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ICC World Cup 2011

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India World Cup favourites, say greats

NEW DELHI: "The Cup that counts". The mood for the cricket World Cup 2011 to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh was set at a glittering function on Thursday.

At the event, while ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat spoke about how excited the entire ICC team was as it tried to put together a 'memorable' World Cup, host broadcaster ESPN-STAR Sports MD Manu Sawhney revealed that it would be the biggest cricket production of all times.

However, the piece de resistance was the coming together of four World Cup winners, three of the winning captains - Vivian Richards (1975, 79), Imran Khan (1992), Arjuna Ranatunga (1996) and Kapil Dev (1983) - on one platform. The cricket greats not only shared their Cup experiences, they also pulled up each other with funny and interesting reminiscences, besides dwelling on the upcoming jamboree.

The legends felt that India were the top favourites for the Cup but also struck a note of caution regarding their chances. "India are very strong, they playing at home and have good bench strength and so are the favourites with Sri Lanka a close second," felt Imran. He, however, said that the pressure of being a favourite could be too much sometimes. "The best teams don't necessarily win always. The important thing is how you cope with the pressure because the pressure at a World Cup is different from any other," Imran said.

The former Pakistani captain also felt that the upcoming South African tour would serve India's interest well ahead of the Cup. "It's always good to test yourself against quality opposition before a big event. It toughens you up."

For Ranatunga, Sri Lanka were as big a favourite as anyone. He, interestingly, felt that playing at home could be India's nemesis. "India tend to falter when playing in front of a huge home crowd." Kapil, meanwhile, thought that India should avoid injuries before the Cup. "We're playing too much cricket and that can lead to injuries to key players."

Meanwhile, a candid Lorgat said that he did not realise that the World Cup would generate so much excitement so early. "When I look around in the ICC headquarters, I can see the excitement in everyone. In fact, even Australian and English cricketers, now playing the high-pressure Ashes series, have started thinking about the World Cup." Lorgat also informed that many promotional events would be held, and not only in the sub-continent, to create a buzz about the event.

Sawhney informed that a 350 strong workforce would be in operation to cover the tournament. Among 'several firsts' that Sawhney listed would be high-definition (HD) telecast of the event. "At least, 27 cameras will be there to cover every match and 37 games will be simulcast in Hindi," he said. Meanwhile, the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in a World Cup.


Imran on Javed Miandad: Javed has not changed a bit. He is exactly what he was when he was 18. The process of evolution has bypassed him. But he is a fighter. I never had any problem with him; it's a question about how you handle him.

Kapil on Sachin Tendulkar: I hope he plays in this World Cup... He is the most important player in the Indian team if he is not injured. You never know, he may play in the 2015 World Cup too.

Imran on Viv Richards: Greatest batsman of all times for me...I didn't see Bradman bat. The difference between Viv and all other batsmen in our time was that while the others wanted to just defend against fast bowling, Viv would attack the fast men. He never betrayed any nervousness on the field, any fear.

Ranatunga on his tactics against Aussies during 1996 WC: We wanted to play Australia in the final because they had refused to (a security issue) come to Colombo for the opening ceremony of the 1996 Cup. Australia were very strong, hit us hard, even verbally and I thought of firing some of my own salvos. So, at a PC, I said that Warne and the Waugh brothers were highly overrated cricketers. It worked nicely as they began thinking about what I said. In the final at Lahore, when I walked into bat, some Australian players said, 'Here comes the greatest cricketer in the world... we're all overrated ones.' My plan was working well. I went to Aravinda who was batting at the other end and told him there was nothing to worry. You just keep batting.

Viv on the great catch Kapil took to dismiss him in the 1983 final: It was an outstanding catch and among all Indian fielders, only Kapil could have taken that.

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The ICC runs a number of tournaments and events. The first, the World Cup, was launched in 1975 (the women had staged their own competition two years earlier) and in 1979 they held the first ICC Trophy, a one-day event for Associate members. In 1998 the first Champions Trophy was played and in 2004 the Intercontinental Cup, designed to give Associates exposure to first-class cricket, appeared. In 2005 the ICC held a Super Series - between Australia and a World XI - but it was largely criticised and is unlikely to reappear. In 2007 the first ICC World Twenty20 occurred in South Africa.
In addition to the higher-profile events, the ICC also runs the World Cricket League. Spread over five divisions, it involves most Associates in international one-day competition with relegation and promotion between divisions.

