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December 6, 2014

India & South Africa Announces preliminary 30 men squad for world cup

Both India and South Africa cricket boards have announced the list of 30 probables for the world cup. While India have given preferences to young players with current good form and excluded many experienced players who were part of 2011 world cup winning team. South African cricket squad of 30 probables on the other hand looks quiet balanced and experienced.

Here is list of 30 probables for South Africa:
AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla (vice capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan Mclaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Andrew Puttick, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Mthokozisi Shezi, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk, David Wiese.

Here is list of 30 probables for India:
MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson, R Ashwin, Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Kuldeep Yadav, M Vijay.

We will not discuss about the players at this stage but once the final squad is announced.

December 1, 2014

NZ Visa, no worries for Indian cricket fans


With less than 80 days to go for the ICC world cup 2015 to start, there is a very exciting news for all the Indian cricket team fans who wish to visit New Zealand and watch the matches live from the stadium. All the Indian tourists who hold a valid visa for Australia can now get a free visa on arrival for New Zealand for the the duration of the world cup to watch the matches. Indian cricket team will play two group stage matches in New Zealand vs Ireland and Zimbabwe on 10th and 14th March respectively (More on 2015 world cup match schedules here - http://icccricket.blogspot.com/2014/07/2015-cricket-world-cup-match-schedule.html) and if Indian team performs well and qualifies for the next round there can be a good turnaround of Indian cricket team fans visiting New Zealand.

Country tourism department is expecting 33% increase in the tourists.David Craig the Tourism New Zealand general manager for Asia was quoted saying "Last year (July 2013-June 2014) we had about 30,000 Indian visitors and we expect about 40,000 visitors this fiscal ending June next," Overall there are quiet good number of matches being hosted by New Zealand, including a quarter final and semi final match. This means tourists from various participant nations are being expected to visit the country for matches.  The Tourism New Zealand is taking this as the opportunity to establish and increase the popularity of New Zealand as a preferred tourism destination in the world.

November 12, 2014

What if ICC World Cup final on March 29 is tied?

Though this has never happened in the history of ICC cricket world cup so far. However if there is a tie or match being washed out due to unplayable weather or pitch conditions, then the world cup trophy will be share among the finalists. This means that for the first time in the history of cricket we can get a chance to see 2 winners of world cup. Similar thing was observed in the past when India and Sri Lanka share the Asia Cup trophy as match didn't finished due to rain.

Though final match is gonna tied, it doesn't means same applies for the knock out matches in the world cup that starts on Feb 14th next year. If any of the match in the knock out stage like quarter finals or semi finals ends up in a draw then the team with higher standing in the points table will be awarded the right to proceed to the next round.I hope you remember the famous Australia Vs South Africa match in 1999 world cup semi finals. However don't be afraid the the knock  out matches might become dull or boring in case or poor weather conditions. There are reserve days for know out stage matches and chances are there that viewers will get to see full exciting ODI matches.

Keep an eye as there are just 3 more months left for the tournament to begun.


November 6, 2014

100 days to go for ICC world cup 2015

Yes the countdown has begun. Its just a matter of 100 more days and the tournament will be open. The world cup trophy is already traveling across the globe and soon it will reach the host nations Australia ans New Zealand. You can check the match schedule here and plan which match you want to watch. For those who want to support their team in person, there is an option to watch the match and city travel packages. You can check various packages at ICC official website.

India are the defending world cup champions but given the team form, fitness and experience level of player in foreign pitches I feel that it'd be a hell of a task for the defending champions. Indian team don't have the coach and senior players to defend the title. Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Nehra are not in the squad. Thus a lot es expected from the youngsters. Will they be able to cope with the pressure? We will get to know from the single opening match itself when India will play against Pakistan. This might be the first time that Pakistan will defeat India in a world cup match or they might have to keep waiting.

Now let discuss the finalist of the previous world cup. Yes the Sri Lankan cricket team, it seem that the Sri Lanka cricket team might be the one with most experienced player both in balling and batting. The team has the reputation of making it to the finals in both sub-continent and abroad conditions. This is the team to have played most number of world cup finals and remember they are the winner of ICC T20 world cup as well. This time Sri Lanka might target making it doubles of T20 and ODI world cup.

