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    View Poll Results: Who Will Win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 ? ? ?

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      41 70.69%
    • ● South Africa

      14 24.14%
    • ● Australia

      9 15.52%
    • ● New Zealand

      13 22.41%
    • ● England

      0 0%
    • ● West Indies

      1 1.72%
    • ● Pakistan

      1 1.72%
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      3 5.17%
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      Default 100 Greatest World Cup Moments Countdown ~ 100 Days to Go 06/11/14

      100 . Shoaib Akhtar, the 100mph thunderbolt

      He had done it unofficially in New Zealand the year before, but when Shoaib Akhtar hurled one at 100.23mph at England’s Nick Knight during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003, it was as official as it could get and the legend of 'Da Fastest Bowler' was born!




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      The 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, among other things, was also a fight between Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee for the title of World’s Fastest Bowler. Lee, had said that he would rather pick up wickets than try to hit 100mph, and to many, Akhtar put it beyond doubt anyway when he delivered a 100.04 thunderbolt while on tour in New Zealand. But that wasn’t accepted as official, as one of the guns in use had broken down. As far as Akhtar was concerned, he wanted to do it on the biggest stage, and put the matter beyond doubt – once and for all.


      Greatest CWC Moment - 100 Days to Go

      Shoaib Akhtar began his second over like many other of his opening spells in World Cups, bowling at raw pace. However, in the Pool A match against England on February 22, 2003 in Cape Town, something very special was about to happen. Akhtar, who always bowls at express pace, was really ticking and as the over progressed it seemed as though every ball got faster. His second ball was clocked at 98.4mph, his fifth at 99.1mph and with this express pace was also great control as England's Nick Knight played out five dot balls.

      And so came the last ball of Shoaib Akhtar’s over, the fourth of the England innings. Knight was still on strike when Akhtar delivered another brutishly quick delivery, the left-hander was clearly hurried for pace but managed to drop it into the leg side for no run, the end of the over came a maiden for Akhtar and it appeared as though that was simply that.



      “It’s a sharp intake of breath from me! And I’m not stood 22 yards away from him!”

      David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd on commentary after the record is broken


      But as Knight walked towards Marcus Trescothick, his partner, a cheer rose from the crowd – on the giant screen flashed 161.3 k/ph or over 100.2 miles per hour and history was made.

      There wasn’t a huge response from the players – Knight turned around to check what the cheer was about, and Akhtar went off towards the boundary, having finished his over. Then as he saw the big-screen and the World Cup Record was broken and cheers rang around the ground, Shoaib Akhtar celebrated like he had taken a wicket and flashed a victory sign in the general direction of the dressing room as he walked.

      Was it to signal his achievement or to indicate that it was the second time he had done it? Either way he knew that he had won the war of who was the fastest and his legend in Cricket World Cup history was assured.


      I wanted to do it and I said that before the match to the coach and the manager I wanted to do it in the second over. When I get my arm back there I gain more power. It's a different action and then I just bowl quicker in the air. When I'd done 158kph then I said, this is the time, I just cross the barrier and finish it for the rest of my life.

      Shoaib Akhtar on the 100mph record


      What happened next

      That Akhtar delivery became nothing more than a footnote as England put up 246 and bowled Pakistan out for 134 to win what was a crucial group match in the tournament. Knight scored 15 before Waqar Younis had his number and Akhtar returned figures of 1 for 63 from nine overs, his only wicket that of Michael Vaughan.

      Interestingly, neither team went on to make the Super Six stage and Lee, though he ended up slower than Akhtar, got his hands on the World Cup trophy when Australia beat India by 125 runs in the final on March 23 in Johannesburg.

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      Default ‘ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – TV Commercial

      ‘ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – TV Commercial

      Be the first to watch the brand new TV commercial which has launched ahead of the 100 Days to Go celebrations in Australia and New Zealand

      ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Official TV Commercial - YouTube

      November 6th marks 100 Days to Go to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. There will be a series of celebrations to mark the occasion in both Auckland and Sydney.

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      Default ICC announced a 20% increase in prize money for next year's World Cup in Australia & New Zealand

      International Cricket Council raises World Cup prize money

      Dubai: The International Cricket Council on Monday announced a 20 per cent increase in prize money for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

      The winners will take home $4.3 million - but if a team remains unbeaten that would rise to more than $4.6 million.

      A total of $11.5 million, an increase of approximately 20 per cent over the World Cup 2011, will be available, according to the ICC.



      The 2011 edition jointly hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had prizemoney of $9.2 million.

      The team which loses the March 29 final at Melbourne will pocket $2 million while the two losing semi-finalists will each get $692,000.

      The four losing quarter-finalists will receive $346,000 each while the winners of each group match will get $52,000, the ICC said.

      All six teams eliminated from the first stage will get $40,000 apiece.

      The decision was taken at a two-day ICC Board meeting in Dubai. Playing conditions were also finalised for the World Cup which will be held from February 14 to March 29.

      The ICC also announced that the Decision Review System (DRS) would be used in all 49 matches and that there would only be reserve days in the knock-out phase.

      It also added that there would be no super over in tied matches in the knock-out phase.

      In case of a tied quarter-final and semi-final, the side finishing in the higher position in the group stage would progress.

      If the final is tied or if the match is a no-result, then the teams will be declared joint winners.

      The ICC Board approved cut-off dates for qualification to the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup.

      The top eight sides on the ICC one-day rankings on 30 September 2015 will qualify for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

      The cut-off date for the 10-team 2019 World Cup, also in England, was set for 30 September 2017.