Since the ICC merged with the Women's Cricket Council in 2005, the ICC has taken on the responsibility for women's events.

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Canada :
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Europe (excluding UK and Ireland):
ESPNStar and DD National (Doordarsan)
Middle East (Including Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and all):
Arab Radio and Television Network
New Zealand :
Sky Sport
Pacific Islands :
Sky Pacific
GEO Super and Pakistan Television Network (PTV)
Sri Lanka :
Rupavahini Corporation
South Africa :
SABC and Supersport
South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives):
United Kingdom and Ireland:
Sky Sports
United States:
West Indies :
Caribbean Media Corporation

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Feb 19, 2011 Bangladesh vs India , 1st ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Feb 20, 2011 New Zealand vs Kenya , 2nd ODI Match
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Feb 20, 2011 Sri Lanka vs Canada , 3rd ODI Match
Hambantota Cricket Stadium, Hambantota

Feb 21, 2011 Australia vs Zimbabwe , 4th ODI Match
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Feb 22, 2011 England vs Netherlands , 5th ODI Match
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

Feb 23, 2011 Pakistan vs Canada , 6th ODI Match
Hambantota Cricket Stadium, Hambantota

Feb 24, 2011 South Africa vs West Indies , 7th ODI Match
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Feb 25, 2011 Australia vs New Zealand , 8th ODI
Match Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

Feb 25, 2011 Bangladesh vs Ireland , 9th ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Feb 26, 2011 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka , 10th ODI
Match R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Feb 27, 2011 India vs England , 11th ODI Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Feb 28, 2011 Canada vs Zimbabwe , 13th ODI Match
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

Feb 28, 2011 West Indies vs Netherlands , 12th ODI Match
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Mar 1, 2011 Sri Lanka vs Kenya , 14th ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 2, 2011 England vs Ireland , 15th ODI Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Mar 3, 2011 Pakistan vs Canada , 17th ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 3, 2011 South Africa vs Netherlands , 16th ODI Match
Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali

Mar 4, 2011 New Zealand vs Zimbabwe , 18th ODI Match
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Mar 4, 2011 Bangladesh vs West Indies , 19th ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Mar 5, 2011 Australia vs Sri Lanka , 20th ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 6, 2011 India vs Ireland , 21st ODI Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Mar 6, 2011 South Africa vs England , 22nd ODI Match
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mar 7, 2011 Canada vs Kenya , 23rd ODI Match
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Mar 8, 2011 Pakistan vs New Zealand , 24th ODI Match
Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Mar 9, 2011 India vs Netherlands , 25th ODI Match Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Mar 10, 2011 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe , 26th ODI Match
Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Mar 11, 2011 West Indies vs Ireland , 27th ODI Match
Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali

Mar 11, 2011 Bangladesh vs England , 28th ODI Match
Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Mar 12, 2011 India vs South Africa , 29th ODI Match
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

Mar 13, 2011 New Zealand vs Canada , 30th ODI Match
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mar 13, 2011 Australia vs Kenya , 31st ODI Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Mar 14, 2011 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe , 32nd ODI Match
Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy

Mar 14, 2011 Bangladesh vs Netherlands , 33rd ODI Match
Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

Mar 15, 2011 South Africa vs Ireland , 34th ODI Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Mar 16, 2011 Australia vs Canada , 35th ODI Match
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Mar 17, 2011 England vs West Indies , 36th ODI Match
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mar 18, 2011 Sri Lanka vs New Zealand , 37th ODI Match
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Mar 18, 2011 Ireland vs Netherlands , 38th ODI Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Mar 19, 2011 Pakistan vs Australia , 39th ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 19, 2011 Bangladesh vs South Africa , 40th ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Mar 20, 2011 Zimbabwe vs Kenya , 41st ODI Match
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Mar 20, 2011 India vs West Indies , 42nd ODI Match
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

Mar 23, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 1st Quarter Final ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Mar 24, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 2nd Quarter Final ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 25, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 3rd Quarter Final ODI Match
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Mar 26, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 4th Quarter Final ODI Match
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

Mar 29, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 1st Semi Final ODI Match
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Mar 30, 2011 TBC vs TBC , 2nd Semi Final ODI Match
Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali

Apr 2, 2011 TBC vs TBC , The Final ODI Match
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

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ICC moves to prevent World Cup match-fixing

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) says it has taken the necessary steps to prevent match-fixing during next year's World Cup.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told reporters here Thursday that the world body has the system in place to prevent match-fixing. ICC is not taking any chances after three Pakistani cricketers - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer - were found to be allegedly involved in spot-fixing during the Test series in England earlier this year.

