• From being also-rans, Zimbabwe slowly became the team everyone took seriously, before political turmoil brought them back to square one. But normalcy seems to be returning to their set-up. They’ve beaten West Indies, India and Sri Lanka this year.

    Recently appointed captain of the team, Elton Chigumbura believes they’re heading in the right direction --- especially with the franchise system at the domestic level, which has attracted foreign players and coaches.

    Yahoo! Cricket caught up with Chigumbura to find out how are they placed with the World Cup coming up. Excerpts:
    On how Zimbabwe are preparing for the World Cup

    We are here in Bangladesh right now. The guys are working hard, especially on how to play the slow bowlers. So after this tour when we go home, we’ll know what we need to work on, on the bowling and batting side, so that we come back to the sub-continent for the World Cup, we will be a step ahead. It’s good to play Bangladesh. We’ve not had a good start in this series;

    Read More »from Zimbabwe will cause some World Cup upsets: Chigumbura
  • New Zealand seamer Kyle Mills says his team's current slump in ODIs means they can only improve from here. He reckons they have the side to win the World Cup and that India, Sri Lanka and Australia are the other teams that he thinks will make the semi-finals.

    Mills spoke to Yahoo! Cricket about his memories of the 1992 World Cup, his last-minute exclusion from the 2007 World Cup, and what he hopes to do in 2011.

     

    New Zealand have had a form slump.
    What can we expect from them at the World Cup?

     

    Once we get to India and get into the hype of the
    tournament, no stones will be left unturned and I can guarantee that every
    member of this squad and the management group will be doing every thing they
    possibly can for the duration of the whole tournament. Everyone’s going to give
    a hundred per cent, training hard for it. So there would be nothing left in the
    tank at the end of the World Cup.

     

    You
    had missed the 2007 World Cup due to injury. What are your thoughts heading
    into the 2011

    Read More »from We can win the World Cup: Kyle Mills
  • Afghanistan are the babies of international cricket, but have made rapid strides in ICC’s qualifier tournaments. At the Asian Games, they upset Pakistan and narrowly lost to Bangladesh in the gold medal match.

    Recently appointed T20 and ODI captain, Mohammad Nabi thinks they are ready for Test cricket. Excerpts from a revealing interview with Yahoo Cricket:

     

    You came mighty close to winning the
    Asian Games gold. What were your thoughts heading into the final overs against Bangladesh?

     

    We had trained well for the Asiad. We went
    there a week in advance and got used to the conditions there. Against Bangladesh
    if I had one more fast bowler we could have beaten them. In the last three
    overs I gambled by bowling Karim Sadiq. He had given away just 10 runs in two
    overs. I discussed with Nowroz and decided to let Karim bowl, because we had
    finished the quota of other quickies. Aftab Alam bowled an over too then and
    gave away just six-seven runs.

     

    It was all down to Karim but he gave away

    Read More »from Afghanistan ready for Test cricket: Captain Nabi

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