The team who have won most number of world cup is the co-host of the tournament. Yes I'm talking about Australian cricket team, but this team recently have a decline in form with many cricketers  retiring from ODIs. No matter the Aussie team is not in good touch these days still the team will have the advantage of home conditions and its always a hard task to beat Australia in home conditions.

Other teams to watch this world cup are Pakistan, South Africa and co-hosts New Zealand. The 100 days countdown will sound more interesting when you watch the video below:


This is the official TV commercial for the ICC cricket world cup 2015.

September 27, 2014

Lasith Malinga to Undergo Ankle Surgery Before World CUp 2015

The leading strike bowler for Sri Lankan cricket team Lasith Malinga has to undergo an ankle surgery. Malings has been suffering from some problem with his ankle from quiet a long time. The orthopedic surgeon he has been consulting has advised the fast bowler that he must undergo a surgery reason being that the ankle has detoriated to the extent where surgery is the only treatment option. Methods like cortisone injections and load monitoring which has worked till now might not help any further.



This means the the surgery will keep Malinga out of action for around 16 weeks and he is expected to recover and be available for training in January.  Malinga said that he is hopeful and give his best to be fit and play for the team in the upcoming cricket world cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. "I will do everything I can to be back for the World Cup" is his statement to the press. However at the same time he suggested that Sri Lanka cricket board might groom some your fast bowler so that team has someone prepared to play in his absence.

According to physicians is everything goes well, the fast bowler can get a chance to play few games against New Zealand in Sri Lanka teams tour to NZ and find his form and fitness. Sri Lanka is to play the world cup opening match against New Zealand on Feb 14. See the complete match details of 2015 world cup here.

We wish Lasith all the best for the operation and hope he will recover quickly and play for Sri Lanka in the world cup. It'd be nice to see Malinga Slinga yorkers in world cup. Wonder what a slinga is take a look in the view below:


July 5, 2014

2015 Cricket World Cup Match Schedule

My last post was about teams and pools in ICC cricket world cup 2015. In this post I'm going to share the list of match dates and venues for all the matches of world cup to be played across various venues in Australia and New Zealand. The opening match will be played between New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Christchurch  on 14th Feb, 2015. Australia will play their first match same day at Melbourne against England. Where India and Paskitan teams will have the most pressure filled opening match in the world cup history when both the teams will play against each other on 15th Feb.

Here is the full details of the matches:

