Cricket World Cup ’07

The good news

Yeah I know, it sucks! India and Pakistan out of the World Cup huh. But what the hell, my friends and I changed our citizenship to Australia so we can be proud World Cup winners once again. Amidst all the melodrama going on in India and Pak, here’s the good news.. the World Cup is now available for only $99.95 on DISH Network. Now that all the so-called inconsequential matches are over, we can get in the mood for some real cricket.

You know what, I watched the soccer World Cup though India doesn’t play in it. I am a sucker for the Champions League and F1 (which has nothing to do with India except for Narain’s highly unforgettable season last year). I watch NFL, NBA and rugby all the time. So why not some cricket.. given that it’s getting more exciting by the day.

Here’s to the World Cup… may the best team win!


A funky-dinky-heady video for the World Cup


Collingwood happy fro leadership role

Murder, they said (blog)

We did it for Bob: Pak

Inzy leaves behind impressive legacy

Canada coach and Dutch skipper bow out

Bashar fears for Cup survival after SL rout

India face red-hot SL for Cup survival

Woolmer’s neck was broken: Police sources

Woolmer strangled: New twist in death of Pak coach

Scotland Yard to probe Woolmer case

Restless Indian fans urged to calm down

Pak honors Woolmer with highest civil award

My toughest day ever: Inzy

Irish keeper looking forward to Lara rematch

Ind’s bowlers hold the key to defeating SL: Harsha Bhogle column

Banyan Tree: Harsha Bhogle column

Canada go down to Kiwis by 114 runs

Ind’s first 20-20 at home vs Aus

Pak need to start afresh: Waqar (video incl)

Bob had a breathing problem: Waqar (video)

Shaggy’s bombastic cricket song (video)

Inzy troubled Bob, says Pak journo (video)

Bob’s wife does not rule out murder (video)

Yuvi says, “There is pressure on us”

Breaking news: Woolmer died of strangulation

Smith credits non-playing captain

Police fingerprint Pak players

It’s only a game

Toss vital, says Moody

India’s biggest battle will be in the mind

Ind-SL Preview


Nixons says Vaughan will play

More pressure on us: Craig White

Woolmer was under stress, says widow

Murali rules out 1000 Test wickets for himself

Inzamam is the villian of the piece: Hamid Mir

Imran Khan: Can’t believe anyone would kill Woolmer

Inzi makes tearful one-day farewell

Jayasuria ton fires SL easy win

Miandad tipped to coach Pak

Fleming backs Eng to progress

Vaughan 100% fit for Kenya

Murali targets 2011 WC

Self-belief is the key, says Whatmore

Vettori hopes for third-time lucky

“He was absolutely smokin’ it”: Bunge (audio)

So long, Inzi

“We want to be tested”, Hussey

Has gentleman’s game died with Woolmer? (video incl)

Woolmer’s death getting murkier (video)

Cricket scandals go on and on (video)

A must-win game for India

Jayawardene wants Super Eight points

Pak players being questioned over Woolmer

Bob was more than a coach to me: Rhodes

Whiff of murder undermines cup

“If they lay a murder charge, they may as well call off the tournament”

From bookies to the Taliba, those Woolmer theories in full

Woolmer’s death may be murder

Police found marks on Woolmer’s throat


Kanpur hospital mourns Woolmer’s demise

Pak keen to leave on a high

Gavaskar says sorry to Hooke’s family

A grand batting display by India (stat)

I was not worried with slump in form: Sehwag

Vaughan suffers new injury scare

Pak selectors resign

Woolmer’s post-mortem inconclusive

NZ ease past Kenya

“India’s fielding needs improvement” (audio)

Vaughan wanted Flintoff reprimand

India need to be consistent

Group B, most competitive

Inzi wants win for Woolmer

Gibbs comes face-to-face with Sobers (video)

Bob autopsy today, rumors fly (video)

Hogg awaits SA match

Eng try to focus on cricket

Sizzling Smith leads the rout against Scotland

India’s WC future on knife’s edge, says Dravid

Tough being Captain kid for Zimbabwe’s Utseya

I can cope with Aussie verbal barrage, says Smith

Six shooter Gayle had Gibbs record in sight

Wall of fame (blog)

Only the memory remains

WC starts now for SA

I’m better than I was in 2003: Vettori

NZ to make changes for Canada game


Scotland Vs. SA Preview

NZ Vs. Kenya Preview

“We don’t have a drinking problem within team”

