Monday, March 14, 2011

world cup 2011 Final tickets on sale

TICKETS for the Cricket World Cup final are available online through a ballot by the Mumbai Cricket Association. There are 2500 tickets available and offshore applications will be accepted. The ballot is open until March 18. Go to: Sports staff

'Ricky still our man'

CRICKET Australia boss James Sutherland insists Ricky Ponting's future as captain is not in danger. But ex-Test stars Ian Chappell, Doug Walters and Geoff Lawson are calling for him to quit and to be replaced by Michael Clarke. Former Test captains Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor, along with businessman Don Argus and former ICC boss Malcolm Speed, are set to embark on a review of cricket in Australia. - Sports staff

Chittagong's day off

PEOPLE in Chittagong were given the day off yesterday to watch Bangladesh play the Netherlands. Offices and schools were shut as a sell-out crowd of 18000 jammed the local stadium. Three of the four previous matches hosted by Bangladesh in Dhaka and Chittagong fell on Fridays, a weekly holiday in the country. - Sapa-AFP

Porterfield scolded

IRELAND'S captain William Porterfield was reprimanded by Cricket World Cup organisers yesterday after publicly attacking an umpiring decision in their 44-run defeat by West Indies last week. Porterfield said a reviewed decision to give Irishman Gary Wilson out lbw although he appeared to be hit outside the off-stump while playing a shot - and thus not out - had been wrong. - Reuters

Swann's 'wet' excuse

ENGLAND spinner Graeme Swann admits he was "wrong" to swear and lose his temper during the match with Bangladesh last Friday. He said he had become frustrated with the ball becoming wet because of dew, but added that the ICC was wrong to fine him. "When you have venues where the dew is heavy, day-night cricket shouldn't be played there," he said. - Sports staff

Willis lays into Prior

FORMER England skipper Bob Willis, now a Sky Sports pundit, has laid into the England team at the Cricket World Cup, saying they "have never been good at 50-over cricket" and "resemble a club team". He reserved particular condemnation for Matt Prior, who was "so dozy it was unbelievable" when he was stumped in the defeat against Bangladesh. "He looked like one of the Seven Dwarfs," Willis fumed. - Sports staff

'End of Strauss era'

DESPITE England cricket's managing director Hugh Morris denying that captain Andrew Strauss is poised to retire from ODI cricket, the London Daily Telegraph insists that the team "is approaching the end of an era". It suggested Alastair Cook or Ian Bell would be possible successors. - Sports staff

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