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Stragglers Scotland desperate to end losing streak LONDON: Scotland arrive at what will be their third World Cup desperate for a maiden tournament victory after eight defeats combined at the 1999 and 2007 editions.For a non-Test nation, the Scots' World Cup record may not seem that surprising but the fact they bowed out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean with a crushing eight-wicket defeat by fellow associate country the Netherlands tells its own story.For many years Scotland were regarded as one of the premier non-Test nations, supplying an England captain in the late Mike Denness during the 1970s and county stalwarts such as Essex's Brian Hardie.However, recently they've had to look on enviously as Ireland, the Netherlands and Afghanistan have all shone on the world stage, with Bangladesh making the transition from associate to Test status."We've underachieved over the last five to ten years," Scotland all-rounder Calum MacLeod told the CricInfo website. "We need to ...

Zimbabwe pack up their problems at World Cup JOHANNESBURG: If they are to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, Zimbabwe will need to beat Ireland and the UAE, the non-Test nations in Pool B, and find a way to defeat at least one of India, South Africa, Pakistan and the West Indies.It shapes as a tough but not impossible task and the Zimbabweans will have been encouraged by the dismal form of the West Indies during their series in South Africa.For a small cricketing ...
Broad apologises for minimum wage tweet LONDON: England fast bowler Stuart Broad insisted Tuesday he had not meant to insult low-paid workers following an angry response to a tweet about Britain's minimum wage."I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10 percent earners in the world. #stay #humble," the 28-year-old posted in a now deleted tweet.Given Broad, a senior England player for several years, earns considerably more than the minimum wage, there were many who took ...
Narine pulls out of West Indies World Cup squad ST. JOHN'S: Highly-rated off-spinner Sunil Narine on Tuesday pulled out of the West Indies World Cup squad, saying he needed more time to work on his bowling action.The 26-year-old has undergone "intense remedial work" after being suspended from last year's Champions League Twenty20 for an illegal action, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said in a statement.Narine was ruled to have exceeded the the 15-degree flexion allowance, the Board explained. But Narine said he still ...
Green-shirts show against local team bad signal: Sarfraz ISLAMABAD: Former Test cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz Tuesday said Pakistan's consecutive defeats against New Zealand's Board President XI team was a bad signal for the green-shirts to win the World Cup. The team's mediocre performance even against locals showed that the players lacked the passion and aggression, he said while talking to APP.The team lost the first one day international (ODI) against Board President by six wickets and the second by one wicket. It may be ...
Smith wins Allan Border Medal MELBOURNE: Steve Smith on Tuesday capped a remarkable season by sweeping the main awards at the annual Allan Border Medal ceremony, including Australian player of the year.The prolific batsman, who was promoted to national captain in the absence of the injured Michael Clarke, also took out the one-day and Test player awards.He was a runaway winner for the Allan Border Medal -- judged on performances in Tests and one-dayers throughout the season -- by polling ...
World's largest cricket bat claim staked by UAE ISLAMABAD: It is another feather in Dubai's cap which celebrated the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with a Guinness World Record attempt.The 32-metre long and four-metre wide cricket bat was displayed on Monday at the ICC Academy in Dubai, Khaleej Times reported on Tuesday.It has been created by the leading pay TVnetwork OSN for in a bid to clinch the Guinness World Record for the largest cricket bat.As tall as an eight to ...


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