From celebration to sadness

Pak board chairman offers resignation

Flintoff admits he is “embarassed and ashamed”

Kiran More pays tribute to Woolmer (audio)

Woolmer was very special to me: Inzamam

Aussies and India stunned by Woolmer’s death

Pak’s Musharraf leads tribute to Woolmer

Cash row mars Windies progress reports

Unimpressive Windies go through

Sehwag stars in thumping the largest margin ODI win

Normal service resumed

Yuvraj misses six-hitting record (stat)

SL, the real test for Ind: Wright (audio)

Plays of the day

Watson’s chilling moment with destiny

A cricket man through and through

No-hopers give a great hope for Irish film-maker

Bob, the sports car and springbok

Student of the game whose door was open to everyone

Stop the minnow knocking, Ricky

An Aussie Irishman fells a goliath

We can still make things happen: Dravid

Windies seal first Super Eight berth


Dominant Aus win by 229 runs

Eng make hard work of vital win

Woolmer dies at 58

Flintoff sacked as vice-captain

“There’s no drinking culture”, says Vaughan

Tikolo still cherishes six off Walsh

Davison wants end Canada’s amateur era

Inzamam to quit ODIs

Timimg not right for distressed Inzamam

“Woolmer was a great cricket man”

ICC chief praises Woolmer legacy

Ind V Bermuda Preview

Woolmer death hits Ponting hard

Woolmer had great plans for Pak

More shocks to come?

Woolmer’s career in photos

Woolmer Obituary: Adventure and Creativity

“Woolmer changed the way we played”, Cullinan (audio)

“He gave his life for cricket and died for it”

Cricketer of the year 1976

The prixe of passion

The tragedy of Woolmer (blog)

Cricket World poorer (audio)

Thank you Bob, you did make a big difference

Akhtar expresses shock

Adversity brought our team together (Woolmer video)

Angry fans attack Dhoni’s home (video)

Woolmer passes away in Jamaica (video incl)


The world’s laughing-stock

Inzamam set to be removed as captain

India’s road ahead: Tough but not impossible

Bangladesh parties after Indian upset

Tigers 1, Lambs 0- Bangladesh beat India

Shimmering Sunday follows India’s Saturday shame (video)

Team India fans shocked (video)

“Our backs are against the wall” Dravid

Fans across the country (video)

“Cricket has changed over the years”

Irate fans shocked at Pak’s WC exit

Manjrekar: A miracle needed (audio)

At the heart of the game

Rameez Raja: Knives are out and heads will roll (audio)

The day the Blarney Army roared

Shamed by the shamrock: an open letter (blog)

Lowest point in Pak cricket, says former players

Aus V Netherlands Preview

Flintoff dropped for crucial encounter

Flintoff’s shipfaced

ICC’s minnows experiment needs as mch depth as it has breadth

From outside looking in (blog)

WC Reaction Pak

NZ eyes smiling at Pak demise

SA-NZ WC final: Peter Roebuck

The complex Ind-Aus relationship

Lara inspires Gibbs to hit six sixes


Gibbs smacks record six sixes

Bereavement forces Wright to fly home

“Our running leaves a lot to be desired”, Woolmer writes

Gilchrist: The Kiwis are the team to beat

A toast to the fighting Irish

Dhoni, Sehwag will dominate: Lele

McGrath, Hodge join ranks in slamming Gavaskar

Tendulkar may play 2011 WC (video)

“Don’t get fazed by Indian Superstars”

Akmal may face the new ball for Pak

Boucher set to stand up, be counted

Sunny nights: A Sanjay Jha column

Dravid’s Dadas: Go for it!

Powell on why he stopped playing for WI

Rum, Murali and the Cash

Ind V Bang Preview

Ire V Pak Preview

“I knew the heat was on me”, Styris

NZ and the marauding SA (video bulletin)

Stats- Burning record books

Don’t call one-sided matches boring

Bangladesh’s Manjural Islam killed in road accident

Vaughan vows no let-up against Canada

Styris, Oram take Kiwis home

Watch out for Bond: Tony Greig (audio)

Ireland are proof that the system is working: Woolmer

Gibbs the powerhouse: Tony Greig (audio)


Symonds wants to play on Sunday

“Our youngsters are ready to make their mark”

ICC denies reports of ban on Urdu

Young guns give WI hope

It’s not the losing, but how you lose (blog)