'We have taken necessary steps to check match-fixing. We have now more people in the fold to keep a check on these matters. We are in touch with the authorities and are taking stock of the situation,' said Lorgat.

The South African also said that the ICC is taking all necessary steps to ensure security during matches.

Queried whether there has been a review of security arrangements in the wake of Tuesday's bomb blast in Varanasi, Lorgat said: 'These things are a fact of life. But we have a system in place to take care of it. We have a detail plan and a backup as well. Security will be foolproof.'

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Afridi wants to hang up his boots on a 2011 World Cup high

Karachi, Dec 11(ANI): Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi has expressed his desire to end his career on a high after having led his side to the 2011 World Cup title. Talking to media persons, Afridi said that he had a burning ambition to see Pakistan win the World Cup."Part of that ambition was fulfilled last year when we won the Twenty20 World Cup in England but as captain I would love to end my career having led the side to the World Cup title next year in the sub-continent," the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.

Afridi pointed out that 2010 had been a very demanding year for Pakistan cricket, and he wanted to see the team start off on a winning note in 2011."In the new year we will try to give Pakistan cricket the place it deserves," he said.He also clarified that he had never said that the national team was not on the right track as far as preparations for the World Cup were concerned. "I think I was misunderstood in what I wanted to say. I was talking about settling on a 100 percent combination but I believe that we have already accomplished 90 percent of the task in finalising our squad for the World Cup," he explained.

The skipper said that the upcoming tour to New Zealand would help the team prepare for the World Cup. "I am sure that this tour will enhance the confidence of our players and that would reflect in the World Cup. Playing in difficult batting conditions in New Zealand and then on the subcontinental pitches in the World Cup will be something our players will relish."Afridi pointed out that both Pakistan and New Zealand would be looking to win the upcoming series, in order to hit the right form before the World Cup. "And that is why the forthcoming series will be intensive and interesting. If we can take advantage of the pressure the Kiwis are feeling right now after being beaten by Bangladesh and India, then I am sure our players will go into the World Cup as a confident lot," he added.

On the presence of former Pakistan great Javed Miandad in the training camp as batting consultant, the all-rounder said that the former captain's guidance would be "much appreciated". "Obviously I don't think that Miandad can now change the technique of at least the senior players but his guidance is much appreciated and the tips that come from him are always very helpful," said Afridi. (ANI)

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ICC Names Umpires For 2011 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that six members of its international panel of umpires will join its list of 12 Elite Panel members to officiate at the 2011 World Cup.

Kumar Dharmasena, Richard Kettleborough, Nigel Llong, Bruce Oxenford, Amish Saheba, Shahvir Tarapore will join Billy Bowden, Aleem Dar, Steve Davis, Billy Doctrove, Marais Erasmus, Ian Gould, Daryl Harper, Tony Hill, Asad Rauf, Asoka de Silva, SImon Taufel and Rod Tucker for the event, which is to be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

Enamul Hoque-Moni has been named as the reserve umpire and he will officiate warm-up matches ahead of the tournament getting underway in Dhaka on 19th February.

Chris Broad, Jeff Crowe, Ranjan Madugalle, Roshan Mahanama and Andy Pycroft will serve as match referees for the tournament.

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Prudential World Cup 1975

The Prudential Cup trophyThe inaugural Cricket World Cup was hosted in 1975 by England, the only nation able to put forward the resources to stage an event of such magnitude at that time. The 1975 tournament started on June 7. The first three events were held in England and officially known as the Prudential Cup after the sponsors Prudential plc. The matches consisted of 60 six-ball overs per team, played during the daytime in traditional form, with the players wearing cricket whites and using red cricket balls.
Eight teams participated in the first tournament: Australia, England, the West Indies, New Zealand, India, and Pakistan (the six Test nations at the time), together with Sri Lanka and a composite team from East Africa. One notable omission was South Africa, who were banned from international cricket due to apartheid. The tournament was won by the West Indies, who defeated Australia by 17 runs in the final at Lord's.


