face England in their group C opener on March 16 in St Lucia and also play Kenya (March 20) and Canada (22) in the opening stage.

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Sehwag will bounce back like Ganguly: Pawar

Bangalore: Beleaguered Virender Sehag on Saturday received some much-needed support from none other than Cricket Board President Sharad Pawar, who said the swashbuckling batsman would soon rediscover his touch and silence his critics much in the manner of the former captain Sourav Ganguly.

"This (losing form) is part and parcel of the game. One year back, people were talking the same about Sourav Ganguly. All that has stopped after he performed so well and now he has become an asset to the team," Pawar told reporters.

Sehwag has been struggling for runs the past few months and the rough patch continued in the World Cup warm-up matches during which he was dismissed for 28 and nought.

The BCCI chief said the top-order batsman was a match-winner and a vital cog in the team.

"Sometimes you perform and sometimes you don't. You don't have to think much about such players. He is a run-getter," the Union Agriculture Minister, here on an official visit, said.

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Posted: 12 March 2007 at 12:36pm | IP Logged
Night to remember
By Paresh Soni
BBC Sport, Montego Bay, Jamaica

No-one throws a party quite like Jamaicans.

Everything associated with their famed jamborees was in evidence at the opening ceremony of the World Cup: reggae, bright colours and the sea as an awe-inspiring backdrop.

The West Indian love of cricket has been made plain
The West Indian love of cricket was made plain at the opening ceremony

Only the rum was missing (at least for this observer).

Usually, these guys don't require a concrete reason for celebration but there was a good one this time.

Cricketing folk often talk about the tempestuous relationship between people of the subcontinent and the sport but in the Caribbean it's a slow and steady love affair.

The minute you come into contact with someone from these diverse islands, you are invariably imbibed with their profound feelings of warmth for the game of bat and ball.

From the moment I landed in Jamaica, taxi drivers, waiters, cleaners, hotel receptionists and other suited types have all been free with their opinions on the state of cricket, the West Indies team and who will do well in this tournament.

They have excitedly asked me about players they have never heard of, optimistically expecting me to impart informed wisdom.

But more than anything, they have been telling me just how much it means to host cricket's biggest show.


More than three hours before the festivities began at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, people were forming long and orderly queues.

Will the main event pass off without hiccup?

There have been plenty of murmurings about the merits in having hapless minnows like Bermuda, Canada and England thrashed by the big boys.

Even as revelry took place in one completed stadium, furious activity was going on at the other end of the island to prepare Sabina Park for Tuesday's opening game between hosts West Indies and Pakistan.

The costumes worn by the performers reflected all the colours of the Caribbean
The costumes worn by the performers reflected all the colours of the Caribbean

Let's not even begin to fret about roads even though I've already lost count of the number of head-on collisions I've narrowly escaped and airline schedules constantly changing.

And we'll gloss over the embarrassment of a band playing the Taiwan anthem at the opening of the China-financed stadium in Grenada.

The next 49 days are about sharing in a region's pride.

With that in mind, some of the Caribbean's most celebrated musical success stories were paraded here on Sunday night.

Tournament chief Chris Dehring used words like "sweat" and "sacrifice", while Grenada President Keith Mitchell and West Indies Cricket Board president Ken Gordon spoke of the unity of the component countries, who have not always sung from the same hymn sheet.

Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller summed up the mood when she talked of cricket being "deeply embedded in our hearts and in our way of life" and "one love", borrowing from arguably the most famous Jamaican of all, Robert Nesta Marley.

So forget about about construction delays, infrastructure and the quality of some of the early matches.

Still swaying to "Hot West Indian rhythms" from the likes of Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, I left heartened in the knowledge that, for seven weeks at least, cricket is being looked after by loving landlords.

Edited by Pensacola.S_02 - 12 March 2007 at 12:37pm
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Posted: 13 March 2007 at 11:16am | IP Logged


Marlon Samuels and Brian Lara attacked Pakistan and took West Indies past 150 for the loss of 3 wickets, but struggled to up the run rate after a sedate start to ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.

Lara was dropped by 'keeper Kamran Akmal off offie Shoaib Malik's bowling and was looking menacing at 36.

Samuels, who came in at the fall of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, was batting on 50 and was the one who really took the attack to Pakistan.

He hammered leggie Dinesh Kaneria for 14 in the 30th over, including a six and two fours. Before that he hit 12 off pacer Iftikhar Anjum, also including a six. Samuels's partner through all this was skipper Brian Lara who took 11 balls to get off the mark. But once Lara got into his stride, he also attacked and hit Kaneria for 10 in over 35, also including a six. The pair put on 63 from 73 balls. Lara came after the fall of Ramnaresh Sarwan, the Windies No 3, who made a fighting 49 to pull Windies out of trouble after the early fall of opener Chris Gayle for only 2.

West Indies were 77 for 3 after 23 overs as first session hero Ramnaresh Sarwan fell one short of his half century to Iftikhar Anjum.