Vaughan eyes his match-winners

Eng delay Anderson decision

Lose the toss, win the match (stats)

Eng v NZ Preview

“We’ve handled pressure better than Aus” – Smith

Traning session cancelled due to rain

Ntini set to miss SA’s first game

Drops and belly-laughs

SL storm to 243 run win

Jayawardane pleased with thumping win

Sreesanth relishes battle for starting spot

We played like a village team: Canada

McMillan injures toe in nets, doubt for Kiwis

Victory perfect for cup-hatrick push, says Ponting

Finally we’re off and running: Harsha Bhogle column

Pak makes it’s challenge stiffer

Young guns Team India’s bet at WC (video)

Enjoy WC with flexi time in offices (!!!!) (video)

Jadeja against weak teams in WC

Tied match between Ire and Zim

“We did our best to throw it away, but we fought back”


Ponting sets up 203 run win for Aus

Kenya cruise to 7-wicket win

We have to adapt quickly: Chappell (video)

Everything went well for us, says Lara (video)

Kerala gears up for the WC (video)

Barbados gears up for tourism boost (video)

Tasty WC for Bangaloreans (video)

Ponting heaps praise on Tendulkar

Ganguly injury does not bother coach

India gears up for opening game

Maturing all-rounder Oram ready for Eng

Plunkett hoping for iPOD edge

Anderson suffers a broken finger

India far ahead of the rest

“We hustled”, says Bob Simpson (audio)

Small but perfectly formed (WC Diaries)

A Martian picks.. SL (blog)

Symonds won’t be rushed

Rana, Gul summoned for dope tests

Indian batsmen will have to be consistent: Robin Singh

Pollock dismisses McGrath’s jibes

Cricket Ganesh bats, bowls, and fields for Team India

Yeh kaisa hua?


WI win against Pak

“Aussies could get whacked in a bar”, Gavaskar replies back

A sub-continent team will win WC

WC upsets do happen

India WC Good Luck song

SA wary of Scotland and the Netherlands

Preview: Aus Vs Scotland

Aus have enough depth: Warne

Richards: Ind have a great chance

McGrath eyes top wicket-taker spot

India, SL look for perfect start (video)

Cricketers turn corporate in Barbados (video)

Go India Go! Fans go crazy (video)

Preview: Ken Vs Can

Yousuf says no to WC advertisement

The passion of the fan

Huge Bonanza awaits WC winners

Scotland dare to dream

Are you a cricket buff or bluff?

“Rahul Dravid’s boys have in them plenty to win in this WC”

Fine legs and dying swans

Abandon hope? Not yet (blog)

WC winner won’t get through unscathed: Fleming

Lara thrilled with young talents

Inzi troubled by batting woes

March 12th

A truly, spectacular event

Andy Roberts expects sporting pitches

Utseya targets WI and Pak

Netherlands meeting is ‘our cup final’

“Personal form should not take precedence” (audio on Indian cricket)

Munaf provides the fire power (stats)

The king misses the party (blog)

Colorful opening in Jamaica

Dhoni is an asset to the team: Kirmani

ICC chief Speed issues warnings to WC players

Zing missing from WC

After the opening, time for action (video)

Cricket 360: The week gone by (video)

Dhoni fan to sell kidney for WC

SL batting must improve: Ranatunga

Video for the WC song

Bangladesh loss helped us: Flemming

Smith: “We are not chokers”

Confident Ponting aims at trophy

Historic fort gives Aussies strength

Expect another WC classic: Game 1 Preview

Statistics say Pak favorite for tomorrow’s opener

Previous opening exxhanges

March 11th

Ponting targets Gavaskar over behavior

“The big event is the big event”

Let the games begin

The opening ceremony

Tony Greig: Get Ponting early or face the music (audio)

Rally around the WI

Vaughan: We must be fearless

Grounds for concern prior to opening ceremony

Bob Woolmer: SA, my personal favorites (audio)

All-round strength (SA)

A few good fast men

Woolmer: Happy with preparations (blog)

Greats make their last stand (article by Ponting)

Hosts hope calm is not followed by a storm

We’re relishing this fantastic carnival

Tony Cozier on an inauspicious start to the 2007 WC

Dazzling all-round

Captains need to be more thoughtful

Watch out for Bangladesh, says Dravid

Pak players to stick to Urdu at WC

Exclusive Video: The WC Verdict

Dravid India’s mainstay: Viswanath

WI great Sobers to open WC

Made in Jaipur flags to flutter in WC

Locals for WC final between WI and Ind

It’s advantage Windies V Pak

March 10th

The 2007 WC is wide open: The Chappell brothers (audio)