The 1979 World Cup saw the introduction of the ICC Trophy competition to select non-Test playing teams for the World Cup, with Sri Lanka and Canada qualifying.[15] West Indies won a second consecutive World Cup tournament, defeating the hosts, England, by 92 runs in the final. At a meeting which followed the World Cup, the International Cricket Conference agreed to make the competition a quadrennial event.


The 1983 event was hosted by England for a third consecutive time. By this time, Sri Lanka had become a Test-playing nation, and Zimbabwe qualified through the ICC Trophy. A fielding circle was introduced, 30 yards (27 m) away from the stumps. Four fieldsmen needed to be inside it at all times. India, an outsider quoted at 66-1 to win by bookmakers before the competition began, were crowned champions after upsetting the West Indies by 43 runs in the final.[10]


The 1987 tournament, named the Reliance World Cup after their Indian sponsors, was held in India and Pakistan, the first time that the competition was held outside England. The games were reduced from 60 to 50 overs per innings, the current standard, because of the shorter daylight hours in the Indian subcontinent compared with England's summer. Australia won the championship by defeating England by 7 runs in the final, the closest margin in World Cup final history.


The 1992 World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand, introduced many changes to the game, such as coloured clothing, white balls, day/night matches, and an alteration to the fielding restrictions. The South African cricket team participated in the event for the first time, following the fall of the apartheid regime and the end of the international sports boycott. Pakistan overcame a dismal start to emerge as winners, defeating England by 22 runs in the final.


The 1996 championship was held in the Indian subcontinent for a second time, with the inclusion of Sri Lanka as host for some of its group stage matches. In the semi-final, Sri Lanka, heading towards a crushing victory over India at Eden Gardens (Calcutta) after their hosts lost eight wickets while scoring 120 runs in pursuit of 254, were awarded victory by default after riots broke out in protest against the Indian performance. Sri Lanka went on to win their maiden championship by defeating Australia by seven wickets in the final, which was held in Lahore.


In 1999 the event was hosted by England, with some matches also being held in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Netherlands. Australia qualified for the semi-finals after reaching their target in their Super 6 match against South Africa off the final over of the match. They then proceeded to the final with a tied match in the semi-final (also against South Africa) where a mix-up between South African batsmen Lance Klusener and Allan Donald saw Donald drop his bat and stranded mid-pitch to be run out. In the final, Australia dismissed Pakistan for 132 and then reached the target in less than 20 overs, with eight wickets in hand.


South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted the 2003 World Cup. The number of teams participating in the event increased from twelve to fourteen. Kenya's victories over Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, among others — and a forfeit by the New Zealand team, which refused to play in Kenya because of security concerns — enabled Kenya to reach the semi-finals, the best result by an associate. In the final, Australia made 359 runs for the loss of two wickets, the largest ever total in a final, defeating India by 125 runs.


In 2007 the tournament was hosted by the West Indies; the Cricket World Cup became the first such tournament to be hosted on all six populated continents. Bangladesh progressed to the second round for the first time, after defeating India, and they later went on to defeat South Africa in the second round. Ireland making their World Cup debut tied with Zimbabwe and defeated Pakistan to progress to the second round, where they went on to defeating Bangladesh to get promoted to the main ODI table. Following their defeat to Ireland, the Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room; it was later found out that he died of heart failure, though his death may not have been a direct result of the match's outcome. Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs (D/L), in farcical light conditions, extending their undefeated run in the World Cup to 29 matches and winning three straight World Cups.
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1975 Clive Lloyd WI
102 runs

1979 Viv Richards WI

1983 Mohinder Amarnath IND
3/12 and 26

1987 David Boon AUS
75 runs

1992 Wasim Akram PAK
33 and 3/49

1996 Aravinda de Silva SL
107* and 3/42

1999 Shane Warne AUS

2003 Ricky Ponting AUS

2007 Adam Gilchrist AUS
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