October 8, 2009

World Cup

Associates learn their World Cup fate

Martin Williamson

The ICC has confirmed the groups for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Canada and Kenya will play in Group A where they will face Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, while Ireland and Netherlands are drawn alongside India, South Africa, England, West Indies and Bangladesh in what on current rankings has to be the easier group.

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Posted by tarun on (December 30, 2009, 6:20 GMT)

@ md seraus saleheen have you not looked at the west indies lately, young up and coming players will easily let them qualify for the qrts, plus have you forgoten about one of the most distructive bastmen wordl named CHRIS GAYLE?

Posted by Faizan on (December 20, 2009, 3:25 GMT)

Wow group B is peace of cake, in comparioson with Group A Having Pakistan, Australia, and Sri Lanka

Posted by Md. Seraus Saleheen on (December 9, 2009, 7:09 GMT)

From point of my view in Group A Australia, Pakistan, Srilanka & New zealand will move forward to Quarter final & in Group B India, South Africa, Bangladesh & England will move toward to Quarter final.

Posted by Ronnie on (November 25, 2009, 17:35 GMT)

Go Bengal Tigers Go....

Posted by Sudipta Hore on (November 13, 2009, 14:19 GMT)

Bangladesh have a great chance to go next round because South Africa & England are now weak in Bangladesh spin attack & also has home soil benefits but West-indies will show their magic classic. So England have to fight hard with South Africa & West-indies. India is the favourite team for the next round for this group but finally i want to say Bangladesh will record by their class......................................

Posted by anthony t on (November 11, 2009, 17:00 GMT)

Seems that Bangladeshi fans are still hurting over the 2007 and 2009 losses to the Blarney Army! Ireland have the potential to finish 4th but there is also the strong chance of finishing 7th! I'll be happy with 5th really! England are having a MASSIVE effect player-wise on Ireland's progression but we still have great talent (no we wouldnt struggle to beat Bermuda, whoever said that). If we can concentrate on beating England and Windies then we only have Holland to dispatch in the final game! (Before getting stuffed by AUS or PAK in the quarters! CMON IRELAND!

Posted by tanuj on (November 10, 2009, 18:47 GMT)

Enough of the fighting guys, but one thnig is for sutre that it is going to be a gr8 contest nt fr playing countries but , CRICKET as a whole..

Posted by NSUrockr on (November 5, 2009, 23:39 GMT)

Bangladesh are hosting the world cup this time. Remember Zimbabwe in the 2003 WC or SriLanka in 1996? Bangladesh have not just whitewashed WI in Indies this year in both Tests and ODI's but have beaten Zimbabwe comprehensively both home and away. Shakib is the worlds number one allrounder for a while and is ranked number 4 in the balling rankings.....Razzak who has was injured (15 wickets in recent ODI series) is a far better leftie spinner than Shaqib is in ODI's.Mashrafe Mortaza is a world class bowler....looking at the batting line up we have growing players like Tamim and Shaqib....The return of ICL players like Nafees, Aftab and Kapali will definitely enhance the batting line up...Nafees has the xperience of scoring 1000 plus runs in ayear and the latter to are one of the most destructive batsmen u'll c...and Ashraful will be saving up his runs for teams like Australia or England (4got his 53 ball 93!) just recently Bd under 19 have beaten the English under 19 5-2 in a 7 matches

Posted by Thomas on (October 25, 2009, 13:49 GMT)

Re Irelands foreign legion:

Ireland have one of the best junior development programs around, and have had that for a while. Unfortunately the current beneficiary is England. They're certainly in better shape cricket wise than Bangladesh was in 1999 or Zimbabwe is now.

Its unlikely that Ireland, Bangladesh or the Netherlands would cause enough upsets to progress - Bangladesh dont lack the ability, but between the ears is a different story, Ireland wont be able to sneak under the radar this time around, the Netherlands are (relatively) much better performed in World Cups than outside them but minus Dirk Nannes its hard to see them keeping the opposition to low enough scores.

Posted by Amar Mendes on (October 23, 2009, 21:13 GMT)

When I think of Rizwan Cheema, John Davison and Ian Billcliff's batting, these are the words that come to mind clouting, clubbing, punishing, slamming, smacking, striking, thumping, whacking, whipping. Guys like Ashish Bagai and Geoff Barnett can play the sheet anchor role and Sunil Dhaniram and Sandeep Jyoti can be used to finish the innings. If the guys get going Canada can beat any one.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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