Dravid stresses on flexibility

Chronic batting problem worries Lara

Batting collapse is no cause for panic: Arthur

Vaughan puts faith in Panesar

John Wright: NZ the best balanced team (audio)

Lower order muscle beefs up NZ (stats)

Subedar Major Haq and a Company of Sepoys (a blog)

Ponting goes one-on-one with team mates

Why SL can win it, and the Indians can lose it

Mark Waugh: My one day side to beat the World

A Scot with boot in both camps

My life after cricket: Brett Lee

Sauravival Instinct

“I see captaincy as an honor and have enjoyed it”, says Rahul Dravid

Ind look to make hay at Bay

South Aus reject to reprise huge hit on World stage

Watson happy to bat lower in the order

Sehwag will bounce back: Pawar

Ind V WI: Images

Pak, Proteas slam unfit WC pitch (video)

Sehwag’s had a rough time: Wright

A white country will win WC: Bedi

We’re cutting down on extras: Bracken

March 9th

Kaneria key for Pak

No closer to the truth

Lara looks for more matchwinners

WC trophy damaged in India

Eng could be the surprise package: Tony Greig (audio)

Buckle down, WI bowlers told

Young guns hope for memorable WC

Road to Jamaica 5: New strategy, new hope? (blog)

Spin summit tweaks strategies

Pietersen still taking aim at McGrath

Meditation helped me, says Sehwag (video)

Waqar slams umprofessional PCB (video)

Debate: Is cricket a man’s game? (video)

Symonds gets a new hair-do for the WC

Munaf powers India to victory

Home soil provides no advantage

Tharanga hundred can’t stop defeat

Younis eases Pak past SA

Tait, Hogg lift Aus bowling spirits

Gilchrist leads Aus to victory

March 8th

Zaheer: I’m happy to lead the attack

ICC clear Sami and Arafat for WC

Dreaming ‘about the minnows’

One-day cricket, and the concept of pressure

Vaughan braced for Aus test

Ireland are being treated like royalty

Cricket is coming home (blog)

Irish thrash Canada

Scotland fall to in-form Tigers

Zim too strong for Bermuda

ICC has diluted the WC: Bedi

WC bring out the bowler in Yuvi (video)

Waqar says, “India are a balanced side” (video)

Indian fans seek divine intervention (video)

WC fever a hair-raising affair (video)

WC gets thumbs down from Indian fans (video)

Gilchrist has no plans to retire

Symonds starts to throw

Akhtar: I’m going through hell

Lara and the eleven dwarfs (blog)

Instant dismissal for NZ body-slam

Lack of spin a worry for Aus

Ponting looks for best line-up

Security increased at Hilton Hotel

Back with the Chakka Maar Le video


March 7th

Bowling still a concern for Aus

Pak, SA in fire scare

Dravid supports minnow participation

Gillespie struggles with shoulder-nerve problem

Aus’ aura has been punctured: Ian Chappell (audio)

Glorius batting, erratic bowling

It’s an impressive stadium: Gayle (blog)

Much hardwork to be done: Sarwan (blog)

Dravid expects few batting heroics on slow pitches

Miandad, More and mimicry

Jeetan Patel sees Ind as a major threat

Images from Ind’s first game

Dalrymple ready for intense Aussie clash

And now, its Viru!

Ohh, ahhh Glenn (video)

Hail Holland, World Cricket’s unlikely lads

Can Pak mount a serious challenge?

Officials must think before they answer

March 6th

India has the team it wanted: Chappell

The action has begun in WI

Spin key at WC- Dalrymple

Burly Leverock hungry for success

Richards predicts Windies revival

Johnathan Agnew on the top contenders:
Sri Lanka
New Zealand
South Africa
West Indies

Woolmer happy without injured duo

Ground rules upset WI fans

DeSilva: My money is on SL

Sehwag’s judgement day nears (video included)

Powerful India canter to win

Zim crushed by 106 runs

Aus happy with 100 over practice

“We need quality opposition to improve”, says Tikolo

Hafeez stars as Pak cruise

Bangladesh shock NZ by two wickets

Fleming shaken and stirred by defeat

‘Sluggo’ leaves big early mark

Road to Jamaica 4: Q&A with Woolmer (blog)

