Category: Sports

Associates back as ICC make U-turn

Ref: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday retained the 14-team format for the 2015 World Cup.

The 2015 World Cup will feature the 10 test-playing nations plus four associate teams, a decision that was taken on the third day of ICC’s five-day long annual conference held in Hong Kong.
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Law sees Tigers task as 'a challenge'

Ref: The new Bangladesh head coach, Stuart Law, has taken his fresh assignment as a challenge, says the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

The board announced the national team’s new coach in a press conference at the BCB headquarters on Monday.
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New football coach reaches Dhaka

Ref: New coach of Bangladesh national football team Macedonian Nikola Ilievski has reached Dhaka.

On his arrival on Friday afternoon, Ilievski told reporters: “Aggressive football is my philosophy as it’s a goal making game. It’s never possible to score goal without playing aggressively.”

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Six-team qualifier for Champions League

Ref: The Champions League Twenty20, to be held in India from September 23 to October 9, will be preceded by a six-team qualifying stage that will see English teams back in the tournament.

The matches will be held in Hyderabad (the qualifiers), Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai, which will also stage the final.

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Shahid Afridi `quits` international cricket

Ref: After weeks of growing tension and speculation Shahid Afridi, Pakistan`s recently axed one-day captain, has announced his retirement from the international game.

It is, however, a “conditional” retirement in protest against the way he has been “humiliated” by the PCB, a temporary self-imposed exile more than a permanent retirement. Afridi said he was ready to reverse his decision if and when a new board came into power.
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Chennai smash Bangalore to grab IPL title

Ref: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings picked up an easy win of 58 runs in the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore to pick up the title of Indian Premier League-4 on Saturday.

Bangalore struggled hard to put 147 in 20 overs in the chase of 206, losing eight of their wickets at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
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Barcelona win Champions League

Ref: Barcelona, inspired by the peerless Lionel Messi, delivered a soccer masterclass to overwhelm Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final and lift the European Cup for the fourth time on Saturday.

Messi was at his inspirational best all night at Wembley as the champions of Spain left the champions of England looking like desperate also-rans in the face of their relentless intricate passing and deadly movement.
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ICC ponders Test, ODI and DRS future

Ref: The future of Test and one-day cricket, as well as the controversial decision review system (DRS), will be among the subjects up for discussion when the International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee gathers at Lord`s for a two-day meeting starting here on Tuesday.

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Afridi showcaused by PCB for comments on Waqar

Ref: Pakistan`s ODI captain, Shahid Afridi landed himself into trouble with the PCB slapping a showcause notice for making his differences with coach Waqar Younis public.

The flamboyant all-rounder also got a snub from the board over his attempt to meet with the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt.
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Shane Warne announces IPL retirement

Ref: Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne has said that the ongoing season of the IPL will be his last one as a player. He is likely to be associated with Rajasthan as a coach or advisor in the future.

“Yes this is my last year playing IPL – please come down and support RR last 2 home games v chennai & Bangalore ! We need your help !!!!”, Warne wrote on the social networking site Twitter.

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