  • 1st Match, Pool A - New Zealand v Sri Lanka AT Hagley Oval, Christchurch  on Feb 14
  • 2nd Match, Pool A - Australia v England at Melbourne Cricket Groundon Feb 14
  • 3rd Match, Pool B - South Aonca v Zimbabwe at Sedd Park, Hamilt  on Feb 15
  • 4th Match, Pool B - India v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval  on Feb 15
  • 5th Match, Pool B - Ireland v West Indies at Saxt Oval, Nels  M Feb 16
  • 6th Match, Pool A - New Zealand v Scotland at University Oval, Dunedin  on Feb 17
  • 7th Match, Pool A - Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Feb 18
  • 8th Match, Pool B - United Arab Emirates v Zimbabwe at Saxt Oval, Nels  on Feb 19
  • 9th Match, Pool A - New Zealand v England at Westpac Stadium, Wellingt  on Feb 20
  • 10th Match, Pool B - Pakistan v West Indies at Hagley Oval, Christchurch  on Feb 21
  • 11th Match, Pool A - Australia v Bangladesh at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woollogabba, Brisbane on Feb 21
  • 12th Match, Pool A - Afghanistan v Sri Lanka at University Oval, Dunedin on Feb 22
  • 13th Match, Pool B - India v South Aonca at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Feb 22
  • 14th Match, Pool A - England v Scotland at Hagley Oval, Christchurch M Feb 23 
  • 15th Match, Pool B - West Indies v Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Feb 24
  • 16th Match, Pool B - Ireland v United Arab Emirates at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woollogabba, Brisbane on Feb 25
  • 17th Match, Pool A - Afghanistan v Scotland at University Oval, Dunedin on Feb 26
  • 18th Match, Pool A - Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Feb 26
  • 19th Match, Pool B - South Aonca v West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground on Feb 27
  • 21st Match, Pool A - New Zealand v Australia at Eden Park, Auckland on Feb 28  
  • 20th Match, Pool B - India v United Arab Emirates at Western Australia Cricket Associati Ground, Perth on Feb 28
  • 22nd Match, Pool A - England v Sri Lanka at Westpac Stadium, Wellingt on Mar 1
  • 23rd Match, Pool B - Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woollogabba, Brisbane on Mar 1   
  • 24th Match, Pool B - Ireland v South Aonca at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Mar 3
  • 25th Match, Pool B - Pakistan v United Arab Emirates at McLean Park, Napier on Mar 4
  • 26th Match, Pool A - Australia v Afghanistan at Western Australia Cricket Associati Ground, Perth on Mar 4
  • 27th Match, Pool A - Bangladesh v Scotland at Saxt Oval, Nels on Mar 5 
  • 28th Match, Pool B - India v West Indiesat Western Australia Cricket Associati Ground, Perth on Mar 6
  • 29th Match, Pool B - Pakistan v South Aonca atEden Park, Auckland on Mar 7
  • 30th Match, Pool B - Ireland v Zimbabwe at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on Mar 7
  • 31st Match, Pool A - New Zealand v Afghanistan at McLean Park, Napier on Mar 8
  • 32nd Match, Pool A - Australia v Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on Mar 8
  • 33rd Match, Pool A - England v Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval M Mar 9
  • 34th Match, Pool B - India v Ireland on Mar 10  at Sedd Park, Hamilt
  • 35th Match, Pool A - Scotland v Sri Lanka at Bellerive Oval, Hobart on Mar 11
  • 36th Match, Pool B - South Aonca v United Arab Emirates at Westpac Stadium, Wellingt on Mar 12
  • 37th Match, Pool A - New Zealand v Bangladesh at Sedd Park, Hamilt on Mar 13
  • 38th Match, Pool A - Afghanistan v England at Sydney Cricket Ground on Mar 13
  • 39th Match, Pool B - India v Zimbabwe at Eden Park, Auckland on Mar 14
  • 40th Match, Pool A - Australia v Scotland atBellerive Oval, Hobart on Mar 14
  • 41st Match, Pool B - United Arab Emirates v West Indies at McLean Park, Napier on Mar 15 
  • 42nd Match, Pool B - Ireland v Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Mar 15
Knock out stages match schedule:
  • 1st Quarter-Final at Sydney Cricket Ground     on Mar 18     
  • 2nd Quarter-Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground     on Mar 19     
  • 3rd Quarter-Final at Adelaide Oval on Mar 20         
  • 4th Quarter-Final at Westpac Stadium, Wellingt on Mar 21          
  • 1st Semi-Final at Eden Park, Auckland on Mar 24         
  • 2nd Semi-Final at Sydney Cricket Ground     on Mar 26     
  • Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Mar 29         
So what are you waiting for, book your tickets accordingly. 

 

July 3, 2014

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Teams and Pools

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Qualifier Matches  that were held in January this year decided the 4 teams that will qualify for the ICC world cup 2015 along with the 10 test playing nations. Thus 14 teams will be participating in the world cup to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. Four teams to qualify from the world cup qualifiers are:

  1. Ireland
  2. Afganisthan
  3. Scotland
  4. UAE
Now the teams are divided in two pools i.e. Pool A and Pool B. Here is the list of teams in each pool:

Pool A Teams (ICC World Cup 2015)
  1. England
  2. Australia
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Bangladesh
  5. New Zealand
  6. Scotland
  7. Afghanistan
Pool B Teams (ICC World Cup 2015)
  1. South Africa
  2. India
  3. Pakistan
  4. West Indies
  5. Zimbabwe
  6. Ireland
  7. UAE

Fixtures for the ICC world cup 2015 has also been decaltedby ICC and I'll post the details of matches like date, time, participating teams and stadium/location name in my next post.

Keep visiting the blog for a complete coverage of 2015 cricket world cup til the finals being played Melbourne Cricket Ground on Mar29, 2015.