March 5th

“We want to slowly get into our stride” says Lara

Dravid: “India one of the most balanced sides”

More is not better, but just more (audio)

Bowling, WI’s Achilles Heel (audio)

Master of the chase

India prepare to face the Dutch

Dada meets Lara

Super 8s: Ind V Pak, April 15th

Tendulkar eyes special 5th WC

Ponting doubts the role of the WC minows

Zim won’t get an easy ride

SL too strong for Scotland

Samuel’s century guides WI to victory

Ireland frighten World # 1

Underestimate them at your own peril

Bermuda crumble for 45

Expect drama from the Pak team (audio)

Sporting life: Googly Woogly

Chappell’s balancing act

Waugh counsel boosts Hodge

Dramatis Personae: Aus (blog)

Indian players enjoy Holi (video)

March 4th

Inzi confident of strong performance

Ponting not concerned over ‘struggling attack’

“I want the new ball”

Criticism of bowlers unfair

Lewis on track for WC opener

Symonds survies first training session

SA try to lose choker tag

The power and glory

Information leaks maybe planned by Buchanan

Tikolo’s Kenya ready to rise again

Vengsarkar remarks improper

Fletcher warns Eng over complacency

Tendulkar warns of wounded Aus

If I didn’t believe, I’d have stayed home, says Sachin

Under pressure skippers set for first test

WC bids goodbye to 10, 000 club

WC will be the most open yet, says Moody

Never seen a stronger Indian side: Ranatunga

“I’m proud of myself”, says Ganguly (video)

March 3rd

“Total of 500 a possibility”: Chappell brothers Audio link

Hosts buoyant ahead of Kenya clash

Aus, NZ, WI, Ind will make the semis: Ian Chappell

The bowlers to fear with the new ball

Harmison: From the first ball of the Ashes series, I hated the game of cricket

WI fear no one

Nudger rises from the Ashes

Brothers in arms

Plane crashes near Aus’ training session

Eng must play power game

Plunkett wants WC for his ill dad

Potential Proteas Pitfalls

Bring on the World

Caribbean Chaos

Strange feeling to miss out: Lehman

Dravid forced Sehwag’s inclusion

Controversies that spikes WCs

For cricket lovers in the US

March 2nd

Captaincy doesn’t excite me anymore

Cricket doesn’t need another black eye

“It’s been a journey of self- discovery”, Dravid (audio)

Macca goes for knock-out punch

Australians slam Akhtar drugs loophole

Hamilton eyes Aussie rematch with relish

Why Shoaib Akhtar should never again set foot on a cricket pitch

Road to Jamaica 3: Any bowlers? (blog)

Team in high spirits during camp: Chris Gayle

Pak board blasts Speed’s remarks

Rameez: Shoaib, Asif need to apologise (audio)

Monty Panesar- We’ve a good chance in the WC

Greatest WC comebacks

Ganguly says he has two more years left

“Irfan will bounce back”, Chappell

Rousing send-off for Team India (video + article)

Optimistic Ramblings

Aus, Eng arrive in the Caribbean

Hotels cash-in on WC fever (video)

Black Cats to guard Men in Blue (video)

March 1st

Vaughan insists he will be fit to lead

Captain Comeback: Take Three

WC Colors

Sreesanth on song

Akhtar, Asif out of WC

Great to have Saurav back: Dravid (Video)

Exclusive Interview with Rameez Raja

Picking Shoaib, Asif ludicrous

Watch Nike Cricket Ad

Symonds recovery ahead of schedule

Play every match like a final: Inzi

Sreesanth’s parents dream of WC win (video)

ICC to increase drug testing at WC

Become a roving reporter

A last hurray for Sachin, Lara, and Inzy

Bowlers set for a tough WC

Harsha Bhogle column: Tendulkar will dominate the limelight

The Pathan Panic

SL captain keen to change horror script

Collingwood to lead my Eng one-day dream team

February 28th

Oram talks about amputating injured finger

Fingers optional as Oram pursues dream

SL set off for the Caribbean

Pak to fly without Asif and Shoaib

Tait confident of turnaround

Canada hit-man hopes he has eye in

Men in blue leave India to chase WC dreams

Victory chants to follow India to WC (video)

CNN-IBN Special: The WC show (video)

