OCTOBER 10, 2014

Bowling actions

Will the World Cup be one big free hit?

The ICC stance against illegal actions has been quite decisive. Saeed Ajmal can no longer bowl in international cricket. Neither can Sachithra Senanayake. Sunil Narine was reported twice by Champions League T20 match officials. While this purge has been met with support, some of the criticism against it has been regarding the timing - months before the World Cup. With bigger bats, smaller grounds and lesser mystery to worry about, Chloe Saltau of the Age, wonders about the balance between bat and ball during the showpiece event.

Ajmal and Narine are the most dangerous spinners in the world and arguably the most alluring, and while cricket's most prestigious global tournament is no place for those who bend the rules, an unfortunate consequence of the crackdown could be that the World Cup is one big free hit for batsmen in a game that is already tilted towards their kind

SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

World Cup 2015

New Zealand's no-no to nudity

Fines, not fun. That's what awaits you should you decide to streak at World Cup matches in New Zealand next year. And that's if you're lucky. Else you might find yourself locked up for three months.

Keen to 'showcase New Zealand in a perfect light', the powers that be have sanctioned penalties for streakers which include fines up to NZ$ 5,000 (US$ 3900 approx) and jail terms of up to three months, the Dominion Post reported. "We will have waited 23 years for the return of what is now one of the world's biggest sporting events," a World Cup spokesman was quoted as saying. "This is not the time to let the side down."

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Why England must fear the Scottish referendum

Andy Zaltzman: Plus, Hillary-Norgay's previously undocumented Everest cricketing duel
AUGUST 27, 2014

English cricket

Cook's boys are all right

Criticism has been as regular as breakfast for Alastair Cook. He saved himself from becoming an "untenable" option as Test captain but the focus has now shifted to his one-day capabilities. With former players questioning if England have the composition to win a World Cup, Stephen Brenkley, in the Independent comes to the support of the embattled England captain

Cook's batting strike rate as captain is 81.89 runs per 100 balls, acceptable even by the era's standards. There seems to be a desire outside the selection room to pack the team with sluggers on the grounds that one or two are bound to come off. England may actually have it right as long as the totals to which they aspire are based on conditions on the day, not some statistical database. The plan is to backload the innings after a solid start with Joe Root, Morgan and Jos Buttler all scoring at a lick

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

World Cup qualification could give ODIs context

Samir Chopra: Bilaterals tacked on to the end of a Test series, or hastily arranged triangulars, could gather meaning if teams had something bigger to fight for. But will cricket's major teams ever agree to such a proposition?
SEPTEMBER 02, 2013

Kenya cricket

The chronicles of Karim

In his time with Kenya, Aasif Karim has enjoyed some unforgettable highs, even if they were sprinkled between his team's struggle to cope in the international arena. Aditya Iyer of the Indian Express caught up with the former Kenya captain, who recalled his side's startling victory over West Indies in the 1996 World Cup, his ouster and subsequent retirement after the 1999 tournament and a surprise call-up for 2003 edition.

"I couldn't believe it. The same selector who had sacked me wanted me to be part of the World Cup team. I hadn't played a competitive match since 1999. But he was adamant," he says. Fast forward a couple of months and we meet our protagonist, wearing the green and red in Kingsmead. "There I was, too old to play cricket four years ago. Not only was I here, but Kenya had qualified for the semifinals of the World Cup," says Karim. "In front of me were the mighty Aussies. In a Super Sixes match. And behind me was a scoreboard that read: Karim: 8-6-3-3."

JULY 01, 2013

Pakistan Cricket

PCB fail to make a stand

The schedule of all ICC events until 2023 was determined at the governing body's annual conference in London this June and Pakistan will not be hosting any during that period. Former ICC president Ehsan Mani, in the Express Tribune, criticises the PCB and its acceptance of this proposal, while urging the board to take the necessary steps to bring international cricket back to Pakistan

This development reflects the sad state of affairs within the PCB. The body has been dysfunctional and there has been no strategic planning or a roadmap to bring back international cricket to Pakistan. The bottomline is that no progress has been made since the tragic attack on the Sri Lankan team. They have basically adopted a hit-and-miss approach in asking various cricket boards to pity them and visit. This unprofessional attitude has put them in no-man's land.

MARCH 31, 2013

The belated rise of West Indies women

Raf Nicholson: West Indies reached the final of the 2013 Women's World Cup after blossoming spectacularly in recent years - but a little-remembered ODI victory back in 1979 could have been the starting point for a much earlier ascent
JULY 06, 2012

Beach boy

Philip Brown: Luck sometimes plays a huge part in photography. You can have lots of skill, knowledge and experience but sometimes you need elements that you cannot control to come together
MAY 29, 2012

Bullseye

Philip Brown: I was really fortunate to be asked to go to the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I was away from home for almost seven weeks
APRIL 05, 2011

The DRS effect on lbw decisions

Ric Finlay: A look at how the Decision Review System has affected lbw decisions in the 2011 World Cup
MARCH 30, 2011

Crushed but not broken

Kamran Abbasi: Defeat hurts. You feel hollow and broken. You have been let down, misled. Your expectations falsely raised, your dreams dashed
MARCH 28, 2011

India v Pakistan in World Cups: A historical pseudo-analysis

Kamran Abbasi: A look back at how India and Pakistan have fared in World Cups, and who has the better record going into the 2011 tournament
MARCH 24, 2011

The joy of discipline

Kamran Abbasi: Load shedding has been put on hold -- for a day. Pakistan simply won a World Cup quarter-final, what's the fuss?
MARCH 22, 2011

Progress is a bonus

Kamran Abbasi: A wonder of this World Cup is that all the expected teams have qualified for the knock-out stage but the tournament has still been thoroughly exciting
MARCH 18, 2011

Pakistan's Australian sandwich

Kamran Abbasi: The last time Australia lost a World Cup match, Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar both played. It was a dramatic May day in Leeds
MARCH 10, 2011

A cringe at the death

Kamran Abbasi: Pakistan's serene progress to the World Cup quarter finals suddenly became a shambles in the final ten overs of the New Zealand innings
MARCH 04, 2011

Surprise but no shocks enliven Pakistan's progress

Kamran Abbasi: Until the turn of this century qualifying from the first stage of a World Cup had become a formality for Pakistan
FEBRUARY 24, 2011

Ambition demands an extra bowler

Kamran Abbasi: Pakistan, like all the major teams, have three banana skins to avoid to ensure qualification and they neatly sidestepped the first one
FEBRUARY 14, 2011

In praise of low expectations

Kamran Abbasi: In the tournament's early years, Pakistan cricket fans viewed the World Cup with fascination but reasonable expectations
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