October 3rd, 2006

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West Indies, Pakistan open 2007 World Cup

The hosts West Indies and Pakistan will play the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 after the schedule was announced here.

Group D clash between the West Indies and Pakistan will be on March 13 at the newly renovated Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. The round robin play will see six matches over 11 days, with the final match of the Group slated for March 23, between the West Indies and Ireland who secured their place at the showpiece by reaching the final of recent International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy.

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No-hopers Zimbabwe set for brief encounter

Zimbabwe are braced for their latest trial by fire in the heat of the Champions Trophy. Barring a miracle, their trip to India will be brief. The besieged African side, still sitting out Test matches, have to play the qualifying tournament at the event with matches against Sri Lanka, the West Indies and Bangladesh with just two sides making the latter stages.

They go into the competition on the back of a 3-0 defeat by South Africa, a series which finished with their neighbours racking up 418 in Potchefstroom, only the fourth time 400 has been made in a ODI.

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India look to restore faith in own backyard

Indian fans are steadily losing faith in their high-profile cricketers who have promised greatness but delivered little ahead of the Champions Trophy.

A 4-1 defeat in the West Indies in May and one win in four one-dayers in the recent triangular series in Kuala Lumpur have raised serious questions about whether Rahul Dravid’s Indians are capable of hitting the jackpot this time.

Nothing went right for India in Malaysia, despite innovative training methods, experiments in the batting order and the presence of exciting stroke-makers. Indian players trained with army soldiers in commando fatigues before the start of the Malaysia tournament. But Kuala Lumpur showed that the team required more than just off-field training to taste on-field success.

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ICC ball-tampering hearing hurt

Richie Benaud says last week’s International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing into ball tampering arising from last month’s forfeited fourth Test between England and Pakistan has hurt world cricket.

The respected former Australian captain and cricket commentator said the ICC hearing was “crass and unbecoming” and he criticized Pakistan’s decision to refuse to re-enter the field instead of accepting the umpire’s ruling at The Oval.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was cleared of ball tampering but found guilty by the ICC of bringing the game into disrepute over his side’s refusal to play. Inzamam was banned for four One-day Internationals (ODI), which effectively rules him out of next month’s Champions Trophy tournament in India.

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Favourites may not clinch ICC Trophy: Lara

laraWest Indies captain Brian Lara believes that the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy One-day International (ODI) tournament in India could throw up a surprise winner.

“Australia have to be favourites because they are ranked number one. South Africa are number two, but the winners may be some other team in these testing conditions,” Lara told reporters here on Sunday. “India also have a good chance as they are playing at home and are a force to reckon with. They can beat any team on their day.”

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Wasim fears tough times for Flintoff in Ashes

wasimAndrew Flintoff faces a difficult time as England captain in next month’s Ashes in Australia, his long-time friend and former Pakistan cricket great Wasim Akram said on Monday.

Australia, raring to avenge their last year’s Ashes defeat in England, start as huge favourites to clinch back the coveted urn in the Ashes starting with the first Test in Brisbane from November 23.

“The choice of Flintoff as captain is good but I fear he will be leading a losing team in the forthcoming Ashes. The Australians are going to crush England and only an extraordinary performance can avert the outcome,” Wasim told AFP.

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England to ask Pakistan to pay for Oval damages

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) may ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to pay damages up to $1.5 million for losses the ECB incurred because of the cancellation of the fifth day of The Oval Test. In the next few days the PCB is likely to receive formal notification from the ECB on this matter, ‘The Sunday Times’ reported.

After Pakistan refused to come out of the dressing room to resume play following the tea interval on day four because of being penalised for unproven ball-tampering charges, the match was awarded to England.

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Pakistan to accept Hair standing again

Pakistan would accept an International Cricket Council (ICC) decision allowing controversial Australian umpire Darrel Hair to stand again in international matches, Chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan said on Sunday.

The ICC removed Hair from this month’s Champions Trophy in India after his central role in the ball-tampering row that marred Pakistan’s recent tour of England. The PCB have asked the ICC to omit Hair from any future games involving Pakistan.

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Pakistan must learn to live without Inzamam

inzamamPakistan cricket team’s coach Bob Woolmer on Monday urged his young side to learn to live without banned captain Inzamam-ul-Haq at this month’s ICC Champions Trophy.

“Obviously losing Inzamam is a big loss, both as a player and as captain, but in a way at some stage Pakistan will have to learn to live without Inzamam,” Woolmer said. Inzamam was handed a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last week for bringing the game into disrepute after he led his team’s refusal to play in the fourth Test against England at The Oval in August. But he was acquitted of ball tampering.

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We want to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan hope to turn the absence of inspirational captain Inzamam-ul-Haq to their advantage when the Champions Trophy one-day tournament starts in India this month.

Inzamam, banned for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for forfeiting the infamous Oval Test against England, would have been Pakistan’s mainstay in their bid to win the 10-nation event. The 36-year-old, whose 367 appearances are equalled only by India’s Sachin Tendulkar and is one of only four players to compile 10,000 one-day runs, is widely regarded as one of the game’s foremost batsmen.

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Sri Lanka can challenge for Champions Trophy: Moody

moodySri Lanka’s cricket coach Tom Moody on Saturday said his team had improved vastly since their last tour of India and should do well in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

“We are a good side now in all three departments of the game with several youngsters performing creditably,” Moody said before his team’s departure for the neighbouring country. Marvan Atapattu-led Sri Lanka were last year thrashed 2-0 in a Test series and 6-1 in a One-day International (ODI) series in India. But they had a remarkable change in fortunes when they drew a three-Test series in England 1-1 and blanked them 5-0 in ODIs.

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