SRK, Priyanka give pep-talk to Team India (video)

“I enjoy the match-winner’s role” (video)

Windes hope to regain lost glory (video)

Manager upbeat on India’s chances

The big difference (blog)

Gavaskar backs India to win


February 27th

Knee injury forces Razzaq out of WC

We’re the team to beat: Ponting

Waugh wants Gilchrist to slow down

Steve Waugh captains the greatest XI

Dravid: Aus still fav

“Our confidence as a winning team is back”

Chappell says its time to perform

Earthquake shakesAntigua and Trinidad

ICC approves Clark’s inclusion for WC

Road to Jamaica 2: The all-rounders (blog)

Full-pitched battle a failure

Nike just did it

Kapil Dev not quite over yet

Pain is my best friend: Sreesanth

Zimbabwe’s decline

February 26th

Lara aims to defy curse of the host

Aus on a downhill road: Barry Richards

Healy’s WC doubts over Symonds

Aus’ ego battered

Samad sets up tight Canada victory

Curran optimistic as Zim set off

Australian goes Dutch to take on the World

Ian Chappell blasts Aus

Farce of a trail in Ahmedabad

Aussies will bounce back: Kirmani

Design the Team India kit

Too many Aus India game

Nafees leads Bangladesh to convincing win

Hussey’s “best-finisher” tag makes him a big threat

Smith won’t be haunted by past failures

The rise and rise of cricket’s WC

February 25th

Full steam ahead as teams touch down

Aus down but not out (audio): Tony Greig

Time Watson stood up

Hair withdraws racism accusation

Vaughan battles the doubts

Time to talk.. and act

Pathan to go to WC after all

Sehwag to curb attacking instincts

Aussie great Alderman fears for Symonds

Aus look to change one-day strategy

India’s batting line-up is the best

Zaheer back in the fast-lane

Best among equals

February 24th

Watch out for the goodbye men (audio available too)

WC likely to be Kumble’s one-day swansong

10 reasons to feel good about the Black Caps: Adam Parore

India up for any challenge: Dravid

Cooley added to Aus’ WC plans

Gilchrist available for the entire WC

Bangladesh players offered financial incentive

Gul’s fitness on track for the WC

WC to have new rules

Ganguly: Good to go to Windes fresh

Exclusive Interview with Sobers (video available)

Kapil, “Ganguly would make a better vice-captain

Kumble, “I can’t become Rhodes”

“We have to improve our fielding”, Yuvraj

Inzi positive amid uncertainty

February 23rd

Woolmer: Pak still good without Shoiab and Asif

Drug duo seek to sidestep ICC

Lee may require surgery

Clark replaces Lee

Clark volunteers for tough dual role

Pathan will not go to the WC if unfit: Vengsarkar

Road to Jamaica 1: The openers

Three logos and a principle

I can do much better: Dinesh Karthik (video)

Mandira raises cricket’s glam quotient (video)

Black Caps won, because they thought they could: Harsha Bhogle

1996 WC side was better, says Muralidharan

Cricket lovers in the US can watch the WC live

Who’s hot, who’s not?

Team India in detail

February 22nd

On those who missed out

Sarwan gung-ho about WI chances

Hussey tips WC scores of 400

Do not adjust reality – it’s true

Yuvraj: “No worries, I’m completely fit”

Ponting fitness boost for injury-hit Aus

Hayden eyes Scotland clash for comeback

Aus give Lee extra time

WC on US Security Radar

India needs Ganguly to fire: Gavaskar

Lee out of WC [HELL YEAH!]

Fat bats and roly bowlers

Behave yourself, Bermuda

Sir Garfield Sobers: Aus will fall like WI did

February 21st

moreWhat will Shoaib’s Drug test prove?

Former Bermuda captain hits back at Holding

A tale of two coaches

Warne the answer to Aussie problems

Warne the answer to Aussie problems

Vaughan on recovery trail

WC squad members rested for Aus

McGrath confident of turnaround

Tournament logo to replace sponsor logo on shirt front Picture

Money talks at the WC

Harbhajan banking on basics

“I’ll be fully fit before the WC”, Pathan

Donald pleased with SA WC boost

Team India looks good for semi-final berth

Aussies on the skids is one for the books

Scotland aim for WC shock

Cricket WC Coaches guide

February 20th

“We didn’t want this tour”, Gilchrist

Holding slams WC minnows

Hayden adds to Aus injury worries

No player to go to WC without dope testing

Are SA really the best?