      The top eight ranked sides on that date will automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the ninth and 10th ranked teams will play in the World Cup qualifying competition in Bangladesh in 2018.

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      ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Warm-up matches schedule announced



      The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the complete schedule of the ICC World Cup 2015, including match timings. A total of 14 non-One-Day International (ODI) warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney from February 8-13, with host and four-time former world champion Australia taking on reigning world champion India at Adelaide Oval on the first day.

      Four matches will be played on the second day, with Christchurch hosting South Africa and Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, and co-host New Zealand and Zimbabwe going head to head at Bert Sutcliffe Oval. In Sydney, England will face West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and Blacktown will host the Asian clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh.

      Three qualifiers will be in action on Tuesday, February 10, day three of the warm-up matches. European rivals Ireland and Scotland will lock horns at Blacktown in Sydney.

      Eight sides will feature on Wednesday, 11 February. New Zealand will meet South Africa at Hagley Oval, and Sri Lanka will take on Zimbabwe at Bert Sutcliffe Oval (both matches in Christchurch), 1992 World Cup finalists England and Pakistan will test each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Australia will play the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

      On Thursday, February 12, the West Indies will play Scotland at the Sydney Cricket Ground and Ireland will play Bangladesh in Blacktown, while Friday, February 13, sees the UAE play Afghanistan at Melbourne’s Junction Oval in the final warm-up game.

      Additionally, the ICC has also confirmed the match start times of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

      The tournament opener on February 14 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will start at 1100 (NZT), while Australia will square-off against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the same day with the first ball to be bowled at 1430 (AEDT).

      The final On March 29 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will start at 1430 (AEDT).

      The schedule of warm-up matches is:

      Sunday, 8 February -India v Australia (1400), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

      Monday, 9 February – South Africa v Sri Lanka (1100), Hagley Oval, Christchurch; New Zealand v Zimbabwe (1100), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch; England v West Indies (1430), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; Pakistan v Bangladesh (1430), Blacktown ISP, Sydney

      Tuesday, 10 February – Ireland v Scotland (1430), Blacktown ISP, Sydney; India v Afghanistan (1400), Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

      Wednesday, 11 February – New Zealand v South Africa (1100), Hagley Oval, Christchurch; Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (1100), Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Christchurch; Australia v UAE (1430), Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; England v Pakistan (1430), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

      Thursday, 12 February – West Indies v Scotland (1000), Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney; Ireland v Bangladesh (1000), Blacktown ISP, Sydney

      Friday, 13 February – Afghanistan v UAE (1000) Junction Oval, Melbourne.

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      Total 14 Non-ODI warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Christchurch from February 8 to 13

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      Default No Yuvi, No Gambhir, No Sehwag, No Zaheer - In 30 Member India Squad for WC

      Gambhir, Yuvraj omitted from probables

      Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have been omitted from the 30-member preliminary squad for the World Cup picked by India's selectors on Thursday. It has been almost a year since any of them made the ODI side.

      It is understood that the selectors had decided to move on with the next generation and preferred current form over past performance, which worked against all the five players.

      Though any of the omitted players from the provisional squad can be picked in the final 15-man side, chances of the five senior players breaking into the squad are remote. The deadline for submitting the condensed squad to the ICC is January 7.

      "Seniors were also considered [for selection]. There was a discussion on everyone," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. "But the thought process was to give preference to performers. The youngsters have been doing very well at the domestic level so they could not be ignored. Barring major injuries, the World Cup squad would be from this lot. Captain's views were also considered."

      "I would not like to comment at this [whether it is the end for Sehwag and Yuvraj in international cricket] level as I mentioned earlier. I think all of us should be happy that a lot of young cricketers have been considered for this, as a part of the probables. I feel that considering the future after the World Cup is also part of the thought process."

      Over the last two years, Sehwag has averaged 20.23 in 13 one-day matches. Gambhir's is 23.58 from 30 matches in the same period. They had limited success in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy, with only a fifty each from six games. Harbhajan led Punjab in the same tournament and managed seven wickets in six matches, while Yuvraj was similarly patchy with 168 runs from five matches. Zaheer has not played competitive cricket since the IPL in May, and was ruled out of the Mumbai Ranji squad owing to fitness concerns.

      Manoj Tiwary makes the cut after highly productive showings in the Deodhar Trophy and Manish Pandey has been rewarded for consistent performances through the year, including in the IPL and the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Kedar Jadhav, who made his debut in the Sri Lanka series, is also among 10 batsmen chosen.

      Ashok Dinda has picked up 19 wickets in nine 50-over matches, including a five-for against Jharkhand and a 4 for 33 in the Deodhar Trophy final to persuade the selectors. Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav features among seven spinners led by R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Ishant Sharma, who was not part of the team in 2011, might have a chance to play his first World Cup.

      There weren't many other surprises, although Cheteshwar Pujara was not seen as a viable limited-overs prospect again. India have picked four wicketkeepers in MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa, which has left Dinesh Karthik surplus. Vinay Kumar, who had led Karnataka to three trophies last season and the Vijay Hazare title in March, could not find a place either.

      Besides these five cricketers, the selectors have also overlooked most of India's World Cup-winning squad members. Dhoni, Kohli, Raina and Ashwin are the only survivors from the 2011 squad. Barring Sachin Tendulkar, who has retired, and Sreesanth, who has been banned for life for his alleged involvement in the IPL corruption scandal, all other members of the 2011 triumph were available for selection.

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      India's 30-Man Squad

      Batsmen : Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey, M Vijay

      Fast Bowlers : Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda

      Spinners : R Ashwin, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav

      Wicketkeepers : MS Dhoni, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha

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