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Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Lee hoping for World Cup pace-fest Down Under

MUMBAI, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Former Australia paceman Brett Lee has picked his country’s bowling attack as the most balanced for the World Cup and hopes the pitches during the tournament will retain their tradition of being conducive to fast bowling.

There are concerns that the Australian pitches for the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament might be better suited to batting after a record number of runs were scored during India’s recent four-test series Down Under.

Feb 6, 2015

Cricket-Unpredictable Pakistan hope to overcome turbulent build-up

Feb 6 (Reuters) – Pakistan have sweet memories of the World Cup when Australia and New Zealand last co-hosted it in 1992 but their optimism will be tempered this time by their turbulent build-up to the quadrennial event.

Very few would have tipped Pakistan to win the showpiece event 23 years ago but Imran Khan’s young team fought back from imminent elimination in the opening round to defeat England in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Feb 5, 2015

Sri Lanka bank on parting shot from Sangakkara, Jayawardene at cricket World Cup

By Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) – Sri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.

While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the Feb. 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play test cricket.

Feb 5, 2015

Sri Lanka bank on parting shot from Sangakkara, Jayawardene

By Sudipto Ganguly

(Reuters) – Sri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.

While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the Feb. 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play test cricket.

Feb 5, 2015

Cricket-Sri Lanka bank on parting shot from Sangakkara, Jayawardene

Feb 5 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are eyeing the perfect finish to their illustrious 50-over careers by winning the World Cup next month after two near misses.

While right-handed Jayawardene will quit all forms of the game after the Feb. 14-March 29 event, the left-handed Sangakkara may yet continue to play test cricket.

Feb 3, 2015

Amir reprieve will encourage others to come clean – ICC

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The reprieve given to Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir in a spot-fixing scandal will encourage corrupt players to come clean and help maintain the game’s integrity, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson said on Tuesday.

Amir and his former team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were all banned for spot-fixing, particularly for bowling deliberate no-balls by pre-arrangement at Lord’s, during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.

Feb 3, 2015

Cricket-Amir reprieve will encourage others to come clean – ICC

MUMBAI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – The reprieve given to Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir in a spot-fixing scandal will encourage corrupt players to come clean and help maintain the game’s integrity, International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson said on Tuesday.

Amir and his former team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were all banned for spot-fixing, particularly for bowling deliberate no-balls by pre-arrangement at Lord’s, during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.

Feb 3, 2015

Minnows better prepared to cause Cup upsets – ICC CEO

MUMBAI (Reuters) – International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson predicted an open World Cup on Tuesday, saying the associate members are well prepared to upset major teams in the tournament.

Four second-tier nations — Afghanistan, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Scotland — will join the 10 full members for the 11th edition of the tournament from Feb. 14-March 29.

Feb 3, 2015

Cricket-Minnows better prepared to cause Cup upsets -ICC CEO

MUMBAI, Feb 3 (Reuters) – International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson predicted an open World Cup on Tuesday, saying the associate members are well prepared to upset major teams in the tournament.

Four second-tier nations — Afghanistan, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Scotland — will join the 10 full members for the 11th edition of the tournament from Feb. 14-March 29.

Feb 2, 2015

Interview – MotoGP ready for India ride says Ezpeleta

MUMBAI (Reuters) – MotoGP is ready for a foray into India convinced it has a better future than Formula One in the world’s second largest motorcycle market, the sport’s commercial chief Carmelo Ezpeleta said on Monday.

India first hosted a Formula One grand prix in 2011 to positive reviews from the global community but was dropped from the calendar after the third race in 2013.