Player’s contract after WC

Sreesanth admits trying too hard

Indian WC Colors reveiled

Message Board: Who should open for India?

Team India’s Cheer Brigade growing – Video

February 19th

Tony Greig on Ind, SL, Aus… (Audio)

Bowlers create headaches for Aus

Peter Roebuck column: At this rate Aus will be lucky to reach the final

“You wanted a game, no wyou’ve got one!

Pak trainer resigns ahead of the WC

Visa office for the WC set up in Pak

How the WC evolved

Viv Richards plays down Eng’s chances

Inzi confident of turnaround

Irfan in form is of immense value: Chappell

“We can’t afford to panic”, Hussey

“We can’t afford to panic”, Hussey

Hodge: “We’re struggling without our stars”

Srikanth – Don’t change approach Viru, Robin

Book celebrates 1983 WC win

Video – Team India high on confidence

Sub-continent teams need to win abroad – Video

The World Cup schedule

Go India!

Don’t miss this one if you are an Indian (there is a one in a six chance that you are).

A Composite shot of India’s World Cup squad

Rocking the World Cup

Hello folks, of late I haven’t done much besides compiling links and putting them out here. I’ve heard from a few of you and thanks for your support. Here’s an absolutely rocking song, called Chakka Maar Le about the World Cup. Enjoy!!!

February 18th

Aus dumped from the #1 spot

Confidence sky-high for top-ranking SAs

WC stamina test looming

Pawar to address team on Feb 27th

“Good to be back in a winning team”, says Ganguly

Spite in Pak camp? Inzi says no

Winning all about performances: Dravid (video)

Ganguly sparks return with a vengence (video)

Bangladesh prepare for the Caribbean

Taibu denies comeback rumors

Pollock: This team is special

February 17th

The WC or the Well Cup?

Latif “Bad time for Pak, but all is not lost”

Wake up call for Aus before WC

“We are peaking at the right time”

Dream send-off for India

DD to telecast WC live

Shastri on India

Home rule can help India soar

“This is the team India wanted”, Greg Chappell

WC Final- Barbados

February 16th

Chappell’s interview

Monty – “England in with a chance at WC

Kaun Banega Champion

Pak face another issue ahead of WC

Woolmer threatens legal action against newspaper

Clark on his WC omission

Akhtar seeks apology

Lee 50-50 for WC

Broken finger puts Oram in doubt for WC

Pay row with Kenya WC players settled

Stats: India’s WC 15

February 15th

Akhtar to skip the dope test

SA look forward to the WC

WC Stats Package

Stray thoughts on Team India

India’s last match before the WC

Devastating but entertaining: A look at past WC performances

England’s renewed belief

Dravid’s Valentine Girl

Powar on missing out (Video)

Wadekar predicts an Ind-Aus final

Symonds warned of WC injury risk

An article by Harsha Bhogle

Pirates of the Carribbean World Cup

Last night at dinner, my friends and I got talking about watching sports online. What I started off as regular banter actually made sense and by dessert I had them eating out of my hand (non-metaphorically speaking, they soon saw my point and took oath to never support piracy ever again).

I thought I stood a good chance of enlightening a few other folks by organizing my argument better and putting it up here.

To begin with, how does piracy work?
Pirates steal the feed from people who actually pay for the rights and sell it themselves. It’s something like thieves who hijack a milk truck, set shop overnight and sell the milk themselves.

Why does piracy suck?
Pirates aren’t accountable. When was the last time someone took Captain Jack’s word and then held him responsible for the repercussions of his lie?
 You can subscribe to an Internet website that promises you the entire World Cup but then several things could happen:

  • A technical issue, such as bandwidth, or server going down could crop up and you could end up sitting 6 hours in front of your computer trying to figure out how to watch the match. But your money’s as good as gone!
  • With all the piracy policing going on nowadays, the website could be shut down, and then your 150 bucks are gone down the drain.
  • The website might be relaying a game but you are unable to access it. You are desperate, frustrated and angry. But there’s no one to vent on. Coz there’s no ‘Contact Us’ section in the website. How clever!

Why doers piracy suck – II?
I’ll try and make it as simple as possible. Not much of an economist myself, but this is anybody’s understanding.

Cricket has been broadcast in the US by veterans such as DISH Network for the past 15 years. With more people, especially from South Asia, migrating to the US every year, these people decided to give us a break by reducing the price of cricket packages.

