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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

No tweeting during WC: ICC tells players

In a bid to ensure a corruption-free World Cup following the spot-fixing scandal, the International Cricket Council has banned players and team officials from tweeting during matches.

Overseas wins will serve us well

I consider myself fortunate to have played in four editions of the World Cup, and with reasonable success.

The Cup’s brimming over in Lanka

Even before setting a foot on the Sri Lankan soil, one could feel the World Cup fever that has gripped the nation. Amol Karhadkar reports.

Pak team's biggest fan misses out on World Cup fun

Pakistan's "Uncle Cricket" is distraught to be missing out on watching World Cup matches on home soil with the strife-torn nation forced to look on as its neighbours host the showpiece event.

What Saqlain tucked inside his closet?

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has revealed that he had locked up his wife in a cupboard the night before the final against Australia in the 1999 World Cup in England to avoid disciplinary action.

Celebrating the cultures of sub continent

Dhaka’s Bangabandhu National Stadium will turn into an ocean for once, an amphitheatre showing the Bengali Language Movement the next moment and then a rock concert arena to usher in the World Cup 2011.

Chennai just can’t wait for the action to start

The street running down the eastern side of the MA Chidambaram Stadium is called Bells Road. A number of gates leading into the stadium are situated on that stretch.

WC business: All is lost if India doesn't win

Indian cricket fans are not the only cheerleaders for the country at this month's World Cup - advertisers, sponsors and broadcasters are counting on a home triumph to maximise their investment in the tournament.

Powerplay dilemma to haunt World Cup captains

Batting powerplay can be a double-edged sword and the popular perception is that the captains will need to handle it with care in the World Cup.

1983 triumph changed course of Indian cricket: Tendulkar

The epochal triumph of the Kapil Dev-led Indian team in the 1983 cricket World Cup changed the course of game in the country forever and is perhaps the greatest-ever feat in its history, says senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar.

Sleepy-head Raina gets wake-up call

Buying an ear-splitting alarm clock might be on top of Suresh Raina's shopping list after the Indian batsman almost missed his team's charter flight to Dhaka for their opening World Cup match against Bangladesh.

Punter bets $132,300 on India's WC win

An anonymous gambler has struck an 82,000 pounds ($132,300) bet with a London bookmaker on India winning the Cricket World Cup, one of the biggest ever laid in the one-day game.

Important for us to start on a winning note: Dhoni

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today underscored the significance of beginning the 2011 cricket World Cup on a winning note and insisted that their defeat by Bangladesh four years ago did not even cross their minds ahead of their match tomorrow.

Rickshaw pullers turn celebrities

Till Thursday evening, Amir Sahin of Madaripur and Netrokona’s Anwar Hossain were non-entities. But within the space of a few hours, these two men, normally seen in shabby clothes, have turned into celebrities.

Time to eat Bhajjis doosra, cheese no balls

Now dig into Bhajjis doosra murg or Sachin's only choice while watching Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar in action! For, eateries in and around Delhi have set the table for a lethal combination of food, beverage and cricket as the World Cup begins today.
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