• I don't think a single player looked in touch or in-form which begs a lot of questions about their preparation, former vice-captain Craig Matthews said.

    South Africa went missing in action at the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, according to former selector Craig Matthews.


    "I don't think a single player looked in touch or in-form which begs a lot of questions about their preparation," former vice-captain Matthews said, the day after South Africa were knocked out of the tournament.


    "Perhaps we get so nervous at these events that we just look under-prepared. To win an ICC event a team needs its big-name players to come to the party but... the whole team went missing in action."


    "If I was still involved with CSA (Cricket South Africa) I would be seriously worried. There is very obviously a big problem," added Matthews after Monday's 11-run defeat by Pakistan in St Lucia ended their Twenty20 involvement.


    South Africa have only won one major global competition, the inaugural ICC

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  • Rankin ready for opening night

    Boyd Rankin believes that his side has prepared well for the event with a month-long tour of the Caribbean and is hopeful that this preparation will help his side do well.

    When Ireland steps out to play the West Indies in Guyana on Friday night in its opening match at the ICC World Twenty20, Boyd Rankin will not be alone in savoring the experience. And after the Netherlands stunned England on the opening night of last year's tournament, Ireland will be hoping to follow in its footsteps and achieve another scalp.


    "It will be brilliant to play on Friday night in front of the home crowd and there should be a big crowd and a good atmosphere and everybody is looking forward to getting stuck in against the West Indies. I know they are a strong side and they have a couple of guys coming back from the IPL but I think it is good to showcase Irish cricket at the top level. We want to go out there and show the world that we really do deserve to be there," said Rankin.


    Rankin believes that his

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  • In a chat with The Indian Express, Jadeja spoke about his expectations from the World Cup and the disappointment of missing out on the IPL action.

    On the eve of the India's departure to the West Indies for the World T20, one player who can call himself fully fit and fresh is Ravindra Jadeja. After the IPL banned the Saurashtra all-rounder for negotiating with two teams, Jadeja witnessed all 45 days of the tournament from his home in Jamnagar. The 21-year-old is, however, yet to play any competitive game since he played against South Africa in February.


    In a chat with The Indian Express, Jadeja spoke about his expectations from the World Cup and the disappointment of missing out on the IPL action. Excerpts:


    Do you consider yourself lucky to be part of the ICC World Twenty20 team?

    It's hard to say, but I'm really happy to be part of the ICC World Twenty20 team. I was hoping that my name appeared (in the squad). I'm really eager to go out there and perform. I was part of the India U-19

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