But then piracy came into the picture. People willing to ignore their conscience for a while to save a few bucks (just amazes me how people are willing to sell themselves for that cheap) become willing customers of these pirates despite their unreliability, bad service and lack of ethics. So legal broadcasters lose revenue. In the beginning these broadcasters make up for that loss by firing employees. But after a point (believe me I’ve read up on this, we are very close to this stage), airing cricket becomes unviable and they decide to shelve it. So now you can no longer watch legally telecast cricket. And worse, the pirates do not have a feed to steal from, so they cannot stream it either.  So a few years from now, all you can do is read the news the next day and wish you had seen Dhoni’s blazing century.

What’s the alternative?
BUY IT!!!! It costs freaking 199 bucks!! Spread it over 51 matches and that’s about 4 bucks a match. Watch it with three friends and that’s the DISH Network dollar menu right there.
 You go to work and you can sneak into the restroom to check the ball-by-ball updates on your mobile. You get live coverage on a computer and interactive highlights. So stop being penny wise pound foolish and BUY the freaking package.

It’s like nature. We have it to enjoy, but we also need to make sure our future generations can enjoy it too!

February 14th

World Cup squads – The complete lowdown

WC preparations behind schedule

Ponting on McGrath

WC in spotlight after match-fixing claims

Should Afridi play?

Prem Panicker Blog- Team Dravid?

Vaughn confident of playing in the WC

Haddin chosen as Gilchrist’s back-up

Laxman: “I did not pull out in protest”

Ex-cricketers welcome selectors “bold move”

“Pathan bigger worry than Sehwag”

February 13th

Aus supreme confidence has become a weakness

Aus WC Squad

SL WC Squad

Moin Khan offers a comeback

Akhtar and Asif fail “private” dope test ahead of the WC

PCB rubbishes rumors

Eng ponder WC options

Pak WC Squad

Osman Samiuddin on the Pak team

“Team more relaxed”- Dravid

Samuels may still play in WC

Bangladesh WC Squad

Zimbabwe protest worth it?

February 12th

India WC Squad

Gilchrist misses the start of WC

Eng taking up WC prospects

(India) Team 2003 versus Team 2007

NZ WC Squad

Harsha Bogle on the Indian 15

Pak given go-ahead to replace injured players

Ravi Shastri’s say

February 11th

Shoaib in danger of missing WC

Don’t be a pirate

What if Sachin Tendulkar was made to sit at home and a similar-looking duplicate was sent onto the field? What if Brett Lee’s yorkers measured only 98 on the clock because he was replaced by an identical but very unskilled counterpart? Don’t fool yourself into watching pirated cricket. Be original and buy original.

After sieving through several reviews, it seems that the award for the most cost-effective, the most reliable and the most comprehensive coverage of the ICC World Cup in the US goes to DISH Network. Their coverage includes all the 51 matches UNINTERRUPTED besides online streaming to one IP address, ball-by-ball updates on your mobile, interactive highlights and several other value-added services. And it costs just $199.95!! I mean come on, that’s like 4 bucks a match. And if you watch it with a few other friends (which is almost always the case with me), it’s about 50 cents a head. These guys are giving McDonald’s dollar menu a run for their money, what say? for more details.
And guess what, I found this commercial online for DISH cricket. The soundtrack is abso rocking!!!


February 10th

ICC turns down Pak request

Bob Simpson on English Cricket

Pak, the perennial underachievers

Day of the minnows

An Imran Khan Special

The Essentials

WC 2007 Schedule
Official ICC World Cup Site
WC Official Song (with probably unofficial video)

Probably Pakistan’s unofficial World Cup song

Definitely not India’s official World Cup song, but a definite must-watch

ICC World Cup 2007: Let the games begin!

Hi all and welcome to my blog. As an ardent lover of cricket, I’ve been going crazy the past month or so trying to follow the latest cricket news on different websites and forums. At the end of the day, no matter how much I read, I always go to bed with the nagging feeling that there’s some important piece of information about the ICC World Cup that I may have missed.

And thus, I decided to spare some of my worthless time and put it to good use – I will dedicate my next two months to gathering news about the World Cup from different websites. This will include not just news, but also rumors, gossip, predictions and opinions of veterans; making this the of cricket. Be assured that a finger will not be lifted in world cricket without finding mention here. Here goes!

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