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India to play its WC opener against Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Defending Champions India will play its opener against traditional arch-rivals Pakistan on February 15 in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be staged in Australia and New Zealand.The World Cup will be staged from 14 February to 29 March, says a press release issued here.India won the 2011 event when it defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final in Mumbai. The 14 sides (10 Full Members and four qualifiers), as per their rankings on the Reliance ICC ODI Rankings table on 31 December 2012, have been divided into two pools. Pool A includes England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Qualifier 2 and Qualifier 3. Pool B comprises South Africa, Pakistan, India, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and Qualifier 4.The top four sides from each pool will progress to the quarter-finals, followed by the two semi-finals and the final. All the knock-out matches will have reserve days. ...


Proper domestic T20 league can revive local cricket: Younis ISLAMABAD: Former skipper Younis Khan has said that a long well-organized domestic Twenty20 league can help revive international cricket in the country.Talking to a private news channel, Younis Khan said a longer league in Pakistan would give out a positive message to the world. Such a league will also help new talent, he added.To a question about T-20 Ramazan tournament, Younis said the tournament had again proved that Pakistan can produce some best cricketers in ...

Hussey feels for stumbling Aussies SYDNEY: Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey said Tuesday he felt for the national team as it enters the third Ashes Test winless, acknowledging two losses would have left a "horrible feeling".Michael Clarke's men go into the third Test at Old Trafford on Thursday having lost the first two games of the series.The second loss at Lord's -- by a massive 347 runs -- was Australia's sixth successive Test defeat after a whitewash in a four-Test ...

Sri Lanka, South Africa want to light up dead rubber COLOMBO: Sri Lanka and South Africa will not let the intensity slip in Wednesday's fifth and final one-day international in Colombo even though the hosts have already wrapped up the series.The day-night game at the Premadasa stadium will hold only academic interest as Sri Lanka gained an unassailable 3-1 lead following their eight-wicket win in Pallekele on Sunday.South African captain AB de Villiers said he wants a win to improve his nation's poor track record ...

Stephens stumbles in Washington opener WASHINGTON: Sloane Stephens, coming off a quarter-final run at Wimbledon, crashed out Monday in the first round of the WTA and ATP Washington Open.The 20-year-old American, ranked 15th in the world and seeded second on the women's side of the $1.76 million hardcourt event, was ousted 7-5, 6-3 by Russia's Olga Puchkova."There were some (shots) I really couldn't believe went that far out," Stephens said. "The ball was flying everywhere."I just couldn't find it. When ...

Hosts Australia, NZealand to meet in World Cup MELBOURNE: Cricket World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand have been drawn in the same group for the 2015 tournament, while title-holders India will face off against long-time rival Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.The first match of the prestigious one-day tournament will be held in Christchurch, the New Zealand city devastated by an earthquake in 2011, when the locals take on Sri Lanka on February 14.Later that day, Australia will face Ashes foes England at the ...

Premier League teams count cost of Asia tours HONG KONG: The Premier League's top teams swarmed to Asia chasing the region's growing wealth and unquenchable thirst for English football, but they go home counting the fitness costs.At least two key players -- Jan Vertonghen of Spurs and Matija Nastasic of Manchester City -- suffered injuries during lucrative friendlies that could see them miss the start of the season, which kicks off in under three weeks.Manchester United's Wayne Rooney was in Bangkok for less ...


 



 
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