Sarwan was caught at slip by Younis Khan, who had earlier dropped him also at slip off Sarwan's first ball. Sarwan's departure was preceded by that of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, with whom he put on a 50-run partnership, after the fall of opener Chris Gayle in the third over.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Sarwan consolidated after that and took Windies to 64 before the southpaw fell caught behind by Kamran Akmal off Iftikhar Anjum for 19. After he was dropped by Younis Khan, Sarwan batted strongly and hit a couple of boundaries in the next over from Naved-ul-Hassan.
The first was a glide to fine leg and the second a fine square cut off a short ball. Off the 10th over he hit another two boundaries on the off side and scored 10 off the over in all. He continued in the same vein till falling for 49. He put on 51 runs in Chanderpaul off 83 balls.

As the match began, other than a few loose deliveries, the Pakistani bowling was on target, though lacking in sting.

Indeed, when the first couple of overs were bowled, Inzamam was feeling the absence of his lethal opening bowlers, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohd Asif. However Umar Gul though seemingly sedate in pace, was absolutely bang on in line and length and picked up his prize in the third over. But after his spell ended, Pakistan looked like a side in need of a stronger bowling attack. The bowler who turned this around was Iftikhar Anjum, who took two wickets and bowled extremely accurately to give away only 17 runs off seven overs and taking two wickets. 

Earlier Pakistan won the toss and fielded, and a run came off the tournament 's first ball, from the bat of Gayle.
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Posted: 13 March 2007 at 11:17am | IP Logged

US$ 5 million up for grabs in ICC CWC

When the battle for supremacy in this year's ICC Cricket World Cup begins later today in the Caribbean, the 16 Participating Nations will be playing for some high stakes.

A total of US$5 million in prize money will be up for grabs; the 2007 champions claiming almost half of that, with a winners' cheque of US$2.24 million to be awarded to the team which prevails in the Final at Kensington Oval in Barbados on April 28.

The runners-up will also be rewarded handsomely, receiving a purse of US$1 million for their second-place finish. In addition, the losing semi-finalists will each pocket US$450,000 while the teams ending the tournament in fifth to eighth position – determined by the outcome of the Super 8 phase of the Event – will win the following sums respectively: US$200,000; US$150,000; US$100,000 and US$50,000.

During the 24 Group Stage games – which start today with the hosts, West Indies, opposing Pakistan at Sabina Park in Jamaica – the victorious team in each match will receive US$10,000 while the losers get US$5,000.

Meanwhile, all Man-of-the-Match winners, as well as the prestigious Man-of-the-Tournament player, will be presented with exclusively-designed crystal ware. ICC CWC 2007 champions and runners-up will also receive gold and silver medallions respectively.
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Lara interview: I am quietly confident

By Ali Martin

Legendary batsman Brian Lara is a man on a mission — to bow out of one-day international cricket by lifting the ICC Cricket World Cup.

At 37, the West Indies captain knows the tournament represents one of his last bids for silverware and he is quietly confident that the hosts have a great chance.

With over 10,000 runs in one-day cricket, as well as holding the worl-record score in Test cricket, Lara is one of the greatest players of his generation and the script seems set for something special. 

We caught up with him before the long-awaited tournament to discuss the Aussies, the honour of captaining the home nation and the inevitable invasion by the Barmy Army.

Q: Can anyone stop Australia lifting the trophy?
Teams can challenge them and much will depend on the momentum built up by sides going into the semi-finals.

I think we can safely say Australia will reach that stage but the other three teams, by that stage, should have good momentum.

Australia have 10 or 11 match winners. To compete with them, you can't be dependent on one or two players, you have to be performing throughout the team.

Q: Do you feel a pressure as the leading West Indian batsman?
I wouldn't say I'm the leading light in the one-day side — that accolade could go to a few players, so it takes the pressure off.

For example, Chris Gayle was named man of the tournament in the recent ICC Trophy. To win a World Cup we must all come to the party.

Q: Who are the dark horses of the tournament?
Pakistan will be unpredictable and very dangerous, but for me a lot of people are sidetracking England after a poor few years in one-day cricket.

But they do have some world-class players and if they pick up some momentum and go into the Super Eight feeling good about themselves, then they could be a title contender.

Q: And when it comes to the players?

Well Kevin Pietersen is an exciting guy and is already one of the best in the world. Ed Joyce looks technically very sound and Monty Panesar is looking the real deal.

But of course Andrew Flintoff is the trump card. If he has a good World Cup, then England should do too.

Q: What will be a good first-innings score this ICC Cricket World Cup?
I think a good score is above 275 in the West Indies — they have small outfields and if there are some better pitches, we could see some above 300.

We may see 400 plus against the minnows — but against the better attacks, I don't think so.

Q: How much will home advantage help the West Indies?
The host nations haven't had the best World Cups to date but the Caribbean is a bit special and the pitches aren't belters, they'll be tricky to bat on and that gives us some advantage.

Q: How big an honour will it be captaining the West Indies as the host nation of the ICC Cricket World Cup?
It's going to be a special occasion for myself and every single player in my side will feel the same.

As someone who's been around for a while, to pull the curtains on my one-day career in the West Indies as captain and the possibility of lifting a trophy will be a momentous occasion.

Is victory the next part of the script? I wouldn't say that, but I'm quietly confident we can have a good World Cup.

Q: What kind of a reception can the Barmy Army expect?
It's going to be a great experience for everyone who comes.

There's a buzz around people at home and it's a great opportunity to showcase their islands.

The Barmy Army will be a hit in the Caribbean. St Lucia is where they will be based and that island will take to them I'm sure — and vice versa.

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