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Feb 5, 2015

Bangladesh bank on trio to achieve ‘realistic goal’

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Pulling off an upset or two and guarding against potential banana skins will be the mantra for Bangladesh, who will bank on the senior trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to try and punch above their weight at the World Cup.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has no illusions about the knockout prospects of the team which has been clubbed in Pool A with, among others, tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, former champions Sri Lanka and three-times runners-up England.

Feb 5, 2015

Cricket-Bangladesh bank on trio to achieve ‘realistic goal’

Feb 5 (Reuters) – Pulling off an upset or two and guarding against potential banana skins will be the mantra for Bangladesh, who will bank on the senior trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to try and punch above their weight at the World Cup.

Chief selector Faruque Ahmed has no illusions about the knockout prospects of the team which has been clubbed in Pool A with, among others, tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, former champions Sri Lanka and three-times runners-up England.

Feb 3, 2015

Emotions to run high for Indo-Pak tie in Adelaide

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match in Adelaide on Feb 15.

The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as much pressure as the two that day with 1.3 billion unforgiving cricket-crazy fans following the contest ball by ball.

Feb 3, 2015

Cricket-Emotions to run high for Indo-Pak tie in Adelaide

NEW DELHI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Cricket is just a game, but try telling that to the 22 players who will walk out for the India v Pakistan World Cup match in Adelaide on Feb 15.

The Pool B contest was sold out in 20 minutes and no other team in world sport will be under as much pressure as the two that day with 1.3 billion unforgiving cricket-crazy fans following the contest ball by ball.

Jan 7, 2015

Bahrain not asking for the moon from this Eid

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Bahrain’s Marjan Eid enters the Asian Cup as perhaps the tournament’s least recognised coach but his relative obscurity also means he is likely to be the least under pressure as well.

Eid was named the caretaker coach for the tournament only in mid-November, inheriting a team in the throes of a tricky transition.

Jan 7, 2015

Soccer-Bahrain not asking for the moon from this Eid

Jan 7 (Reuters) – Bahrain’s Marjan Eid enters the Asian Cup as perhaps the tournament’s least recognised coach but his relative obscurity also means he is likely to be the least under pressure as well.

Eid was named the caretaker coach for the tournament only in mid-November, inheriting a team in the throes of a tricky transition.

Jan 2, 2015

War-torn Iraq seek Asian Cup fillip

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Sporting success is an effective relief for any war-torn nation and Iraq, caught in a bloody war with Islamic State, will be seeking more respite when they launch their campaign for a second Asian Cup title in Australia.

The Lions of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves around the globe with their triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final courtesy Younus Mahmood’s 73rd minute header.

Jan 2, 2015

Transition complicates Bahrain’s knockout prospects

By Amlan Chakraborty

(Reuters) – Thanks to a tough group, a dip in form and the struggle to settle under their third coach in five months, Bahrain’s prospects of advancing to the Asian Cup knockout stage appear similar to that of rainfall in the Gulf country – minimal.

Bahrain dominated their qualifying group to secure a fourth consecutive AFC Asian Cup finals appearance with two games to spare before the wheels came off.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-War-torn Iraq seek Asian Cup fillip

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Sporting success is an effective relief for any war-torn nation and Iraq, caught in a bloody war with Islamic State, will be seeking more respite when they launch their campaign for a second Asian Cup title in Australia.

The Lions of Mesopotamia sent shockwaves around the globe with their triumph at the 2007 Asian Cup, beating Saudi Arabia 1-0 in the final courtesy Younus Mahmood’s 73rd minute header.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Transition complicates Bahrain’s knockout prospects

Jan 2 (Reuters) – Thanks to a tough group, a dip in form and the struggle to settle under their third coach in five months, Bahrain’s prospects of advancing to the Asian Cup knockout stage appear similar to that of rainfall in the Gulf country — minimal.

Bahrain dominated their qualifying group to secure a fourth consecutive AFC Asian Cup finals appearance with two games to spare before the wheels came off.