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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Sachin didn't have it in him to succeed as a captain: Azhar

Former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin lashed out at the media for dragging him into an unnecessary controversy. He said it was not only him but "millions" of people who do not consider Tendulkar a good captain.

ICC decision 'backward' step, says Grant Flower

The International Cricket Council's proposal to trim the next World Cup to 10 teams is a step "backward", Zimbabwe batting coach Grant Flower said.

Captains sweat it out over 'dew factor' choices

The 'dew factor' at the World Cup looks likely to make captains sweat over their choices at the toss, adding a extra factor to think about in the subcontinent for the day/night matches.

Aussies look to raw pace to rise from Ashes

Australia will unleash their hungry pacemen against Zimbabwe in their World Cup opener on Monday in the first step to re-establish themselves as the undisputed dominant force in the one-day game.

Fake or real, everybody wants one

Three hundred-rupee notes is all you need for a brand new India cricket team jersey. You may not be in an air-conditioned shop, but at almost one-tenth the price of its original at stores, cricket jerseys are selling like hot cakes, ahead of the World Cup. Shubhodeep Chakravarty reports.

Birth certificates no bar at World Cup

Australians playing for Ireland, South Africans turning out for the Netherlands, Indians and Pakistanis in the Canadian team. A birth certificate is no bar at the World Cup.

Get set for cricket mania

This World Cup, get ready to eat, drink and breathe cricket. From the after-work buzz of dhabas to high-end cafes, there's no dearth of places to cheer for your favorite team. Here's a low-down on where to catch the action live.

Bangla bat for made-in-Pakistan

If the Bangladesh team does make it to the World Cup quarter-final this time, at least some of their players may ‘bat’ for Pakistan. The Sialkot-made CA 10,000 cricket bats are the latest craze of the Bangladesh players. Nilankur Das reports.

Security officials squabble over a bus seat

It's just not cricketers who are fussy about their seats, be it in the dressing room or the team bus. Security personnel too can be equally finicky. Subhash Rajta reports.

Ponting apologises, but draws flak from former players

Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Tuesday apologised for smashing an LCD screen in the team's dressing room following his run out in the World Cup opener against Zimbabwe, but his behaviour came under severe criticism from former cricketers.

Online streaming of WC matches big hit

Online streaming of the ongoing cricket World Cup is proving to be a hit among netizens, with the website of the broadcaster ESPN Star Sports registering over one million viewers in the India-Bangladesh opening match.

Bats signed by Tendulkar up for auction on eBay

Aiming to cash in on the interest generated by the ongoing Cricket World Cup, online market place eBay India has started auctioning bats autographed by master blaster Sachin Tendulkar for charity.

Ponting may escape trouble

Ricky Ponting's frustration after being run out in Monday's match against Zimbabwe caused damage to a TV set in the dressing room, although the Australia captain is unlikely to be penalised for that. HT reports. Verbal volleys

Not cricket, Rajapaksa says and bans song

 A cricket song supporting Sri Lanka in the World Cup, but carrying taunts and threats against other teams, including India, was taken off air after President Mahinda Rajapaksa found it offensive.

Butt starts new innings as cricket expert on TV Channel

Banned Pakistani player Salman Butt today made his debut as a cricket pundit during the World Cup match against Kenya despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) having reservations over his new job.
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