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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Scheme for kids goes for a toss

The idea of the World Cup organisers to allow free entry of schoolchildren to non-India games has not gone as per plan.

Icing on the cake for Ross

When Ross Taylor last scored an ODI century before Tuesday, New Zealand were considered to be a better outfit than what they are now.

Sanga slams ICC for changing 2.5 metre rule

A supporter of using UDRS in international cricket, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara on Tuesday slammed the ICC for "chopping and changing" the 2.5m rule in LBW decisions in the World Cup.

Dhoni refuses to blame police, but sorry for spectators

Indian captain MS Dhoni today sympathised with the cricket fans who were lathi-charged in Nagpur during a mad rush for tickets for the high-profile India-South Africa World Cup clash but refused to blame the police for the incident.

Batting for O'Brien: Yuvraj, Raina offer to help out

India southpaw Yuvraj Singh has offered help to Irishman Niall O'Brien who lost his kit containing six bats after the India-Ireland match from the Chinnaswamy Stadium dressing room. Ashutosh Sharma reports.

Too early to talk about resurgence, West Indies coach

It was a spectacular decline after decades of dominance in international cricket but West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said his team's resurgence will not be as quick and there is still a long way to go before it reclaims old glory.

Don't pin all the blame on Kamran, says Waqar

Coach Waqar Younis admitted dropped catches by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal cost Pakistan the match against New Zealand but praised Ross Taylor for the innings of a lifetime.

Three arrested in Indore for betting on Pak-NZ match

Three bookies were arrested for accepting bets here on the Pakistan-New Zealand World Cup match, police said today.

Lankans aiming for big victory against Zimbabwe

Hosts Sri Lanka will be aiming for a resounding victory against Zimbabwe when the two teams square up in a group league encounter at the Pallekele International Stadium, in Pallekele on Thursday.

South Africa suffer Tahir injury scare

South Africa suffered a World Cup injury scare on Wednesday when in-form leg-spinner Imran Tahir fractured his left thumb.

We were under pressure, says Dhoni

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that being reduced to 99 for four by minnows Netherlands here Wednesday did put them under pressure but said it tested the middle-order which would stand them in good stead in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

ICC okays Broad’s replacement

The International Cricket Council confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the World Cup has approved England’s Chris Tremlett as a replacement player for the injured Stuart Broad, who is suffering from a side strain.

Tahir advised rest; unlikely to play against India

South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir was on Thursday rendered doubtful starter for Saturday's high-octane World Cup clash against India as he has been advised 10 days' rest to recover from a thumb fracture.

DDCA man in dressing room

Controversies and the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) appear inseparable. Just when they seemed to have wrapped up the World Cup matches without any major hiccup, a fresh row appeared to break out.

Wankhede set for matches

The revamped Wankhede Stadium, venue of the cricket World Cup's summit clash on April 2, is all geared up and ready to host its first international encounter in more than three and a half years, said Mumbai Cricket Association official Lalchand Rajput today.
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